While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund

For the first time in a decade, Pennsylvania will have a nice chunk of change to squirrel away in its coffers.

As part of the 2018 budget, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf eight days ahead of time, the commonwealth is putting $22 million into its Budget Stabilization Reserve Fund, or rainy day fund for short.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement

Following a sudden retirement two months after the primary, a state House seat in the north Pittsburgh suburbs is now, temporarily at least, without a Republican nominee.

Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny), a veteran and attorney, announced July 3 that he was not running for reelection. He is the 28th General Assembly member, and the 22nd Republican, to announce his retirement this year.
Monday, July 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

Of the 17 statewide races held over the past decade, the winner of Northampton County has carried Pennsylvania in 15 of them.

The two who didn’t go on to win? Both native sons — including former Northampton County Executive John Brown in the 2016 auditor general’s race, and Former District Attorney John Morganelli in the 2008 attorney general’s race.

“If [Northampton County] likes a candidate, they will pick them up and drag them across the finish line,” Lee Snover, chairwoman of the county’s Republican Committee, said.

Sunday, July 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Cost, clemency zeroed in on in state capital punishment report

Cost, clemency zeroed in on in state capital punishment report

A long awaited report from the Joint State Government Commission released late last month has opened a fresh round of contention over the use of capital punishment in the commonwealth.

Commissioned seven years ago by a Senate resolution, the report took no stance on formally banning capital punishment — on which Gov. Tom Wolf already ordered a moratorium in his first year in office.

Thursday, July 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many

Advocates accelerated their calls for a special session to address redistricting Monday after a seemingly fruitless week of negotiations, even if its viability seems weak.

In an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, Fair Districts PA Executive Director Carol Kuniholm called on him to convene a special session on redistricting.

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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