Miles remain between General Assembly's redistricting options

Miles remain between General Assembly's redistricting options

Lawmakers have a month left to get redistricting out the doors of the Capitol and into the public eye to meet the state’s notice requirements for a Constitutional amendment.

In that time, they’ll need to find a way to turn three distinct bills into one reality.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner, who won the GOP primary in mid-May over health care consultant Paul Mango and attorney Laura Ellsworth, gave a subdued, conciliatory farewell address on the Senate Floor to mark the day.

In it, he celebrated his surprising arrival via a write-in victory in a 2014 special election, and thanked his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working with him on myriad issues. He also apologized for times when his fiery personality may have caused offense.
Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Reed random selection redistricting bill awaits committee assignment

Reed random selection redistricting bill awaits committee assignment

Filed last week, a redistricting bill by House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) has been much anticipated as lawmakers in the House and Senate try to find common ground among themselves and advocates.

A copy of the bill obtained by The PLS Reporter before introduction shows that his plan would hem close to the solution by random selection Reed first pitched in early May. As promised, it sets up a system that uses every registered voter as a base.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Pennsylvania federal and state lawmakers promote school safety agendas

Surrounded by a gauntlet of metal detectors, dogs and guards toting machine guns, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th District) knows he’s well protected in the nation's Capitol Building.

But looking out to the nation’s schools — which recently have been the site of gruesome mass shootings drawing a gamut of emotions from sadness to fear to outrage — Barletta sees far fewer resources, and it makes him think.

Friday, June 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Minimum wage advocates rally, tacking on new issue for budget season

Minimum wage advocates rally, tacking on new issue for budget season

Taking stock of a subdued Capitol Rotunda on the eve of budget season, John Meyerson, spokesperson for Raise the Wage PA, made note that the building still has symbolic meaning.

“It’s not empty, because it’s filled with the hopes and aspirations of millions of Pennsylvanians who are looking for a fair and living wage,” Meyerson said.

Thursday, May 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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