Brown found guilty in corruption trial; Dermody asks for her resignation

Brown found guilty in corruption trial; Dermody asks for her resignation

On Wednesday, Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) was found guilty of accepting a bribe.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Democrats need one Senate pickup to break the supermajority. Will it come from the southeast?

Democrats need one Senate pickup to break the supermajority. Will it come from the southeast?

If Marguerite Quinn wins in November, she knows it’ll be by a whisker.

The six-term state representative is running on her resume to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks). But the reliably Republican district is the focus of massive Democratic energy to finalize a liberal trend that can be traced back years, according to some state politicos.

Quinn, a moderate Republican who proudly asserts her ability to save taxpayer money and work in a bipartisan fashion, is running on her resume—underlined by the passage of HB 2060 to limit domestic abusers' access to firearms early in October.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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New prison mail policy sparks lawsuit from ACLU, advocates

New prison mail policy sparks lawsuit from ACLU, advocates

While the president may have received mixed reviews for his claim that “attorney client privilege is now a thing of the past,” civil rights advocates are backing up Pennsylvania inmates on the same concern with legal action.


Two lawsuits were filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections this week by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Philadelphia law firm, and three criminal justice reform groups. The lawsuits are in response to a new policy that resulted from the 12 day long September prison lockdown.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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US Supreme Court rejects Republican request for review of January redistricting ruling

US Supreme Court rejects Republican request for review of January redistricting ruling

On Monday, the US Supreme Court denied a request to review the state Supreme Court’s January gerrymandering ruling.


The request, from Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would have required the state Supreme Court to hand over all files related to the decision for review by the country’s chief justices.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

The last time Mike Turzai, Jake Corman and Frank Dermody all faced challengers was 2010, when the House members were their caucuses’ whip, and Corman headed Appropriations.

Eight years later, all three have climbed to the very top of leadership—and are facing challengers channeling discontent with the status quo to try and knock them off.

“It doesn't matter if you’re Republican or Democrat. When we look at the issues, the same cast of characters aren’t working,” Joshua Nulph, Dermody’s 21-year-old challenger, said.

Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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