Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

As the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown approaches, local activists are launching a campaign against nuclear power in the state. Their effort opened Tuesday by questioning how to dispose of the industry’s waste.

“We still have five nuclear power plants, nine reactors and no nuclear toilet,” longtime activist Eric Epstein said.

The conversation comes as federal politicians try to restart a national conversation on where to put America’s nuclear waste, and state nuclear allies prepare to make the case that without aid, the industry could go bust in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Storm, DA concerns scuttle Senate vote on life without parole

Storm, DA concerns scuttle Senate vote on life without parole

Hundreds of people bused into Harrisburg from across the state Tuesday in hopes of seeing the beginning of the end for life without parole in Pennsylvania.

But by the end of the day, they were marching around the Capitol in defiance, chanting, “Let our people go, or next election you will go.”

The advocates, many from Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, had gathered to watch a scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote on SB 942 from Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), which makes life sentence recipients eligible for parole after 15 years.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
At only debate of governor's race, Trebek plays as big a role as candidates

At only debate of governor's race, Trebek plays as big a role as candidates

With an election in jeopardy, Gov. Tom Wolf and former state Senator Scott Wagner stepped onto the stage Monday night in Hershey looking for political currency.

But in the much-hyped and only debate of the gubernatorial race, long time trivia host Alex Trebek more steered a conversation than moderated a debate between the two state chief executive hopefuls.


“This is not a game show tonight, this is serious stuff,” Trebek said at the event, hosted by the PA Chamber.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

Ending state car leases for legislators passes House with bipartisan support

The Pennsylvania House voted to get rid of their own state vehicle leases Monday, with supporters claiming it would be more cost effective and protect the state from liability, following a summer of bad press around a lawmaker’s driving.

“We’re not doing anything that would warrant having specialized state-owned vehicles,” Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) said.

The bill, HB 482 sponsored by Roae, passed 140-44. Currently, 42 members of the General Assembly, including 27 members of the House, lease state vehicles. All leases in the House belong to Democrats, though members of the Senate GOP leadership also lease.
Monday, October 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - September 24, 2018

Tweets of the Week - September 24, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, September 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Features
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