Optimistic tone takes the Capitol as Wolf inaugurated for second term

Optimistic tone takes the Capitol as Wolf inaugurated for second term

With a warm, bipartisan tone referencing Pennsylvania’s long history at the center of America’s evolution and painting a picture of a Commonwealth on the comeback, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf was sworn in for his second term, setting the table for a second term surrounded with question marks.

After running and winning his first term as a political outsider, Wolf asked for a slew of tax increases that were rebuffed by ranking Republicans, leading to drawn out budget battles.

However, the second half of the term was marked by bipartisan bills, including pension restructuring, a loosening of liquor sales and the state’s clean slate law.

“As [Senate Majority Leader Jake] Corman said, we’re not like Washington. We can work together here in Harrisburg,” Wolf said during his inaugural address. “We can get things done.”
Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly. They hope their issues follow.

A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies.

The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus, while only two, including New Hampshire and its 400-plus member legislative body, elected more new women.

Altogether, the House and Senate added 14 new women, per numbers from Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics.

State female politicos greeted the news with a mix of excitement for the gains and resolve, for Pennsylvania still sat in the bottom half for female representation, moving from 39th to 34th highest.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Republicans divided, Democrats look ahead as Senate special fight brews

Republicans divided, Democrats look ahead as Senate special fight brews

With their five seat pickup in November, Senate Democrats made the biggest one-cycle gain since President Dwight Eisenhower’s first midterm.

They now could have a chance at one more.

At least four Democrats are in as the party hopes to flip one more seat in the Senate ahead of 2020, while local Republicans are trying to rally to an alternative name over chamber leadership's favorite.
Monday, January 7, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Baker in at Judiciary as Senate Republicans name majority chairs

Baker in at Judiciary as Senate Republicans name majority chairs

Senate Republicans named their new committee chairs Monday.

Among the biggest changes were Sen. Lisa Baker's (R-Luzerne) ascension to head the Senate Judiciary Committee with the retirement of long-time chairman Stewart Greenleaf last year.

Monday, January 7, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Briggs to Judiciary, Vitali to Energy as House Dems name committee chairs

Briggs to Judiciary, Vitali to Energy as House Dems name committee chairs

House Democrats named their committee chairs Monday morning, shuffling a few of their top committees.

Monday, January 7, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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