Three House special elections on primary day could give hints of what's to come

Three House special elections on primary day could give hints of what's to come

Springtime for Pennsylvania politicos is usually for a winnowing of the flock, as voters pick their favored primary candidate to slog on into November's general election.

But this year, three special elections for the state House of Representatives in the southwest, north, and southeastern parts of the Keystone State mean a few thousands voters will have a chance to send fresh faces straight to Harrisburg.

Friday, May 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Saccone introduces bill to ban abortion after heartbeat detected, shaving 18 weeks off current law

Saccone introduces bill to ban abortion after heartbeat detected, shaving 18 weeks off current law

Six months after floating a co-sponsor memo seeking support for a so-called heartbeat bill — which bans abortion if a doctor can detect a heartbeat from a fetus — Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) has officially introduced the legislation.

“I want to save baby lives,” Saccone said Wednesday. “I’m unashamedly pro-life. When the heartbeat is detected, there’s a baby in there.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

In a memo from last week, outgoing House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) struck a reformist tone while pointing to votes to limit the size of the legislature and adding transparency to lobbying.

“There is still more which needs to be done, from improving government operations to bringing back faith in our system,” Reed wrote when presenting three new bill ideas to his colleagues.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Dermody reintroduces Dem bills as Metcalfe doubles down on majority authority

Responding to a social media outburst from Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) has reintroduced nearly 90 bills from this session — hoping they get sent anywhere besides Metcalfe’s State Government Committee.

The list includes a number of so-called good government reforms, such as a gift ban, campaign finance reform and redistricting, as well as a bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination in private employment.

Monday, May 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Wolf vetoes workers' compensation bill

Wolf vetoes workers' compensation bill

Governor Tom Wolf vetoed controversial SB 936 Friday afternoon after a week of partisan battles over how the bill would actually affect injured workers.

In a statement, Wolf said the bill would ration care and hurt health outcomes for laborers across the state.

"Senate Bill 936 threatens health care for millions of workers who could be injured on the job, including police, corrections officers, and firefighters, who put their lives on the line every day, and whose injuries can be unique, debilitating and severe," Wolf said. "It is wrong to sacrifice health care for our first responders to protect the bottom-line for insurance companies and corporations." 

Friday, April 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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