Running as a reformer is easy, but making a difference is a separate matter

Running as a reformer is easy, but making a difference is a separate matter

Eric Epstein is no stranger to the halls of Harrisburg.

Whether handing out screeds on nuclear waste concerns or firing up outraged Pennsylvanians over midnight pay hikes, he’s been a common sight at the Capitol since the early ‘80s.

But now, with green door hangers promising gift bans, regular town halls and a salary level from decades ago, he’s trying to win his way into the building full time as a Democrat holding the “radical center” ground.

“Saturdays we’re divided by Penn State, Notre Dame, Pitt. Sundays we’re divided by Steelers and Eagles. But we come back together,” Epstein said one overcast weekend while knocking doors in Colonial Park. “We gotta do that with politics again.”
Friday, October 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

After two years of pushing for a bill to restrict domestic abusers access to firearms, Deb Marteslo, Pennsylvania lead for Moms Demand Action, was nervous before the last barrier to the governor’s desk — a final floor vote in the state Senate.

“We’ve been stymied so many times, I wasn’t allowing myself to think it’s a done deal,” Marteslo said.

But by a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the senators approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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
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