School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

School funding sparks loud campaign fights, raises legislative questions

It all started one month ago in the waning days of budget season, with a meeting between advocates and the governor’s staff and some off-the-cuff remarks at a Philadelphia press conference.

But as the calendar turns to August, a controversy over the state’s school funding formula has held on as a campaign cudgel and legislative worry, as accusations of intimidation and collusion resound.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Kenney announces Philadelphia to no longer allow ICE access to PARS

Kenney announces Philadelphia to no longer allow ICE access to PARS

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney today announced the city will not continue its Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS) agreement with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The decision also drew criticisms from Republicans, including former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner.

Friday, July 27, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Philadelphia
Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner accused Governor Tom Wolf of cutting funding to public schools in a press conference Thursday morning.

Friday, July 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

Of the 17 statewide races held over the past decade, the winner of Northampton County has carried Pennsylvania in 15 of them.

The two who didn’t go on to win? Both native sons — including former Northampton County Executive John Brown in the 2016 auditor general’s race, and Former District Attorney John Morganelli in the 2008 attorney general’s race.

“If [Northampton County] likes a candidate, they will pick them up and drag them across the finish line,” Lee Snover, chairwoman of the county’s Republican Committee, said.

Sunday, July 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner apologizes in farewell address to Senate as focus turns to general election

Wagner, who won the GOP primary in mid-May over health care consultant Paul Mango and attorney Laura Ellsworth, gave a subdued, conciliatory farewell address on the Senate Floor to mark the day.

In it, he celebrated his surprising arrival via a write-in victory in a 2014 special election, and thanked his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working with him on myriad issues. He also apologized for times when his fiery personality may have caused offense.
Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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