Special Election Preview: Sam Doctor vs. Marci Mustello for the 11th House District

Special Election Preview: Sam Doctor vs. Marci Mustello for the 11th House District

Butler County voters will head to the polls tomorrow to choose their next state representative, following the resignation of former Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler) in March. 

Voters will have two choices on the ballot: Democrat Sam Doctor, a pro-gun, pro-union third-generation steelworker bent on reforming Harrisburg, and Republican Marci Mustello, a longtime district staffer to US representatives who hopes to cut business taxes and place a renewed focus on workforce training.
Monday, May 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Special Election Preview: Joe Pittman vs. Susan Boser for the 41st Senate District

Special Election Preview: Joe Pittman vs. Susan Boser for the 41st Senate District

On May 21, two candidates will face off in a special election for the 41st Senate District seat vacated by former Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) at the beginning of this session. Vying for the seat are candidates Joe Pittman, White’s longtime chief-of-staff, and Susan Boser, a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

The two candidates have focused their campaigns on improving economic opportunities in the 41st district, which features portions of Butler, Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties in western Pennsylvania. But while their end goals are quite similar, the two candidates have some different methods for their plans on improving prosperity and economic conditions in the district. 
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that address where inmates are counted in the drawing of legislative maps, regulations for the use of sewage sludge, and animal restrictions in Pennsylvania.
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll

A new statewide public health poll released Wednesday by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion found that a majority of Pennsylvanians believe climate change is a major public health threat, a finding which comes as lawmakers in the General Assembly are juggling multiple renewable energy proposals while also hosting climate change skeptics at informational hearings in the Capitol.

The survey, released in conjunction with the Muhlenberg College Public Health Program, sheds light on statewide positions on climate change, marijuana legalization and vaccines. Respondents expressed support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, and relayed skepticism over claims that vaccines present dangers.
Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Energy lobbying costs skyrocketed with introduction of nuclear power legislation

Energy lobbying costs skyrocketed with introduction of nuclear power legislation

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County is headed for premature retirement, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying from energy companies hoping to effect a legislative rescue.

As lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly grappled with bills that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio to subsidize nuclear plants, nuclear energy companies greatly intensified their lobbying efforts in what was a likely attempt to get the legislation across the finish line. 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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