Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

When he was the first Republican district attorney in Washington County, Steve Toprani concealed a Smith and Wesson .45 on his hip.

“I’ve done that for years to protect my family—especially when criminals were after me, and they were,” Toprani said.

His term in the office was a decade ago, when he ran a hard-fought grassroots campaign to unseat a 20-year Democratic incumbent under FBI investigation.

Now, he’s on the campaign trail again. But this time, it’s as a Democrat in the Monongahela Valley’s rolling hills and old factory towns, running on a platform that blends positions from the right, left and center—for unions, against new gun laws and legalizing recreational marijuana.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Senate Manufacturing Caucus emphasizes infrastructure investments at new session’s first meeting

Senate Manufacturing Caucus emphasizes infrastructure investments at new session’s first meeting

Key investments in Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and implementing policy changes to take advantage of President Trump’s pro-business agenda were the focal points of conversation as state lawmakers met with leading manufacturing and energy groups Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Senate Manufacturing Caucus’s first meeting of the 2017 legislative session.

Thursday, May 18, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

During a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment, and Government Operations, Department of Environmental Protection Sec. John Quigley told members that the department’s efforts to develop a state implementation plan for the federal Clean Power Plan has been put on “low boil” after the US Supreme Court put a stay on the plan’s implementation until the federal judiciary decides the ultimate fate of the federal mandates.

Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Pennsylvania has mixed reaction to stay of federal Clean Power Plan

Pennsylvania has mixed reaction to stay of federal Clean Power Plan

Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court took the rare step of putting a stay on the implementation of the federally mandated Clean Power Plan until it decides to take and/or decide the case when proceedings are finished before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case of Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA.

The decision was 5-4 with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan voting to keep the plan’s implementation rolling while the case moves through the federal appeals process.

Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DEP, coal industry remain at odds over PA compliance with federal Clean Power Plan

DEP, coal industry remain at odds over PA compliance with federal Clean Power Plan

DEP Secretary John Quigley provided an update of his department’s ongoing activities Wednesday and noted his department will hold the final of 14 statewide listening tours regarding Pennsylvania’s required compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan, which requires the state to reduce 2005 carbon emission levels 32 percent by 2030 with progress toward that goal seen by 2022.

Since the plan was first announced, the impact on Pennsylvania’s coal industry has remained an open question, particularly given that coal currently provides 40 percent of Pennsylvania’s electric power.

Wednesday, Sec. Quigley reiterated that despite the plan, coal will continue to be a major energy producer, noting Gov. Tom Wolf has made it clear there must be a place for coal in Pennsylvania.

“Nationally, coal’s share of electricity generation will still be about 40 percent,” he said. “It is not like the sky is falling, coal is going to remain a strong part of our energy mix for a long time to come.”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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