Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform on the ropes for 2021 as June turns to July

Redistricting reform, after months of negotiations, maneuvering, postcards and lobbying, is nearly out of time as it stalls out in the House.

The hold-up clashes with part of the justification for the judicial language in the first place. But a Senate official pointed to House votes to justify why the change was needed for reform to pass at all.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Tobacco settlement nets state budget funding

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that he reached a settlement in the Tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement.

The settlement netted the state nearly $357 million. That money, however, had already been earmarked within the state's 2018-19 budget to cover long term care costs.

Thursday, June 21, 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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While House member introduces impeachment bills for Supreme Court justices, Senate leader looks ahead

While House member introduces impeachment bills for Supreme Court justices, Senate leader looks ahead

A Republican member of the House introduced legislation Tuesday to impeach four of the five state Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor an expedited timeline in order to redress Pennsylvania’s 2011 congressional map, which the court earlier invalidated on state constitutional grounds. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Two federal courts, including Supreme Court, deny Republican challenge to state court-imposed congressional map

Two federal courts, including Supreme Court, deny Republican challenge to state court-imposed congressional map

Both a US District Court and the US Supreme Court denied a a request by various Pennsylvania Republicans Monday to delay the implementation of Pennsylvania’s new court drawn congressional map.

Monday, March 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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