State Politics

mid term election endorsements

Philly-Area Media Chain Tells Readers: Don’t Vote for a Single Republican

With the most contentious midterm elections in memory coming up in a matter of days, news publications across the country are publishing their endorsements of […]


Will Brian Sims Fight Off Two Ballot Challenges?

When state Rep. Brian Sims dropped out of the 2nd Congressional District race last week, some political observers speculated that it meant he would have a smoother reelection […]


Spanish-Speaking Lawmaker Silenced at “English-Only” Bill Hearing

Two years after turning off an openly gay lawmaker’s microphone because allowing him to speak would have been an “open rebellion against Almighty God,” state Rep. Daryl […]


ACLU, Tea Party Join Forces to Challenge Forfeiture Law

It’s not every day that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party are on the same side. But the ACLU, FreedomWorks, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center […]


Here’s What’s in All Those Porngate Emails Kathleen Kane Keeps Talking About

Here’s the bottom line: A binder full of porn — about 400 of pages of it, several inches thick in total — is anything but erotic. It’s […]


READ: These Newly Released Docs Detail Kathleen Kane’s Porngate Claims Against Frank Fina

[Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. Check back for updates.] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just unsealed a treasure trove of documents tied to a grand jury investigation into […]


Poll: Trump Leads GOP Contenders in Pa.

Donald Trump‘s apparent popularity with GOP voters continues to climb. Trump is the leading Republican candidate in three swing states — Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida — […]

School District of Philadelphia

The Brief: Every Philly School May Soon Have a Counselor

1. An arbitrator has decided that Philadelphia must have at least one full-time counselor per school. The gist: That’s because the school district’s contract with the teachers union stipulates […]


The Brief: We’ll Soon Know the Names of All Cops Who Shoot Civilians

1. The police department is going to start releasing the names of officers who fire at civilians. The gist: City Paper reports that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey […]


The Brief: Shane Montgomery’s Mom Presses for More Surveillance Cameras in Philly

1. The mother of Shane Montgomery testified in favor of a bill that would beef up the number of surveillance cameras in the city. The gist: Last year, 21-year-old […]


This Bill Would Transform Civil Asset Forfeiture in Pa.

Pennsylvania senators Mike Folmer and Anthony Williams have a crazy idea: They think a person should be convicted of a crime before the government is allowed to take their property for […]


Stephen Wojdak, Lobbying Titan, Dead at 76

Stephen Wojdak, a giant figure in Pennsylvania politics credited with creating the state’s first modern lobbying firm, died Tuesday in Boston. He was 76 years […]


The Rise and Fall of Kathleen Kane

Ruth Lenahan remembers the feeling she had when she sat down with her friend Kathleen Kane in a political operative’s office in downtown Scranton back […]


Why Pot Activists Really, Really Don’t Like Pa.’s Medical Marijuana Bill

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a medical marijuana bill 40-7 this week. The GOP-controlled Senate … in Pennsylvania … gave a thumbs-up to medical marijuana. Such a freak occurrence should […]


Pa. Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would legalize medical marijuana by a vote of 40-7. The legislation, which was championed by Sen. Daylin Leach and Sen. […]