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Harrisburg, PA - Sponsored by Senator Judith L. Schwank (D-Berks County), the Executive Women's Council of Pittsburgh (EWC) has been ... continue to be contacted by organizations to provide candidates for board opportunities and have successfully placed a number of women on government boards.
Over the past 16 months, courts struck down political districting plans drawn by Republicans in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Federal judges threw out a state legislative map in Wisconsin and a congressional plan in North Carolina. In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court invalidated ... partisan

Rothberg contacted most of the student government leaders in Pennsylvania and got the support of the representatives for 110,000 students. He worked closely with Katie Jordan, the Penn State University Park undergraduate association president, and Max Kneis, University of Pittsburgh's ...
Three candidates are running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's May 15th primary election to represent the newly drawn third district, ... He describes schools like Penn and Drexel as "engines to attack the question of poverty" -- in fact, Penn's Fels Institute of Government ...
Impeachment is the nuclear option undergirding the separation of powers framework of American government. Borrowed from British tradition, it was incorporated into the US Constitution in 1787 - and migrated from there into most state constitutions. Fundamentally, impeachment in a bicameral ... Pennsylvania
Ahmad also said she believes having a lieutenant governor that embodies diversity is important to showcase Pennsylvania as open to the new ideas that drive an innovative economy. Ahmad emigrated from Bangladesh when she was 21 years old and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh

"This could impact all of us," said Erin Casey, executive director of Pennsylvania Voice, a good-governance advocacy group that's pushing for a fair and accurate 2020 ... The federal government is planning on asking a question on citizenship status in the 2020 census, a full count of every U.S. resident.
Even as PA. and other states have moved to expand their medical marijuana programs, the federal government has been attempting to stifle the ongoing legalization move. In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy which allowed states to regulate their own regulations ...
Ahmad: I do think there is a role for the LG in such a large state. We have the 6th largest GDP. You do need someone to support the gov in [his] properties and be that brand ambassador for Pennsylvania. Cozzone: Much like the federal government, this is a partnership. [Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor] ...
As Christine Hauser reports for the New York Times, FBI representatives were seen earlier this month digging up a site in Dents Run, Pennsylvania, where some ... Griggs of CNN that he undertook his own search for the lost gold, even hiring a private investigator to comb through government records in Washington, D.C..
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. Costello announced on Sunday, March 25, 2018, that he would not be seeking re-election, ending weeks of speculation about his future and boosting ...
A federal bankruptcy court on Monday approved a plan for Philadelphia Energy Solutions to exit bankruptcy by April 10 at the latest, after creditors including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government withdrew their objections. The plan will allow the South Philadelphia refinery, the ...
Pennsylvania's Democratic governor wants legislation to let people register to vote on the day of elections and loosen the state's strict rules for absentee ballots. Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday everyone who gets a license from the state Department of Transportation or signs up for a public service should be ...
Pennsylvania moved in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana, and became the first state to codify research on the substance into law. Marijuana is still considered by the federal government to be a Schedule 1 controlled substance, though federal officials have generally declined to enforce that ban, and have ...
The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court scolded Republican state lawmakers on Thursday, after they filed impeachment resolutions against ... in a particular case are an attack upon an independent judiciary, which is an essential component of our constitutional plan of government," he said.
... caution that not only would a restriction on skins cost the state revenue, but since it would go against the intent of the legislation, “limiting the number of skins in any regard would be an unconstitutional usurpation of the specific powers and authority of the legislative branch of Pennsylvania government.” ...
Since then, University leaders in Penn State's Office of Government and Community Relations have been working with state government officials to drive legislation forward. Penn State supports the bill, which is intended to deter hazing through a combination of stricter penalties, increased reporting ...

A bipartisan group of senators this week announced their hopes for an upcoming vote on a package of seven bills that address domestic violence in Pennsylvania. The bills ultimately passed the Senate Wednesday, with one of the bills headed to the governor's desk. “Now I'm sure each member would ...
HARRISBURG – Stating that child protection is a foremost government responsibility, two state Senators have launched a push to reform laws, regulations, and funding for Pennsylvania's child welfare system. Sens. Lisa Baker, R-20th, and Judy Schwank, D-11th, who lead the Senate Health and Human ...
They thought they had outmaneuvered the legislature, but the justices forgot that legislatures always have the final say about rogue government officials. On Tuesday, Republicans in the Pennsylvania House took the first step in exercising their constitutional power to impeach the justices and remove them ...
Pennsylvania needed to save some money, and in government IT, that often translates to a plan for shared services. Last October at the annual National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conference, Pennsylvania CIO John MacMillan talked about an effort to unite human resources ...
It's been nearly a decade since Pennsylvania rewrote its Right-to-Know Law to make it easier for the public to obtain government records. A new analysis shows the law is providing access, though some agencies sadly still prefer to keep secrets. The Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance ...
There is a long list of exceptions to Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law governing public records; among those exceptions is the category of “noncriminal investigations.” Even though your tax dollars pay for them, the government can hide the final results. That's why Governor Tom Wolf can keep the ...
Joe Hoeffel sees a new opportunity in Pennsylvania, where the state Supreme Court handed down new district lines that mitigate the Republican ... “I've had a chance to step back from the day-to-day of government and I think I have a different and better perspective than I did before,” said Hoeffel. “Frankly ...
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint against one of Gov. Tom Wolf's top aides, ... Word of the investigation comes the same day Wolf (a self-described leading ethics advocate) unveiled a package of ethics reforms proposals aimed at rebuilding public trust in government.
TRAFFORD, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump invoked “steel and business” Monday as he and his son made a final push to sway voters in a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat that will reverberate nationally. Trump has already visited the district twice to try to buoy Republican Rick Saccone.
Republican Rick Saccone, right, acknowledges the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Moon Township, Pa. Saccone is running against Democrat Conor Lamb in a special election being held on March 13 for the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional ...
Good government groups, such as Common Cause Pennsylvania and Committee of 70, said they were supportive of the proposals. "We are pleased to see any initiative to bring further transparency and accountability to the Commonwealth, and encourage the Governor and General Assembly to use this ...
YES, here we are again, GOVERNMENT FUNDING runs out in less than two weeks, and there's more drama developing behind the scenes. THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON: Will Republicans in Congress keep funding for the so-called Gateway Tunnel, a new tunnel between New York and New Jersey?
New housing starts in 2017 in Franklin County, Pa., continued their gradual rebound since the Great Recession, but still fall short of one-time highs. ... "I think the people in Maryland will want to save in retirement and come to Pennsylvania," Royer said, referring to Pennsylvania government not taxing ...
The Sunshine Act and Right to Know Law are Pennsylvania's primary public access laws. These laws guarantee the public's right to access government information at public meetings and through public records. Public access to meetings and records is fundamental to the public's ability to understand ...
PITTSBURGH -- In the first wave of the White House's new western Pennsylvania offensive, one of President Donald Trump's chief aides Thursday attacked ... Conway's appearance comes just days after a federal watchdog determined that she violated the federal law prohibiting government officials from ...
Most of the journalists worked for news organizations that are considered friendly to Fetullah Gulen, a cleric living in seclusion in a small town in Pennsylvania. T he Turkish government claims that he heads a shadowy, violent movement aiming to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Erdogan ...
35 best roadside attractions in Pennsylvania. By Lisa Wardle | lwardle@pennlive.com | Posted March ... Now many of these sites are still run by the families that started them, while others are new additions or, in some cases, switched hands to a local government. For the sake of this list, we looked for quirky ...
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has triggered a constitutional crisis with the growing possibility that one or more of the justices may stand before the ... justices from the bench, or evisceration of the power of the General Assembly and the institution of defacto government by judicial fiat in Pennsylvania.
GOP gubernatorial hopeful Laura Ellsworth vows to bring civility and reform to state government ... In a speech for around 250 people that touched on Pennsylvania's history, Allegheny County's revitalization and the benefits of bringing the private sector into discussions on governance, she laid out reforms ...
Ryan Zinke, President Trump's Interior Secretary, came to Western Pennsylvania to tout the federal government's abandoned mine cleanup program. It was an appropriate setting. Zinke came to East Bethlehem Township, Washington County, to announce $300 million in federal funds for abandoned mine ...
After a one-year slump, the number of six-figure earners in Pennsylvania's state government rebounded in 2017 to its highest number ever, 8,290. ... of the highest-compensated employees in the 106,422-member workforce in the three state governmental branches and independent state agencies.
The legislature was ordered to redraw the map by the majority Democratic Pa. Supreme Court, which in late January declared the current one an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in a 5-2 party line decision. The existing map was drawn in 2011 during a process controlled by Republicans. Since the ...
"Threats of impeachment directed against Justices because of their decision in a particular case are an attack upon an independent judiciary, which is an essential component of our constitutional plan of government," he wrote in a statement. State Rep. Cris Dush is the lawmaker behind the impeachment ...
The problem has prompted calls to action by government officials around the world. Last month, for instance, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of a cybersecurity task force to look into a wide range of threats, including "theft of corporate, governmental, and private information on a ...
WASHINGTON — Last year, when the mother of an opioid addict testified before Pennsylvania lawmakers, Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone said he wanted to help. But he also said the government could only do so much, since it must make tough budgeting decisions. “People are in my office all day ...
Because all forms of marijuana are considered illegal by the federal government, insurance does not cover the expense, and patients must pay directly out of pocket. “Those prices are ridiculous,” said marijuana activist Mike Whiter. “The dispensaries have a near monopoly on this medicine and it bothers ...
Pennsylvania's governor and elections officials want the state's highest court to stand by its ruling establishing new congressional districts. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and two Department of State officials responded Monday to a request by Republican legislative leaders to put on hold the week-old district ...
If the road to a better state government seems overly long and arduous in Pennsylvania, that's because it is — long and arduous. That's why it's important to celebrate victories or steps in the right direction — no matter how small — when they happen. Which is what we intend to do with the passage, earlier ...
Both Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722 were proposed by Fair Districts PA to create a non-partisan, independent body to draw the state's congressional, state Senate, and state House districts. So far, SB 22 has yet to see a vote in state Sen. Mike Folmer's (R-Dauphin) state government committee, and HB ...
As chair of the Senate State Government Committee, I remain committed to carefully examining the process by which Pennsylvania congressional districts are drawn. It's why I've scheduled a public hearing on bills to change the process. For now, we have four Pa. Supreme Court justices relying on a ...
Pennsylvania is one of the states with the most units of government in the U.S. – third, after Illinois and Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with about 5,000. In addition to the typical local governments such as cities, villages, townships, counties and school districts, the state has another unit of ...
“The basic bottom line is people want fairness, and they want balanced government,” said Chuck Parkinson, a retired congressional staffer and customs official under Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Parkinson is chairman of a group pushing a South Dakota ballot measure to ...
That's not what's typically heard at state government committee meetings, but Metcalfe has a habit of making those sessions interesting. ... Leslie Acosta of Philadelphia accused him of inviting white supremacist Robert Vandervoort to a hearing on a bill to make English Pennsylvania's official language.


 

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