O'Neill announces end to reelection bid as Dems formalize four ballot replacements

O'Neill announces end to reelection bid as Dems formalize four ballot replacements

One last state House Republican is out, and four Dems were officially put on the ballot this week as the lineups for state legislative elections are formalized two months prior to Election Day.

Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks), withdrew from his race Aug. 13. The deadline for parties to file a replacement candidate is Aug. 23.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Shapiro releases findings of 2-year grand jury investigation on sexual abuse by Catholic Priests

Shapiro releases findings of 2-year grand jury investigation on sexual abuse by Catholic Priests

Surrounded by victims Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General Josh Shapiro made public the findings from a two-year grand jury investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. 

The investigation covered six dioceses including Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton and found that there were 301 Catholic priests who sexually abused children while serving in the church. Many high ranking church officials were aware of the abuse but chose to cover it up to avoid scandal, according to the grand jury. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look

Home to the Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton is better known for its antique locomotives, a memento of the age of steam, than for sleek, electrified high-speed rail.

But Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) knows that despite years of chatter, the Lackawanna Valley is no closer to a proposed rail connection to New York City to update that image. So, he is looking to the future.

Last month, Kaufer floated a co-sponsorship memo to ask the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the feasibility of a hyperloop to connect Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, with a branch route up to Wilkes-Barre and the Electric City as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Municipalities tire of rockets' red glare, bombs bursting in air, after first summer of legal fireworks

Municipalities tire of rockets' red glare, bombs bursting in air, after first summer of legal fireworks

The scream of bottle rockets, roar of roman candles and pop-pop-pop of firecrackers were all available to everyday Pennsylvanians this summer for the first time, but the state’s municipalities have already had enough.

From Wilkes-Barre to Williamsport to Altoona, local governments have floated their own plans to cut down on the use of fireworks within their jurisdictions, even if they have outstanding concerns about whether their restrictions will even be legal.

Monday, August 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Janus impact on women of color, gender pay gap in Democrats' spotlight

Janus impact on women of color, gender pay gap in Democrats' spotlight

Marking Black Women Equal Pay Day earlier this week, Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) hosted a hearing in Philadelphia to discuss the impact on women of color of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

The date, August 7, represents how long it takes for women of color to make the same amount of money than their white male counterparts by the end of the previous year.
 
“On average, black women are paid 38 cents [per dollar] less than white men,” Cephas said. “They face double discrimination based on gender and racial biases.”

Friday, August 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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