Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

One year ago Sunday in the usually quiet neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, the Tree of Life massacre took place, as 11 people were murdered in a synagogue. In the year that’s followed, gun control advocates and members of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh said they’re disappointed with the lack of legislative action on gun control this week. 

“I am angry that my synagogue was attacked by a man with assault style weapons who murdered 11 of my fellow congregants and that in the bloody year since our tragedy there has been gun massacre after gun massacre,” Dana Kellerman, a member of Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, told attendees. 
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Two leading senators show interest in reforming the state’s campaign finance laws

Two leading senators show interest in reforming the state’s campaign finance laws

Two leading members in the Pennsylvania Senate expressed interest in overhauling the state’s campaign finance laws on Friday, just days after an investigative report found that state lawmakers have used a campaign finance loophole to mask spending on dinners, travel and other expenses. 

The new proposal from Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) would drastically update Pennsylvania’s campaign finance guidelines by setting limits on contributions to political candidates in the state for the first time. The legislation would also require greater transparency of independent expenditures from corporations and unions, while also requiring political candidates to include credit card statements alongside their regular campaign finance reports. 
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 28: Rock the vote (unless its straight ticket)

Right 2 Know Episode 28: Rock the vote (unless its straight ticket)

Justin and Andrew bring you up to speed on everything you need to know on the latest election reform package zooming through the General Assembly. They also give you all the PA politics costume ideas you need to wow the crowd at your Halloween parties. Like what you hear? Follow us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Did You Get The Memo? Campaign finance reform, a lobbying ban and state budgeting

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would overhaul campaign finance laws, ban public officials from working as lobbyists after elected office, and improve the cash flow between state funds.

Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Controller releases report on gun violence and property values

Philadelphia City Controller releases report on gun violence and property values

Flanked by state legislators and spiritual leaders, City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart (D) announced Wednesday a novel investigation into the financial cost of gun violence in Philadelphia.
 
Rhynhart’s office spent over a year investigating the effects homicides have on housing values throughout the city. The report came days after a two-year-old was killed and an 11-month-old was shot in separate incidents of gun violence.
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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