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Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 22, 2021. Editorial: By coming out, former Penn State standout Carl Nassib proves his courage The Merriam-Webster definition of courage reads as follows: “Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear...

GOP voting law bill clears state House amid Wolf veto threat

Jun. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican rewrite of Pennsylvania election law that would mandate voter IDs, alter registration and ballot counting deadlines and give conservatives auditing procedures they have clamored for passed the state House on Tuesday despite the Democratic governor’s...

Senate OKs local police using radar for speed enforcement

Jun. 22, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Local police would be able to use radar to enforce speed limits under a bill that passed the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday. Senators voted 49-1 for the legislation that would limit revenue from speeding tickets to 10% of a municipality's budget....

'Serious racial disparities' in Pennsylvania juvenile court

Jun. 22, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Pennsylvania locks up far too many first-time and low-level youth offenders, with Black youth in particular disproportionately yanked from their homes and prosecuted as adults, according to a governmental task force that made recommendations on Tuesday to reform juvenile justice in the state....

Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools in budget

Jun. 17, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are working to assemble a budget plan that would use billions in federal pandemic relief and surplus state tax dollars to help prop up existing programs, boost aid to public schools and inject cash into sectors hard-hit by the...

GOP election bill sponsor takes case to Wolf news conference

Jun. 17, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

The partisan political debate over potential changes to how Pennsylvania registers voters and runs elections moved Thursday from the Capitol in Harrisburg to suburban Philadelphia, where the leading House Republican on the topic showed up at a news conference by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. ...

Conservative activist to run for Pennsylvania governor

Jun. 16, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Charlie Gerow, a longtime conservative activist, said he will run for governor of Pennsylvania, formally joining the field of candidates vying for the Republican Party's nomination next year. Gerow, 66, runs a communications and marketing firm in...

Aide says former Homeland Security head Tom Ridge had stroke

Jun. 16, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge suffered a stroke Wednesday at his home in suburban Washington, D.C., a longtime aide to the former Pennsylvania governor said. Ridge was taken by ambulance from the home in Bethesda, Maryland, to...

Veto-bound mixed-drink to-go bill passes Pennsylvania Senate

Jun. 16, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that substantially expands which outlets can sell bottles or cans of mixed hard alcohol drinks to go, although Democrats called it a poison pill that will kill other provisions designed to help...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 16, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Awful ‘audit’ idea hatched by GOP in Pa. It seemed only a matter of time before Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania hopped on the “election audit” bandwagon. Turns out, they’ve...