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Pennsylvania high court takes up challenge to the state's life-without-parole sentences

Feb. 16, 2024 16:26 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court will consider whether some automatic life sentences for those convicted of murder violate constitutional protections for defendants, the justices said Friday. The appeal being pursued by Derek Lee, convicted of a 2014 killing, argues...

Pennsylvania's 2024 primary election features contests for attorney general and Congress

Feb. 13, 2024 19:57 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's 2024 primary election may lack drama in the high-stakes races for president and U.S. Senate, but the fields for lower-ballot contests filled up for the state's attorney general's office and a handful of its 17 seats in the U.S. House. The...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 07, 2024 07:11 AM EST

Altoona Mirror. February 3, 2024. Editorial: Data focused on young drivers can save lives This weekend’s editorial is about potential harm and actual harm, from a couple of different vantage points. For example, widespread uneasiness at this time...

Pennsylvania Capitol protest against state investing in Israel bonds ends with arrests

Feb. 05, 2024 19:50 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police took into custody more than 100 people protesting the Pennsylvania state government's investments in Israel on Monday, shutting down a demonstration on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. A spokesperson for the Department of General...

Pennsylvania automatic voter registration boosts sign-ups, but not a political party, data shows

Jan. 31, 2024 16:51 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — New data from automatic voter registration at Pennsylvania driver’s license centers shows that sign-ups have grown, remain almost evenly divided between the political parties and do not significantly favor one party over another in the presidential battleground state. ...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 31, 2024 13:18 PM EST

PennLive. January 26, 2024. Editorial: Thanks to the people trying to stop the wars around the world and within our own communities War is raging around the world, and we’re heading into an election season that threatens to be as mean and divisive as the one in...

Pennsylvania high court revives case challenging limits on Medicaid coverage for abortions

Jan. 29, 2024 15:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court said Monday that a lower court must hear a challenge to the constitutionality of a decades-old state law that limits the use of Medicaid dollars to cover the cost of abortions, a major victory for Planned Parenthood and the abortion clinic...

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania challenge state, federal actions to boost voter registration

Jan. 25, 2024 20:04 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A group of conservative state lawmakers in Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging three voting-related executive branch actions designed to boost voter registration, including a 2021 executive order by President Joe Biden. The lawsuit is...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 24, 2024 07:12 AM EST

PennLive. January 20, 2024. Editorial: Voters need to know where Pennsylvania’s Democratic candidates for Congress disagree The Iowa Caucus has officially opened the 2024 presidential election season, but only 15 percent of the state’s registered Republican voters...

Pennsylvania GOP endorses York County prosecutor in a three-way contest for state attorney general

Jan. 22, 2024 20:58 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party on Monday endorsed York County's district attorney, Dave Sunday, for state attorney general out of a three-person field. The party's endorsement came the day before candidates could begin collecting the required number of voter...