| Oct 25, 2014
| 7:05 PM
More than two decades of activism over Pennsylvania's barbaric tradition of pigeon shoots did not end with a victory dance last Monday.
It ended with House Bill 1750, which last week won 36-12 approval in the state Senate, safely buried in the House...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 7:36 AM
It turns out that NRA lobbyists weren’t the only ones working to encourage the state House to duck from voting on a bill that would have banned pigeon shoots, “hunting” tethered animals and raising dogs and cats for human consumption....
| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:41 PM
• By Election Day, it had come to this:
Tom Wolf: Taxpayer Money Should Go to Sex-Change Operations
Republicans Must Get Out the Vote Tomorrow, November 4, to Prevent Abuse of Taxpayer Funds
WEST CHESTER –...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 7:23 PM
In minutes the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin.
And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero.
Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-tall wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 6:02 PM
HARRISBURG — In a shakeup of legislative leaders Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley got a seat at the table of power.
Republican Sen. Pat Browne of Allentown was named the chamber's budget point man.
Browne's elevation to Senate Appropriations...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Last week, two major bond-rating agencies (Fitch and Standards & Poor's) downgraded Pennsylvania's debt rating, citing poor fiscal health. While this should worry voters — taxpayers will be forced to pay more for state borrowing — it isn't too...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 5:20 PM
State lawmakers gradually return to session Monday from their summer break.
Lawmakers don’t have to be in House and Senate chambers for roll call until 1 p.m. and neither chamber is expected to finalize many controversial bills dealing with...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:41 PM
HARRISBURG — The House of Representatives has canceled a vote on a new cigarette tax for Philadelphia, casting doubt on whether the city's schools will be able to safely open on time in September.
Leaders in the Republican-controlled House...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 6:11 PM
The two men who have bankrolled much of the billion-dollar transformation of downtown Allentown are hoping to convert that commercial revival into a political force.
City Center Investment Corp. co-owners Joe Topper and J.B. Reilly have launched a...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 1:52 PM
For months, political insiders have speculated whether Rep. Bill Adolph, the moderate Republican chairman of the Appropriations Committee, was angling to become the next Speaker of the House.
But Adolph’s political aspirations, if they are...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 3:59 PM
I am not an environmentalist, but it annoys me that there was a $1.2 billion shortfall in our state budget even though more than half of that ($720 million) could be eliminated simply by imposing a 5 percent severance tax on companies that, in particular,...