November 3, 1988 |
In one instance, it's a case of too late. In the other, it's a case of too little. Nevertheless, voters in Erie and Reading next week will have the opportunity to show government officials how they feel about two key issues in their areas - the worthiness of the state legislature and the fight against drugs - in a pair of notable, but nonbinding, ballot questions. In Erie County, voters on Tuesday will be able to register their objections or support for the middle-of-the-night pay increase the General Assembly gave itself and other state officials last year.
May 8, 2007
AMENDING the state constitution to enact term limits for the Legislature similar to those already imposed on the governor has supporters and detractors. While there are valid points on both sides, you wouldn't expect a politician who, in the dark of night, voted to raise his own salary to have the audacity to oppose giving the public some form of constitutional protection against politicians who cast votes and exploit the benefits of office in an attempt to remain in power indefinitely.
October 24, 2003 |
In the tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles, conflicts between human beings were often resolved by the "deus ex machina," the unexpected and inexplicable hand of the Olympian gods. Wednesday, a contemporary calamity was likewise resolved (or, depending on your viewpoint, further complicated) by the hand of the Florida state legislature. A last-minute initiative, which passed both the Senate and the House by comfortable margins, authorized a hospital in Clearwater, Fla., to resume giving fluids to Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman who has become the center of a national debate on the right to die. Schiavo, a Huntingdon Valley native who has been in a persistent vegetative state for over a decade, does not fit neatly into any category.
November 7, 2007
State Senate Mark Cimino (R). . . 20,560 Stephen M. Sweeney (D). . . 29,613 State Assembly Electing two. Phil Donohue (R). . . 19,454 Jeffrey Stepler (R). . . 18,864 John Burzichelli (D). . . 29,936 Douglas Fisher (D). . . 29,799 State Senate 99 percent of the vote. Shelly Lovett (R). . . 14,105 Fred Madden (D). . . 20,799 State Assembly Electing two. Patricia Fratticcioli (R). . . 15,397 Patricia Fratticcioli (R)
April 21, 2008
FIRST SENATORIAL DISTRICT ANNE DICKER HOUSE DISTRICTS 172nd: RICHARD COSTELLO 179th: GUY D. LEWIS 184th: CHRISTIAN DiCICCO 186th: KENYATTA JOHNSON 198th: BYRON DAVIS
October 2, 2014
LET'S TALK about the focus of the governor's race. Specifically, let's talk about how the focus underplays or outright misses a couple of critical questions. Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Tom Wolf spar over school spending, taxes, pension reform and more. But little or nothing is said about relationships with the Legislature. You remember the Legislature? That's the place where governors go to get policy enacted: education policy, tax policy, pension policy and more.
November 23, 1990 |
With Philadelphia looking for help from the state Legislature to ease its fiscal crisis, the Legislature has adjourned for the year without taking action. But it didn't leave the Capitol without acting on other matters. In its final days, the Legislature passed: A measure to get tough on stuffed-toy makers by hiking fines from $300 to $1,000 for those who fail to meet the quality standards of the Stuffed Toy Manufacturing Act. A "potty parity" bill requiring government buildings and other facilities to have more restrooms for women than men because research shows women use restrooms longer.
January 8, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The 199th Pennsylvania legislative session opened Tuesday with lawmakers in the House and Senate being sworn in to first or new terms. Rep. Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) won a standing ovation from his colleagues after being unanimously elected speaker. Senators also took their oaths, and President Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) was unanimously reelected. Both chambers begin the two-year session with stronger Republican majorities: the 50-member Senate has 30 GOP members and the 203-member House of Representatives 119. That makeup is bound to set the stage for showdowns with incoming Democratic governor Tom Wolf, who takes office Jan. 20. Among the priorities for the legislature and Wolf will be figuring out how to close an estimated $2 billion budget deficit.
December 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Just over a year ago, Gov. Corbett told an audience at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon that his top priorities for 2013 were addressing the state pension crisis and privatizing state liquor stores. Neither has come to pass. But while the Republican governor has struggled to move his bills in a legislature controlled by his own party, racked up several major losses in court, and been unable to shake low poll numbers, he did score a late-year legislative victory with the passage of a long-awaited transportation funding bill.