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April 28, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has noted correctly that "the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. " In Pennsylvania, which nominated candidates for Congress and state legislature in Tuesday's primaries, that is not how representative government has worked for many years. At the beginning of this decade, Republicans drew legislative and congressional district lines so masterfully - and questionably - that the state's delegations don't come close to reflecting the population they're supposed to represent.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Julia Terruso and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
They were with her - the fervent crowd of familiar Philadelphians and unknown fans standing in the Convention Center on Tuesday night as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared victory in the Keystone State. "Thank you, Pennsylvania! I want to thank everyone," Clinton told the crowd just after 9:10 p.m. - only to be drowned out again and again by chants of "Hillary! Hillary!" from hundreds of supporters waving blue "I'm With Her" signs. Clinton recounted stories of people she had met in the so-called Acela states over the last month, including the mothers of victims of gun violence she sat with last week.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Chris Hepp and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
Pennsylvania went with the front-runners. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton overwhelmed the competition Tuesday, handily winning their parties' presidential primaries here as they rolled up win after win in other so-called Acela states. Trump, the outspoken New York developer, far outdistanced his two remaining Republican rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump - flanked by Gov. Christie in New York City as he delivered his latest victory speech - declared it "our biggest night.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
YOU KNOW what today is, right? ASPCA Help a Horse Day. And Pennsylvania Primary Day. (Also Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island, but we are the Big Enchilada.) This year, for a change, despite our late-to-the-party primary, Pennsylvania can be the La Brea tar pit for Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich. The dance can end here. After the drubbing Sanders and Cruz took in the Vampire State - oops, Empire State - a Keystone State loss will be an insurmountable roadblock for the senators, who are playing hardball, and for the governor, who is playing Yahtzee.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
Nathan Benefield is vice president of policy for the Commonwealth Foundation Conservatives loathe government handouts. Liberals denounce special favors to corporations. One thing can unify these two sides: ending Pennsylvania's budget-busting corporate-welfare handouts. Every year, state government gives millions in taxpayer dollars to favored businesses under the guise of "economic development. " In reality, these giveaways represent political development, enriching special interests and their well-connected lobbyists.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Lost or stolen police-issued firearms make up just a small percentage of guns reported lost or stolen in Philadelphia each year. According to statistics provided by Philadelphia police, 2,747 civilians reported their guns stolen and 212 reported their guns lost between 2011 and 2015. Of those guns, 1,433 have been recovered, the department said. Jay Wachtel, a retired investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, said gun thefts are likely "overreported" and that the numbers may include straw purchasers who falsely report guns stolen if they are later used in the commission of a crime.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Thomas Fitzgerald, and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
With New York behind them, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought their campaigns to Pennsylvania on Wednesday for what promises to be the state's most raucous presidential primary in recent memory. Cruz, still hoping to derail Donald Trump's drive for the GOP nomination, rallied supporters at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, where he promised to prevail at the party's national convention in Cleveland. "The most powerful force in our time is the grass roots of the American people rising," Cruz said.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HERSHEY, Pa. - On trips to Pennsylvania this month, Sen. Ted Cruz twice made sure to stop in central Pennsylvania. The area is rich with Republican voters, and even richer with the conservatives for whom Cruz's message of smaller government and Christian conservatism will resonate. Analysts say the state's midsection is a key battleground for the GOP presidential candidates and Cruz in particular. The Texas senator must do well here if he hopes to have a chance in Tuesday's Republican primary.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvanians pay the highest motor-fuel taxes in the country, according to a ranking released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. State gasoline taxes and fees ranged from a low of 8.95 cents per gallon in Alaska to 51.4 cents per gallon in Pennsylvania, according to an EIA survey of gas taxes as of Jan. 1. That does not include an additional federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. Pennsylvania's state tax is 24.9 cents more per gallon than the national average, 26.5 cents.
NEWS
April 20, 2016
An information box Tuesday on candidates for the Seventh Congressional District seat in Pennsylvania contained an incorrect photograph. Republican candidate Stanley Casacio is pictured above.
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