July 3, 2016 |
Gov. Christie is considering withdrawing from an agreement that exempts residents who live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey from paying income taxes on their salaries and wages to the Garden State, and vice versa. This would effectively amount to a tax hike for many of those who commute across the Delaware River for work - and would be highly unpopular in South Jersey, where tens of thousands of people could be affected. The proposal was included in an executive order that Christie signed Thursday night, placing millions of dollars in reserve in what he said was a response to a reckless spending proposal submitted by the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.
July 2, 2016 |
Donald Trump plans to name two respected Republican operatives to run his effort in Pennsylvania amid criticism that the real estate developer has lagged in building the organization required of a presidential campaign. David Urban will be senior adviser and Ted Christian will be the state director, according to sources close to the Trump campaign, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce the move. Both men are lobbyists. The development comes as many local Republican leaders in the state, a crucial target for the presumptive nominee, are complaining about a lack of troops and contact from the campaign.
June 24, 2016
"BREAKING: SIX-PACKS APPROVED FOR SALE AT PENNSYLVANIA GAS STATIONS!" - Headline on Gov. Wolf's blog WITH THAT, Pennsylvania, your beer laws have finally entered the 20th century. And, yes, I do mean last century, for despite the screaming caps, last month's approval is both meaningless and illustrative of the small thinking that accompanies liquor regulation in this state. For starters, the approval applies only to nine gas stations statewide, and most are in the boondocks, so . . . next time you are in Mahanoy City, fill 'er up!
June 22, 2016 |
For the second consecutive year, the well-being of Pennsylvania's children slipped in a national ranking based on health, education, poverty, and family and community connections, while New Jersey moved up a notch, boosted by major improvements in the health of its youth. Among states overall, New Jersey came in seventh; in terms of education alone, it was second, trailing only Massachusetts. When all measures were considered, Pennsylvania was 18th, down from 17th last year and 16th in 2014.
June 22, 2016 |
How do we explain the meteoric rise of Donald Trump on the political stage? The GOP political hopeful has been able to translate his remarkable pop-culture appeal into electoral power. Forget the polls and the pundits. Perhaps the best way to understand is to watch Shakespeare's tale of another man who entered politics after first becoming an immensely popular cult figure: Julius Caesar. It just so happens that one of the best Shakespeare companies in the country, will premiere a new production of Julius Caesar on Wednesday on the campus of DeSales University in Lehigh County.
June 20, 2016 |
Inquirer Player of the Year Nolan Jones Holy Ghost Prep, infielder The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder starred as a smooth-fielding shortstop, incredibly dangerous lefthanded hitter, and hard-throwing righthanded closer. Jones was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft. He was the No. 55 overall pick. Many publications had predicted that the talented senior would be snatched in the first round. "Cleveland is a great organization, so I'm happy," Jones said.
June 16, 2016 |
Arantxa Ochoa, the director of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, is the latest to announce that she is leaving the ballet. Hers has been one of the most-recognizable faces of the company for the last 20 years, and her departure, announced Tuesday in a letter from executive director David Gray, is an exclamation point on a tumultuous year. Ochoa will be moving to Florida in August to work at the Miami City Ballet School. Two others from Pennsylvania Ballet recently joined Miami City Ballet as dancers: former principal dancer Lauren Fadeley and corps de ballet dancer Amir Yogev.
June 15, 2016 |
Parents hoping to treat seriously ill children with medical marijuana cheered when Pennsylvania's new law included a "safe harbor" provision allowing them to import the medicines right away, rather than waiting for the law to take full effect in two years. Legal experts are now saying there may not be much to celebrate. The fact is, the state can't protect residents from federal laws against moving pot across state borders. And in Pennsylvania, where it's not yet legal to sell marijuana products, the only way parents can get such drugs is to bring them in. Still, parents are risking criminal charges and prison sentences if they assume the safe harbor provision shields them, according to marijuana policy experts.
June 10, 2016 |
SANDRA HOLMAN BACOTE worked for 29 years fighting discrimination in Pennsylvania. And she also danced with South African Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a family member said. "She was at some event where she danced with Desmond Tutu," recalled niece Diane Davis, who described a photo of the two. "This was the aunt everybody wanted," Davis said. Mrs. Bacote, 75, who grew up in North Philadelphia and became regional director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, died Saturday, June 4, after an illness.