December 3, 2015 |
Two U.S. senators - one Republican, one Democrat - said in a report Tuesday that Gilead Sciences had priced its groundbreaking hepatitis C medicines to maximize profit and "broad, affordable access was not a key consideration" in setting prices. Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) said that the cost to taxpayers for high-priced drugs was "unsustainable," and that Gilead's "calculated scheme" for pricing had no relation to research costs and was based only on what the market would bear "regardless of the human consequences.
November 27, 2015 |
The state Senate should move forward with hearings to determine whether to remove beleaguered Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office, a Senate committee announced Wednesday. The seven-member bipartisan panel said Kane has been so hobbled by the suspension of her law license that she can no longer perform many of the duties of her job as the state's top law enforcement official. The panel was careful to note that it was not recommending that Kane be removed from office, just that there was enough evidence for the Senate to launch formal proceedings on whether she could continue to run the office effectively.
November 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Uber and Lyft drove toward legal status in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. On its final voting day before a Thanksgiving break, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that creates provisions to permanently legalize the ride-sharing services. The companies, which connect riders and drivers through mobile apps, currently operate on temporary licenses throughout most of the state. In Philadelphia, both offer service despite lacking the required licenses. The bill would require ride-sharing companies to perform background checks for all potential drivers, mandate a certain level of car insurance, keep records of the vehicles used by all drivers, and implement a "zero-tolerance" policy for drug and alcohol use by drivers on the job, among other provisions.
November 23, 2015 |
OTTAWA, Ontario - The Flyers had lots of scoring chances Saturday night, but, as they have done throughout the first 20 games, lacked a finishing touch at the Canadian Tire Center. As a result, they lost their third straight, dropping a 4-0 decision to Ottawa, which concluded a 3-0-2 homestand. The Senators (10-5-5) don't play another home game until Dec. 1, also against the Flyers (6-9-5). Maybe by then the Orange and Black will have figured out how to put the puck in the net. Right now, they are making it look like a lost art. It was the second straight shutout loss for the Flyers, who haven't scored in 133 minutes, 49 seconds.
November 19, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Setting the stage for a showdown, four top aides to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane are expected to testify before the Senate committee exploring whether to remove their boss from office, officials announced Tuesday. Kane's top deputies are scheduled to appear for questioning Wednesday afternoon at the committee's final hearing before it decides whether the embattled attorney general can continue to run her office with a suspended law license. The deputies include the attorney general's second-in-command, Bruce Beemer.
November 18, 2015 |
New Jersey inched closer to possibly legalizing marijuana when the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee held the state's first hearing on the issue Monday, after inviting a dozen legalization advocates to testify on behalf of a bill first proposed nearly two years ago. But Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D., Union) said his bill to regulate and tax the recreational use of marijuana by adults was still in its early stages, especially since Gov. Christie has promised a veto. "The governor's been clear on this for a long time," Kevin Roberts, a Christie spokesman, said in an email.
November 16, 2015 |
Rain spits down, clouds obscure William Penn atop City Hall, and on this damp fall day no one is sure where Katie McGinty is supposed to go. Labor unions, liberal activists, and fast-food workers plan to rally to boost the minimum wage to $15, and McGinty, running for the U.S. Senate, is eager to add her voice to the cause. But the event is off to a choppy start. It's running late. When a crowd of purple-clad SEIU workers finally arrives, McGinty greets them with a smile locked in place, teeth showing.
November 9, 2015 |
Even as state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane questions their authority, the seven members of a special state Senate panel considering her fate are facing an unusual challenge. They must decide whether, for the first time, the Senate and the governor should remove an elected official: Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer. The group is made up of four Republicans and three Democrats, selected by leaders from both parties in the GOP-controlled upper chamber. Three are lawyers.
November 8, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is refusing to cooperate with a Senate committee examining whether to remove her from office, saying it lacks the authority to decide if she can remain in the position to which she was elected. In a densely worded letter, Kane on Friday rebuffed the panel's request for documents from her office. She said the committee had no jurisdiction. The only legal means to remove an elected official, Kane said, is impeachment, a process that begins in the state House of Representatives.