Capitol Beat

Policy

Five for Friday: Gun control bills passed through House committee

The bills would still need to pass through a GOP-controlled Senate

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Q&A with Dan Laughlin

The Republican state senator outlines why he supports expanding the scope of the adult-use cannabis market.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Q&A with John Fetterman

The first-term U.S. Senator discusses cannabis law and what’s holding up federal legalization

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Q&A with Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin

The longest-serving district attorney in the history of the county discusses the development of cannabis laws and local enforcement

General Assembly

Policy

The search to solve the cannabis conviction conundrum continues

Why cannabis advocates say social equity needs to be front-and-center in the legalization conversation.

Policy

Politics

As another neighboring state moves forward on recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania remains stuck in neutral

With Ohio joining the ranks of sales-friendly states, advocates for doing the same in Pennsylvania are ramping up efforts.

Philadelphia Mayor's Race 2023

Politics

Cherelle Parker and David Oh face off in one-and-only Philly mayoral debate

Thursday morning’s debate offered candidates a rare chance to take jabs and spar over policy proposals

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

5 takeaways from Monday’s Philadelphia mayoral town hall

Cherelle Parker and David Oh answered voters’ questions in a rare forum before the Nov. 7 election

Criminal Justice

Opinion

Opinion: It’s long past time to fully fund PA’s indigent defense systems

Pennsylvania remains one of two states that fails to provide funding for indigent defense.

Campaigns & Elections

Politics

Working Families Party endorses McCaffery in Supreme Court race

The endorsement comes amid an influx of contributions to the race from groups across the political spectrum who see the state’s highest court as a significant battleground

Opinion

Opinion

Opinion: Lawmakers have a chance to improve our broken probation system

Tonie Willis writes that state lawmakers should pass probation reform legislation when they return to session.

Criminal Justice

Politics

Two years later, Marc Fogel remains in Russian prison

The Pennsylvania teacher’s case and lawmakers’ attempts to bring him home

Criminal Justice

Opinion

The state Senate needs to rework probation reform legislation

A former public defender who is now with the ACLU explains why the chamber’s approach to the flashpoint issue is in need of a reboot.

Capitol Beat

Policy

PA State Police announce body camera pilot program

Troopers in Carlisle are testing out the body cameras ahead of a statewide rollout.

Criminal Justice

Politics

Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board sued – by one of its own

Allegheny County Councilmember Bethany Hallam is demanding fellow board members attend meetings rather than send a surrogate

Capitol Beat

Policy

Five for Friday: Legislators’ fall focus

What issues Harrisburg lawmakers left on the table for the fall

General Assembly

Opinion

Opinion: 10 ways to improve your disability hiring practices

There are numerous effective ways to improve inclusivity in the workplace – but commitment to change is key.

Health Care

Opinion

Opinion: Policymakers should change course on xylazine

Peer support should be encouraged as an inexpensive intervention for addiction.