Archive: March, 2013
A headline in the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice caught our attention the other day. "Food stamps outage sparks outrage."
The Department of Public Welfare, in an effort to make changes to the food stamp card for low income residents, announced last week it would be disabling the cards between 11 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday to switch vendors.
Only there was a glitch.
Let the gubernatorial election games begin.
Check out this report, from my colleague Tom Fitzgerald:
Sen. Bob Casey is among the few remaining Democrats in the Senate who have not yet voiced support for same-sex marriage and marriage equality advocates in Pennsylvania want to change that.
With this week's Supreme Court battle drawing protests and debate on both sides, Politico looked at the nine holdouts in the Senate, among them Pennsylvania's senior Senator.
Just this week North Carolina Democrat Sen. Kay Hagen, a leading Republican target in the 2014 election, went public with her support for gay marriage (despite North Carolina voters last year overwhelmingly adopting a ban on same-sex marriage), joining Jon Tester of Montana, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Mark Warner of Virginia among the 46 Senate Democrats who support of same-sex marriage.
Earlier this week, former Gov. Ed Rendell wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Daily News urging New York to get with the program and allow hydraulic fracturing - commonly known as "fracking" - within its borders.
In the piece, headlined " Why [NY Gov.] Cuomo must seize the moment on hydrofracking," Rendell listed at length the benefits of natural gas, not just for economic development but for the nation’s energy future, and maintained that Pennsylvania has struck the balance of benefiting from natural gas production while also protecting the environment.
A must-read from our AP colleagues in Ohio....
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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner J. William Lincoln has resigned, citing his health and the stress of the state Attorney General's investigation into a pay-to-play scandal at the agency.
In his resignation letter, Lincoln, 72, said he could no longer perform the duties of his job “given the additional personal stress over the events of the past two weeks and my already difficult battle with maintaining my health.”
"It is on this note that I end my 40-year career in public service," wrote Lincoln, a former state senator.
UPDATE 8:45 p.m. The bill has now passed the Pa. House.
The House of Representatives has only just now convened for what will likely be hours of debate today on a liquor privatization bill, but all signs seem to be pointing toward an historic vote by the chamber to finally approve the measure.
But before privatization supporters in the House start popping those champagne corks, they may want to consider their friends, down a Capitol hallway, in the Senate.
Two House lawmakers have a message for embattled gun manufacturers: Pennsylvania wants your business.
State Reps. Daryl Metcalfe (R.,Butler) and Seth Grove (R.,York) said they are reaching out to fire arms manufacturers located in states that have passed or are considering tougher gun laws to urge them to relocate their plants to the Commonwealth.