Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

(Bob Sullivan, left, and Bill Sullivan, after being turned down for a marriage license in Philadelphia.  They were legally married in Vermont.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Denied License In Philadelphia

The pair sought the license but officials with the Philadelphia Marriage License Bureau say they’re sympathetic to the request but must wait for courts to rule on the issue in Pennsylvania.

02/18/2014

(A sign language interpreter with Gov. Tom Corbett.  Image from PCN)

Gov. Corbett Says Pa. National Guard Will Aid in Snowstorm Response

The governor says the Guard has 14 four-wheel-drive ambulances available to support civilian EMTs in areas of the state hardest hit by the storm.

02/13/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg.  File Photo by Tony Romeo)

In Budget Address, Gov. Corbett Says Pa. Economy Is Recovering Thanks To Hard Choices

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is lauding the turnaround of Pennsylvania’s economy during the four years he was in office.

02/04/2014

(State rep Brian Simms speaks with reporters about Gov. Corbett's support for gay antidiscrimination legislation.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Gov. Corbett Backs Gay Anti-Discrimination Law, If Not Gay Marriage

State representative Brian Simms applauds the governor’s announcement — even if it appears to be a move to gain support for reëlection.

12/18/2013

(Gov. Tom Corbett examines a prescription drug drop-off box during a press event in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania Putting Hundreds of Leftover-Rx Drop Boxes Around State

Governor Tom Corbett says proper disposal of unused prescription drugs is important not just to stop abuse but to keep them out of the environment.

12/16/2013

(PGW spokesman Doug Oliver speaks at a community center in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Officials Encourage Low-Income Pennsylvanians To Sign Up For Heat Assistance

A PGW official says about 40 percent of its eligible customers don’t apply for the program. The reason is unclear.

11/04/2013

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Top Pa. Lawmaker Wants Top Speed Limits Increased to 70 MPH

Raising the speed limit in Pennsylvania is not a new idea. But the support of a leader like Republican state senator Joe Scarnati, the president pro tempore of the state senate, could be a game changer.

10/11/2013

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Hanes To Appeal Commonwealth Court Decision On Marriage Licenses

Montgomery County solicitor Ray McGarry announced today that he would file an appeal on behalf of county register of wills D. Bruce Hanes.

09/17/2013

(Supporters of same-sex marriage rally on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse, in Norristown.  Credit: Brad Segall)

Gay Marriage Supporters Rally at Montco Courthouse

Several dozen members of the community showed up to thank register of wills Bruce Hanes for the bold step he’s taken in issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

08/05/2013

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Montco Asks Pa. Judge To Toss Pennsylvania’s Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

Montgomery County Solicitor Ray McGarry filed a response to a lawsuit challenging the Register of Wills Bruce Hanes’ decision to grant same-sex marriage licenses.

08/02/2013

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Expert: Pennsylvania’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Has Some Real Differences From Florida’s

The Pennsylvania version of the law, modeled on the Florida statue that was the centerpiece of the Trayvon Martin case, was modified to account for some perceived shortcomings in the Florida version.

07/16/2013

(Demonstrators urge Gov. Tom Corbett to accept Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Center City Demonstrators Urge Corbett To Accept Medicaid Expansion in Pa.

“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.

06/04/2013

(The dome of the Pennsylvania state capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pennsylvania Announces Unemployment Compensation Amnesty Program

Pennsylvania has announced a first-of-its-kind program to give full or partial amnesty in an effort to recoup money that is owed to the state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund.

05/29/2013

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Annual LGBT Rights Conference Opens in Philadelphia

But even as the American public becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, Pennsylvania has been slow to make a move when it comes to same-sex marriage or to expand LGBT civil rights.

05/02/2013

(L-R: SRC chair Pedro Ramos, superintendent William Hite,  and district CFO Matthew Stanski.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap

“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.

04/29/2013

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