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2 More Pa. State Reps, 1 Former State Rep Surrender on Corruption Charges

DA Seth Williams announced the charges against Rep. Louise Bishop, Rep. Michelle Brownlee, and former Rep. Harold James at a press conference.

03/10/2015

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Pa. House Approves Legislaton That Would Strengthen Charter Schools Statewide

Under the Republican-backed update to the current law, now nearly two decades old, charter schools would get their funding directly from the state, rather than having money pass through local school districts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/07/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Downplaying Political Risk of Hiring Separate Harrisburg Lobbyist

In addition to keeping City Council up to speed, Clarke says, the firm will lobby on positions in which Council and the mayor disagree.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(File photo.  Credit: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

Despite Governor’s Objection, Pa. Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill

After an emotionally charged debate, Pennsylvania state senators passed legislation to legalize several forms of medical marijuana.

09/24/2014

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signs legislation authorizing a $2-per-pack city tax on cigarettes, to benefit Philadelphia schools.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Corbett Quickly Signs $2-Per-Pack Cigarette Surtax For Philadelphia

The $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city’s struggling school district.

09/24/2014

(Phila. FOP president John McNesby.  File photo)

Phila. FOP Head Says Pa. State Senate Seat May Be His Next Goal

The head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby, says he’s likely to run for the state senate. And a new court ruling could boost the size of his campaign warchest.

08/21/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Happy To See Schools Opening But Presses Pa. Legislature For Action

The mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.

08/15/2014

(Surrounded by family members and a few fellow councilmen, Ed Neilson, at left in dark suit, takes the oath of office of City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ed Neilson Sworn In, Quietly, As Philadelphia City Councilman

Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.

08/14/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announces the early release of funds for Philadelphia schools.  Credit: Andy Zaramba)

Corbett Releases Funds Early For Phila. Schools; Hite, Nutter Say More Must Be Done

Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.

08/06/2014

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Gov. Corbett Meets With Pa. Lawmakers Over Taxes For Phila. Schools, With Little Result

They met for about two hours, but in the end there was no agreement to bring the House back into session to vote on the $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia public schools.

08/04/2014

(Philadelphia public school advocates board buses for Harrisburg to demand passage of the $2-per-pack city-only cigarette tax.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia School Advocates Carry Funding Demand To Harrisburg

The point, organizers say, is that if dozens of people can take time from their lives to go to Harrisburg, lawmakers can come back into session and take action on the $2-a-pack cigarette tax.

08/04/2014

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Senate OKs Bill To Ban Cash Gifts to Legislators; House Future Uncertain

The bill passed by the state senate would make it felony to accept cash gifts over $250. Under $250, it would be a misdemeanor.

04/09/2014

(File photo. Credit: Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

Failure Of Agenda Another Setback For Corbett

The failure of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s agenda in the final weeks of the legislature’s spring session is another setback for a governor heading toward an election year with abysmal poll numbers.

07/03/2013

(Kelley Hodge is the School District of Philadelphia's safety watchdog.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Part 2: Voice For The Victims

If kids don’t feel safe, they’re not going to learn. But now the victims of assaults in Philadelphia schools have someone going to bat for them.

10/04/2012

(Mayor Nutter and KYW's Mike Dunn during a previous edition of "Ask The Mayor.")

Nutter Adapts To Harrisburg’s New Political Landscape

Mayor Nutter says he’ll work with new leadership in the Pennsylvania House to preserve the flow of cash now that State Rep. Dwight Evans of Oak Lane has lost his leadership post in the vital House Appropriations Committee.

11/17/2010

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