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Gov. Tom Wolf is raising the alarm over the impact Chinese tariffs are having on Pennsylvania’s farmers.

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel may have boosted the domestic steel industry, but China’s retaliatory tariffs on American crops have hurt exports from Pennsylvania farms.

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Since January, Governor Tom Wolf has been traveling around the state shopping his new infrastructure plan to municipal and county officials. 

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For the second year in a row, House lawmakers have voted for a bill that would punish doctors who perform abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.

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A state House committee has moved a group of bills that would significantly change how Pennsylvania oversees its charter schools.

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The state House is torn over how to update the system Pennsylvania uses to get judges onto its three highest courts.

A proposal to elect them by district seems to have an edge—but supporters of merit selection say they aim to put up a good fight.

Currently, candidates for the Commonwealth, Superior, and Supreme courts run as representatives of political parties and are chosen in statewide elections.

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State House members appear to have decided on a way to overhaul judicial elections.

Leaders in the state House are attempting a bipartisan détente on a recent pattern of partisan outrage. 


Since 2006, hundreds of people have packed into the state Capitol once a year to argue in favor of gun rights.

The group is is expected to be back in Harrisburg today.

The event is dubbed the "rally to protect your right to keep and bear arms."

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When Michael Pollack first began lobbying for state lawmakers to stop accepting gifts, he said he was met with “a lot of hostility.”

“When you go in and you tell a legislator that what they’re doing day in and day out is wrong, that kind of rocks their worldview,” he said. “They wake up in the morning and they look in the mirror and they tell themselves a story to get through the day, and that story does not involve them doing something terribly wrong.”

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A Southeastern Pennsylvania lawmaker who opposes the Mariner East 2 pipeline is being criticized by unions that represent pipeline workers, and others, for a tweet one fellow House member called a "poor choice of words."

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A longstanding effort to change how Pennsylvania picks judges for its three high courts is diverging into two paths: selection based on merit, and election by regional district.

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An odd-couple pair of House lawmakers are teaming up on a bill that would get rid of the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

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The state House Speaker and other Republican lawmakers announced a slate of bills Monday that are aimed at bolstering Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.

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Inmates can’t vote. But they can be counted as part of the population in the counties where they’re locked up.

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In theory, Pennsylvania could be spending billions more dollars to update aging roads and bridges.

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Top advisors to President Donald Trump’s campaign had a big meeting with Pennsylvania’s Republican Party officials in Harrisburg on Wednesday.

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This week, six Medicaid providers are getting word they're being audited by the state. 

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In its first year, Pennsylvania’s new tax on internet sales has made significantly more money than lawmakers planned for—and experts think the influx is due, in part, to rapidly expanding online commerce.

The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act took effect last March.

It targeted online retailers like Amazon, requiring them to apply the state sales tax to items they sell via third-parties.

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The gender pay gap is one of the more argued-over concepts in politics.

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has sunk to its lowest-ever recorded level.

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Pennsylvania’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is ending a seven-year lawsuit over a lack of funding for public defense in Luzerne County.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that doesn’t provide any funding or central oversight for criminal defense of its poorest people.

It leaves the job totally up to counties and some, like Luzerne, have been found lacking.  

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Pennsylvania’s prison system is updating its mail policy—the latest in a long string of security changes.

But while many of those changes prompted concern among inmates’ rights groups, they’re welcoming this one.

Starting this week, people incarcerated in state prisons can receive photo books—the kind that can be designed and ordered online. They have to be soft-bound and hold 25 pages or fewer, and must be sent to prisons directly from a third-party manufacturer.

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The state House’s Legislative Black Caucus is looking to change some of the laws governing Pennsylvania’s police officers. 

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As the weather warms, some state lawmakers are attempting their own brand of spring cleaning: wiping a bunch of defunct laws off Pennsylvania’s books, plus getting rid of boards, committees, and other groups that no longer do anything.

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By the end of the week, the state House is hoping to pass every proposal included in last year's grand jury report on decades of child abuse within the Roman Catholic church.

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After an 18-month investigation into Medicaid fraud in Pennsylvania, a grand jury panel is suggesting state lawmakers make some changes to disrupt what they describe as “systemic” patterns of malfeasance.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro released the report.

He described one instance in which a woman misled caregivers assigned to help her daughter with autism—having them improperly report their work and inappropriately assigning them household chores.

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A bill aimed at saving two of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants from early retirement is getting an expectedly mixed reception in the state Senate.

The first committee hearing on the measure Wednesday saw nuclear and natural gas proponents clash over how to make Pennsylvania’s energy markets fair.

The proposal would recognize Pennsylvania’s five nuclear plants as carbon-free energy, and add them to the commonwealth’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

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Thanks to a bipartisan vote from the Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday, a bill aimed at changing how Pennsylvania draws House, Senate, and congressional maps is getting another shot.

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In an unusual move, Pennsylvania's treasurer is calling on a state Senator to resign.

Treasurer Joe Torsella doesn't often weigh in on contentious political matters unless they have something to do with state finances. But in a statement, he said fellow Democrat Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County has shown a troubling pattern of "lashing out" against people who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

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When Franklin and Marshall College first started polling Pennsylvanians about legalizing marijuana in 2006, only 22 percent of respondents said they were in favor.