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Governor Tom Wolf was re-elected in Pennsylvania with a resounding 57.6 percent of the vote.  Republican challenger Scott Wagner did not pose a challenge, winning only 40.8 percent of the vote. The win does not come as a surprise, as […]

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State Rep. Mike O’Brien passed away on October 15 from a heart attack. Earlier this year, O’Brien controversially announced his retirement after running unopposed in the primary election for the 175th House District seat. The seat will remain vacant for […]

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The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania overturned the Commonwealth’s prohibition on political contributions from gaming-license applicants, licensees, and principals of licensees. Judge Sylvia Rambo concluded Section 1513 of the Gaming Act is an unconstitutional limit on […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf announced a special election on the same day as the general election, November 6. The special election will fill the seats left open with the resignations of U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan and U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent. The […]

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This week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced what he called a 21st century voting reform plan. This announcement follows an ethics reform plan announced by Gov. Wolf earlier this month. The voting reform plan includes creating an independent commission to draw […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his Citizen First ethics reform plan this week. Gov. Wolf, who took office in 2015, has been a proponent of broad ethics and government reform. The Citizens First ethics reform plan includes a gift ban […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1175 into law, amending filing requirements and penalties for lobbyists. The new law requires electronic filing of lobbying disclosures and increases the monetary penalties assessed for late reports. Fines between $50 and $200 per […]

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled yesterday the state’s congressional map was gerrymandered to favor one party over the other. Currently, five of the state’s 18 seats are held by Democrats, 12 by Republicans, and there is one vacancy where there […]

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House Speaker Mike Turzai announced special elections to fill two vacant seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Special elections for the 48th and 178th districts will be held on May 15, which is the same day as the primary […]

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House Speaker Mike Turzai announced a special election will be held for Pennsylvania’s 35th House District on January 23, 2018. Rep. Marc Gergely resigned the seat on November 6 after pleading guilty to corruption charges for his role in an […]

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House Speaker Mike Turzai announced a special election will be held for Pennsylvania’s 35th House District on January 23, 2018. Rep. Marc Gergely resigned the seat on November 6 after pleading guilty to corruption charges for his role in an […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf announced a special election for the 18th U.S. House District will be held on March 13, 2018, in order to fill the remainder of Rep. Tim Murphy’s term. There is no special primary election, so each party […]

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House Speaker Mike Turzai announced a special election will be held for House District 133 on December 5, 2017. Rep. Dan McNeill, who was in his third term, passed away on September 8, creating the vacancy. Each political party will […]

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A measure to increase penalties for violations of Pennsylvania lobbying laws made it out of committee this week. House Bill 1175 increases the amount a lobbyist may be fined from $2,000 to $4,000, and establishes a graduating scale of daily […]

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