Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.
Wall Street fees paid by public workers’ pension systems have kicked off an intensifying debate over whether such expenses are necessary. Now, a report from an industry-friendly source says those huge levies represent only a fraction of the true amounts being raked in by Wall Street firms from state and local governments.
By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News The wild grass is only now beginning to hide the scar left by the giant ditch digger that gouged a trench though Ron Kardos’ Oceola Township, Michigan, pasture last year for an oil pipeline — but already Kardos is preparing for another onslaught of construction. Last week Kardos got a […]
By Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times A Pennsylvania Methodist minister, who was defrocked six months ago after officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding, on Tuesday won his appeal to have his religious credentials restored. The Rev. Frank Schaefer had been suspended for 30 days on Nov. 18, after a jury of Methodist pastors convicted him of […]
By James P. O’Toole, Tracie Mauriello and Deborah Todd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PITTSBURGH—President Barack Obama came to Pittsburgh Tuesday to promote innovation in manufacturing. He also called for some innovation in Washington’s approach to governing, but he seemed a lot more optimistic about the former than the latter. On a stop at Bakery Square’s TechShop, the president […]
At 1:45pm, EST, President Barack Obama will deliver remarks on the economy at TechShop Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Live video of the president’s speech will be available below: JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski
In Pennsylvania, the tide is turning on same-sex marriage. Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R), who represents Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district, announced his support of same-sex marriage in a statement released by his office. “I suspect that that view will prevail over time, so much so that I suspect that in a few decades people […]
By Kristen A. Graham and Aubrey Whelan, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps it will never be clear to Melissa Wilde whether a 7-year-old boy who died this week after falling ill at a South Philadelphia school would have lived had a full-time nurse been present. But the question still haunts Wilde, a Jackson Elementary School […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Pennsylvania will not appeal a federal court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, ending the battle over the issue in the Keystone State, Governor Tom Corbett announced Wednesday. The decision, announced in emails to reporters, means that Pennsylvania will continue to be the 19th state in […]
The number of Americans who believe that same-sex marriages should be legally recognized has hit an all-time high, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll finds that 55 percent of Americans now think that marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages; 42 […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages was toppled Tuesday in a federal ruling that is the latest in a string of victories for gay rights advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling overturning parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. U.S. District Judge John Jones […]
By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times There are a host of primaries on Tuesday in states across the country, but for one that shows just how effective money can be in politics, look no further than Pennsylvania. Four Democrats are competing to run against Republican Governor Tom Corbett, widely thought to be one of the […]
Tom Wolf is not the typical businessman-turned-politician. By most accounts, the previously little-known executive from York, Pennsylvania, is going to win the upcoming Democratic gubernatorial primary and cruise to victory over embattled GOP governor Tom Corbett in the November general election. That prospect alone separates him from other businessmen and women who seek public office […]
By Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — The legal fight over marriage equality arrived in a Philadelphia federal courtroom Thursday, as a lesbian couple urged a U.S. judge to overturn parts of a 1996 state law barring recognition of their out-of-state union. But as U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin weighed arguments Thursday, her interest seemed […]