Stories tagged: "GOP"

Desks are arranged in a classroom at Panther Valley Elementary School, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nesquehoning, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
As Pride Month Closes, PA’s GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Anti-LGBTQ Student Laws

Two bills limiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, and a bill banning trans athletes from sports have passed the state Senate along party lines.

Could the next attack on democracy be a state-level electoral college?

While it is arguable that subverting the will of the people was the original intent of the electoral college at the federal level, it is certainly the intent of the current proposal in Texas, and this is why Pennsylvanians should expect it to rear its ugly, anti-democratic head here at home.

HARRISBURG, PA - MAY 15: A man with an assault rifle reacts while joining demonstrators outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building to protest the continued closure of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Pennsylvania’s GOP Lawmakers Really Want 18-Year-Olds to Have Assault-Style Rifles

For the second week in a row, state Republican lawmakers used their majority to defeat gun safety proposals that attempt to address the ongoing gun violence in the country.

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, a Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, takes part in a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Doug Mastriano Leans Into 2018 Comments Likening Gun Control to Nazism

Days after the elementary school massacre in Texas, the GOP gubernatorial candidate isn’t shying away from his remarks likening gun laws proposed by Democrats to Nazis taking guns from political opponents and Jews before World War II.

Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA)
Rep. Susan Wild Holds Emotional Town Hall After Mass Shooting In TX

As the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas was unfolding, as the numbers were growing and no one knew for certain just how many children, teachers, and school personnel were injured or dead, community leaders responded in very different ways.

PA GOP Senate Recount Devolves Into Battle Of Conspiracy Theories

While the dispute amounts to a disagreement over technicalities, it is also an example of GOP voter suppression strategies coming home to roost. The attempts to disqualify mail-in ballots, seen as a way to suppress democratic votes, are now backfiring on the party that created them.

Gas prices are displayed at a filling station in Philadelphia, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
All of PA’s Congressional Republicans Voted Against Gas Price Gouging Bill

The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would outlaw gas price gouging during an energy emergency. The commonwealth’s lawmakers voted along party lines, with all Dems voting for and Republican reps voting against.