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Recent articles by Mark:

Pennsylvania House speaker's bipartisan group begins work

"I think we just want to show that Democrats and Republicans can work together," the new speaker of the Pennsylvania House said. → Read More

Josh Shapiro takes oath of office to become Pennsylvania's 48th governor

Shapiro, 49, comes into office with more experience in state government than any of his recent predecessors. → Read More

Pa. House special elections set for Feb. 7 after court approval

A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel sided with the House's Democratic floor leader, Rep. Joanna McClinton of Philadelphia, who had moved to fill all three Allegheny County seats together on Feb. 7. → Read More

Pennsylvania House special elections set for February 7, 2023

Partisan control of the state House will be at stake in special elections to fill three Allegheny County seats formerly held by Summer Lee, Austin Davis and the late Tony DeLuca. → Read More

Commonwealth Court greenlights holding Pa. House special elections Feb. 7

A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel sided with the House's Democratic floor leader, Rep. Joanna McClinton of Philadelphia, who had moved to fill all three Allegheny County seats on Feb. 7. → Read More

Judges weigh GOP bid to delay 2 Pa. House special elections

On Wednesday, a lawyer for the Allegheny County Elections Bureau told a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel that ballots were ready to be printed, machines have been tested and most of the polling places and elections workers have been lined up. → Read More

New Pa. speaker wants 'work group' after slow session start

Lawmakers were brought to the Capitol for a hastily called special session designed to speed passage of a two-year window for letting some victims of child sexual abuse file otherwise outdated lawsuits. → Read More

GOP lawmaker turns on Democrat he helped win Pa. speakership

The Pennsylvania state House Republican who nominated and voted for Rep. Mark Rozzi to serve as speaker wrote him to say Rozzi was waffling on whether he will register as an independent and therefore should resign. → Read More

GOP lawmaker turns on Democrat Mark Rozzi, the man he helped win Pa. speakership

A letter from Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Blair, who has worked closely with Rozzi on child sexual abuse issues, said “bonds of trust between friends — as close as you and → Read More

New Pennsylvania speaker puts sexual abuse lawsuit window atop agenda

Pennsylvania’s newly minted state House speaker is moving to make his major policy goal regarding victims of child sexual abuse to be the chamber’s urgent priority. → Read More

State lawmakers turn to creative solutions in speaker fights

As Republican infighting debilitates Washington, some state legislatures have managed to launch sessions complicated by similar GOP partisan divides or razor-thin margins of party control with creative, if yet untested, → Read More

Majority of 16k canceled Pa. mail-in ballots were from Dems

New data from Pennsylvania's elections agency shows an early November state court decision that barred mail-in ballots without accurate handwritten dates on their exterior envelopes resulted in otherwise valid votes being thrown out. → Read More

Rozzi, Wolf move to speed action on child sex abuse lawsuit window in Pa.

In a news release, Rozzi said the House and Senate needed to vote by the first week of February to get the referendum on the May primary ballot. → Read More

Democrat voted Pennsylvania speaker, foiling GOP hopes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democrat who promised to govern as an independent was elected speaker of the narrowly divided Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a surprising move Tuesday on the strength of every Democrat and more than a dozen GOP votes. Rep. Mark Rozzi was elected speaker by a vote of 115-85 after Republicans […] → Read More

Divided Pennsylvania House elects Democrat Rozzi as speaker

The chamber voted 115-85 to make Rep. Mark Rozzi of Berks County its speaker after Republicans were unable to convert their 101-99 majority into a vote to retain the speakership. → Read More

Pennsylvania House control unclear ahead of speaker vote

Partisan control of the state House of Representatives hung in the balance Tuesday as Pennsylvania lawmakers arrived to be sworn in for the new legislative session. → Read More

Feds sue drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen over opioid sales

AmerisourceBergen, based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, released a statement in response saying the federal complaint cherry-picked pharmacies among its tens of thousands of customers “while ignoring the absence of action” by the Drug Enforcement Administration. → Read More

Court weighs halting Philadelphia prosecutor's impeachment

“It seems to me that these impeachment proceedings are based on disagreement with public policy and an elected official’s discretion,” Ceisler said. “I think that this proceeding could set terrible → Read More

Pa. state House: Closed-door talks fail to settle control fight

Democrats picked up a net of 12 seats in last month's election, the minimum needed to reclaim majority control of the House after more than a decade in the minority. That left Democrats with 102 representatives to Republicans' 101, but the three vacancies have given the GOP hopes of maintaining majority status early next year, if only for a few weeks or several months. → Read More

Closed-door talks fail to settle state House control fight

Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer told lawyers that she will speed consideration of the case. → Read More