Politics A pair of Pennsylvania congressmen said Monday that President Donald Trump is not blameless when it comes to the rancorous public discourse in America. Speaking at a POLITICO Playbook Elections event in Philadelphia, retiring GOP Rep. Ryan Costello said the polarized political climate is the result of many variables that are “shaking up the hornet’s nest” but that Trump’s rhetoric “is certainly one of them” for people on both sides of the aisle.Story Continued Below Costello said that for those on the right, Trump is projecting already-existing anger, while the president acts as a trigger for people who are “agitated” on the left. “In the grand scheme of things, if you were to subsequently ask me, ‘Does he quell or exacerbate?’ I would say he oftentimes exacerbates,” Costello added. The tone of political rhetoric has come under a harsh spotlight as midterm election campaigns enter their final stretch, … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania lawmakers: Trump rhetoric at least partly to blame for division
Join POLITICO Playbook Co-Authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, for a special Playbook Elections event in Pennsylvania to discuss the 2018 midterm cycle and issues shaping the races. This event, part of the POLITICO-AARP Deciders series, will feature an exclusive conversation with elected officials, addressing issues that matter most to voters.Playbook Elections events are part of The Deciders series, driven by a partnership with AARP, focused on the 50+ voter who is poised to decide November’s midterms. 2018-10-29T08:00-0400 Join POLITICO Playbook Co-Authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, for a special Playbook Elections event in Pennsylvania to discuss the 2018 midterm cycle and issues shaping the races. This event, part of the POLITICO-AARP Deciders series, will feature an exclusive conversation with elected officials, addressing issues that matter most to voters.Playbook Elections events are part of The Deciders series, driven by a partnership with AARP, focused on the 50+ … [Read more...] about Playbook Elections Pennsylvania
Here’s an unexpected sentence: rain taxes are having a big week. As yet another nor’easter pushes up through Pennsylvania this weekend, a township in the middle of the state is currently considering implementing a ”rain tax” which would go into effect next July. Lower Paxton Township is hosting informational meetings next week about the proposed rain tax, according to PennLive, which is also commonly known as a stormwater fee. The definition of what a rain tax does is pretty clear: the township is asking for more money from its residents in order to counteract an abundance of stormwater. Lower Paxton is looking for ways to improve the township’s stormwater management system, and it needs more money to do so. But the term “rain tax” has stirred up strong feelings from some who don’t understand what it means. A debate all the way out in Texas, between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke, didn’t help. Cruz admitted in a … [Read more...] about A central Pennsylvania township is mulling a rain tax. So what’s a rain tax?
A recently-proposed piece of legislation in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives would add a 10 percent sales tax to video games containing violent material. The bill, which can be read in full here, would place money generated from the tax into a new “Digital Protection for School Safety Account,” which Pennsylvania would then use to provide funding for school safety enhancements. Rep. Christopher B. Quinn, R-168th, whose district covers parts of Delaware County, first mentioned the proposed legislation in a memo on Sept. 25, as noted by TechRaptor on Tuesday. The bill has since been referred to the Committee on Finance. In the memo, Quinn drew connections between a seeming uptick in school violence, including the Parkland, Florida, shooting, and violent video games, citing a National Center for Health Research study. The study Quinn referred to finds “playing violent video games can increase aggressive thoughts, behaviors, and … [Read more...] about Legislation proposed by Delco state representative would tax mature video games in Pennsylvania
The next time concerned passersby summon police about dogs or cats left in a dangerously hot car, officers in Pennsylvania will be able to force their way into the vehicle to make a rescue. On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill that generally removes any legal liability from police, humane officers and other emergency responders who make such rescues, the Associated Press reports. The law requires a reasonable effort be made first to find the owner before locks are jimmied or windows smashed to rescue the animals. Authorities must also leave a note identifying themselves and their agency, and provide information about retrieving their pet. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides this reminder: What all owners must understand is that a car is essentially a metal box. On an 85-degree day, interior temperatures can climb over 100 degrees in only ten minutes and can jump to 120 degrees in half an hour. Even in cooler weather, the inside of a car … [Read more...] about Now police in Pennsylvania can break into hot cars to rescue pets