Tag: Harrisburg

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Metro

Voter ID court debate continues in Harrisburg

Protestors gather on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol to oppose the voter ID law in advance of court hearings July 25, 2012. (Photo by Brentin Mock/Colorlines/File) The plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the state’s Voter ID Law ended the first week of their Commonwealth Court case, by presenting a political communications professor who testified the state’s education and outreach efforts about the law’s requirements were lacking.

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Metro

Pa. law banning gay marriage to face challenge

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, during a Capitol news conference, Tuesday, July 9, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) by Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Civil rights lawyers filed the first known legal challenge Tuesday on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions.

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Metro

Corbett panned for linking Pa. joblessness, drug use

PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Peter Jackson Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday heaped criticism on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for suggesting that too many residents remain unemployed because they cannot pass drug tests, while his business allies said he was only pointing out a problem that employers have repeatedly cited as serious.

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Metro

Bill would limit whistleblower activities on PA farms

CAGED CHICKENS-The Humane Society conducted an undercover investigation in 2012 at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pa. Kreider cages about seven million egg-laying hens at its four Pennsylvania facilities. (Photo by The Humane Society of the U.S.) by Natasha Khan, PublicSource Chickens crammed into wire cages next to the rotting carcasses of other chickens. The floor of a barn coated with flies. Hens with their heads jammed between cages and feeding machines.

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Opinion

The tainted prosecution of Justice Joan Orie Melvin

FACING OUSTER– In this May 18, 2012 photo Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, speaks to reporters outside Pittsburgh Municipal Court in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) by Bill Keisling (RealReporting.org)–A public impeachment trial in the state senate is not only desirable in the case of Justice Melvin, but necessary.