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July 29th 2019 Justice secretary, who is supposed to replace the US territory’s scandal-hit governor when he steps down this week, has announced that she does not want the job as the island’s political crisis deepens. Wanda Vazquez said in a Twitter post on Sunday that she had informed Governor Ricardo Rossello, adding that she hoped […]

By Charles Thompson   Pennsylvania’s Republican Party chairman stepped down Tuesday following a published report that he had traded sexually charged text messages with a Philadelphia City Council candidate and also sent her an explicit photo. Val DiGiorgio’s resignation was announced by the state Republican Party. In a letter to top party officials, DiGiorgio, 51, said […]

Author: USALA /Monday, June 17, 2019 For more than three decades Bill DeWeese was one of Pennsylvania’s most powerful politicians. He served as the 135th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House from 1993-94.  DeWeese was among the Capitol’s most colorful characters and power brokers until his high-flying career came crashing down when he was sentenced to 30 to 60 months in state prison on […]

Author: Justin Sweitzer/Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Just one day after the Pennsylvania Senate voted to send a bill expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program to his desk, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will veto the legislation. House Bill 800, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the cap on contributions to […]

By Jan Murphy  A measure working its way through the state House of Representatives seeks to make local elected officials take seriously the duties they have chosen to take on by running for office. The House Local Government Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment that intends to grant the General Assembly the […]

There was plenty of mudslinging leading up to District 7’s Democratic primary on May 21. But when the dust settled on Tuesday night, Maria Quiñones-Sanchez emerged the victor in a tightly-contested City Council primary with state Rep. Angel Cruz. “When people say the party is not with me, that is not true. Because the people […]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democrat Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job as mayor of the nation’s sixth largest city after fending off two challengers in Tuesday’s primary who criticized his signature achievement: a soda tax to help provide free preschool classes. The victory all but assures Kenney will stay on as mayor in Philadelphia, […]