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February 4, 2016

State Sen. Daylin Leach advocates for his legislative agenda at Whitpain town hall meeting, BY CARL ROTENBERG

In a wide-ranging town hall Thursday at the Whitpain township building, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17th Dist., opined on the cruelty of Pennsylvania’s bail system for the accused, marijuana reform and the political forces creating a stalemate over the 2015…

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February 4, 2016


One of Leach’s signature achievements is getting a medical marijuana bill through the State Senate last year. He did it the old-fashioned way, by pushing political levers. “Lobbyists and advocates are paid to be purists,” Leach says. “Being a legislator…

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January 27, 2016


The United States now has the largest prison population in the world, with more than 2.2 million people behind bars, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics. Additionally, more than 4.7 million adults are on probation or parole. That’s a…

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January 25, 2016

Fighting human trafficking requires awareness, resources, BY OBSERVER REPORTER EDITORIAL BOARD

Daylin Leach, a state senator from suburban Philadelphia, is pushing a bill that would prevent criminal prosecution of girls under age 18 who are arrested for prostitution.

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January 24, 2016

State senator wants legislation to abolish second-degree murder charge, BY MEGAN GUZA

“We’ve reached a point where we’ve made a decision as a society that being tough on crime isn’t nearly as effective as being smart on crime,” Leach said.

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January 23, 2016

Second-largest legislature looks to downsize, BY JOHN FINNERTY

“We don’t have a budget because we disagree,” Leach said. “That has nothing to do with the number of people in the Legislature.”

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January 23, 2016

Sen. Daylin Leach proposes nixing second-degree murder, BY JAMES O’MALLEY

Saying the statute yields “unjust” and “absurd” results, state Sen. Daylin Leach last week called for legislators to support a bill to eliminate second-degree murder in Pennsylvania.

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January 21, 2016

Leach Announces Proposal to Eliminate Crime of Second Degree Murder in Commonwealth

State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced a new proposal to eliminate the crime of second degree murder, also known as “felony murder,” from Pennsylvania law.

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January 18, 2016

The death penalty in PA: The big reason a report on capital punishment is 2 years late, BY ANNA ORSO

Leach, a progressive Democrat who’s against the death penalty, said he was relieved when Gov. Tom Wolf last year instituted a campaign promise and said he wouldn’t sign death warrants in the state until the conclusion of the task force…

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January 12, 2016

Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking Improving In Pennsylvania, BY DEANNA GARCIA

Another law increases penalties for traffickers, in addition to providing resources for law enforcement and victims. Leach is now pushing for passage of the so-called Safe Harbor Bill (SB 851).

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December 31, 2015

State supreme court upholds death penalty moratorium, BY LARRY MILLER

“Since 1973, 156 people have been sentenced to death in the United States and subsequently exonerated,” Leach said.

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December 30, 2015

Feds ease rules for health research on marijuana extract, BY TAUNYA ENGLISH

“There’s a lot of sort of bureaucratic hoops you need to jump through since marijuana is irrationally a Schedule 1 narcotic,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach, who is leading the push to approve medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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December 22, 2015

Pa. Supreme Court upholds Gov. Wolf’s death penalty moratorium, BY MATTHEW SANTONI

“With the moratorium in place,” Leach said, “the task force can continue to diligently study concerns about our capital punishment system.”

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December 22, 2015

Court backs Wolf in Phila. death penalty case, BY CHRIS PALMER and LAURA McCRYSTAL

A report from the task force studying whether the death penalty can be legally and effectively administered in Pennsylvania was due two years ago, but its deadline has been extended. Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), a member of the task…

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December 15, 2015

Employers need to understand the needs of employees

Full time workers should not have to live in poverty. Asking for a wage of $15 per hour is reasonable, and its implementation will benefit all of us. Suburban Philadelphia janitors deserve our support.

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December 13, 2015

Is the death penalty a dying sentence? BY NICOLE BRAMBILA

“It’s important to keep in mind we’ve not executed anyone in Pennsylvania who has not asked to be executed in 53 years,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach, a Montgomery County Democrat who has introduced bills to repeal the death penalty…

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December 9, 2015

Pittsburgh-area religious leaders fear Trump remarks fan intolerance, BY NATASHA LINDSTROM

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Upper Merion, introduced a resolution to condemn religious discrimination.

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December 9, 2015

‘Outright fascism’: Pa. lawmaker calls for condemnation of Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from the United States, BY CHRISTIAN ALEXANDERSEN

Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, has proposed a resolution that condemning religious discrimination. The resolution would denounce the categorization of people in the law based solely on their membership or belief or non-belief or adherence to or ancestral lineage in…

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December 6, 2015

VIDEO: Face the State with Rob Hanrahan

Senator Daylin Leach joins Face the State with Rob Hanrahan to discuss firearm policy, medical cannabis, and the state budget.

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December 6, 2015

Fair forfeiture or the drug dealer’s ‘bill of rights?’, BY DOUGLAS GUTH

“The people who decide to take your property are the same ones who get to keep it,” said Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, another longtime forfeiture reform advocate. “There are no other areas of law where that’s true. It’s a bad…

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December 1, 2015

Dump Trump from fundraiser, critics tell PA GOP, BY THOMAS FITZGERALD

A variety of Democrats also piled on the GOP. State Sen. Daylin Leach (D.,Montgomery) slammed the “disturbing” move in an interview with He said Trump is “flirting with fascism.”

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December 1, 2015

GOP should dump ‘racist, xenophobic’ Trump as lunch speaker, critics say, report, BY JOHN MICEK

“This man has run an outright racist, xenophobic campaign and now he’s making fun of handicapped people,” Leach told BillyPenn’s Anna Orso. “And apparently the Pennsylvania Republicans think this is great and are inviting him to speak.”

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November 30, 2015

Calls mount to remove ‘racist, xenophobic’ Donald Trump as PA Society speaker, BY ANNA ORSO

“This man has run an outright racist, xenophobic campaign and now he’s making fun of handicapped people,” Leach said. “And apparently the Pennsylvania Republicans think this is great and are inviting him to speak.”

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November 29, 2015

State senator spars with local preacher, BY RYAN BROWN

“Since 9/11, we have … admitted 750,000 refugees into the U.S., many from the Middle East and thousands from Syria,” Leach wrote. “Out of those 750,000 refugees, three have been arrested for terrorism-related activity. None of them have actually attempted…

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November 24, 2015

Pa. Senate Votes to Block Syrian Refugees, BY DAN MCQUADE

Several local lawmakers, including state senators Anthony Williams and Daylin Leach, spoke out against the measure. Williams attempted to table the resolution today, but it failed. “The Home of the Brave should lead the world in accepting refugees,” Leach said.

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November 24, 2015

PA Lawmakers push to legalize medical aid-in-dying

“These people do not want to die. They want to live,” Sen. Leach said. “They don`t want to commit suicide, but they’re not going to live, so the question isn’t whether they live or die, it’s how they die and…

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November 24, 2015

Toothless resolution to keep Syrian refugees out of Pennsylvania passes

Refugees, Leach said, have to go through extensive background checks from the FBI, DOD and CIA. The security process takes anywhere between 18 and 24 months to be completed. Leach called the process “advanced” and “rigorous.”

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November 24, 2015

Lt. governor casts tie-breaking vote as Pa. Senate nixes push to kill off school property taxes

Delaware County’s two Republican senators, Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, and Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, voted against the measure, as did Democrat Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Haverford.

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November 23, 2015

Nurse accused of assisted suicide becomes death with dignity advocate

Representative Mark Rozzi and Senator Daylin Leach have both introduced bills aim to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.

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November 23, 2015

Scrap the property tax? Not so fast, Delco reps say

“The sales tax is the most regressive tax we have which means the poorer you are, the higher the tax rate,” said Leach. “At a time of the greatest income inequality in 100 years, raising taxes on poor people doesn’t…

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November 21, 2015

Scant support for Wolf efforts to bring Syrians to Pa.

“This is a courageous and noble thing the governor has done,” Leach said. “As a Jewish person, I remember Jews were turned away from the United States during the Holocaust. We cannot turn our back on desperate people fleeing for…

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November 20, 2015

Pa. House vote on medical marijuana could be soon

“What we in the Senate are looking for is whether the bill is designed to get patients medicine,” said State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), a vocal supporter of medical marijuana, who was wary of amendments. “We just want to…

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November 20, 2015

2 Zebras Escape the Circus, Get Chased by Police

In order to avoid any more people or animals getting hurt, Senator Daylin Leach has introduced a bill that would “largely end the cruel practice of grueling travel and on-demand performance that many animals are subjected to for the sake…

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November 19, 2015

Medical marijuana bill’s out of committee, could face vote as early as next week

Steve Hoenstine, spokesman for co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), said, “I do expect the House to pass something, but I don’t know what that will be.”

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November 18, 2015

Pa. legislators split over Syrian refugees

“We can’t stand by and watch 3-year-old children wash up on beaches. We can’t give in to terrorist thugs and lose all of our humanity,” Leach said. “Gov. Wolf sends a message of welcoming. The other side is xenophobic and…

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November 18, 2015

Medical marijuana bill sent to full Pennsylvania House

Steve Hoenstine, spokesman for bill co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, said he was happy to see the committee pass the bill overwhelmingly. “We hope the entire House acts quickly to pass our bill without amendment,” Hoenstine said, adding that he…

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November 16, 2015

Who are the property tax winners and losers in the #PaBudget?: Monday Morning Coffee

“That’s a lot to ask a Democrat to vote for that,” Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, told Levy. “We usually ask Republicans to vote for that.”

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November 15, 2015

The sprawling Pa. budget deal’s $2 billion question

For Democrats, raising the sales tax is a red flag that the tax code is becoming more regressive. “That’s a lot to ask a Democrat to vote for that,” said Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery. “We usually ask Republicans to vote…

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November 14, 2015

Lifers are taxing state prison system

“What felony murder is is the ability to convict somebody of murder when they never intended to commit murder,” Leach said. “That’s just wrong, and it leads to terrible results.”

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November 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Tax Hike Proposal (video)

Would you be willing to pay the second highest sales tax in the nation if it meant your property tax would not go up? That’s the tradeoff Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering in their budget deal. NBC10’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas explains what…

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November 12, 2015

Proposed state budget framework still has many details to resolve

“At a time when the income inequality we see is the worst it’s been in a hundred years, that doesn’t seem like a great time to increase taxes on poor people more than everybody else,” Mr. Leach said.

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November 11, 2015

Doubts Emerge About Pa. Budget Deal

Sen. Daylin Leach said the sales tax, which falls more heavily on the state’s poor, is being raised in order to lower property taxes, which hit’s the state’s wealthier residents more.

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November 11, 2015

Fight for $15 hourly minimum wage hits the streets in Phila. and nationwide

Dubbing it a fast-food “strike,” more than 100 restaurant workers in Philadelphia and many more around the nation on Tuesday held rallies, protests, and marches, seeking a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a union, and political power.

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November 11, 2015

Leach Rallies to Raise Minimum Wage

“It’s time we start allowing workers to share in the American Dream, and not just the 1 percent, and not just the chief executive officer, but the people on the line everyday who actually do the work,” Leach said at…

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November 11, 2015

Few state budget details emerge in York, hurdles remain

“We have the highest rate of income (inequality) in 100 years in this country, and making the tax structure more regressive makes that worse, not better,” Leach said.

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November 10, 2015

Dozens Of Demonstrators Push For Higher Minimum Wage

Dozens of Philadelphia fast food workers joined a nation-wide demonstration, Tuesday, to push for a $15 minimum wage.

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November 10, 2015

Pennsylvania sales tax could become 2nd highest in nation

“We have the highest rate of income equality in 100 years in this country and making the tax structure more regressive makes that worse, not better,” Leach said.

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November 8, 2015

Pa. should update childhood immunizations, end ‘philosophical’ exemption

On another track, Pennsylvania should eliminate the philosophical exemption, allowing only religious and medical opt-outs, as most other states do.

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November 6, 2015

Schools expect tougher state rules to ensure students are vaccinated

Religious or philosophical exemptions would be unaffected. (In February, Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, introduced legislation that would leave the religious exemption in place but eliminate the philosophical exemption, which applies to objections based on “a strong moral or ethical conviction…

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November 6, 2015

Pennsylvania looks to tighten vaccine requirements for school children

State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Montgomery County Democrat, has proposed legislation that would eliminate the “philosophical” exemption while leaving intact the religious and medical exemptions.

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November 6, 2015

Keystone Research Center decries nursing home ‘poverty’ wages

“Raising starting wages for nursing home workers to $15 per hour will end the taxpayer-funded subsidy of nursing home operators, lift care-giving staff out of poverty, and improve care for residents,” Sen. Leach said.

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November 5, 2015

State may change immunization requirements for students

“The philosophical exemption permits thousands of unvaccinated children to attend our schools for no apparent medical or religious reason. It should be the policy of the Pennsylvania government to encourage the highest possible vaccination rate, so we should eliminate the…

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November 5, 2015

The new state Supreme Court could change Pennsylvania’s future, but how?

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Philadelphia, has repeatedly taken issue with this process and once used the same voter data to redraw the lines so that Democrats could have won 13 of 18 seats.

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November 5, 2015

New report calls for higher wages for nursing-home workers; 1 in 6 get public assistance

“So, the taxpayers don’t have to take responsibility for paying the employee, the nursing home should take that responsibility and should not be able to outsource that,” said Leach, D-17, Upper Merion. “Up until April of this year my mother…

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November 2, 2015

Delco pols join push for gun background checks

Bills that would close a loophole in Pennsylvania’s current background check law for gun purchases are gaining bipartisan support in both the state Senate and House of Representatives with Delaware County legislators leading the way for Republican co-sponsorship.

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November 1, 2015

Debate rages about sellers’ responsibility in gun crimes

“These are people who at the very least should be looked into further,” Leach said. “Straw purchasers are responsible for much of the slaughter we see on our streets.”

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November 1, 2015

New Manayunk Bridge trail unites Philly & Lower Merion

State Sen. Daylin Leach said the new trail will be so popular “there will be marriage proposals and breakups and litigation” along its pedestrian-and-bike-only, S-curved paths.

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October 21, 2015

Disparate use of civil asset forfeiture troubling to reform advocates

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, took issue with repeated rhetoric that “drug dealers” would be receiving favorable treatment. Somebody must first be convicted to receive the drug dealer label, he said, and that doesn’t always happen, even when property is…

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October 20, 2015

Lawmakers debate Pa. forfeiture rules

“I have always been very troubled by many aspects of this,” said State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), another longtime reform advocate.

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October 20, 2015

Ferman: DA’s should control seized drug money

Leach said while he’s not accusing anyone of doing anything unethical or illegal with the money, it creates the appearance of impropriety. Forfeited property is sold and, along with forfeited cash, ends up in an account that district attorneys use…

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October 14, 2015

Pennsylvania Medical Society to reassess stance on marijuana

“Each day without medical cannabis protocol in Pennsylvania is another day of needless suffering for patients and their families,” Leach said.

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October 12, 2015

Pa. lawmakers may agree on expanding gambling

Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) is not opposed to the idea. But he sees it as a distraction from hammering out a real solution.

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October 10, 2015

California’s ‘right to die’ passage opens door for sensitive discussion

“These people have no interest in suicide. They don’t want to die. They want to live. Unfortunately, they’re not going to. So the question isn’t whether they die; the question is how they die and how much say they had…

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October 10, 2015

Death penalty: Parents of murder victim oppose killer’s execution

“I saw so many things that made me believe, even above and beyond the moral issues, the death penalty is a bad idea. It’s a bad idea economically. It’s a bad idea in terms the whole balance of the criminal…

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October 7, 2015

PA-BGT: House Rejects Wolf’s Tax Plan

“Governor Wolf continues to offer compromises while fighting for Pennsylvania’s future, while Republicans cling to their theological adherence to Grover Norquist’s no-revenue pledges and try to come up with new and innovative ways to embarrass Governor Wolf and our Commonwealth,”…

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October 6, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs right-to-die law; should Pennsylvania follow suit?

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach is the lead sponsor for Senate Bill 549, which, according to a memo, “would allow people with a terminal disease to, under certain conditions, request a prescription for medicine that would end their life in…

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October 4, 2015

State funds designated for groups that oppose abortion

“I’m pro-choice,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery. “If people are going to these providers knowing what they are about, I have no problem with it. My problem is if people are being misled or shamed, or if they are…

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October 3, 2015

Bill Aims To Protect Child Victims Of Sex Trafficking In Pennsylvania

“The children involved here have been treated horrifically and traumatized and brutalized,” said Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery). “There is no other context that I can think of in the law where we take victims that have been treated in such…

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October 3, 2015

Pa. lawmakers move closer to legalizing medical marijuana

The state Senate has already approved its own medical-marijuana bill, and State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), a longtime proponent of medical marijuana, said he believed the upper chamber would support a House bill that reflected the recommendations that were…

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October 2, 2015

Senators optimistic for medical marijuana bill in House

While he has “quibbles” with the nine-page memo prepared by House Majority Policy Chair Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre County, Leach said the list of recommendations is something he could see the Senate voting for and moving to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

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October 1, 2015

Ready, fire, aim: LM continues to defend action brought by Firearm Owners Against Crime

The challenge to Act 192 (in larger part due to the efforts of Sen. Daylin Leach) was that it violated two fundamental principles of government entrenched in our Constitution since 1864, namely the single subject requirement and original purpose rule.

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September 29, 2015

Brewster’s state Senate legislation would keep charter schools in line

SB 321 is cosponsored by Democrats Fontana, Judith L. Schwank of Berks County and Daylin Leach of Montgomery County.

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September 25, 2015

Letter: ‘Budget’ was nothing more than a political stunt, senator says

The Constitution requires the governor’s signature for a reason. He is the head of a co-equal branch of government. The legislature knew that the budget they were passing was not viable and that it would never become law. Thus, it…

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September 24, 2015

Medical marijuana rally asks Pennsylvania House, physicians: Whose side are you on?

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D- Delaware, Montgomery) made jokes about how long the House is taking to vote. First, lawmakers presented the bill to a commission for recommendations, then it goes to a committee who assigns it to a task…

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September 23, 2015

Blame Republicans for state budget impasse

It is true that the Republican majority in the Legislature passed “a budget.” But Gov. Wolf did not campaign for governor promising to sign literally anything the Legislature passed, no matter how poor and inadequate it is.

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September 22, 2015

Supporters point to ailing children, urge swift passage of medical marijuana bill

“I ask the people in the House to move this bill forward as if it’s your child,” said Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware and Montgomery counties, motioning to the pictures of children who could be aided by cannabis.

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September 22, 2015

Supporters rally around Medical Marijuana in Harrisburg

State Sens. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), Reps. Ed Gainey (D-East Liberty) and Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), and Pennsylvania Director of Planning and Policy John Hanger joined sick patients and their families for the event.

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September 22, 2015

Task force to release medical marijuana recommendations

“We are in session. There is no reason we can’t get a vote on the House floor in October, and if we can do that we can get it to the governor’s desk either late October or early November,” Sen.…

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September 21, 2015

Connellsville mom, daughter still waiting for medical marijuana

Several people will be speaking at the rally Tuesday, including Sens. Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach — early champions of medical marijuana legalization. Gov. Tom Wolf is also supposed to make an appearance, according to Michaels.

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September 18, 2015

For JFCS, There Will Be No Place Like Home

Leach, a Democrat who represents the 17th District in Montgomery and Delaware counties, is intimately familiar with the organization’s predecessor, Association for Jewish Children. He shared that as a child, he was placed in foster care for a number of…

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September 16, 2015

LETTER: GOP can’t ignore Wolf

However, the more pressing point is that there won’t be any budget until the Republican legislators acknowledge that there is a governor, and that he has concerns and priorities that must be addressed.

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September 15, 2015

PA-BGT: Leach, Wagner Engage in War of Words

Leach asserts that the GOP merely passed another of Gov. Corbett’s budgets and are acting surprised that Gov. Wolf hasn’t signed it.

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September 15, 2015

Immunizations Unknown: Pa. School Vaccine System Flawed

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17) plans to introduce similar legislation in the state senate. He told NBC10 in February that the exemption is “unusual.”

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September 14, 2015

Jewish Family and Children’s services breaks ground for Bala Cynwyd center

Speaking at the ceremony, state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17th) said he attends many such events, but in this instance came “with a feeling of coming full circle.” It was JFCS’s predecessor organization, the Association for Jewish Children, that was there…

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September 12, 2015

$20M push to legalize marijuana rolls toward vote in Ohio

Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, is a leader of Pennsylvania’s movement to legalize medical marijuana. He does not favor the regulatory system outlined in Responsible Ohio’s initiative, preferring a competitive application process for licensure.

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September 12, 2015

‘Quiet crisis’ as Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate grinds on

“Broadly speaking, I think Democrats feel that that would be a Republican effort to fund the parts of the budget that they want without funding the parts of the budget that we want,” said Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery. “And we’re…

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September 11, 2015

Two-way traffic on Markley Street in Norristown returns

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, joked about being able to travel more quickly to his favorite restaurant and said, “It’s really a great day. This will be a major improvement in your life.”

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September 11, 2015

Judge tosses out NRA’s ordinance suit

“The defendants contend that the NRA lacks standing to bring a lawsuit on this matter because of the Leach holding. This Court agrees,” Judge Carpenter wrote in her opinion. “The Commonwealth Court’s holding in Leach creates a binding precedent that…

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September 11, 2015

Democratic legislators say Marcellus Shale tax needed to fund public schools

Referring to a statement at a hearing from one Marcellus Shale driller that it couldn’t afford any tax, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, said the companies’ reports for their investors have stated high profit margins and “bragged they don’t pay…

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September 9, 2015

Village View: At last! Pa. voter registration on the Web

State Senator Daylin Leach had this to say: “Expanding opportunities to vote is long overdue. This is such a refreshing change from the previous administration’s attempts to suppress the vote through Voter ID and opposition to anything that made voting…

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September 9, 2015

Unions banking hopes on races for high court

In a historic election campaign, more than $1.3 million in union cash has gone to state Supreme Court candidates this year, a sum labor leaders say underscores a siege mentality that has them looking to the courts as a bulwark…

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September 9, 2015

Renovations Begin On Vacant Bala Cynwyd Building For New Enrichment Center

It also gives JFCS a permanent home on the Mainline, important, says state senator Daylin Leach, who himself, was in foster care through the predecessor of JFCS.

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September 8, 2015

Lawmakers rally with nurses’ union outside of Eagleville Hospital

Unionized nurses of the Eagleville Hospital joined with state lawmakers and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate to condemn the alleged way the administration of Eagleville Hospital has responded to the nurses joining a union.

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September 4, 2015

Pa. budget stalemate puts session days on Rosh Hashanah

Those days will include September 14th and 15th which are part of the Jewish New Years’ holiday Rosh Hashanah. Apparently, no one noticed this until State Sen. Daylin Leach pointed it out earlier this week.

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September 4, 2015

Pa. Senate cancels sessions during Rosh Hashanah following outcry

“I have lots of reasons to criticize the majority in the Senate on policy but, on this issue, I think it was just an honest mistake and I’m glad that it’s cleared up.”

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September 2, 2015

National group intends to double efforts to reform PA civil forfeiture issue

“It’s a patently unfair system,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, of forfeiture. “There are conflicts of interests because the same agencies that decide if civil asset forfeiture is appropriate (in a situation) are the same agencies that keep…

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September 1, 2015

Lawmaker creates stir after calling out Pa. Senate plans to meet on Jewish high holiday

If the Pennsylvania General Assembly wouldn’t meet on Christmas, then Sen. Daylin Leach wants to know why it would meet on an equally spiritual and important Jewish holiday.

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August 26, 2015

‘Tragedy’ the only way to push vaccination legislation

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, also introduced a bill, which a spokesman said was a result of his examination of Pennsylvania’s vaccination rates.

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August 24, 2015

Minimum-wage debate heats up in Pennsylvania

“There shouldn’t be a subminimum wage,” Leach said. “You cannot outsource paying your workers.”

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August 16, 2015

Pa. health chief targets vaccination rate

Two bills introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly this year by Rep. Becky Corbin (R., Chester) and Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Delaware) would eliminate the philosophical exemption.

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August 13, 2015

What’s stopping AG Kathleen Kane from releasing ‘Porngate’ emails? It’s complicated

Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County; the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (PACDL) all sought the release of the emails.

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August 11, 2015

Bail an injustice for Philadelphia’s poor

Fortunately, it has not been forgotten by everyone. A bill to “eliminate pre-trial detention for failure to post bail” is being drafted right now in the office of State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat who represents parts of Montgomery and…

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August 8, 2015

With political help, Verizon workers rally in Montco for better pay

“Verizon had, what, a $3.1 billion profit last year – a 14 percent increase over the year before – and we still have to argue and fight about decent wages for workers? That’s just wrong,” State Sen. Daylin Leach (D.,…

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August 7, 2015

Verizon workers rally for contract

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17th Dist., voiced his support for the union and praised unions for what they have done for the modern American worker. He said the battles unions need to fight are not over yet.

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July 27, 2015

Medical marijuana in Pa: House Speaker Turzai has questions, concerns

“Every day this bill doesn’t pass and signed into law is frustrating only because it’s a day of needless suffering for people who need it in Pennsylvania,” Leach said.

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July 26, 2015

You can’t hunt in a zoo

State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Delaware County Democrat, is prime sponsor of Senate Bill 738, which would make it illegal to procure animals from zoos by hunting preserves.

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July 24, 2015

Separate and unequal – the bail system is rigged against the poor – John Micek – PennLive

Here’s something to think about in the wake of the death of Sandra Bland, the Texas motorist who was found hanged in her cell after she was jailed over a controversial confrontation with a cop during a traffic stop.

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July 23, 2015

Sen. Mike Folmer talks marijuana with community leaders – John Latimer – Lebanon Daily News

Many years ago, in what probably seems to him like another lifetime, Sen. Mike Folmer sold fruits and vegetables from a family-operated wholesale produce warehouse in Lebanon.

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July 23, 2015

New York just approved a $15/hr minimum wage for fast-food workers – should Pa. follow its lead? – John Micek – PennLive

Cities across the country are boosting the minimum wage for service workers. On Wednesday, where the movement started, fast-food workers saw their wages increased to $15 an hour.

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July 19, 2015

Pa. medical pot bill may seek middle ground – Sam Janesch – Philadelphia Inquirer

HARRISBURG – At a time when state budget talks have yielded little progress, some legislators are working on bridging the gap on another widely debated issue: legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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July 17, 2015

Pa. gun law legislation reloaded in separate bills – Madison Russ – Allentown Morning Call

HARRISBURG — State lawmakers are taking aim at passing two gun bills that were previously shot down by a state court.

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July 15, 2015

GOP Will Try Again to Let NRA Sue Pennsylvania Cities – Joel Mathis – Philadelphia Magazine

If at first you don’t succeed… A Republican legislator is trying to revive a bill that would allow third-party organizations like to NRA to sue Pennsylvania towns and cities for having overly restrictive gun laws. Read more at

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July 14, 2015

Stripper doesn’t want ‘Big Brother’ to ogle her dossier – Madison Russ – Allentown Morning Call

HARRISBURG — With her hair pulled back off her neck in a loose ponytail, the 23-year-old woman is getting ready to start her eight-hour shift at Savannah’s — the strip club a little more than a mile from the state…

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July 14, 2015

DN Editorial: TO THEIR TAX CREDIT – Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board

THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters’ marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue.

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July 9, 2015

Catholic School Staffer in Montgomery County Apparently Fired for Same-Sex Marriage – ABC6 Philadelphia

LOWER MERION TWP., Pa. (WPVI) — A staff member at a Catholic school in Montgomery County is without a job after she was apparently fired for her same-sex marriage.

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July 9, 2015

Pennsylvania Catholic school teacher fired over same-sex marriage, report says – Alex Young –

LOWER MERION TWP, Pa., — Parents, alumni and students are standing behind a Montgomery County Catholic school teacher after she was apparently fired for her same-sex marriage, according to a report by 6 ABC.

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July 9, 2015

Catholic school teacher fired after parents learn of her same-sex marriage – Lauren Gambino – The Guardian

A religious education teacher was fired from a Catholic elementary school outside Philadelphia after she refused to resign when parents complained about her same-sex marriage, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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July 9, 2015

Firing of teacher in same-sex marriage roils Catholic school – Chris Brennan – Philadelphia Inquirer

The e-mail left many parents at the private Catholic school upset and confused. The well-respected director of religious education had just been fired.

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July 8, 2015

Advocates for medical marijuana anxious to see bill become law – Liam Migdail-Smith – Reading Eagle

Advocates for medical marijuana have seen their share of ups and downs during the past couple weeks.

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July 8, 2015

Lesbian Teacher Dismissed from Local Catholic School – Fox Philadelphia

MERION, Pa. – It was a large turnout for a meeting in Philadelphia Wednesday night. More than 130 parents and community members gathered in Fairmount to show support for a popular local teacher who they say was let go for…

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July 8, 2015

Parents, lawmaker rally around Merion teacher fired over same-sex marriage – Bobby Allyn – Newsworks

Until two weeks ago, Margie Winters directed the religious education program at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion.

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July 8, 2015

Philly-Area Catholic School Fires Teacher for Being in Same-Sex Marriage – Trudy Ring – Advocate

In this case, the teacher had been married for her entire eight-year tenure at the school — but a couple of parents recently complained.

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July 5, 2015

EDITORIAL: Court gives Pa. communities means to control guns – Pottstown Mercury Editorial Board

Amid all the excitement over U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding marriage equality, the Affordable Care Act and fair housing, the Commonwealth Court made a ruling that is significant for Pennsylvanians.

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July 2, 2015

Lees: It was a good week to be a Liberal – Tom Lees – Times Herald

I can think of a number of things that happened last week that pleased unabashed liberals like myself and many other people.

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June 29, 2015

Wolf Expected to Veto GOP Budget – Joel Mathis – Philadelphia Magazine

Looks like Harrisburg may blow past Tuesday’s June 30 deadline for a state budget. Read more at

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June 29, 2015

Wolf veto looms as liquor privatization plan moves forward – Alison Burdo – Philadelphia Business Journal

Separate state senate panels approved plans to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania and the Republican-backed budget despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s repeated commitments to veto both measures.

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June 29, 2015

Liquor overhaul, budget bills nearing floor of state Senate – Kate Giammarise and Karen Langley – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HARRISBURG — Legislative Republicans on Sunday unveiled their plan to unravel the state system of wine and liquor sales and began moving the bill toward Gov. Tom Wolf, who opposes turning the business over to the private sector.

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June 28, 2015

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The NRA Took a Hit – Sandy Hingston – Philadelphia Magazine

State Senator Daylin Leach called it “a gift to the National Rifle Association.” Mayor Nutter called it “legislative madness.” Lancaster mayor Richard Gray called it “nothing more than an attempt by the NRA and the gun lobby to bully smaller…

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June 28, 2015

Education funding debate highlighted budget’s first Senate step – Jason Gottesman – PLS

The first step for the Senate in the continued movement of a Republican crafted FY 2015-2016 spending plan saw the legislation move out of the Senate Appropriations Committee along a straight party-line vote Sunday evening.

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June 28, 2015

Pa. Senate moves GOP-led budget proposal amidst party rhetoric – Matt Maisel – FOX43

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Despite claims from Senate Democrats their counterpart’s state budget idea was a “House of cards,” built on “smoke and mirrors,” the Republican-led Senate Appropriations Committee passed the House-sponsored proposal during a rare meeting Sunday night.

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June 28, 2015

GOP budget, liquor privatization move forward in shadow of Gov. Wolf’s veto – Wallace McKelvey – PennLive

In a succession of heated committee meetings Sunday, a Republican-backed budget and liquor privatization plan advanced toward a likely veto by Gov. Tom Wolf.

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June 26, 2015

Ruling is hailed by Pa. legislators who have been pushing for same-sex equality – Charlie Thompson – PennLive

Pennsylvania state lawmakers who have pushed for marriage equality before same-sex marriage was cool – as in, supported by routine majorities in public opinion polls – reveled in Friday

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June 26, 2015

Montgomery County leaders in same-sex marriage fight react to Supreme Court ruling – Evan Brandt – Times Herald

POTTSTOWN >> The man who defied convention and issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in Pennsylvania last year says he is not surprised by Friday morning’s Supreme Court decision on the matter.

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March 30, 2015
By CBS21
March 30, 2015
By Natalie Bruzda, Herald Standard
March 23, 2015
By Eric Hrin, Max Bennett, and James Lowenstein, Times Shamrock
By Brad Bumsted, Tribune Review
Cutting elephants from circus not enough for Pennsylvania senator
March 17, 2015
By Kurt Bresswein, Lehigh Valley Live
In Our Opinion: Stop circus cruelty
March 12, 2015
By the Pocono Record Editorial BoardProposal would take the circus out of Pa.; leaving wild animals at state line not an option
March 12, 2015
By Jan Murphy, PennLiveLVC hosts town hall meeting on hemp, medical pot
March 12, 2015
By Matt Baczewski, Lebanon Daily NewsLocal legislators host town hall to discuss medical marijuana and industrial hemp
March 11, 2015
By Megan Carpenter, WFMZState lawmaker wants to ban all live animals in circuses
March 10, 2015
By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Philadelphia InquirerGov. Wolf Backs State Medical Marijuana Bill
March 10, 2015
By Jon Delano, KDKAPa. lawmaker seeks to ban elephant, wild animals from circus
March 10, 2015
By Jan Murphy, PennLivePa. senator wants to ban use of circus animals
March 10, 2015
By Myles Snyder, ABC27Pa lawmaker seeks ban on circus animals
March 10, 2015
By WFMJShould recreational marijuana be legalized in Pennsylvania?
March 8, 2015
By Hillary Lane, WFMZWolf budget proposal draws a partisan response
March 8, 2015
By Kristina Scala, Delaware County Daily TimesMontgomery County, state Republicans call for reversal of Wolf’s death penalty moratorium
March 6, 2015
By Oscar Gamble, Times HeraldRingling Bros. phasing out circus elephants; animal-rights advocates applaud decision
March 5, 2015
By Nick Falsone, Lehigh Valley LiveSenator Leach and Lieutenant Governor Stack Praise Circus Elephant Phase-Out
March 5, 2015
By Paul Smith, FOX43Governor’s suspension of death penalty to go to state Supreme Court
March 5, 2015
By Jonathan Baer, Daily PennsylvanianAnother View: Film festival takes on a serious subject
March 4, 2015
By Senator Daylin Leach, Delaware County Daily TimesEditorial: Wolf starting strong, but more needs to be done
March 1, 2015
By Delaware County Daily Times Editorial BoardCould medical marijuana soon be legal in Pa.?
February 27, 2015
By Amy Worden, Philadelphia InquirerRecreational marijuana use bill offered in Pennsylvania Senate
February 27, 2015
By Tony Rhodin, Lehigh Valley LivePa. Senate prepares to debate virtues of House’s liquor privatization bill
February 27, 2015
By Kristina Scala, Delaware County Daily TimesLeach, Republican pressing for medical marijuana bill
February 26, 2015
By Kristina Scala, Delaware County Daily Times

LGBT-inclusive cyberbullying bill clears House
February 26, 2015
By Ryan Kasley, Philadelphia Gay News

Pennsylvania medical marijuana hearing touches on tracking, delivery, concerns and support
February 26, 2015
By Kurt Bresswein, Lehigh Valley Live

Medical marijuana hearing prompts tense exchange
February 25, 2015
By Mary Wilson, WITF

Medical marijuana proposal excites debate in Senate committee hearing
February 25, 2015
By Wallace McKelvey, PennLive

Can Tom Wolf really kill the death penalty?
February 25, 2015
By Josh Kruger, Philadelphia Weekly

Five Things to Know From Medical Marijuana Hearing in Harrisburg
February 25, 2015
By Mark Walters, York Daily Record

Doctors debate caution vs. medical need for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania
February 25, 2015
By Melissa Daniels, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

State senators make another push to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania
February 25, 2015
By Melissa Nardo, FOX43

Medical marijuana industry emerging in Pa. as debate heats up
February 25, 2015
By Melissa Nardo, FOX43

Tom Wolf’s death penalty moratorium: What it means for Eric Frein, Seth Williams and everyone on Death Row
February 24, 2015
By Anna Orso, Billy Penn

Unions under attack by conservative lawmakers?
February 24, 2015
By Dennis Owens, ABC27 News

Moms with sick kids bearing down on Pa. lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana
February 24, 2015
By Mary Wilson, Newsworks

Pa. lawmakers want to tighten vaccine requirements
February 23, 2015
By Carolyn Beeler, Newsworks

The Rundown: Medical marijuana gets a hearing; Dent urges vaccines
February 23, 2015
The Reading Eagle

Pa. Supreme Court replacements, once considered a hopeful sign of Harrisburg honeymoon, are prompting second looks
February 21, 2015
By Charles Thompson, PennLive

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Nominee Allegedly Sent Racist Email
February 21, 2015
By Igor Bobic, Huffington Post

Sen. Leach proposes immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses
February 20, 2015
By Ana Gamboa, Al Dia News

Two Supreme Court nominees under fire
February 20, 2015
By Angela Couloumbis, Craig R. McCoy, and Robert Moran, Philadelphia Inquirer

State has second-worst measles vaccination rate in U.S.
February 19, 2015
By Larry Portzline, Central Penn Business Journal

Under new governor, medical marijuana bill reemerges in state agenda
February 18, 2015
By Jonathan Baer, Daily Pennsylvanian

Transplanting Marijuana: Myth to Mainstream America
February 18, 2015
By Skip Shuda, Huffington Post

University expects level state funding
February 17, 2015
By Jack Tomczuk, Temple News

Booze, pot and pensions – what issues will the Pa. Senate vote on this term? A top Democrat makes his predictions
February 17, 2015
By John Micek, PennLive

Death penalty moratorium might add wrinkle to York County man’s case
February 17, 2015
By Alex Rose, Delaware County Daily Times

Gov. Wolf had many good reasons to suspend executions in Pa
February 16, 2015
By the PennLive Editorial Board

Wolf halts death penalty in Pa.
February 16, 2015
By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Angela Couloumbis, Philadelphia Inquirer

Editorial: Exemptions for vaccinations must end
February 16, 2015
By the Delaware County Daily Times Editorial Board

Public health should trump prerogatives
February 16, 2015
By the Republican Herald Editorial Board

Editorial: Use death penalty only in most heinous circumstances
By the Reading Eagle Editorial Board

EDITORIAL: Pa. should zap ‘philosophical’ exemption for childhood immunizations
February 15, 2015
By the Lehigh Valley Live Editorial Board

Measles’ spread fuels vaccination debate
February 15, 2015
By Denise Allabaugh, Times Shamrock NEPA

Bill would reduce vaccine exemptions in Pennsylvania
February 15, 2015
By Emily Opilo, Allentown Morning Call

Time to end vaccination exemptions
February 15, 2015
By the Times Shamrock NEPA Editorial Board

Sen. Leach seeks to ban capital punishment
February 14, 2015
By Kristina Scala, Delaware County Daily Times

State legislators seek to shut down vaccine loophole
February 14, 2015
By Amy Worden and Stacey Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf puts moratorium on death penalty
February 13, 2015
By Dan Clark, Times Herald

In Harrisburg, there’s no off-season for funneling money into elections
February 13, 2015
By John Micek, PennLive

Gov. Tom Wolf declares moratorium on the death penalty in Pa.
February 13, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf declares moratorium on death penalty in Pa
February 13, 2015
By Wallace McKelvey, PennLive

Pennsylvania State Senator: Remove Philosophical Exemption to Vaccinations
By George Spencer, NBC 10

Measles outbreak: Pa. senator proposes taking away vaccination exemption
February 12, 2015
By David Wenner, PennLive

Leach to introduce bill to limit vaccine exemptions
February 12, 2015
By Dan Clark, Times Herald

Speakers at forum in Bernville talk about need for medical marijuana
February 12, 2015
By Liam Migdail-Smith, Reading Eagle

Pot, booze, ridesharing and a $10 minimum wage: 11 bills to watch in 2015
February 12, 2015
By Anna Orso, Billy Penn

Second round of amendments to Pa. open records law bandied about
February 11, 2015
By Kristina Scala, Delaware County Daily Times

Campaign-finance system is broken
February 10, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed

LEES: Taking a hard look at Act 192
February 10, 2015
By Tom Lees, the Times Herald

Editorial: Second time around, state poised to pass medicinal pot
February 4, 2015
By the Reading Eagle Editorial Board

Debate swirls on natural gas extraction tax in Pa.
February 4, 2015
By Kristina Scala, the Delco Daily Times

Items from the Desk: Chemicals in the fracking
February 3, 2015
By Joseph Deinlein, Central Penn Business Journal

PCN Call-In Program, Medical Marijuana
February 2, 2015

Legalize medical pot
February 1, 2015
By the Scranton Times Tribune Editorial Board

Wolf a sheep to local backers of medical marijuana
February 1, 2015
By Anthony Dimattia, the Bucks County Courier Times

Hope Horowitz: Fight the ‘hidden crime’ of human trafficking
January 30, 2015
By Hope Horowitz, Allentown Morning Call

Editorial: Time for Pennsylvania to approve medical marijuana
January 30, 2015
By Lebanon Daily News Editorial Board

Supporters promise ‘comprehensive, strictly regulated’ medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania
January 29, 2015
By Michael A. Fuoco and Mahita Gajanan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Wolf Vows To Support Pa. Senate’s Medical Marijuana Bill
January 29, 2015
By Jon Delano, KDKA TV

A renewed push for medical marijuana
January 29, 2015
By The Intelligencer Editorial Board

Both Sides Debate As Lawmakers Push For Marijuana Legalization
January 29, 2015
By Maria Miller, WJACTV

January 29, 2015
By Charles Pierce, Esquire

Pennsylvania’s Shameful NRA Sellout
January 29, 2015
By Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast

Editorial: Medical marijuana, Boscola truck safety bills deserve passage in Pa.
January 28, 2015
By Express-Times Editorial Board

Your comments: With Wolf endorsement, political winds shifting on medical marijuana in Pennsylvania
January 28, 2015
By Jim Flagg, Lehigh Valley Live

Editorial: Support legalized cannabis in Pennsylvania
January 28, 2015
By The Pocono Record Editorial Board

Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach reintroduces medical marijuana bill
January 27, 2015
By Vince Sullivan, The Times Herald

York County state senator re-introduces medical cannabis bill
January 27, 2015
By Greg Gross, The York Dispatch

January 27, 2015: Wolf vows to support Senate’s medical marijuana bill(Associated Press)

January 27, 2015: Families, lawmakers ‘darn optimistic’ for medical marijuana legalization this year(PennLive)

January 27, 2015: Should Pa. legalize medical marijuana?: The Question of the Day(PennLive)

January 27, 2015: Gov. Tom Wolf meets with medical marijuana advocates, families(PennLive)

January 27, 2015: Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in Pa. Senate(PennLive)

January 27, 2015: Gov. Wolf vows to sign medical marijuana bill(ABC 27 News)

January 27, 2015: Wolf supports legalization of medical marijuana as bill is reintroduced into Senate(York Daily Record)

January 27, 2015: Wolf tells medical marijuana supporters he’ll sign bill – if it reaches his desk(WGAL 8 News)

January 27, 2015: With New Governor Comes New Push To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Pennsylvania (CBS3 Philly)

January 27, 2015: Medical marijuana may have new traction at state Capitol(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

January 27, 2015: Supporters optimistic about passage of medical marijuana(Pittsburgh Tribune)

January 27, 2015: Medical Marijuana Back in Play in Pennsylvania?(Philadelphia Magazine)

January 27, 2015: Medical marijuana legalization bill reintroduced in Harrisburg(Philadelphia Business Journal)

January 27, 2015: Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in Senate(WFMZ 69 News)

January 27, 2015: Pennsylvania lawmakers renew fight to legalize medical cannabis(FOX 43 News)

January 27, 2015: Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in PA Senate(CBS 21 News)

January 27, 2015: Governor Wolf Vows To Support Medical Marijuana Bill From Senate(CBS 12 News)

January 27, 2015: Wolf greets medical marijuana supporters – (Newsworks)

January 25, 2015: Study on Pennsylvania’s death penalty system delayed again  – (Reading Eagle)

January 23, 2015: Connellsville mother leads charge for medical marijuana  – (Pittsburgh Tribune)

January 23, 2015: Transformations: 50 things that will change Philadelphia in 2015  – (Philadelphia Business Journal)

January 19, 2015: Social-conservative lawmaker fights for legalizing medical marijuana  – (Philadelphia Inquirer)

January 14, 2015: Medical marijuana booth spreads info at Pa Farm Show  – (WFMX69 TV)

January 14, 2015: Gun rights group takes on Pennsylvania in first test of new law (VIDEO)  – (

January 14, 2015: Pennsylvania medical marijuana debate surfaces at farm show, report says  – (Lehigh Valley Live)

January 6, 2015:  York County sends 2 women to 2014-15 legislative class  –  (ABC27)

January 14, 2015: Gun Advocates Sue Harrisburg, Using New Law – (Philadelphia Magazine)

January 13, 2015:  Harrisburg lawsuit ‘nothing more than harassment,’ lawmaker says  –  (PennLive)

January 13, 2015:  Pennsylvania lawsuit challenges capital city’s gun rules  –  (Reuters)

January 9, 2015:  Despite lawsuit threat, Lower Merion won’t revise code addressing firearms in parks  –  (Main Line Media)

January 9, 2015:  Medical marijuana comes to PA Farm Show  –  (Evening Sun)

January 5, 2015: Medical marijuana advocates: Federal change could bolster Pa.’s chances – (York Dispatch)

January 5, 2015: Death penalty: Is it right for Pa., or is it time to abolish it? – (PennLive)

December 31, 2014: Top stories: Progress made for medical marijuana in Pa. – (York Dispatch)

December 25, 2014: Editorial: Start Pa.’s year on a high note: OK medical marijuana – (Delco Times)

December 23, 2014: Kennett Township to repeal its gun laws in lieu of potential NRA lawsuit – (Chester County Press)

December 23, 2014: Wolf and GOP should move on medical pot –  (Daily Local)

December 22, 2014: Start Pa. political year on a high note: OK medical marijuana (YDR opinion) – (York Daily Record)

December 22, 2014: State’s chief justice cites ‘meddling, intrusion’ in death penalty cases – (Reading Eagle)

December 22, 2014: Western Pennsylvania governments rethinking their gun-control ordinances – (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

December 16, 2014: Medical marijuana company setting up shop in Wilmington – (Philadelphia Business Journal)

December 15, 2014:  EDITORIAL: Wolf, GOP lawmakers should move quickly on medical marijuana – (The Mercury)

December 15, 2014: : Authorize medicinal pot – (Times-Tribune)

December 14, 2014: New law triggers war of words over firearms – (Post-Gazette)

December 14, 2014: Capital punishment in Pennsylvania: When death means life – (Reading Eagle)

December 11, 2014: Getting ready for a renewed push, state Sen. Mike Folmer says medical marijuana legalization is a ‘no brainer’(PennLive)

December 11, 2014: Democrat says thanks to Sen. Scarnati: PennLive letters –  (PennLive)

December 10, 2014: Why 2015 could be the year for medical marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania – (Pa Independent)

December 8, 2014: Pennsylvania AG Won’t Defend Controversial Gun Law – (Governing Magazine)

December 5, 2014: Weed the people: An inside look at the budding marijuana movement in Philly –  (Philadelphia Voice)

December 5, 2014: Pennsylvania AG Kane won’t defend gun law that permits lawsuits – (Post Gazette)

December 5, 2014: Kane refuses defense of bill threatening local gun laws – (PennLive)

December 5, 2014: Pa. Attorney General Declines to Stand Behind New Pa. Law Controlling Municipal Gun Control Laws – (CBS Philadelphia)

December 5, 2014: AG Kane won’t defend NRA-backed law on firearms rules – (Tribune Review)

December 3, 2014: December Issue of Philadelphia Magazine Goes to Pot(

December 2, 2014: Pot policy debate unlikely to end soon in Pennsylvania, other states(TribLive)

November 23, 2014: Pot is Coming, Philadelphia! (Philly Mag)

November 23, 2014: The 11 People Leading the Charge for Legal Pot in Philadelphia(Philly Mag)

November 22, 2014: Supporting a move toward more dignity(Observer-Reporter)

November 22, 2014: Senator: Marijuana will reach ‘tipping point’(Evening Sun)

November  19, 2014: Death with Dignity legislation sparks support, opposition in Pennsylvania – (Post Gazette)

November  19, 2014: The Debate Over End Of Life Decisions – (WNEP)

November  19, 2014: State Sen. Daylin Leach speaks about medical marijuana In Pittsburgh (City Paper Pittsburgh)

November  19, 2014: End-of-life debate picks up, but tall opposition in PA – (WITF)

November  18, 2014: White Oak plans repeal of gun law (Trib)

November  18, 2014: Death With Dignity Legislation Proposed In Pennsylvania – (KDKA/CBS Pittsburgh)

November  18, 2014: Right-to-die? Death with dignity? Catholic Church says no – (WPXI)

November  16, 2014: York CEO arrest case highlights flaws in marijuana laws, advocates say – (York Daily Record)

November  16, 2014: Deena Kenney: Marijuana suitable treatment for certain medical conditions (Morning Call)

November  15, 2014: Darts & Laurels: Brad Fox Law sends serious message on straw gun purchases  (DelCo Times)

November  14, 2014: ThinkFest Video: State Sen. Daylin Leach Makes the Case for Medical Marijuana (Philly Mag)

November  14, 2014: ThinkFest 2014 Social Media Roundup (Philly Mag)

November 12, 2014: State legislators shouldn’t need lawsuit to admit bad law(Delco Times)

November 12, 2014: Township votes to enter into lawsuit against Corbett, others(ChesCo Press)

November 11, 2014: Bridgeport recognizes Veterans Days(Times Herald)

November 11, 2014: Pennsylvania cities sue over law on firearm rules (Associated Press)

November 11, 2014: Your comments: Should Pennsylvania cities be allowed to enforce their own gun laws?(Lehigh Valley Live)

November 11, 2014: Strand-Capitol president/CEO placed on paid leave after drug charges(York Daily Record)

November 11, 2014: Editorial: Shoot down this move to halt anti-violence effort(Delco Times)

November 11, 2014: Could two lines of text in the Pa. Constitution be the magic bullet that kills that shady NRA gun law? Maybe: Analysis by John L. Micek(PennLive)

November 11, 2014: Opponents fire back at NRA-backed law(Inquirer)

November 11, 2014: Officials announce suit to stop NRA-friendly legislation(Philly Tribune)

November 10, 2014: Phila., Lancaster, gun-control advocates sue to invalidate state law(Inquirer)

November 10, 2014: NRA Right-to-Sue Law Challenged by Pennsylvania Lawmakers(Bloomberg)

November 10, 2014: Pennsylvania politicians sue over law enabling gun-rights suits(Reuters)

November 10, 2014: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh sue Pennsylvania over pro-NRA gun law(The Guardian)

November 10, 2014: Another term lost, but York County parents still pushing for medical marijuana(York Dispatch)

November 10, 2014: Philly, Lancaster target ‘NRA law’(Newsworks/WHYY)

November 10, 2014: Officials Sue State Over New Gun Law(Philly Mag)

November 10, 2014: Pennsylvania Towns Sue Over State Legislation on Gun Control Measures(CBS Philly)

November 9, 2014: Wolf likely will face difficult dealings with GOP(Inquirer)

November 9, 2014: What else was in court emails?(Standard Speaker)

November 9, 2014: Thanks to porn email scandal, Kane and Castille need to clean up their offices’ image: Daylin Leach, Lawrence Fox, Reggie Shuford and James Swetz(PennLive)

November 9, 2014: Second casino license coming to Philly – (Morning Call)

November 8, 2014: Talking issues at PhilaU’s Specter Center (Montgomery Media)

November 7, 2014: State attorney general weighs releasing emails of Supreme Court justices(Post Gazette)

November 7, 2014: The hits just keep coming in the state government porn scandal(Inquirer)

November 7, 2014: Critics say another Phila. casino could harm existing ones (Inquirer)

November 6, 2014: Disclose all court emails(Times-Tribune)

November 6, 2014: Castille to Kane: Release all the justices’ e-mails(Morning Call)

November 6, 2014: Chief Justice to Attorney General: Release All Judges’ Emails(Philly Mag)

November 6, 2014: ( No ‘Sense of Urgency’ for Selecting Interim Justice(Legal Intelligencer)

November 5, 2014: Reality Check: Right to Die Laws: A Question of Semantics?(FOX19)

November 5, 2014: Lawyers, civil right groups ask Attorney General Kathleen Kane to study email traffic between Pa. Supreme Court, her office(PennLive)

November 5, 2014: PMC Calls for Special Master to Conduct Email Review(Legal Intelligencer)

November 5, 2014: Castille to Kane: Release all the justices’ e-mails (Inquirer)

November 5, 2014: Norristown labor union members object to apartment tax abatement plan(Times Herald)

November 5, 2014:  Castille, Kane Urged to Disclose Emails Between Offices (Legal Intelligencer)

November 5, 2014:   DN Editorial: Take the money and stroll(Daily News)

November 5, 2014: GMO on trial in Pennsylvania(Reading Eagle)

November 4, 2014: DN Editorial: Go gentle (Daily News)

November 4, 2014:  The Racy Email Problem Could Become Just An Email Problem – (Philly Mag)

November 4, 2014:  Pa. legal experts call on Castille, Kane to release justices’ email(Morning Call)

November 4, 2014:  Was top Pennsylvania court’s email with AG’s office ex parte? If so, it’s a big deal, experts say(ABA Journal)

November 3, 2014: ‘Unprecedented’ High Court Race Draws Crowd of Hopefuls(Legal Intelligencer)

November 3, 2014 Pennsylvania, New Jersey discussing ‘death with dignity’ legislation(WFMZ)

November 3, 2014:  Where does Pennsylvania stand on “right to die” issue?(ABC27)

October 31, 2014:  What’s next for legalizing medical marijuana in Pa.? (Daily Record)

October 31, 2014:  EDITORIAL: Medical marijuana outrage(York Dispatch)

October 29, 2014: Brittany Maynard: death with dignity or exploitation?(Inquirer)

October 28, 2014: Americans Are Working So Hard It’s Actually Killing People –  (The Nation)

October 27, 2014: Four make case for medical marijuana(Daily Item)

October 27, 2014:  York County DA favors medical marijuana but won’t stop prosecuting(York Dispatch)

October 26, 2014: Beaver Falls family hopes for legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania –   (Post-Gazette)

October 24, 2014: Sen. Leach: Don’t prosecute medical marijuana users –  (Evening Sun)

October 23, 2014: Senator asks district attorneys to not prosecute medical cannabis cases –  (FOX43)

October 22, 2014: Senator asks for ‘compassion’ on medical marijuana(WFMZ)

October 22, 2014:  Medical marijuana: ‘Each DA has to make their own determination’(PennLive)

October 22, 2014: Sen. Daylin Leach asks District Attorneys not to prosecute legitimate medical marijuana users(Pitt CityPaper)

October 22, 2014: Philadelphia Communities & Movements Unite To Protest Gov. Corbett’s Signing Of “Muzzling Mumia Law”(RadioOne)

October 22, 2014: Senator asks for ‘compassion’ on medical marijuana(WFMZ)

October 22, 2014: Medical marijuana: Please don’t prosecute, lawmaker says(PennLive)

October 21, 2014: Starkly Undemocratic “Revictimization Relief Act” Must Face Judicial Scrutiny(Philly Declaration)

October 21, 2014: NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he’ll sign it(Inq)

October 20, 2014: As voters in 34 states head to the polls, time for early voting in Pa.?: What do you think?  – (PennLive)

October 20, 2014: ‘He asked me to hand him the bottle and I did,’ said daughter charged with assisting father’s suicide

October 18, 2014: Drug counselor to share medical marijuana study(Standard Speaker)

October 18, 2014: Pa. Senate closes session with flurry of activity

October 17, 2014: Pa. House GOP makes sure medical marijuana won’t see a vote this session(Pitt CityPaper)

October 17, 2014: Pa. man’s death highlights legal, emotional controversy over assisted suicide(PennLive)

October 16, 2014:  Anti-Mumia, Pro-Gun Bills Pass in Harrisburg –  (PhillyMag)

October 16, 2014: GOP has built-in advantage in fight for US House(WaPo)

October 16, 2014: Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities

October 15, 2014: Gun Debate About to Flare Up in Pennsylvania Senate

October 15, 2014: Misinformation may have killed medical marijuana (PhillyNOW)

October 15, 2014: Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue over local laws(Inq)

October 14, 2014: Lawmakers Hope To Make Assisted Suicide Legal In Pa.(CBS Pitt)

October 9, 2014: Closer Look At Brittany Maynard’s Push For ‘Death With Dignity’(FoxPhilly)

October 9, 2014: House committee approves hate-crimes bill(PGN)

October 7, 2014: Activists demand action on medical cannabis(PhillyNOW)

October 7, 2014: Pennsylvania lawmakers, community groups join to fight human trafficking

October 6, 2014: Structure of medical marijuana industry coalesces in Pennsylvania (Trib)

October 6, 2014: VIDEO: Leach gives response to medical marijuana amendment offered by Rep. Gainey(PLS)

October 6, 2014: medical marijuana gambit may be up in smoke(PLS)

October 4, 2014: Medical pot amendment going to Pa. House Tuesday, Final bill to legalize medical pot could come to vote (Titusville Herald)

October 2, 2014:  Residents and local officials rally in Media to raise the minimum wage(Delco News)

October 1, 2014:  Drug Interdiction: Will legislators let time run out on the state\rquote s proposed medical-marijuana law? – (Pitt CityPaper)

October 1, 2014: Dems, unions, others rally for hiking minimum wage

October 1, 2014: Pennsylvania makes progress on medical marijuana

October 1, 2014:  Pennsylvania lawmakers, community groups join to fight human trafficking

September 29, 2014:  Pennsylvania’s Watered-Down Marijuana Law a ‘Bittersweet’ Win

September 29, 2014:  PA Senate approves Medical marijuana; future in House uncertain

September 28, 2014: Pa. not ready to abandon lethal injections

September 28, 2014:  The Politics of Animal Cruelty

September 26, 2014:  Pa. Senate approves medical marijuana bill; House less likely

September 25, 2014: Pa. Senate passes medical pot legislation

September 25, 2014:  Pennsylvania Senate OKs medical marijuana bill

September 25, 2014:  EDITORIAL: Pa. Senate’s medical marijuana bill falls short, but it’s a start

September 25, 2014: Pa. Senate Approves Medical Marijuana

September 24, 2014:  Medical marijuana bill passes Pa. Senate

September 24, 2014:  Medical marijuana bill passes full Pa. Senate, heading for uncertain future in the House

September 24, 2014:  Despite Anti-Shackling Laws Pregnant Prisoners Are Still Being Put In Handcuffs and Chains

September 24, 2014:  Pennsylvania Senate OKs on Medical Cannabis Act

September 24, 2014:  Pa. Senate approves medical marijuana bill

September 24, 2014:  Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill

September 23, 2014: Medical marijuana bill passes committee, heading for full Pa. Senate vote tomorrow

September 23, 2014:  Pa. committee OKs medical marijuana bill

September 18, 2014: Editorial: Legalize medical marijuana statewide

September 17, 2014: Rally for Medical Marijuana Bill Held at Pennsylvania Capitol

September 17, 2014: PA Bill Aims to Protect Cats, Dogs…and Pigeons

September 16, 2014: Parents & supporters push for legalization of medical marijuana

September 16, 2014: Philly cigarette tax bill tops agenda as Pa. lawmakers return

September 16, 2014:   Quote of the Day

September 16, 2014: Montgomery County senators comment on prospect of property tax bill

September 16, 2014: Activists urge passage of pigeon shoot ban

September 15, 2014: A GOP House leader now backs medical marijuana in Pa.

September 15, 2014:  Ban on eating cats & dogs on hold because of pigeons

September  15, 2014: Pa. legislative session opens with medical marijuana rally

September  15, 2014: Hundreds gather outside Capitol to show support for medical marijuana

September  15, 2014: Medical marijuana supporters hold Capitol rally

September 15, 2014: Medical marijuana supporters implore Republican leaders to respect the public’s will

September 13, 2014: Democrats decry jailing of mother over abortion drug

September 11, 2014: Montour County DA: Abortion case wasn’t about pro-life or pro-choice

September 9, 2014: Penn Dems | Cannabis prohibition: fiscally flawed, morally bankrupt

September 7, 2014: Pennsylvania moves toward medical marijuana legalization

September 3, 2014: State Rep. Mike Vereb announces support for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

September 3, 2014: Emerging from the Weeds: Led by a conservative senator, medical marijuana is gaining traction in Pa., but can relief come fast enough for patients most in need?

September 4, 2014: Fast Food Protest in Philly calls for $15 minimum wage

August 30, 2014: Pregnant Pa. Inmates Continue to be Shackled, Despite State Law

August 29, 2014: Five reasons to look forward to this fall’s Legislative session: Friday Morning Coffee

August 28, 2014: Pregnant Pa. inmates continue to be shackled, despite state law 

August 28, 2014: Leach Challenge Kennedy to Marijuana Debate 

August 27, 2014: Editorial: Legalize medical marijuana statewide 

August 27, 2014: Editorial: Legalize medical marijuana statewide 

August 26, 2014: Sex trafficking victims in Pa. treated as criminals

August 26, 2014: Medical pot advocates speak up at meeting with Sen. Folmer in Export

August 25, 2014: Conservative legislator puts credentials on line in bipartisan medicinal marijuana effort

August 21, 2014: LETTER: Declare support for medical marijuana

August 21, 2014: Pa. State Senator Reacts To Steelers’ Running Backs Marijuana Charges

August 11, 2014: Finally, an anti-sex-trafficking law

August 6, 2014: Cannabis Experiment Proves Successful For Senator Daylin Leach

August 6, 2014: A Local Family’s Fight For Medical Marijuana

August 6, 2014: EDITORIAL: Gov’t should clear obstacles to legalize medical marijuana

August 2, 2014: VIDEO: CBS21 Face the State with state senator Daylin Leach

July 29, 2014: Medical marijuana legalization may be coming to Pennsylvania one way or another

July 2, 2014: Leach Praises General Assembly on Passage of Oximetry Testing Bill for Newborns

July 2, 2014: Critical Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Approved by House & Senate

July 1, 2014: Bill to screen babies gets through General Assembly

June 29, 2014: Medical marijuana bill out of Pa. Senate committee

June 29, 2014: State Senate committee OKs medical marijuana bill

June 28, 2014:  Pennsylvania Senate Panel Is Backing Medical Marijuana

June 27, 2014: Senate panel advances medical marijuana bill

June 27, 2014: State Senate panel approves medical marijuana bill

June 27, 2014: Pennsylvania Senate panel backs medical marijuana

June 27, 2014: Pa. committee approves medical marijuana bill

June 23, 2014: State Store system perfect model for legalized pot

June 10, 2014: Marijuana gains ground in Pennsylvania Senate

June 10, 2014: Amended cannabis bill could clear committee

June 10, 2014: Pa. Sen. Committee Moving Toward Medical Marijuana Vote

June 8, 2014: State budget debate set to begin

June 6, 2014: Sen. Mike Folmer continues medical cannabis crusade

June 4, 2014: Second Hearing on Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Next Week

June 3, 2014: Lawmakers remain divided as House passes ‘In God We Trust’ legislation

June 2, 2014: Pa. senator pushes for GMO labeling

June 2, 2014: Should GMO labeling become a law in Pennsylvania?

June 2, 2014: Supporters try to unstick GMO labeling bills

May 31, 2014: Pennsylvania’s Marijuana Legislation: How Many Bills Are Now Up in Smoke?

May 31, 2014: House Republicans from Pennsylvania vote yes on bill with marijuana amendment

May 22, 2014: Marriage ban overturned in state

May 21, 2014: Pennsylvania politicians laud, lament landmark same-sex marriage ruling

May 21, 2014: Ban on gay marriage struck down in Pennsylvania: A look at voices and opinions

May 20, 2014: Editorial: Nothing ‘radical’ about marriage equality in Pa.

May 14, 2014: Chambersburg woman hopes daughter can start medical cannabis treatment

May 8, 2014: Marijuana-as-medicine issue raised in convicted pot grower’s appeal 

May 7, 2014: Brian O’Neill: People working for tips in restaurants could use a raise 

May 3, 2014: Senators: Corbett should go farther on marijuana  

May 1, 2014: Gov. Corbett reverses stance on medical use of one form of drug 

May 1, 2014: Sen. Daylin Leach applauds Gov. Corbett’s change of heart on medical marijuana 

May 1, 2014: Gov. Tom Corbett changes position on medical marijuana 

May 1, 2014: Corbett Flips On Medical Cannabis 

May 1, 2014: Corbett would allow marijuana research to help Pa. children 

May 1, 2014: Medical marijuana supporters welcome Corbett stance toward children

May 1, 2014: Pennsylvania Governor Softens Stance On Medical Marijuana 

April 30, 2014: State senators announce animal protection bills  

April 28, 2014: Sen. Leach threatens Gov. Corbett with sit-in protest over medical marijuana bill

April 28, 2014: Daylin Leach Threatens Governor’s Office Sit-In Over Medical Marijuana 

April 4, 2014: PoliticsPA: Stack, Leach propose minimum wage bill

April 3, 2014: Senators Stack and Leach Propose Minimum Wage Bill

April 2, 2014: Stalking, harassment, threats during labor disputes up for debate in Pa. Senate

April 1, 2014: Pa Dems: Raise minimum wage to $12 an hour

April 1, 2014: Minimum wage increase bill introduced today in state Senate

March 31, 2014: Sen. Daylin Leach, pro-marijuana supporters rally in Harrisburg

March 26, 2014: Brian O’Neill: Pennsylvania overdue to ban cash gifts to lawmakers

March 27, 2014: Leach Proposes Bill to Tackle Employment Discrimination

March 27, 2014: A minimum wage hike is long past due: Daylin Leach 

March 26, 2014: Pa. bill would bar parental, marital job discrimination

March 26, 2014: Marijuana decriminalization bills come from Senate Democrat

March 26, 2014: Pa. sting the talk of the Capitol

March 26, 2014: With lawmakers caught on tape accepting cash, fresh calls for reform

March 24, 2014: Pa. senators seek to ban cash gifts

March 24, 2014: Another government reform wave emerges in the fallout from corruption scandal

March 24, 2014: Bill would boost wages for Pennsylvania’s tipped workers

March 24, 2014: Pa. senators want to ban lawmakers taking cash

March 18, 2014: Fast-food workers rally for higher wages at McDonald’s

March 18, 2014: Philadelphia-Area Fast Food Workers Join in National Battle

March 10, 2014: Time to end the reefer madness

March 6, 2014: Gerrymandering, ALEC and the Red Tide That is Stealing Your Vote

March 4, 2014: Medical Marijuana support grows in PA

February 24, 2014: PA Looks into Legalizing Recreational and Medical Marijuana

February 18, 2014:  Meet the Elizabeth Warren Democrats

February 14, 2014: Sponsors of medical marijuana bill say science is on their side

February 14, 2014: Villanova Hosts Politician on Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana 

February 11, 2014: Chester County mom looks to medical marijuana to cure daughter’s seizures

February 11, 2014: Fighting to legalize medical marijuana in PA

February 10, 2014: Medical marijuana will be legal in Pa. this year, says Sen. Daylin Leach

February 9, 2014: Pa. takes puff of medical marijuana

February 6, 2014: Capital punishment is a blood tax that Pa. can no longer afford

February 6, 2014: Three more important pieces of Corbett’s new budget proposal

February 5, 2014: Banning shark fins in Pennsylvania

February 2, 2014: Pennsylvania, New Jersey mothers frustrated with medical marijuana options

January 31, 2014: Interview: Daylin Leach Fights for Medical Marijuana

January 30, 2014: Time has come for medicinal cannabis in Pa.

January 30, 2014: Medical marijuana hearing was historic for Pennsylvania Legislature

January 30, 2014: Pennsylvania couple seeks marriage rights

January 29, 2014: Parents put some passion into medical pot

January 28, 2014: Medical marijuana gets its closeup before Pa. Senate committee

January 28, 2014: For tormented parents and their children, and easy choice — legalize medical marijuana now

January 28, 2014: New medical marijuana push focuses on kids

January 26, 2014: Medical marijuana bill heads for Harrisburg hearing

January 27, 2014: Republican helps medical marijuana advance in Pennsylvania

January 25, 2014: Pa. nurses group backs medical marijuana

January 24, 2014: Marijuana legalization hearing set

January 24, 2014: Pennsylvania nurses join 20+ other state organizations for medical pot

January 23, 2014: Pennsylvania State Nurses Association backs legalizing medical marijuana

January 17, 2014: Voter ID: Pa. Democrats praise judge’s ruling on ‘unjust law’

January 16, 2014: PA bill to legalize medical marijuana named after former Republican governor

January 16, 2014: Legalizing gay marriage in Pa.: It’s time

January 16, 2014: Pa. Senate plans hearing on medical marijuana bill

January 16, 2014: A New Push for Prescription Cannabis in Pennsylvania

January 16, 2014: Seeing through the smoke

January 15, 2014: New Pa. Medical Marijuana Bill Proposed

January 15, 2014: Senators Co-Sponsor Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana

January 14, 2014: Pa. state Sen. Daylin Leach introduces medical marijuana bill

January 11, 2014: Poll: Majority support legalizing marijuana

January 10, 2014: Corbett Spokesman: Governor Has Not Changed Position on Medical Marijuana

January 7, 2014: Reefer smartness: A public good

January 6, 2014: Legal marijuana an economic boon, advocates claim

January 5, 2014: Proposal nearly doubles renewable energy requirement

January 3, 2014: Marijuana legalization economics come into focus with new Colorado law

January 2, 2014: New Ideas for a New Year

December 18, 2013: Unwelcoming Climate

December 9, 2013: Pending Pa. legislation would have protected Bucks teacher fired over same-sex marriage

December 9, 2013: Michael Griffin, Gay Pennsylvania Teacher, Fired For Obtaining Same-Sex Marriage License

December 5, 2013: Corbett’s DEP Pick Says No Harm From Climate Change

December 5, 2013: Pennsylvania’s New Environmental Chief Doesn’t Think Climate Change is a Big Deal

December 4, 2013: A climate change exchange

December 5, 2013: Leach is right, Corbett wrong on medical marijuana: PennLive letters

December 3, 2013: State Sen. Leach to join Hanes as recipient of gay rights award

November 28, 2013: Rep. Tim Briggs and Sen. Daylin Leach announce Upper Merion Township grant

November 20, 2013: Report: Pa. wind power saves water, protects air

November 19, 2013: An Open Letter to Gov. Corbett

November 18, 2013: Extreme liberal from Philly area agrees with extreme conservative from midstate on medical marijuana

November 18, 2013: Sen. Leach introduces bill to legalize liquid marijuana medication

November 18, 2013: Pa. medical marijuana bill has bi-partisan support

November 18. 2013: Pa. state senators to introduce marijuana bill

November 18, 2013: Push For Medical Marijuana

November 18, 2013: Bipartisan, albeit small, support for medical marijuana

November 18, 2013: Supporters, lawmakers rally for medical marijuana

November 18, 2013: Leach offers plan for limited medical marijuana in Pa

November 17, 2013: Pennsylvania parents of children with epilepsy pin hopes on pot bill

November 14, 2013: Central Pennsylvania conservative joins medical marijuana push

November 14, 2013: Parents demand medical marijuana for kids with relentless seizures

November 13, 2013: Sen. Leach Introduces Bill To Expand Alternative Energy Mandates

November 12, 2013: State lawmakers, environmental groups to introduce new energy bill

November 12, 2013: PA Lags in Renewable Energy Standards

November 12, 2013: Pennsylvania Looks To Double Its Renewable Energy Standard, For Real This Time

October 23, 2013: Marijuana Poll: Majority of Americans Support Legalization for the First Time

October 23, 2013: Pa. case fuels debate on assisted suicide

October 21, 2013: PA State Senator Daylin Leach On Assisted Suicide And Death With Dignity

October 21, 2013: Neighboring PA, NJ Spotlight Gay Marriage Efforts

October 13, 2013: Pa. nurse’s assisted suicide case hits at heart of national debate

October 11, 2013: Voter ID law opponents blast Pa.’s $1M ad campaign

October 10, 2013: PA voter ID ad campaign is back, Dems say it’s misleading

October 8, 2013: Bill that lets Pa. judges work five years longer advances

October 8, 2013: Corbett’s attempt to overhaul booze business in limbo

October 7, 2013: Showdown looms over Pa. transportation bill

October 6, 2013: As Pa. lawmakers debate reforms, schools brace for pension rate spikes

October 4, 2013: Corbett: Gay Marriage Like Siblings Getting Married

October 3, 2013: PA marriage-equality bill introduced

October 3, 2013: Lawmakers Propose Marriage Equality Bill

September 26, 2013: Leach’s marijuana legalization bill has unlikely allies

September 23, 2013: Elmwood Park Zoo celebrates new capybara exhibit

September 18, 2013: Senators’ bill would make shark fin trade illegal in Pennsylvania

September 18, 2013: State Senator Proposes New Plastic Bag Tax

September 17, 2013: Corbett sends hard-line Medicaid plan to feds

September 13, 2013: Pa. judge: Halt issuing of gay-marriage licenses

September 10, 2013: A plan to make student debt a lighter load

September 4, 2013: Senate bill would charge for plastic bags

September 2, 2013: Progressive Daylin Leach wants to legalize marijuana

September 1, 2013: Could plastic grocery bags be taxed in Pennsylvania?

August 30, 2013: My Two Cents on Daylin Leach’s Plastic Bag Bill

August 23, 2013: Cash to carry? Local politician pushes for plastic bag fee

August 22, 2013: Pa bill would tax 2 cents on each new plastic bag

August 22, 2013: Pennsylvania Mulls First Statewide Plastic Bag Tax in the U.S. as “Small Price to Pay”

August 21, 2013: Inquirer Editorial: Let’s not prosecute sex trade’s victims

August 19, 2013: Sen. Daylin Leach looks to protect rights of gay athletes at Russian Olympics

August 19, 2013: PA Senator to introduce Rainbows to Russia Resolution

August 18, 2013: ABCs Common Core: Amid political squabbles, schools prepare for new Common Core standards

August 16, 2013: Paying It Forward, One State at a Time

August 13, 2013: Lawmakers should back bag charge

August 13, 2013: Public Studen Loan Fund Would Help Ease Debt Burden for College Graduates

August 13, 2013: DN Editorial: Mercy act

August 13, 2013: New efforts target young victims of trafficking

August 12, 2013: Senator Leach proposes interest-free school loans; lower repayment options for graduates

August 12, 2013: Putting price on bag waste

August 12, 2013: Gay-rights fights pick up steam in Pa

August 11, 2013: It’s time to make pot legal: As I see it

August 9, 2013: State Sen. Leach wants to create a Pennsylvania student loan public fund

August 9, 2013: Bag man: A state senator has the right idea on plastic waste

August 8, 2013: How to Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution?

August 8, 2013: Sen. Leach wants Pa. to offer no-interest student loans

August 8, 2013: Karen Heller: Harrisburg may actually be helping progressives

August 6, 2013: Rally held in support of Montgomery County Register of Wills for issuance of same-sex marriage licenses

August 6, 2013: Gay weddings spreading throughout Pennsylvania

August 6, 2013: Legislation could impose fee on plastic shopping bags

August 5, 2013: Legislators speak at pro-gay marriage rally

August 2, 2013: On Death with Dignity, Pennsylvania Proves Most Inhumane

August 2, 2013: Denying gay Pennsylvanians the ability to donate blood is discrimination

July 31, 2013: Kane to Corbett: Don’t tell me what to do

July 30, 2013: Leach Loves Gays So Much He Marries Them

July 30, 2013: PA Sen. Daylin Leach Officiates Gay Marriage Ceremony

July 26, 2013: Gay couples rejoice after receiving marriage licenses in PA

July 16, 2013: Keystoned State? Candidates call for pot legalization

July 15, 2013: DN Editorial: Pa. should OK same-sex marriage by legislature vote, not court rule

July 9, 2013: Daylin Leach Fights for Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

July 9, 2013: Democratic senator supportive of plaintiffs

June 26, 2013: Legislators discuss funding for education amid protest

June 25, 2013: NAACP supports Sen. Leach’s bill to legalize marijuana in Pa.

June 25, 2013: At Pa. capitol, longshot marijuana legalization bill gets NAACP support

June 25, 2013: NAACP chapter, law enforcement group throw support behind Sen. Daylin Leach’s pot legalization bill

June 15, 2013: Under the Gun: Fight for stiffer straw purchase penalties continues

June 15, 2013: Corbett nominates appeals judge for high court

June 14, 2013: Gov. Tom Corbett selects Supreme Court nominee

June 9, 2013: Marijuana arrest rate higher for blacks than whites

June 8, 2013: Pennsylvania’s corrections chief advocates reform

June 6, 2013: Gun control advocates rally at the Capitol

June 5, 2013: ACLU marijuana report offers new insight into growing problem that has an obvious solution

June 5, 2013: Anti-gun rally at Capitol

June 5, 2013: Main Line Art Center breaks ground on renovation and expansion

May 25, 2013: Hundreds Rally Against Agricultural Biotech Company On Independence Mall

May 24, 2013: ‘Gay Therapy’ Sports Camp in Wynnewood Draws Criticism

May 8, 2013: Human Trafficking Legislation Introduced in Harrisburg

May 7, 2013: Citing “record” support, state lawmakers introduce non-discrimination bills — again

May 5, 2013: The buzz on legal marijuana in Pa

May 2, 2013: Legalize pot for more jobs?

April 30, 2013: The Hooter rock out the capital on Hooters Music Appreciation Day

April 17, 2013: Pa. Senate honors hometown Hooters

March 28, 2013: Pa. legislator seeks paid parental leave plan

March 26, 2013: Sen. blasts same-sex marriage arguments

March 20, 2013: Genetically Modified Food: Should It Be Labeled?

March 20, 2013: State Senator opposes State Store privatization

March 18, 2013: GreenSpace: Sandy Bauers: Pa. takes up fight over labeling genetically engineered foods

March 16, 2013: Pa. senator skeptical of Corbett pension strategy

March 15, 2013: GMO Bill Author Says It’s About Choice

March 14, 2013: Pa. lawmaker seeks labels on genetically engineered food

March 13, 2013: Senator Daylin Leach Pushes for Labeling Frankenfood

March 12, 2013: Legislator leaps into ‘Frankenfood’ debate

March 12, 2013: Leach introduces bill calling for labeling of genetically engineered foods in Pennsylvania

March 3, 2013: Face the State: Senator Daylin Leach

February 19, 2013: Blake, Yudichak among Dems named as Sneate Commitee chairs

February 14, 2013: Pennsylvania Senate Committee Talks About Armed Guards at Schools

February 11, 2013: State Sen. Daylin Leach makes an economic case for legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania

February 11, 2013: State Sen. Daylin Leach to reintroduce bill to legalize pot

February 4, 2013: Leach Makes Push for Marijuana Legalization

February 1, 2013: Bill legalizing marijuana to be introduced in Pa.

January 23, 2013: Editorial: It’s time for Pennsylvania to legalize same-sex marriage.

January 22, 2013: PA State Sen. Daylin Leach Didn’t Wait Till April 20th To Introduce Marijuana Bill

January 16, 2013: Daylin Leach, nice cop

January 15, 2013: Radio Smart Talk: Legalizing marijuana, same sex marriage, assault weapon limits — Sen Daylin Leach

January 14, 2014: Daylin Leach offers a wry, liberal, influential voice in the Pennsylvania Senate

January 13, 2013: The Keystoned State?

January 10, 2013: Philly420: A suburban senator’s manifesto for legalizing marijuana

January 10, 2013: Marijuana Legalization Legislation Coming This Month in Pennsylvania Could Hold $1B Economic Impact

January 10, 2013: At Harrisburg gun violence forum, State Sen. Daylin Leach bemoans ability to buy ‘killing machines’

January 9, 2013: Is It Time to Legalize Marijuana In Pennsylvania?

January 9, 2013: Gun violence prevention spotlighted at Harrisburg Hope forum

January 9, 2013: PA Senator Hoping To Legalize Marijuana

January 8, 2013: State Senator Daylin Leach Wants to Legalize Marijuana

January 4, 2013: Will Pennsylvania See Legal Marijuana in 2013?

January 4, 2013: Montco lawmaker seeks sponsors for bill to legalize pot

December 28, 2012: State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, seeks to decriminalize marijuana in PA

December 27, 2012: Pa. pot efforts buoyed by votes

December 19, 2012:  Politically Direct: Sen. Daylin Leach discusses gun laws

December 19, 2012: Sen. Daylin Leach discusses gun laws

December 18, 2012: Montco lawmaker wants stricter gun control

December 18, 2012:  Locally and nationally, gun debate rises again after Connecticut school shooting

December 18, 2012:  State Sen. Leach: There are some simple gun safety laws we could pass

December 17, 2012: Massacre prompts vows to revisit PA’s gun laws

November 18, 2012: Pennsylvania still ‘has a long way to go’ to legalize same-sex marriage

November 15, 2012: Did gerrymandering rob Pa Democrats of Congressional seats?

October 26, 2012: Leach urges administration to explain Voter ID changes to the public

October 9, 2012: Construction Noise Causes Sleepless Nights in Plymouth Twp.

October 5, 2012: Voter ID Changes For Pennsylvanians

October 3, 2012: Sen. Leach ‘Elated’ at Voter ID Decision

September 24, 2012: Leach, Turzai debate #VoterID on Fox News

September 24, 2012: DAILY GRINDER: Watch Pa Legislators Debate Voter ID on Fox News

September 23, 2012: Daylin Leach’s Voter ID GOP Smackdown

September 17, 2012: Board of Pardons to hear case of Philly prisoner sentenced to die Oct. 3

September 15, 2012:  State expects to spend millions in attempt to repair finances at 4 school districts

September 6, 2012: Norristown Area School Board discusses charter school issues

August 17, 2012: It’s Shark Week, So Let’s Ban Shark Fins in Pennsylvania

August 16, 2012:  Voter ID Decision: Radnor Reaction

August 1, 2012:  VIDEO: Norristown mural dedicated in ribbon-cutting ceremony

July 26, 2012:  Sen. Daylin Leach vows to fight new voter ID bill

July 26, 2012:  Norristown Unveils New Mural In Art District

July 19, 2012: Pa. lawmaker wants repeal of new voter ID law

July 10, 2012:  Montco Dems challenge new redistricting maps

June 30, 2012: Some truth about voter ID rules

June 26, 2012: Voter ID is, well, IDed

March 13, 2012: GOP presses for passage of voter ID bill in Pa.

March 12, 2012: Vote expected today on state voter ID bill

March 8, 2012: Pa. Voter ID “Test” Possible in April 24 Primary

March 6, 2012:  Photo ID for voting in Pa. may advance

March 6, 2012:  State lawmakers disagree on benefits of Voter ID bill

March 6, 2012:  Whitemarsh Official Calls for Regional Stormwater Task Force 

March 5, 2012:  Don’t waste $11 million on voter fraud problems

February 29, 2012:  Corbett downplays education cuts

February 23, 2012:  Bills aim to change Pa. redistricting process

February 22, 2012:  Corbett’s plan to cut Pa. pension watchdog questioned

February 19, 2012:  EDUCATION IN FINANCE: Guv’s budget proposal calls for deep cuts to colleges, universities

February 16, 2012: Bifurcating PA Primary Is a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars 

February 15, 2012:  Student leader: Cuts will hurt PSU enrollment

January 17, 2012: Daylin Leach On Chester Schools Crisis

January 14, 2012: Politicians ask governor to help Chester Upland School District


December 26, 2011: Photo ID legislation will only disenfranchise voters Commentary State Sen. Daylin Leach

December 23, 2011: Bipartisan Taskforce Will Study Death Penalty

December 20, 2011: Members of the PA House and Senate form the LGBT Equality Caucus – the first of its kind

December 20, 2011: Congressional redistricting plan passes in Harrisburg

December 16, 2011: What Voter Fraud?

December 14.2011 Pension costs will keep rising at a troubling time for Pennsylvania’s public schools

December 14, 2011: The Real Reason for a Voter’s Photo ID

December 13, 2011: Delaware County Lawmakers Call On Corbett To Intervene In Chester-Upland

December 10, 2011: State Legislature Members Form LGBT Equality Caucus

December 9, 2011: TE Area PA Lawmakers Plan to Return Raises

December 1, 2011: Obama’s tax cut proposal can help millions of Americans

November 23, 2011: Prospects Dim for Electoral College Plan

November 22, 2011: Electoral college vote bill ‘dead’?

November 18, 2011: Montco agencies call for higher gas drilling impact fees

November 17, 2011: Proposed drilling fee called too low by Daylin Leach, others

November 16, 2011: Shifting, But No Major Changes for Local State Rep Districts

November 4, 2011: Poll: Should Pennsylvania Get Out of the Booze Business?

October 21, 2011:  State Sen. Leach Addresses Lower Merion Commissioners


October 20, 2011:  State Senator Tells Lower Merion Commissioners of $250 Million Shortfall

October 20, 2011: Manayunk Bridge Development Moves Forward

October 19, 2011: Monica Yant Kinney: A few restraints on a pot of gold

October 19, 2011: Education forum in Upper Darby draws 300 parents, legislators

October 19, 2011: Legislators, school parents meet to discuss education issues

October 14, 2011: Legislators, school parents meet to discuss education issues

October 12, 2011: Lower Merion School District One of ‘100 Best Communities For Young People’

October 12, 2011: Slate: PA Electoral College Plan Pops Up in Wisconsin

October 4, 2011: Should Pennsylvania divide its electoral votes?

October 4, 2011: Debate over popular vote versus electoral college rages on in Harrisburg

October 1, 2011: DNA collection procedures in Pa. could soon change

September 30, 2011: Leach: Leave the Electoral College alone, Pileggi bill is ‘egregious'(UPDATED)

September 29, 2011: A Million Stories

September 28, 2011: Pennsylvania Electoral College Proposal Divides GOP Officals, Publi

September 22, 2011: Thank You, Rick Santorum

September 21, 2011: Democrats fire back at new PA electoral plan

September 14, 2011:  GOP looks to split tally for state

September 14, 2011: Top Republicans pushing plan to change the way Pa. elects a president

September 14, 2011: Murmurs of GOP Opposition to Electoral College Changes

September 14, 2011: House GOP fret over Pa. electorals

September 14, 2011: Could Pennsylvania Republicans end the electoral college as we know it?

September 12, 2011: Dem leaders gather to combat union attacks

September 14, 2011: A Look inside new casino in King of Prussia

9.12.2011 TEN YEARS LATER: World Trade Center steel memorial unveiled before hundreds

September 11, 2011: Monica Yant Kinney: A reverse twist on medical insurance

September 1, 2011: Poll shows a gay embrace in Pennsylvania

August 28, 2011: School districts must make do after funding cuts of $1 billion

August 26, 2011: Pa. charter bill gets mixed review

July 5, 2011: Residents hostile towards proposal of single-lane roundabout in West Norriton (video)

July 2, 2011: Pa. Legislature remains stalwart against same-sex marriage

July 2, 2011: Will Pennsylvania follow New York’s lead on gay marriage?

July 1, 2011: Delco legislators split budget vote along party lines

June 29, 2011: School districts react to Pa. budget cut

June 27, 2011: A gay-rights ‘backwater,’ Pa. won’t have same-sex unions soon

June 15.2011 PA Medical Marijuana Bill Named After Gov Shafer

June 14, 2011: Pennsylvania nat gas hearing draws backers, opponents

June 13, 2011: Elementary school students visit Harrisburg

June 7, 2011: Video: State Sen. Leach calls state budget an abandonment of responsibility

June 1, 2011: New Law Good for Harrisburg?

June 1, 2011: Public education ‘under threat’ in Haverford says State Sen. Daylin Leach

May 31, 2011: State Senator: Public education in jeopardy

May 28, 2011:  Pa. budget battle laying 2012 campaign groundwork

May 27, 2011:  SCHOOLS OF HARD KNOCKS: Lawmakers review cuts

May 26, 2011:  Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Stalled In Senate Committee

May 24, 2011:  Leach: Haverford School District May Lose $1.3 Million

May 20, 2011:  Dems: Budget targets poor

May 20, 2011:  Democrats Gather at Courthouse to Discuss Impending Budget Vote

May 20, 2011:  Montgomery County celebrates EMS Week

May 8, 2011:  Tuition vouchers get push

May 7, 2011:  Prison secrets rankle Democrats

May 4, 2011:  Immigration Coalition urges lawmakers to reject bills they call racist, expensive and inefficient

May 4, 2011: At Harrisburg rally, state senator criticizes bills about immigration

May 2, 2011: Progress For Medical Marijuana In Pennsylvania

May 1, 2011: Video: 19th annual Children’s Earth Day Forest

April 28, 2011: Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In Pennsylvania

April 28, 2011: Q&A: State Sen. Larry Farnese on Medical Marijuana Bill

April 26, 2011: Voucher Backers Begin Direct Mail Campaign

April 26, 2011: Public School Students Rally Against Budget Cuts

April 25, 2011: Pa. Senators Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

April 24, 2011: Freshmen feel the heat back home

April 23, 2011: Pa. budget discussions to focus on handling tax revenue surplus

April 22, 2011: GOP seeks to trim unions’ muscle

April 22, 2011: Scratches on the Blackboard of Animal Cruelty

April 22, 2011: Conshohocken council passes Human Relations Ordinance

March 28, 2011: Tax on gas drillers boils in Harrisburg

March 21, 2011:  New Podcast Highlighting Unique State Jobs

March 21, 2011: Leach’s podcast series puts spotlight on unique state jobs

March 20, 2011: Vouchers, Charter Schools, and the Implications For LGBTIQ Students

March 19, 2011: Pa. senators hear solutions to DNA test backlog

March 18, 2011: Purim Humor by Daylin Leach, Minyan Maker In Harrisburg

March 16, 2011: Leach: Township unlikely to see promised $25K grant

March 3, 2011: Spencer: Plastic not so fantastic for Daylin Leach

March 2, 2011: Don’t deny gay rights

March 3, 2011: Voucher bill is a sham to skirt law

March 2, 2011: School choice bill wins state Senate panel approval

March 2, 2011: Ex-Exelon honcho on fast track to lead state DEP

March 2, 2011: Michael Krancer gets environment committee support in Pa. Senate

March 1, 2011: Pa. school voucher bill passes key committee

March 1, 2011: Senator Daylin Leach’s Bag Tax

March 1, 2011: News from the Pennsylvania General Assembly

March 1, 2011: Senate committee OKs school-voucher bill

March 1, 2011: School vouchers clear first hurdle

February 28, 2011:Pennsylvania Considering Taxing Plastic Bags

February 28, 2011: Pa. lawmakers consider plastic bag tax

February 28, 2011: Multiple choice question: School voucher plan garnering praise and criticism in Pa. Senate

February 27, 2011: Pennsylvania lawmakers suggest amendments to school voucher bill

February 22, 2011: Legislators make 1,092 resolutions in one year

February 19, 2011: Pa. school voucher debate heats up

February 14, 2011: Freedom to Marry

February 3, 2011: Voucher Proposal Raises Many Questions

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