State Rep. Tony DeLuca, a Democrat who represents Penn Hills, plans to once again introduce bills that would allow early voting and same-day registration in Pennsylvania. Previous versions failed to make it out of the House State Government committee, chaired by Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County. Rep. Matthew Bradford serves on the committee and plans to press the issue with his colleagues, while DeLuca is calling on House Republicans to bring the bills up for a vote. "They should have enough guts to put it out on the floor and let members vote on it."
Pittsburgh's Thomas Hardiman, a judge for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is a leading contender to be President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Associated Press reports. Hardiman is a George W. Bush appointee and adjunct professor at the Duquesne University with ties to Republicans and Democrats, according to Newsweek. One of his most well-known decisions "held that a Pennsylvania jail’s policy of strip-searching all detainees — who have been arrested for any crime — wasn’t a violation of the Fourth Amendment restriction on unreasonable searches and seizures."
Pittsburgh City Council debated a package of bills, introduced by Councilman Dan Gilman, aimed at supporting refugees and immigrants, WESA reported. Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith called for a public hearing, while Councilwoman Darlene Harris asked Gilman if any of the bills violate federal law. "What I don’t want to do is harbor illegal aliens that are coming here," she said. Gilman emphasized that the bills would not designate Pittsburgh as a sanctuary city.
|What||No one wants the flu. That's why Una Biologicals is hosting a class at the Phipps' Garden Center on herbs that promote health during the winter.|
|Where||Phipps Conservatory Garden Center at 1059 Shady Ave. (Point Breeze)|
|When||January 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm|
The Incline Likes
Yes, the Penguins lost Tuesday night, but there's a lot of good news to focus on. In his weekly column, Dave Lozo highlighted a few bright spots: Kris Letang is healthy!; Conor Sheary was the NHL’s First Star of last week!; Justin Schultz has turned into the greatest defenseman in NHL history! Read on to find out who was the Player of the Week — and the Weak.
Here's a weekend must for beer lovers. Southern Tier Brewing Company's brewpub on the North Shore is now open. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the Pittsburgh location is the brewery's only other spot outside of its home in Lakewood, N.Y. On tap: about 30 different types of beer.