Recent Blog Posts


01/06/20: Regional Appellate Court Elections: Good for Pennsylvania

In December, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 196, a constitutional amendment to change the way we elect appellate court jurists in the state. Under this plan, instead of electing these jurists in statewide elections, they would be elected from regional districts. There would be seven Supreme Court districts, fifteen Superior Court districts, and nine Commonwealth Court districts. Members of these courts would be required to reside in the district they are elected from. Read more...

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01/15/19: Protect Free Speech From Getting SLAPPed

There is nothing that unites Americans of all political stripes quite so much as the right to free speech. It was critical in gaining our independence from tyranny. The founders enshrined it in the very First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It remains a modern-day sling by which contemporary Davids can hope to defeat Goliaths. From free speech, great ideas and movements are often born. Read more...

03/24/18: Impeachment: Read Between the Lines

Last week a number of prominent Pennsylvania officials very publicly criticized the effort by some members of the House of Representatives to move forward with resolutions aimed at the impeachment of four Justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the aftermath of a legal battle over congressional maps. Read more...

03/05/18: Withdrawing My Support for Independent Districting Commission Bill

I was an early supporter of the premise of House Bill 722, during both this legislative session and the previous session, my first as a member of the General Assembly. Withdrawing my support of this bill does not come lightly. Read more...

01/31/18: Does Size Matter?

This coming week, HB153 – a constitutional amendment to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 203 to 151 members – will come to the floor of the House for debate and a vote to submit the question to the voters for ratification. Read more...