For Philadelphia’s GOP, and its chairwoman and state representative from the Northeast, Martina White, this is just another day at the races. Not because White takes policy or politics lightly. Rather, because – at age 32 – dealing with matters of state, and pleasing her constituents, has been her whole life’s work. Now in her third term, White – in office since 2015 in a special election to fill an open seat in the 170th District – became the first new Republican elected in Philadelphia in 25 years, a feat considering that working class area’s deep blue roots.
With an eye on improving Pennsylvania’s crumbling bridges and pot-holed roads, Republicans who control the state House announced Monday they are starting a legislative infrastructure task force to look for solutions.
State Reps. Martina White and Jared Solomon, among others, last month sought to pass “concurrent jurisdiction” legislation that would have given Attorney General Josh Shapiro the ability to prosecute cases involving the sale, purchase or possession of an illegal gun.
As public debate rages over Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic, state legislators have quietly passed a law that targets the city, giving the state Attorney General’s Office equal jurisdiction to the district attorney in prosecuting certain gun-related cases.