Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s first official assignment: Take Pa. residents’ pulse on legalizing pot

Jan Murphy | Wednesday, January 24, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Pennsylvania’s new Lt. Gov. John Fetterman received his first assignment: Take the pulse of Pennsylvanians about where they stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana.

At their first news conference since their Jan. 15 inauguration, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday joined with Fetterman in announcing he is sending the lieutenant governor on a 67-county listening tour. Fetterman will gather input on the pros and cons of Pennsylvania allowing adults to use marijuana for recreational purposes.

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Gov. Tom Wolf is sworn in for second term

Angela Couloumbis and Liz Navratil | Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf took the oath of office Tuesday for a second term as Pennsylvania government’s chief executive, urging “faith” in the state’s ability to rise above ideological divides to fix problems together while embracing tolerance and diversity.

In his speech outside the state Capitol, the mild-mannered Democrat noted that his administration, working with a Republican-led legislature, was able to achieve major policy changes in the last four years, including legalizing medical marijuana, relaxing the state’s iron grip over alcohol sales, and beginning to rein in public pension costs.

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19 for ’19: From Gritty to Fetterman, Pennsylvanians you’ll be talking about in 2019

Charles Thompson | Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Happy New Year, PennLive readers.

We spent a good part of our Christmas break gazing in to our crystal ball to come up with a forward-looking list of Pennsylvanians we think you’ll be interested in keeping an eye on as 2019 unfolds.

Our list is predictive, and subjective; only time will tell how well it holds up.

But we can say that is has been culled through conversation with some of the brightest minds in the state. As you peruse, we hope it helps you learn a little more about Pennsylvania, what’s been going on here, and what lies ahead in 2019.

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