Thursday, November 20, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:33 PM

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf today dipped into the worlds of academia, non-profits, unions, the law and government in assembling the steering committee for his transition team. 

"As we begin to understand the complexity of the fiscal crisis my administration will face, it is important that my transition team move forward," said Wolf. "Today's announcement, which rounds out my steering committee, continues that momentum, and I look forward to working with these individuals to address the steep fiscal and economic challenges ahead."

The team includes Philadelphia power lawyer Shanin Specter - who is the son of the late Sen. Arlen Specter - Nilda Iris Ruiz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and Joseph Meade, government affairs director for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:44 PM

Pennsylvania has the fourth largest population of senior citizens in the country - and that number is growing.

Come January they will have an office within the state court system dedicating to improving the response of the judiciary and government agencies to elder abuse and neglect.

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POSTED: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:12 PM

     DUNMORE - Dunmore Police Chief Sal Marchese says he doesn’t get what all the fuss is about.

     Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was in a car accident last month, when the SUV she was traveling in sideswiped a parked car. An officer went to the scene and wrote up a police report. And that, said Marchese, should have been that.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:25 PM

As expected Gov. Corbett signed a controversial bill granting NRA standing to sue municipalities that enact gun laws tougher than state law - except he signed the wrong version.

When the so-called "preemption bill" reached the governor's desk on Oct. 28 it was an earlier version that did not contain the disputed language granting a "membership organization" the right to sue a city, township or borough over its gun control laws.

Instead, the governor signed the original version of the bill increasing penalties for theft of metals.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:02 PM

The fate of the state's open records tsar may not entirely be known, but one thing's for sure, she won't lose her job because of Gov. Corbett

For months speculation has swirled around whether Corbett would reappoint Terry Mutchler as director of the Office of Open Records or replace her with his own pick for the high profile job.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 8:00 AM

Among the dignitaries warming up the crowd for Gov. Corbett at the Lancaster airport on Monday was the newest- and most outspoken - member of the state Senate, Scott Wagner.

The shoot-from-the-hip York Republican has proved he's not out to make friends on either side of the aisle, comparing unions to Hitler and making it known that he thinks it's time to depose Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware).

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POSTED: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:22 PM

As if Philadelphians didn't have enough to worry about on Election Day.

First, the Republican Corbett administration - after spending roughly $6 million on an ill-fated ad campaign to inform citizens about the new voter ID law during the last election cycle - spent no money this year to alert voters the law was struck down in January by a Commonwealth Court judge.

Now a labor-affiliated group mistakenly sent voter information cards to 30,000 city residents with the wrong polling place addresses.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:05 PM

The NRA-led effort that successfully blocked a bill banning live pigeon shoots and the consumption of dogs and cats last week in the state House has taken social media and cable TV by storm.

Stephen Colbert lambasted the NRA and pigeon shooters on last night's Colbert Report. Mother Jones ran a piece titled "NRA Victory Means It's Sill Perfectly Legal to Cook Dogs and Cats in Pennsylvania," and the legendary songstress Bette Midler tweeted about it..

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