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POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:35 AM

It's time for Pennsylvania to join neighboring states and raise the minimum wage.

That's the message from a leading Senate Democrat and a coalition of groups organizing "Vote PA Workers a Raise" statewide action day today.

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POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:08 AM

State House Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has never been timid about introducing controversial legislation or picking fights over hot button issues.

This time the Republican from Butler County in western Pennsylvania set his sights on illegal immigrants and Mayor Nutter.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9:18 AM

Gov. Corbett has made slight gains among registered and undecided voters, but still failed to significantly crack the wide lead established months ago by Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, according to a new poll on the Pennsylvania governor's race.

In the latest Franklin & Marshall College poll, Corbett broke the 20-point differential, but Wolf maintains an 18-point lead (49 to 31 percent),. with 19 percent of voters still undecided.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:35 AM

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has launched an internal investigation into allegedly sexually explicit emails sent and received on state computers, her office said Tuesday.

The disclosure came in a letter denying an Inquirer request for the emails, which sources have said circulated among scores of state employees, including prominent officials.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:13 AM

The House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly on a measure that would give the NRA standing to sue municipalties that enact their own gun laws and subject them to paying the cost of legal fees in a successful challenge.

The measure - approved on a preliminary vote of 143-54 after lengthy debate - stems from a legal battle in Philadelphia between the city and the NRA which sued over gun control laws that were more restrictive than state law.. The courts struck down several of the ordinances but upheld others, including mandatory reporting of lost and stolen weapons.

The amendment was added to a bill to require transfer of mental health records from the state to the federal database. A final vote is expected today..

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1:29 PM

He's gay and he loves it. Get over it.

With those words, Sen. Jim Ferlo, one of the chamber's most liberal Democrats, officially broke the news. He said he never really kept it a secret - friends, family and colleagues knew. He just didn't feel the need to wear it as "a billboard on my forehead.'

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POSTED: Monday, September 22, 2014, 5:30 PM

After a months-long delay, the state House approved a bill authorizing the city of Philadelphia to impose a tax on cigarettes to fund schools.

The bill - which passed without debate largely along party lines 114-84 - now goes to the Senate which is expected to take it up this week.

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POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:32 PM
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is asking Gov. Corbett to justify spending millions of dollars planning for an alternative to Medicaid expansion that is set to begin on Jan. 1. (File photo)

The state's fiscal watchdog is raising questions about the Corbett's administration's reported expenditure of $48 million on preparations to launch Pennsylvania's health insurance program for the working poor.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday he has asked Corbett for details on millions spent by the Commonwealth ahead of the launch of the Healthy PA program to provide health care coverage for Pennsylvanians under the Affordable Care Act.

The Pittburgh Post-Gazette quoted a top Corbett official last week saying the state had spent $48 million in state and federal funds so far on the program  - a charge the administration denied late Monday.

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Commonwealth Confidential gives you regularly updated coverage of the state legislature, the governor and the workings of the state bureaucracy. It is written by Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden in the Inquirer's Harrisburg bureau, based right in the statehouse, and by the newspaper's far-flung campaign reporters.



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