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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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POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:02 PM

Tucked amid the weighty tomes in the historic Pennsylvania Senate library are a few audio books that would have little to do with the law and surely would have made the Founders blush.

Among them, Fifty Shades of Grey, a smash hit best seller that some have dubbed "mommy porn.".

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:44 AM

The latest gubernatorial poll showing Gov. Corbett had made no dent in the losing spread against challenger Tom Wolf touched off a twitter skirmish between the Corbett campaign and Pennsylvania's most prominent pollster.

Shortly after the Franklin & Marshall College poll was released last week, Corbett campaign manager Mike Barley took to Twitter with his feelings railing against the "junk" poll and suggesting Wolf's wife may have had something to do with the negative results.

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POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 4:16 PM

Part of his job as Penn State University's new president is, in his words, "to make sure the pot is not stirred."

Eric Barron on Monday stayed true to that motto.

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POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:07 PM

Gone before he started.

That's what happened to Chris Kelly who was supposed to join Attorney General Kathleen Kane's turnover-plagued press team next month.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:01 AM

For a few days in August thousands of farmers from across the state turn off their tractors and head over to the Penn State ag research center near State College to learn about the latest agriculture innovations - the newest "liquid containment systems" (otherwise known as manure pits), the latest in cow cooling technology and GPS systems for planting.

On at least one of those days farmers are trailed by political candidates who flock to Ag Progress Days in search of votes.On Wednesday Gov. Corbett and his Democratic challenger Tom Wolf both had their chance to make farm friendly pitches to rural voters at the annual government and industry day luncheon.

It was like getting glimpse of what Iowa will look like about this same time next year in the presidential race..

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POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:38 PM

Still waiting on your Pennsylvania tax refund?

You are not alone.

Nearly 40,000 taxpayers are still waiting for their 2013 state tax refunds, four months after the filing deadline.

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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:29 PM

State Sen. Mike Stack on Monday blasted Gov. Corbett for what he called "a stunning lack of leadership."

During a speech at the monthly Pennsylvania press club luncheon, Stack, who is running for lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket alongside Tom Wolf, the party's gubernatorial candidate, accused Corbett of "mismanagement" and showing "a lack of vision" during his tenure as governor.

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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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