Friday, April 18, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 2:37 PM
Bob Guzzardi, a challenger to Governor Corbett in the GOP primary. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ/Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: Petitioners will appeal ruling to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, says state Republican Party.

Gov. Corbett's sole challenger will remain on the primary ballot.

Amy Worden @ 2:37 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:04 PM

Gov. Corbett on Tuesday said it was “misleading” to suggest he reviewed or opted not to pursue the sting investigation that captured elected officials on tape accepting money and gifts.

In making his remarks, the Republican governor was responding to recent statements by Attorney General Kathleen Kane that her three predecessors, Corbett included, decided not to bring charges in the sting case.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5:41 PM
Pa. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton/Lehigh.

Policy disagreement? Or just an old-fashioned bar fight?

Sen. Lisa Boscola (D., Lehigh) was asked to leave a Harrisburg bar late Tuesday night after a heated conversation she had with one of her colleagues from the opposite side of the aisle, Republican House Speaker Sam Smith, as well as a separate run-in with a woman who was at the bar with a lobbyist.

The woman took to Facebook afterwards, claiming in a post that Boscola hit her.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 4:05 PM

Citing a projected budget deficit, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate joined today to call on their colleagues to pass a Marcellus Shale gas drilling tax.

The lawmakers said the state could generate close to $1 billion with a shale tax of as much as 6 percent.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:11 PM

It could be one of the pricier egg sandwiches ever sold. And Pennsylvania taxpayers foot the bill.

A long-running court battle between a Harrisburg restaurant owner and a former member of Gov. Corbett's cabinet over the preparation of an egg sandwich ended with a $75,000 settlement.

The settlement resolving a two-year-old lawsuit filed by Richard M. Hanna against the Commonwealth and then Health Secretary Eli Avila, was reached in December, but it was only made public last month after the state failed to pay up, according to court documents.

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POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:08 PM

Gov. Corbett today signed into law three child protection bills, moving efforts to transform the way the state handles child abuse cases in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case, closer to the finish line

The legislation, stemming from proposals of a task force create after the indictment on child abuse charges of the former assistant Penn State coach, will create a statewide database to track reporting of child abuse and provide dedicated funding for Child Advocacy Centers.

“The bills I am signing into law today are another step forward in the fight to end child abuse.” Corbett said. “Today, Pennsylvania says, ‘no more’ to child abuse.” 

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POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:11 PM

Sen. Bob Casey says the European Union is threatening Pennsylvania cold cuts!

In a letter Casey, and a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues, called on the White House to reject efforts by the European Union to block U.S. meat producers from exporting products with common meat names that have European origins like "bologna," "bratwurst" or "black forest ham."

In a letter to the US Department of Agriculture and the United States Trade Representative, Casey and other members of the Senate urged the administration to reject the EU request during the upcoming Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 2:27 PM

Gov. Corbett said today he is may be nearing a decision on whether to pull the plug on his proposal to offer health insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians.

Corbett, in his strongest statement on the year-long Medicaid negotiations, said he is "reaching his breaking point" with the federal government.

"We've been negotiating for a year and I am starting to feel like a yo-yo," said Corbett, speaking to reporters after addressing doctors and health professionals at a state-sponsored public health conference,. "You go down one lane and then they pull you back."

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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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