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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:44 PM

Call it the return race.

Multi-megabyte files are hitting reporters' email boxes as candidates for Pennsylvania governor disclose their latest tax returns - or extension filings.

Gov. Corbett, in an abbreviated return released today, is reporting $200,000 in adjusted income in 2013.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 8:27 AM

Perhaps, it's no surprise that the candidate named Wolf would be tops in animal lovers' hearts.

And so it was that Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf won the endorsement of Humane PA, the political action committee that represents tens of thousands of Pennsylvania pet people.

In its endorsement announcement yesterday the group said it chose Wolf - along with Brad Koplinski as the lieutenant governor - as its picks for statewide office in the May primary.

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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.

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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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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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