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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.

Angela Couloumbis @ 4:16 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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.

Amy Worden @ 5:07 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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..

Amy Worden @ 10:01 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
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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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:49 PM

Gov. Corbett's recent vetoes may not be the last word on this year's budget.

Republicans who control the Senate have hired outside counsel to decide whether -- or even how -- to challenge Corbett's veto of roughly $7.2 million in legislative earmarks in a budget-related bill called the fiscal code. The code is often described as an instruction manual for how certain funds should be allocated.

Angela Couloumbis @ 4:49 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 9:26 AM

Democrat Tom Wolf holds a commanding 22-point lead over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett,  according to a new poll in the Pennsylvainia governor's race.

The Franklin &  Marshall College poll showed Wolf leading Corbett 47 percent to 25 percent with 27 percent of voters undecided.

"The situation [Corbett] faces is pretty simple to explain," poll director G. Terry Madonna told PennLive. "He needs to find some successes to take to the voters this fall. Typically governors seeking re-election have a panoply of successes on which to go back to the voters. You don't want to go back to the voters and say, 'I didn't do A, B or C, but let me try again.'"

Amy Worden @ 9:26 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:12 PM

UPDATE: Cigarette tax passes the Senate 38-12. Fiscal code bill clears Senate 26-24.

With the June 30 deadline behind them and no signed budget, lawmakers returned to work Tuesday with several heavy lift items on the agenda.

Gov. Corbett late Monday said he would not sign the $29.1 billion budget without "meaningful" pension reform.

Amy Worden @ 12:12 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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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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