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POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:20 PM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell is jumping into the budget deadline debate.

In a voice mail late Wednesday, Rendell said the Inquirer should have "ripped" Gov. Corbett for his sudden reversal on the necessity of meeting the June 30 budget deadline.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 8:24 AM

The federal judge who last month struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban says he will not hear an appeal by a county official.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday denied a request by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:36 PM

Gov. Corbett on Tuesday said he is willing to miss the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget if more time means he can get his initiatives done.

“We need to get this done right rather than quickly,” Corbett said during an afternoon press conference in the Capitol.

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POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 3:44 PM

Gov. Corbett today joined governors from five neighboring states and the District of Columbia on Monday to sign a revised pact to address environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Agreement, first signed in 1983, brings together states in the region to find ways to support sustainable fisheries, healthy watersheds, land conservation and improved water quality,

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POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 2:47 PM

The fact that the state's largest labor organization announced it is endorsing the Democratic candidate in this year's governor's race is no surprise.

But some may ask: what's the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO doing backing a guy who runs a non-union shop?

"We're not in this for the dues," said the group's president Rick Bloomingdale.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:13 AM

A bill creating a new offense for athletic coaches, scouting or other youth program leaders is one signature away from becoming law.

The state House on Monday gave final approval to the bill (191-4) and sent it to Gov. Corbett, whose office says he will sign it.

The bill was introduced in a flood of child protection of legislation put forth in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse  scandal.

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POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:47 AM

Just a little over a month after Senate Republican from York County is under fire for comparing unions to Hitler.

Scott Wagner, speaking on the Senate floor this week, likened organized labor to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler, saying they are all about "power and control." 

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6:49 PM

Legislation to recognize the state's official flora and fauna, even the official cookie, have stirred good-natured debate in the past.  

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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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