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POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2008, 12:47 PM

Want to check and see if your local watering hole is ship shape?

In an effort to be more consumer friendly, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has launched a searchable database of more than 17,000 restaurants, taverns, beer distributors and other businesses licensed by the commonwealth to serve, sell or distribute alcoholic beverages.

The database provides details on corporate partners, citations issued, fines and license status.

Amy Worden @ 12:47 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:28 PM

Four years ago,  former Philadelphia City Solicitor Ken Trujillo helped run the Democratic campaign for state Attorney General against Republican Tom Corbett.

This year, Trujillo is endorsing Corbett - and urging Philadelphia's predominantly Democratic Latino community to split their ticket and pull the lever for Corbett on Tuesday.

Angela Couloumbis @ 3:28 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 2:39 PM

House Speaker Dennis O'Brien - who has occupied a most unusual if not unique role of Republican interloper in the Democrats' House -  is making a pitch  to his colleagues for another term.

In a speech to the Pennsylvania Press Club O'Brien, of Philadelphia, said if his fellow lawmakers elect him he would like to serve as speaker again in the next session.

"I am ready, willing, able and clearly interested in serving as speaker in the next session," O'Brien told a roomful of reporters, lobbyists and lawmakers yesterday. He said he wants to continue to work to "promote creative solutions" to address autism and other health care needs along with the state budget. (O'Brien also issued an early plea to his colleagues to start work on the budget now and not wait till the last weeks before the June 30 deadline).

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POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2008, 6:21 PM

Gov. Rendell is hitting the road for the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania.

Starting Tuesday, Rendell embarks on a six-day, fifty city tour to rally support for Obama. Democratic voters may have the edge, but Rendell wants to make sure they hit the polls on Nov. 4 with a statewide get-out-the-vote drive. The campaign will post updates, photos and videos on the "Rendell Road to Change" blog: http://pa.barackobama.com/rendelltour

The bus tour begins in Erie tomorrow and ends Monday in Philadelphia.

Amy Worden @ 6:21 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2008, 11:23 AM


As he prepared to hop on a tour bus to stump for John McCain, former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge said this morning that he doesn’t believe the polls that show his good friend trailing by upwards of 10 points.


“I’m buying that we are behind. I’m not buying a double-digit lead. I don’t see it. I don’t sense it. I don’t feel it,” Ridge told reporters in Harrisburg as he discussed a range of topics.

Mario Cattabiani @ 11:23 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2008, 5:44 PM

Gov. Rendell and animal advocates will gather at a Bucks County veterinary clinic Monday to celebrate landmark legislation to improve the lives of dogs in Pennsylvania.

Rendell will hold a ceremonial bill signing to highlight the new requirements governing roughly 650 commercial kennels that sell puppies mainly to pet shops throughout the region. 

It is the first piece of companion animal legislation enacted in Pennsylvania in a decade.

Amy Worden @ 5:44 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 12:04 PM

With the Phillies’ 3-2 win last night in Game One of the World Series, Gov. Rendell got a step closer to a cracking some stone crab claws and peeling open Sunshine State oranges.


That’s what Rendell’s FLA counterpart, Charlie Crist, put up in a friendly wager between governors if the Tampa Bay Rays lose in the Fall Classic.

Mario Cattabiani @ 12:04 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 12:02 PM

PEMA, buckle down and get to work, state Auditor General Jack Wagner says.

A special audit by Wagner's agency - released today - of how the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Administration (PEMA) is running the state's wireless E-911 Emergency Services program found quite a few holes: the audit determined that a fully operational statewide system was still not in place.

Angela Couloumbis @ 12:02 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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