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Archive: December, 2008

POSTED: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 2:24 PM

Christopher B. Craig, one of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo’s most loyal aides and widely considered among the best legal minds in the Capitol, has resigned from the Senate after 16 years.

Craig, who is credited with writing the landmark 2004 law legalizing slot machines in Pennsylvania, said today that he resigned from his $158,300-a-year-post as a top lawyer for Senate Democrats to explore other job opportunities.

Mario Cattabiani @ 2:24 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 9:55 AM

Pennsylvania's new open records chief gets tapped to testify in the impeachment hearing of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Terry Mutchler, executive director of the state's Office of Open Records, is expected to testify before an Illinois legislative committee charged with determining whether to recommend the embattled governor be removed from office.

Mutchler, the former public access counselor for the Illinois Attorney General's office, said during her tenure there her office was "routinely" engaged in open records battles with the Blagojevich administration.

Amy Worden @ 9:55 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 4:06 PM

If Gov. Rendell ever runs for public office again, there’s one vote he’ll have to work hard to regain: that of Marti Hottenstein, a Bucks County mother whose son died in 2006 from a prescription drug overdose.

Hottenstein recently was on the receiving end of one of the governor’s by-now infamous blowups when she showed up at a press conference in the Capitol two weeks ago and questioned him about funding cuts to drug and alcohol treatment programs.

During the press conference, Rendell appeared visibly pained as she asked her question. Afterward he walked over to Hottenstein to talk to her.

Angela Couloumbis @ 4:06 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, December 29, 2008, 12:59 PM

Stop the presses, Gov. Rendell's point man for the General Assembly is staying put.

Steve Crawford, Rendell's secretary of legislative affairs, declined an offer from newly-elected House Majority Leader Todd Eachus to become his chief of staff.

Crawford, who has served as Rendell's secretary of legislative affairs since 2003, said he thought long and hard about the offer but decided with the new line up in legislative leadership and the tough budget year ahead, it would be best to continue in his current role. 

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POSTED: Friday, December 26, 2008, 2:14 PM is making a list - checking it twice - and Gov. Rendell is on it.

That list would be of the political personalities that are going to be sorely missed in 2009.

Angela Couloumbis @ 2:14 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 1:41 PM

On this quiet day in the statehouse, where nary a creature is stirring - not even a mouse - The Associated Press is moving a pretty interesting story about how the House Democratic caucus has refused a request from their former #2 guy, Mike Veon, to have taxpayers foot his legal bills in the ongoing Bonusgate investigation.

As most people reading this already know, Veon, a former state representative from Beaver County, was indicted this last summer with 11 others on charges that he participated in a vast conspiracy to use taxpayer resources and money for campaign purposes.

Angela Couloumbis @ 1:41 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 11:58 AM

OK, so here's the winner of the press release containing, possibly, the best government spin of 2008 ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET.

Drum roll please....

Angela Couloumbis @ 11:58 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 4:09 PM

OK, before you go and get any crazy ideas, we mean Miss Piggy singing her over-wrought line of "Five Golden Rings"  in the Muppets' version of the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

At least that's what it sounds like to us here at Commonwealth Confidential - all two of us working here today. And our poll was unanimous, so there.

Judge Rendell, renowned for having a strong, clear voice, sounds a bit over-the-top - if not downright shrieky - as she belted out the "five golden rings" line this past Saturday night at Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal's annual holiday party (the guv was there too, singing along, although we're glad we can't hear him well. His voice? Not so strong).

Angela Couloumbis @ 4:09 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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