Commonwealth Confidential Archive: August, 2009

Bonusgate trial for ex-state Rep. Ramaley gets pushed back

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A judge this morning pushed back the scheduled trial date for a former state legislator who is among a dozen charged in the Bonusgate scandal... Read more

Larry Frankel, former PA ACLU lobbyist, found dead in park

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Longtime ACLU Harrisburg lobbyist, Larry Frankel, was found dead Friday in a Washington D.C. park. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle remembered... Read more

Ag secretary to step down, deputy promoted

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Pennsylvania's agriculture secretary, Dennis Wolff, who is credited with improving food safety and expanding markets for the state's farm products... Read more

Scranton Mayor takes steps to run for governor

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Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty (D), who has pushed economic development and trimmed government in his city, was in the Philadelphia area Thursday... Read more

Joe Hoeffel, feminist theologian

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Montgomery County Commish Joe Hoeffel, in an email to supporters Monday declaring he was exploring a run for governor as a champion of progressive... Read more

U.S., Pa. flags at half-staff for Ted Kennedy

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Gov. Rendell, following the lead of President Obama, asks that U.S. and Pennsylvania state flags be flown at half-mast until sunset on Aug... Read more

Vick takes field, Rendell signs animal cruelty bill

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On the day Michael Vick made his debut as a Philadelphia Eagle, Gov. Rendell signed an anti-animal-cruelty bill that, among other things... Read more

Rendell touts job report as evidence economy is improving

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A new internal state jobs report indicates that there were more jobs created than lost in Pennsylvania for the first time since the recession... Read more