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Archive: August, 2011

POSTED: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 12:48 PM

Staff writer Angela Couloumbis is live tweeting from the plea agreement hearing for former House Speaker John Perzel. Follow her tweets below.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 3:00 PM

Auditor General Jack Wagner has released his audit of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s oft-criticized wine kiosks, saying they have cost taxpayers more than $1 million and concluding that if radical changes aren’t made to them, they should be scrapped.

“We think the wine kiosk program has failed, and it needs dramatic, radical changes if the program is going to continue to exist,” Wagner said at a press conference in the Capitol this afternoon.

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POSTED: Monday, August 29, 2011, 5:12 PM

Now that Irene has rolled out of town, a new storm - this one political -- is brewing in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week in the Capitol, a package of controversial immigration bills will be debated by the House State Government Committee -- legislation that civil liberties and immigration advocates argue not only is discriminating but unfairly punishes some of society's most vulnerable people.

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POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011, 2:57 PM

Attorney, corporate board member, college lecturer, sports commentator. 

Leader of a movement to clear the name of Iranian opposition group with terrorist roots?

Among all the many hats former Gov. Ed Rendell is wearing, the latter is certainly the oddest.

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POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011, 3:43 PM

Greg Fajt is back on the Gaming Control Board.

But buckle your seat belts, it could be a rocky ride ahead.

Just a week after he was bounced as chairman by Gov. Corbett (who installed Bill Ryan his former top deputy in the attorney general's office in the post), Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) put him back on the board.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 11:41 PM

He may be running the largest agency in the state, but Gary Alexander still has time to launch a new business venture.

The Department of Public Welfare chief has started a rental property business - out of his Rhode Island home, according to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg.

The newspaper reports that Alexander, appointed DPW secretary by Gov. Corbett, filed paperwork for Smart Alex Consulting LLC last month.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 1:13 PM

Rick Santorum's coming home -- to raise a few bucks.

The former two-term Pennsylvania Senator - and now Republican presidential candidate - will hold fundraising events in at least eight cities around the state next week, according to Politico. 

Starting Monday, Santorum will hold events in Philadelphia and Montgomery County and the Lehigh Valley before heading to Scranton to be joined by Rep. Lou Barletta - who just announced his intention to run for a second term.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 6:47 PM

State Auditor General Jack Wagner was rattled today - and not only by the earthquake that disrupted his press conference.

Wagner said he will immediately begin an audit of the nearly $1 million buyout of Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's contract, calling it the "the granddaddy" of school district executive departure deals.

“There is a proliferation of buyouts in school districts,” said Wagner, said at a hastily relocated press conference outside his Capitol office today. “What’s happening in Philadelphia sets a dangerous precedent.”

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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 in the Inquirer's Harrisburg bureau, based in the statehouse, and by the newspaper's far-flung campaign reporters.

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