Friday, November 28, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 8:00 AM

Among the dignitaries warming up the crowd for Gov. Corbett at the Lancaster airport on Monday was the newest- and most outspoken - member of the state Senate, Scott Wagner.

The shoot-from-the-hip York Republican has proved he's not out to make friends on either side of the aisle, comparing unions to Hitler and making it known that he thinks it's time to depose Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware).

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POSTED: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:22 PM

As if Philadelphians didn't have enough to worry about on Election Day.

First, the Republican Corbett administration - after spending roughly $6 million on an ill-fated ad campaign to inform citizens about the new voter ID law during the last election cycle - spent no money this year to alert voters the law was struck down in January by a Commonwealth Court judge.

Now a labor-affiliated group mistakenly sent voter information cards to 30,000 city residents with the wrong polling place addresses.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:05 PM

The NRA-led effort that successfully blocked a bill banning live pigeon shoots and the consumption of dogs and cats last week in the state House has taken social media and cable TV by storm.

Stephen Colbert lambasted the NRA and pigeon shooters on last night's Colbert Report. Mother Jones ran a piece titled "NRA Victory Means It's Sill Perfectly Legal to Cook Dogs and Cats in Pennsylvania," and the legendary songstress Bette Midler tweeted about it..

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:06 AM
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Did money play a role in stopping the bill aimed at banning live pigeon shoots and making it illegal to eat cats and dogs in Pennsylvania?

Three days before a critical vote was to be taken that would have sent the bill (HB1750) to the state House floor, a pigeon shooting lobbying group dropped $20,000 on key committee members. campaign finance records show.

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POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:11 PM

An inventory has revealed the worst fears of the staff at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The October 3 fire that destroyed the park headquarters in Shanksville also destroyed hundreds of personal items, photographs, recordings and other artifacts, the National Park Service said in a press release Friday.

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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:50 AM

The Senate on Thursday approved a bill giving standing to the NRA and other groups seeking to sue municipalities which enact ordinances tougher than the state.

The vote came less than 24 hours after two House lawmakers were held up at gun point a few blocks from the Capitol. One of the lawmakers, Rep. Marty Flynn (D., Luzerne), also was armed and engaged in a shoot out with the suspect. No one was hurt and four teens were arrested and charged in the crime.

The 9mm handgun used in the crime had been reported stolen, according to Harrisburg police.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11:05 PM

The Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups - including  the National Rifle Association  - standing in court to sue municipalties that enact their own gun laws.

The amendment, which passed 32-16, has its origins in a legal battle between the city of Philadelphia and the NRA which sued over gun control ordinances more restrictive than state law.

The courts struck down several of the city's gun ordinances, but upheld mandatory reporting of lost and stolen weapons. Some 30 other cities, townships and boroughs followed suit, including at least seven in the southeat, passing lost and stolen reporting ordinances, including at least seven in the southeast.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:42 PM

Before the end of the year hospitals in Pennsylvania will be required to test newborns for certain rare disorders where early detection could help save lives.

Gov. Corbett on Wednesday signed a bill (HB1654) to expand newborn screening to include six additional disorders.

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