Friday, March 27, 2015

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:42 AM
Punxsutawney Phil climbs on the top hat of his handler after Phil did not see his shadow and predicting an early spring during the 127th Groundhog Day Celebration at Gobbler's Knob on February 2, 2013 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong (Getty Images)

A New Hampshire police department's announcement that it had issued an arrest warrant for Pennsylvania's most famous rodent has touched off a social media battle between the states' governors.

Word several days ago that the Merrimack (NH) police department had issued a warrant for Punxsutawney Phil for well, crimes against the climate didn't sit so well with Gov. Wolf.

Wolf on Thursday issued a warning to the Merrimack PD that indicated the Commonwealth would stand by Phil no matter the weather.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 5:43 PM
File: Former Gov. Tom Corbett. ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

After losing election in November former Gov. Tom Corbett probably thought he'd seen the last of the ugly talk so common on the campaign trail.

But no.

Corbett's about to get a dose of Amish ire on national cable TV.


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POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 9:43 AM
Gov. Tom Wolf arrives for his first day of work at the Capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers)

On Tuesday he told parents with sick children he supported legalization of medical marijuana.

On Wednesday morning Gov. Wolf met with a small group of lawmakers and gay rights advocates to urge them to pass a bill barring discrimination in workplace and housing.

"Fairness is smart, inclusion is good for business," said Wolf, speaking to the Equality Coalition in the Capitol at the start of "Discrimination Exists" week, a national effort to call attention to the absence of anti-discrimination laws across much of the U.S.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:38 PM

Are Senate Republicans setting up a new showdown with Gov. Wolf?

On Monday, the Senate Republican caucus filed suit against Wolf for firing the office of open records director. On Tuesday the GOP-controlled Senate Rules Committee approved 13 of 28 nominations made by Gov. Corbett at the end of his term - the same nominees who were recalled by Wolf shortly after he took office.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 4:26 PM

With the birth of a new legislative session comes rallying for new reform measures.

So far we have heard calls for the passage of a cash gift ban and reducing the size of the legislature and today, a renewed push to make lawmakers cough up receipts for their expenses.

Sens. Randy Vulakovich (R., Allegheny) was unsuccessful in getting his measure passed last session, but he's back again with legislation requiring elected officials to provide receipts in order to receive reimbursement from the state.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 5:13 PM
Mike Stack ( KATE McCANN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

Sen. Mike Stack (D., Phila.) says he will resign his Senate seat on January 20 when he is sworn in as Pennsylvania's new lieutenant governor.

Speculation swirled around the question of whether Stack would try to keep the seat while also serving as lieutenant governor. He laid that question to rest on Thursday in a statement to the Inquirer

"For several months I have been searching for a way to balance the need to control the cost of government with preserving a voice in the Senate for the people of Northeast Philadelphia who have put their trust in me for so many years," said Stack. "I have decided that there is no way to achieve a perfect balance without creating a distraction that could stifle the momentum toward a new direction for the people of Pennsylvania."

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10:37 AM

It was a day of historic firsts for women in the Capitol.

Members of the House and Senate took their oaths of office Tuesday at the start of the new session – the 199th session for the oldest seated governing body in the nation.

But amid the pomp and circumstance - the bouquets and boutonnieres - the day was notable as a landmarkday for women in Pennsylvania politics: Leslie Acosta – daughter of former Rep. Ralph Acosta, the first Hispanic elected to the General Assembly – became the first Latina to be sworn in as a Pennsylvania lawmaker.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 1, 2015, 10:42 AM

There's still time to buy tickets to the Wolf inauguration.festivities.

Democrat Tom Wolf will be sworn in as the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania on January 20. 

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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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