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POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:21 PM

A House panel on Tuesday advanced a $29.1 billion spending plan, sending the bill to the House floor six days before the deadline.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 21-14 along party lines to support the budget proposal, which uses one-time transfers to close a deficit.

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POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014, 10:31 AM
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathlen Kane is holding a news conference today about the state's investigation into Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower/File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Amy Worden is live tweeting this morning's news conference by Kathleen Kane about the Jerry Sandusky probe. Follow along by clicking into the Cover It Live window, below:

--Angela Couloumbis

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POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:33 PM

Maybe the second time will be the charm.

Gov. Corbett has yet again appointed his onetime chief of staff to an Allegheny County judgeship.

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POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:59 AM

The Corbett administration on Friday announced its list of qualified insurance companies to provide coverage for uninsured Pennsylvanians under the state's proposed Medicaid program.

Administration officials are calling the announcement a major step forward in the process of providing health care to as many as 600,000 low-income people who have no insurance.

"The governor is incredibly pleased with the response," said Corbett's secretary of policy and planning, Jennifer Branstetter."The companies stepped up and came up with innovative plans."

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POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:20 PM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell is jumping into the budget deadline debate.

In a voice mail late Wednesday, Rendell said the Inquirer should have "ripped" Gov. Corbett for his sudden reversal on the necessity of meeting the June 30 budget deadline.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 8:24 AM

The federal judge who last month struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban says he will not hear an appeal by a county official.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday denied a request by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:36 PM

Gov. Corbett on Tuesday said he is willing to miss the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget if more time means he can get his initiatives done.

“We need to get this done right rather than quickly,” Corbett said during an afternoon press conference in the Capitol.

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POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 3:44 PM

Gov. Corbett today joined governors from five neighboring states and the District of Columbia on Monday to sign a revised pact to address environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Agreement, first signed in 1983, brings together states in the region to find ways to support sustainable fisheries, healthy watersheds, land conservation and improved water quality,

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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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