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POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 1:40 PM

House Democrats walked out of a highly unusual hearing Tuesday morning on a measure seeking the impeachment of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Democrats described the hearing, before the State Government Committee, as little more than a political stunt by the committee's Republican chairman to embarrass the Democratic attorney general. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a conservative Republican from Butler County, had called for the hearing, saying he believed it was necessary because Kane had exhibited "misbehavior" in office.

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POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014, 4:56 PM

A GOP lawmaker has released a list of those testifying at his controversial hearing Tuesday on the impeachment of Attorney General Kathleen Kane - and Kane is not among them..

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler), chairman of the state government committee is seeking to oust Kane, a Democrat, for what he describes as "misbehavior in office."

After failing to get support for a resolution of impeachment in the full House, Metcalfe scheduled a hearing on the matter in his committee, inviting several national conservative activists, the founder of a Pennsylvania law firm specializing in firearms-related cases and a partner in a Christian law firm in Lancaster.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2:53 PM

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.

Just ask Republican state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe. The conservative legislator from Butler County late last year introduced a resolution to impeach Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane over her decision not to defend the state's ban on gay marriage from a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn it.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:38 PM

Two days after threatening a sit-in outside Gov. Corbett's office, Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) says with no word from the governor, he's getting ready to camp out in the Capitol.

"I'm getting my sleeping bag dry cleaned," said Leach in an email last night.

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POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014, 4:56 PM

A Commonwealth Court judge on Monday denied the Corbett administration's motion to reconsider his ruling overturning the state's two-year-old voter identification law.

In his 29-page decision, Judge Bernard L. McGinley said the law requiring voters to produce photo ID at the polls failed "to provide liberal access to compliant photo ID" and as a result voters were disenfranchised.

"The evidence showed the voter ID provisions at issue deprive numerous electors of their fundamental right to vote, so vital to our democracy," wrote McGinley, who struck down the law in January.

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POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:56 PM

Her term officially expired Thursday, but the state's open records tsar was back at work Friday uncertain of what the future holds for her in that role.

Terry Mutchler was appointed by Gov. Rendell in 2008 to a six-year-term as the first director of the newly created Office of Open Records. Her official end date came and went with no action by the current governor, Tom Corbett.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:44 PM

Call it the return race.

Multi-megabyte files are hitting reporters' email boxes as candidates for Pennsylvania governor disclose their latest tax returns - or extension filings.

Gov. Corbett, in an abbreviated return released today, is reporting $200,000 in adjusted income in 2013.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 8:27 AM

Perhaps, it's no surprise that the candidate named Wolf would be tops in animal lovers' hearts.

And so it was that Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf won the endorsement of Humane PA, the political action committee that represents tens of thousands of Pennsylvania pet people.

In its endorsement announcement yesterday the group said it chose Wolf - along with Brad Koplinski as the lieutenant governor - as its picks for statewide office in the May primary.

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