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POSTED: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 4:56 PM

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association today became the first medical professional group to register support for legislation that would allow the use of medical marijuana.

The group, representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, said Thursday that it is backing passage of the bill (SB 1182), which protects those patients who want to use medicinal marijuana, and health care professionals who recommend it, from criminal prosecution.

"We have been hearing a lot from our patients and their families about it, especially from those with seizure disorders where traditions medical treatments are not effective," said the association's CEO Betsy Snook, who also is a registered nurse.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:41 AM

Gov. Corbett today said he wants to boost funding for domestic violence and rape crisis programs by $2.2 million in the 2014-2015 budget.

"I'm calling for an increase because I understand these programs are not simple line items, they change and save lives," said Corbett at a news conference.

Corbett, who is set to make his budget address on Feb. 4, said additional funding would bring the total to $15.3 million, representing a 10 percent increase over the prior year and be used to support emergency services, such as a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter and financial aid and victim advocacy.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 5:24 PM

On the same day the Liquor Control Board named its new executive director we learn that Pennsylvania got slammed by Time for being one of the three "worst drinking states."

The magazine last month - on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition - named the three best and worst drinking states.

Rounding out the bottom three states, along with Utah ("most restrictive laws") and Massachusetts (most restrictive student drinking laws, plus no happy hours), was Pennsylvania, for its confusing liquor sales system. Writes reporter Christopher Matthews:

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 6:37 PM

Unions call it a thinly-veiled attack at the heart of their mission to help middle-class workers.

Supporters counter that it's an issue of fairness.

It in this case is legislation, outlined in separate House and Senate bills, that would effectively outlaw a practice many unions have come to rely on: automatic deductions of dues.

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POSTED: Monday, January 13, 2014, 5:13 PM

The state Senate is wasting no time filling the seat of a York lawmaker who abruptly announced his resignation Sunday.

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley today set  March 18 as the date for a special election to fill the vacancy in the 28th Senatorial District in York County that had been held by Sen. Mike Waugh since 1998.

Waugh, a Republican, had earlier announced he would not seek re-election in November.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6:51 PM

When Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach announced this week that he would not seek reelection, it set off a mad scramble in both parties to succeed him.

But in Republican circles, the race to fill the congressional seat based in Chester County could soon turn awkward. As it stands, two well-known Chester County Republicans say they are seriously considering a run: Chester County Commissioner Ryan Costello and Chester County GOP chairman Val DiGiorgio.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 3:53 PM

Some aspiring 2016 presidential candidates might wish it was this easy.

Sen. Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) sailed to another year as Senate president in short order today.

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POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:02 PM

What are the odds of two Pennsylvania lawmakers ending up on a list of the top state legislators to watch next year?

Pretty big actually.

Rep. Mike Fleck (R., Huntingdon) and Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Phila.) both got the nod from Governing magazine, the premier periodical for local and state governments.

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