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POSTED: Monday, October 15, 2012, 2:48 PM

Drilling rigs hardly line Philadelphia's cityscape. But the city is poised to receive a cool $1.3 million so far this year from the state's new impact fee on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Gov. Corbett released detailed numbers today about how much money every municipality and county will receive under the new law, which kicks the majority of the proceeds to drilling communities, but also sends money to all counties for conservation projects. Philadelphia ranked among the top 10 counties (out of 67) for payouts, despite its no drilling status.

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POSTED: Monday, October 15, 2012, 4:18 PM

In the end, House Democrats were unable to bring up for debate a controversial resolution calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Gov. Corbett's handling (when he was state Attorney General) of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

Republicans who control the chamber on Monday were able, through parliamentary maneuvers, to render the resolution moot and thereby shut down any possibility of debate.

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POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2012, 4:21 PM

Like Gov. Corbett likes to say: "It's all about the jobs." 

Lately it was green jobs.

No, we're not talking solar or wind companies. Corbett is looking for partnerships with Ireland.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:40 PM

Will the Corbett administration appeal the most recent voter ID decision?

We don't know, because they still aren't saying.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6:05 PM

When it comes to popularity ratings, Gov. Corbett has endured a steady diet of bad news this past year, as polls have shown his approval ratings in a free fall.

But Tuesday brought a break in the streak: the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute is giving Corbett and three other governors an "A" grade in its annual fiscal report card on governors.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 5:15 PM

The race to unseat longtime state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D., Delaware), once under the political radar, is starting to turn heads.

Marcus Hook Mayor Jay Schiliro, who is trying to unseat the Democratic veteran in next month's election, has filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission, alleging that Kirkland may have helped direct state grants to non-profits and other organizations affiliated with his family members and friends.

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POSTED: Monday, October 8, 2012, 10:00 PM

Some Democrats are wondering how far one state Representative will go to win the "pro-puppy" vote.

Rep. Rob Kauffman, a Republican, running for his fifth term in the 89th House District west of Harrisburg, sent out this mailer to voters with a family portrait showing Kauffman, his wife Nikki and their four children.

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POSTED: Friday, October 5, 2012, 12:56 PM

The state Department of Public Welfare has delayed implementing a controversial plan to force 48,000 families with disabled children to cover the cost of co-pays for a range of services.

Instead the agency said it would pursue federal approval to charge a monthly premium on a sliding scale instead of the per service co-pays.

“The department has always preferred the option of applying a premium to this program and will be working with stakeholders who have come to us in support of a premium as opposed to the co-payment," said DPW Secretary Gary Alexander. "Therefore, we have decided to delay the co-payment initiative, and families will not owe a co-payment for any services until further notice."

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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 in the Inquirer's Harrisburg bureau, based in the statehouse, and by the newspaper's far-flung campaign reporters.

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