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POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:17 PM

The relationship between advocates for the disabled and Gov. Corbett is nowhere near civil these days.

Earlier today, those advocates -- many of them in wheelchairs - were blocked during their rally in the Capitol over the administration's budget cuts from going anywhere near Corbett's 2nd floor office.

Angela Couloumbis @ 2:17 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:19 PM

A push toward privatization imperils affordable college education in Pennsylvania.

That’s what leaders of the so-called state-related schools told a Senate committee Wednesday would happen if painful cuts continue at their institutions.

Gov. Corbett last month proposed a $250 million or 30 percent reduction in funding for Temple, Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh for 2012-2013. Funding for Lincoln University was held at the 2011-2012 level. The universities saw a 10 percent reduction in the current fiscal year budget.

Amy Worden @ 7:19 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012, 11:26 AM

Here we go again: state Sen. Jane Orie (R., Allegheny) is on trial once again for illegally using state resources for political campaigns.

Jury selection began this morning in Pittsburgh, with prospective jurors being questioned about their knowledge of the case, the Associated Press reports.

Angela Couloumbis @ 11:26 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 1:16 PM

So said Gov. Corbett this morning when asked about the possibility of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com being bought by a group of politically-connected heavy-hitters assembled by Rendell.

"He will always be a politician," Corbett said on his monthly appearance on the Dom Giordano show.

Angela Couloumbis @ 1:16 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 7:01 PM

Faded tea party luminaries continue to line up behind candidates in the crowded Republican field itching to take on U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.

The latest is former Senate candidate from Nevada, Sharron Angle, who threw her weight behind Bucks County veterans’ advocate David Christian in a letter sent to Pennsylvania conservative activists this week.

The tea party darling, who won Republican nomination in her state in 2010 only to lose in the general election to House Majority Leader Harry Reid, called Christian “instrumental” in protecting veterans’ rights. She also took aim at Gov. Corbett and Pennsylvania’s Republican establishment for their “strong-arm tactics” in endorsing Malvern businessman Steve Welch at the party’s endorsement meeting earlier this year..

Jeremy Roebuck @ 7:01 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012, 8:53 AM

Wonder how much your school district has lost since Gov. Corbett took office last year?

The state's largest teacher's union has created an online calculator that breaks down the cuts across 500 school districts.

Using figures from the Department of Education, the Pennsylvania State Education Association looks at funding fluctuations over the past two fiscal years.

Amy Worden @ 8:53 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 1:42 PM

Until now, it was easier to get an FBI file than it was to get your grandmother's death certificate in Pennsylvania.

But thanks to a new law, which took a quarter century to enact, Pennsylvania state agencies are offering access to birth and death records from the 20th century.

The new policy, the result of legislation approved in December, makes birth certificates available after 105 years and death certificates 50 years after they are signed.

Amy Worden @ 1:42 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012, 4:30 PM

... If you are state Health Secretary Eli Avila, nothing, apparently.

If you are citizen taxpayer - it could be well into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Angela Couloumbis @ 4:30 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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