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POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:30 PM

I came upon this surprising photograph while researching a story on Pennsylvania's castle doctrine legislation yesterday. Pictured in this photo taken last year in the Governor's Reception Room in the Capitol is Gov. Corbett, flanked by the sponsors of the House and Senate versions of the bill, Sen. Rich Alloway (R., Franklin), on his right and Rep. Scott Perry (R., York).

And who's the guy appearing behind the governor - looking oddly like he was photo-shopped into the image? That's John Hohenwarter, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association in Pennsylvania.

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POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012, 3:38 PM

News today in the hot race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. 

Kathleen Kane won a high-profile endorsement from former President Bill Clinton.

Her opponent, former congressman Patrick Murphy, appeared in Harrisburg at a rally against a proposalto make pre-abortion ultra-sounds mandatory. Murphy also today won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO.

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POSTED: Sunday, March 25, 2012, 8:57 AM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell tells MSNBC last night that he thinks GOP candidate Rick Santorum will claim victory in Pennsylvania's primary next month.

That despite the fact most GOP powerbrokers in Pennsylvania have lined up behind Mitt Romney.

Why does Rendell think the former Pennsylvania Senator will prevail?


Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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POSTED: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 10:23 AM

The Trayvon Martin case has brought national attention to "stand your ground laws now in place in dozens of states, including Pennsylvania, which say a person can use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight.

Police in Sanford, Fla. used the law to justify not charging George Zimmerman who said he acted in self defense when he shot 17-year-old Martin during a neighborhood watch patrol.

Many people, including the Florida law's author and Republican presidential candidates, say the law doesn't apply in Zimmerman's case because he clearly pursued the unarmed Martin.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 3:01 PM

The state wants to find ways to save money.

The solution? Spend money to create a new office to find ways to save money.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:24 AM

Inquirer reporter Angela Couloumbis to live tweet today's sentencing of former House Speaker John Perzel. On a mobile device? Click here to follow.

Click here for Philly.com's politics page.


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POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 11:56 AM

During the brief time they served together in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Republican Jeff Coleman and Democratic leader Bill DeWeese were political enemies on the floor and fast friends off it.

Now Coleman, who stuck by DeWeese through his multi-year battle with political corruption charges and his conviction last month, has a novel idea for his old friend’s sentence.

Let him teach African American history to students in Harrisburg city schools.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:55 PM

Sen. Larry Farnese (D., Phila.) wants to ensure that government-mandated physical exams are an equal opportunity invader of privacy.

Farnese says he plans to introduce a bill next week requiring men combating erectile dysfunction (ED) to undergo similar tests.

That's in response to the widely-criticized House Bill 1077 - supported by Gov. Corbett but now stalled after opposition by medical organizations - that would require invasive pre-abortion ultrasounds for women.

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