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POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2012, 5:53 PM

In case there was any doubt whether abortion will play a key role in the battle for Pennsylvania voters, President Obama made it clear over the weekend that it will.

Speaking at a fundraiser in Washington on Friday, Obama used Gov. Corbett and his positiono on a controversial abortion bill as an example of how normally anti-regulation Republicans want to meddle with women's health.

He charged that GOP governors, like Corbett, who support mandatory ultrasounds for those seeking an abortion, is evidence they believe "women can't be trusted to make their own decisions."

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POSTED: Monday, April 30, 2012, 5:33 PM

Fresh off his primary win here last week, Mitt Romney is scheduled to return to the area Tuesday for a private fundraiser hosted at the Bryn Mawr home of real estate developer Mitchell Morgan and his wife, Hilarie.

The invite list reads like a who’s who of the area’s GOP dignitaries. Top Republican fundraiser Robert B. Asher, former Gov. Tom Ridge and Patrick O’Connor, vice chairman of the Cozen O’Connor law firm, all made the list.

The Morgans, who have previously hosted fundraisers for Rick Santorum in 2006 and John McCain during his 2008 presidential bid, have emerged as frequent and generous Republican donors over the last six years. So far this year, they have given at least $51,000 to Republican candidates and causes and serve as members of Romney’s Pennsylvania fundraising committee.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:37 PM


Shortly after the tight Democratic primary race for attorney general was called in favor of former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane, her cell phone started ringing.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 1:44 PM

Inquirer staff writer Angela Couloumbis will live tweet from the sentencing hearing for former state House Democratic leader H. William DeWeese.

DeWeese, 62, spent 35 years in the Legislature before his conviction on five felony counts of corruption. He resigned his post on Monday, but is still running for reelection in today's primary election.

Click here for's politics page.

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POSTED: Monday, April 23, 2012, 4:02 PM

Earlier today, a small group of politicians hit their local supermarket to do what they haven't done probably since their days in college: shopped as if they could only afford to spend $35 weekly on food.

It was a symbolic move - most can afford to spend more than that -- but it was part of the so-called Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:39 PM

UPDATE: This summer Temple University will begin issuing new student IDs with expiration dates to comply with the new Voter ID law. The unversity said it was re-issuing the IDs on its normal 5 to 7-year schedule so there was no additional cost ot add the expiration date.

The state's top elections official announced a plan to "simplify" the process of getting photo identification needed to cast ballots under Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law.

Secretary of State Carol Aichele said at a news conference on Wednesday that voters may use long-expired state driver's licenses or non-driver ID cards in order to obtain the new, free photo ID from PennDot.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:49 PM

With just a week before the Pennsylvania primary, Gov. Corbett today threw his support behind presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“Now that the long primary season has ended, it is time for Republicans to come together and unite around the one candidate who can defeat Barack Obama and institute a bold conservative vision that we need in Washington,” said Corbett in a statement released by the Romney campaign announcing the endorsement. 

"Our country needs a president who will reverse President Obama’s failed policies and ensure an opportunity for all Americans to prosper. Mitt Romney will restore fiscal sanity to Washington by cutting spending, lowering taxes, and reforming entitlements."

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POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012, 6:45 PM

With the primary a week away, just how hot is the Democratic race for Pennsylvania attorney general?


On Thursday, candidate Patrick Murphy told The Inquirer there would be no negative ads against opponent Kathleen Kane.

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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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