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POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 1:01 PM

After all the hullabaloo about the uniforms Team U.S.A. athletes wore in the opening cermony of the Olympics being produced in China, we now learn that at least one group of athletes is sporting the "Made in the U.S.A" label in London this summer.

The U.S. women's gymnastics team uniforms were made in the U.S. - in fact, right here in Pennsylvania.

Score one for Team U.S.A. in the domestic manufacturing event.

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POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012, 3:30 PM

The door is open for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett in the 2014 election.

But Casey wouldn't say Monday whether he would consider running againt Corbett if asked.

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POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012, 6:14 PM

Jailed former state Rep. Bill DeWeese is still on the ballot in the southwestern Pennsylvania district he once called home - but perhaps not for much longer.

The state Democratic Party filed a lawsuit today to remove DeWeese's name from the 2012 ballot so the party can replace him in time for the Nov. 6 election.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 11:33 AM

Remember that state House resolution declaring 2012 the "Year of the Bible" in Pennsylvania?

So does Ernest Perce V, director of the state chapter of American Atheists. And he is threatening to desecrate the Quran -- in the state Capitol, no less -- if the legislature doesn't rescind the resolution.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 11:02 PM

Gov. Corbett has some explaining to do, according to former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Speaking on a Philadelphia sports talk radio show Monday, the former district attorney-turned-politician questioned why investigators with the state Attorney General’s office, under Corbett’s direction, did not discover the apparently damning emails relating to the Sandusky scandal that were uncovered last week by former FBI director Louis Freeh. Freeh had been hired by Penn State to investigate the university’s handling of the child sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 4:35 PM

Another glitch has cropped up in the implementation of Pennsylvania's new voter identification law.

This time it involves the 74,000 state government employees.

Top of the list of acceptable forms of ID on the Department of State's website are the photo IDs provided to Commonwealth employees.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:41 PM

Just what the Republican-led Voter ID effort in Pennsylvania needed - another link to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

The Philadelphia City Paper posted a story over the weekend about how the Corbett administration, through the Department of State, has awarded a $260,000 contract to a consulting firm called the Bravo Group to help do community outreach for the state's new law requiring voters to show identification at the polls.

Angela Couloumbis @ 6:41 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, July 9, 2012, 5:34 PM

The names have changed, but everything else has stayed the same.

That’s the case made by the government reform groups Rock the Capitol and Democracy Rising PA in their seventh annual report on the 2005 legislative pay raise - this year's cover unabashedly features a cartoon of Gov. Corbett in a Marilyn Monroe get-up and titled “The Seven Year Itch.”

The most recent report, released today, centers on the actions of state legislators who took the ill-fated pay raise, including those no longer in office. It includes information on pensions, per diems and information on whether or not lawmakers returned money taken after the June vote and before the raises went into effect.

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