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Archive: July, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 2:54 PM
Gov. Corbett's suit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Pennsylvania State University for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal
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Gov. Corbett's suit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Pennsylvania State University for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130607_Judge_dismisses_Corbett_s_suit_against_NCAA_on_Sandusky_sanctions.html#OHAtEJ4sa7J5hzXR.99
Gov. Corbett's suit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Pennsylvania State University for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130607_Judge_dismisses_Corbett_s_suit_against_NCAA_on_Sandusky_sanctions.html#OHAtEJ4sa7J5hzXR.99
Gov. Corbett's suit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Pennsylvania State University for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130607_Judge_dismisses_Corbett_s_suit_against_NCAA_on_Sandusky_sanctions.html#OHAtEJ4sa7J5hzXR.99
Gov. Corbett's suit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Pennsylvania State University for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130607_Judge_dismisses_Corbett_s_suit_against_NCAA_on_Sandusky_sanctions.html#OHAtEJ4sa7J5hzXR.99

Gov. Corbett's suit challenging the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal may be over - but the legal tab continues.

As of July 18th, the latest available time period, the state had paid out $382,852.37 to the Philadelphia law firm of Cozen O'Connor, which was earlier this year to assist Corbett’s in-house attorneys in the federal anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:34 AM

The police chief of tiny Gilberton Borough in Pennsylvania's coal country has a few things he wants to get off his chest - and out of his guns.

Chief Mark Kessler is fast becoming the talk of the state after several newspapers and television stations publicized a series of profanity-laced videos he made of himself, during which he is unapologetically shooting off automatic weapons.

In the first video, he starts off with a rant about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations. He sees both as a threat to his right to bear arms.


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POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 5:02 PM

This post was written by Josh Fatzick, a summer intern with The Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association.


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POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 4:19 PM

Once again this weekend, top donors to Gov. Corbett will get to travel to a luxury resort a few hours outside of Harrisburg to rub elbows, talk policy and break bread with the governor and his top staff.

The two-day affair, at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, is being billed as a campaign event, a way for the governor's biggest supporters to rally around him as he prepares to run for reelection next year, even as his approval ratings continue to sag. The governor held a similar event with top donors at the resort last year as well.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 4:02 PM

The buzz is building around an oft-talked about but still-on-the-sidelines potential candidate in next year's governor's race.

The chief of Pennsylvania's Democratic Party says it's not a matter of if, but when, state Treasurer Rob McCord will jump into the race to challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014.

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POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013, 5:54 PM

Joe Conti, the chief executive officer of the oft-maligned Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, is out the door.

This time, he will not be returning.

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POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013, 10:57 AM

Supporters of Pennsylvania's controversial new voter ID law - which is at this minute the subject of a court battle - say it's about curbing in-person voter fraud.

So why is it that GOP leaders keep suggesting there's a political motive behind it?

Who can forget GOP House leader Mike Turzai's infamous comments at a party dinner last summer when he boasted that the new voter ID would "allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania."


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POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 3:08 PM

The  Pennsylvania Supreme Court has once again halted a Corbett administration initiative, this time issuing a temporary injunction to block plans to close state health centers across Pennsylvania.

"We are thrilled by the judgment of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in deciding to grant temporary injunction against the closure of our state health centers," said Joe Donahue, a DOH School Nurse Consultant whose position was eliminated in May. "Although we are still waiting for the full implications of the court's ruling, this decision marks an important step towards protecting public health and ensuring community access. The PA Supreme Court has ruled on behalf of the public interest to stop yet another over-reach by the Corbett Administration."

The high court action Wednesday comes four months after the Commonwealth Court denied a preliminary injunction sought by SEIU Healthcare PA, Department of Health nurses and lawmakers to stop plans to close 26 state health centers and furlough 26 community health nurses.

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