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POSTED: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 5:13 PM

The top deputy in the Department of Public Welfare - and the architect of the agency's sweeping cuts to social services programs - will leave his government post next month to join a law firm's lobbying practice.

Timothy Costa, executive deputy secretary of DPW, will begin work at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney's government relations office on Sept. 10, the firm said in a press release.

"Tim is a recognized leader in the Commonwealth and around the country," said Tom Paese, chair of Buchanan's government relations practice. "His deep experience, keen judgment, can-do attitude and solutions-oriented approach will be invaluable to our clients and our professionals," he added.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 11:03 AM

Government reform activist Eric Epstein has taken some pretty nasty hits from thin-skinned lawmakers. A few years ago Gov. Rendell compared him to a cannibal.

Then, last week in a live call-in radio show, he was likened to a Nazi - by, of all people, Rep. Mark Cohen of Philadelphia, who is Jewish.

Cohen unleashed that and a string of invectives on Epstein during a segment on "The Bob Durgin Show" on WHP in Harrisburg.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 12:26 PM

At the midway point of his second year in office, the numbers aren't looking good for Gov. Corbett.

A new poll released today by Franklin & Marshall College finds the governor's job approval rating dipping below 30 percent for the first time. At the same time his disapproval rating increased by 10 percentage points.

Poll director Terry Madonna attributes the drop to Corbett's cuts to human services, higher ed and basic education.

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POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012, 12:01 PM

The Corbett administration wants you to "like" the state's new voter ID law.

Well, ok, you don't have to "like" it or "friend" it, but at least click on it or follow it.

That's the message from the Department of State which has launched a new outreach effort using Facebook and Twitter to inform residents - particularly young people - about the new state voter ID law.

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POSTED: Friday, August 10, 2012, 6:01 PM

A Commonwealth Court judge says former state House speaker Bill DeWeese can’t run for his old district seat because he’s behind bars.

Judge Bernard McGinley ruled late Friday that DeWeese, who stepped down last year after his conviction on public corruption charges,  may not run in November and gave the state Democratic Party the right to replace him, the Associated Press reported.

DeWeese’s lawyer had argued it was premature to rule because DeWeese is pursuing appeals and might be eligible by the time the ballots are cast.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 8:11 AM

Every year Pennsylvania announces its new inductees to the "Voter Hall of Fame" that recognizes individuals who have voted in 50 consecutive elections.

Since the list's creation, 21,000 inductees have been  honored for their "commitment to democracy" and of those 5,923 are still living. Now the AFL-CIO reports that one quarter of the living inductees may not be able to cast their ballots this fall under the requirements of the new voter ID law.

The union group matched the database of inductees listed on the Department of State website with the Pennsylvania voter file and found 1,384 voters either have no PennDOT ID or have an ID that expired prior to Nov. 6, 2011.

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POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012, 9:04 AM

Former Gov. Ed Rendell, in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," said while polls may give President Obama the edge in Pennsylvania, he thinks the race will be tight come November.

One key factor is the state's new voter ID law.  Rendell called the law "bad" and the implications of 100,000 people not being able to vote a"very serious problem." (Estimates of numbers of voters without proper ID range from 100,000 to 1 million.)

For his part Gov. Corbett on Friday defended his administrations efforts to implement the law calling it “a learning process.”

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POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 4:13 PM

In this, well, dog-eat-dog world of politics, politicians rarely get lauded for their heroism.

But one lawmaker's wife deserves kudos for her lifesaving action over the weekend.

State Sen. Rich Alloway (R., Franklin) and his wife Shannon, were on vacation at Assateague Beach in Maryland when he saw a woman lift a small lifeless animal out of the water.

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