Archive: September, 2013
In the spirit of true bipartisanship rarely found in the state Capitol - or elsewhere - these days, lawmakers come together for charity tonight in the first ever Capitol All-Stafs softball game at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.
The game which starts at 5:30 (Broadcast live on PCN or click on www.pcntv.org) features East and West squads made up of rosters from the Senate and the House with Republicans and Democrats on both teams.
That was essentially the message from Mayor Nutter, who traveled to the Capitol Monday to meet with Gov. Corbett about Philadelphia's school funding crisis.
What Nutter wanted to know is: what exactly does the Corbett administration want before releasing the $45 million in state funds that it has promised the city.
It's a "not guilty" verdict for Montgomery County Pastor William Devlin, who was arrested over the summer after trying to visit Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office to pray for her to change her mind and defend a state law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Devlin, who lives in Lower Moreland, was charged with disorderly conduct on July 12 after he attempted to ride an elevator up to Kane's Harrisburg office, which is normally only accessible to employees of the Attorney General's Office or visitors who have signed in at a security desk and approved to go inside.
The Corbett administration has hired Chester County super lawyer William Lamb to represent the Commonwealth in the federal same-sex marriage suit.
Lamb, a Republican and founding partner of the West Chester-based firm Lamb McErlane, is one of the most prominent figures in that Pennsylvania legal community having served on the state Supreme Court and as district attorney for Chester County.
UPDATE: House Rep. Dick Hess died on Friday from complications relating to his leg surgery. House Speaker Sam Smith released a statement saying Hess died at UPMC Shadyside in PIttsburgh surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements were still being finalized. A spokesman for Smith said he did not yet know who would be named to the transportation committee chairmanship role.
The House GOP point man on transportation policy is in a Pittsburgh hospital in critical but stable condition following complications after leg surgery.
Rep. Dick Hess (R., Bedford), 74, had undergone an operation on his legs last month, but medical issues arose and his condition worsened over the weekend, said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin.
Actually, it turns out he never left.
That would be Steve Aichele, Gov. Corbett's former chief of staff. Aichele resigned his $154,000-a-year post in mid-July, after a bruising budget season in which the administration was unsuccessful in scoring any of the three big items on its policy agenda.