Monday, August 3, 2015

State

6
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Dashing hopes of a thaw in the frozen state budget talks, Pennsylvania's House speaker said Monday that he would not support taxes "of any kind" without a concession on liquor privatization, and raised the prospect of overriding Gov. Wolf's veto of a Republican spending plan.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf is preparing to name his pick to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, a decision sure to be closely scrutinized after his initial choice became the first such nominee to be voted down in recent memory.
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Tomorrow’s special election in Delaware County has an odd mix of candidates, outside interest and lots of ugly mail.
2
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Paul Panepinto, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for the last 24 years, on Friday became an independent candidate for the state Supreme Court.
2
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Two hours and two Philadelphia blocks apart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak traded major policy speeches Friday on Iran, offering the first blow-for-blow exchange of a widely watched Senate election that is still 15 months off.
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Delaware County Republican leaders passed over Lisa Esler as a candidate in the 161st state House District for someone they believed could better maintain the party's tight control over the seat.
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N.J. Senate Republicans cite a Daily News story as proof of a needed overhaul.
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Chaka Fattah's indictment is but another example.
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Military veterans are committing suicide. Prescription painkiller overdose deaths are skyrocketing. There is a national discussion around these issues. Medical marijuana can help. In these cases it could save lives.
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During his years as Ed Rendell's deputy mayor, Herbert Vederman refused to collect a city paycheck, living instead off the millions he made from his family's retail clothing empire.
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U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah vowed Wednesday to seek a 12th term in office next year, not long after he was indicted on federal charges of racketeering, bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, and other crimes.
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A Philadelphia jury deliberated for about an hour Friday before finding a former city narcotics officer caught in a police "integrity test" guilty of stealing $140 from a purported drug dealer's Lexus, equipped with hidden cameras.
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YORK, Pa. (AP) - There's been another meeting aimed at resolving Pennsylvania's state budget standoff, but participants aren't reporting any breakthroughs.
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WASHINGTON - At just 25, Chaka Fattah became one of the youngest people ever to win a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
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Gov. Wolf and Republican leaders remain miles apart on a new budget partly because both sides make some good points.
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HARRISBURG - More victims of sexual violence will be notified if their attacker moves, takes a new job, or has other changes in his or her status as part of a new partnership announced Tuesday by state law enforcement officials and victim advocates.
7/20
As Pennsylvania entered its third week without a budget, Gov. Wolf and the Republicans whose support he needs to pass a spending plan were hundreds of miles apart - and not just figuratively.
7/27
Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, underage drinking, public urination, Animal House behavior. Those are perennial complaints in neighborhoods where college students live, local officials say. And with the start of the fall semester just a few weeks away, that's why they aggressively oppose a bill that would remove their restraints on student housing.
7/27
There are times in politics when quitting can move things forward. For Gov. Wolf and Katie McGinty, this could well be one of those times.
7/26
HARRISBURG - Late last week, Gov. Wolf quietly made a 90-minute road trip to the State College area to talk to Republican legislative leaders about the budget impasse.
7/25
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf holds a political science doctorate, but these days he's a freshman with an incomplete in the first big test of his administration — getting a budget through the Republican-controlled Legislature.
7/25
A federal judge has ruled that Pennsylvania unfairly treats its third-party political candidates, likely clearing the way for their return to the ballot after nearly disappearing during recent election cycles.
7/24
A federal judge has ruled that Pennsylvania unfairly treats its third-party political candidates, likely clearing the way for their return to the ballot after nearly disappearing during recent election cycles.
7/24
He traces his roots online and an unnecessary presser happened at Sabrina’s.
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Whitney White, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, has resigned as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, following a Philadelphia Daily News story about his bankruptcies and failed businesses.
7/23
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday named Mary Isenhour, a key aide and Democratic Party veteran, to be his new chief of staff, one day after Katie McGinty resigned for what many observers believe will be a U.S. Senate campaign.
7/22
Katie McGinty, Gov. Wolf's chief of staff for the last six months, resigned Wednesday and is expected to soon enter the 2016 Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate.
7/22
Often the noise of politics and culture drowns out context, consistency and common sense; this is one of those times.
7/21
The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Philadelphia Fire Commissioner has discretion in deciding when to promote firefighters and fill positions. The 3-1 ruling came after a lengthy battle between the city and the firefighters union, IAFF Local 22, over a promotional list that the city allowed to expire while the department had vacancies for captains and lieutenants.
7/22
Gov. Wolf on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court to ignore Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's challenge to his death-penalty moratorium, arguing that the justices had already decided to consider a similar petition brought by the Philadelphia district attorney.
7/21
Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party since 2010, said Tuesday that he is resigning and told party leaders they will elect a new chairman when they meet in September.
7/15
Another attempt to reform Pennsylvania’s local property tax is sinking fast amid a partisan stalemate over a new state budget.
7/20
Here’s a look at what Gov. Wolf’s chief of staff is looking at as she faces an imminent decision on running for U.S. Senate.
7/20
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to put more regulations on an industry that typically is in the business of taking it all off.
7/19
HARRISBURG - At a time when state budget talks have yielded little progress, some legislators are working on bridging the gap on another widely debated issue: legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
7/17
Judge rejects union boss’ appeal, quotes Shakespeare
7/16
HARRISBURG - With budget negotiations between Gov. Wolf and GOP leaders grinding to a halt, a Republican legislator from Bucks County stood inside the largely deserted Capitol on Thursday with a compromise plan.
7/16
Pa. State Sen. Don White, R-Armstrong/Indiana counties, is proposing changes to the state's strict fireworks laws; KDKA's Andy Sheehan reports.
7/16
HARRISBURG - The board chairman of Harrisburg's National Civil War Museum says it is likely to remain open despite the unfolding scandal involving the ex-mayor who was the moving force behind it.
7/15
WASHINGTON Two Democrats seeking to become their party's nominee in the 2016 Eighth District congressional election were sitting on nearly equal amounts of cash at the end of last month, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.
7/14
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Tuesday that she would not resign if she is formally charged with leaking secret information in an effort to embarrass her political foes.
7/13
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf emerged from closed-door budget talks Monday saying he was "stunned" by what he called "the continued intransigence" of a top Republican legislator opposed to a new tax on natural-gas drillers.
7/14
HARRISBURG - A former Harrisburg mayor was charged Tuesday with misusing public funds to buy thousands of historical artifacts as part of a botched effort to turn the cash-strapped city into a tourist destination.
7/12
Pennsylvania's nearly two-week budget impasse comes down to one word: Taxes.
7/13
HARRISBURG - Going on two weeks without a budget - and with no end in sight to the stalemate - Pennsylvania could become the last state in the nation to compromise on a new spending plan.
7/15
For all the talk about what hydraulic fracking might mean for human health, there has been little scientific evidence. That is slowly starting to change.
7/13
The politics of the state budget fight seem to mirror characters and themes in current blockbuster movies.
7/2
Gov. Wolf vetoed a plan Thursday to privatize the state liquor industry, as his standoff with Republican legislators over the state budget continued.
7/11
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf said Friday that he would listen to ways to wipe out a long-term deficit and increase education aid without raising sales or income taxes, but insisted that the deficit be addressed honestly and without "smoke and mirrors."
7/9
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday vetoed the Republican-backed pension reform plan, striking down the final piece of a trifecta of budget bills from the GOP-controlled legislature.
7/10
Bill Green owns AjayRaju.info. Why? Also: Joe Sestak Vine parade video goes viral and the Chaka Fattah probe chugs along
7/9
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D. Pa.) told House members on Thursday they should "say no to Oreo" because Mondelez International Inc. has decided to close the Philadelphia plant that manufactures Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers and relocate the production to Mexico.
7/9
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner."
7/8
HARRISBURG - Calling Gov. Wolf's moratorium on the death penalty "an egregious violation" of the state constitution, Pennsylvania's top prosecutor is asking its Supreme Court to clear the path for the state's first execution in more than a decade.
7/7
HARRISBURG - If Gov. Wolf continues to insist on raising taxes as part of any state budget deal, "we're going to be here for a while," a top Republican warned Tuesday.
7/8
TV ads and anti-pedophile legislation make a case for a second Senate term for Toomey who, so far, doesn’t want to talk about it.
7/8
Gov. Wolf on Tuesday appointed 48 members of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, which will recommend policies, guidelines and best practices to influence the build-out of pipeline infrastructure across the state. Its report is due in February.
7/6
HARRISBURG - Negotiations resumed Monday between the Wolf administration and the Republican-controlled legislature as they continue to grapple toward a compromise on a new state budget.
7/6
It’s a political-science term — and as Gov. Wolf and GOP leaders work on ending a budget impasse, all should work on ways to reduce it.
7/5
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature filed out of the Capitol last week without a deal on the budget - and without an end in sight to their impasse.
7/2
Speaking with one voice, Philadelphia's mayor, City Council president, school superintendent, School Reform Commission chairwoman, and teachers' union president, and the head of a key charter school group, have told Harrisburg: Give the city schools $159 million.
6/23
HARRISBURG - A top House Republican on Tuesday toned down the rhetoric pointing to a budget impasse, saying he was unwilling to let a disagreement on whether to privatize state liquor stores derail negotiations with the Wolf administration.
7/2
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office filed a sweeping lawsuit Wednesday against a big nursing home chain, accusing it of understaffing that has left residents "thirsty, hungry, dirty, and unkempt."
7/1
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania will operate without a budget until at least until next week, when Gov. Wolf and Republican legislators are expected to return to the negotiating table.
7/5
The outer border is awash in the cheery yellows of arnica and the robust oranges of calendula. If you had a muscle ache or a skin irritation and were inclined to nonconventional medicine, these plants might come in handy.
7/1
Legislators in Harrisburg are making strange moves on medical marijuana. Since 2009, a number of active bills have languished in the General Assembly. Suddenly, the state reps have a match lit between their toes on the issue. But that has sent them running, full speed in the wrong direction.
7/1
House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marisco, Rep. Mike Regan and Rep. Sheryl Delozier introduced legislation legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.
6/30
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican-backed $30.1 billion budget in its entirety Tuesday night, a move that leaves Pennsylvania without a spending plan and sets the stage for a partial government shutdown.
7/1
Daaaa-rryl. Growing up in Brooklyn, watching Mets games, that's what I would hear opposing fans shout at star slugger Darryl Strawberry. Thirty thousand fans at once. To let him know they were there - to get in his head.
6/29
HARRISBURG - Third-grade teacher Elaine Blackmon took a deep breath and made her best sales pitch. "What's good for Philadelphia public students is good for students across the commonwealth," Blackmon told an impassive assistant to Rep. Martin Causer (R., McKean). "We're asking him to reconsider Gov. Wolf's budget."
6/29
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Sunday began fast-tracking yet another budget proposal that Gov. Wolf has said he will not support: privatizing the state-run liquor stores.
6/29
HARRISBURG - Legislators may be in the midst of a contentious budget season, but they aren't letting the possibility of a partial government shutdown get in the way of their own fund-raising.
6/29
If passed, the measure would lift the ban on Class C fireworks sales to Pennsylvania residents, including bottlerockets and roman candles.
6/28
HARRISBURG - With the Wolf administration and the Republican-controlled legislature hurtling toward a budget impasse - and, likely, a partial state government shutdown - the question is: Will anyone notice?
6/25
Within minutes of Thursday's Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Wolf announced plans to drop the state-based insurance exchange that Pennsylvania had pursued to prevent more than 300,000 residents from losing subsidies.
6/25
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
6/24
HARRISBURG - Budget negotiations took another tense turn Wednesday, with a top administration official accusing Republican legislative leaders of throwing up "a wall of ideology" to hamper talks.
6/24
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired another aide Wednesday, terminating a senior official only weeks after he recommended that she discharge her new and controversial chief of staff.
6/24
HARRISBURG - The Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would let Pennsylvania consumers have wine shipped directly to their homes.
6/23
HARRISBURG - The state's nearly stagnant medical marijuana bill may be getting a new champion - this time, a House Republican.
6/22
HARRISBURG - The prospects for a state budget deal dimmed Monday as Democrats and Republicans in the Capitol ramped up their rhetoric and raised the possibility of a stalemate.
6/15
HARRISBURG - Following months of controversy, Gov. Wolf's embattled choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police on Monday withdrew his name from consideration.
6/22
Gov. Wolf knows how to place a bet. The York County businessman, who made a bundle on his family's kitchen cabinets company, sunk $10 million into his campaign for governor last year.
6/19
Money helped, but it did not guarantee wins in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court race. At $1.5 million, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty was the top fund-raiser in the 12-way campaign, according to financial documents made public Thursday.
6/15
HARRISBURG - The ousted chief of the Office of Open Records can return to his job - for now, Gov. Wolf said Monday.
6/11
Gov. Wolf's week just might be his worst so far; and it could be just the start of bad weeks to come.
6/8
HARRISBURG - Another Democratic state legislator from Philadelphia has pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the resurrected sting investigation. Rep. Michelle Brownlee pleaded guilty Monday to one count of violating the state's conflict-of-interest law and was immediately sentenced to 18 months' probation. As required by the state constitution, she resigned her seat upon sentencing, but she will more than likely be allowed to keep her pension.
6/19
Baer Growls: A Pa. lawmaker wants to punish the Legislature if/when a state budget is late. Hah.
6/18
HARRISBURG - Investigators served a search warrant on the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Thursday as part of an inquiry into allegations that she illegally leaked confidential documents to embarrass a foe.
6/18
A state commission Thursday called for a sweeping overhaul of Pennsylvania's education-funding formula, aimed at closing the nation's biggest spending gap between richer and poorer districts.
6/17
Around City Hall, they call him "Special Ed." Ed Neilson, a member of City Council for 10 months, appears ready to resign this week so he can run in his third special election in four years.
6/17
HARRISBURG - Election Day may be 17 months away, but the race for attorney general is on. With an embattled incumbent in office, the 2016 field of candidates could become crowded, political observers say. At least two Republicans and one Democrat are eyeing a run for the office now held by Kathleen G. Kane.
6/21
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 9, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
6/17
The medical marijuana bill that has stalled in Harrisburg, SB3, has many flaws. Yet there are some important protections for patients built into the measure that are quite innovative and forward-thinking.
6/16
HARRISBURG - A Senate panel approved a measure Tuesday to broaden and better regulate the home delivery of out-of-state wine to Pennsylvanians, a practice that has slowly evolved but lacked uniform rules.
6/16
A bill proposed Monday seeks a constitutional amendment to change the way Pennsylvania selects first-time appellate judges, exchanging elections for a merit appointment process.
6/10
HARRISBURG - Ruling on a case that sparked acrimony between the new Democratic governor and top Republicans, a state court on Wednesday ordered Gov. Wolf to reinstate the Office of Open Records chief he fired just weeks after taking office.
6/8
HARRISBURG - In its sharpest rebuke yet to Pennsylvania's first-term governor, the Republican-led Senate on Monday rejected Gov. Wolf's controversial choice to lead the state police and signaled it would be unlikely to reconsider.
6/10
A state Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would create a state-run system to take over low-performing Pennsylvania schools, sending to the full chamber a measure that Philadelphia's superintendent said could be devastating to city schools.
6/12
Note to Philadelphia students, teachers, and parents: Gov. Wolf sees you. Five months into his term as Pennsylvania's chief executive, he has already spent more time in Philadelphia School District buildings than his predecessor, who never visited one.
6/11
Two recent guilty pleas on corruption charges and one political promotion have left three state House seats vacant in Philadelphia districts. House Speaker Mike Turzai on Thursday set Aug. 11 as a special election for those seats.
6/11
After meeting behind closed doors in Harrisburg earlier this week, Gov. Wolf and state House Speaker Mike Turzai said little about their talks to find common ground on a new budget.
6/3
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's embattled nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday cleared a key hurdle on the path to confirmation, but his future remains in question.
6/10
Legislators in Harrisburg are considering two bills that would require municipalities to enroll new employees in a new type of pension plan, similar to a 401K. Both bills, as currently written, exclude Philadelphia, which has a $5.7 billion pension fund deficit.
6/1
HARRISBURG - A member of the state House and a former colleague pleaded guilty to corruption charges Monday, bringing to three the number of Philadelphia Democrats convicted in the resurrected "sting" case.
6/10
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino.
6/10
The state's year-long attempt to come with a school-funding formula has, guess what? Missed it's deadline.
5/26
HARRISBURG - Pay now, or pay more later. That was the message Gov. Wolf and law enforcement officials delivered Tuesday outside the state prison near Harrisburg to call for more money for early-childhood education, an investment they said has been shown to boost high school graduation rates and reduce the number of people in prisons.
5/26
Baer Growls: Here we go again. Yet another attempt to make Pa. more relevant in presidential candidate selection seems yet again doomed to fail.
6/8
A report on college and university presidents ought to spur some thought on how we allocate money for education.
6/6
Jim Burn, chairman of the state Democratic Party, may be on his way out and Gov. Wolf apparently already has his successor in mind - Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen.
6/4
What does AG Kane see that others missed?
5/20
If you've ever won any money in the Pennsylvania Lottery, you already know that those winnings are not subject to Pa.'s 3.07 percent income tax; KDKA's Jon Delano reports.
6/2
Quad-C now in control
6/3
Gov. Wolf this week formally proposed setting up a state-based insurance marketplace, potentially protecting hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents from the consequences of a Supreme Court decision that could gut Obamacare later this month.
6/2
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) sided with Republican defense hawks Tuesday in voting against a bill that would curtail the federal government’s...
6/3
Delaware County officials and a state representative disagree about a key piece of state legislation that may play a crucial role in a lawsuit filed by the county.
6/2
Stephen R. Wojdak, 76, a former state legislator from Philadelphia who became one of the most influential lobbyists in Pennsylvania, died Tuesday in Boston.
6/2
Jim Thorpe's sons asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn a ruling that prevents them from moving the great American Indian athlete's remains from the Pennsylvania town that bears his name to the Oklahoma tribal lands where he was born.
6/2
HARRISBURG - For the second time in as many months, a panel of state senators on Tuesday chose to not endorse one of Gov. Wolf's cabinet nominees - amid signs that steeper odds await the next one.
6/2
Not only can you smoke cannabis, you can build with it. A workshop on building with hempcrete, a cannabis-reinforced concrete, will take place this...
5/18
At the top of the ballot is the confusing contest for state Supreme Court. There are 6 candidates in each party. You pick 3. Here’s some help.
6/1
June is here, and Pa. leaders now get serious about a spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. Just how serious remains to be seen.
6/1
Pennsylvania will see how much love and confidence Democratic Gov. Wolf and the Republican General Assembly inspire in bond buyers' cold hearts when its next $1 billion-plus general-obligation bond sale prices later in June.
6/1
A Wisconsin ad said a Supreme Court hopeful had protected a priest accused of sex abuse. An Alabama mailing portrayed a high-court candidate there as a marionette with his strings pulled by President Obama, dressed like Marlon Brando in The Godfather.
5/29
The defense lawyer for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop, a Philadelphia legislator arrested in the resurrected sting corruption case, issued subpoenas Friday to two top officials of the state Attorney General's Office in a bid to argue that the case is tainted by racial targeting.
5/27
Solar advocates in Pennsylvania, including John Hanger, Gov. Wolf's policy chief, and labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, called on the legislature Wednesday to boost support for renewable power.
5/18
Baer Growls: A Philly assistant D.A. responding to a lawsuit filed by a defendant in a state sting case might just have the quote of the month.
5/27
Pennsylvania House Rep. Mike Regan has announced he would like to rename a state bridge over the Susquehanna River after former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno. The proposal is already drawing fire from critics.
5/26
Gov. Wolf campaigned on the concept of decriminalizing marijuana statewide. Last week, he reinforced his support for the issue again to WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh:...
5/14
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's embattled nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police will not face criminal charges or fines for removing road signs near his Harrisburg-area home that were critical of him, a central Pennsylvania prosecutor announced Thursday.
5/21
Visiting one of the state's most financially challenged school districts Thursday, Gov. Wolf heard a simple message: We need money.
5/24
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey next year.
5/20
State Rep. Dom Costa has co-sponsored legislation that would require state agencies to cross check lottery winners with public welfare recipients.
5/12
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to serve as secretary of state faced resistance Tuesday from Republican lawmakers who said he deserved blame for not stopping Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
5/19
The times have definitely changed in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf invited advocates and legislators into his official residence Monday night for a forum on medical marijuana. The event marked a big shift for stakeholders who, for years, were ignored and thwarted by former Gov. Corbett.
5/18
Baer Growls JUST IN CASE you think Republicans learned the lesson about not pushing stuff that annoys lots of women and tends to create or widen gender gaps in elections, you should know about state House Resolution 82.
5/12
Pennsylvania could get one step closer today to legalizing medical marijuana.
4/29
"Easy for me, I'm not running for office," or raising campaign cash: acting treasurer
5/12
HARRISBURG - Two measures dealing with issues that are key to any state budget deal - property taxes and pensions - began moving through the legislature Tuesday, with lawmakers pushing for swift action on both.
5/14
Voters may know the names of three candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but probably not as famed jurists. Dwayne Woodruff was a Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback for 13 years. Kevin Dougherty's brother is union leader and Philadelphia political player John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty. David Wecht is the son of forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, renowned for investigations into the deaths of Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey.
5/13
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) plans to call for an audit of rail lines to see which ones have put in place a federally mandated safety...
5/13
HARRISBURG - Legislators cast key votes Wednesday on two bills that will set the tone for budget negotiations with Gov. Wolf in the coming weeks.
5/13
A state lawmaker is calling out the governor for putting a halt on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
5/12
The Pennsylvania Senate voted today in favor of SB3, a limited medical cannabis products bill. The final vote was 40-7. The bill allows for cannabis...
5/13
Pennsylvania lawmakers are again taking a crack at legalizing medical marijuana, with the Senate passing a bill Tuesday to allow the drug to be prescribed for epilepsy, chronic pain, cancer, and other ailments.
5/12
A few hundred gun rights activists brought their message to what has become an annual event at the state Capitol, urging lawmakers on Tuesday to protect their right to keep and own firearms and to widen legal protections.
5/12
You are on the hook for nearly $4,000. That's your share of the astounding $50 billion in unfunded pension payments for state employees.
5/5
The use of synthetic marijuana is growing in Pennsylvania. York City Police said in the last month they've seen at least nine encounters with people they thought were on synthetic pot.
5/5
Lt. Gov. Mike Stack wants you to know he's a runner and an actor. Ok, fine, thanks.
5/12
Get set for another round of play-time on public pensions; just don't expect any real solution anytime soon.
4/27
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane orchestrated an illegal leak to embarrass a critic and later lied about it under oath, according to a grand jury report made public Monday.
5/7
Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission is getting a new leader to reflect the change of political parties in the governor's mansion, though the commission's composition is unchanged.
5/5
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey waded into the roiling debate over law enforcement Tuesday, defending most officers as honorable and dedicated, and worrying that "scapegoating" mobs were clamoring to punish police whether or not they are found guilty of wrongdoing.
4/28
The hits just keep coming for Kathleen Kane as more details emerge about her handling and mishandling of the state’s highest law enforcement office.
4/25
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai got a bump in status and pay when his colleagues elevated him to the top position in the chamber.
5/1
Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted a top aide to serve as her chief of staff despite a report from her internal affairs unit informing her he had made unwanted sexual advances to two female colleagues, The Inquirer has learned.
6/17
Ed Neilson, a member of City Council for 10 months, appears ready to resign this week so he can run in his third special election in four years.
4/14
Football, as they say, is king at PSU. So what's $1 million-plus to get back some football wins?
4/22
WASHINGTON - Democrat Joe Sestak raised about $312,000 in the first three months of 2015 for his Senate campaign, barely one-tenth of the amount raised by the Republican incumbent he hopes to unseat, Sen. Pat Toomey.
4/30
It’s statistically unlikely that PSERS and SERS will be able to keep their promises to workers over the long term if changes aren’t made, according to a new study.
4/29
The leak case against Attorney General Kathleen Kane is costing more than just time and reputations.
4/28
Writing that Pennsylvania's General Assembly "fell woefully short of the mark," a federal judge on Tuesday struck down a state law that allowed violent-crime victims to sue offenders over speech that causes "mental anguish."
4/28
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents.
4/28
The Wolf administration is hiring a railroad engineering expert for three months to advise on ways to prevent oil-train accidents.
4/28
As they walked through M&S Centerless Grinding in Hatboro on Monday, its president, John Shegda, told Gov. Wolf that his company - and its workforce - have expanded dramatically in recent years.
3/23
HARRISBURG - The union representing state troopers said Monday that it had no confidence in Gov. Wolf's choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, ramping up the pressure on the governor to withdraw the nomination.
3/20
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf said Friday that he stands by his embattled nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police. The Democratic governor's comments came as acting Commissioner Marcus Brown has become mired in another controversy after he was caught on video this week taking down roadside signs near his home that were critical of him.
4/27
The health insurance industry took advantage of Washington’s infamous revolving door last week when it named former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania...
4/24
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey (D), who was an early backer of Barack Obama eight years ago, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Friday.
4/23
HARRISBURG - A Montgomery County Court judge has postponed next week's hearing to determine whether Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should be held in contempt for firing a lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury.
4/22
The Pa. Senate State Government Committee unanimously passed SB3, a bill to legalize some forms of cannabis for medical uses. But the current language, if eventually passed into law, will bring little change in the real world.
4/22
State Rep. Joe Hackett's final day in office is not until April 30, but he already has begun collecting another check for a second government job.
4/21
More than two-thirds of the $301,000 spent to relocate a senior Veterans Affairs manager to Philadelphia last summer went to a government contractor that bought her Virginia home when it didn't sell, according to agency officials.
4/21
Pennsylvania's lowest-performing schools could be given an ultimatum - reform quickly, or face relegation to a new, state-run district - under legislation to be introduced soon.
4/18
In 15 years, Gary Lowenthal has donated to one candidate - and only twice. He gave a friend, Michael George, $500 in a 2001 race for Adams County Court judge.
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Dashing hopes of a thaw in the frozen state budget talks, Pennsylvania's House speaker said Monday that he would not support taxes "of any kind" without a concession on liquor privatization, and raised the prospect of overriding Gov. Wolf's veto of a Republican spending plan.
7/15
Benjamin Netanyahu, Cheltenham class of 1967, finally gets his yearbook, courtesy of few former classmates from Cheltenham High School.
6/22
A new report offers ways to make them more watchable, more worthwhile and more valuable to democracy.
6/16
HARRISBURG - In less than three hours Monday, Gov. Wolf took two steps back, hoping the moves will pay off politically for him with a giant leap forward.
6/4
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's embattled nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday cleared a key hurdle on the path to confirmation, but his future remains in question.
5/30
Touring a North Philadelphia elementary school Friday, Gov. Wolf pushed again for a Pennsylvania budget that will pump millions of dollars in new money into city schools.
5/5
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) waded into the roiling debate over law enforcement Tuesday, defending most officers as honorable and dedicated...
5/1
Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted a top aide to serve as her chief of staff despite a report from her internal affairs unit informing her he had made unwanted sexual advances to two female colleagues, The Inquirer has learned.
4/20
With the primary a month away, judicial candidates are hustling to gain name recognition in a race known for being largely ignored by the public.
4/19
With the primary a month away, judicial candidates are hustling to gain name recognition in a race known for being largely ignored by the public.
4/17
HARRISBURG - Polls, politics, and partisanship were not the only things Tom Corbett left behind when he vacated the governor's mansion early this year.
4/16
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski plans to run for Senate, setting up a contested Democratic primary. An announcement is scheduled for Friday.
4/16
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Democrat to pose a primary challenge to former Rep. Joe Sestak, according to party leaders informed of his plans.
4/16
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement.
4/16
The alleged scheme was all about relationships. The head of a Montgomery County engineering firm wanted to win Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contracts to inspect road-maintenance and bridge-cleaning projects, investigators said. So he befriended a retired PennDot employee who had mentored the man in charge of picking the recipients of the agency's six-figure deals.
4/15
State Rep. Glen Grell will get a raise to run PSERS
4/14
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf met behind closed doors Tuesday with Republicans who control the legislature to jump-start talks on what both sides agree will be a hard-fought deal on a state budget.
4/14
HARRISBURG - The Republican-dominated state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would invalidate Philadelphia's new mandatory paid sick-leave law. The bill, which passed by 37-12, would effectively preempt local governments from requiring companies to provide workers with paid sick days. The measure's supporters say it is necessary to have uniform rules across the state for businesses.
4/15
How to keep millennials from leaving the city? How about keeping the bars open later? A state lawmaker from Philadelphia says he will propose legislation allowing some taps to pour until 4 a.m., arguing in part that the measure would help keep college students in Pennsylvania after they graduate.
4/10
HARRISBURG - Investigators on Friday served search warrants at two of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's offices, according to sources with knowledge of the search.
4/10
Chester County Republican leaders railed Friday against Gov. Wolf's budget proposal, saying that it would force four-fifths of the school districts statewide to pay more and that county residents would have to shell out $177 million more in new taxes than they might save in property-tax relief.
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