Saturday, August 29, 2015

State

2
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Hundreds of former state prosecutor Frank Fina’s pornographic emails were released yesterday.
1
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In a move that could force Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office, the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has notified her that it is seeking to suspend her law license, according to sources familiar with the matter.
1
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The D.A. is caught in a political rip current, the feds go power crazy in Fattah case, and Councilman David Oh’s bad timing.
2
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HARRISBURG - You can order groceries online these days, stream live TV, hail a cab, and schedule when your dry cleaning will be picked up.
2
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Democrats across the nation lost lots of state legislative seats and power since President Obama took office in 2009.
8/17
Facing fights on multiple fronts, Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s attacking more than defending and — crazy as it sounds — that might not becrazy.
2
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Day 57: A day after Republicans failed to override portions of Gov. Wolf's veto of their own $30 billion budget plan, the governor and top GOP legislators postponed plans to resume negotiations. Wolf said he needed more time to review the two key issues on the table: The Republicans' plan to reform the public pension system, and his own request for a $400 million boost in education funding.
3
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As Attorney General Kathleen Kane plotted to leak secret grand jury information and instructed aides to spy on her employees' emails, prosecutors said, she used personal email accounts to conduct business.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvanians will soon be able to register online to vote.
3
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If you’re wondering how the ongoing budget impasse is going, just think back to your childhood games.
4
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A Delaware County Court judge ruled Tuesday that the Chester Upland School District must abide by the state's charter school funding formula and keep paying the charter schools that now educate about half of the struggling district's students.
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HARRISBURG - Five new members were sworn into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday, including two elected to complete the terms of legislators who resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges.
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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's budget impasse remained firmly in place Tuesday after the Republican majority failed during hours of debate to persuade Democrats, in a series of 14 votes, to override any portion of Gov. Wolf's budget veto.
4
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HARRISBURG - Despite charges that he illegally spied on colleagues' emails, the head of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's security detail will remain on the job, her office announced Tuesday.
4
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's budget impasse remained firmly in place Tuesday after the Republican majority failed during hours of debate to persuade Democrats in a series of 14 votes to override any portion of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's budget veto.
4
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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane will stand trial on perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges, a judge ruled yesterday.
4
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - States are free to use federal grant money intended to improve how elections are run in order to pay for criminal investigations of potential voter fraud, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has ruled.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new poll shows more than half of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of Kathleen Kane's handling of her job as state attorney general and nearly as many think she should resign.
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HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf blasted Republican lawmakers Monday over a plan to force piece-by-piece override votes of his budget-bill veto, saying GOP leaders cannot negotiate in good faith while staging what the Democrat called an unconstitutional and unproductive move.
4
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A Montgomery County judge on Monday ordered Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to stand trial on criminal charges after a hearing in which one of Kane's most trusted aides testified against her, and the judge repeatedly rejected her legal arguments.
5
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As public polling continues to expand, so do polling problems; for some obvious and some subtle reasons.
8/22
While publicly pushing her efforts against employees' rampantly sharing pornographic email in state offices, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane granted a 16 percent raise and a job promotion to a manager she previously suspended for sharing porn emails, sources told The Morning Call.
8/22
DAY 52 - Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a social service agency in Philadelphia, said Friday it would cut afterschool programs for 330 students, furlough 11 employees, and cut pay for the rest starting Sept. 1 to make up for the projected loss of $30,000 a day in state aid. Other nonprofits have warned of similar belt-tightening if the impasse continues.
8/21
Frankly, we are worried about you.
8/20
State Rep. Todd Stephens on Thursday joined an increasingly crowded field of candidates for attorney general in 2016. In the Republican primary, Stephens is to face off against a fellow Montgomery County legislator, State Sen. John Rafferty, who announced his candidacy in June.
8/19
HARRISBURG - Raising hopes for a budget deal, Republican legislative leaders emerged from negotiations Wednesday saying they would give Gov. Wolf a portion of the money he wants for public schools as long as he accepts their plan for pension reform.
8/19
Even as she contends with state criminal charges, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is also facing scrutiny by the FBI, The Inquirer has learned.
8/19
When Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia next month, he’ll be visiting the largest American city to have locally decriminalized marijuana. The millions of Catholics gathering for the World Meeting of Families in September are also covered by the policy.
8/18
Standing alongside school officials from across Delaware County on Tuesday, William Penn school board member Rafi Cave implored his audience to imagine planning days without any concept of a budget.
8/18
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has said her legal problems stem from an attempt by enemies to block her from exposing their exchange of pornographic emails on state computers.
8/18
HARRISBURG - A longtime Harrisburg activist filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, contending that she has used state resources to aid her private defense against criminal charges.
8/18
Gov. Wolf, the former businessman, remains at odds with the state's top business group.
8/14
A member of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's security detail, charged with illegally spying on others' email, remains on the job despite a policy requiring any staffer charged with a work-related crime to be suspended without pay.
8/14
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming for your weed. And he’s not alone. He and virtually all of the announced candidates — including the Democrats — running to succeed President Obama have stances that don’t jive with the American public when it comes to marijuana legalization.
8/14
Ward leader looks to unseat Fattah; Kathleen Kane confiscates Rice Krispies treats; Stephanie Singer spotted at the polls.
8/14
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf and a key Republican negotiator emerged Thursday from the latest meeting on the state budget impasse to say they are still grappling with unresolved issues and plan to talk again next week.
8/13
Laying down a position from which top Democrats will not back away, State Sen. Vincent Hughes said Thursday there would be no Pennsylvania budget without a Marcellus Shale tax and millions of dollars in new education spending.
8/14
A day after Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane called on a Montgomery County judge to authorize her to release emails from the so-called Porngate scandal, the judge said he would not do so because Kane had not filed a formal request with the court.
8/13
The state’s embattled attorney general tries to make a case against criminal charges but really only raises questions.
8/12
Kathleen Kane today holds a Harrisburg news conference expected to focus on criminal charges against her. Many pols will be watching.
8/12
HARRISBURG - During an hour-long negotiating session Wednesday, Gov. Wolf and Republican legislators inched toward compromise on some key sticking points in a budget six weeks overdue.
8/12
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane proclaimed her innocence on criminal charges Wednesday, and blamed her legal troubles on enemies trying to conceal their involvement in emails laced with "pornography, racial insensitivity, and religious bigotry."
8/12
As Gov. Wolf and Republican legislative leaders prepared to return to the budget negotiating table for the first time in a week, the governor on Tuesday stopped in Norristown on a mission.
8/11
Philadelphia Democrats went three-for-three Tuesday in seeking state House seats up for grabs in a special election. Winning those seats were former City Councilman Ed Neilson; Donna Bullock, a former special assistant to City Council President Darrell L. Clarke; and Joanna McClinton, who was chief counsel to State Sen. Anthony H. Williams.
8/12
His voters still love him. They love him so much, they had him in tears as they got ready to choose his replacement.
8/11
The driver and security detail chief for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations that he repeatedly accessed private grand jury information for her.
8/10
Abraham is offering to replace her temporarily if she steps down.
8/10
Democrat Katie McGinty rolled out some heavy artillery in her Senate bid Monday, announcing that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell would serve as campaign chairman.
8/10
Daily News columnist John Baer sat down with Democrat Katie McGinty to discuss her run for the U.S. Senate.
8/11
For a reminder of the sting that opened up two of three state House seats being filled in Tuesday's special elections, one need only look at the race being run by a Democrat in one of those districts.
8/9
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, it was Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the commonwealth's top law enforcement official, facing criminal allegations.
8/8
Appearing publicly for the first time since she was criminally charged Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Saturday walked into the Montgomery County detective bureau in Norristown to be fingerprinted and then was arraigned via video conference by a judge in Collegeville.
8/8
Int. Kathleen Kane's Scranton home office. March 2014. Across a large desk, lies a newspaper: "KANE SHUT DOWN STING THAT SNARED CITY POLS," the Inquirer headline blares.
8/7
Democratic and Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives on Friday joined Gov. Wolf and several other elected officials in calling for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to step down in the face of criminal charges.
8/8
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material.
8/7
Pennsylvanians are shown yet another episode of officeholders in hot water.
8/6
Kathleen G. Kane, Pennsylvania's attorney general, must now decide whether she wants to fight a war with two fronts or just one.
8/6
Feeling under attack from reporters and political enemies she believed were out to end her career, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane saw the conflict in stark terms.
8/6
HARRISBURG - Marcus Brown, whose nomination to lead the Pennsylvania State Police was quashed earlier this year, has been tapped again by Gov. Wolf for a public safety post.
8/7
A sudden retirement led to rumors about a former Philly police commander.
8/6
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was charged Thursday with illegally leaking confidential information, then lying about it under oath and deploying aides as spies to keep a step ahead of the criminal investigation against her.
8/5
For the second time in a week, Gov. Wolf has met with Republican legislative leaders, but once again they failed to find common ground on a new budget, now more than a month overdue.
8/6
WASHINGTON - President Obama has nominated former Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County to become undersecretary of the Army, the branch's second-highest ranking civilian position, the White House announced Wednesday.
8/6
WASHINGTON - It's official: Democrats have a primary in Pennsylvania's critical U.S. Senate race. Katie McGinty, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, jumped into the campaign Tuesday in a move that changes the political outlook for the nine or so months leading up to next year's Democratic primary. She'll face a big challenge in trying to top former Rep. Joe Sestak of Delaware County as they vie to take on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.
8/6
WASHINGTON - Katie McGinty will have the support of EMILY's List, an influential women's political group, which plans to endorse the Pennsylvania Democrat on Thursday, two days after she launched her run for the U.S. Senate.
8/5
For most of the last half-century, the state House seat in the 161st District in Delaware County has been held by Republicans - 38 of the last 46 years.
8/5
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has decided to bring criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for allegedly leaking confidential documents and then lying about it under oath, The Inquirer has learned.
7/27
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.
8/5
WASHINGTON - Democrat Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff for Gov. Wolf, launched her campaign for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, setting the stage for a hard-fought primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak as their party desperately tries to unseat the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey.
8/5
The first GOP debate Thursday night offers front-running Donald Trump the chance to clean up his act and better groom his candidacy.
8/4
Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky was elected Tuesday to fill a vacant Delaware County state House seat, defeating two other candidates, according to unofficial returns.
8/4
In the vast world on online lists, Gov. Tom Wolf tops a list of America's most liberal governors.
8/3
Gov. Wolf on Monday nominated a retired state police major who grew up in North Philadelphia and lives in Chester County to be Pennsylvania's next police commissioner.
8/3
Tomorrow’s special election in Delaware County has an odd mix of candidates, outside interest and lots of ugly mail.
8/1
Paul Panepinto, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for the last 24 years, on Friday became an independent candidate for the state Supreme Court.
7/31
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.
7/31
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.
7/31
N.J. Senate Republicans cite a Daily News story as proof of a needed overhaul.
7/30
Chaka Fattah's indictment is but another example.
7/31
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.
7/30
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.
7/29
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.
7/31
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.
7/30
WASHINGTON - At just 25, Chaka Fattah became one of the youngest people ever to win a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
7/28
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.
7/25
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.
7/24
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.
7/31
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.
7/21
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.
7/16
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.
7/15
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.
7/12
Pennsylvania's nearly two-week budget impasse comes down to one word: Taxes.
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.
7/2
Gov. Wolf vetoed a plan Thursday to privatize the state liquor industry, as his standoff with Republican legislators over the state budget continued.
7/9
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.
7/8
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.
7/2
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.
8/19
With the GOP in a tizzy over what to do about The Donald, the best answer might be to steal a page from Trump world and deal him out of the lead.
7/28
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.
6/17
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.
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.
5/14
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...
5/12
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.
5/13
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.