Saturday, July 4, 2015

State

2
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Gov. Wolf vetoed a plan Thursday to privatize the state liquor industry, as his standoff with Republican legislators over the state budget continued.
7
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania's state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing its government-controlled wine and liquor store system.
1
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Jim Kenney and Tony Williams meet for breakfast, NE Philly gets Bizarro and our new favorite typo.
2
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The twin sister of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being sued over a $200,000 loan by an FBI agent who was her boyfriend.
2
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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.
2
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's tax collections for the just-ended fiscal year exceeded projections by $412.2 million.
2
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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."
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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.
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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.
3
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Leaders of Pennsylvania's House Republican majority are being recorded as "yes" votes on a key budget-related schools bill, even though they weren't in the House chamber for the vote.
3
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N.J.’s once-rising governor seeks to rise again. But his stock is down, and others must fail if he is to succeed.
3
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HARRISBURG - Changes to child-protection laws mandating background checks that passed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal may be among the few bills Gov. Wolf signs this budget season.
3
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A bill that would make cyber bullying of children a punishable crime is awaiting Gov. Wolf's signature. The legislation passed the state Senate unanimously Monday. A spokesman for Wolf said Tuesday that the governor would sign the bill.
3
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders agreed Wednesday to restart budget talks after Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted spending plan that every Democrat legislator voted against.
4
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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.
3
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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.
4
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made good on his threat and swiftly vetoed the Republican-crafted spending plan Tuesday night just hours after the GOP's huge majorities in the Legislature sent it to him on the last day of the state government's fiscal year.
4
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - By next summer, shale gas companies in Pennsylvania will be required to electronically disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database.
4
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The House and Senate Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania Legislature sent four pieces of major legislation to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday, the final day of the state government's 2014-15 state fiscal year. Wolf vetoed one of the bills on Tuesday night - a budget plan - and is expected to veto the others. Here is a summary of the legislation:
4
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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."
5
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HARRISBURG - With just one day left to achieve an on-time state budget and no further talks planned, the impasse between Gov. Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature seems certain to end in a partial government shutdown.
5
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's new state treasurer is spending his first day on the job.
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Pennsylvania might not have a budget in place when the new fiscal year begins. Here's a look at what to expect:
5
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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.
5
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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.
5
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A long-running partisan divide over taxes and education spending was repeatedly evident on Sunday as Pennsylvania lawmakers worked through the weekend in a rush to pass budget legislation in the days before the fiscal year wraps up.
4
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The budget standoff in Harrisburg is no surprise and no real problem; it just needs to work through all the stages of grief.
6
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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?
6/26
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.
6/25
HARRISBURG - Republicans who control the legislature spent Thursday putting the finishing touches on their own budget blueprint, one that will exclude many of Gov. Wolf's priorities and pave the path for a veto.
6/26
Also in Clout: Kenney doesn’t hate vets, the Carpenters go downashore, and we receieve an internal e-mail from the D.A.’s office
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.
6/24
A new state senator from Gov. Wolf’s home county is a growing influence in the Capital City and reflects a lot of GOP legislative thinking.
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.
6/21
HARRISBURG - With 10 days until a new fiscal year, the Wolf administration and the GOP-controlled legislature will have to pull the equivalent of a college cramming session to meet the deadline to enact a state budget.
6/20
School districts that serve Philadelphia and some of the region's poorer communities, such as Pottstown, Norristown, and Chester, would see major gains in state funding if Pennsylvania enacts a proposed education-funding formula.
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.
6/19
Ed Neilson looks toward Harrisburg, Jim Kenney works behind the scenes, and Bob Brady getting primaried?
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.
6/17
A conciliatory move by the Democratic governor could present an opportunity for less partisan rancor with Republican leaders in Harrisburg.
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.
6/15
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.
6/15
The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would delay by two years a requirement that high school students pass Pennsylvania's Keystone exams to graduate.
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.
6/15
You know that history often repeats itself, right? Well here’s a look at how historical dates can connect to current affairs.
6/14
It was Gov. Wolf's first major political setback. And it isn't resolved yet. After Senate Republicans on Monday voted down Wolf's choice to lead the State Police - and, more unusually, ignored his request to withdraw the nomination before the vote - the first-term Democrat still has hard choices to make about the fate of the would-be top cop, Marcus Brown.
6/13
Norman Braman is loathed by Philadelphia sports fans for breaking his promise to take the Eagles to the Super Bowl. But now he’s found a new cause: White House hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio.
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.
6/12
City Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark in more trouble, Bill Green mayoral rumors mount, winner of KJ-Ori documentary contest.
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
HARRISBURG - An avian virus that has killed more than 47 million birds nationwide and caused an estimated $1 billion in economic losses in just two states is approaching Pennsylvania's borders, a panel of experts told state legislators Wednesday.
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
And once again the peoples’ business in Pennsylvania features stuntmen front and center.
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.
6/10
HARRISBURG - House Speaker Mike Turzai took aim Tuesday against any new severance tax on natural gas drilling in the state, warning it may cost jobs and harm the industry.
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.
6/8
A perp parade of minority pols can lead to assumptions that miscolor truth.
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.
6/7
Standing in the Capitol like a frustrated teacher unable to control an unruly class, Gov. Wolf exclaimed: "I want to get to work. Let's cut out the stunts."
6/5
Are Frank DiCicco and Ed Neilson going to be in Kenney's administration?
6/4
What does AG Kane see that others missed?
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.
5/26
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.
5/12
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.
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.
5/12
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
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.
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
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.
3/18
The state's 500 school districts are getting mixed messages from Harrisburg.
3/17
Not that it's a surprise, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reveals how the probe of AG Kane got started.
4/3
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane won't step down, her spokesman said Friday after fresh allegations of misconduct stirred calls for her resignation and another key aide left her office.
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.
4/10
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro declined to address reports Friday that he has been asked to run against Joe Sestak for Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat.
4/10
HARRISBURG - A judge on Friday ordered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to prove she did not violate his court order when she fired a top aide this week - and said she would face contempt charges if she did.
4/9
WASHINGTON – Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro has fielded calls from Democratic leaders urging him to jump into the race for U.S. Senate...
4/9
The Pennsylvania House Health and Judiciary Committees held their second hearing this week on medical marijuana that featured testimony from the law...
4/8
Civil rights, imprisonment, and campaign money were on the table Wednesday in a forum attended by five judges running for the state Supreme Court.
4/8
HARRISBURG - House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R., Indiana) said Wednesday that it was "premature" for Gov. Wolf to predict that a state budget would not be enacted on time this year.
4/8
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf said Tuesday that he doubts the state will enact the next fiscal year's budget by the June 30 deadline, a prediction that signaled a protracted and partisan fight building in the Capitol.
4/7
GLENSIDE Gov. Wolf has selected another Montgomery County venture capitalist to fill the role of Pennsylvania treasurer. Timothy A. Reese, 51, of Glenside, was nominated Tuesday to replace Rob McCord, who resigned in January before pleading guilty to extortion.
4/7
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday stood by embattled state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, saying that despite her looming legal problems, she still can carry out the duties of her office and does not need to resign.
4/7
More than two weeks after a Wilmington family was sickened after being exposed to a toxic and banned pesticide at a vacation condo in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the father and two teenage sons remain hospitalized.
4/3
Just months into his third term, State Rep. Joe Hackett (R., Delaware) is resigning, effective April 30. The announcement was made late Thursday.
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.
4/16
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski plans to run for Senate, setting up a contested Democratic primary. An announcement is scheduled for Friday.
4/3
State Rep. Joe Hackett (R., Delaware) is resigning from his seat in the Pennsylvania legislature, according to a statement released by his office Thursday night.
4/2
A former one-term Philadelphia state legislator and his sister were each sentenced to probation Thursday on their guilty pleas in a "ghost employee" scheme that paid her $1,700.
3/29
It was doctors against lawmakers, science against anecdotes, at Tuesday's joint committee hearing on medical marijuana. Yes, joint. Twenty state representatives from the Judiciary and Health Committees, mostly Republicans, filed into Pennsylvania Hospital on Tuesday, many bearing grim accounts of ill constituents who say pot helps them feel less pain.
4/1
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane quashed key subpoenas in a move that aides said undermined an investigation of a former state gaming official with ties to Louis DeNaples, a politically connected Scranton-area millionaire, The Inquirer has learned.
3/31
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's challenge to a grand jury's recommendation that she face criminal charges.
3/31
Baer Growls: Former Gov. Corbett, who tried but failed to trim public pensions for state workers and school employees, is pulling down a pretty good pension himself.
3/25
Medical marijuana pros and cons debated
3/24
HARRISBURG - Central Pennsylvania prosecutors are investigating a handwritten, anonymous letter with racially offensive language delivered to the home of Gov. Wolf's embattled choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police.
3/24
HARRISBURG - No pension reform, no state budget. A top Senate Republican said Monday that if Gov. Wolf doesn't address the state's skyrocketing pension costs during budget negotiations with the legislature, there will be no budget.
3/17
Pennsylvania's new governor pitched the state to the energy industry Tuesday morning during a conference at the Convention Center. "We should be fertile ground for you to come and do your business," Gov. Wolf said in a speech at Globalcon, an event for the energy industry hosted by the Association of Energy Engineers.
3/17
U.S. natural gas production could decline in 2016 for the first time in 10 years, driven by low oil prices after a decade of gangbusters growth from shale plays.
3/16
Gov. Wolf's proposed severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural-gas production contains a unique feature that sets a minimum taxable level, guaranteeing that the state would capture its share no matter how low the gas price sank.
3/14
Michael Connors, a worker on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, was pulling his snowplow into a garage when the massive door crashed down on him, gouging his face.
3/14
Gov. Wolf turned to a new, if not totally secret, weapon Friday in the high-volume campaign for his education and tax reform package - a soft-spoken York County artist who is also the new first lady of Pennsylvania.
3/12
At 12:53 a.m. on March 24, 2014, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's top aide shot her an e-mail with a stern warning: Divulging information about a secret criminal investigation could break the law.
3/12
Is it worth paying hedge-fund, real estate fees for these results?
3/11
The federal government this week projected that natural-gas prices would average about 30 percent less in 2015 than last year. That's great news for consumers, but it presents a challenge for Pennsylvania's new governor.
3/11
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said she was "cautiously hopeful," and answered virtually no other questions. Then, Pennsylvania's first female attorney general took a long, slow walk out of City Hall on Wednesday, surrounded by a swarm of reporters and cameras.
3/11
HARRISBURG - In a lively 90-minute session, a panel of judges on Wednesday considered the fate of the leader of Pennsylvania's Open Records Office.
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