Saturday, February 13, 2016

State

2
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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane escaped being removed from office Wednesday after the Republican majority in the Senate failed to pick up the few Democratic votes it needed to oust her.
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Gov. Wolf stopped by Penn Treaty School on Friday as a part of his "Schools that Teach" tour, hoping to drum up support for his proposed 2017 budget, one that a Pennsylvania GOP spokesman calls a "fantasy."
1
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Tim O’Brien, charged twice with assaulting his girlfriend, now working for Council; Johnny Doc has drones; and what’s up with Mike Stack?
1
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The state Court of Judicial Discipline on Thursday ordered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to confirm that she has already provided the tribunal copies of all the emails by suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin that contain "sexually explicit, misogynistic, ethnically insensitive, racist or homophobic material."
1
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The spokesman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane is acknowledging that some agency employees are disappointed their boss wasn't ordered removed from office by the state Senate.
2
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he will veto legislation passed by the state House of Representatives to restore nearly $1 billion for state prisons.
2/1
HARRISBURG - The email landed at 10:36 a.m. one Saturday this month, as Republicans were gathering in Hershey for their annual winter meeting.
3
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Gov. Tom Wolf proposed 2016-2017 budget revealed plans to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $10.15 an hour. That's nearly a $3 per hour increase.
3
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Gov. Wolf’s new budget proposal is as welcome in the Legislature as his old budget proposal — so get ready for more of the same from Harrisburg.
The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board sharply criticized Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Tuesday, saying she had failed to comply with a subpoena aimed at making sure she had turned over all offensive emails sent or received by state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin.
3
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Samuel Rappaport, 83, of Philadelphia, a lawyer, ward leader, and seven-term Pennsylvania state legislator, died Monday, Feb. 8, of dementia at Lions Gate, a retirement community in Voorhees.
3
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As Gov. Wolf unveiled next year's proposed state budget while this year's spending plan remains in limbo, school administrators said Tuesday that they were no longer just frustrated - they're baffled and furious.
3
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Gov. Wolf is about to open a live-streaming Facebook town hall on his 2016-2017 budget proposal. But among legislators, cartoonists, pundits and the public, comments are already pouring in. So far, it's predictably partisan and not too optimistic about if or when it might come to pass.
3
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HARRISBURG - Pitching many of the same ideas that led to this fiscal year's lingering budget impasse, Gov. Wolf on Tuesday unveiled a $33.3 billion spending plan for the next year that would raise more than $2.7 billion from new or increased taxes to close a gaping deficit and boost public school funding.
4
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HARRISBURG - In a pivotal moment for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's political future, the state Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether she should be removed from office.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A terse letter from Andrew Clyde's credit card-processing company explained it was discontinuing his corporate account because his Georgia firearms business "no longer met our underwriting guidelines." In a panic, Clyde called three other companies, which denied him, too.
3
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.
5
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There is no single successful way for a politician to seek the post of Pennsylvania's attorney general. But who expected any of the candidates in the April 26 Democratic primary to pull a page directly from the 2012 political playbook of Kathleen Kane, who is seeking a second term while awaiting trial on criminal charges?
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane lambasted a judicial panel Sunday for naming a well-connected lawyer to mediate Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin's Porngate case, calling it a step to "sweep his hate-filled emails under the rug."
5
days ago
HARRISBURG - This time last year, talk in the Capitol swirled around how newly elected Gov. Wolf's first budget was going to be bold and controversial.
5
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Seems like yesterday (or 11 months ago) Gov. Wolf offered his first budget. Tuesday he offers his second, even though the first one isn’t done.
4
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with growing questions over the state government's increasingly confusing budget situation, and with no answers on how they will solve it.
2/5
The state Supreme Court on Friday unanimously rejected Attorney General Kathleen Kane's request that it reverse its suspension of her law license, clearing the way for the state Senate to vote on whether to remove her from office.
2/4
As our state's legislators continue to flounder in a lengthy budget stalemate, one Western Pennsylvania lawmaker is keeping his eye on what really counts: Defending Punxsutawney Phil’s honor.
2/4
With a new state budget plan coming Tuesday, a conservative think tank is holding a contest to guess what Gov. Wolf's expected tax proposal would cost the average family.
2/3
McAneny "doing my best to salvage" town aid program
2/3
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf signed a bill Wednesday that would delay for two years a requirement that Pennsylvania high school students pass graduation exams.
2/3
HARRISBURG - After a year of playing it straight - with a ban on gifts, hospitality, and food and drink for public officials in the Capitol - the Wolf administration could be shaking things up.
2/3
With a new Pa. budget address set for next week, a national research group’s analysis of the state could offer specific areas for improvement.
2/2
Gov. Wolf said Tuesday that he will propose boosting funding for public education by $200 million when he unveils his budget next week for the new fiscal year.
2/2
A week before Gov. Wolf proposes a new state budget we have a new spat between Wolf and Republicans over, well, reducing government.
2/1
Pa. House is known best for breaking bad, but it’s even bad on its own rule for fair hiring and spending.
1/27
HARRISBURG - A Senate panel recommended Wednesday that the full chamber vote on whether to oust Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, but only if the state Supreme Court reaffirms its decision to suspend her law license.
1/31
WASHINGTON - The three Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania emphasized the foundations of their views Sunday in the first joint appearance of a critical race.
2/1
A long-awaited Superior Court ruling that landed last month did more than just dismiss the most serious charges against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up child sex attacks by Jerry Sandusky.
1/29
State lawmakers want to hold hearings on the physical condition of Pennsylvania's schools, State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes announced Friday at Locke Elementary, which lost heat last week, sending students home for the day.
1/29
Councilman Mark Squilla scrambles in face of backlash over his proposed bill
1/28
WASHINGTON -- Why should Iowa and New Hampshire have all the fun? Voters there will weigh in on the raucous presidential primaries in the coming days...
1/28
Internal PPA emails show the authority working closely with the taxicab industry to fight ride-sharing companies.
1/26
HARRISBURG - A key House committee is taking the first steps toward launching impeachment proceedings against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, even as the Senate is poised to decide whether to remove her from office.
1/27
As candidates this week circulate petitions to get on the ballot, here’s an early look at the Democratic Senate primary.
1/26
A Ridley Township resident and Realtor has been named as the Republican nominee for the state House seat representing several Delaware County towns.
1/8
She is facing a criminal trial, the Senate might yank her out of office, her poll numbers are sinking, rivals in her own party are lining up for her job, and the husband who bankrolled her last campaign is no longer in the picture.
1/25
The political/budgetary divide in Pa.‘s Capitol can be seen through beliefs and bluster of two nontraditional politicians from York County.
1/22
Jack Stollsteimer bails again; Allan Domb feeds dog $53 filet mignon; and developer Ori Feibush gets the ICP treatment
1/21
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's newly appointed special prosecutor, charged with investigating the so-called Porngate scandal, is running into opposition from Kane's top aides.
1/21
HARRISBURG - The state's judicial ethics court cast a critical eye Thursday on its own investigative agency, seeking more information about what some have called a botched inquiry into offensive emails exchanged by Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin.
1/20
The state office that enforces ethical behavior by lawyers urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday to reaffirm its suspension of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's law license.
1/20
Jack Stollsteimer dropped out of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's race Wednesday, narrowing the field of Democratic candidates. A former state and federal prosecutor from Delaware County, Stollsteimer is now backing Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro.
1/20
HARRISBURG - The state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would delay using Keystone Exams as a high school graduation requirement and study whether the proficiency tests should be a graduation requirement at all.
1/19
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Max Baer and Kevin Dougherty were among numerous judges and court officials who received emails that a state ethics board deemed offensive when it filed misconduct charges against a third justice last month, documents show.
1/20
If Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win early contests in distinctly different states, could that bring the former New York mayor into the race?
1/20
The Wolf administration on Tuesday proposed strong consumer protections against surprise bills from providers outside patients' health insurance networks, tackling an issue that has swiftly gained prominence nationwide and largely eluded effective political solutions.
1/19
HARRISBURG - After a freshman year in office largely consumed by an ongoing budget struggle with the legislature, Gov. Wolf on Tuesday sought to ring in 2016 with a series of messages he could control.
1/18
A plaintiff's lawyer becomes a judge and looks to clear cases from his practice. He hands off one contract dispute to another lawyer, with the understanding that they will split the proceeds from any successful judgment.
1/18
After a rough rookie year, perhaps the wealthy biz-guy guv longs for the peace and solitude of his old York County home.
1/17
WASHINGTON - News over the weekend that Iran had dismantled key components of its nuclear program and released five American prisoners emboldened some local supporters of President Obama's diplomatic efforts, though others urged caution and critics continued to question the international nuclear accord that led to those steps.
1/17
HARRISBURG - To unwind after a stressful day, Gov. Wolf says, he enjoys reading books or spending time with his wife at home in York. In the morning, he uses a treadmill to preemptively let off steam.
1/17
WASHINGTON - President Obama didn't name names when he called for an end to gerrymandering in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. But if he did, Pennsylvania would have been a top contender.
1/15
Allan Domb takes a spill; debunking rumors about Carpenters Union; KYW’s Mike Dunn lands Kenney admin job.
1/13
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday urged a Senate panel to abandon any effort to remove Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office, at least until the state Supreme Court decides whether to reinstate her law license, as she has requested.
1/11
When a Senate committee meets Tuesday to decide whether Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should be removed from office, it will be dusting off an obscure provision in the state constitution that has not been used in more than a century.
1/4
Nearly a week after a partial veto extended the state's budget impasse into its seventh month, neither Gov. Wolf nor the Republican-led legislature seemed in a rush to strike a deal Monday.
1/8
Gov. Tom Wolf supported medical access to cannabis during his campaign and wants to see a law passed. The General Assembly pledged to send a law to his desk by the end of 2015, but that promise was broken.
1/5
Embattled state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin tried to install new leaders in Philadelphia's massive court system by pushing his colleagues on the high court to act before three new justices joined the bench this week.
12/30
HARRISBURG - A day after his partial veto of a Republican-backed budget, Gov. Wolf on Wednesday reiterated his call for House and Senate leaders to return to the Capitol and resume working on a final budget deal.
1/4
Pledging to address violence and improve low-achieving schools, State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chester, one of the region's poorest and most crime-ridden cities.
1/4
Smokers who prefer to roll their own cigarette will soon be paying more. Pennsylvania will now tax the tobacco used to make roll-your-own cigarettes. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the new tobacco tax into law this week.
1/4
The April 26 Democratic primary election for Pennsylvania attorney general is shaping up to be a classic East-vs.-West political battle for the state.
12/29
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday vetoed pieces of what he called the "ridiculous" and "unconscionable" budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, slamming lawmakers as shortchanging schools and pressing for new talks on a final spending plan.
12/29
State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, a North Philadelphia Democrat who has represented the Third District for two decades, is expected to retire next year, The Inquirer has learned.
12/29
Philadelphia schools will remain open past Jan. 29, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Tuesday. Beyond that, not much else is certain.
12/28
HARRISBURG - Will he sign or veto? Five days after the Republican-led legislature handed him a proposal that could end the state's six-month budget stalemate, but also cast aside his call for a historic increase in school funding, Gov. Wolf did neither Monday.
12/23
HARRISBURG - For two whirlwind days, lawmakers tried a flurry of last-ditch maneuvers to end the historic budget gridlock and enact some version of a state spending plan.
12/23
HARRISBURG - For the last six months, the word record has seeped into nearly every budget conversation in the Capitol.
12/23
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Wednesday applauded the suspension of Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin for his involvement in the "Porngate" scandal.
12/8
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's former security chief was convicted of contempt of court Tuesday after a judge found that he violated a court order by surreptitiously reading colleagues' emails in an effort to learn about the criminal investigation of his boss.
12/22
HARRISBURG - The state's judicial ethics tribunal on Tuesday suspended Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin for his involvement in the "Porngate" scandal, saying his continued presence on the bench harmed the public's trust in the judiciary.
12/21
Gov. Wolf acted within his constitutional authority to temporarily halt the execution of a convicted murderer from Philadelphia, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
12/21
HARRISBURG - A key House committee on Monday approved a temporary budget to distribute interim funding to struggling school districts and nonprofits, setting the stage for the latest showdown with Gov. Wolf and Senate Republicans over how to end the state's 174-day budget impasse.
12/21
State Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin tearfully apologized Monday for exchanging emails that included pictures of naked women and crude jokes that mocked minorities, gays, lesbians and others.
12/21
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.
12/18
As complaints grow about her sister's emails, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Friday back-pedaled in her defense of her office's handling of the messages.
12/18
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's office said Friday that it had lined up support for a tax bill to fund the $30.8 billion spending plan he and Senate leaders have touted, a significant step that might finally resolve the state's five-month-old budget crisis.
12/17
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will not discipline her sister, a top prosecutor in her office, for exchanging emails that mocked minorities, immigrants, and battered women, despite her position that others who shared similar messages should resign their public positions.
12/17
HARRISBURG - A day after House Republicans told Gov. Wolf he had 24 hours to recruit enough votes to pass a long-overdue state budget, their deadline came and went.
12/17
Instead of retiring with dignity, she shuffles out in disgrace, having pleaded no contest to failing to disclose money from a lobbyist that she accepted in an undercover sting operation.
12/16
HARRISBURG - After contending that his client was targeted in an anticorruption sting because she is African American, a defense lawyer dropped that allegation Wednesday and negotiated a plea deal for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop in which she agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.
12/16
HARRISBURG - In a gambit that will either resolve Pennsylvania's budget stalemate or dash hopes for a compromise deal, House Republican leaders on Wednesday put a 24-hour deadline on a new push to support the $30.8 billion spending plan touted by Gov. Wolf and the Senate.
12/16
HARRISBURG - State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, who has castigated prosecutors, judges, and others for exchanging offensive emails, failed to disclose that her twin sister - a top prosecutor on her staff - sent and received emails that mocked African Americans and Asians, joked about domestic abuse, and included photos of scantily clad men and women.
12/20
The workers' revolution hasn't arrived at a sad strip shopping center in the tired upstate Pennsylvania town of Dallas, where Republican State Sen. Lisa Baker has her office.
12/15
HARRISBURG - A hearing Wednesday in the criminal case against a Philadelphia legislator, caught on a recording accepting cash from a lobbyist, is expected to feature two high-profile witnesses - and bitter adversaries: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and former state prosecutor Frank Fina.
12/15
HARRISBURG - On the 168th day of Pennsylvania's budget impasse, the House held a light voting session, approving, among other items, a resolution honoring a journeyman professional golfer.
12/14
Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) said Sunday he plans to introduce legislation that would privatize the Philadelphia Parking Authority, generating what he said would be more money for city schools.
12/14
The Pennsylvania primary election typically occurs too late in the presidential season to have much influence in nominating a candidate.
12/14
NEW YORK - Pennsylvania's simmering race for U.S. Senate came to Manhattan over the weekend. But even with three of the four candidates on hand for the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering, the weekend's big headliner - Donald Trump - cast a shadow.
12/13
HARRISBURG - Following a two-day break, House members returned to the Capitol on Sunday night and began positioning several budget-related bills for a full chamber vote, a step toward potentially ending the five-month-old budget stalemate.
12/11
HARRISBURG - Lawyers hired by state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to scour thousands of emails on state servers for pornography and other offensive content will be paid up to $880 an hour, according to a contract made public Friday.
12/11
HARRISBURG - Put down the corkscrews, wine lovers. A day after the Pennsylvania Senate approved historic legislation to let consumers buy wine in some supermarkets and restaurants, the leader of the House dashed hope of its winning the necessary support in that chamber.
12/11
NEW YORK - Donald Trump avoided incendiary comments about Muslims and pivoted to economic issues in a speech to the Pennsylvania Republican Party on Friday afternoon, but he was interrupted several times by protesters, some who had crashed the event and others who had purchased tickets to the $1,000-per-plate luncheon.
12/10
Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, once called the Plaza Hotel in New York City "the ultimate trophy." That was when he owned it, from 1988 to 1995.
12/10
Sam Katz is turning his lens away from Philadelphia's history to Pennsylvania's present. The three-time mayoral candidate announced Thursday that his next documentary will focus on the saga of embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Katz, who is seeking funding for the project, plans to call it The Kane Mutiny.
12/10
HARRISBURG - The state's judicial ethics court on Thursday ordered Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin to make a case for why he should not be suspended while it weighs his fate in the pornographic email scandal.
12/10
The legislation, S2237, seeks to de-schedule marijuana, removing it completely from the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). It has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
12/10
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday passed nearly all the final pieces of a long-overdue budget plan, including a bill that would let consumers for the first time purchase wine in some supermarkets and restaurants, and legislation to distribute $350 million in new school funding.
12/9
HARRISBURG - The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to launch the process that could remove Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office.
12/9
HARRISBURG - The state budget impasse is taking some degree of shine off the forthcoming Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City, traditionally the premiere hobnobbing event for political leaders, brokers, and candidates.
12/9
PhillyDeals: The Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) has boosted its annual surcharge on state and local taxpayers to 30 cents on top of every $1 paid to teachers and other school employees in fiscal 2016, up from 26 cents this year.
12/8
A judicial ethics panel filed misconduct charges against Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin on Tuesday, saying he had "detracted from the dignity of his office" by his involvement in the Porngate scandal.
12/9
Stephen Zappala Jr., district attorney in Allegheny County, will announce next week his campaign for state attorney general. That could give rise to a lively Democratic primary election in April if the incumbent, beleaguered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, decides to seek a second term.
12/8
HARRISBURG - A rally in the Capitol on Tuesday for a low-profile animal rights bill received a jolt of energy from a high-profile - and perhaps unlikely - guest: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick.
12/8
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday passed its own budget plan, then saw it gutted and amended by the Senate - the latest sign of discord and division over how to resolve the state's budget crisis.
12/7
WASHINGTON - For the Pennsylvania political class preparing to engorge on food, drink and gossip at Saturday's annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York, the political buffet offers many options.
12/7
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House and Senate took radically different steps Monday toward resolving the state's five-month-old budget impasse, placing the chambers on seemingly separate tracks just days after they had been working together on a final agreement.
12/4
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf said Friday that he and Republican leaders have agreed on how they will distribute an additional $350 million to state schools once the long-overdue state budget is enacted - a key issue as budget negotiations enter their final phase.
12/2
HARRISBURG - The questions varied. The answers - such as they were - rarely did. How close is a final agreement?
12/3
The lead prosecutor in the undercover sting that captured five Philadelphia legislators and a Traffic Court judge on tape accepting money will be called to testify about what role, if any, race played in the investigation, a judge has ruled.
12/3
Chester County officials announced Thursday they will immediately stop payments to the state until legislators pass a budget, following the lead of Bucks County. Other counties have threatened similar actions.
12/1
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's budget impasse entered its sixth month Tuesday, with scant new details about what shape a final deal might take.
12/3
HARRISBURG - Calling himself "the eternal optimist," Gov. Wolf predicted Thursday that Pennsylvania will have a signed budget well before Christmas.
12/2
A Philly state senator is pushing a pension fix that would prevent any future Jerry Sanduskys from collecting fat state pensions.
12/2
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Dec 2 (Reuters) - The drilling rigs are gone from the hills surrounding this Pennsylvania town of 30,000. The hotels and bars are...
12/1
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has appointed the former top law enforcement officer in Maryland to head a wide-ranging investigation into the chain of pornographic emails exchanged among state prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials on government computers.
11/25
The state Senate should move forward with hearings to determine whether to remove embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, a Senate committee announced Wednesday.
12/1
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will use the backdrop of the National Constitution Center on Tuesday to announce her choice of special prosecutors to conduct a broader investigation into pornographic emails exchanged on government computers.
11/27
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has removed a senior judge who once presided over many of the state's biggest grand jury investigations, accusing him of judicial misconduct and abandoning his sense of objectivity during a feud with Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
11/25
The proposed amendments to SB3 will significantly dilute what is already an extremely limited bill that passed the Senate in May.
11/25
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane promised Wednesday an even broader investigation of offensive emails on government computers - a search for "filth" on "every public server over which it was circulated."
11/25
It seemed like an inevitable display of frustration after days of mixed messages from Harrisburg on the fate of the long-overdue state budget.
11/18
HARRISBURG - Setting the stage for a showdown, four top aides to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane are expected to testify before the Senate committee exploring whether to remove their boss from office, officials announced Tuesday.
11/24
HARRISBURG - On the eve of a key decision by a Senate panel on whether Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should remain in office, a House Republican legislator is proposing a separate investigation into whether she should be impeached.
11/24
HARRISBURG - After a day of jockeying - both in public and behind closed doors - Gov. Wolf and Republican leaders clung Tuesday night to their tenuous state budget agreement, and said they would work through the weekend to fortify the deal.
11/24
HARRISBURG - Uber and Lyft drove toward legal status in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. On its final voting day before a Thanksgiving break, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that creates provisions to permanently legalize the ride-sharing services.
11/24
Lawyers for state Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Vanessa Lowery Brown are gearing up for a fight.
11/23
A bill to save the horse-racing industry in Pennsylvania is on the cusp of passage after it was unanimously advanced by a House committee Monday.
11/23
HARRISBURG - Acknowledging that the plan to resolve the five-month budget impasse is in "deep peril," Gov. Wolf on Monday blamed Republican legislators for the potential collapse of a tentative agreement and urged a new effort to save the deal.
11/23
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams did little to assuage his critics Monday when he announced that three prosecutors ensnared in a pornographic email chain had finally received sensitivity training.
11/20
After urging by Gov. Wolf, PSU delays dorm projects for Abington/Brandywine campuses.
11/19
HARRISBURG - After years of discussion, Pennsylvania lawmakers appear poised to cast a historic vote next week that could legalize medical marijuana.
11/19
The fight for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania will not likely see a quick victory. The House Rules Committee met Wednesday and held a roll call vote on the compassionate cannabis bill that has been stalled for the last six months. It passed 25-8.
11/19
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, responding to criticism that the Judicial Conduct Board had treated him too leniently in a review of his offensive emails, said Thursday that the panel should no longer play a role in investigating him.
11/19
HARRISBURG - Confronting criticism that earlier reviews of his offensive emails were too lenient, Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin is urging that a new inquiry into his messages be handled directly by the court that will decide his punishment.
11/18
The leader of the Philadelphia Bar Association called Wednesday for an independent investigation to reveal "once and for all" the full story of the exchange of email pornography among defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.
11/18
HARRISBURG - It might be a wake-up call to anyone expecting a smooth path to a final state budget. Senate Republicans plan to vote next week on a proposal to eliminate property taxes as a source of school revenue and replace them with hikes in the sales and personal income taxes. And the bill's key sponsor says he has support from both parties.
11/18
WASHINGTON - The debate over Syrian refugees brought new proposals to block their arrival in the United States, stern warnings, and appeals for compassion from Washington to Harrisburg and beyond Wednesday.
11/19
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's top deputies said Wednesday that the longer their boss remains in office with a suspended law license, the higher the legal jeopardy for both the office and its cases.
11/18
WASHINGTON – Ten Pennsylvania Congressmen – nearly the entire Republican delegation -- wrote to Gov. Wolf Tuesday urging him to stop accepting...
5
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Seems like yesterday (or 11 months ago) Gov. Wolf offered his first budget. Tuesday he offers his second, even though the first one isn’t done.
2/1
Pa. House is known best for breaking bad, but it’s even bad on its own rule for fair hiring and spending.
1/25
The political/budgetary divide in Pa.‘s Capitol can be seen through beliefs and bluster of two nontraditional politicians from York County.
12/16
HARRISBURG - A state Supreme Court justice who may be suspended over objectionable emails did not bring the judgeship into disrepute because the "male banter" he exchanged with friends was never intended to be made public, his lawyers said Wednesday.
12/9
His campaign manager and political adviser, Dawn Chavous, runs a scholarship nonprofit that received large donations from the SIG partners.
11/25
Frustrated by a budget impasse that shows no signs of breaking, Delaware County will suspend payments to human service providers for services next week and is considering withholding funds it is legally required to transfer to the state, officials said Wednesday.
11/19
Nine members of Philadelphia City Council on Thursday signed a resolution urging District Attorney Seth Williams to fire the three prosecutors entangled in the so-called Porngate scandal. The members also called on the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate, adding their names to a growing group making that demand.
11/19
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has the authority to make public a trove of pornographic emails, but the state's right-to-know...
11/18
The Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women launched an online petition this week calling on Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to fire three prosecutors who shared sexist and racist emails while they were employed at the state Attorney General's Office.
11/17
The Pittsburgh City Council is set to consider a marijuana decriminalization bill. The proposed ordinance, scheduled to be introduced today, will closely follow protocols that have been in place in Philadelphia for more than a year.
11/16
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Phila.) called Monday for the resignation of state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin in connection with offensive emails he received and, in some cases, distributed.
11/16
HARRISBURG - Although the months-long impasse over a state budget seems poised to end, a final spending plan probably won't be enacted until December, Gov. Wolf said Monday.
11/16
A member of the judicial panel weighing sanctions against state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin over offensive emails was himself a recipient of pornographic messages exchanged among another justice and law enforcement officials, documents obtained by The Inquirer show.
11/13
A week after Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said she would not share information with a state Senate panel that is weighing her removal from office, she reversed course Friday and said she would cooperate.
11/13
Touting more progress made in Harrisburg this week on how to fix Pennsylvania's struggling horse-racing industry, the Wolf administration announced Friday that it had again postponed any decision to shut down tracks statewide.
11/12
Four former top officials in the Attorney General's Office and a former head of the state police sued Kathleen Kane on Thursday, contending that she planted a negative news story about them, tarred them with lies, and singled them out for public embarrassment.
11/12
Philadelphia's five city councilwomen are calling for the dismissal of three city prosecutors caught up in the so-called porngate scandal.
11/11
MAYBE STATE Attorney General Kathleen Kane was right about that old-boys network in Pennsylvania politics.
11/11
A KDKA Investigation into millions of dollars in uncollected tolls on the Turnpike has gotten the attention of the state auditor general.
11/10
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf and Republican legislative leaders scrambled Tuesday to fortify their tentative budget deal, hours after signs that the long-sought agreement may have been unraveling.
11/10
HARRISBURG - Are fantasy sports games of skill? Or are the outcomes largely influenced by chance, as in poker or blackjack?
11/10
A judge ruled Tuesday that state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane should face an additional perjury charge for insisting - wrongly, as it turned out - that she had never signed a key secrecy oath.
11/9
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will be hard pressed to function as the state's top law enforcement officer with a suspended law license, a trio of district attorneys from across the state testified Monday.
11/9
HARRISBURG - For the first time in their five-month-old standoff, Gov. Wolf and Republican legislators indicated Monday that they had reached a tentative agreement on key pieces of the long-overdue state budget.
11/9
New bronze plaques adorn four of the portraits in the halls of the state Capitol in Harrisburg, in a collection that honors Pennsylvania's legislative...
11/9
Next month's annual Pa. Society weekend in New York faces some irony if there's no state budget in place.
11/9
Until the end of October, Adam Stewart took basic education classes at the Center for Literacy, which for 47 years has equipped adults with tools to rebuild their lives.
11/6
HARRISBURG - The Wolf administration will delay for a week suspending live horse-racing in Pennsylvania to give legislators time to consider a possible deal to keep the struggling industry viable, Democrats said Friday night.
11/6
HARRISBURG - A key House Republican said Friday that he hoped to have a budget deal finalized by Thanksgiving, and Gov. Wolf said an agreement to end Pennsylvania's five-month-old impasse could be "very close."
11/6
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is refusing to cooperate with a Senate committee examining whether to remove her from office, saying it lacks the authority to decide if she can remain in the position to which she was elected.
11/5
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane testified Thursday that she had no evidence that the judge who oversaw the grand jury investigation of serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky had leaked confidential information about the case.
11/5
Philadelphia's mayor-elect Jim Kenney won a resounding victory on Tuesday. It was a predictable election but the fact that Kenney's support for marijuana reform helped to put him into office is a welcome innovation.
11/5
(Reuters) - The U.S. natural gas boom centered around the Marcellus shale fields has probably hit a peak for now, Philadelphia Federal Reserve President...
11/4
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office decided not to charge former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo in the pay-to-play investigation of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, even though a draft presentment called for him to face charges, the grand jury judge in the case said Wednesday.
11/4
After Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said last week that the senior judge overseeing the grand jury investigation of Jerry Sandusky had recklessly leaked information, another judge told her to prove it.
11/4
Here's a look at some of the post-election front pages from newspapers across Pennsylvania and New Jersey (all photos are from the Newseum): Philadelphia...
11/3
HARRISBURG - Democrats on Tuesday won all three open seats on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court, a stunning result in a historic race that could dramatically reshape the powerful but scandal-plagued institution for years to come.
11/3
Today's Supreme Court election is tagged as the most expensive ever in the nation and gets a nod as one of eight races to watch in America.
11/2
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing examiner Jack E. Marino promised Monday to consider whether he should step aside in a high-profile case involving two unions ousted from the Convention Center.
11/2
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin's emails were "juvenile and repugnant," and offensive to women and minorities, but any discipline for his conduct should be left to the Judicial Conduct Board, a special counsel to the high court has concluded.
11/2
Has Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane opened the door for criminal defense lawyers to rummage through her office's most sensitive internal email documents?
11/1
Anthony DeFrancesco III fell in love with horse racing shortly before America began to fall out of love with it, when places such as Liberty Bell Park in Northeast Philadelphia still drew a Saturday night crowd.
11/1
In addition to high court races, there are high-profile battles for Montco D.A. and Chester mayor.
11/1
Phila. voters pick a mayor and council members Tuesday, but the real suspense is at the high court, where three seats are at stake
10/29
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Wednesday that her office had obtained emails among a state judge, his lawyers, and Inquirer reporters because they were housed on her office's computer servers.
10/27
The judge presiding over the criminal case against an aide to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said at a hearing Tuesday that he and his wife had been followed and that his house had been under surveillance.
10/27
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams called Tuesday for the resignation of a state Supreme Court justice embroiled in the porn email controversy.
10/27
Talks resumed Tuesday among leaders of Pennsylvania's horse racing industry, lawmakers and the Wolf administration trying to keep racetracks open in the face of increasing administrative costs, officials said Tuesday.
10/27
HARRISBURG - The state Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that Gov. Wolf overstepped his authority when he fired the state's Office of Open Records chief just weeks after taking office.
10/27
As the rest of the country relaxes cannabis laws, the Keystone State retains some harsh laws on the books related to what are now legal activities in other jurisdictions. For instance; cultivating a single marijuana plant is considered a felony here. For some offenses, the penalties could be getting more severe.
10/27
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office gained access to the private emails of a state judge - without his permission or knowledge - and offered to provide them to the news media, The Inquirer has learned.
10/26
HARRISBURG - Pledging to restore integrity on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court while shattering records for campaign spending, seven judges are vying for an unprecedented three open seats in the Nov. 3 election.
10/26
Anyone paying attention in Pennsylvania knows the state Supreme Court has been in turmoil, beset with corruption, in-fighting and as much porn as you might find in a fraternity house during rush week.