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The chief justice suggests that his colleague may be exhibiting symptoms of a "sociopath."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Spurred by outcry over a recent commencement speech by a man convicted of killing a police officer, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is scheduled to sign a bill Tuesday designed to prevent people convicted of crimes from causing their victims additional "mental anguish."
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus P. McCaffery on Monday amid allegations that he sent pornographic e-mails and threatened to entangle a fellow justice in the widening scandal after vowing not to go "down alone."
HARRISBURG - In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.
The director of New Jersey’s State Investment Council said in May that it would take several weeks to audit the state’s $15 million investment in a venture-capital firm, after questions were raised about a political donation by a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate linked to the firm. But the review still isn’t done. And under the process outlined by Treasury officials, it won’t be released until next month – after Republican Charlie Baker could be elected as governor of Massachusetts.
Philadelphia could soon have laws that define attacks on gay and disabled people as hate crimes, ban the sale and possession of realistic-looking toy guns, and increase the penalties for selling BB guns to minors.
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws has put dozens of municipalities on notice.
At a Monday night debate, Democrat Manan Trivedi lashed out at his competitor in the Sixth District congressional race for taking money from the National Rifle Association, saying the group is "clouding our common sense" on gun control.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Nearly 4,000 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in New Jersey since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriages one year ago.
Democrat John Kane and Republican Tom McGarrigle wrangle over an open state Senate seat in Delco's 26th District.
CHICAGO (AP) - As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some on as little as $7.25 per hour.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor who took out a multimillion-dollar loan to help finance his campaign, reported $1.3 million in adjusted gross income in 2013, according to two pages of his 2013 tax return he released after the six-month extension period expired last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Labor Secretary Tom Perez sought Monday to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns more widely available.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An old political standby - the future of Medicare - is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections.
ATLANTA (AP) - Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers over the handling of as many 50,000 voter registration forms as the Nov. 4 election looms.
CHICAGO (AP) - Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois' financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois' financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday.
GRAYS KNOB, Ky. (AP) - Joe Bart Watts was mining coal 3 miles in a mountain when his house burned down last summer. Over the next year, Harlan Cumberland Coal cut his hours, laid off 200 workers and he had to move in with his mother.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross took swipes at each other's tax cut plans and political backgrounds Monday night as the two ex-congressmen running for Arkansas governor squared off in their fourth and final televised debate.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday to defend Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage, while Democratic challenger Paul Davis said during a debate Monday that there's nothing either of them can do at this point because the matter is in the hands of the courts.
ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn of Georgia is out with another ad showing her with former President George H.W. Bush, who's asked her not to use him in her campaign for the state's open Senate seat.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Dave Lightowler never even got to say Sen. Mark Udall's name. The moment Lightowler mentioned another Democrat running for a Congressional seat, the man inside the house in this swing suburb closed the door in the canvasser's face.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Dave Lightowler never even got to say Sen. Mark Udall's name. The moment Lightowler mentioned the incumbent running for re-election, the man inside the house in this swing suburb closed the door in the Democratic party canvasser's face.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Let's count the ways Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise has grown in popularity since he became the third most powerful man in the Republican-led House.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite long odds of toppling Republicans' majority, House Democrats' campaign committee raised $16.7 million last month and began October with more than $34 million for the final weeks before Election Day, officials said Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama cast Democrats' success in this year's midterm elections as a chance to further the policies he's fought for in the White House. "Don't give up now," he said. "Not after we've made this much progress."
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - To some in Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is hot-headed and divisive. Others say the hard-charging former mayor has found his own way to be effective in a state with a proud independent streak.
Just a few feet from the site where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981, Gov. Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would aim to stop former offenders from causing victims mental anguish.