Politics - State

 Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, this month wrote to state Treasurer Timothy Reese to request “a loan, from whatever source you deem appropriate and in such amount as may be necessary” to help pay salaries for members and approximately 650 employees of the Democratic caucus.

Budget impasse leaving House Democrats in the lurch

Human service agencies are feeling a cash-flow crunch and some school districts have approved tapping lines of credit to pay the bills.

2 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's announcement brings the number of states that have online voter registration to 23, plus the District of Columbia.

State's voter registration enters digital age

Pennsylvania began online voter registration on Thursday, an administrative move by Gov. Tom Wolf after efforts to pass a law lagged.

3 days ago

Top official resigns from state Office of Inspector General

Anthony J. Fiore had served in the office since April 2011 and as deputy since March 2012.

3 days ago

 The Legislature's Republican majorities passed a budget that was fully vetoed by Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, on June 30.

New poll finds more Pennsylvanians blame Legislature than governor for budget stalemate

The Franklin & Marshall College poll found more hold the Legislature -- 54 percent -- than Gov. Tom Wolf -- 29 percent -- responsible.

3 days ago

 It was a day of activity at the state Capitol building Tuesday as House Republicans didn’t have the votes to override portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget veto, but they went through the motions anyway.

Plan to override state budget fails

Pennsylvania’s elected leaders appear to be still far apart from an agreement after eight weeks without a state budget.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Aug. 24 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown.

Poll: Plurality of Pennsylvanians say Kane should resign as AG

Asked about the attorney general’s job performance, 54 percent said they disapprove of it while 20 percent gave her their approval.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane looks down as she reads a statement during a news conference Aug. 12 at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Attorney General Kane held for trial on all charges

A district judge held state Attorney General Kathleen Kane for trial on charges she leaked grand jury information and lied about it.

6 days ago

 "Whether a budget impasse is a week old or months old, it creates a level of uncertainty [for districts]," said state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, shown here in April.

Pittsburgh-region schools plan around Pennsylvania budget stalemate

Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said he did not know of any districts that wouldn’t be able to open on time because of the impasse.

6 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference on Aug. 12 in Harrisburg in which she said charges against her were part of a conspiracy to cover up a chain of pornographic and bigoted emails passed among judges, prosecutors and lawyers.

Attorney General Kane to appear in court today

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on perjury, obstruction of justice and other charges filed against Kathleen Kane earlier this month.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf and SEIU far too ‘cozy,’ says House GOP caucus

Emails between Wolf administration and Service Employees union show coordination of message and policymaking.

1 week ago

Gov. Wolf to appeal ballot-access victory for minor parties

The spokesman says the administration disagrees with aspects of U.S. District Judge Stengel’s decision, but declined to offer specifics.

1 week ago

 The statement by Maxwell King said it was the third time in the past 12 years that nonprofit social services agencies dependent on state funding have suffered because of a budget impasse.

Pittsburgh Foundation CEO says close liquor stores, halt lawmaker pay until budget passes

CEO Max King cited a statewide survey that found 50 percent of responding social service organizations are facing cash flow problems now.

1 week ago

 R Buck Gray, center, and other Penn Hills residents talk about the district's budget shortfall during a Penn Hills School Board meeting earlier this year.

State auditor general set to examine Penn Hills schools

The audit was requested by state Rep. Tony DeLuca after the district revealed this spring that it had an $8.9 million deficit.

1 week ago

Activist wants disciplinary board members with ties to Kane to recuse themselves

Gene Stilp on Aug. 11 filed a complaint against the AG with the disciplinary board, asking the panel to begin revoking her law license.

1 week ago

 Gloria and Bob LeDonne of Bloomfield pause in front of the memorial honoring their relative, Pittsburgh police Officer Paul Sciullo II, as well as officers Eric Kelly and Stephen Mayhle, at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Bloomfield.

While execution moratorium continues, pain grows for Pittsburgh Officer Paul Sciullo's mother

Gov. Tom Wolf issued a moratorium on executions in February, saying death penalties were “based on a flawed system.”

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is facing state criminal charges.

Report: FBI investigating Pa. Attorney General Kane

The scope and intensity of the federal inquiry are unclear, but it comes as Kane prepares to mount a legal fight against criminal charges.

1 week ago

State Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of convicted former Rep. Veon

Among Veon’s arguments is that a conflict of interest law is vague.

1 week ago

 House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana.

Wolf, Republicans report progress on pension, education funding in budget stalemate

First signs of a possible thaw in state budget talks after a meeting of governor, legislative leaders.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks July 20 to a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf says compromise needed to end state budget impasse

The governor said he hopes to see "movement" at a negotiating session scheduled for Wednesday.

1 week ago

Ethics complaint filed against Pa. attorney general Kane

Gene Stilp asked the Ethics Commission to investigate Kane’s use of her state security detail when she was arraigned on criminal charges.

1 week ago

Phones OK’d to photograph public records

The open records ruling, issued Friday, concerned a case in Reserve.

1 week ago

 Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced to serve three years house arrest plus two years probation.

State judicial panel formally removes former Supreme Court Justice Orie Melvin from office

Joan Orie Melvin was convicted of felony and misdemeanor charges that she used her office staff to run judicial election campaigns.

1 week ago

 U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah speaks outside the federal courthouse today in Philadelphia

U.S. Rep. Fattah pleads not guilty in racketeering case

The 11-term Philadelphia Democrat is facing racketeering, bribery and mail fraud charges.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Unsealed files undermine Pa. attorney general Kane’s story

She has claimed that a judge’s order prevents her from disclosing pornographic emails shared through government email accounts.

1 week ago

 Republican legislative leaders say they are unimpressed with an offer on pension reform by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Republicans unimpressed with governor's pension proposal

Gov. Tom Wolf had told legislative leaders he was willing to accept parts of a Republican pension reform bill that he vetoed in July.

1 week ago

 Former Gov. Ed Rendell, perhaps the most prodigious fundraiser in the state’s political history, was introduced as her campaign chairman.

Democratic stalwarts quickly support McGinty's entry in U.S. Senate race

Katie McGinty brings enthusiasm and big backers to her bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate against retired Adm. Joe Sestak.

2 weeks ago

 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is nearing the end of his second term.

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to headline comedy event in Homestead

Mayor Michael Nutter, a DJ before he entered politics, is the top draw for Allegheny County’s annual Candidates Comedy Night.

2 weeks ago

 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Corbett’s early ties with lobbying firm BGR revealed

When Tom Corbett aspired to be governor, a fundraiser’s early advice was: Meet Washington, D.C., lobbyists BGR Group.

2 weeks ago

 Jim Kenney

Politically progressive Jim Kenney poised to be mayor of Philadelphia

Mr. Kenney, the Democratic nominee in November’s election, came to Pittsburgh last week to get to know Pittsburgh’s mayor, a kindred spirit.

2 weeks ago

Pa. Democrats consider renaming Jefferson-Jackson dinners

The spring fixture takes its name from presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, champions of the common man — but also slaveholders.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Attorney General Kane declares innocence

Ms. Kane said charges were engineered by individuals involved in sending and receiving offensive emails who weren’t reprimanded.

2 weeks ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane has a news conference scheduled for Wednesday to address the charges against her.

Longtime Pa. political activist files complaint over Kane's law license

The attorney general’s legal woes have brought a colorful Harrisburg activist out of retirement.

2 weeks ago

 Patrick Reese leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after being arraigned today.

Attorney General Kane’s aide pleads not guilty in email scheme

The attorney general was arraigned Saturday on a felony count of perjury and other charges.

2 weeks ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane was elected as Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor in 2012.

Pennsylvania AG Kane plans Wednesday news conference to respond to charges

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said Ms. Kane does not intend to resign.

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives to be processed and arraigned Saturday at the Montgomery County detective bureau in Norristown, Pa.

As pressure mounts on AG Kane, possible successors line up

Kane vows to stay but Harrisburg is already anticipating her successor.

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the state’s first elected female attorney general, vows to fight the charges, which include perjury, obstruction and conspiracy.

Judge sets hearing for Aug. 24 in Attorney General Kathleen Kane's arraignment

Kane did not enter a plea during her five-minute arraignment Saturday in a Montgomery County courtroom.

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Charges leave Attorney General Kane with tough choices

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is facing mounting calls to resign.

3 weeks ago

 Kathleen Kane is the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general in Pennsylvania.

Video arraignment for Attorney General Kane set for Saturday

Ms. Kane was charged Thursday with one felony count of perjury and eight misdemeanor counts including obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is alleged to have leaked grand-jury material to discredit a foe: one-time state prosecutor Frank Fina, who she supposedly blamed for media accounts suggesting she’d shut down an investigation of fellow Democrats.

Charges against Kane raise questions about elected AG

Ms. Kane is the second attorney general to face trial in 20 years. Ernie Preate Jr. pleaded guilty to a corruption charge in 1995.

3 weeks ago

 Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman talks during a news conference Thursday in Norristown, Pa.

Dems call for Kane’s resignation

Gov. Tom Wolf said Ms. Kane should step down as attorney general.

3 weeks ago

 Earlier this year, Col. Marcus Brown was Gov. Tom Wolf's nominee for head of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Wolf names Marcus Brown as director of Homeland Security

Col. Brown will report to the governor on issues pertaining to the preparation for, prevention, response and recovery from terrorism.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks July 20 at a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf, Scarnati underscore differences holding up state budget

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati offered no evidence of progress in sporadic budget talks.

3 weeks ago

 Ms. Kane vigorously denies any wrongdoing and would not resign if arrested.

Charges said to be readied against Attorney General Kane

A Montgomery County DA has decided to bring criminal charges against Kathleen Kane for allegedly leaking documents and then lying about it.

3 weeks ago

 Elsie Hillman stands with Ronald Reagan at an Allegheny County Republican event.

Elsie Hillman: A stunning rise from volunteer to grande dame of Republicans

Hillman, who had been a nurturing force in a party that increasingly grew away from her, died Tuesday.

3 weeks ago

 House Speaker Mike Turzai

House Speaker Turzai cancels trip over budget impasse

On June 30, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed a Republican-crafted budget.

3 weeks ago

 Katie McGinty

McGinty announces run for U.S. Senate

Katie McGinty resigned last month as Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, clearing the way for her entry into the 2016 Senate race.

3 weeks ago

 Former Gov. Tom Corbett, right, said Elsie Hillman, center, was "someone who dedicated her life to helping all people, regardless of gender, race, economic standing or political affiliation."

What people are saying about the death of Elsie Hillman

Condolences and messages of sympathy are pouring in upon the death of the philanthropist and well-known Republican figure.

3 weeks ago

 Maj. Tyree C. Blocker, 62, served in the Pennsylvania State Police from 1975 to 2005.

Wolf announces new nominee to head Pa. state police

Maj. Tyree C. Blocker served in the state police from 1975 to 2005, starting as a trooper before rising through the ranks.

3 weeks ago