Politics - State

Two charged in Pa. Turnpike scandal due in court today

Two men charged last year in the Pennsylvania Turnpike “pay-to-play” scandal could have charges against them dropped.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks Monday at the Jewish Community Center about the importance for parents to understand their children's electronic devices.

Pennsylvania's top judge warns of more fallout from porn emails

Chief Justice Ronald Castille asks Attorney General Kathleen Kane for more information about email exchanges her office described last week.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett speaks today about a newly announced grant to redevelop the former Saks Fifth Avenue Department Store at Mellon Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Gov. Corbett announces redevelopment grant for former Saks site, Oliver building

The project will remake both Smithfield Street structures into mixed use developments.

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 Sen. Richard Kasunic, left, State Rep. Deberah Kula, center, and Sen. Timothy J. Solobay

Control of state Senate up for grabs

Who will control the Pennsylvania Senate come 2015 -- the Republicans who hold the majority now or Democrats?

3 days ago

 Governor Tom Corbett announces the award of a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to continue the revitalization and renewal of downtown Pittsburgh at the site of the new Point Park University Playhouse on Forbes Avenue today

Corbett wants facts on explicit emails

The move by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, generated attention from both sides of the political divide.

4 days ago

 Gov.Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor.

Wolf maintains fundraising lead over Corbett

Polls and the donor culture that responds to them suggest that’s one part of the daunting challenge facing the Corbett campaign.

6 days ago

Pa. Senate passes medical pot legislation

The vote delivers the legislation to the House, whose Republican leadership has expressed skepticism.

6 days ago

 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin leaves a hearing in October 2013.

Ex-justice Orie Melvin asks state Supreme Court to hear her appeal

Joan Orie Melvin also requested the judge stay a portion of her sentence, which requires her to write letters of apology for her actions.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Gov. Tom Corbett at a news conference in June.

AG says top Pennsylvania officials shared explicit, pornographic images

The images were found after Attorney General Kathleen Kane reviewed the investigation of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

5 days ago

 James Traficant Jr.

Traficant remains sedated in critical condition, family attorney says

Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant of Ohio, who spent time in prison on racketeering charges, was injured in a tractor accident Tuesday.

4 days ago

 State Sen. Jim Ferlo sits in the conference room of his Lawrenceville office during a meeting.

For state Sen. Jim Ferlo, hate crime bill is personal issue

Several lawmakers spoke in favor of the legislation Tuesday, including Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, who said he is gay.

1 week ago

 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of the Monday debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey.

Corbett, Wolf spar in first of three gubernatorial debates

While the civil debate featured no bombshells, Mr. Corbett was often the low-key aggressor and Mr. Wolf was unfazed by the criticisms.

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 One of the most infamous spills in the state’s Marcellus history took place in May 2010 on land Don Johnson, above, and his wife, Carol Johnson, own. The couple spotted a leak from an East Resources well site on their Tioga County cattle farm. They and the state feared that some of the small herd of cattle drank some of the salty-tasting hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid that leaked from the well site, and the state quarantined the herd.

Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds

“Sometimes you need to learn from your mistakes,” said Scott Perry, a deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania DEP.

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 Mayor Bill Peduto will present his first budget today to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city’s state-appointed financial overseer.

Peduto to submit first Pittsburgh budget to state oversight group today

Mayor Bill Peduto was mum on the details, but he called the new spending plan “truth in budgeting.”

1 week ago

Corbett and Wolf to meet in first debate of governor's race Monday

Democratic challenger Wolf will not be under pressure to do much more than avoid any major mistakes. For Mr. Corbett, the stakes are higher.

1 week ago

 Ron Tomalis

Tomalis spent time in NYC advising private equity investors

During nearly 15 months, officials at some of the state’s key institutions say they never shared a moment of Ron Tomalis’ time.

1 week ago

Politicos eye broader effect of anti-Corbett vote

Voters against Gov. Tom Corbett could impact other GOP races.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania House votes to rename Department of Public Welfare

Advocates have long pushed for the switch to the Department of Human Services.

1 week ago

Post-Gazette sues state to change email practice

The newspaper wants the state to preserve emails for at least two years instead of the current practice of destroying them after five days.

2 weeks ago

Pennsylvania to lend itself up to $1.5 billion because of low cash flow

Legislative Democrats say the borrowing is a bad sign for the state’s fiscal health.

2 weeks ago

Pennsylvania House Republicans seek new limits on spending for debt projects

They are trying to limit the state’s capital debt spending, and said Harrisburg now has a “blank check” when it comes to big projects.

2 weeks ago

Is pension overhaul languishing in state Legislature?

Harrisburg lawmakers are expected to take up several bills during their month-long stint before the election.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

The standards proposed would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and set individual goals for states.

2 weeks ago

 Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf, left, talks with Greg Taranto, center, principal at Canonsburg Middle School, and seventh-grade social studies teacher Robert Stone.

Wolf again hits Corbett on education funding

During a campaign stop, Democrat Tom Wolf said he wants a severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund schools  if he becomes governor.

2 weeks ago

 Slots players on the floor of the The Rivers Casino on the North Shore.

Slots cash a mixed bag for Pennsylvania taxpayers

An analysis of state data shows casinos haven’t delivered enough revenue to put a significant dent in most homeowners’ tax bills.

2 weeks ago

Democrats decry jailing of mother over abortion drug

Democrats say the unusual criminal case is the result of the GOP's continued hostility toward women and their reproductive rights.

2 weeks ago

Polls put Corbett behind in governor’s race

Two new surveys tell a familiar story: Gov. Tom Corbett trails his challenger, Democrat Tom Wolf, by a wide margin.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Tom Wolf, Candidate for Governor, right, at a photo op before their stand-up routines at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead.

New poll shows Wolf with 24-point lead over Corbett in governor's race

Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Tom Wolf is favored by a 59 percent to 35 percent margin over incumbent Tom Corbett.

2 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Obama's speech

Even the harshest administration critics among them, though, said the president is right to intervene.

2 weeks ago

Corbett nominates businessman to Liquor Control Board

Businessman Michael Negra has been nominated to serve on the three-member state Liquor Control Board.

2 weeks ago

 Dan Clemens, holds a shotgun while waiting for his turn to shoot live pigeons during the annual Labor Day shoot in Hegins.

Animal rights group takes aim at pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania

A television ad campaign featuring Bob Barker encourages Pennsylvanians to call their state legislators in support of a pigeon shoot ban.

3 weeks ago

Wolf: Will expand Medicaid if elected governor

The Democrat says doing so would allow Pennsylvanians to get health care at a lower cost than with the Corbett “Healthy PA” plan.

3 weeks ago

Anti-abortion plaintiffs sue over protective buffer at Pittsburgh clinics

Five anti-abortion plaintiffs from Western Pennsylvania have filed a challenge to the 15-foot protective zone Pittsburgh enacted in 2005.

3 weeks ago

State senator requests records on Tomalis

Sen. Andy Dinniman said state officials won’t produce work performed by Ron Tomalis, who resigned as adviser to Gov. Tom Corbett.

3 weeks ago


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