Politics - State

 Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord.

Former Pa. Treasurer McCord to plead guilty to federal charges

A statement from his attorney said Mr. McCord will plead guilty to federal charges related to “taking advantage” of potential contributors.

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 Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid possible federal inquiry

Federal investigators have been asking questions about Mr. McCord’s campaign fundraising.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to post his working calendar online

The governor is posting it online as part of his efforts to provide transparency in state government.

2 days ago

 Last year’s medical marijuana bill, SB 1182, passed the Senate, 43-7, in September but did not move to the House.

Supporters promise 'comprehensive, strictly regulated' medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania

With a change in state leadership roles and attitudes, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may become a reality this year.

2 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia.

Gov. Wolf bans new leases for drilling on state lands

Gov. Tom Wolf officially ending plans by the Legislature to raise dollars for the budget this fiscal year through new drilling deals.

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Wolf eyes 2 temporary picks for state high court

The seven-seat Pennsylvania Supreme Court has two vacancies, with a third seat coming open at the end of the year.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with those attending an Equality Pennsylvania networking breakfast this morning in Harrisburg. He's urging passage of a anti-discrimination bill.

Gov. Wolf asks legislators to send him LGBT bills

In the last legislative session, a bill to add LGBT protections to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act attracted 90 House sponsors.

2 days ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, above, had recalled 28 nominations made by former Gov. Tom Corbett, but Senate Republicans confirmed them Tuesday. Jeffrey Sheridan, a spokesman for Mr. Wolf, said the governor objected to the process of the nominations but had never said the particular nominees could not be considered.

13 Corbett selections cleared for vote in Senate

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf recalled 28 nominations, which he characterized as having been made at the “eleventh hour.”

3 days ago

 The latest bipartisan proposal in the Pennsylvania Senate would allow certain patients with a doctor's recommendation to purchase and use marijuana sold at licensed centers.

Medical marijuana may have new traction at state Capitol

Gov. Tom Wolf, who supported medical marijuana during his campaign, met Tuesday with families advocating for its legalization.

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 Erik Arneson was appointed by former Gov. Tom Corbett days before Gov. Tom Wolf took office.

Lawsuit challenges Wolf's firing of open records director

The suit argues that the actions violate both the constitutional principle of separation of powers and the right-to-know law.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders shortly after his swearing-in Tuesday.

Open government advocate urges Wolf to reconsider firing

A group says the governor’s action could lead to firings by future governors who dislike the agency’s rulings and erode its authority.

4 days ago

Kids-for-Cash youth detention co-owner disbarred

One of the main figures in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has been disbarred from the practice of law.

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 Erik Arneson was appointed to the open records post in the last days of the Corbett administration.

Fired Pennsylvania open-records director shows up for work; acting director, too

Erik Arneson, appointed director by Gov. Tom Corbett in his final days in office, had been stripped of his keys and parking permit.

1 week ago

 Former state Rep. Erin Molchany has been named director of Gov. Tom Wolf’s southwestern Pennsylvania office.

Erin Molchany heads Wolf's southwest office

The former state representative, who lost her seat through redistricting, will be Gov. Tom Wolf’s liaison with southwestern Pennsylvania.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pennsylvania court places hold on prosecution of Attorney General Kane

No charges can be filed against Attorney General Kathleen Kane until the Supreme Court rules on the special prosecutor in the case.

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 Erik Arneson has been fired as executive director of the state Office of Open Records.

Wolf revokes Corbett's last-minute appointment of Pa. open records chief

Gov. Tom Wolf said former Gov. Tom Corbett’s Jan. 9 naming of Senate Republican aide Erik Arneson was “anything but open and transparent.”

1 week ago

 U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey

Toomey could face tight Senate re-election race

A Public Policy Polling survey suggests a tight re-election battle for the Republican, whose approval rating has dropped since June.

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 Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board has temporarily halted the permitting process by which “special order” wine and spirits are approved for sale in the state.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board puts a stopper in special liquor orders

The PLCB has “closed the gates” on the approval of new special-order wine and liquor, aggravating delays for Pennsylvania vendors.

1 week ago

Sens. Toomey, Casey named to key Senate subcommittee posts

Toomey will head the Senate Finance Committee’s subcommittee on health care; Casey is the ranking Democrat on the taxation and IRS panel.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania tax-exempt nonprofits bill opposed

The bill could lead to a statewide vote on the issue and, ultimately, a constitutional amendment.

1 week ago

Talks on Moon Area-Cornell merger await new state government

Moon Area School District officials approached Cornell School District officials in June to discuss possibly combining the districts.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania bill would let voters say who gives tax exemptions

SB 4 would let voters decide -whether to amend the constitution to give legislators power to define what constitutes a nonprofit.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf greets supporters and cabinet members after being sworn into office Tuesday inside the Governor's Reception Room at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

'We can lead today,' says Pennsylvania's new governor Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf said he will devote his administration to the goals of jobs that pay, schools that teach and a government that works.

1 week ago

 Governor-elect Tom Wolf

Poll on eve of inauguration shows wide support for Wolf

Wolf enters office buoyed by high expectations from voters.

1 week ago

 Pedro Rivera

Lancaster schools head tapped to join Cabinet

Mr. Wolf also announced that former state representative Kathy Manderino is his pick to lead the Department of Labor & Industry.

1 week ago

 Nathaniel Dunkle and Jason Wingenroth help assemble the grand stands along Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg in preparation for the inauguration of Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

All in the details: Culinary spread planned for Gov.-elect Wolf's inauguration gala

The party starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, following the swearing-in of Democrat Tom Wolf at noon at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.

1 week ago

 Frances Wolf and husband, Tom, at their local polling station, Eagle Fire Co. in Mount Wolf., on Election Day last year.

First lady Frances Wolf will be her own woman

The wife of the new governor is a working artist with a record of community involvement but is likely to keep a low profile.

1 week ago

 The Pennsylvania State Archives Building in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania has a new archivist to go with a new archives building

David Carmicheal, Pennsylvania’s new state archivist, is overseeing construction of a new archive warehouse for thousands of records.

1 week ago

Wolf announces three cabinet secretaries, physician general

Ted Dallas at Human Services, Karen Murphy at Health, Gary Tennis at Drug and Alcohol Programs and Rachel Levine as the physician general.

1 week ago

 British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on during a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House on Friday in Washington, DC.

New Iran sanctions rebuffed

British Prime Minister David Cameron stepped into a U.S. domestic debate to back President Barack Obama.

2 weeks ago

Gov.-elect Wolf names Maryland's top police official to head Pa. State Police

Marcus L. Brown, the head of the Maryland state police, was noted for efforts to promote diversity in the Maryland.

2 weeks ago

 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

Wolf touts PennDOT nominee's experience, bipartisanship

Leslie Richards has experience in transportation, including in the private sector as a senior project manager at an engineering firm.

2 weeks ago

GOP members of Congress gather for a Hershey retreat

Republican senators and congressmen are in Hershey this week to set their agendas for the coming year.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will take office in less than a week.

Gov.-elect Wolf makes slew of selections for Cabinet-level positions

Mr. Wolf expects to have a full Cabinet announced by the time he's sworn in Jan. 20, spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said.

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 “I’m very disappointed in the way that this whole process has worked, very disappointed,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Pennsylvania AG Kane says she's not backing down, questions probe's fairness

“I’m very disappointed in the way that this whole process has worked, very disappointed,” Attorney General Kathleen Kane said.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett chose not to expand the state’s existing Medicaid plan.

Problems reported with enrollment in state's Healthy PA program

More than 150,000 households have applied for coverage in Medicaid expansion alternative.

2 weeks ago

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf chooses Senate aide to be budget secretary

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has chosen the top Senate Democratic budget aide Randy Albright to be his budget secretary.

2 weeks ago

Outgoing Lt. Gov. Cawley named head of United Way in Philadelphia area

Jim Cawley will begin his new job Feb. 9. Gov.-elect Tom Wolf and his lieutenant governor, Mike Stack, take office Jan. 20.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Wolf's cabinet taking shape

Tom Wolf’s picks are former leaders in environmental, conservation, general services and corrections and a new face in insurance.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Special prosecutor in Attorney General Kane case subpoenas reporters

The Philadelphia Inquirer said its reporters would invoke the Shield Law, which offers protection against identifying confidential sources.

2 weeks ago

 Flanked by his wife, Joy, daughter, Jenyce, and former law partner Shawn Flaherty, Common Pleas Court Judge Dwayne Woodruff announces his candidacy for the Pa. Supreme Court at the Allegheny County Courthouse today.

Former Steeler Dwayne Woodruff seeking state Supreme Court seat

The ex-cornerback is currently an Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's inauguration festivities will take place Jan. 20 at The Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa.

Wolf's inaugural bash to feature Pennsylvania-centric food, entertainment

Evening festivities are planned at the Hershey Lodge following the governor-elect’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

2 weeks ago

 John Wetzel

Pennsylvania corrections secretary could retain his position

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will stay and three former officials and a new face will be in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s cabinet.

2 weeks ago

Ill. inauguration raises questions of corporate influence

Watchdogs say Bruce Rauner’s inauguration festival — with a tab estimated to reach $10 million — is emblematic of a trend in other states.

2 weeks ago

 Risa Vetri Ferman

In Kane case, decision on prosecuting rests with Montgomery County DA

Grand jury recommends Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County district attorney, to prosecute Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.

2 weeks ago

 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Friday in Pittsburgh at a press conference with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Dennis Davin, director of Allegheny County Economic Development.

Wolf blasts timing of Corbett’s selection for Open Records Office director

The gov.-elect criticized the decision to appoint a Republican as director of the state’s Office of Open Records.

3 weeks ago

 A lawyer for Kathleen Kane said Republicans with political grudges are out to "railroad" and destroy the Pennsylvania attorney general.

Lawyer: Republicans with grudges railroading Kathleen Kane

Washington crisis counselor Lanny Davis vowed that Kane will be vindicated, whether or not she faces criminal charges in an investigation.

2 weeks ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Kane conundrum: a leak about charges resulting from a grand-jury leak

So should a grand jury start investigating the grand jury that investigated the grand-jury leak?

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has released a statement denying any wrongdoing.

AG Kane: grand jury recommendation 'another political attack'

Pennsylvania’s embattled attorney general defends herself Friday: ““I did nothing illegal. Period.”

3 weeks ago

 Stephen A. Bucar was hired in May, after working as an agent in the FBI's Counterterrorism Division and New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, and began working for the city in June.

Pittsburgh public safety director considered for state police commissioner post

If Mr. Bucar were to leave, the city would find itself searching for its second public safety director in less than a year.

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