Politics - State


 The Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Who's minding the store for legislative ethics?

Lack of interest, shortage of funds hinder better policing of ethics in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

4 days ago


Ethics committees work in secret, don't release records

The Pennsylvania House and Senate refused to release any records they might have showing how many ethics complaints they had received.

4 days ago


Governor-elect Wolf, reformers point to ways to improve ethics oversight

An ethics-focused executive branch could boost those who want to continue efforts to improve Pennsylvania’s legislative ethics.

4 days ago


 The rotunda in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

When outside interests and legislative matters collide

There sometimes is overlap between Pennsylvania legislators’ official duties and outside interests.

5 days ago


 The rotunda of the state capitol in Harrisburg.

Recusals are rare in the Pennsylvania Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers rarely abstain from voting on legislation related to their outside interests.

5 days ago


 At least 36 of Pennsylvania's 50 senators and more than half of the state’s 203 representatives have second jobs or other outside financial interests, excluding a spouse’s salary, according to a recent Post-Gazette review.

Pennsylvania state legislators are free to pursue outside interests

Pennsylvania’s “full-time” legislators often have outside income, with little disclosure or oversight.

5 days ago


State review of emails finds no additional improprieties

Other than pornographic emails, a state Supreme Court review found no improper email between the court and Attorney General’s office.

6 days ago


Wolf team announces inaugural festivity plans

Tom Wolf will be sworn as the state’s 47th governor on Jan. 20.

6 days ago


 Pennsylvania's  Ethics Commission has too few powers to properly monitor legislators' conflicts of interest.

Who polices legislative ethics in Pennsylvania?

The Ethics Commission is in charge of oversight, but it’s largely toothless. Are there solutions to prevent conflicts of interest?

1 week ago


Wolf announces inauguration plans

The program includes open house at the governor’s mansion, a children’s program and an evening “Let’s Get Started” celebration.

6 days ago


 Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?

1 week ago


Pennsylvania auditor general weighs in on charitable property tax exemptions debate

Eugene DePasquale put out a report highlighting the $1.5 billion in property taxes charitable organizations don’t pay in 10 counties.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking

Lancaster County lawmaker says he’ll introduce bill that would ban nearly all gift to public officials and employees in the state.

1 week ago


Pa. state police background check, firearms systems back up

The state police Internet system and background check databases were out of commission for about two hours.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Two Philadelphia legislators face indictment in case Kane refused to file

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams is expected to charge state Reps. Reps. Ronald G. Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown.

1 week ago


 The Philadelphia district attorney charged state Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with accepting money in exchange for promises of political actions.

Two Philly state reps charged with accepting bribes

They were charged by Philadelphia authorities after state Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused to prosecute, saying the case was flawed.

1 week ago


 Tom Wolf answers questions from the media after the third gubernatorial debate in October.

Gov.-elect Wolf announces staff picks

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has announced his picks for three top staff positions, with one post going to former primary rival John Hanger.

2 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office Jan. 20.

Wolf to use own money for security team's needs

Tom Wolf’s spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan says that Pennsylvania’s governor-elect will pay “full market value” for the security services.

2 weeks ago


 The looming retirement of Chief Justice Ronald Castille will create one of the three vacancies on the Pa. Supreme Court in 2015.

State Supreme Court races will sizzle in 2015

With three seats at stake, next year’s state Supreme Court elections promise bruising battles that will reshape the court for a generation.

2 weeks ago


 President Barack Obama meets Friday with a group of newly elected governors, from left, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Bruce Rauner of Illinois, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Greg Abbott of Texas in the Oval Office at the White House.

Obama offers help to new governors

The president met with seven governors-elect, including Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, at the White House.

2 weeks ago


 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf take part in a debate Oct. 1 in Philadelphia.

At $82 million, Pennsylvania governor's race broke spending record

Gov. Tom Corbett and Gov.-elect Tom Wolf spent about $9 million between them in the final five weeks of the campaign.

2 weeks ago


 President Barack Obama campaigns for then-Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf in November at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Gov.-elect Wolf set to meet with President Obama

Tom Wolf says he plans to highlight Pennsylvania’s role as a keystone to the U.S. economy because of its many ports, railways and highways.

3 weeks ago


 Auditor General  Eugene DePasquale, speaking during a Pittsburgh news conference.

Pa. Education Department faulted over audit

The audit includes a review of special assistants, a line of inquiry prompted by questions about the workload of Ron Tomalis.

3 weeks ago


 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf

Wolf likely to make shale gas severance tax an early priority

With bipartisan and public support, governor-elect Tom Wolf will likely make a Marcellus Shale severance tax a legislative priority.

3 weeks ago


 The state's Independent Fiscal Office has projected that Pennsylvania faces a budget shortfall of $1.85 billion in the next fiscal year.

State budget realities set in for Wolf team

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf faces a budget shortfall of $1.85 billion next fiscal year due partly to one-time budget-balancing measures.

3 weeks ago


 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf greets supporters at an election night event Nov. 4 in York, Pa.

Wolf transition team working fast to prepare new administration

Incoming Gov. Tom Wolf and his transition team are working fast to name Cabinet officers and other key personnel for a new administration.

3 weeks ago


Gov.-elect Wolf off to the White House on Friday

Tom Wolf and five other governors-elect will meet with the president about the economy.

3 weeks ago


 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf called outgoing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett last month, after his election triumph, and asked the sitting governor to scrap his overhaul.

Healthy PA enrollment begins but program could be scrapped next year

The subsidized, Medicaid-like insurance program Gov. Tom Corbett has spent two years planning could be dismantled by Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.

3 weeks ago


 Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese of Greene County was convicted of corruption charges in 2012 and released from state prison on March 30.

Ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker DeWeese seeks new trial

The filing contends that former state Rep. Bill DeWeese’s trial attorney didn’t represent him effectively.

4 weeks ago



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