Politics - State

Two vie for 37th District Pa. Senate seat

Heather Arnet is the Democratic candidate in a state Senate special election for the 37th District, facing Republican Guy Reschenthaler.

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 U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Philadelphia, is accused of accepting a $1 million illegal loan for his failed 2007 mayoral campaign from a "wealthy supporter."

U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted, allegedly misused funds

The Democrat from Philadelphia faces charges involving several schemes.

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 Gov. Wolf has called for a budget that would increase the sales and personal income taxes and institute a severance tax on natural gas drilling, using the new revenues to boost education funding, lower local property taxes and close a budget shortfall. Republicans have opposed the tax proposals.

Turzai says Legislature may attempt override of Wolf's budget veto

Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate and would require Democratic votes.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks July 20 about taxes and growing the state economy to a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club

Gov. Wolf to hold live question-and-answer session on Facebook

The session, announced this morning, will begin at 5:15 p.m. but Facebook users can post questions anytime before then.

2 days ago

 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks with reporters in 2011 following his keynote speech about the Marcellus Shale industry to the fourth annual Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Seminar held by K&L Gates LLP.

How Pennsylvania gas industry gained Corbett influence

Tom Corbett’s election to the governorship, and even his inauguration, leaned heavily on Marcellus Shale gas firms.

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 Former Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch, shown at left with then-Gov. Tom Corbett in September 2014, said he didn’t help steer grants to the railroad. “It was purely based on a scoring system, an evaluation of the system.”

Memos to Corbett hinting at rail influence

A memo, a meeting and $100,000 in campaign contributions preceded a railroad’s change of fortunes.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf

439,000 join Pennsylvania Medicaid

Of the new enrollees, nearly 37,000 are from Allegheny County, according to state statistics.

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 Tom Corbett shown here in 2014 as governor attended the Shale Insight conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh

Documents show Pennsylvania GOP's courtship of gas industry

The relationship between state Republicans and the Marcellus Shale gas industry was forged in Tom Corbett’s campaign.

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 A copy of a political direct mail advertisement states: "Paid for by Citizens to Protect PA Jobs. Jewell Lester, Treasurer."

‘Dark money’ ad blitz surrounds budget debate

Attacks by so-called “dark money” groups aren’t new. But some are troubled by the volume of these ads, especially during a budget debate.

4 days ago

Sestak welcomes challenge from McGinty in Senate race

Joe Sestak, who lost to Republican Pat Toomey five years ago, was in South Park on Saturday.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Gas severance tax faces stalemate for fifth year

Natural gas industry clout has contributed to the failure of repeated bids for a severance tax.

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 Until this morning, Pennsylvania required a minor-party candidate for statewide office -- like Ralph Nader in 2004 -- to garner many more signatures than their Democrat or Republican counterparts.

Federal judge rules Pa. third-party candidate requirements unconstitutional

Pennsylvania required third-party candidates to gather many more signatures than their Democratic and Republican counterparts.

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Social service agencies should push to protect state funding during budget impasse

Human services providers were urged to let the General Assembly know they are fed up with budget battles and funding cuts that hurt clients.

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

Wolf says social service providers may have to borrow money

Wolf said he understands the concern over social services agencies having to foot the bill while they wait for the state to reimburse them.

6 days ago

 Mary Isenhour

Republicans, Democrats praise Wolf’s choice for new chief of staff

Mary Isenhour served as an adviser on Gov. Tom Wolf’s campaign.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Patient advocates again push state-based insurance marketplace option

Switching to a state health insurance exchange might offer cheaper, better-tailored coverage for thousands of Pennsylvanians, analysts say.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, resigned Wednesday, clearing the way for an expected entry into the 2016 race in which Democrats will try to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

Katie McGinty to step down as Wolf top aide to clear way for U.S. Senate bid

The Democrat, who previously ran for governor last year, has hinted she might run for the seat held by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

1 week ago

Jim Burn to resign as head of Pa. Democratic Committee

Jim Burn indicated his intent to submit a letter of resignation at the party's Sept. 12 gathering in Gettysburg.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks Monday about taxes and growing the state economy at a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf, Pa. GOP to resume meetings as budget stalemate hits three weeks

The Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature are sparring over competing budget proposals.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the state budget during a news conference last month at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Service providers brace for lengthy Pennsylvania budget battle

As the Pennsylvania budget impasse wears on, human service providers are preparing to feel the pinch.

1 week ago

 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Pat Toomey’s Senate run raises $8.3M

The incumbent continues robust fund-raising pace for his Senate re-election

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Penn State trustees could vote on tuition increase Friday

The Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today approved increases of 2.72 percent in-state and 2.99 percent out-of-state.

2 weeks ago

 Senate Bill 840, co-sponsored by Sens. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, and Judith Schwank, D-Berks, would establish a five-year pilot program to place speed cameras in work zones.

Pa. legislators consider cameras to slow down drivers in work zones

Will Pennsylvania follow the lead of Maryland, where cameras placed in work zones since 2009 have cut speeding by 85 percent?

2 weeks ago

 Heather Arnet

Arnet seeks Democratic nomination for former Sen. Matt Smith's seat

Democratic officials from the district will choose their nominee for the special election at a meeting later this summer.

2 weeks ago

Court denies Post-Gazette request for former education secretary's emails

Commonwealth Judge P. Kevin Brobson agrees with the state education department that the newspaper’s open-records request lacked specificity.

2 weeks ago

Obama tells aging conference seniors need financial security

Speaking at the White House Conference on Aging, the president noted that 10,000 Americans a day are turning 65.

2 weeks ago

McGinty deciding whether to make run for U.S. Senate

Katie McGinty could join retired Admiral Joe Sestak on the Democratic ballot seeking to take on Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey.

2 weeks ago

GOP taps district judge for special state Senate election

Guy Reschenthaler resigned his Jefferson Hills DJ position before accepting the nomination in the district of former Sen. Matt Smith.

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At Pennsylvania Capitol, question is when money will run out

With a new fiscal year having started July 1, and no signed state budget, the legislature is operating on its reserves.

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GOP nominates Reschenthaler for Pennsylvania Senate in 37th

Guy Reschenthaler resigned his Jefferson Hills judicial position immediately before accepting the nomination

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 Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo

Committee advances Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo’s nomination

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo’s nomination to the 3rd Circuit of Appeals.

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Obituary: Leonard J. Bodack / Old-school ex-senator who ‘cared deeply about Lawrenceville’

Prominent among the issues he embraced was a long-running fight against so-called “phantom taxes,” imposed on utility rate payers.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to reporters in Harrisburg on June 30.

Wolf vetos public pension bill; GOP criticizes his actions

The governor said the bill is an improvement over previous proposals, but it is not good for future state and school employees.

2 weeks ago

PG to appeal court decision on retaining state emails

The lawsuit sought to enjoin state agencies from following a policy that allowed emails to be deleted at the discretion of their employees.

2 weeks ago

Wolf defends his death penalty policy

Mr. Wolf says the state should not make “a rush to judgment” on such an important issue.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for a $31.6 billion budget package raises spending by $2.6 billion.

Air war over Pennsylvania budget standoff to hit TV screens

A spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association said the group is spending over $500,000 to run the ad for 10 days.

3 weeks ago

 Sen. Pat Toomey, mission is to persuade his colleagues to include a measure to require more extensive background checks for teachers and to penalize administrators who knowingly recommend suspected child predators to other districts.

Toomey pushes his amendment to education bill

Senator seeking to include a measure to require more extensive background checks for teachers.

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa.

Negotiations over Pennsylvania taxes, budget remain deadlocked

Without a budget, operations will continue at state facilities, such as state parks and PennDOT offices, but many payments will be delayed.

3 weeks ago

 Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Allentown mayor stops campaign for U.S. Senate

With Ed Pawlowski's departure from the contest, retired Adm. Joe Sestak is the only Democrat challenger to incumbent Pat Toomey.

3 weeks ago

 The bill would retain the examinations but allow states to decide how much weight to give them when evaluating schools.

Senate to begin overhaul of No Child Left Behind Act

A proposed bill would prohibit the federal government from mandating controversial national education standards.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed Republican-backed budget legislation last week.

GOP criticizes budget veto in letter to Wolf

Republican legislative leaders claimed the Democratic governor's rejection of the full budget bill "puts politics above governing."

3 weeks ago

GOP to choose nominee for state Senate election

Republican officials will choose their nominee for a South Hills state Senate special election on Saturday.

3 weeks ago

Pa. AG Kane's twin sister sued by ex-boyfriend over $200,000 loan

Kathleen Kane’s twin, Ellen Granahan, was sued in Lackawanna County Court last month by Jacob Wentland III, of Dunmore.

3 weeks ago

GOP activists claim district judge must resign to seek state Senate seat

Republican activists contend that Guy Reschenthaler is violating judicial ethical rules.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf said he is open to expanding the availability of wine and beer into more locations, such as supermarkets.

Wolf vetoes GOP liquor privatization bill for Pennsylvania

The governor’s veto of the high-profile Republican priority comes after a Tuesday veto of a GOP-crafted state budget.

3 weeks ago

 Their actions are hurting the city and I won’t stand for it any more," Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.

Pittsburgh files suit to force release of $11.4 million in gaming funds

Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration claims the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is violating state law by withholding the money.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf and House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said new meetings would begin next week. Aides said the meetings Monday would include only staff.

Pennsylvania's governor, legislators plan new round of budget talks

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate brought starkly opposing ideas to the bargaining table.

4 weeks ago

 State records show an employee of the attorney general’s office received a promotion and $11,000 raise after the publication of an opinion piece she wrote defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane from criticism.

Employee defended Attorney General Kane, got promotion

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said there was “absolutely no connection at all.”

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, speaks at state Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican spending plan: 'This budget is simply not balanced'

The governor said he would review the companion bills on liquor sales and pensions and respond to the GOP today.

4 weeks ago

Auditor general reforms include management of pensions by Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale delivered a series of “realistic and responsible reforms” to the governor Tuesday.

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