Politics - State

 Rick Santorum, with wife, Karen, and daughter, Bella, 7, announces his candidacy for president Wednesday at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Butler County.

Republican Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Courting voters who he said had been abandoned by both parties, he pledges to battle the allied abuses of big government and big business.

about 7 hours ago

 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's family moved to Butler County when he was in elementary school.

Santorum to return to Pennsylvania roots for ‘major’ announcement

Will former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, announce today that he’s running for president again?

1 day ago

 State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, who is resigning within the month, was Wednesday named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

Matt Smith will leave Senate for Pittsburgh chamber

Matt Smith was named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

about 7 hours ago

 This is not partisanship. This is simple good sense,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Governor ties early childhood education to crime prevention

The governor says a $120 million increase for early childhood education would boost graduation rates, reduce prison population.

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania had a moment in the political sun in the 2008 election cycle, when the primary calendar and the protracted Democratic battle between then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave the state roughly six weeks of national attention undiluted by other states' contests.

Could Pennsylvania's presidential primary be moved up to March?

State Rep. Keith J. Greiner, R-Lancaster, says a mid-March primary next year would give state voters a bigger say in presidential nominees.

2 days ago

 The primary election for the Supreme Court seats featured little rancor, with candidates touting their own qualifications and refraining from attacks.

Three Allegheny County judges win Supreme Court nominations

Democrats David Wecht and Christine Donohue and Republican Judith Olson are among six candidates for three Supreme Court seats in November.

1 week ago

 Michael H. Wojcik

Ex-solicitor has lead in appellate court race

Michael H. Wojcik of Fox Chapel defeated Todd Eagan, 47, of Dunmore for the Democratic nomination for Commonwealth Court.

1 week ago

 Jennifer Staley McCrady

McCrady, Regan, capture nominations for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Hugh McGough claims Democratic nomination while P.J. Murray finished third on Republican slate.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania gets low grades in female political presence, policies

For political participation, Pennsylvania earned a grade of D-minus. The state fares only slightly better on the work and family study.

1 week ago

 A Norfolk-Southern locomotive pulls a line of tanker cars along the Martin Luther King Jr. busway in East Liberty.

Gov. Wolf presses rail companies to voluntarily tighten safety standards

The governor pointed to initiatives, such as lower speed limits and increased inspection frequencies, undertaken by a rival company.

1 week ago

 Alice Beck Dubow

Philadelphia judge beats Colville for Superior Court nomination

Judge Robert J. Colville of Allegheny County made the call around 10:45 p.m. to Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Alice Beck Dubow.

1 week ago

 “We ought to let doctors prescribe the medications that they think their patients need,” Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday.

Medical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor's residence

Gov. Tom Wolf hosted legalization advocates on Monday to “get the facts out.”

1 week ago

Tuesday's primary could help determine shape of state Supreme Court

Tuesday’s balloting will be dominated by races with big impacts but low profiles.

1 week ago

 Flora Harris, 56, talks with Betty Charles as they make their way  through part of Bedford Dwelling in the Hill District. Ms. Harris is a neighbor and friend who works as an aide for Ms. Charles, 71, who is mostly in a wheelchair.

Home-care program lets friends help friends

Participant-directed program is facing unusual attention in Harrisburg this year.

1 week ago

Proposal to shorten terms stirs opposition

Local officials say they will resist a proposal to shorten the terms of office of elected supervisors in second-class townships.

1 week ago

Toomey signs off on nominee for federal appeals court

Democrats have been pressuring Mr. Toomey to sign off on the the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals nomination, but he refused.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf today appointed Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to lead a task force on the state’s municipal pension plans.

Wolf sets up group to help fix municipal pension systems

The governor appointed Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to lead the group.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania lawmakers forward pension, tax overhauls

The two major bills are expected to become part of negotiations on the annual state budget.

2 weeks ago

 “I’m going to wait and see what comes to my desk," Gov. Tom Wolf said of the legislation.

Pennsylvania House approves plan to cut billions in property taxes

The House voted 109-86 for a Republican-drafted plan that would raise the sales tax rate in most of the state from 6 percent to 7 percent.

2 weeks ago

Police probe break-in at Rep. Markosek’s office

State Rep. Joseph Markosek, D-Monroeville, said he had no idea why his Monroeville district office would be targeted.

2 weeks ago

Medical marijuana bill passes in Pa. Senate, heads to House

The legislation would allow people with a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana to treat some health conditions.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

AG Kathleen Kane urged to fire aide over harassment, sources say

Kane’s personnel department recommended firing Jonathan Duecker after sexual harassment accusations, sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer.

2 weeks ago

 Republicans plan to bring Senate Bill 1 for a vote on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

State pension reform bill clears Senate committee on party-line vote

The pension bill, set for a full Senate vote Wednesday, would switch new hires to a 401(k)-style plan and ask current workers to pay more.

2 weeks ago

Governor, Senate GOP chief spar over nominations to boards

The dispute between Gov. Tom Wolf and state Sen. Jake Corman could spill over into negotiations on the state budget.

2 weeks ago

 “Never in my 17 years in the Senate has a governor — Republican or Democrat — shown this type of disrespect for a member of the General Assembly,” Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said.

Wolf, Senate GOP leader face off over fate of 12 nominees

Republican Senate leader accuses the governor of a “complete mischaracterization” regarding the nominees.

2 weeks ago

Lehigh Valley Sen. Browne faces drunken driving charges in motorcycle crash

This is the third time the Republican state senator has been charged with drunken driving.

2 weeks ago

Pennsylvania Senate OKs public employee collective bargaining bills

Republicans portrayed the collective bargaining measures as promoting transparency; Democrats characterized them as union-busters.

3 weeks ago

Senate Republicans eye pension overhaul

Senators will seek concessions from many employees and the eventual end of the debt-ridden traditional pension system for 370,000 workers.

3 weeks ago

 Senator Pat Toomey

Confirmation vote on Pennsylvania jurist awaits 'blue slip' from Toomey

Sen. Toomey backs Judge L. Felipe Restrepo for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, but hasn’t acted to move a confirmation vote forward.

3 weeks ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto spent Tuesday at the state Capitol lobbying for municipal pension reform.

Peduto lobbies for municipal pension reform in Harrisburg

The Pittsburgh mayor acknowledges he erred in criticizing Democratic legislators.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf prepares to deliver his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on March 3.

Independent report contains good short-term budget news for state

The commonwealth’s Independent Fiscal Office says Pa. has more revenue so far this year than expected, but still faces a shortfall.

3 weeks ago

Teacher-layoff bill advances in Pennsylvania House

The bill would end seniority-based teacher layoffs.

3 weeks ago

Suit challenges caregiver employment ban for people with criminal records

Five people with long-ago criminal convictions are challenging a state ban on their employment in health care facilities.

3 weeks ago

Three open seats on Pa. Supreme Court make for pivotal races

There are 12 candidates — six Democrats and six Republicans — running for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

3 weeks ago

 Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, listens to a question from a reporter about his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania during a visit to Pittsburgh.

Ed Pawlowski, latest Senate candidate, stumps in Pittsburgh

The Allentown mayor promotes his U.S. Senate campaign at the Pulaski Club in the West End.

3 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf Cabinet's expenses to be detailed online

The office of Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that all expenses incurred by members of his Cabinet will be posted online for the public to see.

3 weeks ago

Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvaia’s revictimization act

The law gave prosecutors and victims the right to sue to stop “conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.”

4 weeks ago

 Trainer Barb Harkins teaches a group of poll workers how to use a voting machine during a training session.

2015 Primary Election: An index to coverage

A guide to the contested races in the May 19, 2015, primary. Previews will run in print and online up to election day.

4 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks into the State Supreme Court room in March.

Montgomery County DA to widen investigation of attorney general Kane

A panel of judges referred the dismissal of James Barker from the attorney general's office to the district attorney for investigation.

4 weeks ago


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