Politics - State

New head of gaming board is former U.S. attorney

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday appointed former U.S. Attorney David Barasch as chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's tax proposal is being debated today in the state House of Representatives at the state Capitol in the first-term Democrat's effort to break Pennsylvania's 3-month-old budget impasse.

Pa. House rejects Gov. Wolf's proposal to raise taxes on personal income, gas drilling

Nine Democrats join their Republican counterparts in disapproving of yet another failed budget plan.

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 The auditor general said he found scant evidence of work by former special adviser on higher education Ron Tomalis.

State audit finds special adviser on higher education 'did little work'

Eugene DePasquale blasts the Department of Education for lack of oversight on advisers and help for academically struggling districts.

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 Kevin McCarthy

Candidates jockey for House Speaker Boehner's job

Jason Chaffetz is challenging heir apparent Kevin McCarthy for the U.S. House speakership.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf has been scrambling to line up support for what could be a key test vote in the state House on Wednesday.

Wolf still working to get votes for his budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office on Tuesday unveiled a revised version of his tax proposal.

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 Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis was named by Mr. Corbett as his special adviser in June 2013.

State audits: Education Dept. failed to monitor special adviser under Corbett

The state audit report says the Department of Education "failed to monitor its special adviser (Tomalis)" to then-Gov. Tom Corbett.

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 “In recent years, certain products have become very popular among aficionados, enthusiasts and collectors," says Tim Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, as the board prepares for a lottery for Buffalo Trace Distillery's Experimental Collection on Oct. 13.

Will Pennsylvania's liquor lottery be a win for customers?

Following a website crash last year, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is using a lottery this year to sell sought-after spirits.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to reporters in August in Norristown, Pa.

Wolf reiterates need for tax increase to balance budget

The governor is expected to unveil a revised proposal on Tuesday and Republican leaders say the House will take a vote on Wednesday.

3 days ago

 Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum, in Manchester, N.H.

Poll shows Trump, Carson ahead among Pennsylvania Republicans

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Caron and businessman/reality-TV-star Donald Trump each got 18 percent registered Republicans in the poll.

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 Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he will announce an audit of anti-abortion organization Real Alternatives this month.

Anti-abortion nonprofit facing state audit

The state auditor plans to take a closer look at Real Alternatives, which oversees nonprofits that hope to persuade women against abortion.

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 The state fiscal year began July 1 without a budget after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-crafted $30.2 billion budget passed by the state House and Senate.

Nonprofits say they may soon reach crisis point due to state budget impasse

State budget stalemate has nonprofits that provide human services scrambling for funds and ways to keep their doors open to those in need.

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 In eight years, only one of at least 120 line-of-duty shootings by a Pennsylvania state trooper has been ruled “improper.”

When state police shoot, it’s almost always ruled ‘justified’

Policing the use of force by their own troopers, the Pennsylvania State Police routinely come out of shooting inquiries without fault.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf this week vetoed a temporary stopgap budget Republicans had sent him that would have covered four months of state spending.

Wolf calls for hiring freeze, travel ban because of Pennsylvania budget impasse

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed cost-saving measures in light of a budget impasse that is now in its fourth month.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Attorney General Kane: Sitting state justice sent, received 'racial, misogynistic pornography' on state computers

The attorney general said emails linked to the justice -- named by her staff as J. Michael Eakin -- have been given to judicial authorities.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf 's office has imposed a hiring freeze with the excpetion of positions that provide "direct care to patients" and those that are directly engaged in law enforcement, public safety and corrections” and revenue collections and revenue-generating positions.

Governor's office imposes hiring freeze, travel ban

Included among the exemptions are positions that provide “direct care to patients” and revenue-generating positions.

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 Diana Rubens

Report: VA official created vacancy she filled herself

Inspector general's report alleges that Philly VA director Diana Rubens improperly used her position for personal and financial gain.

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 House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, left, and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said they would not stand in the way of Mr. Wolf persuading their members to support his proposals.

Legislators will vote on Wolf’s tax package

The House and Senate Republican leaders say they don’t think the proposed legislation has the necessary votes to succeed.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania needs a comprehensive approach to the state budget that boosts aid to public schools and closes a long-term budget deficit for good.

Wolf to appeal to rank-and-file GOP lawmakers on budget plan

The Democrat told KQV-AM radio in Pittsburgh that he will try to win over “good Republican legislators” tired of the budget stalemate.

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Pa. House task force submits recommendations for legalizing medicinal marijuana

Recommendations include what form the drug could be sold as, how many licenses would be issued, and the conditions it could be used to

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 Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders met twice Monday but did not indicate that progress had been made.

Budget impasse could cost schools $11.2M in interest, fees

Republicans had urged Gov. Tom Wolf to accept a stopgap budget to allow school districts and social service providers to receive funding.

1 week ago

 The Wolf administration says it isn’t sure how to respond to the ruling itself, which is why it’s appealing to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wolf finds fault with third parties court ruling

The Wolf administration supports easier path for third-party political candidates, but says recent court ruling improperly addresses issue.

1 week ago

Governor, legislative leaders say they may meet again tonight

As the budget impasse continues, the pressure to come to an agreement continues to build.

1 week ago

Advocates for legalized marijuana to host Fetterman fundraiser; Gov. Wolf endorses McGinty

The bid for support comes just before the books will close on the current campaign-finance reporting period.

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Oct. 5 is deadline to register to vote in Nov. election

Residents can register using the state’s new online system.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf is likely to veto the House's latest stopgap budget, which passed 117-83 on Thursday.

Pa. House passes $11 billion stopgap budget

Gov. Tom Wolf is likely to veto the spending plan as budget crisis nears 90 days.

2 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, in an attempt to work out a budget compromise with Republicans in the Legislature, proposed privatizing both the wholesale and retail aspects of liquor sales in the commonwealth.

Privatizing any aspect of liquor sales is complex process, experts say

Gov. Tom Wolf is willing to give up some state control of liquor sales in return for budget concessions.

2 weeks ago

 A state budget impasse that has driven some districts to borrow while others expect no problems for months.

Pennsylvania school districts feeling effects of budget impasse

Some school officials have already been forced to borrow money to keep their districts running.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Kathleen Kane says suspension may stop re-election run

Pennsylvania’s attorney general says she would seek a new term if she’s not suspended in run-up to April primary.

2 weeks ago

 State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

Rep. Metcalfe: A 'white nationalist' is not a 'white supremacist'

Daryl Metcalfe, R- Cranberry, appeared to defend having invited a man with alleged white nationalist ties to testify to his committee.

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House advances stopgap measure on state budget

The Senate approved the bill last week, so House passage would send it to Gov. Tom Wolf.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives at the Montgomery County detective bureau in Norristown, Pa., in August.

AG Kane law license suspension delayed for 30 days, her spokesman says

The unanimous order Monday from the five-member Supreme Court placed Ms. Kane on "temporary suspension."

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 The city of Clairton cites increased tax revenue from contracts generated by U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works (pictured in 2014) as one of the reasons for its improved financial picture.

Clairton asking state to drop Act 47 designation

The city says its financial picture has improved since 1988, and no longer need to be labeled as distressed.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has pleaded not guilty to charges against her and vowed to remain in office, despite calls from top Democrats for her resignation.

Attorney general vows to stay in office despite suspension of her law license

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended the law license of Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who faces charges of perjury and other crimes.

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 A 2014 report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics gave Pennsylvania an “F” for its lack of disclosure requirements on independent spending.

Pennsylvania Senate proposal would out ‘dark money’ political groups

A proposal would increase reporting and disclosure requirements for outside groups that spend money to influence elections.

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 State Rep. Harry Readshaw, here in 2014, co-sponsored House Bill 1538.

State Rep. Readshaw praises controversial bill that would protect cops under investigation

Carrick Democrat, a co-sponsor of HB1538, says legislation would bar public employees from identifying officers prior to criminal charges.

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Former state Supreme Court justice appeals conviction

Joan Orie Melvin claims Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. violated her constitutional rights in prosecuting her.

2 weeks ago

DEP gathering public input on how to reduce greenhouse gas

Federal mandate requires emissions reductions of 32 percent nationwide from 2012 levels by 2030, and 33 percent in Pennsylvania.

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Online voter registration builds momentum

Since its launch less than one month ago, more than 11,000 voters have applied or updated their registration online.

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Kane signed key oath of secrecy

Discovery of the document could undercut the defense in the attorney general’s criminal case.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at the state Capitol in June after he vetoed a Republican-crafted spending plan.

Senate passes stopgap budget

The Senate’s vote today was along party lines, 30-19, on the 80th day of entrenched budget stalemate.

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 The proposed bill would bar public officials and public employees from identifying an officer who fired a gun or used force in the line of duty while an investigation is pending.

Pa. bill would protect identity of police involved in shootings

The bill enjoys bipartisan support and is backed by police unions but opposed by civil liberties, media and open-records advocates.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf’s latest budget plan gets chilly reception

The governor abruptly called a press conference Wednesday after GOP leaders ignored his offers on pensions and the state liquor system.

3 weeks ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has denied breaking any laws as the Montgomery County district attoney's office continues its investigation of her.

New search warrant executed at office of Attorney General Kane

It’s unclear what Montgomery County detectives are looking for, 40 days after Ms. Kane was charged with several offenses for alleged leak.

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 Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office already has disclosed information about images sent or received by former and current employees through their work accounts.

Court hears arguments on release of porn emails shared by state workers

The battle over pornographic and offensive emails shared by state employees on their computers moved to court on Wednesday.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf said he would agree to lease the liquor stores to a private entity while retaining state ownership of the system and offered a plan with a 401(k)-style component for state and school employees.

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf offers concessions on liquor stores, pensions

The Democratic governor unleashed another attack on Republican legislative leaders.

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Wolf offers private management of liquor stores, blasts GOP budget tactics

The governor said he’s willing to lease the liquor stores to a private operator.

3 weeks ago

 U. S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa)

Toomey defends his record on guns

Opponents claim he has back-pedaled to appease conservatives.

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Former executive of Liquor Control Board pleads guilty in bribery scheme

James H. Short Jr., 50, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to honest services mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

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Former mayor of Harrisburg will stand trial

Stephen Reed is being bound over for trial on charges that he illegally spent public money to buy artifacts for museums that were never

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Coalition of agencies sues Wolf, Department of Human Services

A coalition of foster family agencies and service providers has sued Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Department of Human Services.

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