Politics - State

Pennsylvania House votes to rename Department of Public Welfare

Advocates have long pushed for the switch to the Department of Human Services.

about 19 hours ago

Post-Gazette sues state to change email practice

The newspaper wants the state to preserve emails for at least two years instead of the current practice of destroying them after five days.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania to lend itself up to $1.5 billion because of low cash flow

Legislative Democrats say the borrowing is a bad sign for the state’s fiscal health.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania House Republicans seek new limits on spending for debt projects

They are trying to limit the state’s capital debt spending, and said Harrisburg now has a “blank check” when it comes to big projects.

2 days ago

Is pension overhaul languishing in state Legislature?

Harrisburg lawmakers are expected to take up several bills during their month-long stint before the election.

3 days ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

The standards proposed would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and set individual goals for states.

3 days ago

 Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf, left, talks with Greg Taranto, center, principal at Canonsburg Middle School, and seventh-grade social studies teacher Robert Stone.

Wolf again hits Corbett on education funding

During a campaign stop, Democrat Tom Wolf said he wants a severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund schools  if he becomes governor.

2 days ago

 Slots players on the floor of the The Rivers Casino on the North Shore.

Slots cash a mixed bag for Pennsylvania taxpayers

An analysis of state data shows casinos haven’t delivered enough revenue to put a significant dent in most homeowners’ tax bills.

3 days ago

Democrats decry jailing of mother over abortion drug

Democrats say the unusual criminal case is the result of the GOP's continued hostility toward women and their reproductive rights.

5 days ago

Polls put Corbett behind in governor’s race

Two new surveys tell a familiar story: Gov. Tom Corbett trails his challenger, Democrat Tom Wolf, by a wide margin.

5 days ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Tom Wolf, Candidate for Governor, right, at a photo op before their stand-up routines at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead.

New poll shows Wolf with 24-point lead over Corbett in governor's race

Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Tom Wolf is favored by a 59 percent to 35 percent margin over incumbent Tom Corbett.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Obama's speech

Even the harshest administration critics among them, though, said the president is right to intervene.

1 week ago

Corbett nominates businessman to Liquor Control Board

Businessman Michael Negra has been nominated to serve on the three-member state Liquor Control Board.

1 week ago

 Dan Clemens, holds a shotgun while waiting for his turn to shoot live pigeons during the annual Labor Day shoot in Hegins.

Animal rights group takes aim at pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania

A television ad campaign featuring Bob Barker encourages Pennsylvanians to call their state legislators in support of a pigeon shoot ban.

1 week ago

Wolf: Will expand Medicaid if elected governor

The Democrat says doing so would allow Pennsylvanians to get health care at a lower cost than with the Corbett “Healthy PA” plan.

1 week ago

Anti-abortion plaintiffs sue over protective buffer at Pittsburgh clinics

Five anti-abortion plaintiffs from Western Pennsylvania have filed a challenge to the 15-foot protective zone Pittsburgh enacted in 2005.

1 week ago

State senator requests records on Tomalis

Sen. Andy Dinniman said state officials won’t produce work performed by Ron Tomalis, who resigned as adviser to Gov. Tom Corbett.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett's public schedule Monday will feature appearances around but not in the Labor Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh, after a dispute between two unions that had invited him and parade organizers, who balked at what they characterize as his anti-labor record in Harrisburg.

Shrinking organized labor to show political clout in Pittsburgh parade

While his opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, will join marchers on Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett will appear at rallies Downtown and in Banksville.

2 weeks ago

 Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor, talks Friday during a break in a tour of  the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

Wolf says he would consider a traditional Medicaid expansion

Democratic nominee for governor took a tour Friday of the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

2 weeks ago

 Sunset against at the Pittsburgh Skyline as viewed from the overlook in Schenley Park.

Pittsburgh is nation's 19th-most liberal city, study finds

The Steel City leans, if even just a bit, further left than the Mile High City. Yes, you read that right, er, correctly.

2 weeks ago

 Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania eyes purchasing email archiving system

Documents would be preserved for litigation and Right-to-Know reviews.

2 weeks ago

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association says permanent email deletions should stop now

About 5 million emails pass through the 47 agencies across the state’s executive branch weekly.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger in the November election, stand together for a photo Aug. 13 before they took the stage for individual stand-up routines at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront in Homestead. The event raised money for Allegheny County's Department of Human Services' programs for underprivileged children.

Poll finds Wolf maintaining wide lead over Corbett in Pennsylvania governor's race

The survey shows Tom Wolf favored by 49 percent of registered voters, Gov. Tom Corbett backed by 24 percent and 25 percent undecided.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett plan would offer subsidies to 500,000 low-income Pennsylvanians to purchase private insurance.

Federal regulators approve Gov. Corbett's 'Healthy PA' Medicaid overhaul

Pennsylvania’s working poor -- as many as 600,000 may be eligible -- could start receiving subsidized health insurance as early as Jan. 1.

2 weeks ago

Teachers union: Poor school districts hurt most by funding cuts

A PSEA report says poor school districts have fared worse than wealthy ones in state funding and student performance.

3 weeks ago

 A Yellow Cab travels on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Pa. cab companies call ride-share services 'unfair' competition

Two taxi operators from Philadelphia tell the PUC that ride-sharing service Lyft doesn’t have insurance or fare restrictions they have.

3 weeks ago

 State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry.

Bill to overturn discrimination against gay employees stalled in Harrisburg

A proposed state law would end gender and sexual orientation discrimination.

3 weeks ago

State appellate court frowns on sentencing laws

The Superior Court ruling came just as state Supreme Court justices are about to hear arguments on more than 20 similar cases on Sept. 10.

3 weeks ago

 The Allegheny County Labor Council told Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, above, that he is not welcome to participate in this year's Labor Day Parade.

Labor Day Parade organizers tell Gov. Corbett he's not welcome

Union leaders are at odds over allowing Gov. Tom Corbett to march in the annual Labor Day parade.

3 weeks ago

 Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin

Superior Court upholds Joan Orie Melvin conviction

The court also agreed that she must write letters of apology to staff and fellow judges, but not on a photograph of herself in handcuffs.

3 weeks ago

Commission examines Pennsylvania school funding

Speakers noted the difficulty of reaching a formula that could fairly distribute state money to the many types of schools in Pennsylvania.

4 weeks ago

Wolf campaign continues to hammer Corbett

Fresh Start is bringing its Tomalis protests to Pittsburgh as part of a statewide effort to dog Gov. Tom Corbett.

4 weeks ago


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