Politics - State


 Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear Monday on the South Side to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. Clinton, above, speaks during the annual meeting of his Clinton Global Initiative in New York City Sept. 23.

Bill Clinton to campaign for Wolf in Pittsburgh

The Wolf campaign said Clinton will lead a mid-day rally Monday at the IBEW electrical workers’ union hall on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

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Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh

Law would allow groups like it to sue over municipal regulations related to firearms.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette argues for change to state email practices under Right to Know law

The commonwealth argued that the 2008 Right to Know law still gives the state the right to set its own records retention policies.

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 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery

Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends Justice McCaffery

The justice is entangled in a controversy over pornographic emails and accusations that he tried to blackmail a fellow justice.

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 Tom Fodi

Minister challenges incumbent Ravenstahl for House seat

Republican Tom Fodi said Adam Ravenstahl hasn’t shown much leadership, but Mr. Ravenstahl said that’s because the GOP is in charge.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to the media during the announcement of of redevelopment plans for the Almono-Hazelwood site in Pittsburgh last week.

For Corbett, an uphill battle for a second term

Gov. Tom Corbett has been polling behind challenger Tom Wolf, but Republicans point with excitement to two polls showing the gap narrowing.

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Survey shows Wolf's lead over Corbett cut to seven percentage points

A new survey shows a closer race in Pennsylvania between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his challenger, Democrat Tom Wolf.

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 Justice J. Michael Eakin

Pennsylvania Justice Eakin dragged into lewd email scandal; accuses McCaffery of blackmail

The state Supreme Court’s lewd email scandal has now mushroomed into an alleged case of extortion, by one justice’s account.

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Bill to prevent abusive teachers from moving districts awaits governor's signature

Pennsylvania would be the third state to bar teachers accused of sexual misconduct from quietly moving to another district.

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PUC extends Uber's temporary authority to operate in Allegheny County

Uber was granted an initial emergency temporary authority on July 24, and petitioned for an extension.

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2014 Election: An index to pre-election coverage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage of the races heading into the Nov. 4 election.

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State drops final Turnpike charge against ex-Sen. Mellow

State prosecutors are dropping the final charge that former state Sen. Bob Mellow faced in the Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption case.

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 Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille, left, and Justice Seamus McCaffery.

McCaffery apologizes for role in porn email scandal

Justice Seamus McCaffery has called criticism of his actions a “cooked-up controversy.”

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 Gov. Tom Corbett shakes hands with Don Smith of the RIDC before speaking at the announcement of of redevelopment plans for the Almono-Hazelwood site in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Corbett visits Hazelwood to announce $10 million grant for Almono redevelopment project

The new helping of election eve largesse followed the pattern of similar check presentations across the commonwealth.

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Pa. Legislature’s Act 47 overhaul draws criticism

The governor is expected to sign the legislation.

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 Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice linked to over 200 explicit emails

Justice Castille’s announcement came hours after Randy Feathers announced that he would be resigning.

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 First lady Michelle Obama campaigns for Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf today in Philadelphia.

First lady Michelle Obama stumps for Wolf in Philadelphia

Michelle Obama addressed a crowd of hundreds at a northwest Philadelphia recreation center.

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 Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, left, and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie. Mr. Flynn exchanged shots with a would-be assailant Tuesday night near the Capitol.

Street crimes hit home for Pa. legislators

State Rep. Marty Flynn, a former Lackawanna County Prison guard and supervisor, traded gunfire during an attempted robbery.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf share a laugh during their debate at "Breakfast with the Candidates" event Oct. 1 in Philadelphia.

Who's contributing cash to Pennsylvania governor's race?

As Nov. 4 nears, track where contributions to the governor’s race between Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf are coming from.

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 Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, conducts a rules committee meeting on the state budget in 2012 in Harrisburg.

Conservative unease growing toward leadership in Pennsylvania Senate

A second GOP senator in two weeks has written to Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, with complaints.

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 Terry Mutchler is a former journalist and Pennsylvania’s first executive director of the Office of Open Records. Her new book  "Under the Dome," describes her secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois state senator who mentored Barack Obama.

Pennsylvania's open records officer opens book on her past

Terry Mutchler has written a book exploring a past love kept under wraps, and the larger issue of gay marriage in America.

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 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, joined by Aliquippa School District Superintendent David Wytiaz, Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker and state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, speaks on education funding at Aliquippa High School this afternoon.

Candidate Wolf can’t commit on giving details of tax plan

But Mr. Wolf has said repeatedly that he can't provide more specifics on his proposed tax overhaul without seeing current numbers.

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 “I was not surprised when he called me a few years ago and said he was interested in running for governor,” said a college friend of Tom Wolf. “I was surprised that it took so long.”

As Tom Wolf seeks the Pennsylvania governor's office, political life comes full circle

Rather than working his way up the political ladder in a more traditional path, he’s trying to start near the top.

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Michelle Obama going to Philadelphia to support Tom Wolf

The Wolf campaign says Mrs. Obama will appear at an event Wednesday to help him get votes in his bid to become governor.

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 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd after Mr. Wolf introduced her to the crowd at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Clinton, Christie rally Pennsylvania for Wolf and Corbett

Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie among the big names campaigning in the commonwealth.

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Lancaster County official resigns amid pornography email scandal

An ever-widening scandal over pornographic emails in the former Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has garnered another resignation.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf at Wednesday night's final gubernatorial debate in Pittsburgh.

Corbett, Wolf spar on school funding, taxes in final debate of governor's race

Gov. Tom Corbett’s theme was Mr. Wolf’s failure to provide specifics on taxes; Tom Wolf's said the governor had failed state's economy.

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 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, center, will meet with Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday.

Pa. chief justice to meet with attorney general about email scandal

Justice Ronald Castille said he expects Attorney General Kathleen Kane will turn over emails, videos, photos and other information.

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 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf share a laugh during their debate Oct. 1 in Philadelphia.

Final gubernatorial debate for Corbett, Wolf set for tonight in Pittsburgh

The two are scheduled to square off at 7 tonight in the studios of WTAE-TV.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf share a laugh during their debate at the "Breakfast with the Candidates" event last week in Philadelphia.

Poll shows slight tightening of Pennsylvania governor race

Quinnipiac University pollsters say Tom Wolf is backed by 55 percent of voters judged likely to cast ballots; Tom Corbett by 38 percent.

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 Richard S. Baumhammers

Governor signs for execution of Baumhammers

Richard Baumhammers was convicted of killing five people and paralyzing a sixth, who later died, in a racially motivated rampage.

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State Supreme Court puts Orie Melvin sentence on hold

Former Justice Joan Orie Melvin asked for part of her corruption sentence to be delayed for appeal but the Supreme Court delayed all of it.

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State AG says she'll try to comply with Pennsylvania justice's request for information in porn email scandal

The AG said she will try to provide the emails “if deemed as permissible” and that the issue is under review by her civil division.

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Pennsylvania governor's race: the big issues

Education funding and taxes continuing to dominate the policy argument between Gov. Tom Corbett and his challenger, Tom Wolf.

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 Former U.S. secretary of state and former first lady Hillary Clinton will headline a “Women for Wolf” rally at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Hillary Clinton to stump for Wolf in Philadelphia next week

Wolf’s campaign said today that the former U.S. secretary of state and former first lady will headline a “Women for Wolf” rally Thursday.

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Corbett asks for Probation and Parole appointee to resign in email porn scandal

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett appointed Randy Feathers to the $115,932 board position in 2012.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett praises state jobs website, but postings include some ‘bad apples’

Pennsylvania’s jobs website is no longer home to ads seeking dancers for a bachelor party or hostesses for visiting “gentlemen.”

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 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf share a laugh Wednesday during their debate in Philadelphia.

Corbett, Wolf debate budget, school funding

Both argue over taxes and school funding during the one-hour “Breakfast with the Candidates” event.

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Two charged in Pa. Turnpike scandal due in court today

Two men charged last year in the Pennsylvania Turnpike “pay-to-play” scandal could have charges against them dropped.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks Monday at the Jewish Community Center about the importance for parents to understand their children's electronic devices.

Pennsylvania's top judge warns of more fallout from porn emails

Chief Justice Ronald Castille asks Attorney General Kathleen Kane for more information about email exchanges her office described last week.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett speaks today about a newly announced grant to redevelop the former Saks Fifth Avenue Department Store at Mellon Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Redevelopment grant announced for former Saks site, Oliver building

The project will remake both Smithfield Street structures into mixed use developments.

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 Sen. Richard Kasunic, left, State Rep. Deberah Kula, center, and Sen. Timothy J. Solobay

Control of state Senate up for grabs

Who will control the Pennsylvania Senate come 2015 -- the Republicans who hold the majority now or Democrats?

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 Governor Tom Corbett announces the award of a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to continue the revitalization and renewal of downtown Pittsburgh at the site of the new Point Park University Playhouse on Forbes Avenue today

Corbett wants facts on explicit emails

The move by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, generated attention from both sides of the political divide.

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 Gov.Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor.

Wolf maintains fundraising lead over Corbett

Polls and the donor culture that responds to them suggest that’s one part of the daunting challenge facing the Corbett campaign.

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Pa. Senate passes medical pot legislation

The vote delivers the legislation to the House, whose Republican leadership has expressed skepticism.

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 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin leaves a hearing in October 2013.

Ex-justice Orie Melvin asks state Supreme Court to hear her appeal

Joan Orie Melvin also requested the judge stay a portion of her sentence, which requires her to write letters of apology for her actions.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Gov. Tom Corbett at a news conference in June.

AG says top Pennsylvania officials shared explicit, pornographic images

The images were found after Attorney General Kathleen Kane reviewed the investigation of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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 James Traficant Jr.

Traficant remains sedated in critical condition, family attorney says

Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant of Ohio, who spent time in prison on racketeering charges, was injured in a tractor accident Tuesday.

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 State Sen. Jim Ferlo sits in the conference room of his Lawrenceville office during a meeting.

For state Sen. Jim Ferlo, hate crime bill is personal issue

Several lawmakers spoke in favor of the legislation Tuesday, including Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, who said he is gay.

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 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of the Monday debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey.

Corbett, Wolf spar in first of three gubernatorial debates

While the civil debate featured no bombshells, Mr. Corbett was often the low-key aggressor and Mr. Wolf was unfazed by the criticisms.

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