Politics - State


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.

about 18 hours 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.

about 18 hours 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.”

3 days 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 days 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 days ago


Kane taking UPMC-Highmark consent decree dispute to court

The state attorney general plans to file a motion Monday to enforce the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark

1 week ago


 Ted Dallas is Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to lead the Department of Human Services.

Home-care workers issue dominates confirmation hearing for Wolf nominee

Ted Dallas is Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to to head the Department of Human Services.

1 week ago


White powdery substance found in Rep. Doyle's office

Part of the Cannon House Office Building in the U.S. Capitol complex was shut down. Test results were negative and the area was reopened.

1 week ago


AG Kane hires former Rendell spokesman to get her message out

Chuck Ardo began work today as the seventh spokesperson to work for Kane since she took office in January 2013.

1 week ago


Department of Human Services to eliminate asset test for food stamps

A state asset test had been dropped in 2008 but was restored under the administration of former Gov. Tom Corbett.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf.

State opposes putting challenge to its email policy on fast track

News organizations believe the state's email practices violate due process rights of people seeking release of public documents.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the state Supreme Court room March 11 in Philadelphia. The court heard arguments on the legality of a special prosecutor who led a grand jury investigation. The grand jury has recommended charges against her.

Ex-agent sues Attorney General Kane over sting case

The agent says Kathleen Kane falsely told the public he had said the operation had a racial agenda, targeting blacks and exempting whites.

1 week ago


 Acting State Education secretary, Pedro Rivera, speaks at Westinghouse High School.

Full Senate will vote on Rivera for education post

The committee on Tuesday approved Gov. Tom Wolf’s choice of Pedro Rivera as education secretary, sending the nomination to the full Senate.

1 week ago


Allentown, Pa., mayor seeks Democratic nod for U.S. Senate

Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a Democrat, says he’s running for Republican Pat Toomey’s Senate seat.

2 weeks ago


Republicans blast Wolf pick for Pa. state department

Pedro Cortes presided over the department during the time when Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies in botched abortions.

2 weeks ago


Lawmakers optimistic on more money for education

State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached.

2 weeks ago


Report critical of Philadelphia VA office for service delays

The Philadelphia VA manipulated data to conceal problems and caused veterans to wait 10 months to respond to pension inquiries.

2 weeks ago


State legislators see possible increase in education funding this year, but questions linger

Members of both political parties said the question they must answer before any commitments can be made is the source of new money.

2 weeks ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf camp disputes assertion of home-care ‘union ballot’

Union representation isn’t the same as collective bargaining, according to Gov. Tom Wolf and the SEIU.

2 weeks ago


 The plans of both House Republicans and Gov. Tom Wolf would boost the personal income tax rate from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent.

State House Republicans plan tax bill similar to Gov. Wolf's

House Republican leaders plan to boost the personal income tax and sales tax rates in order to reduce school district property taxes.

2 weeks ago


Women finding success in statewide judge votes

Women could hold the majority of elected judgeships on statewide appeals courts after this year’s elections.

3 weeks ago


Judicial campaigns often lean on identity politics

Judicial candidates often tout their personal backgrounds, since they can’t make campaign promises.

3 weeks ago


10 mayors take fellow Democrats to task on pension fix

Ten Democratic mayors took their party’s state legislators to task Friday.

3 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks in Pittsburgh in September.

Judge orders Attorney General Kane to explain prosecutor's firing

The order came two days after Kathleen Kane’s office fired a prosecutor who had testified about an alleged grand jury leak.

3 weeks ago


 Carolyn Myers, spokeswoman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, pictured, could not explain the reason for the dismissal of James Barker.

Pa. Attorney General Kane fires top aide who testified in leak probe

AG Kathleen Kane fired James Barker, the chief deputy attorney general for appeals and legal services, her office confirmed.

3 weeks ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Gov. Wolf: No need for AG Kane to resign

Kathleen Kane has deflected calls to resign as a county district attorney weighs whether to charge her with perjury and other crimes.

3 weeks ago


 “On review, however, the Wolf administration apparently has embraced the previous administration’s position,” the application reads.

PG joined by other news outlets in high court case over state emails

The case pits the intent of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law against the state’s ability to maintain records any way it wishes.

3 weeks ago


 Governor Tom Wolf, right, listens to Melissa Frost from Frost Finery, a handmade jewelry company, explain how a computer controlled water jet is cutting tiny metal keystones which will later be assembled into jewelry during a visit to Tech Shop in East Liberty. In the background, left, is Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Gov. Wolf says work continues on state budget overhaul

Appearing in the East End, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said he’s working with Republicans in the Legislature to pass a state budget by June 30.

3 weeks ago


 The six Democrats and six Republicans vying for three state Supreme Court seats are required to file their first financial reports of 2015 today.

Money can mean credibility, or lack of it, for Pennsylvania judicial candidates

In a Brennan Center for Justice poll, nearly nine in 10 said campaign contributions have a “great deal” or “some” influence on rulings.

3 weeks ago


Wolf taps businessman Timothy Reese as state's next treasurer

A longtime investor and entrepreneur, Reese serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

3 weeks ago


 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey's lead over Sestak grows in polls for next year's Senate race

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., makes apparent gains over his would-be challenger, Democrat Joe Sestak, in a new Quinnpiac University poll.

3 weeks ago


 Blake Rutherford and his wife, CBS Philly's Jessica Dean.

Four months in, Pennsylvania AG Kane’s chief of staff quits

Blake Rutherford, who’d joined the office in December, said he’s leaving for the high-powered Philadelphia law firm Cozen O'Connor.

4 weeks ago


 Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a reworked religious freedom bill into law after it passed in the House at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday.

Arkansas governor not only politician influenced by offspring

Politicians are being influence by their children and their lifestyles.

1 month ago



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