Politics - State

Pa. AG Kane's twin sister sued by ex-boyfriend over $200,000 loan

Kathleen Kane’s twin, Ellen Granahan, was sued in Lackawanna County Court last month by Jacob Wentland III, of Dunmore.

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GOP activists claim district judge must resign to seek state Senate seat

Republican activists contend that Guy Reschenthaler is violating judicial ethical rules.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf said he is open to expanding the availability of wine and beer into more locations, such as supermarkets.

Wolf vetoes GOP liquor privatization bill for Pennsylvania

The governor’s veto of the high-profile Republican priority comes after a Tuesday veto of a GOP-crafted state budget.

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 Their actions are hurting the city and I won’t stand for it any more," Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.

Pittsburgh files suit to force release of $11.4 million in gaming funds

Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration claims the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is violating state law by withholding the money.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf and House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said new meetings would begin next week. Aides said the meetings Monday would include only staff.

Pennsylvania's governor, legislators plan new round of budget talks

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate brought starkly opposing ideas to the bargaining table.

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 State records show an employee of the attorney general’s office received a promotion and $11,000 raise after the publication of an opinion piece she wrote defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane from criticism.

Employee defended Attorney General Kane, got promotion

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said there was “absolutely no connection at all.”

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 The liquor privatization plan would allow about 14,000 beer-sales license holders — retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and others — to pay a higher fee for permission to also sell wine, liquor or both.

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget, liquor privatization bills

The Senate passed a budget bill late this afternoon, after earlier approving a bill that allows privatization of liquor sales.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, speaks at state Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican spending plan: 'This budget is simply not balanced'

The governor said he would review the companion bills on liquor sales and pensions and respond to the GOP today.

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Auditor general reforms include management of pensions by Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale delivered a series of “realistic and responsible reforms” to the governor Tuesday.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's office has said that the GOP budget is not balanced and does too little to increase funding for education, perhaps Mr. Wolf’s foremost campaign promise.

Budget standoff continues as GOP moves legislation Wolf plans to veto

GOP leaders plan to submit a budget that Gov. Tom Wolf says he will veto.

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 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey launches first ad in re-election campaign

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey isn’t running for re-election until next year, but his first re-election television commercial begins airing today.

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 Last year’s budget wasn't signed by then- Gov. Tom Corbett until July 10, and late budgets were regular features of the Rendell administration.

What happens without a state budget?

Disruptions would be few at first but a long delay to approve a budget could cause damage as the GOP and Democratic governor remain at odds.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf has signaled he is likely to veto at least some of the GOP budget plan.

Wolf seeks to reassure state workers, vendors on budget

The governor separate letters to state workers and to the tens of thousands of vendors who do work with the commonwealth.

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 Republicans have large majorities in both Pennsylvania legislative chambers; 30-19 in the Senate and 118-80 in the House.

Liquor overhaul, budget bills nearing floor of state Senate

Also, late Sunday the Senate approved a bill that would create a statewide school district to oversee the lowest-performing schools.

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 Jeffrey Sheridan, Mr. Wolf’s press secretary, said the governor will work to develop a plan after receiving Mr. DePasquale’s report but said any municipal pension overhaul will likely not be part of budget discussions.

Auditor general to present pension recommendations to governor

Sate Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will recommend fixes for the state’s beleaguered municipal pension systems by Tuesday.

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 Steve Clark, left and Scott Smith who married 7 years ago in Massachusetts., joined about 700 people gathered in Shadyside at Ellsworth and Maryland Avenue early Friday evening for a rally celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Gays still lack full civil rights protection in Pennsylvania

Though same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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 The west facade of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building.

House passes GOP-crafted budget likely to be vetoed by governor

The $30.1 billion Republican plan, which would not raise taxes, relies in part upon revenue from privatizing liquor sales.

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 Although Pennsylvania is sixth in population, Sen. Bob Casey said, it ranked second to Florida in 2014 in the number of confirmed ID theft cases at 172,426.

Sen. Casey pushes identity theft bill

The senator said the bill would help prevent ID theft and improve the response of the IRS to identity theft-related tax fraud.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans are at odds over the budget.

With no agreements near, Pa. lawmakers to work through weekend on budget plan

Top Democratic lawmakers say Gov. Tom Wolf has told them that he’ll veto a GOP plan that does not meet his priorities.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf  has pledged to veto a budget crafted by the Republican legislators that bypasses his legislative priorities.

Republican Pennsylvania budget proposal advances

The move prompted Gov. Tom Wolf to pledge that he would veto such a bill.

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 “The governor can make a choice to line-item veto a couple things to continue the discussion, but there’s no need to hold everybody else hostage over the summer,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed said.

Republicans say they will create own budget to avoid stalemate

With no movement in negotiations between the governor and GOP leaders, Republicans say they will deliver a budget by the June 30 deadline.

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 The state budget deadline is June 30.

Legislators losing hope of reaching state budget compromise

Gov. Tom Wolf accuses Republican legislators of not negotiating in good faith.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pa. Attorney General Kane fires another key aide

The dismissed aide, the office's labor-relations coordinator, said a superior told him only that the AG wanted to "go in a new direction."

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State senate approves increase in phone surcharge to fund 911 operations

The bill, which passed the Senate today, sets a $1.65 monthly surcharge for any device that can contact 911 centers.

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Pa. Senate panel approves Wolf's nominee for state treasurer

Tim Reese, 51, still requires confirmation by a two-thirds Senate majority of the Senate before he may take over as treasurer.

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State lawmakers refuse to support Israeli boycott

he 193-0 vote Tuesday condemned the movement as “seeking to undermine the Jewish people’s right to self-determination.”

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House panel approves union-related bills on straight party-line vote

One bill would require public employers to post collective bargaining agreements online at least two weeks prior to before they are signed.

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State Senate vacancy attracts candidates

Potential state Senate candidates emerge as Harrisburg sets a date for special election.

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 "I think what's becoming a roadblock is that I'm not seeing a real interest in having an honest conversation," Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Governor, legislative leaders caught in budget stalemate

Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders Monday expressed frustration about the lack of progress in talks on the budget and related issues.

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 Matt Smith, former state senator for the 37th District.

No senator? In Pennsylvania's 37th district, no problem

Matt Smith, the Mt. Lebanon Democrat who held the seat since his election in 2012, resigned from the Senate Sunday.

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New warrant served at Pa. Attorney General Kane's office

The unannounced visit was part of an inquiry into allegations she illegally leaked confidential documents to embarrass a foe.

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Trade group asks Pennsylvania high court to intervene on drilling

The oil and gas trade group says state regulators are illegally considering public resources in permit applications.

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 A Senate bill would allow existing casinos that offer slot machines and table games to seek permits to offer online gaming to players in Pennsylvania.

Senate panel hears testimony about possible online gambling

At least two committee members expressed concerns that introducing online gambling would harm the state’s existing casinos.

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Ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Veon released from prison after 5 years

Veon received the harshest sentence among 22 lawmakers and aides convicted in a corruption investigation.

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 Under proposed legislation, a resident could order up to 36 cases of wine from a particular winery in a given year.

Pa. Senate panel approves bill on wine home delivery

Consumers would be able to order a shipment to their homes from holders of limited winery licenses.

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 U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, introduced similar legislation during the last Congress, but it never came to a vote.

Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate

Lawmakers weighed privacy interests against the interest in providing crucial information to caregivers.

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Convicted former state Rep. Veon to be released from prison

Mike Veon, 58, was convicted in 2010 as part of the state attorney general's probe into corruption in the Legislature.

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Sen. Rafferty to run for Pennsylvania attorney general

Sen. John Rafferty, of Chester County, plans to make the formal announcement Wednesday, backed by officials from police and firefighter

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 Gov. Tom Wolf had said the appointment of Erik Arneson, in the final days of Tom Corbett's term, was not transparent.

Wolf agrees to reinstate open records chief pending appeal of court ruling

Erik Arneson last week filed a claim saying he had been told he could not be processed as an employee.

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 The Senate last week voted 22-26 against confirming Col. Marcus Brown as head of the Pennsylvania state police.

Brown withdraws from consideration for state police commissioner

A spokesman for Gov. Tom Wolf says Marcus Brown will remain as acting state police commissioner until a replacement is found.

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 The proposed bill would apply to those convicted of felony offenses, not summary or misdemeanor crimes.

Pennsylvania Republicans pushing bill to deny welfare to drug dealers

But some Democrats and outside organizations contend the bill could have counterproductive effects on recovery efforts.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf

Local hearing held on governor's long-term care plan

Local speakers at public hearing raise concerns about state plan to revise long-term care services.

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 State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, won election to the state Senate last year in a special election.

Experts say Pa. senator's $100,000 loan to colleague may skirt campaign laws

State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Mononghela, says she intends to repay the personal loan from state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York.

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State Democratic chairman Jim Burn pondering his future

Chairman Jim Burn acknowledges that he’s considering resigning from the helm of the Democratic State Committee

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After hearing, Philadelphia judge close to 3rd Circuit confirmation

Lawmakers serve up easy questions for Philadelphia judge seeking Senate confirmation for the Third Circuit

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Split Pa. House votes against Wolf death penalty moratorium

Seven Republicans voted against it, while 11 Democrats voted “yes.”

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 Both Gov. Tom Wolf and the House bill would raise the personal income tax rate from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent.

Senate questions Wolf's plan to broaden state sales tax

The Senate Finance Committee is reviewing proposals to increase personal income and sales taxes as a way to reduce school property taxes.

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 Erik Arneson

Court: Wolf overstepped powers in firing Pa. open records chief

Gov. Tom Wolf fired the longtime Republican Senate aide Erik Arneson days after he became executive director of the Office of Open Records.

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 Marcus Brown

Senate GOP asks Wolf to move on over nominee

“We’re not going to sit here and allow the neutering process of the confirmation process,” said Drew Crompton, general counsel.

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 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Pennsylvania lawmakers intervene to protect Jewish artifacts from IS

Lawmakers’ efforts are protecting 2,300 Jewish cultural and religious artifacts from militants seeking to sell or destroy them

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