Politics - State

 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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Governor, legislative leaders say they may meet again tonight

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

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

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.

2 weeks ago

Kane signed key oath of secrecy

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

2 weeks ago

 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.

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 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.

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 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

2 weeks ago

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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 State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is reviewing the city's complaints against the ICA.

Pittsburgh mayor’s fight with financial overseers draws ‘political heavyweights’ as audit of ICA moving ahead

Eugene DePasquale wades into battle of “political heavyweights” by auditing ICA, which is withdrawing $15 million in gaming funds to city.

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State GOP lawmakers enter fray

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai call for a state audit of city finances.

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 The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority was set up as a second oversight board when the city of Pittsburgh went into the state's program for financially distressed communities.

State GOP leaders want audit of Pittsburgh's finances

Move comes while city already embroiled in fight with oversight board to release $11 million in gambling proceeds.

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Agent testifies at hearing for ex-Harrisburg mayor

Stephen Reed, who spearheaded construction of the city’s National Civil War Museum, faces hundreds of charges.

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 "I do not look like a typical politician. ... I don't even look like a normal person,'' Braddock Mayor John Fetterman said.

Braddock mayor launches campaign for Senate

Democrat John Fetterman joins a field that includes Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty, They are vying for a chance to unseat Pat Toomey.

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Pa. Supreme Court hears appeal of case involving Luzerne County public defender’s office

Attorneys filed a lawsuit, claiming the office could not adequately represent its clients with the level of funding that it received.

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Capitol news: Bipartisan charity softball game called off

The annual Capitol All-Stars game has been cancelled “[a]s a result of the ongoing uncertainty about the state budget,” organizers said.

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 Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey announced his re-election bid Sunday in King of Prussia.

Toomey declares U.S. Senate re-election bid

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey made the announcement Sunday before roughly 100 supporters in King of Prussia.

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 The House Chambers in Harrisburg.

What a state can expect when it fails to pass a budget

Divided government and shrinking revenue forces Illinois and other states into protracted budget stalemates

3 weeks ago

 Marcel Groen

Pennsylvania Democrats select Marcel Groen as party chairman

The move came as no surprise; Mr. Groen faced no serious rival, and is lauded for his success as a leader in the Philadelphia suburbs.

3 weeks ago

 Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, pictured in 2012, says he will be making a run at the U.S. Senate.

Braddock mayor to announce U.S. Senate bid

Mayor John Fetterman plans to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate Monday in Braddock.

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