Brad Bumsted

The Scott Wagner 'phenomenon'

HARRISBURG Is a news conference held in a public building by a public official a public event? Or is it held for the media, whose ...

Fed's charges against Philly lawmaker raise eyebrows

HARRISBURG Several things are odd about the federal indictment of state Sen. Lawrence Farnese, D-Philadelphia. He was charged the same day the feds accepted a ...

Who's listening at the Pa. Capitol? Might be the feds

HARRISBURG In a touch of dark humor, lobbyists at the state Capitol say it is necessary to wonder whether a colleague or state official they ...

Revived shale tax could have legs

HARRISBURG To opponents of a severance tax on natural gas, it must seem like a vampire that can't be killed. To supporters, hope springs ...

To what end?: The smearing of Joe Peters

HARRISBURG In the closing days of the GOP primary for attorney general, the Pennsylvania Republican Party sent a mailer showing a picture of embattled Attorney ...

How to rate Pa.'s AG candidates

HARRISBURG During a 2012 debate, Kathleen Kane, a former assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, said she would try cases in the courtroom if she ...

Wolf painted himself into a corner, approaches early lame-duck status

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania's lone-wolf governor overplayed his hand. Legislative votes on a fiscal code bill last week emerged with veto-proof majorities. It was an ominous sign ...

What Kathleen Kane's legacy could be

HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane might end the year wearing an orange jump suit as a state inmate or celebrating an amazing turn-around of her ...

Debunked racial targeting defense resurrected in Pa. sting case

HARRISBURG Chuck Peruto, a fierce Philadelphia defense attorney, told a court in December that he had examined records of the district attorney's office and came ...

Kathleen Kane is on a roll

HARRISBURG Any way you cut it, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has had several good weeks since March 1. Her comprehensive statewide grand jury report ...

Life at Kathleen Kane's puzzle palace

HARRISBURG A well-respected deputy attorney general finds herself jammed up as a result of a bizarre directive from Jonathan Duecker, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's ...