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Brad Bumsted is a state Capitol reporter for the Trib. Brad Bumsted can be reached via e-mail or at 717-787-1405

Inside the Stephen Reed scandal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Eighteen business days before she was charged with crimes, Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed 499 criminal charges against ex-Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed. Reed was ...

Questions for Katie Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane made a 15-minute statement Wednesday, her first public comment since  being charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and official oppression. A ...

Winners & losers: The Pennsylvania budget siege

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG There’s a budget impasse in its 33rd day today. But from the looks of the Capitol, you’d never know it. There are no drum-beating ...

How big is the pay-to-play probe?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG There’s a link between the ongoing federal investigations of Allentown and Reading city halls and the FBI popping ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord this year for extortion. The common thread is political consultant Mike Fleck. He moved from the campaign ...

Kane dodges ‘political’ question with non-sequitur

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane sometimes overstates her case. She’ll be doing fine, then, WHAM, she veers off into the deep end. Her comment at ...

Reform movement sparked by pay raise is dead

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG The illegal middle-of-the-night legislative pay raise a decade ago sparked a statewide reform movement that led to turnover of more than 50 members in the next election cycle, including defeat of three top leaders, along with modest changes lawmakers ...

Kathleen Kane’s enforcer

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Paranoia runs deep at the top levels of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, starting in the front office. And it’s become increasingly clear why ...

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ at the Pa. LCB

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Gifts, junkets, pro-sports tickets, even a night at a strip club were among the goodies showered on former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials, a ...

Gov. Wolf drew first blood

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG One of Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s first official acts in January was to fire Erik Arneson, a longtime Republican staffer, as director of the ...

Corrupt Pennsylvania lawmakers skate

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Scott Evans has an odd view of what constitutes corruption by a state legislator. He was sentencing ex-Rep. Ron ...

Many need justice in Kane mess

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG There’s a question coursing beneath the troubled tenure of Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Who are the victims? Perjury is one of the allegations under investigation. Kane is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating an alleged leak of ...

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