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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

How Corbett could still win

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — It runs against the grain, no question. But here’s how Republican Gov. Tom Corbett could be re-elected in November and make a historic comeback. It’s a theory, of course. Nine of 10 Capitol insiders would tell you Democrat …

Tom Corbett’s inexplicable lapse

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is either arrogant or politically tone deaf. Corbett earned a reputation as attorney general putting corrupt pols behind bars. His critics say recent events show Corbett appeared to hold himself above the law while governor. …

Corbett sends a signal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Republican Gov. Tom Corbett touched off an internal party war by vetoing one-fifth of the state Legislature’s operating funds because the House and Senate hadn’t approved pension reform. The veto won’t bring the Legislature to its knees. It still …

Have you seen the Pa. piggies ... ?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG After the shocking revelation that four state lawmakers were videotaped taking cash from an undercover informant, it seemed a virtual lock that the Pennsylvania …

Welcome to Harrisburg, Tom Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG A $29.1 billion state budget, taped together with more one-time fixes and raids on state funds than normal, would get the General Assembly past the November election. Approved by the Republican-controlled Senate and House, the no-tax-hike plan was sent …

Kathleen Kane’s failed gambit

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG There was a clear disconnect between Kathleen Kane’s report on the Jerry Sandusky investigation compiled by a special deputy and Kane’s remarks about it at a news conference. The report was evenhanded and factual. Her remarks relied heavily on …

Tom Corbett’s rock & hard place

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Political insiders believe Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is between a rock and a hard place on levying a Marcellus shale severance tax. If during …

What will we learn from the Kane report?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s report on the Jerry Sandusky investigation is finished and soon will be released to the public. It’s challenging, to say the least, to write about a report you haven’t seen and the small group of …

Corbett’s gifts spur ethics complaint

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Chris Pack, Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign communications director, calls. He wants to talk to reporters who didn’t cover the press conference by a group that filed an ethics complaint against Corbett, a Republican, for taking $18,758 in gifts from …

The big bad Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Throughout history, wolves have taken on mythical proportion because of their ferocity and stalking ability, and because they often live relatively close to human …

Handicapping a shale extraction tax

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG It’s a question with huge implications for state budget negotiations next month and perhaps for the length of Gov. Tom Corbett’s tenure in the governor’s mansion: Will Corbett sign a bill bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars through …

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