Brad Bumsted

What's up with Bruce Castor?

HARRISBURG Bruce Castor is a prosecutor out of central casting. He could play the district attorney on "Law and Order." But there's an odd twist. ...

Budget deal shows Pa. requires more sunshine

HARRISBURG There was a time not so long ago when the Pennsylvania General Assembly was a virtual fortress that guarded sensitive information. Getting figures ...

Looking back on the Mark Singel years

HARRISBURG Mark Singel has a great story to tell about 1994. Someday, he might tell it. In the meantime, he writes a compelling story ...

Another big-time Pa. pol convicted of corruption

HARRISBURG Another Pennsylvania politician has bitten the dust. (So what else is new?) But this time it's not just any pol. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah ...

Where conflicts are ignored: The Pennsylvania Legislature

HARRISBURG Unlike the real world, Pennsylvania legislators get a free pass to vote on matters involving their sons, brothers, wives, businesses and law firms. They ...

The curious case of Ellen Granahan

HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane's escapades as Pennsylvania's chief law enforcement officer broke new ground when her twin sister, in effect, sued her for wage ...

The email morass thickens

HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she hired a former out-of-state-prosecutor in December to ensure the integrity of a report on offensive emails among prosecutors, ...

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 ...