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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

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Bipartisan deal in works to stock Pa. Supreme Court
Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice retires due to porn emails
Corbett blasts Wolf; Clinton speaks at challenger’s South Side rally
Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case
Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him
Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal
Castille: No justices except McCaffery involved in porn scandal
Probation board member in Pa. porn email scandal retires
State can’t produce work documents for Tomalis under open records law
With Fresh Start to do dirty work, Wolf stays above fray in governor’s race
2 more resignations tied to pornographic emails on Pa. state computers

Porn scandal questions

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG As with many things in life, there are complexities in the state’s growing pornography scandal that can affect how workers involved are disciplined and …

How weak is the alleged Turnpike corruption case?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG The Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption case announced with fanfare in March 2013 with sweeping allegations of “pay to play” — complete with accusations of bribery …

Tom Corbett’s triple-X distraction

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG No one asserts that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was aware of the sexually explicit emails flying around the state Attorney General’s Office when he …

The real Tom Corbett emerges

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — There have been few really good moments for Gov. Tom Corbett in his race for re-election against York Democrat Tom Wolf. But the …

The Penn State ‘conspiracy’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Here’s the theory of some ardent Penn State fans, anti-Tom Corbett folks, conspiracy theorists and just some flat-out cynics: They’re highly suspect of Corbett’s …

The friends pols keep

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Should a politician be judged by the political friends he keeps and the incumbents to whom he donates large sums of campaign money? Some would argue it’s guilt by association. Others, such as Mike Barley, campaign manager for Republican …

No matter who wins the Pa. governor’s race, gridlock will continue in Harrisburg

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Here’s a question pondered quite a bit at the Capitol: Who will have a more difficult time working with the Legislature, Democrat Tom Wolf or Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett? The answer is “Tom.” If Republicans keep control of …

Corbett administration fumbled Tomalis response

By Brad Bumsted 9:00 p.m.
HARRISBURG The saga of Ronald Tomalis, the former state Education secretary and a top adviser to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, is a case study in …

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 …

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 …

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