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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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Sales, income taxes increases expected in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget
AG Kane’s spokesman leaving after 2 months on the job
Legislation would broaden crimes for which public officials forfeit state pensions
Pennsylvania House pushes liquor system privatization bill through
Governor Wolf proposes halving key corporate tax in Pennsylvania
As House looks to dismantle state stores, hybrid system might be option
Wolf says goal is ‘fairness’ amid talk of looming tax increases
Judge, law school dean out as nominees for Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Pennsylvania legislature sitting on $161M surplus
Grand jury recommended charging Kane with criminal contempt, judge says
Former state Treasurer McCord ready to plead guilty to extortion

Tom Wolf’s charm offensive

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Gov. Tom Wolf is a man on a mission. He has been meeting with legislators and leaders since winning the November election. By the end of the month, he will have invited all 253 members of the General Assembly ...

The Great Harrisburg Crash of 2015

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG One of the hottest topics of conversation in state Capitol political circles is how rapidly Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s political star had ascended two ...

Pa.’s latest public service criminal: Rob McCord

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Driven by blind ambition and resources he couldn’t match, state Treasurer Rob McCord crossed the line into extortion of campaign money. He sounded like ...

Tom Wolf’s Rodney Dangerfield moment?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Gov. Tom Wolf might have picked the wrong fight. He says firing new Office of Open Records Director Erik Arneson was a matter of principle and he needed to stand up for those principles to get respect from the Republican Legislature. But ...

Gift ban would benefit Wolf & GOP

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Every governor comes into office with political capital. How they spend it can determine their ultimate success. That means what they choose to do first, ...

Russ Diamond takes the money & runs

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Russ Diamond has a target on his back. The leader of the taxpayers’ rebellion against the 2005 legislative pay raise became a member of ...

Had Kathleen Kane not been elected AG ...

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Things would have been much different if Republican David Freed — not Democrat Kathleen Kane — had won the Pennsylvania attorney general’s race in 2012. Kane, a former assistant DA in Scranton, was the leading vote getter, even outpolling ...

The language of bribery from the Philly legislative sting case

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG The undercover lobbyist, wearing a secret camera and microphone, met with the lawmakers mostly in their district offices in Philadelphia, in the Capitol and ...

Wolf’s moves: Substance or fluff?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Tom Wolf, a wealthy businessman, campaigned on a theme that, if elected, he would be a different kind of governor. Voters liked that. Now he’s surprising some people, saying he’ll make his Mt. Wolf home in northern York ...

A tutorial for state legislators

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG It’s a book that should be on the desks of 253 state House and Senate members, especially the newbies to be sworn in next ...

The Pa. Turnpike scandal: A weak case? Or a weak AG?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Seldom has a Pennsylvania corruption case hyped like the Pennsylvania Turnpike scandal produced such meager results. Eight people were charged in March 2013, ...

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