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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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State’s no-bid contracts with private law firms prompt scrutiny 8:05 a.m.
Wolf says he recalled appointees on principle and to gain respect
Investigative grand jury in Pa. proposes compelling journalists’ testimony
2 Philadelphia lawmakers waive hearing on bribery charges
Supreme Court to consider Pa. AG Kane’s request to remove prosecutor
As governor, Tom Wolf will target jobs, schools, changing government
Pennsylvania Capitol prepares for transition to Democrat Governor Wolf
Former Clinton special counsel’s spin skills put to test with Pa. AG Kane
Lawmakers mostly mum about Pa. Attorney General Kane
Kane’s attorney: ‘Angry men’ out to hurt Pa. attorney general
731 Pennsylvania voters may have cast 2 ballots or voted elsewhere, secretary of state says

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, ...

Feeling above the law in the Pa. AG porn cases?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG This is not to be a sermon or a morality lesson on the evils of pornography. It’s pervasive in our society. Many people would be lying if they said they haven’t had a glimpse, even accidentally. In other words, who can ...

Differing accident accounts raise questions

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Ten days after her accident in a state Chevrolet Tahoe, Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office released a police report on the Oct. 21 incident ...

Philly bribery case is ‘press & play’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG It was only the opening round in a criminal case. But it showed Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams willing to dive into the legislative ...

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 ...

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