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Pa. hospital association says Wolf’s proposed tax hike would hit hard
Victims of sexual violence getting better information about offenders’ status 5:39 p.m.
Pa. House speaker says overriding Wolf’s budget veto ‘an option’
Pa. lawyer with ties to Clintons listed among vendors on federal subpoenas
Isenhour picked to replace McGinty as Wolf’s chief of staff
Wolf’s chief of staff McGinty steps down to make U.S. Senate run
Conduct rule could allow for Kane’s removal as Pa. attorney general
Wolf, GOP discuss proposed Pennsylvania budget; no agreement yet
Awaiting word on her fate, Pa. AG Kane to speak at national drug conference
Wolf critic: Public being misled on projected use of shale tax money
GOP lawmaker proposes income tax increase, severance tax to break impasse

How big is the pay-to-play probe?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG There’s a link between the ongoing federal investigations of Allentown and Reading city halls and the FBI popping ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord this year for extortion. The common thread is political consultant Mike Fleck. He moved from the campaign ...

Kane dodges ‘political’ question with non-sequitur

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane sometimes overstates her case. She’ll be doing fine, then, WHAM, she veers off into the deep end. Her comment at ...

Reform movement sparked by pay raise is dead

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG The illegal middle-of-the-night legislative pay raise a decade ago sparked a statewide reform movement that led to turnover of more than 50 members in the next election cycle, including defeat of three top leaders, along with modest changes lawmakers ...

Kathleen Kane’s enforcer

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Paranoia runs deep at the top levels of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, starting in the front office. And it’s become increasingly clear why ...

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ at the Pa. LCB

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Gifts, junkets, pro-sports tickets, even a night at a strip club were among the goodies showered on former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials, a ...

Gov. Wolf drew first blood

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG One of Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s first official acts in January was to fire Erik Arneson, a longtime Republican staffer, as director of the ...

Corrupt Pennsylvania lawmakers skate

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Scott Evans has an odd view of what constitutes corruption by a state legislator. He was sentencing ex-Rep. Ron ...

Many need justice in Kane mess

By Brad Bumsted 9:00 p.m.
HARRISBURG There’s a question coursing beneath the troubled tenure of Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Who are the victims? Perjury is one of the allegations under investigation. Kane is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating an alleged leak of ...

Another Kathleen Kane mess

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has given Jonathan Duecker, her new chief of staff, authority over hiring and firing staff. Incredibly, that puts Duecker in a position of authority over two women in the agency who have accused him ...

Kathleen Kane, through rose-colored glasses

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG A recent newspaper commentary by an attorney general’s employee told us Kathleen Kane is getting a bad rap in the media. Really. The op-ed sent ...

All eyes are on Risa Vetri Ferman in Kathlen Kane case

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG The release of a grand jury report outlining why prosecutors think Attorney General Kathleen Kane should be charged with crimes will create more public ...

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