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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

A new conspiracy of silence

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG No one with power has said it. Yet there have been repeated openings. Legislative leaders of both parties, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and even …

Can this House be saved?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Average folk just don’t understand how Pennsylvania legislators recorded on audio taking cash from a would-be lobbyist are not being prosecuted in criminal court. …

Contact! We have a Bill DeWeese contact!

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Up at Hunlock Creek in Luzerne County, former House Speaker Bill DeWeese can’t wait to shed that prison jumpsuit, flex those pumped-up biceps and return to the real world. DeWeese, a Waynesburg Democrat serving a 2½-to-5-year prison term for …

If nothing else, first-degree arrogance

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG People at the Capitol were shaking their heads, asking, “How could it happen again?” As legislative leaders, ex-lawmakers and staffers were being handcuffed and placed under arrest since 2007 for a variety of scams, most notably using public resources …

Is a natural gas severance tax ahead?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Since Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell’s second term, Democrat legislators have been railing about the need for a severance tax on natural gas drilling. The revenue from that imagined tax has been spent hundreds of times over in debate — …

The Jack Wagner factor

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Don’t discount Jack Wagner in the Democrats’ primary for governor. It’s a long shot to be sure. But here is a scenario whereby he could win. The former twice-elected auditor general of Beechview was a late entry into the …

The curious case of Corbett’s deleted emails

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Whatever you wanted to believe was reflected in the set of facts surrounding the dramatic revision of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s email retention policy …

Corbett squandered rare chance for reform

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Tom Corbett was the only elected attorney general to aggressively pursue public corruption. His investigations as AG resulted in convictions of 23 mostly ex-lawmakers, …

What’s behind Kane’s announcement?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Attorney General Kathleen Kane finally is explaining why it has taken a year to investigate why Gov. Tom Corbett took so long investigating Jerry Sandusky. And she’s generating much buzz in the process. Sandusky is the convicted child molester, …

‘Hey, it’s Bill Deweese ...’ (expletives deleted)

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG The call came in from Cell Block B at State Correctional Institution Retreat. The caller was inmate KN1888, better known as Bill DeWeese. For …

Liquor reform lite

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Republican Gov. Tom Corbett could claim a victory, albeit a minor one, if the General Assembly allowed beer and wine in all grocery stores …

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