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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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Pa. court upholds prosecutor appointed to investigate leaks from AG’s office
Former Pa. Gov. Corbett: From pension critic to collector
State Senate GOP moving forward on pension reform
Pennsylvania lawmakers push for open public-sector union bargaining
Lawmaker says Pa. should study Internet gaming, sports betting
Union pacts a big question mark in Pennsylvania budget
Former lawmaker Ramaley joins Pa. Department of Labor and Industry
Kane investigation began with letter from former top state prosecutors on suspected leaks
Scenarios don’t let Kane off hook, even if state high court tosses criminal case
Pennsylvania AG Kane fights to have grand jury presentment thrown out
2 Pa. lawmakers, former House member arrested on corruption charges

Governor shedding some light on schedule, contracts

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Last week, we told you here that Tom Wolf said he’d be a different kind of governor and he immediately started playing hardball politics ...

Tom Wolf’s Rendellian moves

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG During the 2014 campaign, Republicans insisted if Democrat Tom Wolf won the governor’s race, Pennsylvanians would be looking at Rendell II — meaning a ...

A surreal 24 hours with Kathleen Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Go figure. Just hours after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams charged three more state lawmakers with bribery in a case she declined to prosecute, Attorney General Kathleen Kane last week appeared before the House Appropriations Committee. And there, Kane, ...

Wolf’s tax-a-palooza

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG It was big and bold. It was a political document, to be sure. It was clearly more than the Republican-controlled state Legislature can swallow. ...

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 ...

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