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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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Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system
Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say
Wolf vetoes $30.1 billion budget pushed by GOP
Employee who wrote letter supporting Kane got $11K raise
In historic vote, Legislature approves bill selling state liquor stores
Liquor privatization bill receives a major boost in Pennsylvania
Priest sex abuse allegations lead to Pa. AG agents’ monastery search
Pennsylvania Senate Democrats offer plan to slash property taxes
House leader: Phase-out of state stores being considered to generate education funds
Scaled-down shale tax in Pa. could spur deal on pensions, liquor privatization
GOP leaders, Gov. Wolf accuse each other of bad-faith budget negotiations

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
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 ...

Chuck Ardo’s front-row circus seat

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Seldom has the appointment of a press secretary prompted so much interest at the Capitol. It’s because of who he is — Chuck Ardo — and whom he’s going to work for — embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Naming ...

The holding pattern surrounding Kathleen Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Gov. Tom Wolf’s lame statement on whether embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign provides a ray of hope to some who work for ...

Can the Pa. budget process be fixed?

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Bob Strauss has an idea. Ideas are what you’d expect from an award-winning economist who teaches at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. But Strauss ...

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