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Dems in Pa. governor’s race vow to close loophole, say firms skirt corporate tax

By Melissa Daniels
Four Democrats running for governor say they’re eyeing a way to collect millions of dollars from companies that exploit the so-called “Delaware loophole” to skirt corporate taxes, but critics say some estimates of the problem are faulty. It’s right there in the first bullet point of candidate Tom Wolf’s tax …

Clinton White House kept ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ dossier

By Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON — The Clinton White House kept a dossier on what Hillary Clinton once called the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” The binder of opposition research on Republicans, part of the release of about 7,500 pages of documents from the Bill Clinton …

Markosek supports McCord for governor

By Patrick Cloonan
A Mon-Yough lawmaker threw his support Thursday behind state Treasurer Rob McCord’s bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nod. “His commitment to education is deeply personal,” said House Appropriations Minority Chairman Joseph Markosek, D-Monroeville. “Education rescued him from economic insecurity and …

Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across United States

By Mike Wereschagin
In another endorsement of Western Pennsylvania’s post-industrial recovery, President Obama on Wednesday called the Community College of Allegheny County “an outstanding model” of job creation …

Pa. Republican gubernatorial candidate Guzzardi facing another court challenge

By Melissa Daniels
Republican Bob Guzzardi will fight another court challenge to his gubernatorial candidacy, this time in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Four petitioners filed court papers Wednesday …

Judge says Corbett primary challenger can stay on ballot, appeal planned

By Melissa Daniels
Gov. Tom Corbett has a primary opponent on May 20, for now. A Commonwealth Court judge ruled on Tuesday that Republican challenger Bob Guzzardi can …

Rove super PAC raises $5M-plus in March

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — After a stretch of anemic fundraising, the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads super PAC raised more cash in March than it did during the previous 14 months combined, according to summaries of campaign filings released on Monday. The GOP …

GOP governor hopeful Guzzardi wants to be voice of ‘the forgotten taxpayer’

By Melissa Daniels
Bob Guzzardi wants to know where he can find outrage, the kind that provoked the 69-year-old lawyer into a primary challenge against his party’s choice …

Stings targeting elected officials raise ethical issues

By Adam Smeltz  and Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — W. Carl Weddington had a price. With campaign contributions and lavish trips, supporters paid the onetime Ohio lawmaker to introduce legislation on their …

Pittsburgh region hot spot for Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ TV ads

By Melissa Daniels
Gubernatorial candidates are saturating Pittsburgh airwaves with advertisements as the May 20 primary approaches — enough to position the market as a national leader in political ads for statewide candidates. The Pittsburgh market received the most campaign ad activity for …

Reputation tarnished, Edwards back practicing law in North Carolina

By The News & Observer (Raleigh N.c.)
GREENVILLE, N.C. — John Edwards, the former presidential candidate who trusted his own fate to a federal jury nearly two years ago, is back to where he started before his political collapse. The one-time darling of the Democratic Party was …

Philly DA will take legislative sting case Kane didn’t want

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will try to prosecute a high-profile legislative sting case — even though, he said, Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s …

Government watchdog Stilp files criminal complaints against 3 Pennsylvania lawmakers

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Citizen activist Gene Stilp on Tuesday filed private criminal complaints against three legislators who took cash from an undercover informant for the Attorney …

Wolf retains lead among Democratic gubernatorial candidates in war chest, polls

By Melissa Daniels
The latest campaign finance reports in the primary race for Pennsylvania governor show York County businessman Tom Wolf is holding on to his fundraising lead …

Dem gubernatorial candidates pledge boost in education funding

By Melissa Daniels
The four candidates fielded questions on the state’s funding formula, testing, charter school accountability and teacher performance Tuesday night during the first issue-based debate of …

Burgettstown Lawyer exits race to unseat White, backs Democratic supervisor in Cecil

By Jason Cato
A challenger trying to unseat a state House Democrat from Washington County dropped his campaign on Tuesday and threw his support to another Democratic primary contender. “Our current representative, Jesse White, has not only embarrassed us, but failed to provide …

4 Democrats seeking governors office support raising Pa. minimum wage

By Melissa Daniels
When Hilary Zozula opened Eden, a Shadyside restaurant specializing in raw and vegan fare, she recalled her days years earlier of earning minimum wage while …

Gubernatorial hopeful McCord says he’s in best position to unseat Corbett

By Melissa Daniels
In the early 1990s, decades before he sought public office, Rob McCord sharpened his interview skills by pitching his most entrepreneurial idea yet. He sat …

Obama plans executive actions to boost equal pay for women

By The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans two executive actions this week to promote equal pay for women — and to promote equal pay as a critical issue for Democrats in this election year. One action, an executive order, will prohibit federal …

Records reveal could unravel ‘naked corruption’ scandal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A Dauphin County judge could unseal court documents this week that might shed light on a failed prosecution of four Philadelphia lawmakers, including whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane killed the case when retrieving it from federal authorities. Kane’s …

Salena Zito Columns

Dems’ latest false wedge issue

By Salena Zito
She gave a dramatic eye-roll in reaction to all of the fuss that Democrats and the president attempted to create over equal pay for women last week. A Democrat herself, she said she has carved out a decent, comfortable life …

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