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State Dems take back seat to political committee in gubernatorial election

By Melissa Daniels
If Tom Wolf defeats Gov. Tom Corbett in November, much of the credit could go to a political committee that formed three months ago, lists a P.O. box in Philadelphia as its mailing address and is headed by a Democrat who finished last in the party’s four-way primary. Campaign for …

Wolf holds $1.5M edge in money

By The Associated Press
Democrat Tom Wolf headed into the final seven weeks of Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race with a more than $1.5 million cash advantage over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett, according to figures the campaigns disclosed Sunday. The results of the campaigns’ fundraising and …

State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards

By Megan Harris
Lawmakers postponed two hearings to discuss Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for a review of state academic standards Thursday because Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said no changes to the standards are planned. Corbett called for the review last week, drawing criticism …

Kansas Democrat’s name ordered off ballot

By The Los Angeles Times
In a blow to Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, the Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck the name of a Democrat from the November ballot, pitting the embattled incumbent against a well-funded and surging independent. Democrat Chad Taylor, a district attorney …

Democrats fault call by Republican senators for over-the-counter sale of contraceptives, saying costs will rise

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — When a handful of Republican Senate candidates called for oral contraceptives to be sold without a prescription, Democrats cried foul. Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, they said, and insurers generally don’t pay for over-the-counter products. Women would end …

Biden offers mea culpa for anti-Semitic comment

By The Los Angeles Times
Vice President Joe Biden, a boisterous political figure who has often needed to walk back comments, apologized on Wednesday for using the term “Shylocks” in a recent speech. Speaking at the Legal Services Corporation on Tuesday in Washington, Biden said …

Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania borrowed $700 million from a line of credit established by Treasurer Rob McCord when the state’s general fund balance dipped below zero …

Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale to expand Education Department audit to include Tomalis

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday he is expanding an audit of the Department of Education to review the agency’s oversight of contractors and consultants, including former higher education advisor Ron Tomalis. DePasquale, a Democrat, did not name …

Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those …

Pa. Education Department attempts to block release of emails to Tomalis

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Corbett administration is trying to block the release of emails from top officials in the governor’s office to former Education Secretary Ron …

Wife of former Pennsylvania prosecutor to avoid prison in child abuse case

By Aaron Aupperlee
An Ethiopian infant who suffered a seizure in the care of her abusive, adoptive parents has grown into a “funny, warm-hearted” little girl, her new …

‘Racy’ emails could stay hidden under Pennsylvania open records law

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If state employees use government computers to send fantasy football news, horse racing results, online auction links or pornography, the public probably is not entitled to obtain the emails through an open records request, legal experts say. Though …

‘I’m back,’ Hillary tells Iowans, but she stops short of confirming 2016 run

By McClatchy Newspapers
INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Clinton all but kicked off her 2016 White House campaign bid on Sunday before a festive crowd of 6,000 in this pivotal state, presenting herself as a child and champion of the still-struggling middle class. Dogged …

Vermont’s Sanders considers run for president

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate’s leading liberals, said on Sunday he is thinking about running for president in 2016 as either a …

Campaign ads slow to hit Oklahoma airwaves

By The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s broadcast airwaves are practically void of political advertising just seven weeks before Oklahomans make their choices for the U.S. Senate, Congress, governor and other statewide offices in the Nov. 4 general election. Voters were inundated with …

Poll: Likely voters strongly back Wolf for Pa. gov

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A poll of voters likely to cast ballots in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election shows they prefer Democrat Tom Wolf over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett by a 24-point margin. The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Wolf, a wealthy businessman, …

Heritage Foundation chief, ex-senator predicts conservative rise in 2014

By Joe Napsha
Conservatives can win the day by finding common ground with people on their shared values for limited federal government and more power in the hands of states, giving people more opportunity for advancement, the leader of the conservative Heritage Foundation …

Bill would prevent felons from lobbying Pa. lawmakers

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A Murrysville legislator proposes to ban convicted felons from lobbying the General Assembly, saying it’s a simple step to “restore confidence in government.” Republican Rep. Eli Evankovich said under a bill he’s drafting, anyone who served in prison …

Brown wins N.H. primary to represent GOP in senate

By The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. — Former Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to …

Va. voters agree with verdict, poll finds

By The Washington Post
RICHMOND — More than two-thirds of Virginia voters agree with a jury that last week found former Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife guilty of trading the prestige of the state’s highest office for loans and lavish gifts, and more …

Salena Zito Columns

Trust the issue in Fla. governor race

By Salena Zito
While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year’s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, and everyone reacts as if it’s an avalanche), few are watching a contest with 2016 …

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