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Pennsylvania Dems post delegate selection plan

By Salena Zito
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party on Wednesday took the “first, but critical, step” toward selecting delegates for the party’s 2016 national convention in Philadelphia. The selection plan, posted online at padems.com for a 30-day comment period, will apportion delegates based on the results of the primary election. “This is the first, but critical, ...

Montgomery County DA Ferman to review grand jury report on AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is under political pressure as she decides whether to charge Attorney General Kathleen Kane with crimes ...

Poll shows Clinton slipping in trustworthiness among voters

By Salena Zito
Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has hurt her public image and trustworthiness in three presidential election swing states, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. The ...

Figure in probe of improper influence in federal investor visa program gave Rendell $15K illegally

By Walter F. Roche Jr.
A key figure in an investigation of improper influence in a federal investor visa program illegally contributed $15,000 in 2010 to the political committee of then-Gov. Ed Rendell. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board records show that Tommy Rosenfeld acknowledged making the improper ...

Pa. court upholds prosecutor appointed to investigate leaks from AG’s office

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Tuesday lost a legal challenge in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a decision that may lead to criminal charges ...

Ohio governor Kasich, a McKees Rocks native, considers presidential run

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Gov. John Kasich said Monday he’ll decide soon whether to make a run for the White House in 2016, saying he ...

Former Pa. Gov. Corbett: From pension critic to collector

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, a vocal advocate for pension reform, is collecting a $38,765 state pension, retirement system records show. He withdrew a ...

Researchers uncover details to help get GOP candidates elected

By Salena Zito
ARLINGTON, Va. — Hillary Clinton had not stepped away from her United Nations news conference when Republican trackers found proof to counter her explanation for ...

Rep. Barletta urges Republicans to stay tough on illegal immigration

By Mike Wereschagin
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Saturday urged Republicans to resist calls to soften their stance on illegal immigration, saying their opposition to President Obama’s policies won’t doom national campaigns by alienating Hispanics. Barletta, speaking to more than 150 Republicans in a ...

Key Pennsylvania judicial races dot landscape

By Melissa Daniels
Robert Byer never grew accustomed to the politics. While serving an appointed term on Commonwealth Court in 1991, he campaigned for an open seat. He lost, but he remembers the rumor mill rumbling about whether a decision on the bench ...

Sestak’s use of rank violates military’s code of ethics

By Salena Zito
Joe Sestak retired from the Navy in 2005, but he still prefers the title “Admiral” in his campaign literature. And that could be a problem, experts ...

Authorities investigate racist letter to Pa. state police pick Brown

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A racist letter to Col. Marcus Brown brought forth the first show of public support from a key senator for the embattled nominee to head the state police and called attention to dramatic decreases among minority state troopers ...

Robinson withdraws candidacy in Allegheny County Council primary

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson chose to withdraw his name Wednesday from the Democratic primary ballot instead of contend with a court challenge that questioned the authenticity of signatures on his nominating papers, which included those of celebrities and pro ...

Republican senator to retire, putting Indiana in play

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., announced Tuesday that he will not run for reelection in 2016, throwing open a potentially competitive seat that could factor into the battle for the Senate majority. Coats, 71, who had been openly considering retirement ...

Obamacare gets new customer: Cruz

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House. Cruz formally kicked ...

Ex-state Rep. White removed from Republican primary ballot

By Jason Cato
Former state Rep. Jesse White’s bid to become a Washington County district judge suffered a setback Monday when a judge removed his name from the ...

Texas Sen. Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

By Tribune News Service
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Sen. Ted Cruz opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season Monday with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives and ...

Allegheny County Councilman Robinson: Challenged petition signatures legitimate

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson stands behind signatures that match the names of celebrities, an NFL Hall of Fame inductee, political challengers and others on his petition to appear as a candidate on the May 19 primary ballot. The names of ...

Pennsylvania education funding letter war puts school districts in the middle

By Bobby Kerlik
Pennsylvania school district superintendents appear to be caught in a political battle over Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget while receiving conflicting instructions from Harrisburg leaders. Senate Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, and House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, penned a letter ...

Union pacts a big question mark in Pennsylvania budget

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Raises for unionized state employees, who receive pay and benefits totaling billions of dollars, are a huge unknown factor in trying to craft ...

Salena Zito Columns

GOP succeeding at down-ballot level

By Salena Zito
Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time a Republican won an open General Assembly seat in Philadelphia in 25 years. White, 26, became the 120th Republican in ...