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Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett wants candidate Wolf to release tax records

By Melissa Daniels
Six months before the general election, Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign has zeroed in on the Democratic primary’s frontrunner with a demand to publicly release his tax returns and stick to a pledge of openness. Of the four Democratic primary …

Democrats consider Pittsburgh for 2016 national convention

By Melissa Daniels
Mayor Bill Peduto wants more than publicity for Pittsburgh if it hosts the Democratic National Convention in 2016. The presidential nominating convention must benefit businesses and city residents, Peduto said on Tuesday. “It’s obviously good promotion for the city,” he …

GOP candidates for state House set to debate

By Tribune-Review
The Butler County Republican Committee will host an April 30 debate among the three Republican candidates for the Eighth District House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Dick Stevenson. The candidates are Jeff Black and Tedd Nesbit, both of Grove …

Visiting Corbett stumps for education budget

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett touted his support for science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — education programs during a tour on Monday of the …

Gov. Corbett’s re-election campaign ‘unflappable’ amid challenges, criticism

By Tom Fontaine
Gov. Tom Corbett is under fire from all directions. Four Democrats seeking the party’s nod to run against Corbett in November are laying waste to …

Mailings from Pa. incumbents to potential new constituents under fire

By Melissa Daniels
Army veteran and Republican state House candidate Josh Lang can point to a four-page glossy example of what he calls an incumbent’s advantage. His opponent, Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, sent a newsletter to constituents in the 78th District whom he …

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 …

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 …

Salena Zito Columns

Roadside reminder: Time doesn’t stand still

By Salena Zito
WALTERSBURG — A rusting steam shovel from a bygone era has sat guarding an old strip mine along Route 51 in this Fayette County village …

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