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Philly DA says no affidavits claimed by AG Kane in bribery case existed

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — To prove that an investigation of state legislators was racist and too weak to prosecute, Attorney General Kathleen Kane cited key internal documents but never provided them to a Philadelphia grand jury, city prosecutors said. “I can tell you ...

Pittsburgh judge uses case to say Obama executive order unconstitutional

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge’s decision Tuesday in Pittsburgh to rule on a presidential executive order on immigration policy during a routine criminal case puzzled two legal ...

2 Pennsylvania lawmakers are charged in controversial ‘sting’ case

By Brad Bumsted  and Natasha Lindstrom
PHILADELPHIA — A grand jury dominated by black citizens delivered a stinging rebuke to Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s claim that racism under her predecessors’ investigation ...

Belle Vernon native in Philly DA’s office helped write grand jury report

By Brad Bumsted
PHILADELPHIA — A member of District Attorney Seth Williams’ four-person task force investigating a sting case involving lawmakers grew up in Belle Vernon, where he ...

Mars Area board appoints Adams woman to fill seat of Jane Dunn

By Tribune-Review
The Mars Area School Board Tuesday night appointed Cynthia Yeager to the vacancy left by Jane Dunn. Yeager served on the board from 1992-2008. “I am happy to see that Ms. Yeager was willing to accept the opening left by ...

Jeb sets up exploratory committee for 2016

By Orlando Sentinel
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has sent his clearest signal that he may seek to expand his family’s legacy in the White House, but he must convince national Republicans that he is conservative enough to be their presidential nominee. Bush, 61, ...

Progressive tests waters in Ames

By The Associated Press
AMES, Iowa — Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in Iowa weighing a 2016 presidential candidacy, said his top priority as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee will be resisting cuts to Social Security in the newly Republican-controlled chamber. “My priority ...

Iowa GOP straw poll in limbo

By The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state’s Republican straw poll, but the state party chairman says the event may still go on next year. Branstad said the poll — traditionally held in Ames the ...

Pittsburgh mayoral staffers appointed to Wolf’s transition team

By Melissa Daniels
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Monday announced the members of his transition team who will serve on issue-specific committees. Wolf has created 24 committees covering major policy areas, from education to transportation, to analyze the agency and report back to Wolf about ...

Mark Patrick Flaherty makes bid for former Allegheny County controller post

By Aaron Aupperlee
Mark Patrick Flaherty wants his old job back. Flaherty, 52, of Mt. Lebanon will formally announce Tuesday that he will run for Allegheny County controller, a post he held from 2004 to 2011. “I feel like there is some unfinished business ...

Senators vote to confirm Murthy as Obama’s choice for surgeon general

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s pick to be the next surgeon general was confirmed Monday, more than a year and half after being nominated. Vivek Murthy was the first of nearly a half dozen Obama nominees set for confirmation this week ...

Peduto redefines post in just his 1st year as Pittsburgh’s mayor

By Bob Bauder
He’s appearing incognito in a reality TV show, plays in a 40-and-older ice hockey league, and takes his own garbage out to the pothole-ravaged road ...

Western Pennsylvania lawmakers among 200 who lost pensions for bad behavior

By Mike Wereschagin
The fallen stars of Western Pennsylvania politics are among nearly 200 former public employees in the state who had their pensions seized for job-related misconduct during the past decade. Ex-state Reps. Bill DeWeese, Mike Veon and Jeff Habay, former state Sen. ...

Jeb Bush to release emails from time as Florida governor

By Reuters
TAMPA — Jeb Bush says he plans to release 250,000 emails from his time as Florida governor, part of an e-book that he is writing ...

Pa. chief justice says leak by AG’s Office worthy of grand jury

By Brad Bumsted
NEW YORK — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said Saturday that he believes information given to a Philadelphia newspaper by the Attorney General’s Office earlier this year “was grand jury material,” a viewpoint contrary to Attorney General ...

Republicans could secure Wolf cabinet appointments

By Brad Bumsted
NEW YORK — Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said Friday he is considering hiring some Republicans in his cabinet, a move that could bolster his standing ...

‘I’ve done nothing wrong,’ Attorney General Kane tells Trib

By Brad Bumsted
NEW YORK — Attorney General Kathleen Kane acknowledges some “bumps in the road” from legal and political challenges, but pledged to finish the remaining two ...

GOP may seek last push for Pa. action

By Brad Bumsted
NEW YORK — As politicians, business leaders, lobbyists and others assembled for The Pennsylvania Society weekend, the buzz began: Will the Republican Legislature try to ram through some GOP initiatives before Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office on Jan. 20? Lawmakers ...

Wolf appoints 7 from Western Pennsylvania to his transition team

By Melissa Daniels
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Thursday announced 34 people he appointed to catch him up on the state of state agencies. At least seven hail from Western Pennsylvania. The members of Wolf’s transition team will act as review heads for state agencies ...

Daughter of conservative state House member to run for Butler office

By Bill Vidonic
The daughter of state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe announced Thursday that she’s running for the Republican nomination for Butler County commissioner. Lisa Metcalfe, 28, of Cranberry said that she “wants to ensure her generation and future generations continue to enjoy the liberties ...

Salena Zito Columns

Hardworking, small-town American exceptionalism

By Salena Zito
BEDFORD — Michael Corle’s exhausting work ethic, coupled with devotion to family and heritage, unites the edgy energy of the young with the values and traditions of rural ancestors. He’s a throwback to our entrepreneurial past, with a vision that ...