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Moody’s downgrades Pa. rating; Corbett ponders pension reform session

By Debra Erdley
Relaxed and confident despite sagging poll numbers and a bruising budget battle with the General Assembly, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday he is weighing …

Hillary $12M richer since leaving State Department

By Bloomberg News
Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to …

Corbett’s chances at holding Pa. governor job tied to GOP nest egg

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — As he works to shore up his GOP base, Gov. Tom Corbett needs to improve polling numbers to keep money flowing from the …

Pennsylvania lawmakers take more free, legal trips

By The Associated Press
U.S. House members from Pennsylvania and their staffs accepted 41 privately paid trips this year, ranging from $20,000 in business-class airline tickets to Japan for Rep. Charlie Dent and his wife to $300-a-night hotel rooms for congressional staff at a …

Rep. Ryan gets serious about poverty

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Bob Woodson sees a side to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan that few people get to see, and Woodson’s work to confront poverty has …

Perry in Iowa again, courting voters

By The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president …

La. governor Jindal in Pa. to stump for Corbett

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Pennsylvania to headline a fundraiser for his fellow Republican governor, Tom Corbett. Corbett campaign officials said they expected the Wednesday evening event in suburban Allentown to raise more than $250,000. Spokesman Chris …

Portraits of convicted Pa. legislative leaders have their crimes with images

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Two state lawmakers who advocated removing Capitol portraits of convicted legislative leaders say they’re satisfied with a compromise: plaques hung on Tuesday noting …

Corbett: Pensions a pocketbook issue

By Melissa Daniels
Superintendent John Hoover has a $600,000 problem that he fears will cause Hampton Township School District to raise tax rates again. “We raised taxes last …

Donations to Ohio attorney general’s charity have doubled since he took office

By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS — Lawyers, law firms and an Ohio lobbyist who have business in Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office all have contributed to a charity important to DeWine and his family, an Associated Press review found, and the donations have …

Santorum joins governor for Kansas rallies

By The Associated Press
OLATHE, Kan. — Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday praised Gov. Sam Brownback as a “visionary” and “warrior” for conservative fiscal and social policies, as the Kansas Republican sought to energize his political base for a potentially tough …

Senate leader Reid steers push to turn Nevada into renewable energy mecca

By Andrew Conte
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s dream of masterminding the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy in the Nevada desert seems so close that not even the …

Gov. Corbett signs Pennsylvania state budget, vetoes legislative funding

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Intraparty warring among Republicans broke out on Thursday when Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29.1 billion budget but vetoed 20 percent of the …

Oversight board caught in jaws of Corbett’s veto

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — One casualty of Gov. Tom Corbett’s veto pen is Pittsburgh’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, which will lose $300,000 the state Legislature had designated for the oversight board. Corbett struck that money and other line items from the budget on …

Veto, special session studied by Corbett to push Pa. pension reform

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is strongly considering using his veto power on Thursday to strike funding for the Legislature and calling a special …

Republican National Committee panel wants Cleveland for 2016 convention

By Salena Zito
The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say. The city of …

N.J. senator accuses Cuba of role in claims

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez said on Tuesday that he has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the Cuban government had a role in allegations against him that have made him a target of a federal probe. Among the …

Cruz, Tea Party, loser demand probe into Miss. GOP runoff

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Tea Party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel backed an investigation on Tuesday into the Senate GOP primary runoff on June 24 in Mississippi without offering evidence of alleged voter fraud. At issue is …

Gubernatorial candidate Wolf visits business incubator in East Liberty

By Melissa Daniels
As Gov. Tom Corbett continued to withhold his signature from a $29.1 billion state budget delivered to his desk without his top policy priorities, his …

Vague bill shrouds earmarks in secrecy, to get Pennsylvania Senate vote

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Millions of dollars are earmarked for projects in a budget-related bill scheduled for a Senate vote on Tuesday that, in most cases, provides few specifics about where or to whom the money goes. “It’s basically earmarks to make …