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Brewster picked for Smith’s seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

By Patrick Cloonan
On the eve of a new fiscal year, one local senator will replace another on the state Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. James R. Brewster, a Democrat ...

Liquor privatization bill receives a major boost in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A proposed House-Senate bill to privatize state liquor sales was approved in committee Sunday, setting up a historic vote by the full Senate. ...

Kasich to begin White House bid next month at Ohio State

By Bloomberg News
Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination July 21 at the Ohio State University student union in Columbus. The news, first reported by Politico, was confirmed by a source familiar with the governor’s plans who was ...

Christie aware of underdog status as he prepares for White House run

By The Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. — When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the race for president this week, he’ll do so as an underdog. The rollout of the Republican governor’s White House campaign is the culmination of years of groundwork that began ...

GOP observers take notice as Trump hires seasoned operative

By The Washington Post
DES MOINES — After years of flamboyant flirtations with presidential politics, Donald Trump is devising a genuine game plan to try to prove that an ...

Pa. Senator sponsoring federal bill to combat identity theft

By Jason Cato
Thieves stole the identities of Pennsylvanians more often in 2014 than in every other state in the nation except Florida, a troubling distinction that U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said demands a solution. “We have more and more folks doing transactions online, ...

Republicans to gather July 18 to choose nominee to fill Smith’s Senate seat

By Matthew Santoni
Republicans in Allegheny and Washington counties will meet July 18 to choose their nominee to run in November for former state Sen. Matt Smith’s seat. A total of 81 representatives from the Republican committees in Smith’s former 37th District will meet ...

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats offer plan to slash property taxes

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a plan they said would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners and reduce them for an ...

Louisiana Gov. Jindal announces campaign for president

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his presidential campaign Wednesday, presenting himself as a “doer” who would shake up Washington. “We can rock the boat, and we will rock the boat,” he told supporters at a campaign kickoff event in ...

Special election to replace former state Sen. Matt Smith in November

By Matthew Santoni
Allegheny and Washington counties’ Republican and Democratic committees will choose candidates to run for former state Sen. Matt Smith’s seat in a special election that will coincide with the general election in November, officials said Tuesday. Smith, whose 37th District includes ...

House leader: Phase-out of state stores being considered to generate education funds

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG – House and Senate negotiators are close to an agreement on legislation to phase out the state’s retail liquor stores and lease the state-controlled wholesale system to provide an estimated $200 million a year in education funds, House Majority ...

Plain language will be required under bill from Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Rudiak

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak wants the city to speak simply. Rudiak, a Carrick Democrat, introduced a “plain language” bill Tuesday that would require government documents ...

Scaled-down shale tax in Pa. could spur deal on pensions, liquor privatization

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — With potential for government gridlock growing, lobbyists and lawmakers see a scaled-down version of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 5 percent natural gas severance ...

GOP leaders, Gov. Wolf accuse each other of bad-faith budget negotiations

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration accused each other Monday of failing to negotiate in good faith on key state ...

Vetoes on liquor, pensions on table for Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Anthony May said he has no doubt that Gov. Tom Wolf has the political fortitude in a little more than a week to veto pension or liquor reform bills and a state budget, if necessary, to emphasize his ...

Veon comes out of jail swinging, vows to be Pa.’s ‘Comeback Kid’

By Tom Fontaine
A day after being paroled from prison, once-powerful state Rep. Mike Veon lashed out at former Gov. Tom Corbett for leading the prosecution against him ...

Investigators serve search warrants in offices of Pennsylvania AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Investigators with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s  Office served search warrants Thursday in the offices of Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo ...

GOP sets its sights on Pennsylvania in 2016

By Salena Zito
PHILADELPHIA — Republican leaders, candidates and campaign strategists are assembling in the City of Brotherly Love to give conservatives from its collar counties a glimpse ...

Rafferty predicts 2016 win to retore stability to Pa. attorney general office

By Sam Janesch
HARRISBURG — Republican state Sen. John Rafferty is running for Pennsylvania’s highest law enforcement position as a “black cloud” hovers over Attorney General Kathleen Kane, he said Wednesday. “We’ll win this in November 2016 and bring the Office of Attorney General ...

87% of Pennsylvania voters back medical pot in Franklin & Marshall poll

By Melissa Daniels
Nearly nine in 10 Pennsylvania voters support making it legal for doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, but one state legislator is standing in the way because the drug is illegal under federal law. A survey from the Center for Opinion Research ...