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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89

By Brad Bumsted and Salena Zito
NORRISTOWN — Former U.S. Sen. Richard S. Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a liberal Republican who became Ronald Reagan’s surprise pick for vice president in his unsuccessful ...

Indicted Pennsylvania lawmaker Fattah vows to run for re-election

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is vowing to run for re-election next year despite a federal racketeering indictment and says he expects to resume his leadership position on a powerful congressional committee by year’s end. The 11-term Democrat said ...

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf nominates retired trooper as state police commissioner

By Megan Guza 1:46 a.m.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday nominated a retired Pennsylvania State Police major to head the department, seven weeks since former nominee Marcus Brown withdrew his ...

Pa. breeding ground for corruption, experts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — By mid-2012, eight of Pennsylvania’s former legislative leaders were in prison, and former House Speakers John Perzel, a Republican, and Bill DeWeese, a ...

Trump’s foes discount his early popularity in polls

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate. While candidates and their teams have spent hours privately strategizing how best to tackle the billionaire businessman ...

Allegheny County Council candidates chosen for District 11 ballot

By Tribune-Review
Democrats in Allegheny County Council District 11 have selected a pair of candidates who will be on the ballot in place of the late Barbara Daly Danko in November. Terri Klein, vice chair of the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club and ...

GOP convention host Cleveland shaking off Rust Belt image

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND — The city that bills itself as a place where grit meets sophistication is readying for big moments in the national spotlight. It’s an important ...

Campaign pledges of $1M or more account for a third of total collected in presidential race

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-a-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks. One ...

Former Virginia Governor Gilmore joins 520 vying for presidency

By Salena Zito
If you think 17 Republicans running for president is absurd, consider this: When former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore jumped into the GOP primary contests Thursday, ...

Emails among Governor Wolf’s aides reveal concern over AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Emails shared among top Wolf administration officials show growing concern over the legal challenges facing Attorney General Kathleen Kane, including how to fill ...

State Dems broke ties with political consultant days before FBI raids

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn heard rumors of trouble but said that’s not why he severed relations with companies owned by political ...

Co-defendant of Fattah has ties to former Pa. Gov. Rendell

By Brad Bumsted  and Gideon Bradshaw
HARRISBURG — One of four people indicted with U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is known to Democrats statewide and politicians at the state Capitol: Herbert Vederman was a major contributor and fundraiser for former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. Vederman, a deputy mayor ...

Democrats to announce activist as nominee for state Senate seat covering South Hills

By Matthew Santoni
Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation in Pittsburgh, is Allegheny and Washington county Democrats’ presumptive nominee for the state Senate seat vacated …

Trump’s hard-line position gets fuzzy

By The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s hard-line, tell-it-like-it-is posture on immigration has been central to his rise in the polls. But what do actual hard-liners on immigration think about his proposals? Not much. Two leading groups that advocate tighter immigration laws and have opposed ...

Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off an illegal $1 million campaign loan with federal grants and charitable donations, funneled campaign funds toward his ...

Peduto blasts Wolf’s plan to borrow $3B to shore up pensions

By Bob Bauder and Melissa Daniels
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday criticized Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to borrow $3 billion to shore up the state pension systems that, collectively, need ...

Pa. hospital association says Wolf’s proposed tax hike would hit hard

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget includes an 18 percent tax increase on hospitals and would cut funding for burn centers and maternity-related services by $4.1 million for Western Pennsylvania hospitals, the president of a statewide hospital association ...

‘Real’ people, solutions at heart of GOP ad blitz in Pa.

By Salena Zito
A nearly $1 million online, radio and television advertising blitz in Pennsylvania aims to portray a different side of Republican values than those emphasized by ...

Pa. House speaker says overriding Wolf’s budget veto ‘an option’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, said Monday that overriding Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a no-tax-hike state budget is an option for the ...

Medical pot has advocate in Pennsylvania House

By Melissa Daniels
For the first time since the issue landed inside the state Capitol, the House has a road map to legalizing medical marijuana. House Majority ...