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Brad Bumsted is a state Capitol reporter for the Trib. Brad Bumsted can be reached via e-mail or at 717-787-1405

Review: No improper contact between Pa. Supreme Court justices, lawyers

By Brad Bumsted 8:52 a.m.
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails sent by Pennsylvania justices over five years found no improper contact with state prosecutors on pending cases, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Wolf turning former campaign foes into teammates

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will hire two former Democratic primary opponents to play key roles in his administration, a move political observers say might ...

Pennsylvania state agency failed to live up to promises of job creation, audit says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A state agency failed to adequately monitor programs that received almost $213 million in grants and loans from 2007 through 2013 to bring or preserve jobs, an audit released Wednesday found. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said 44 percent of ...

Kane adds chief of staff, realigns Pa. attorney general executive office

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — As a statewide grand jury investigates her office, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Tuesday announced an executive staff shakeup that establishes a ...

Wolf’s volunteer campaign helpers can party at Pennsylvania Society receptions in N.Y.

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s appointees can’t accept freebies after he’s sworn in, but his transition team members can party hearty at many of the ...

Analysts predict Wolf to compromise on priorities as Pennsylvania governor

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Eliminate a multibillion-dollar deficit while increasing funding for public education. Levy a tax on natural gas drillers. Enact a gift ban in the ...

Auditor says Education Department uncooperative with Tomalis probe

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Education has not cooperated with state auditors in an examination that includes a look at special advisers such as ...