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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

Kane turns to former Maryland attorney general to lead porn email probe

By Brad Bumsted 8:45 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Maryland’s former attorney general will lead a team of special prosecutors to look for pornographic, racist and other offensive emails exchanged on government …

Veterans courts in Pennsylvania dubbed remedy for recidivism

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Concerned that a defendant in mental health treatment court was not focused on his recovery, Buffalo City Court Judge Robert T. Russell noticed ...

Committee says Senate should consider removing Kane as Pa. AG

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A special Senate committee on Wednesday recommended that the full Senate consider removing Pennsylvania’s attorney general, who is facing criminal charges and is ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Budget framework agreement in ‘deep peril’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A tentative agreement Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf struck with Republican legislative leaders to end a five-month budget impasse is in “deep peril,” the ...

Pennsylvania Senate defeats tax overhaul plan

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Senate on Monday narrowly defeated a proposal aimed at eliminating school property taxes with a shift to higher income and sales taxes covering items from “cradle to the grave.” “We owe the taxpayers of Pennsylvania a sincere ...

Lawmakers pledge to skip swanky Pennsylvania Society gala in NYC if budget deal not struck

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If there’s no ironclad budget deal by the second week of December, many state legislative leaders and other lawmakers say they will skip the annual Pennsylvania Society gala in Manhattan, the premier political event for Pennsylvania politicians. Lawmakers don’t ...

Pa. Supreme Court’s tarnished rep tough on sole female justice

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Scandals that tarnished the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s reputation overshadow the “good work” done by justices who are “painted by the same broad brush,” ...

Court says porn emails aren’t public records under Pennsylvania law

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pornographic emails on Attorney General’s Office computers are not public records under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, but nothing stops Attorney General Kathleen Kane from ...

Deputy attorneys general testify to legal challenges of a non-lawyer boss

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State prosecutors face the “nuclear option” of a violent criminal’s release if a judge upholds a defense lawyer’s challenge based on Attorney General ...

Senate committee subpoenas Pa. AG Kane’s top deputies to testify

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Four top deputies in Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office must testify before a Senate committee looking at whether their boss is unable to ...

Kane’s staffers could face sanctions if she engages in legal decisions

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Lawyers in the state Attorney General’s Office could be subject to disciplinary sanctions for going along with decisions by their boss, Kathleen Kane, ...