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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

Grand jury presentment: AG Kane lied, attempted to cover up leak

By Brad Bumsted 1:32 p.m.
NORRISTOWN — Attorney General Kathleen Kane lied to a grand jury investigating her and tried to cover up her directive to release secret material to …

All Pennsylvanians to pay more, GOP gleans from report on Wolf’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan would hit all income classes and amount to a “huge tax grab,” said a leading Republican lawmaker. But John Hanger, Wolf’s policy director, on Friday disputed the Independent Fiscal Office report’s main conclusions. ...

Pennsylvania AG Kane’s contempt hearing postponed but judges to hear arguments

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Lawyers for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane accused a Montgomery County judge and special prosecutor Thursday of colluding during a grand jury investigation of her and said they should step aside. Attorneys Gerald Shargel of New York City and ...

Pa. lawmaker predicts Senate will pass bills to open union negotiations

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday sent a strong message to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who agreed to a 2.25-percent wage increase for the ...

AG Kane promotes narcotics supervisor to acting chief of staff

By Tribune-Review
HARRISBURG — A special agent who headed narcotics investigations for the Attorney General’s Office will become acting chief of staff, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday. Kane promoted Jonathan A. Duecker to the position, replacing him as head of the Bureau ...

Experts say Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane dug her own hole

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Secret documents leaked to a newspaper that sparked an investigation of Attorney General Kathleen Kane may be the least of her legal problems, ...

Embattled AG Kane to hire former Rendell press secretary

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A veteran press secretary familiar with Capitol politics is set to take on the job in Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office. Chuck Ardo, former spokesman for ex-Gov. Ed Rendell and ex-Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson, would become Kane’s seventh spokesman ...

Pa. Senate’s top leader backs liquor privatization bill

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Senate’s top Republican said Tuesday he will co-sponsor legislation by a freshman GOP senator to privatize the state’s liquor system. Senate President Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County said he believes the chamber will “work closely” with the House ...

Judge sets focus of AG Kane’s hearing for contempt of court

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A Montgomery County judge has set ground rules Monday for a hearing to determine whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated a protective order ...

Pa. attorney general loses agency legal counsel for labor issues

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Another top staffer in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has resigned, the 14th aide to step down since Attorney General Kathleen Kane took office in January 2013. Erik Anderson said Thursday he is leaving as agency legal counsel ...

New grand juries created for Eastern, Central Pa.

By Brad Bumsted
Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor on Wednesday created new statewide grand juries for Eastern and Central Pennsylvania to replace panels that expired. Attorney General Kathleen Kane submitted paperwork to authorize investigative grand juries. She had allowed ones in Norristown and ...