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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

Attorney general lets Corbett aides view pornographic images from emails

By Brad Bumsted and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille said Monday that if any judges were involved in exchanging sexually explicit emails Gov. Tom Corbett’s aides reputedly sent when he was attorney general, they will “have to pay the piper.” …

2 defendants in Turnpike corruption case seek deal for probation without verdict

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Two Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission vendors charged in a broader “pay-to-play” scandal are set to receive a form of probation without verdict, court documents show. Jeffrey Suzenski and Dennis Miller, lesser figures in the case accusing officials of influence-peddling …

Kane allows reporters to view select emails with sex videos, photos

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Police commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection secretary, and former spokesman for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett are among eight people who …

Education top priority for Pa. voters, poll shows

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Candy Eslinger, a retired secretary and registered Democrat, isn’t sure who will get her vote in the governor’s race, but she leans toward businessman Tom Wolf, her party’s nominee. Yet she might vote for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett …

Experts: Corbett showing strong, Wolf stayed the course

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s strong performance in the first gubernatorial debate may energize his campaign but probably is not enough to turn around his substantial deficit in public opinion polls with six weeks of campaigning remaining, political analysts …

Attorney general rejects Tribune-Review request for ‘racy’ emails

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Sexually explicit emails shared on state computers in the attorney general’s office do not fall under Pennsylvania’s open records law and are exempt …

Pennsylvania Sen. Jim Ferlo: ‘I’m gay. Get over it. I love it’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Sen. Jim Ferlo figured it was time to say something. Ferlo, D-Highland Park, disclosed that he is gay during a news conference …

Taxes at forefront of 1st Pa. governor debate between Corbett, Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HERSHEY — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf traded charges over taxes and education in their first debate before Pennsylvania voters choose …

Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania borrowed $700 million from a line of credit established by Treasurer Rob McCord when the state’s general fund balance dipped below zero …

Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale to expand Education Department audit to include Tomalis

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday he is expanding an audit of the Department of Education to review the agency’s oversight of contractors and consultants, including former higher education advisor Ron Tomalis. DePasquale, a Democrat, did not name …

Pa. Education Department attempts to block release of emails to Tomalis

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Corbett administration is trying to block the release of emails from top officials in the governor’s office to former Education Secretary Ron …