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Veto, special session studied by Corbett to push Pa. pension reform

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is strongly considering using his veto power on Thursday to strike funding for the Legislature and calling a special session on pension reform, sources close to the governor say. The legislature’s operating budget would …

Republican National Committee panel wants Cleveland for 2016 convention

By Salena Zito
The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say. The city of …

N.J. senator accuses Cuba of role in claims

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez said on Tuesday that he has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the Cuban government had a role in allegations against him that have made him a target of a federal probe. Among the …

Cruz, Tea Party, loser demand probe into Miss. GOP runoff

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Tea Party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel backed an investigation on Tuesday into the Senate GOP primary runoff on June 24 in Mississippi without offering evidence of alleged voter fraud. At issue is …

Gubernatorial candidate Wolf visits business incubator in East Liberty

By Melissa Daniels
As Gov. Tom Corbett continued to withhold his signature from a $29.1 billion state budget delivered to his desk without his top policy priorities, his …

Vague bill shrouds earmarks in secrecy, to get Pennsylvania Senate vote

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Millions of dollars are earmarked for projects in a budget-related bill scheduled for a Senate vote on Tuesday that, in most cases, provides few specifics about where or to whom the money goes. “It’s basically earmarks to make …

Down in polls, Corbett has limited options with Pa. budget, pension return

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Down by double digits in public opinion polls, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has few good political choices when deciding by Friday whether to …

First lady Michelle Obama vows to fight changes to school nutrition rules

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She’s fighting a House …

Remarks by Texas Dem against GOP draw rage

By Austin American-statesman
AUSTIN — If nothing else, state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer burnished his reputation as the Mexican-American street fighter of the Texas Democratic Party. “Wait a minute,” Martinez Fischer said last week, sporting a big grin as his prime-time speech at …

Interest groups’ lobbying tally tops $500M in Pennsylvania

By Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — Lobbyists wearing suits and gripping cellphones line the Capitol’s ornate rotunda balcony, crowd into committee meetings and orbit at the foot of the …

Missouri legislators promise override of abortion rule veto

By The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation on Wednesday that would have required a 72-hour wait for women seeking abortions, asserting that legislators showed a “callous disregard for women” by granting no exception for rape and incest …

Obama’s ranking falls to worst in modern era

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Two years into President Obama’s second term, more voters say they are dissatisfied with his administration’s handling of everything from the economy to foreign policy, giving him the worst marks of any modern president, a poll on Wednesday …

Corbett still trails Wolf big, poll finds

By Tom Fontaine
Gov. Tom Corbett is rallying his Republican base but continues to trail Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by a wide margin, a poll released on Wednesday …

Television stations get new requirements on posting political ad file online

By Debra Erdley
Following the flow of campaign money onto the airwaves nationwide just got easier. Starting Tuesday, every commercial television station in the nation was required to begin posting its political advertisement file online through the Federal Communications Commission. The reports are …

N.Y. senator charged with lying to the FBI

By Reuters
NEW YORK — A powerful Republican New York state senator has been indicted on a charge of lying to FBI officials during an investigation into a business deal involving his son, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Prosecutors allege …

Official election results give state Rep. Marc Gergely a November opponent

By Patrick Cloonan
Of three significant write-in efforts on May 20 in Mon-Yough precincts, one was successful for a state House nomination. The other two, for Congressional nods, were not fruitful. David Voye, supervisor of balloting and returns for the Allegheny County Elections …

Mississippi Tea Party candidate won’t back down

By Reuters
The Tea Party-backed candidate who has refused to concede defeat to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s primary runoff said his campaign has found more …

Beaver County lawmaker, Highmark defend golf outing in Fox Chapel

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A state lawmaker from Beaver County who sponsored legislation favored by Highmark in its long-running dispute with UPMC played golf on Wednesday at …

Corbett: Pension reform ‘a taxpayer issue’

By Gideon Bradshaw
HARRISBURG — Taxpayers may pay more in property tax if state lawmakers don’t act to reform state pension systems burdened by a $47 billion funding shortfall, Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday. “I don’t want to see real estate taxes go …

Hillary backpedals on wealth comment

By The Associated Press
DENVER — Hillary Rodham Clinton says her “inartful” comments about her family’s wealth don’t reflect who she really is, pointing to her efforts to help working families. The potential Democratic presidential candidate said in an interview with PBS’ “News-Hour” that …

Salena Zito Columns

Century after WW I’s start, U.S. still on brink of change

By Salena Zito
BUFFALO, N.Y. Department store magnate John Sattler opened the doors of the majestic Sattler Theater as the world entered the “war to end war” that began 100 years ago in July, one month after the June 28 assassination of Archduke …

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