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

By Brad Bumsted
NORRISTOWN — Attorney General Kathleen Kane lied to a grand jury investigating her and tried to cover up her directive to release secret material to a Philadelphia newspaper last year, according to the grand jury’s presentment made public Monday. “We find ...

Allegheny County Controller Wagner claims rival Flaherty benefits from ‘dark money’

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner wants her opponent and a political committee backing him to identify donors and disclose their contributions, but she refused Monday to release the same information about her campaign. Wagner said controller candidate Mark Patrick Flaherty’s ...

Lawyers donate thousands of dollars to Pennsylvania Supreme Court race

By Melissa Daniels
Attorneys are fortifying the high-stakes, multimillion-dollar Pennsylvania Supreme Court race with hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct campaign donations. At least $749,200 of the ...

Allegheny County Council will have new look

By Aaron Aupperlee
New faces will make up almost a third of Allegheny County Council next year no matter what happens in the May 19 primary election. Four members ...

District 7 candidates for Pittsburgh council vow to protect poorer communities

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Council candidate La’Tasha D. Mayes promises to be a voice for the downtrodden if she’s elected. Deb Gross, who is running for reelection, said ...

Clinton Foundation admits missteps in disclosing donors

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Clinton opens her presidential campaign. In a blog post Sunday, Maura Pally defended ...

Hillary Clinton spins political attacks into moneymaker

By Tom Fontaine  and Salena Zito
Hillary Clinton’s two-week-old presidential campaign is looking to turn political attacks into dollars. It could be a lucrative approach, given the number of controversies surrounding ...

Burgess’ rivals for Pittsburgh council nomination owe money to government

By Bob Bauder
Three candidates challenging Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess in the Democratic primary for his District 9 council seat owe thousands of dollars in delinquent taxes ...

TV ad to tout ex-controller Flaherty’s contributions

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County controller candidate and former controller Mark Patrick Flaherty claims in his first campaign TV ad that during his time in office he helped taxpayers with their property taxes, reined in fraudulent contracts and stopped gas stations and food ...

House Benghazi panel calls Clinton to testify

Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday called on Hillary Clinton to testify at a public hearing next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over the Democratic presidential ...

Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

By Reuters
NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns because a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of ...

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 ...

2 Democrats battle for Hempfield nomination for supervisor

By Renatta Signorini
Two Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for Hempfield supervisor in the May primary. Paul Faletto, 68, and Cara Svetkovich, 31, are vying for a ...

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 ...

‘Grainy white powder’ found in letter to U.S. Rep. Doyle’s office

By Salena Zito
A staff member in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle opened a letter that contained a grainy white substance, causing Capitol police to ...

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 ...

4 Democrats seek 3 nods for Latrobe council

By Stacey Federoff
Four Democrats are vying for a chance to run for three open seats on Latrobe City Council. Robert “Stuffy” Forish, Thomas Horwat, John “Jack” Murtha and ...

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 ...

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, ...

State parties lean on Hispanic officials to reach Latino voters

By Salena Zito
Hispanic voters will receive plenty of attention from both political parties as Pennsylvanians get ready for the 2016 presidential and U.S. Senate elections. State Democrats said ...

Salena Zito Columns

Elites, media & character

By Salena Zito
American culture is at odds with a lot of things that shade its values, character and work ethic. Most notable of these are politics and Hollywood, the celebrity-driven entities that dominate media coverage. The collision of Hollywood and the presidency ...