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Pa. hospital association says Wolf’s proposed tax hike would hit hard

By Brad Bumsted 12:13 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget includes an 18 percent tax increase on hospitals and would cut funding for burn centers and maternity-related services by $4.1 million for Western Pennsylvania hospitals, the president of a statewide hospital association said. Across Pennsylvania, a tax called the Hospital Quality Care ...

‘Real’ people, solutions at heart of GOP ad blitz in Pa.

By Salena Zito
A nearly $1 million online, radio and television advertising blitz in Pennsylvania aims to portray a different side of Republican values than those emphasized by ...

Pa. House speaker says overriding Wolf’s budget veto ‘an option’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, said Monday that overriding Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a no-tax-hike state budget is an option for the ...

Medical pot has advocate in Pennsylvania House

By Melissa Daniels
For the first time since the issue landed inside the state Capitol, the House has a road map to legalizing medical marijuana. House Majority ...

New York Times calls its Clinton email coverage ‘a mess’

Wire Reports
Two of The New York Times’ top editors Monday addressed the paper’s handling of a controversial story about Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, and one of the editors concluded, “It was, to put it mildly, a mess.” The reviews concerned ...

Cruz chided over remarks in prelude to Ex-Im Bank vote

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — The Senate’s Republican leadership rhetorically took Sen. Ted Cruz to the woodshed Sunday for calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar last ...

Western Pa.’s ties to 2016 White House race extend beyond Santorum

By Katherine Schaeffer
Rick Santorum isn’t the only 2016 presidential aspirant with Western Pennsylvania ties. As a former U.S. senator, Santorum’s Butler County upbringing and years at Penn ...

Former Fayette County Democratic chairman, county commissioner Lebder dies at 94

By Paul Peirce
Among Fred L. Lebder’s greatest attributes was his ability to work behind the scenes and build a consensus to benefit Fayette County residents, friends and ...

Clinton vows to push climate agenda

By Bloomberg News
Hillary Clinton said she would both defend and go beyond the efforts by President Obama to address climate change in the first detailed description of her potential environmental polices if elected president. Clinton released what her campaign said was the opening ...

House committee, Clinton camp fail to agree on terms for Benghazi hearing

From Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — The fighting has started once more between Hillary Clinton’s team and the Republican-led House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, this time over negotiations ...

Disenfranchised voters gravitate to Trump, experts say

By Salena Zito
Brad Lena sees Donald Trump through the prism of Star Wars: “a disturbance in The Force.” The billionaire businessman and reality TV star arrived Thursday at ...

Hispanics are ‘going to love’ me, Trump declares during visit to border town in Texas

By The Associated Press
LAREDO, Texas — Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a whirlwind visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him — “they already do” — because as president he’d grab jobs back from overseas and give ...

Isenhour picked to replace McGinty as Wolf’s chief of staff

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s legislative liaison Mary Isenhour on Thursday became his chief of staff, “a good choice,” a House GOP spokesman said. “She’ll ...

Wolf’s chief of staff McGinty steps down to make U.S. Senate run

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Katie McGinty resigned Wednesday as Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff and is expected to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate in the ...

Conduct rule could allow for Kane’s removal as Pa. attorney general

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane, under investigation for leaking secret investigative material, has insisted she will not resign if charged with crimes. But a little-known emergency valve in rules governing attorney conduct would allow the state Supreme Court, upon request, ...

Presidential candidate Clinton makes campaign stop in Fox Chapel

By Natasha Lindstrom
Hillary Clinton spent Wednesday morning wooing Western Pennsylvania’s wealthy donors and political power brokers at a private fundraiser in Fox Chapel, part of a national ...

Trump heads for Mexican border

By The Associated Press
AIKEN, S.C. — Donald Trump is on his way to the Mexican border, the latest event in a presidential campaign some of his rivals would like to dismiss as a sideshow — a “carnival act,” as one puts it. But ...

Boehner vows to do ‘everything possible’ to scuttle Iran nuclear deal

Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Iran’s pragmatist government tried Wednesday to sell its nuclear agreement with world powers to hard-liners at home, while a U.S. congressional leader promised to do “everything possible” to sink the deal. With Tehran and Washington facing stiff opposition to ...

Ohio Gov. Kasich makes it official: He’s in the GOP White House race

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS — Asking for prayers and support, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday became the 16th Republican to join the 2016 presidental race, saying his ...

Burn to resign in September as chair of Pennsylvania Democratic Party

By Aaron Aupperlee
The head of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party — who defied the state’s Democratic governor and hung onto his role — will step down in September ...

Salena Zito Columns

Domestic terror, fear & voters’ anger

By Salena Zito
COLUMBUS, Ohio Larry Fitzpatrick woke at 3 a.m. two Fridays ago, hours after five servicemen were gunned down in Chattanooga, Tenn., and just knew he had to do something. A few hours later when the Armed Forces Career Center opened ...