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21 states ask federal court to overturn Maryland gun control law

By The Associated Press
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Twenty-one states have asked a federal appeals court to overturn Maryland’s tough gun control law, contending that its provisions banning 45 assault weapons and limiting gun magazines to 10 rounds violate the Second Amendment right to keep firearms at home for self-protection. A coalition led by West Virginia ...

Democrats narrow list of host cities for convention

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Democrats narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities on Monday, announcing the party’s next presidential candidate will be formally nominated in New York,  Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio. The Democratic National Committee said convention ...

Republican leaders brush off immigration

By The Associated Press
BOCA RATON, Fla. — The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s ...

Judges with Pittsburgh ties enter race for Pa. Supreme Court

By Tribune-Review
Two judges with strong Pittsburgh ties announced plans Monday to run for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where a trio of vacancies is attracting a quickly ...

Pennsylvania legislative leader Costa blasts suggestion of session before Wolf sworn in as governor

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A suggestion by incoming Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman that Republicans might consider a session to ram through bills before Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office is “inappropriate, unprecedented and inexcusable,” the chamber’s top Democrat said Friday. The ...

Kids give first lady sarcastic ‘thanks’ on Twitter

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about ...

Former Va. Sen. Webb launches presidential exploratory committee

By Salena Zito
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat, became the potential presidential contender on Wednesday by announcing he would form an exploratory committee. Webb, 68, launched ...

Cost-of-living raises boost salaries of top Pa. officials

By Melissa Daniels
It pays to be on the payroll of Pennsylvania state government. An automatic 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase will boost salaries of lawmakers, judges, the governor and ...

Kane’s office backtracks on prosecution in email scandal

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a scandal over the email exchange of pornography by state government employees, a spokeswoman said Thursday, pulling back an earlier statement about whether anyone could be ...

District judge who performed state’s first same-sex wedding looks higher

By Adam Brandolph
District Judge Hugh McGough on Thursday announced his candidacy for a seat on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. McGough, 58, of Shadyside made his announcement six months after performing the state’s first same-sex wedding in May. He is one of several candidates ...

Top donors to hash out union contracts with Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Wolf

By Melissa Daniels
When Gov.-elect Tom Wolf negotiates Pennsylvania’s largest public sector union contracts in 2015, his administration will sit across the table from some of his largest ...

Attorney general Kane reverses claim about child porn in emails

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Wednesday backed away from claims in a television interview that controversial emails exchanged by prosecutors, judges and cops ...

Health care, gas drilling industries await Gov.-elect Wolf’s footprint

By Alex Nixon  and David Conti
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is expected to push for change affecting two high-profile industries in Pennsylvania — natural gas production and health care — when he ...

Pa. teacher files labor relations complaint against union over political mailing

By Megan Harris
Pennsylvania teacher Mary Trometter grew accustomed to the near constant barrage of union-sponsored political ads leading up to the mid-term election, but when they used ...

Rep. Tim Murphy draws N.Y. mental health protesters

By The Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. – While one New York advocacy group has honored a Pennsylvania congressman for his legislation to overhaul mental health treatment nationally, others say it would violate patients’ civil rights. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a Republican and former psychology professor ...

AG Kane believed leaked documents not grand jury material, lawyer says

By Brad Bumsted
NORRISTOWN — Attorney General Kathleen Kane testified Monday for almost  21⁄2 hours before a statewide grand jury investigating a leak by her office, but she ...

Attorney General Kane expected to appear before state grand jury

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane intends to travel to Norristown on Monday to appear before a state grand jury that’s investigating her office. If she ...

Freshman West Virginia lawmaker, 18, strives to be voice for a generation

By Melissa Daniels
The night 18-year-old Saira Blair made U.S. political history, she posed for a photo and later posted it on Instagram. “Thank you for the support everyone,” ...

State liquor stores sale more likely with gas tax bargain, analyst says

By David Conti
The next state House speaker won’t consider more taxes on Pennsylvania natural gas drilling until fellow lawmakers take another look at his plan to privatize liquor stores. “If the discussion is about more revenue, that has to be the first place ...

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Wolf to inherit shortfall of $1.85B

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf steps into office in January confronted with the same problem that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett had in 2011: a multibillion-dollar deficit left by his predecessor. The Independent Fiscal Office on Thursday projected a $1.85 billion ...

Salena Zito Columns

Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency

By Salena Zito
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary — to discuss a possible run for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia against a ...