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Pa. Treasurer McCord resigns without explanation, to leave Feb. 12

By Brad Bumsted 12:01 a.m.
HARRISBURG — State Treasurer Rob McCord unexpectedly resigned Thursday, telling Gov. Tom Wolf that he achieved his goals during six years in office. His spokesman deflected news reports that McCord is under federal investigation. McCord, 55, a former venture capitalist from ...

Rostraver Democrat aims for 1 of 3 open spots on Westmoreland County bench

By Rich Cholodofsky 12:27 a.m.
Chris Huffman of Rostraver has announced he will be a candidate this year to serve as judge on Westmoreland County’s Court of Common Pleas. “I can ...

Fitzgerald nominates mining industry businessman for Finance and Development Commission

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald nominated a veteran businessman with ties to coal mining and the Shenango coke plant to sit on the Finance and Development Commission. Mark Aloe, who owns Aloe Brothers LLC with his brother, said his 40-year ...

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to sign order barring drilling of new oil, gas wells in state forests, parks

By Katelyn Ferral
Oil and gas companies once again will be barred from drilling new wells under state forests and parks in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf is set ...

New Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan institutes Wolf’s gift ban at commission

By Bobby Kerlik
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has a new board chairman, and his first act Wednesday was to ban employees from accepting gifts, which have been a ...

Krieger to seek Westmoreland County Common Pleas judgeship

By Rich Cholodofsky
State Rep. Tim Krieger has announced his candidacy for Common Pleas Court judge in Westmoreland County. Krieger, 53, a Republican from Delmont, was sworn in earlier ...

Fight between cities, nonprofits flares in Pa. Senate

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Republican efforts to put Pennsylvania state lawmakers back in control of granting tax-exempt status to charities is meeting more resistance. The Senate’s scheduled vote Wednesday fizzled when some Republicans requested a hearing first and Democrats signaled they would all ...

Conservative Koch brothers budget $889M for 2016 campaign cycle

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Democrats acknowledged Tuesday that it will be difficult, and likely impossible, to match the nearly $900 million that the conservative billionaire Koch brothers said their political network will spend during the 2016 campaign cycle. The eye-popping figure emerged Monday ...

Abuse-of-power case against Perry to proceed

By The Associated Press
AUSTIN — A Texas judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand. District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is ...

Senate GOP, fired open records director file lawsuit against Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Senate Republicans and the fired director of the state’s Open Records Office on Monday sued Gov. Tom Wolf in Commonwealth Court, accusing him ...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court hopefuls tout accountability

By Matthew Santoni
Six Democratic candidates competing for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said during a forum Sunday in Pittsburgh that whoever prevails must bring ...

Infrastructure improvements ‘critically important,’ House Speaker Boehner tells ‘60 Minutes’

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — The top Republican in the House of Representatives said it is “critically important” to improve the country’s infrastructure and that Congress is looking ...

Koch event drawing 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is sending clear signs about an expected run for the presidency in 2016. The first-term Republican lawmaker planned to join several other potential candidates at a gathering Sunday in Palm Springs, Calif., organized ...

Congress may find cybersecurity consensus on information-sharing bill

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — President Obama and Congress appear to have found a rare area of potential agreement: cybersecurity. In his State of the Union speech, Obama called on lawmakers to pass legislation to encourage businesses to share cyber threat information with the ...

State’s no-bid contracts with private law firms prompt scrutiny

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Private law firms could reap millions of dollars in fees from civil litigation they are pursuing on behalf of Pennsylvania taxpayers. But don’t ...

Wolf says he recalled appointees on principle and to gain respect

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that he acted on principle, not partisan politics, and hoped to gain the Legislature’s respect when he fired ...

Democrats set date for national convention, negotiating location

By Tribune-Review
Democrats have chosen a date for their national convention during the 2016 presidential election and now need to select a city. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair, said Friday that the convention will be held the …

Pennsylvania’s open records office director says Gov. Wolf doesn’t have authority to fire him

By Melissa Daniels
The first political fireworks of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration erupted about 48 hours into his term. Wolf, a Democrat inaugurated Tuesday, announced Thursday he was ...

Investigative grand jury in Pa. proposes compelling journalists’ testimony

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Witnesses from the Attorney General’s Office and others helped an investigative grand jury conclude that “information subject to grand jury secrecy was improperly ...

Senate Finance Committee advances amendment that could affect nonprofit taxes

By Melissa Daniels
Less than two weeks into the legislative session, the Senate Finance Committee advanced a constitutional amendment that could change how Pennsylvania determines whether certain nonprofits must pay property taxes. The proposal, which passed 7-4 along party lines, would clarify in ...

Salena Zito Columns

Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary

By Salena Zito
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color and gender of Republican weighing a run for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The Iowa Freedom ...