STATE POLITICS



Pa. Senate panel moves bill to void federal health care law

2012-03-07 11:34:00

A Senate panel approved a proposal to make the federal health care law and its requirement that residents purchase health insurance illegal


Bill to alter superintendent contracts clears Senate committee

2012-03-06 11:23:00

The bill would limit contract buyouts and mandate student-achievement clauses.


Altmire survives Critz's ballot challenge

2012-03-05 16:23:00

The Democratic congressmen both seek nomination in the 12th District after Republicans redrew boundaries.


Veon guilty on 10 counts

2012-03-05 16:05:00

Former state Rep. Mike Veon and his ex-aide found guilty of misuse of taxpayer money.


Public education supporters ramp up rallies with call-ins

2012-03-05 16:01:00

As the state House Appropriations Committee today conducts a hearing on state education spending, parents, students and other taxpayers will


Voter ID bill limits basic right, opponents say

2012-03-05 12:56:00

They say bill would disenfranchise voters who are elderly, poor or minorities.


Sen. Orie says politics was kept out of legislative office

2012-03-04 00:01:00

State Sen. Jane Orie's lawyer spent a second day Saturday trying to show that his client kept politics out of her legislative offices, but p


Gay candidates in Pennsylvania called 'remarkable' progress

Gay candidates in Pennsylvania called 'remarkable' progress

2012-03-04 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- In most communities here, a gay person can still be fired simply because a boss doesn't want a gay person working for


Ex-chief of staff testifies that Orie documents were altered

2012-03-02 13:08:00

The prosecution in the case against state Sen. Jane C. Orie spent more than an hour this morning going over document after document with the


Republicans speak defiantly but schedule special elections

2012-03-02 00:01:00

Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, is following Supreme Court orders and scheduling special elections in six


Aide: Orie ordered campaign work

2012-03-02 00:00:00

State Sen. Jane Orie's former chief of staff spent the entire day on the witness stand Thursday, testifying that the McCandless


Veon corruption case goes to jury

2012-03-01 13:53:00

HARRISBURG -- A Dauphin County jury is expected to begin considering the public corruption charges against former Democratic state Rep. Mike


Prosecutor: Orie set up campaign office to cover up

2012-03-01 12:57:00

In the hours after an intern resigned her position with state Sen. Jane C. Orie, the McCandless Republican and her chief of staff quickly sc


Despite conviction, DeWeese will appear on primary ballot

Despite conviction, DeWeese will appear on primary ballot

2012-03-01 00:01:00

The state's 50th House District will get another chance to pull the lever for recently convicted state Rep. Bill DeWeese.


Riders, advocates push back against proposed transit cuts

Riders, advocates push back against proposed transit cuts

2012-02-29 17:56:00

The largest service reduction in Port Authority history would displace senior citizens, the disabled, working people and businesses, and rev


Orie attorney says trial prosecution an 'optical illusion'

2012-02-29 13:08:00

The defense attorney for state Sen. Jane Orie said this morning that the prosecution will use "an optical illusion" to try to prove his clie


Prosecution moves to withdraw some Veon charges

2012-02-27 19:04:00

HARRISBURG -- State prosecutors today filed a motion to withdraw four counts against former Democratic Rep. Mike Veon, who is facing his sec


6 jurors selected for Orie's second public corruption trial

2012-02-27 13:07:00

Six jurors have been selected today in the criminal case of state Sen. Jane C. Orie.


Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association leader has plenty of clout with GOP hierarchy

Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association leader has plenty of clout with GOP hierarchy

2012-02-26 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- When Fred Anton calls Republican politicians at the state Capitol, they don't put him on hold.


New maps for state House, Senate districts delayed again

2012-02-22 14:23:00

HARRISBURG -- New state legislative maps, which were planned for a vote today, are still being negotiated, according to top lawmakers who he


Former worker at Veon nonprofit testifies at ex-legislator's trial

2012-02-22 00:01:00

Testimony resumed on Tuesday in the trial of former Democratic state Rep.


Critz challenges 950 Altmire petition signatures

2012-02-22 00:00:00

The campaign of U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, claims almost 950 nominating signatures filed by U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, a


Corbett's plan to cut Pa. pension watchdog questioned

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal would eliminate the Public Employee Retirement Commission, the watchdog agency that last year allowed Pit


With LCB, 'modernize' replacing 'privatize'

2012-02-20 00:00:00

The newest buzzword in the Capitol for the future of the much-maligned state Liquor Control Board: modernization.


Map mania: Ruling roils 2012 politics

2012-02-19 00:25:00

There is good reason for state GOP leaders to mull every option -- including postponing Pennsylvania's April 24 primary -- in the face of de


Lawsuit seeks special elections in South Hills, elsewhere

2012-02-18 11:52:00

Two Philadelphia attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday in the state Supreme Court trying to force House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, into s


Opening statements begin in Veon corruption trial

2012-02-16 12:06:00

HARRISBURG -- Opening statements began this morning in the case against former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon, who faces charges that he mi


Anti-gun-control bill speeding through Legislature

2012-02-16 00:01:00

A bill fast-tracking through the General Assembly aims to send a tough message to local governments in Pennsylvania: Pass gun-control measur


Pretrial motions delay Veon's second corruption trial

2012-02-16 00:01:00

A flurry of pretrial motions Wednesday afternoon delayed the start of former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon's trial on public corruption ch


Jury selection begins in Veon corruption case

2012-02-14 00:01:00

Jury selection is under way in a state corruption case against a former top Democratic lawmaker in Harrisburg and his one-time aide.


State could take over refurbished Point State Park

2012-02-14 00:00:00

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will assume growing responsibility for a refurbished Point State Park in coming y


City students ask governor to make education a priority

City students ask governor to make education a priority

2012-02-14 00:00:00

Several Pittsburgh students are in Harrisburg for Valentine's Day, but it's not so they can deliver chocolate and flowers to Gov. Tom Corbet


Leaving senate: Pippy plans return to the 'private sector'

2012-02-09 00:00:00

After serving eight years in the state House and eight years in the Pennsylvania Senate, John Pippy, a Republican lawmaker from Moon, said


Corbett 'not going to go into' transit-cut solutions now

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Gov. Tom Corbett today again declined to give details of how he plans to deal with the state's transportation funding crisis, and said he


Pa. House votes to extend unemployment benefits

2012-02-08 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted today to send a bill to extend unemployment compensation benefits for


Pa. House votes to send shale drilling fee to Corbett

2012-02-08 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- After more than three hours of debate today and months of wrangling over the legislation's details, a Marcellus Shale


State Senate passes Marcellus Shale legislation

2012-02-07 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- The state Senate passed a Marcellus Shale regulatory and impact fee measure this morning, sending the plan for a final vote


Governor proposes lean budget, with big higher ed cuts

2012-02-07 00:00:00

Gov. Tom Corbett has unveiled his plan for a $27.14 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, proposing another round of significant


State inmates' return to Pa. boosts county economies

2012-02-06 00:00:00

In early 2010, in an effort to ease the burden of the state's prison system, Gov.


DeWeese convicted on 5 felony charges, vows to run again

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Jurors have found Democratic state Rep. Bill DeWeese, the onetime House speaker from Waynesburg, guilty on five of six felony counts.


Redistricting may delay Pennsylvania primary

2012-02-04 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- The April 24 primary date may be in jeopardy after the state Supreme Court on Friday explained its rejection of new


Tim Burns withdraws from U.S. Senate race

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Bowing to Gov. Tom Corbett and his party's hierarchy, Washington County businessman Tim Burns announced yesterday that he had withdrawn


State Supreme Court releases opinion rejecting reapportionment

2012-02-03 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- The state Supreme Court issued a lengthy opinion this afternoon regarding the state's legislative redistricting plan they


Toomey-backed earmark ban fails in Senate

2012-02-02 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate today rejected a permanent end to earmarks but its leadership consented to a one-year extension of a


DePasquale wants $30 million for struggling school districts

2012-02-01 02:03:00

Democratic state Rep. Eugene DePasquale proposed legislation this morning that would direct $30 million to 18 academically and fiscally dist


Toomey co-sponsors earmark ban

2012-02-01 02:03:00

WASHINGTON -- A temporary ban on Congressional earmarks could become an enduring law of the land under a bill amendment sponsored by Sens. P


DeWeese: 'I didn't do anything wrong'

2012-02-01 02:03:00

HARRISBURG -- Seeming to summarize his morning on the witness stand, Democratic state Rep. Bill DeWeese left the jurors with two parting wor


Toomey co-sponsors earmark ban

2012-02-01 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- A temporary ban on Congressional earmarks could become an enduring law of the land under a bill amendment sponsored by Sens.


DeWeese: 'I didn't do anything wrong'

2012-02-01 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Seeming to summarize his morning on the witness stand, Democratic state Rep.


DePasquale wants $30 million for struggling school districts

2012-02-01 00:00:00

Democratic state Rep. Eugene DePasquale proposed legislation this morning that would direct $30 million to 18 academically and fiscally


DeWeese supporters push back in corruption trial

2012-01-31 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- A parade of southwestern Pennsylvanians from Democratic Rep. Bill DeWeese's district took the witness stand this morning to re


House speaker files suit to halt elections

2012-01-31 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- The Republican speaker of the state House of Representatives has filed a suit in federal court, seeking to prevent elections t


Transit budget portends park-ride closures

2012-01-30 00:00:00

As part of a 35 percent service reduction planned for September, the Port Authority expects to close 18 park-n-ride lots with more than 2,90


Governor's candidate for Senate gets state GOP nod

2012-01-29 00:00:00

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Chester County businessman Steve Welch, Gov. Tom Corbett's chosen candidate for U.S. Senate, received the backing of state R


Corbett seeking to make mark in state elections

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Entering a pivotal year for his administration, with a state budget due soon and Pennsylvania swinging into campaign mode, Gov. Tom Corbett


Republican committee set to endorse U.S. Senate candidate

2012-01-28 00:00:00

HERSHEY, Pa. -- With a closely watched party endorsement vote set for this morning, seven of the GOP contenders for U.S. Senate gave their f


Governor and GOP leaders weigh in on redistricting ruling

2012-01-28 00:00:00

HERSHEY -- Gov. Tom Corbett and state GOP leaders had harsh words today about the state Supreme Court rejection of the new legislative map a


GOP state committee endorses Welch for U.S. Senate

2012-01-28 00:00:00

HERSHEY, Pa. -- After hours of wrangling and some fiery discussion, Pennsylvania's Republican Party state committee members voted this after


Prosecutors wrap up case against DeWeese

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Prosecutors finished their case Thursday against state Rep. Bill DeWeese, D-Waynesburg, in his public corruption trial after presenting the


Court orders more work on new state House, Senate districts

2012-01-25 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- In a surprising move, the state Supreme Court today remanded the new state reapportionment plan back to a redistricting commis


Pippy announces he won't run for another full term

2012-01-25 00:00:00

State Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon, announced Tuesday that he would not run this year for a third full term in the state Senate.


Congressional races in Western Pa. region revving up

Congressional races in Western Pa. region revving up

2012-01-24 00:00:00

The United Steelworkers union announced its support Monday of U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, in the increasingly competitive race for th


Turzai changes his mind, won't run for Congress

2012-01-24 00:00:00

State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, is backing out of his plans to run for Congress in the new 12th District.


Testimony: DeWeese ordered staffer who lost House race fired

2012-01-24 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- A former top aide to state Rep. Bill DeWeese returned to the witness stand this morning, telling jurors the failed political c


United Steelworkers endorse Critz

United Steelworkers endorse Critz

2012-01-23 00:00:00

The United Steelworkers union announced its support this morning of U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, in the increasingly competitive race


Washington County commissioner joins congressional race

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi announced today that he is running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, cu


DeWeese corruption trial begins in Harrisburg

2012-01-23 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Opening arguments began this morning in the state prosecution against Democratic Rep. Bill DeWeese, who is accused of illegall


500 gather in Murrysville to hear Casey challengers

500 gather in Murrysville to hear Casey challengers

2012-01-21 00:00:00

The cold of winter did not stop Republicans in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties from breaking ground Friday night in the race for one of


Jury picked for Deweese trial

2012-01-19 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Jury selection was completed today for the political corruption trial of former House Speaker Bill DeWeese, a Waynesburg Democ


Activists demand Melvin's resignation

Activists demand Melvin's resignation

2012-01-18 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- The same citizen activists who pushed to rescind the Legislature's 2005 pay raise are now calling for the immediate resignatio


District attorney challenger drops out of GOP primary

2012-01-13 00:00:00

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed's odds of becoming the next state attorney general have improved dramatically now that his o


Competitor's drop-out ups Freed's odds in attorney general run

2012-01-12 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed's odds of becoming the next state attorney general have improved dramatically


Justice Joan Orie Melvin staying on state Supreme Court amid probe

2012-01-11 00:00:00

Justice Joan Orie Melvin continues to sit on the state Supreme Court even after receiving a letter last month identifying her as the target


GOP rivals come out slugging in latest debate

GOP rivals come out slugging in latest debate

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Mitt Romney's rivals came out slugging against the front-runner Sunday morning, in a collective pummeling that contrasted with the more plac


State revenue far below estimates

2012-01-03 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Two weeks ago, state Budget Secretary Charles Zogby warned that state tax revenues could fall $500 million below estimate by t


Corbett's austerity gets mixed reviews

Corbett's austerity gets mixed reviews

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Gov. Tom Corbett is finishing up his first year in the state's top job, and, like any rookie, he got a few bumps and bruises on the politica


Year in review: The top 10 news stories of 2011

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Here's a rundown of the region's top stories of 2011, as voted by the Post-Gazette staff.


Santorum up to third place in CNN Iowa poll

2011-12-28 00:00:00

A new CNN poll shows Rick Santorum leaping into contention in next week's Iowa's caucuses.


Pa. one of 7 states to win 'Race to the Top' education cash

2011-12-23 00:00:00

Pennsylvania will get $41,326,299 to improve primary and secondary education as one of seven states receiving money through the federal "Rac


House approves new congressional districts

2011-12-21 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Despite complaints from Democrats about some strangely shaped districts and about separating many neighboring communities, the


Funds approved for bridges, roads

2011-12-20 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- A bill authorizing state officials to borrow more than $1.6 billion for construction and economic development projects is head


Christiana decides against run in new congressional seat

2011-12-20 00:00:00

State Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, announced Monday that he will not run for a new congressional seat expected to stretch from the north t


New Pa. congressional districts finalized

2011-12-20 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- The state House gave final approval today to a new map of congressional districts to be in effect for the next 10 years.


Pennsylvania could be in play in presidential race

Pennsylvania could be in play in presidential race

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Will it happen again? Four years ago, Gov. Ed Rendell tried in vain to persuade the Legislature to move Pennsylvania's primary earlier in th


New charges filed against Orie sister

2011-12-16 00:00:00

Allegheny County prosecutors have filed a slew of new charges against the sister of state Sen. Jane Orie, saying she directed an aide to des


New Pa. district to enter big congressional race in 2012

2011-12-15 00:00:00

The long-term political effects of Pennsylvania's 18 new congressional districts will be unknown for years. In the short term, mapmakers hav


Redrawn congressional map advances to state Senate for vote

2011-12-14 00:00:00

As predicted, Western Pennsylvania incumbent Democrats Jason Altmire and Mark Critz are set to be in a combined congressional district next


Amended state voter ID bill moves forward

2011-12-12 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- A state Senate panel this morning tweaked a measure to require all voters to show photo identification at the polls.


Good friends Altmire, Critz hoping to avoid election confrontation

Good friends Altmire, Critz hoping to avoid election confrontation

2011-12-11 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- There's a storyline in professional wrestling that gets recycled every few years: Two best friends, often tag-team partners, a


Orie's attorney claims no part in forged papers

2011-12-02 00:00:00

The defense attorney for state Sen. Jane Orie has signed an affidavit affirming that he was not responsible for creating documents the prose


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