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Ambush of troopers rattles veteran police reporter

September 28, 2014 It is a very sad time for the The Pennsylvania State Police, a law enforcement agency of more than 4,600 state troopers. more »»

 
 
 
Embracing opportunity with changing health care

September 28, 2014 For some, the unprecedented change sweeping through healthcare is a tornado best ridden out from behind the thick walls of tradition. But for a few, these are days of opportunity. more »»

Politicos eye broader effect of anti-Corbett vote

September 26, 2014 HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett has been trailing in the polls for so long that the political conversation in Pennsylvania is shifting away from whether the Republican can make his race competitive. more »»

Lawsuits, drug scarcity preventing executions

September 21, 2014 HARRISBURG — Gov. more »»

The Hobby Lobby case is no kid stuff

September 21, 2014 On a dreary Shabbat afternoon, I sat down and read the entirety of the much debated, applauded and excoriated Hobby Lobby Stores case. more »»

Falling through the cracks in Obamacare

September 14, 2014 Mark Ferkler is a Delaware County resident in his mid-thirties. He’s healthy, gainfully employed, and now, thanks to Obamacare, is newly uninsured. Yes, you read that right — uninsured. more »»

Pennsylvania to hear electronic voting challenge

September 14, 2014 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania officials crossed their fingers and hoped for no major problems in the 2006 election as voters in all 67 counties cast ballots electronically for the first time. more »»

GOP hopes to keep power under new redistricting

September 7, 2014 HARRISBURG — For the past 3 1/2 years, Republicans have controlled all three power centers in Pennsylvania government — the governorship, both chambers of the Legislature and a majority of the... more »»

Taxing businesses won't save students

September 7, 2014 SunnySide Supply, a safety equipment business in Washington County, is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to Marcellus Shale development. more »»

Job No. 1 for the next governor? A huge budget gap

August 31, 2014 PHILADELPHIA — Job No. 1 for whoever wins this fall’s election for Pennsylvania governor likely will be trying to solve the state government’s messy fiscal situation. more »»

A Romney redux in future?

August 31, 2014 Is Mitt Romney becoming the once and future GOP nominee for president? Six months ago such a question might have been met with a polite smile or an elevated eyebrow. more »»

Governor hopefuls target tax talk at middle class

August 24, 2014 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s middle class is getting a lot of attention from the gubernatorial candidates, especially on the subject of taxes, but the TV campaign messages are typically vague and... more »»

For teachers, knowledge is power

August 24, 2014 Like any other group of professionals, teachers are a diverse lot, holding vastly differing social, cultural, and political views. more »»

Long agenda awaits legislators at session’s end

August 17, 2014 HARRISBURG — The halls of Pennsylvania’s ornate Capitol were quiet and fairly empty this week, leaving plenty of room for the few tourists to wander around now that lawmakers have been home for... more »»

Give ’em hell, Tom

August 17, 2014 “Running against Harrisburg” is a popular strategy. Most modern gubernatorial candidates seeking a first term, including incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, have “run against Harrisburg. more »»

The PSAC, NCAA and Pennsylvania

August 17, 2014 As a myriad of college campuses rumble to a start with the beginning of another academic year, the 18 member institutions of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference begin their 63rd year of... more »»

Wolf’s job goal challenges recent history

August 10, 2014 HARRISBURG — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf is harshly critical of Pennsylvania’s relatively slow job creation rate under Republican Go. more »»

Pennsylvania’s growing heroin and opioid epidemic demands action

August 10, 2014 Over the past five years, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths have been identified in Pennsylvania. Overdose deaths in our state have increased by an astounding 570 percent, rising from 2. more »»

Budget shields taxpayers, but challenges remain

August 3, 2014 A contentious budget season has officially ended after Governor Corbett signed a $29 billion appropriations bill into law. more »»

Corbett seeks to change view of education record

July 27, 2014 HARRISBURG — Since 2011, Pennsylvania Democrats have pointed to the budget-balancing cuts in education aid that GOP Gov. Tom Corbett signed six months into office. more »»

 
 

 

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September 24, 2014 I've spoken with several friends lately who said hot spots have been a major issue this time of year. The only hot spots I have ever liked are ones associated with popular attractions. more »

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