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  • Live-Blog: The last day of the 2011-12 legislative session.

     
    Today is the final day of the 2011-12 legislative session. State lawmakers are expected to work through the night today to try to wrap up any unfinished business before they depart for an Election Season break With the cancellation of......
  • With leadership elections, Senate Dems, Repubs stick with the tried and true.

     
    So much any hope for a palace coup. Senate Republicans and Democrats held the dullest leadership elections in the history of ever today, re-elecitng the same slate of leaders who saw them through the 2011-12 legislaitive session. Senate President Pro-...
  • Tuesday Morning Coffee: Turnpike pressures drivers to make E-ZPass switch.

     
    Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Some of you may recall that, about a week ago, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced that it could move to all-electronic tolling within about five years' time. Unremarked at the time was how the switch......
  • Wednesday Morning Coffee: Only one bid to privatize the PA Lottery.

     
    Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Happy Thanksgiving Eve. With any luck, most of you will be turning your attentions away from the affairs of state today and in the general direction of food, family and holiday travel. Wherever you're headed......
  • The Top 5 Political Stories of 2011: No. 2 The Argument Over Marcellus Shale.

     
    Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seelers. We enter the final furlong of this week's countdown of 2011's top political stories with perhaps one of the most important policy issues facing lawmakers in recent memory. Namely, how to regulate Pennsylvania's booming...
  • Wednesday Morning Coffee: Our Rick's Very Big Night.

     
    Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. OK. We admit it. We didn't see this one coming. When we left the office last night, we figured that all Rick Santorum had to do was not get totally blown out in Iowa in......
  • Monday Morning Coffee: Legislative Retirements Update.

     
    Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With the legislative petitioning process underway, but also existing in some bizarre kind of limbo, now seemed as good a time as any to update the list of lawmakers who have decided to call it......
  • More Details On Marcellus Shale Impact Fee.

     
    Legislative negotiators are nearing agreement on a proposed impact fee for Marcellus shale natural gas drillers and could begin voting as soon as this week, a spokesman for House Republicans said this morning. “I think we are very close to......
  • Monday Morning Coffee: Shale Deal Near?

     
    Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So remember how, last month, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R- Jefferson, said he wanted a deal on an impact fee before Gov. Tom Corbett gave his second budget address? Well, we're just about......
  • Tea-Time Budget Update: Republicans, Corbett Continue Budget Talks.

     
    Senior legislative Republicans and Corbett administration officials concluded a second consecutive day of budget negotations this afternoon, saying, as they did the day before, that they're still working and that their talks are continuing. House Majority...
  • PA House gunning for booze privatization vote today.

     
    House Republicans are planning to start debate as early as today on legislation that would get Pennsyvlania out of the booze business. "I feel very good that people recognize that we have to move Pennsylvania into the 21st century," the......