| Dec 29, 2014
Reading all these year-in-review recaps has left me a little groggy, so forgive me if my own look at 2014's top stories veers in and out of reality.
Phillies announce that Chris Wheeler and Sarge Matthews will be leaving the broadcast booth...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 8:28 PM
Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians expect to see a boost in education funding, but they also believe sales and income taxes will rise because of the election of Democrat Tom Wolf as governor, according to a survey.
Only 42 percent believe that the...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 7:25 PM
Eliminate a multibillion-dollar deficit while increasing funding for public education. Levy a tax on natural gas drillers. Enact a gift ban in the aftermath of a scandal.
Those are the priorities that analysts and officeholders see Gov.-elect Tom Wolf...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:41 PM
• By Election Day, it had come to this:
Tom Wolf: Taxpayer Money Should Go to Sex-Change Operations
Republicans Must Get Out the Vote Tomorrow, November 4, to Prevent Abuse of Taxpayer Funds
WEST CHESTER –...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 7:23 PM
In minutes the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin.
And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero.
Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-tall wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 6:02 PM
HARRISBURG — In a shakeup of legislative leaders Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley got a seat at the table of power.
Republican Sen. Pat Browne of Allentown was named the chamber's budget point man.
Browne's elevation to Senate Appropriations...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 5:58 PM
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday signed into law a bill adding a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes sold in Philadelphia to help pay for the city's schools.
The tax takes effect Wednesday and will push to about $7.80 the price of a pack of...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 7:05 PM
More than two decades of activism over Pennsylvania's barbaric tradition of pigeon shoots did not end with a victory dance last Monday.
It ended with House Bill 1750, which last week won 36-12 approval in the state Senate, safely buried in the House...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 7:36 AM
It turns out that NRA lobbyists weren’t the only ones working to encourage the state House to duck from voting on a bill that would have banned pigeon shoots, “hunting” tethered animals and raising dogs and cats for human consumption....
| Oct 2, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Last week, two major bond-rating agencies (Fitch and Standards & Poor's) downgraded Pennsylvania's debt rating, citing poor fiscal health. While this should worry voters — taxpayers will be forced to pay more for state borrowing — it isn't too...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:41 PM
HARRISBURG — The House of Representatives has canceled a vote on a new cigarette tax for Philadelphia, casting doubt on whether the city's schools will be able to safely open on time in September.
Leaders in the Republican-controlled House...