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  • The case of the missing Pennsylvania Democrats

    The case of the missing Pennsylvania Democrats
    HARRISBURG — This time of year in the state Capitol, when bills that have been idle for months suddenly are awakened by the budget process, mysteries and conspiracy theories abound.
  • House OKs bill to factor in performance in teacher furloughs

    Pennsylvania's House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow public schools to factor in performance when laying off teachers and to cut staff during hard economic times. The House voted 100-91 to approve the bill and send it to...

    Harrisburg budget blame game begins

    Harrisburg budget blame game begins
    HARRISBURG — Since the fall, Barry Shutt has carried a fold-up chair and cardboard sign to the state Capitol several times a week. He sets up near the marble Rotunda steps that separate the House and Senate. Or he'll be in the East Wing, always...

    Gene Stilp, 'master of political theater,' takes a bow

    Gene Stilp, 'master of political theater,' takes a bow
    — The Marcellus Shale Coalition had spent months and thousands of dollars on a rally and parade against drilling taxes. It chartered buses. It rented Harrisburg's minor league baseball stadium. It handed out free "Pennsylvania Jobs, Pennsylvania...

    In mocking Sen. Joni Ernst's 'bread bags,' aren't liberals being hypocritical?

    In mocking Sen. Joni Ernst's 'bread bags,' aren't liberals being hypocritical?
    It’s hard to say what coastal liberals think is funnier: the fact that Republican Sen. Joni Ernst’s thrifty mother tied bread bags over her little girl’s feet to protect her shoes on muddy days -- or the fact that Ernst comes from Iowa,...