Maverick Senator Calls for Pileggi Ouster

PA Independent, a right-leaning news outfit, reports that State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, is calling on his party to boot Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi from his leadership position.

Wagner, a freshman, ran for office promising to challenge the establishment. So he’s making good on that.

Wagner, R-York, wants state Sen. Dominic Pileggi out as majority leader, and he made those sentiments clear in a letter he sent to the Chester County Republican on Friday. Wagner accused Pileggi of blocking legislation that could help Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, shutting fellow Republicans out of negotiations regarding the Philadelphia cigarette tax and protecting private- and public-sector unions.

“The bottom line is this: I have concluded that it is not in the best interest of Pennsylvanians for you to continue as Senate Majority Leader,” Wagner wrote to Pileggi.

Pileggi declined comment, saying he viewed the letter as an internal caucus matter. He did, however, forward Wagner’s letter to every other Republican in the Senate.

Judge: Email Scandal Could Spread to Judiciary

Chief Justice Ronald Castille wants to know if Pennsylvania judges were among the officials who exchanged racy emails with other state government officials. He’s asking Attorney General Kathleen Kane to name any judges who might have participated in the burgeoning scandal.
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Corbett to Kane: Give Me All The Pornographic Emails You Have

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It’s rare that a state’s governor asks the attorney general for her stash of porn, but that’s the current situation in Pennsylvania.

After AG Kathleen Kane allowed press members to see portions of pornographic emails sent using state email addresses on Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Kane asking her to release the entire trough of pornographic emails to him. “The governor wants all the facts,” his spokesman told the Inquirer.

Multiple top state officials received pornographic videos on their state email accounts, which Kane discovered while investigating how the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation was handled. Corbett did not receive any emails and was not aware of the practice.

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Those Racy Emails: What They’re Saying

Kathleen Kane. AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

Kathleen Kane. AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

Note: This post contains mildly detailed descriptions of the racy emails shared by state officials.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane took the lid off a burgeoning scandal Thursday, revealing the names of eight state officials who allegedly sent and/or received naughty emails on state government computers — and showing reporters some of the images those officials shared with each other.

The Inquirer gets down to business:

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3 Reasons This Is the Moment to Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

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Sorry friends, but there won’t be any hate crimes legislation coming out of Harrisburg this year – not even with the groundswell of support created by the recent attack on a gay couple in Center City.

But that doesn’t mean all is lost.

There’s a lot to be done to enhance the safety and welfare of gays and lesbians in Pennsylvania — and this appears to be a great moment to push ahead with it. Remember: Even though gays in Pennsylvania this year won the right to get married to each other, they still lack the protections of a statewide anti-discrimination law — a marriage on Saturday could result in a job loss on Monday and an apartment eviction on Tuesday. That’s not right.

Here are three reasons that now might be a better moment to pursue an anti-discrimination bill instead of hate crimes legislation:

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