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What Tom Wolf Wants in His Big, Bold Budget — and What He’s Likely to Get

Gov. Tom Wolf‘s budget “contains the most ambitious and bold set of proposals in modern history.” That’s according to Terry Madonna, a political science professor […]

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Is Pennsylvania Ready for Automatic, Universal Voter Registration?

State Sen. Vincent Hughes traveled to Selma, Alabama this past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement in which police […]

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Does Michael Nutter’s Property Tax Stand a Chance?

It’s never easy for a mayor to sell a tax hike. So the fact that Mayor Michael Nutter is asking City Council to raise property taxes by 9 […]

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Tom Wolf’s Incredible Plan to Overhaul Philly Taxes

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his first budget plan for Pennsylvania Tuesday, and it’s nothing if not ambitious. What got a little lost in the coverage of Wolf’s […]

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Tom Wolf: We Found $109M in Savings in Two Weeks

About two weeks ago, Gov. Tom Wolf launched the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization and Efficiency. He even calls it by its cheesy acronym: GO-TIME. Wolf says the […]

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PA House Passes Liquor Privatization, 114-87

The Pennsylvania House passed a bill Thursday to privatize the state-run liquor system by a vote of 114-87. Here’s how the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board would be […]

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The 15 Best Tweets From Tom Wolf’s Twitter Town Hall

Gov. Tom Wolf did as the cool kids do and held a “Twitter Town Hall” Tuesday. Citizens asked him about everything from fracking to education funding to, […]

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Mike Turzai “Very Disappointed” Philadelphia SRC Only Approved 5 New Charters

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai says he is “very disappointed” that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve only five of 39 […]

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Rob McCord Pleads Guilty to Extortion

Ex-Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempting to extort campaign contributions during his 2014 campaign for governor. This comes as no surprise: McCord admitted in a video […]

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The Brief: The Nutter-Clarke Blood Feud Drags On

Well, this is awkward: Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke has hired a lobbyist for Council in the state capital. This is on top of the two firms already […]

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GOP: Wolf’s Execution Moratorium Unilaterally Changes the Law

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday morning that he is placing a temporary moratorium on executions as he awaits an upcoming report by the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory […]

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Gov. Wolf: No More Death Penalty (For Now)!

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that he is placing a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania until he reviews an upcoming report by the Task Force and Advisory […]

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Here’s Everything Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Did in the Last Two Weeks

Gov. Tom Wolf announced last month that he was going to post his full work calendar online starting in February. It sounded all good and transparent, but, we pointed […]

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The Brief: A Mayor’s Race Up In Smoke

With tough-on-crime Lynne Abraham and pot-decriminalizer Jim Kenney both running for mayor, is Philadelphia poised to have a serious debate about the criminal justice system in 2015? God, we hope so. […]

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WATCH: Rob McCord Will Plead Guilty to Certain Federal Charges

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord is planning to plead guilty to federal charges related to an incident that took place when he ran for governor last year. Robert […]