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Pennsylvania Launches New Government Information Web Site

The Pennwatch web site was created by an act of the state legislature.

12/24/2012

(Gov. Tom Corbett -- File photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Corbett Says Accepting Free Vacation Trip Was Not Improper

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett was peppered with questions about his belated disclosure that he accepted free trips paid for by a campaign contributor who sits on his privatization advisory panel.

12/20/2012

(Pennsylvania electors are sworn in prior to casting their votes.  Photos from Commonwealth of Pa. TV)

Pennsylvania Officially Goes Blue As State Casts Its Electoral College Votes

“The electors of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have cast 20 votes for the Honorable Barack Obama…”

12/17/2012

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office in City Hall.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Joins Other Democratic Mayors Across Pa. In Call For Fiscal Cliff Solution

Mayor Nutter said Philadelphia and other cities in the Commonwealth would face “devastating” cuts in services if the fiscal cliff spending cuts kick on at the start of the new year.

12/10/2012

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Pennsylvania Still Looking For Sales Tax From Online Purchasers

If you would pay sales tax on an item in a brick-and-morter store, Pennsylvania wants you to pay sales tax when you make a purchase online.

11/27/2012

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Part 1: The EITC — What Is It?

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.

11/08/2012

Susan Gobreski, of Education Voters of Pennsylvania.   File photo by Pat Loeb)

Part 2: Who’s Hurt by the EITC?

Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.

11/08/2012

(Construction is underway on a new building on the campus of the Agnes Irwin School, in Rosemont, Pa.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 3: Who Benefits From It?

“BLOCS provides scholarships from your business taxes to students who not only want to attend a Catholic school but are most in need,” says one advertisement.

11/08/2012

(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams visits the Patterson Elementary School in Southwest Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Part 4: Ongoing Controversies

State senator Tony Williams defends the program as similar to the GI Bill, but some of his Harrisburg colleagues see it as improperly favoring closed groups.

11/08/2012

(Mitt Romney sits aboard his campaign plane, en route from Ohio to Wisconsin.   Credit: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

Romney Campaign Redoubles Effort For Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral Votes

In the final days of the campaign for president, Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes are suddenly looming large.

11/02/2012

Judy Shepard, the mother of a murdered gay man, speaks at a hate crimes conference for law enforcement and community leaders at the National Constitution Center.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Mother of Murdered Gay Man Addresses Hate Crimes Conference in Philadelphia

“Matt is no longer with us because two men learned — they learned — that it was okay to hate,” Judy Shepard said.

10/24/2012

(Parkhouse Geriatric Center, in Royersford, Pa.  Photo provided)

Montco Will Offer Voter IDs To All County Residents Through Its Nursing Home

Montgomery County, Pa. is making it easier for eligible voters in the county to get a photo ID in time to cast their ballot in the November election.

09/21/2012

(A sign at a Penndot center advertises that it offers a new, less stringent form of ID card usable only for voting purposes.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

PennDOT Will Keep Phila. Centers Open a Few More Hours Each Week For Voter IDs

Mayor Nutter wanted extra hours and extra personnel at all ID centers every day until Election Day. The state countered with a few extra hours on Thursdays.

09/11/2012

Group Puts Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Near Bottom of Business-Friendly Locales

A business advocacy group says Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in particular have a legal system that’s unfair to businesses.

09/10/2012

(Former Masschusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey opens a campaign office near 4th and South Streets in Philadelphia, as part of the "Women for Mitt Coalition."  credit: Steve Tawa)

Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Brings Romney Campaign To Philadelphia

Republican Presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s surrogates campaigned in Philadelphia on Thursday as part of what they call his “Women for Mitt Coalition.”

08/09/2012

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