Sam Smith

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Pharrell, Beyoncé Lead in MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

2014, just like 2013, continues to be the year of Pharrell. And Beyoncé.


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Sam Smith Owns New York City with Apollo, Letterman Performances: Watch

Sam Smith has taken New York City by storm during the U.S. release week of his debut album, In the Lonely Hour.


(Pa. House speaker Sam Smith.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. House Speaker Sam Smith Won’t Run For Reëlection; Cites Divisiveness

Rep. Sam Smith, a Republican from Punxsutawney, indicates he will step down at the end of the current session, in November, after four years as speaker.


(credit: Representative Sam Smith’s office)

Pa. House Speaker Sam Smith To Retire

Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith says he won’t run for another term and will retire when his 14th term ends Nov. 30.


(Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, in 2013 file photo.  Credit: Bill Roswell)

Pa. House Speaker Won’t Rule Out Kathleen Kane Impeachment

The speaker of the state house says he’s not dismissing a move by a Republican member to begin impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Kathleen Kane for her decision not to defend Pennsylvania’s marriage law in court.


(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Legislators Extend Talks Over Transportation Funding Bill

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House now says a vote on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges, and mass transit won’t happen until next month at the earliest.


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State House Speaker Says Voter Turnout In Philadelphia Too High To Be True

Sam Smith thinks voter turnout in Philadelphia on Tuesday was too high to be believed.


(The dome of the Pennsylvania state capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Guns No Longer Allowed For Pa. House Security Guards

The security guards for the Pennsylvania state Senate in Harrisburg do not carry firearms, and the House security guards didn’t either, until a few years ago.


(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Speaker Wants To Suspend Special Elections In Wake of Block to Redistricting

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House is asking a federal court for guidance in the aftermath of a state Supreme Court ruling that has thrown elections for state legislative seats into chaos.



Speaker Sam Smith Wants To Cut Pa. House By 50 Members

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House is preparing legislation aimed at reducing the size of the chamber.


Artist’s rendering of the Foxwoods casino project.

Uncertainty With Revoked Foxwoods License

The Gaming Control Board has revoked Foxwoods’ license and now it seems a real possibility that license could end up going either someplace else or nowhere at all.



Smith, Turazi Eager To Start New Jobs In Pa. House

As expected, Pennsylvania House Republicans have retained their two top leaders as they prepare to take control of the chamber in the new session of the state legislature that begins in January.



New Party In Power But Same Old Budget Concerns In Pennsylvania

Republicans will control the governor’s office and the state legislature starting next year but that doesn’t necessarily mean Pennsylvania’s budget squabbles are over.



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