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(Mike Innocenzo, CEO of Peco, testifies before the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Peco CEO Expresses Pride Over Ice Storm Power Recovery Effort

Peco CEO Mike Innocenzo told the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee that 715,000 customers lost power — 40 percent of the Peco system and 70 percent of Peco customers in the suburbs — due to the February 5th ice storm.

03/27/2014

(Pa. auditor General Jack Wagner.  File photo by Mark Abrams)

Jack Wagner Ends Bid For Democratic Gubernatorial Nomination

Barely more than a month after jumping in, Pennsylvania’s former auditor general is bowing out of the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

03/27/2014

(Pa. state senator Mike Stack, D-Phila.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Lower Penalty For Possession of Small Amount of Pot

State senator Mike Stack (D-Phila.) wants to reduce possession of less than an ounce of pot to a summary offense -– the equivalent of a traffic ticket.

03/26/2014

Philip Durgin (left) reads summary of report at     LBFC meeting

Study: Property Tax Relief vs. Wage Tax Relief From Casino $$ In Phila

A report prepared by a state legislative committee is likely to bolster support for continuing to use casino revenue for wage tax relief in Philadelphia.

03/24/2014

(PA Governor Tom Corbett. Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Corbett: It’s OK For States To Review Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Governor Corbett says he sees nothing wrong with states conducting their own review.

03/23/2014

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Write-In Candidate Wins Special Election For PA Senate Seat

A so-called “maverick” Republican made history with his win in a special election for a York County seat this past week.

03/23/2014

(Members of the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee share a light moment during proceedings.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmaker Says Variable-Rate Electric Plans Need Caps To Protect Consumers

“I agree with most of your comments on the free market,” Rep. Robert Goshall told an electric industry representative who testified. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked.”

03/20/2014

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State Rep Reintroduces Bill That Would Prohibit A SEPTA Worker Strike

Montgomery County House Republican Kate Harper says her legislation would add SEPTA workers to the list of public employees already prohibited from walking off the job.

03/20/2014

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Watchdog Group Says Ethics Probe Is Not Enough For Corrupt Politicians

A Harrisburg area activist says he’s filed ethics complaints against Philadelphia Democrats caught on tape accepting illegal payments.

03/20/2014

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Pa. Senate OKs Bill Offering Snow Day Relief

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a bill designed to give schools more flexibility in making up snow days from this brutal winter, but it’s unclear whether it will get action in the state House.

03/19/2014

Rick Bloomingdale at podium. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Activists Call For Minimum Wage Increase In Pennsylvania

A coalition of activists has announced a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, but they face an uphill battle.

03/19/2014

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Public Utility Commission Wants To Make It Faster To Change Suppliers

Public Utility Commission says it will speed up consideration of a rule change to allow people to switch electric suppliers more quickly.

03/19/2014

(Pa. Rep. John Taylor, R-Phila.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmakers Move To Tighten Gun Control Laws For Philadelphia

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill, sponsored by Rep. John Taylor (R-Phila.), which will create a minimum two-year prison sentence for someone who carries an unlicensed gun in Philadelphia.

03/18/2014

(Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Attorney General Says She Had No Choice But To Drop Corruption Cases

At a press conference in Harrisburg, Kane said the biggest reason she believes the investigation is fatally flawed is the credibility of the informant posing as a lobbyist who allegedly captured audio of the lawmakers accepting payments.

03/17/2014

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PA House Approves Removing Labor Dispute Exemption From Anti-Harassment Law

Allegations of violence by union members have fueled action in the state House on a bill to eliminate an exemption from the state’s anti-harassment law for people involved in labor disputes.

03/16/2014

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