Treasurer McCord to resign immediately, plead guilty to federal charges

According to a video released by Treasurer Rob McCord Friday afternoon, he is moving up his resignation date from February 12 to immediately.

He explained he inappropriately used the power of his office to solicit campaign contributions, for which he is currently under federal investigation and expected to plead guilty.

Friday, January 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Reinstatement of state park fracking moratorium draws mixed reviews

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an Executive Order Thursday morning in Philadelphia reinstating a Rendell-era moratorium in natural gas leases in state parks, an order that was ended under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

“Natural gas development is vital to Pennsylvania’s economy, but so is the economic and environmental viability of our parks and forests,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement. “This is about striking the right balance. Our state parks and forests are unique assets that should be preserved, protected, and utilized by our residents for recreational purposes.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

Corbett nominations make their way through Senate committee

The Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee Tuesday declined to honor the recall of all Gov. Tom Corbett’s end-of-term nominees issued by Gov. Tom Wolf and reported all 13 nominations to the floor for Senate approval.

The debate broke down on whether the Senate should honor the new governor’s request, allowing him to set nominees on his own accord, or whether the nominations—rightly made at the tail end of the Corbett administration—should stand.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

In what was described as a 180-degree change from the prior administration, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday told legislators and families supporting the legalization of medical marijuana he would sign such legislation if it got to his desk.

“I believe that doctors should have the ability and the right to prescribe the drugs they understand and makes the most sense for their patients,” he said. “No Pennsylvanian should suffer needlessly when we have the ability to treat them.”

The bill, currently in the form of Senate Bill 3, is largely the same product that passed the Senate last year by a 43-7 vote.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawsuit filed over Arneson’s firing focuses on office’s independence, quasi-judicial function

In the latest in the saga over Gov. Tom Wolf’s firing of current/former Office of Open Records executive director Erik Arneson saw the Senate Republican Caucus file a lawsuit on his behalf Monday afternoon.

The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment for the caucus as to Arneson’s status and seeks to have the court use its powers of injunctive relief to place Arneson back at OOR’s helm.

In making their argument, the Senate Republicans offer that the OOR’s executive director is not subject to the governor’s at-will removal given the independent nature of the office and the quasi-judicial function of the office, both of which they claim courts have found act as checks on the governor’s authority to remove appointees. 

Monday, January 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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