September 15, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's office and the state Republican Party faced off in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday over a request to release emails of Katie McGinty, the governor's former chief of staff who is now the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. The governor's office is appealing a state Office of Open Records determination that it turn over some materials it withheld in response to a July 2015 right-to-know request from the deputy communications director of the state Republican Party.
September 11, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - William Trout Wolf, 95, Gov. Wolf's father, died Friday afternoon, the governor's office announced. Mr. Wolf, who owned the York-based kitchen cabinet company that the Democratic governor and two business partners later bought, died at 3:15, the governor's office said. Funeral arrangements are pending. "In the meantime, we ask that the family's privacy be respected during this difficult time," said Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan. Last year, Mr. Wolf, a longtime business leader and philanthropist in York County, suffered a heart attack, the governor had said.
September 10, 2016 |
Gov. Christie, who staked his unsuccessful presidential campaign on New Hampshire, is going there now to stump for Donald Trump. The governor, who quit the race after a poor showing in February's first-in-the-nation primary, will speak next week on behalf of the GOP presidential nominee at the New Hampshire Republican Party's Unity Breakfast, said the party's executive director, Ross Berry. Christie's appearance was first reported by WMUR, a Manchester television station. Christie will attend the breakfast - scheduled for Wednesday at the Bedford Village Inn near Manchester - "to represent the Trump organization," Berry said.
August 20, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday nominated a former top state prosecutor to serve as attorney general and replace the convicted Kathleen G. Kane, a move that would end the fleeting tenure of Bruce L. Castor Jr. Wolf said his nominee, Bruce Beemer, a Democrat, had the support of Republican and Democratic legislative leaders. Beemer's nomination must be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate, a vote that is not expected before the end of the month. "Bruce Beemer has a depth of experience," Wolf said in a statement.
August 18, 2016 |
Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah leaned heavily on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of political bribery in asking a federal court in Philadelphia on Monday to overturn his conviction on corruption charges. The former congressman's lawyers had telegraphed the move after the high court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in June, a decision that came days after a federal jury found Fattah guilty on 22 counts in a case with some parallels.
July 24, 2016 |
A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, an important battleground that could help decide the election in November, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate. "Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. He attended a fund-raiser for Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running for an open congressional seat.
July 23, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - He gave a speech that prompted a rallying cry on the floor of the Republican National Convention, defended the GOP presidential nominee's wife against plagiarism, and blasted a U.S. senator as selfish. As Gov. Christie capped a week in the spotlight - and as a top advocate for Donald Trump - he pledged to New Jersey Republicans that he would play a quieter role when his term as governor ends in January 2018. "I will retreat to the role of used-to-be," the governor said at a breakfast Thursday for the state's delegation, describing his role model for departing office as former President George W. Bush: "He never got out there and decided to become a pundit or talking head," but "conducted himself with honor and dignity.
July 19, 2016
Former Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson, 83, a Democrat who was seen as embodying his state when he posed for an iconic Time magazine cover only to lose public confidence by arranging his own appointment to the U.S. Senate, died Sunday. Gov. Mark Dayton's office said Mr. Anderson had been in hospice care in St. Paul. Mr. Anderson was elected governor in 1970. Time featured the former Olympic hockey player in a glowing 1973 story about Minnesota, calling him "a Midwestern Kennedy. " At the height of his popularity in 1974, Mr. Anderson beat his Republican challenger by a better than a 2-to-1 ratio.
June 29, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell with a ruling likely to reverberate through other high-profile corruption cases, including those against former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) Within minutes of the unanimous opinion's release, lawyers for Fattah - who was convicted last week on federal charges of racketeering, bribery, and fraud, and then resigned from Congress - were scouring the decision, which narrowed the scope of a law that bars public officials from taking gifts in exchange for official actions.
June 24, 2016
OUR STATE CAPITAL runs on protocols. For instance, powerful people in Harrisburg don't dial their own calls. That's what staffers are for. Traditions like that can trip up a hands-on governor. The Department of General Services last Friday issued this advisory to government agencies: "Please advise your switchboard that if they receive a call for anyone in your department, claiming to be Tom Wolf they should not hang up on him. It may very well be the governor - he likes to place his own telephone calls.