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March 25, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis and Kathy Boccella, STAFF WRITERS
In an unexpected and possibly unprecedented move, Gov. Wolf on Wednesday said he would let the latest $30 billion Republican spending plan become law, ending Pennsylvania's historic 266-day budget impasse. At a news conference in Harrisburg, Wolf reversed course on a promised veto by saying he would neither sign nor reject the proposal sent to him by legislators. Without either, it automatically becomes law Monday morning. Wolf said the Republican budget math "doesn't work" and he was loath "to put my name on something that I don't believe is exactly what we ought to have.
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March 24, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Kathy Boccella, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - After nine months of budget bellyaching in the Capitol, Gov. Wolf faces a political dilemma. He can fulfill last week's promise to veto the latest spending plan from the Republican-controlled legislature, setting the stage for more gridlock in the Capitol. Or he can capitulate to mounting calls - including from within his own party - to approve big chunks of a budget he has openly denounced. Some had expected the governor to act by Tuesday, as the legislature prepared to break for the Easter holiday.
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February 28, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Since dropping out of the presidential race Feb. 10, Gov. Christie has emerged twice in New Jersey to make public remarks: during his budget address, and at a school ribbon-cutting in Newark. On Friday, he popped up in public again - but this time, he was back on the campaign trail, appearing in Texas to endorse Donald Trump. Christie - who didn't take questions from reporters at the Newark event earlier this week, and left before the ceremonial ribbon was cut - said in Fort Worth that he and Trump met Thursday, and "he said, 'How about coming out on the road to Texas with me?
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February 28, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Saying the reputation and independence of Pennsylvania's appeals courts are at stake, three former governors on Friday urged state legislators to pass a bill that would end the partisan election of judges on the state's three appeals courts. The former governors - Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker, and Ed Rendell - spoke for about 30 minutes in a statewide conference call to reporters, saying scandals involving justices on the state Supreme Court and the record $16 million donated to candidates running in last year's Supreme Court election underlined the need for change.
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February 26, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
Gov. Wolf said his prostate cancer was detected after a "regular checkup revealed abnormalities. " He declined to clarify whether that means he has been having routine PSA blood tests to check for prostate cancer. In recent years, PSA screening rates have been falling as expert groups have stressed the limits and risks of the practice. The prostate-specific antigen test checks for a blood protein that can surge with benign as well as malignant prostate gland changes. Initially approved only to monitor cancer patients for recurrence, the PSA test cannot distinguish aggressive malignancies from those that would never be life-threatening if left untreated.
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February 19, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer and Melanie Burney, STAFF WRITERS
Three former New Jersey governors are among those calling for a new investigation into the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, and to change John Sheridan's manner of death from suicide to undetermined. Former Gov. Christie Whitman said Wednesday that she believes that the Sheridans may have been murdered and that the state should reopen the investigation. Whitman and nearly 200 others, including more than 40 members of Sheridan's former law firm, Riker, Danzig, Scherer Hyland & Perretti, signed an open letter released Wednesday as being from "Friends of John and Joyce Sheridan.
NEWS
February 18, 2016
MAYBE THE once-seen-as-mild-mannered Wolfman is baring his fangs a little bit more. Perhaps he who pitched "a different kind of governor" is pitching an old familiar brand of hardball. Could be calling Republicans stupid, their budget "garbage," and suggesting they might want to "find another job" just whetted an appetite for escalation. Whatever's going on, it seems something new is going on in the ongoing fight twixt Wolf and the GOP. If you missed it, well-regarded (i.e., not crazy)
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February 14, 2016
The headline "School leaders angered by Wolf" (Wednesday) following the governor's unveiling of his 2016-17 budget was misleading. Wolf was elected with the help of educators and parents across the commonwealth with a clear mandate: Reverse the damage done to public education by former Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-led General Assembly. Lesser politicians would have used Republican obstructionism as an excuse to give up on that goal. By sticking to his principles and maintaining his promise to voters, he is showing leadership.
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February 9, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
EXETER, N.H. - Ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, the three governors fighting to prove themselves in the Republican race all have been campaigning on an asset that they argue the front-runners lack: executive experience. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are drawing voters at campaign stops torn on which governor to support. But the most explicit contrasts the candidates make are not among themselves, but with their rivals.
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February 7, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. Christie picked up the endorsement Friday of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a popular Republican from just south of the state that will host the first presidential primary Tuesday. The backing from Baker comes as new polls show Christie trailing key rivals in New Hampshire for likely GOP primary voters. The endorsement "should tell people in New Hampshire two things: First is that governors recognize how important it is to have a governor as the next nominee," Christie said Friday after a town-hall meeting in Stratham.
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