May 23, 2015 |
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster. Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on a road trip with the team last week. This is yhe fifth and final story in a series about the Fightin Phils. The trip out of Erie was a difficult one for the writer. After being overexposed to the sun during Aaron Nola's dominating outing against the Seawolves on Sunday afternoon, the tomato-faced writer attempted to leave about 7 p.m. only to find himself alone and locked inside Jerry Uht Park.
May 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's embattled nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police will not face criminal charges or fines for removing road signs near his Harrisburg-area home that were critical of him, a central Pennsylvania prosecutor announced Thursday. But Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed told reporters that everyone involved in the incident - from acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown to the retired trooper who erected the road signs and then videotaped the top cop removing them - "should have known better.
May 14, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to serve as secretary of state faced resistance Tuesday from Republican lawmakers who said he deserved blame for not stopping Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. After a hearing, the Senate State Government Committee declined to take a position on Pedro Cortes - an unusual step - and instead moved his nomination to the full Senate floor for consideration. The committee chairman, Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), said after the hearing that the panel was split on Cortes, but that he wanted to give all senators the chance "to make the decisions based on their own conscience.
May 14, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Two measures dealing with issues that are key to any state budget deal - property taxes and pensions - began moving through the legislature Tuesday, with lawmakers pushing for swift action on both. The House began debate on a multibillion-dollar property-tax relief measure whose prospects are uncertain, while the Senate is poised to vote on a Republican-backed proposal to rein in the cost of public-employee pensions. Both bills are up for final passage Wednesday, after which legislators will break until June, when budget talks with Gov. Wolf will begin in earnest.
April 23, 2015 |
State Rep. Joe Hackett's final day in office is not until April 30, but he already has begun collecting another check for a second government job. For 18 days this month, the Delaware County lawmaker will receive checks for two government posts that each pay about $85,000 annually. Democrats and a state watchdog organization say that raises ethical questions about how taxpayer money is spent and how Hackett (R., Delaware) is spending his time. Republicans say the dual employment is legal.
April 17, 2015 |
After a "national search," Pennsylvania's underfunded Public School Employees' Retirement System , based in Harrisburg, said Wednesday that it has offered its top job to a candidate from close to home: State Rep. Glen R. Grell (R., Cumberland). Grell's predecessor, Jeffrey Clay , who retired a year ago, was paid $237,000 a year, which would be a big raise over the $86,000 Grell earned as a state representative. He is "still negotiating" his pay with PSERS, spokeswoman Evelyn T. Williams told me. In a statement, Grell said he would miss representing his Harrisburg-area district, and thanked the PSERS trustees who selected him. The trustees - aides to the governor, teacher and school board representatives, and lawmakers - are familiar faces to Grell because he was a member of the board until January, when he was replaced by state House leaders with Rep. Stephen Bloom , also a Cumberland County Republican.
April 13, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A judge on Friday ordered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to prove she did not violate his court order when she fired a top aide this week - and said she would face contempt charges if she did. Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter directed the embattled attorney general to appear at an April 27 hearing before a three-judge panel to review the circumstances of her decision to oust James Barker, a chief deputy attorney general....
April 7, 2015 |
HAPPY Easter Monday and welcome to the season of renewal. Feel it in the air? There's a mayor's race with its wafting aroma of fresh ideas and promises of new strides for the city, especially in public schools. There's a "fresh-start" governor in Harrisburg with bold state plans to invest new money, especially in public schools. There's . . . oh, wait, what am I thinking? Who sees schools on the brink of a blossoming rebirth fed and watered with fresh ideas and new money?
April 4, 2015 |
If elected mayor, Lynne M. Abraham says, she would take Harrisburg to federal court if necessary to force lawmakers to adequately fund Philadelphia schools. She wants to end the School Reform Commission and replace it with a board of elected and appointed members. And she wants to add city caseworkers to deal with chronic school absenteeism, institute mandatory prekindergarten, and prioritize fixing or replacing the School District's stock of old, crumbling buildings. Abraham articulated her ideas in an education plan released Thursday.