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Pa. Game Commission won’t renew controversial contract with lobbying firm run by former top lawmaker

Several Republican state senators expressed concerns about using public funds to pay for the services of private lobbyists.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Storm steps down as Victim Advocate

The move comes several months after the state Senate refused to give her a second term

By Sam Dunklau

Pa. Victim Advocate criticizes Senate “no” vote as “political vendetta”

Storm alleges state Senate President Joe Scarnati led a personally-motivated effort to block her from serving another six-year term in the appointed position.

By Sam Dunklau

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Updated: 2020-11-12 16:04:09

Top Pa. senator’s campaign revives lawsuit against journalists over public records fees

The campaign of Sen. Joe Scarnati is appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking thousands of dollars in fees for providing records of campaign expenses to a Spotlight PA journalist and others.

By Michael Wereschagin/The Caucus

Updated: 2020-09-16 16:18:11

Top Pa. Republican’s campaign sues journalists over public records costs

Sen. Joseph Scarnati’s campaign is seeking thousands of dollars from a news organization and two journalists, even though a state agency says he’s not entitled to collect the fees.

By Michael Wereschagin/The Caucus and Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Updated: 2020-07-01 18:21:10

Pa. Supreme Court sides with governor in dispute over emergency powers

GOP legislature argued that it had the power to end Gov. Wolf's coronavirus emergency declaration
By Benjamin Pontz/PA Post

A ruling could come as soon as this week in legal standoff between Wolf and Pa. legislature

The fate of the governor’s emergency declaration hangs in the balance

By Benjamin Pontz/PA Post

Top Pa. GOP lawmaker fast-tracking a lucrative gambling expansion that would benefit a major campaign donor

The maneuvering offers a window into the raw intersection between politics and policy-making in Pennsylvania, and how campaign dollars can drive the legislative agenda.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Updated: 2020-05-08 20:02:00

Gov. Tom Wolf rejects GOP subpoena for business waiver records, but releases some information online

The information, published late Friday, only identified which businesses received waivers, falling well short of what the legislature had requested.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Businesses tied to Gov. Tom Wolf, top Pa. senator close after questions about how they qualified as ‘life-sustaining’

Wolf's office said the state had rescinded a waiver granted to the governor's former cabinet supply company after inquiries from Spotlight PA and PA Post.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA and Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA