Monthly Archives: February 2009

PAC accused of breaking finance rules faces fines

A political action committee supported primarily by Gov. Rendell stands accused of circumventing city campaign-finance rules and failing to disclose contributions to, among others, three of five Democratic candidates in the 2007 Philadelphia mayor’s race. The Philadelphia Board of Ethics … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Greater Philadelphia

Senators lambaste gaming oversight

Senators on Thursday complained that state gambling regulators too often operate out of the public view and alleged the Gaming Control Board isn’t doing enough to protect taxpayers. Board Chairman Mary DiGiacomo Colins said her agency has been “very transparent” … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Specter’s ‘reluctant’ vote helped firm with ties to his wife

On Oct. 1, after a critical vote on a $700 billion financial industry bailout package, Sen. Arlen Specter issued a two-paragraph statement explaining why he “reluctantly” voted, along with 73 colleagues, for the measure. Before the year was over, a … More after the jump

Posted in National Politics

Taxed, maxed to the limit

Seven in 10 Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly oppose Gov. Ed Rendell’s proposal to allow counties to levy another 1 percent sales tax as well as his plan to consolidate the state’s school districts, according to a Tribune-Review poll released Thursday. The responders … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

What’s Your Legislator Saying to Lobbyists? Don’t Try to Find Out

Via John Micek: The AP reports this morning that appeals officers for the state House and Senate think that Magnifying-glass Pennsylvania’s new Right-to-Know Law does not give the public the right to review correspondence between lawmakers and lobbyists. On Tuesday, … More after the jump

Posted in Open Government

Bill seeks to end ‘pay-to-play’ contracts

Two Republican Senate leaders on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at curbing “pay-to-play” practices that enable large campaign contributors to win state contracts. The aim is to eliminate even the appearance of a conflict of interest, said Senate Majority Whip … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Ban on ‘extreme fighting’ KO’d

Coming soon: a mixed martial arts fight near you. The State Athletic Commission has sanctioned the bouts, sometimes called “extreme fighting,” which mix kickboxing, boxing, wrestling and martial arts. They’re featured on Spike TV through the Ultimate Fighting Championship series. … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Court has prosecutor probe DeNaples leaks

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is ordering a special prosecutor to look into alleged violations of grand jury secrecy in the case of a millionaire casino owner. The court issued a pair of orders today that instructed Dauphin County President Judge Richard … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Ex-councilman’s aide, two others guilty of fraud

The former chief of staff to Councilman Jack Kelly, his ex-campaign treasurer, and one of Kelly’s chief campaign contributors were convicted by a federal jury yesterday of a conspiracy to buy influence in City Hall. But the jurors rejected most … More after the jump

Posted in Greater Philadelphia

PA to Seek Emergency Loan to Shore Up Unemployment Fund

With Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation fund plummeting by almost $400 million in six weeks, the Rendell administration said yesterday that it would seek federal help before the fund becomes insolvent, as early as next month. The fund’s balance, just under $1 … More after the jump

Posted in Budget