Capitolwire: PA Health Department oversight of nursing homes lacking, but improving, says Auditor General DePasquale

. By Chris Comisac  Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (July 26) – A state Health Department request that an audit be done regarding the agency’s efforts to regulate and oversee Pennsylvania’s nursing homes has produced a roadmap to improve those efforts. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy Tuesday morning held a joint […]

Capitolwire: Rafferty favors low-profile role for AG.

  NEWSLANC EDITOR:  A Montgomery County Republican prosecutor and judge virtually prevent Attorney General  Kathleen Kane from running for re-election and now a Montgomery County Republican Senator runs for her position.   What a co-incidence!     By Kevin Zwick Staff Reporter Capitolwire HARRISBURG (July 25) – After a few tumultuous years, Republican John Rafferty says […]

State budget more “smoke”

  By Dick Miller   WE.CONNECT.DOTS:  –  Republican controlled Pennsylvania legislature has won another budget battle.  Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is now half-way through his term with little to show. Wolf defeated Republican Tom Corbett when voters decided that Corbett did not deserve a second term.  In the Republican’s case, even with both chambers of […]

Hershey Trust to Reach Settlement With Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office

WALL STREET JOURNAL:   …Hershey Trust Co. has agreed on terms of a settlement with Pennsylvania’s top law-enforcement officer, which has been investigating the trust board over allegations of excessive compensation and conflicts of interest. The parties are in the process of drafting a legal document outlining the terms, which would lead to resignations of some trust board […]

Kudos to LNP for editorial critical of Lancaster General Hospital

LNP editorial “Answers about Lancaster General Hospital’s shutdown are needed, and stat” observes: “On this question, we defer to Jason Brown, the region’s emergency preparedness manager for the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. He told LNP that hospital systems are generally designed with multiple ‘redundancies’ — an engineering practice of duplicating critical components in […]

In Kane trial, prosecutors seek to bar pornography defense

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: … Prosecutors want to block Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from contending at her perjury trial that the charges against her were brought in retaliation for her campaign to expose the swapping of pornography on state computers. In court papers Thursday, prosecutors called Kane’s assertion that she had been targeted for prosecution […]

Different gun laws at Cleveland and Philadelphia conventions: A tale of two cities

Although Pennsylvania law permits open carry of firearms elsewhere in the state, protesters at the Philadelphia Democratic convention can’t openly carry rifles and pistols without a permit, as can protesters in Cleveland. by Bill Keisling Pennsylvania law enforcement officials preparing for next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia have an advantage over their counterparts at […] © 2015