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Coming to America: Pope Francis

Pontiff confirms he'll visit Philly next September

(Newser) - A pontiff who has long championed human kindness is coming to the City of Brotherly Love. Pope Francis confirmed today that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with a trip to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families. Francis' announcement, at an interreligious... More »

Porn Email Scandal Sinks Pennsylvania Lawmakers

2 gubernatorial administration employees step down

(Newser) - Unwise work move: sending emails with subject lines like "Bikini Wax Job." Or so a group of current and former employees of Pennsylvania's attorney general's office have learned. The porn email scandal broke last week, when current Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed that during a review... More »

Gay Marriage Now Legal All Over Northeast

Judge declares ban in Pennsylvania unconstitutional, but state expected to appeal

(Newser) - A day after Oregon became the 18th state to recognize same-sex marriage, a federal judge made Pennsylvania the 19th, at least for now. The judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . “By virtue of this ruling, same-sex couples who seek to marry... More »

What to Watch for in Today's 'Super Tuesday'

6 states hold primary voting

(Newser) - It's Super Tuesday—well, the 2014 midterm version, at least. Today sees voting in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, Politico reports. Among the races to watch:
  • In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces off against Matt Bevin, and there's little doubt McConnell will win the
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Pa. Governor Likens Gay Marriage to Incest

Comparison follows earlier one likening gays to children

(Newser) - Tom Corbett likened gay marriage to incest today—and that was his attempt to walk back an earlier comment likening it to a union of children. In an interview with WHP-TV today, the Pennsylvania governor was asked about a state attorney's comments likening same-sex marriages to marriages involving 12-year-olds.... More »

Pennsylvania: Gays Barred From Marriage, Just Like Kids

State opposes a county's allowance of same-sex marriages

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania county clerk has been issuing same-sex marriage licenses, saying state laws against the practice are unconstitutional—and now the state capital is fighting back. State attorneys say there's no "value or legitimacy" to the more than 150 licenses issued in Montgomery County since July 24, and... More »

Pennsylvania AG Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Sources say Kathleen Kane will make announcement today

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's own attorney general won't defend the state's gay marriage ban, which is being challenged in a federal lawsuit , according to multiple sources, including lawyers involved in the case, who talked to the Philadelphia Daily News and the Washington Post . Kathleen Kane, the state's first Democrat... More »

Pa. Gov to Sue NCAA Over Sandusky Sanctions

Lawmakers don't want Penn State fine spent in other states

(Newser) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The Republican governor plans to hold a news conference today to announce the filing. The suit is an antitrust... More »

Emboldened, Right-to-Work Group Eyes New States

But other GOP governors seem leery of inviting controversy

(Newser) - The success of right-to-work legislation in Michigan has emboldened the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to try to work the same anti-union magic in yet more states, the group's president tells the Washington Post . "If Michigan can do it, then I think everybody ought to think... More »

PA Workers Could Soon Pay Taxes ... to Employers

Proposed law is meant to lure big companies

(Newser) - A new Pennsylvania law—which has already passed the state House and Senate, but has not yet been signed by the governor—would force some employees to pay taxes to their employers, Philadelphia's citypaper reports. The law is a tax incentive attempting to lure software company Oracle to Pennsylvania;... More »

Bachmann: I Would Beat Sandusky 'to a Pulp'

Pa. governor explains Paterno's firing, McQuery's 'moral' failing

(Newser) - Count Michele Bachmann among those who want a little extra-judicial punishment for Penn State's Jerry Sandusky: “This is so horrific. On the level of a parent, I think of my children, if that was my child, and my automatic reaction would be, even if I’m a small... More »

GOP Eyes Newest Stars for 2012 VP Bid

Will Rubio, Kasich or Martinez be on the ticket?

(Newser) - The 2010 election is barely behind us, but people are already talking about the GOP's prospects in 2012. An early favorite for the 2012 ticket is Marco Rubio of Florida, who delivered his party's first post-election weekly address, reports Politico . "People like Marco Rubio and Nikki Haley have regional... More »

State AG Orders Twitter to Rat Out His Critics

Republican candidate for governor wants names, addresses

(Newser) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has subpoenaed Twitter, demanding it release “any and all subscriber information” for two accounts that seem to mainly specialize in criticizing him. The subpoena orders Twitter to “testify and give evidence regarding alleged violations of the laws of Pennsylvania,” but doesn't specify... More »

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