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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Morning Constitutional

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 11:05 AM

click to enlarge Kathleen Kane
  • Kathleen Kane
Here’s a roundup of stories worth a read this morning.

It’s already been a busy week for Attorney General Kathleen Kane. After her reelection bid was confirmed last Friday, she started off this week winning a court case, challenging the suspension of her law license and announcing she would ignore state senate proceedings calling for her ouster. Her announced bid for a second term, however, hasn’t slowed down the number of Democrats looking to take her job come November.
click to enlarge WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA
  • White House Photo by Pete Souza













President Barack Obama will give his seventh and final State of the Union address tonight and the New York Times says don't expect a typical address. CNBC reports that POTUS' speech will concentrate on the "good things we have going for us." And if you're wondering how many things promised during the SOTU actually get done, NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben has answers.







click to enlarge Gov. Tom Wolf
  • Gov. Tom Wolf

While Gov. Tom Wolf took action by crafting emergency funding for school districts and local governments out of a Republican budget plan, the budget stalemate still exists and the Associated Press' Marc Levy expects it isn't leaving anytime soon. But one piece of funding not released by Wolf was funding for state-related universities like Pitt, Penn State and Temple. Republicans tried to push that funding through Monday but couldn't muster enough Democratic support to do so. This comes on the heels of a lawsuit from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, which calls the withholding of federal education dollars illegal.





And in short: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey announced that he has $10 million ready for his reelection bid. The Allentown Morning Call reports that the state's medical marijuana bill is still alive but under attack.

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