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Are PA beer distributors unable to tap full potential of craft beer surge? | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent There was a time when Joe Greco and his buddies would all buy a… More

Liquor privatization veto won’t end competition for beer distributors | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent ALTOONA, Pa. — The trade association for beer distributors across the state has staunchly… More

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In Pennsylvania, shipping wine a complicated affair | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Wine connoisseurs in 30 states can buy their vino the 21st-century way: From AmazonMore

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Veto power? PA couple says PUC gives movers ability to block new competition | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Cosmo Losco and his wife Mary Anne want to start a moving business, but… More

Private enterprise helps handle urban blight in Erie | By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org ERIE, Pa. — It’s nice when being a do-gooder also works to your advantage. “We… More

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Erie shows wrong way to shop for economic growth solutions | By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org ERIE, Pa. — After sitting empty for decades, by 2001 Erie’s historic Koehler Brewery was… More

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Erie eatery an example of innovative business launch campaign – without government |

FOOD APPEAL: Mike and Liz Augustine appealed to the world at large to help them transition from a pop-up restaurant … More

Loopholes in Pennsylvania’s Ethics Act allow family hires | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Sometimes abstinence really is the best policy, at least for elected officials who consider… More

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Throop turns request for salary data into open-records battle | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Throop officials didn’t make it easy to find out how much they pay their… More

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Throop’s struggles filling jobs pays off for councilwoman’s family | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent When Throop ran into obstacles filling two borough jobs, Councilwoman Charlene Tomasovitch twice had… More

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Council nepotism leads to small town government, one big family | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent In the tiny borough of Throop, a five-square-mile patch of former hard coal… More

Teachers union gets free office space from broke Philly school district | By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org While local students are forced to go without basic supplies like toilet paper and textbooksMore

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Bipartisan property tax reform tangled in partisan PA budget debate | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — Based on some of the political rhetoric pouring from the Capitol,… More

Charter school advocates howling mad over Wolf’s budget | By Evan Grossman │Watchdog.org Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is out to destroy charter schools, and his budget provides evidence, school… More

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Wilkes-Barre could be test case for more ACLU action against one-strike ordinances | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Adam Peters lost thousands of dollars when the city of Wilkes-Barre shuttered one of… More

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State records: Businesses miss job pledges, but taxpayer money at stake | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Chinese food buffet in the city of St. Mary’s in… More

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‘Hold harmless’ harmful to some schools | By Evan Grossman │Watchdog.org

UNFAIR? All Pennsylvania schools get a minimum dollar amount that varies little from year to year, … More
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From write-in campaign to campaign star, Wagner rises quickly in PA politics | By Andrew Staub | PA Independent After the politicians delivered their stump speeches Monday afternoon, most of the crowd that… More

ElectionDay

PA GOP loses governor’s race, but rides wave to big majorities in House and Senate | By PA Independent staff Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett might have been left standing on the beach with no surfboard as… More

Examining Gov. Tom Corbett’s record of no-tax pledges and big tax breaks | This is the fourth part of our series examining the issue of taxes in the 2014 gubernatorial election. In part More