Entries by Brad Christman

BLOG SERIES: The Gettysburg Campaign – June 24, 1863

In recognition of the approaching 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, PAMatters is sharing daily observations of noted historian  Mark Nesbitt, who brings you the personal stories of the boys and men who were marching into history in the summer of 1863… Visit Mark’s blog at http://markvnesbitt.wordpress.com/ for more Gettysburg stories…   June 24 […]

Christman Blog: What’s Your Work Philosophy?

It’s January and you return to your very well-paid job from a nice holiday break – a month and a half holiday break. Certainly everyone can relate to that. Your boss welcomes you back and then informs you that he has several big and important projects for you to complete by mid-year. In fact, some of […]

Senate Liquor Privatization Bill Unveiled

The long-awaited and much-anticipated Senate version of liquor privatization legislation is now officially unveiled. State Senator Chuck McIlHinney uncorked his proposal Tuesday after chairing a series of public hearings in his Senate Law & Justice Committee. McIlhinney’s proposal would expand the carry-out sale of wine and spirits to more than 14,000 existing license holders, such […]

Senate Liquor Legislation Expected Today

State Senator Charles McIlhinney is expected to unveil his legislation today dealing with the liquor business in Pennsylvania. McIlhinney recently chaired a series of hearings on the proposal to privatize the booze business in PA, hearings that sometimes became contentious as union-backed opponents of privatization, including some lawmakers, expressed their outrage at the plan to […]

Pennsylvania & New York to Share Copy of the Bill of Rights

When the original Bill of Rights was passed by the Congress of a young nation in 1789, copies were hand-written and sent to each state. Pennsylvania’s copy disappeared in the 1800s. New York’s was believed to be lost in a fire. Still, the New York Public Library has one of the hand-written copies and many […]

Bag Ban at Penn State This Fall

Saying it’s an important added level of security, Penn State University has announced a ban on all bags, backpacks and purses at home sporting events this fall. The policy was first put in place for the Blue-White spring football practice game in April. That was just after the backpack bombings at the Boston Marathon. The […]

Governor Corbett to Nominate Judge Correale Stevens to the PA Supreme Court

Governor Tom Corbett today will submit his nomination for a vacant seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. That seat opened up with the resignation last month of former Justice Joan Orie Melvin who was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year. She is appealing that conviction. The governor has selected longtime Superior Court Judge Correale […]

Batten Down the Hatches for Bumpy Weather Thursday

The weather system feared to form a phenomenon known as a derecho began moving into Pennsylvania early this morning, sweeping through western PA in the 3 and 4 o’clock hours and then continuing its path across the Commonwealth. Much of the state is in store for severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and damaging winds, along with […]

House Budget Vote Could Come Today

Democrats and Republicans postured and battled Monday in the state House of Representatives, but in the end the Democrats fell short to the GOP majority on every critical vote. The Democrats were pushing their own budget plan, which they said would increase spending for education and expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a move […]

Ask the Governor – June 10, 2013 (complete 1-hour audio program)

Starting this month, we will be placing audio from the complete “Ask the Governor” programs on PAMatters.com. Now, you can listen to the entire program and/or watch video clips of specific topics. Click the play button to get started… [audio:AsktheGov06-10-13_1.mp3]   This program was recorded Monday, June 10th, 2013 and includes discussions on the following […]