PA now has online voter registration

It is now eas­ier to reg­is­ter to vote in the state of Penn­syl­va­nia. Gov­er­nor Tom Wolf announced yes­ter­day that the state of Penn­syl­va­nia is now the 23rd state in the nation to pro­vide online voter reg­is­tra­tion. To reg­is­ter to vote online you can go to the web­site www.register.votespa.com and com­plete the form. Once com­pleted the form is for­warded elec­tron­i­cally to the person’s county voter reg­is­tra­tion office. If the infor­ma­tion matches the person’s PA ID, the sig­na­ture on file will become the sig­na­ture used for voting.

Williamsport street party

There are no games at Lamade Sta­dium in South Williamsport today, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of activ­ity on the other side of the river. The city of Williamsport and the Williamsport Lycoming Cham­ber of Com­merce is throw­ing a big street party today from 5 to 9pm with Williamsport Wel­comes the World. Dozens of ven­dors with many dif­fer­ent types of food as well as crafts will be on hand. For­mer Major League reliever and Hall of Famer Bruce Sut­ter will be on hand to sign autographs.

Still no Budget

Bud­get talks occurred in the state capi­tol in Har­ris­burg this week with lines still drawn in the sand. Repub­li­can lead­ers say they have agreed on the major­ity of spend­ing lines in the bud­get includ­ing $400 mil­lion dol­lars in new edu­ca­tion fund­ing, but they say the Gov­er­nor remains unwill­ing to accept any comp-0romise to his plan which calls for bil­lions of dol­lars in higher taxes. The Repub­li­can leg­isla­tive lead­ers say they have pre­sented another com­pro­mise plan but con­tinue to wait for word from the Wolf Admin­is­tra­tion. Another meet­ing sched­uled for yes­ter­day was can­celled by the Governor.

Williamsport one of the easiest places to sell your home

Smar­tAs­set, a New York based finan­cial tech­nol­ogy com­pany recently released results of a study rank­ing citi­ies in the U.S. by the num­ber of days that homes spend on the mar­ket, and the Williamsport area is amongst the eas­i­est places in the state of Penn­syl­va­nia to sell your home. The study shows that the Aver­age days on the mar­ket for a home in Williamsport is a lit­tle over 62 days, rank­ing it 10th amongst state cities. State Col­lege leads with an aver­age of 32.4 days on the market.

Administration looks to close Gitmo

The Pen­ta­gon aims to close the ter­ror deten­tion facil­ity at Guan­tanamo Bay as soon as pos­si­ble. Pen­ta­gon spokesman Peter Cook told a brief­ing that Defense Sec­re­tary Ash Carter wants to get it done on Pres­i­dent Obama’s watch and not leave it to the next Pres­i­dent. Pen­ta­gon offi­cials are cur­rently assess­ing alter­na­tive mil­i­tary sites to trans­fer some of the remain­ing pris­on­ers from the Gitmo facil­ity. Plans are being worked out to trans­fer some other pris­on­ers over­seas. There are only a lit­tle more than 100 detainees remain­ing at Gitmo.

Hunter license fee increase

Hunters could see their first license fee increase in nearly two decades. A plan unveiled by the Penn­syl­va­nia Game Com­mis­sion would boost the cost of an adult hunt­ing license by 20-dollars over five years. The cur­rent 19-dollar fee would be increased by 10-dollars the first year, and by 5-dollars in years three and five. The fee hike still requires leg­isla­tive approval.

Budget stalemate continues

The bud­get stale­mate presses on stronger than ever in Penn­syl­va­nia. An attempt to over­ride Gov­er­nor Tom Wolf’s bud­get veto failed in the House. Mem­bers defeated more than a dozen pro­pos­als under an unprece­dented line-item over­ride of the bud­get bill. Wolf had vetoed the entire bill but didn’t exer­cise his line-item veto power. Democ­rats argued the pro­ce­dure vio­lated the state’s con­sti­tu­tion, but major­ity Repub­li­cans claim they’re in the right.

Continued budget talks

The sides con­tinue to spar over the bud­get issue in Penn­syl­va­nia. Gov­er­nor Wolf yes­ter­day blasted a Repub­li­can plan to vote to over­ride his bud­get bill veto piece by piece as uncon­sti­tu­tional. Repub­li­can lead­ers plan to start tak­ing those votes today and Wolf says not only do they not fol­low the state con­sti­tu­tion but that they would also cause even longer delays in try­ing to get a bud­get done. Bud­get talks are sched­uled to get under­way between the Wolf admin­is­tra­tion and Repub­li­can lead­ers as they con­tinue to spar over planned tax increases and other issues.

Hillary Clinton looking for Conservative operatives

Hillary Clinton’s cam­paign con­tin­ues look­ing for under­cover con­ser­v­a­tive stings. Time says the cam­paign wor­ries that con­ser­v­a­tive oper­a­tives may try to infil­trate the cam­paign in an attempt to uncover ille­gal or improper activ­i­ties. This fol­lows three vol­un­teers ask­ing ques­tions about skirt­ing cam­paign finance laws. Clin­ton con­tin­ues deal­ing with ques­tions over how she used her email dur­ing her time at the State Department.

PA AG Kathleen Kane heads to trial

Penn­syl­va­nia Attor­ney Gen­eral Kath­leen Kane will head to trial on charges she leaked secret grand jury infor­ma­tion and lied about it under oath. The rul­ing came Mon­day after a hear­ing where Kane’s lawyer tried to get some charges dropped. Kane has been charged with per­jury and obstruc­tion of jus­tice. She’s denied any involve­ment and has, so far, refused to step down.