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Under the Hat: Bare Fisted

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If you are a fan of bare fisted political fights you should get a front row seat in Harrisburg for the next few years.

Governor Tom Corbett has used his majority of Republican lawmakers to make cuts in the state budget and propose sweeping changes to the lottery and state store systems.

But there are signs that the push back from Democrats is gaining momentum.

One of the biggest came just this week, when Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, ruled that the Governor's 20-year contract with British firm Camelot Global Services to run the lottery is illegal under the state constitution.

The Attorney General must approve the legality of all state contracts which brings Kane into play.

"We did not write the contract nor did we negotiate the deal," she told reporters.

"We require all state contracts to follow the law."

The Governor can take Kane to court over the issue but that docket is getting crowded.

The union that represents state lottery workers and State Treasurer Rob McCord are already challenging the lottery contract in court.

And of course a new state budget is due by the end of June and there is still a major battle brewing over breaking up the state's liquor monopoly.

All of this, of course, has to be taken within the context of the 2015 elections.

Row offices are often the pathway to the Governor's Mansion, and both Kane and McCord are rising stars among the Democrats, who are quickly trying to label the current Governor as "One Term Tom."

The coming months may not be pretty in the capitol, but I've a feeling we won't be able to look away either.


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