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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum came to Albany on Tuesday to speak at the conservative New Yorker's Family Research Foundation. In a question and answer session with reporters, Santorum offered some encouragement to former New York Gov. George Pataki, who’s been exploring a run for the presidency.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been getting some bipartisan criticism from state lawmakers over an email policy that erases all electronic correspondence of state employees after 90 days. The policy has been in place for some time, but is only now being enforced. It was revealed during a recent budget hearing, where Governor Cuomo’s chief Information Officer Maggie Miller testified before skeptical state lawmakers.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum says the immigration system in the United States is not working.

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Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has announced his picks for the state’s two top environmental posts. Both nominees have extensive backgrounds in environmental causes and government.

Wolf is tapping Cindy Dunn, who heads the statewide environmental advocacy group PennFuture, to lead the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Dunn was previously a deputy secretary for DCNR during the Rendell and Corbett administrations.

A recent endorsement, along with a non-endorsement, from the New York Times has caused a stir in Albany political circles.

On the one hand, the paper’s editorial board declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary of the governor’s race. They cited challenger Zephyr Teachout’s lack of political experience and Governor Cuomo’s failure to fully deliver on a promised corruption crackdown.