Government & Politics

Government
2:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Smith Defeats Raja In State Senate Race

Three incumbent state senators from southwestern Pennsylvania won reelection and a suburban Pittsburgh state representative is moving from the House to the Senate.

Matt Smith beats D. Raja in Senate District 37

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Government
1:47 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kane, McCord Win; DePasquale Leads in PA Row Office Contests

Update 9:25 PM: Kane, DePasquale and McCord lead their contests.

Attorney General

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Government
1:37 am
Wed November 7, 2012

PA Goes for Obama

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Government
8:34 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Issues Surface in PA

Sporadic problems were reported Tuesday at polling places around the country, including a confrontation in Pennsylvania involving Republican inspectors over access to some polls and a voting machine that lit up for Republican Mitt Romney even when a voter pressed the button for President Barack Obama.

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Government
7:52 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Last-Minute Campaign Efforts

If months of campaign ads on their televisions and radios, flyers in their mailboxes, and calls on their phones were not enough to help voters make up their minds, there is always the last minute campaign worker outside of a polling place. 

“I think we are in a situation where most people are here today having already made up their mind but we want to be present and public to say that we are behind our ticket,” said Don Greene of McCandless as he handed out slate cards to voters heading into Northmont United Presbyterian Church, which hosts two districts in that suburb’s ward 4.

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Government
3:38 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

High Turnout Reported, Polls Closed in PA

The polls are now closed across Pennsylvania but voters in line by 8 o'clock are permitted to cast their ballotes.  Long lines were the order of the day because of the tight race between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, but also because Pennsylvania, unlike 34 other states, does not have early voting in the days and weeks leading up to Election Day.  Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes compared to 21 in the 2008 presidential election. With 20, Pennsylvania is tied with Illinois for the fifth most electoral votes.

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Government
8:28 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Majority Of House And Senate Candidates Running Unopposed

The race for president, U.S. Senate, and state row offices have received the bulk of the attention ahead of tomorrow’s election. But voters will be casting ballots in races to fill 203 state House seats and 25 seats in the Senate. 

One political analyst said the Republican majority in both chambers is likely to remain after Election Day. Terry Madonna, a political scientist professor at Franklin and Marshall College, said nearly half of the House’s 203 members are not even facing a challenger.

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Government
9:56 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Getting Power in Pennsylvania's Polls

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Hurricane Sandy’s toll on Pennsylvania should not be among excuses for failing to vote on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Department of State spokesman, Ron Ruman, says “with confidence” that all Pennsylvania polling places will have electricity by tomorrow’s election. Paper ballots were being considered as an alternative.

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Government
8:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

President Clinton Touts Obama in Market Square

Former President Bill Clinton came to Pittsburgh Monday for some last-minute campaigning on behalf of a fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama.

Mr. Clinton’s campaign stop at downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square came as Pennsylvania is suddenly flooded with political ads for both the president and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

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Government
8:53 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Third Party Candidate Taking on Incumbent in 20th State House District

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Constitution Party candidate Jim Barr said he decided to run for the 20th State House seat in the North Hills because he feels the whole country is in bad shape, and he wants to start affecting change on the state level. This is Barr’s second time running for state office, having run as a Republican the first time.

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Government
8:53 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Casey v. Smith, Politics 101

Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey wasn’t supposed to have to break a sweat to win re-election but Republican challenger Tom Smith has mounted a come-from-behind campaign that just might work.  He has done it on a wave of resonant TV ads funded in part with his own personal money. 

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Government
10:58 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Candidates for PA 22nd District Share Priorities – Differ on Solutions

Two candidates with similar priorities are vying for the 22nd state House district seat, which was vacated by Chelsa Wagner when she became Allegheny County Controller.

Democrat Erin Molchany said she’s running for the seat because she feels more can be done to encourage state government and the non-profit sector to work together to improve quality of life. Her main priority is public transportation because she said an unreliable or unstable transit system hurts the state.

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Government
9:26 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Matt Smith vs D. Raja for Open Senate Seat

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On Tuesday, residents in the 37th district will decide on a new state senator.  For the last 32 years, Republicans have controlled that district that includes southern and western suburbs in Allegheny County, but the seat has been vacant since July, when Republican John Pippy resigned and entered the private sector.

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Government
7:45 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Senate Candidates Making Last Push Before Elections

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The candidates for U.S. Senate are making a final campaign push before the election on Tuesday. Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey repeatedly refers to Republican Tom Smith as having a radical agenda.

“What we can’t do is have folks buy into a radical agenda that says that the only way you can balance a budget is to take away the guaranteed benefit of Medicare.  That is radical, it’s wrong,”  said Casey who is seeking a second six-year term.

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Government
7:03 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Compromise Key to Successful Future of Pittsburgh Waterways

State Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny)  welcomed Jim Good as the director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  The lawmaker also opened a dialogue with PWSA, ALCOSAN, and other community leaders and organizations about the future of area water systems.

“If we don’t act constructively and be progressive and proactive, individuals and businesses are going to be devastated with rate increases that would be in the hundreds of dollars on one’s bill. We have to plan smarter and think more creatively and more boldly,” said Ferlo.

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Government
5:39 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Return to Paper Ballots?

The effect of Hurricane Sandy could impact voting in Pennsylvania Tuesday.  The Corbett administration says between 250 and 300 polling places in the commonwealth remain without power just four days before the presidential election.  

However, Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman won't say which voting locations have no electricity.

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Government
3:16 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Penn State Scandal Investigation Might Not Be Over

Despite Thursday's  indictment against former Penn State President Graham Spanier, the Attorney General’s office isn’t calling the investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal a closed case. 

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There are other things that probably require some attention and further investigation, and I’m not going to comment further,” said Attorney General Linda Kelly.

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Government
6:44 am
Fri November 2, 2012

The Race for Auditor General

The auditor general is Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal officer, responsible for gauging the financial strength of state departments and agencies, and determining whether local entities are living up to their budgetary obligations.  The office oversees the spending of everything from school districts to liquor stores to pension plans.

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Government
6:44 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Freed and Kane Square off in State Attorney General Race

The race for the office of Attorney General has had all the plot points of a great pulp novel: unproven allegations of a scandal within a scandal, blatantly false attacks, and hints of cronyism.  At the center of the story the reader finds two well-pedigreed candidates.

One is a prosecutor with the backing of the Republican-establishment….

“Why should you care that I’ve been a tough, no-nonsense prosecutor for 15 years?” asked Republican Dave Freed.

The other is a prosecutor with the backing of the Democratic establishment and a heck of a lot of money.

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Government
4:44 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Former Penn State President Charged in Sandusky Investigation

Former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier was charged Thursday with hushing up child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky, making him the third school official to be accused of crimes in the alleged cover-up.

Prosecutors also added counts against the two former underlings, Timothy M. Curley and Gary C. Schultz, who were already charged with lying to the grand jury that investigated the former Penn State assistant football coach.

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Government
8:04 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Washington Co. Commissioner Challenges State Treasurer

The race for Pennsylvania Treasurer has become a political campaign pitting experience in the private money management sector against experience managing taxpayer funds.

State Treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat, is seeking reelection in the November 6th election. A former investment banker with a background in venture capital, McCord points to his business credentials and his track record in office as reasons voters should grant him a second term.

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Government
11:24 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Federal Court in Pittsburgh to Open Vet's Court

The Department of Justice says it is partnering with the Veterans Administration to create a new system for veterans who are facing criminal charges.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton says in a release Wednesday that veterans are increasingly finding themselves entangled in the criminal justice system due to mental health and substance dependency issues related to their military service.

The program will also provide treatment options through the Veterans Administration in Pittsburgh.

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Government
6:29 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Obama Holds on to Upper Hand in PA; Sandy Unlikely a Factor

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party likes its position in the polls, less than a week before the presidential election.

President Obama is leading Republican Mitt Romney by an average of 4.6 percent in Pennsylvania surveys.

Pennsylvania Democratic Committee Chair Jim Burn said conversations with Philadelphia-area Democrats indicate that the aftermath of superstorm Sandy probably won’t hamper voter turnout in the east.

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Government
11:43 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Corbett Reviews PA National Guard

Since Sunday, Gov. Corbett had been monitoring the state’s response to Hurricane-then-Superstorm Sandy from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management’s headquarters in Harrisburg. On Tuesday, he visited Fort Indiantown Gap, the deployment site of the nearly 2,000 Pennsylvania National Guard troops assisting with recovery efforts.

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