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8:12 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Better Bicycle and Public Transit Among Priorities for Pittsburgh Transportation Plan

Pittsburgh’s 25-year transportation plan, MovePGH, has been taking public comment over the last year to craft an ultimate vision. Through that process the group has come up with a list of priorities and 5 goals, which it enveiled today.  Among the priorities -- providing balanced choices in transportation.

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Government
7:36 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

State, Local Vote Totals Conflict In House Race

Whose numbers are correct? Those from the Pennsylvania Department of State? Or the numbers from the individual election divisions in Allegheny and Washington Counties?  The answers to those questions could be the key to learning who won the election for the 39th Pennsylvania house seat --Republican incumbent Representative Rick Saccone of Elizabeth or the man he upset in 2010, Democrat Dave Levdansky who had served 26 years in the House before that.

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Government
7:28 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

With Obama's Win, Health Exchange in Pennsylvania To Proceed

On Wednesday, Melissa Fox, Deputy Press Secretary for Pennsylvania’s Insurance Department said the Department has still not yet begun work on the health exchange; a sort of travleocity-esque shopping site for health insurance plans, which is a crucial component of federal The Affordable Care Act.

“Certainly the election did play a part in terms of the unknown. The Republican party did say that they would repeal 'ObamaCare' but either way, the questions that we had asked HHS were back in the summer looking for clarification and we continue to look for those answers,” said Fox.

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Government
5:52 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

911th Airlift Wing Deploys Personnel Overseas

20 Members of the 911th Airlift Wing are headed to southwest Asia, where they will regroup with unit members already deployed there. They will also relieve airmen who have been there and will now get to come home. The unit will continue to haul cargo using C-130 aircraft.

“What we pretty much haul in there are anything from what we like say from beans to bullets, so food, ammunition, equipment, personnel, you name it, if we can fit it in the back, we’re going to take it,” said Captain Shawn Walleck, 911th public affairs officer.

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Government
3:32 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Obama Wins Another 4 Years

President Barack Obama is promising Americans that the "best is yet to come."  Mr. Obama delivered his victory speech in Chicago early Wednesday to a crowd of cheering supporters.  The president said he and Republican Mitt Romney may have battled fiercely, "but it's only because we love this country deeply."

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Government
7:48 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Smith Defeats Raja in PA Senate Race

Matt Smith is elected as state senator in the 37th district, which includes parts of southwestern Allegheny County and Peters Township in Washington County. He defeated Republican nominee D. Raja and claimed one of three new desks for state Democrats in the Senate.

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Government
7:14 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Raja's "Tough Night"

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Republican D. Raja of Mount Lebanon lost his bid for the 37th state senate seat Tuesday in what was a hotly contest race.  Democrat Matt Smith, who is also from Mount Lebanon and holds a state House position, beat Raja by nearly 9% for a Pennsylvania senate seat that has been controlled by Republicans for more than three decades.  In his concession speech, Raja said it was a “tough night.”

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Government
7:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Maher Loses Run for Auditor General, Wins His Seat in the Legislature

Representative John Maher (R-Allegheny County) lost his bid to become the state’s next Auditor General to Democratic Representative Eugene DePasquale (York County), but he kept his seat serving in the PA House.

DePasquale, a Pittsburgh native, beat Maher 49.7 to 46.5 percent. He won with only 168,489 votes.

The Pennsylvania Auditor General is the state’s chief fiscal officer, responsible for overseeing state departments and agencies.

By law, incumbent Auditor General Jack Wagner could not run for a third consecutive 4-year term.

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Government
6:54 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Maggi Loses To Murphy in 18th Congressional District

Republican Incumbent Tim Murphy handily won reelection to the 18th Congressional District seat by beating Democrat Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi Tuesday.

Murphy will enter his sixth term in the US House of Representatives.

The 18th District covers Greene and Washington Counties as well as parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.

Murphy attributed his victory to the hard work of his team. He looked forward to his priorities for the next two years in making the nation stronger.

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Government
6:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republican Rothfus Unseats Incumbent in 12th Congressional District

It was a tense evening in the North Hills as early returns showed incumbent Democrat Mark Critz with a commanding lead over North Hills businessman Keith Rothfus. That lead began to tighten and eventually Rothfus surpassed Critz. The newly-elected Congressman commended his opponent and said going forward he has some big shoes to fill.

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Government
5:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Win Attorney General, Auditor General and State Treasurer

Democrats swept the three state row offices in yesterday’s election.

Kathleen Kane, a former Lackawanna County assistant district attorney, became the first woman and the first Democrat to win the Attorney General’s job since the post became an elected position in 1980.  She garnered more than 2.9 million votes, or about 56 per cent of the ballots cast. Kane defeated Republican David Freed, the Cumberland County District Attorney, who received 2.1 million votes, or about 42 per cent.  A Libertarian candidate, Marakay Rogers, received less than three per cent.

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Government
5:52 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tom Smith Concedes US Senate Race

Republican Tom Smith took to the stage at his headquarters at the Sheraton in Station Square and immediately thanked his family, his supporters and even Democratic incumbent Bob Casey, who was celebrating his victory across the state in Scranton.

"Now while Senator Casey and I disagree on many things, we both share a love for this country and for this state."

Smith, a democrat turned Tea Party conservative poured at least $16.8 million of his own coal mining fortune into the race. Tuesday night he vowed to fight on.

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Government
5:47 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Critz Loses Congressional District to Republican Rothfus

Democratic Congressman Mark Critz lost Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District to Republican challenger Keith Rothfus in Tuesday's general election.

The outgoing Democrat said his campaign nearly overcame "insurmountable odds" to beat Rothfus, who became eligible to run after state-level Republicans reapportioned the district to include GOP-controlled areas in the North Hills of Allegheny County.

"I don't think anyone would've given us a chance, considering the onslaught of money we faced," said Critz.

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Government
4:48 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Obama's Win Powered By Organization, If Not Ideas

The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas. 

To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

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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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Election
12:34 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Networks Declare Obama As Winner

Update from 90.5 WESA (11:35 PM): President Obama has won another four years in the White House. Major networks including ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox and NPR have declared Mr. Obama as the winner over Governor Mitt Romney. NPR named Mr. Obama the victor after declaring Wisconsin going for the president giving him 275 electoral votes, five more than needed.  

Pennsylvania went blue and gave Mr. Obama 20 electoral votes. The president garnered 52.7% of the vote in the commonwealth to Mitt Romney's 46%.

Previous Analysis

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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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Arts
8:28 am
Tue November 6, 2012

PA's First Lady Tours Pittsburgh School

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett has been stopping at various schools across the state as a part of her “Opening Doors” initiative that aims to increase high school graduation rates by targeting middle school students.

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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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