Pennsylvania Goes From Blue To Red In The Presidential Election

Nov 11, 2016

The Confluence – where the news comes together is 90.5 WESA’s weekly news program.

Each week reporters, editors and bloggers join veteran journalist, and host, Kevin Gavin. They’ll go behind the headlines taking an in-depth look at the stories important to the Pittsburgh region. 

This week our panel of journalists discuss the presidential election results and the resignation of Police Chief Cameron McLay. We'll also check in with reporters in Harrisburg for a conversation on  how the commonwealth's election results will impact the House and Senate.

The Results Are In

After a long, hard-fought presidential race, Republican businessman Donald Trump has emerged as the President-elect. Pennsylvania, which was expected to be a Democratic stronghold, emerged as a red state. We’ll review the election with Post-Gazette reporter Chris Potter and freelance reporter Mike Wereschagin.

Chief McLay Resigns

Less than a month after marking his two-year anniversary on the job, Police Chief Cameron McLay announced his resignation. During his tenure, McLay clashed with the police union. We’ll discuss McLay’s tenure and resignation with WESA reporter Virginia Alvino-Young and Jeffrey Benzing reporter for Public Source.

GOP Gains in Harrisburg

The Tuesday election has resulted in Republicans building the biggest majorities in the commonwealth’s House and Senate since the 1950s. Joining us to discuss what this could mean for the state are WITF reporter Katie Meyer and Penn Live Opinion Page Editor John Micek