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Only 17 of the 71 delegates headed to this summer's Republican National Convention are bound to support the presidential candidate who wins the primary. Pittsburgh Post Gazette reporter Chris Potter joins us to discuss the gap between what voters know about these delegates and how they are going to act.

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Pennsylvania garnered national attention in yesterday's presidential primary with candidates making a last-minute push in an effort to secure their parties nomination.  In addition, there were some high profile races for a senatorial candidate and attorney general. John Baer, political columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News joins us for a look at the election day results. We'll also talk with Katie McGinty, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate and Josh Shapiro, the Democratic Attorney General nominee for the state.

Essential Pittsburgh's 2015 Year In Review

Dec 30, 2015
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It's a year in review special "2015: Looking Back, Looking Ahead" as we look back at the significant events that have shaped our lives in the past year and what we'll have to look forward to in 2016. We'll look at the top local stories with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Chris Potter, the big state and regional stories with Capitol Correspondent Mary Wilson and Harrisburg Patriot News and Penn Live Opinions editor John Micek, and the national and world scene with award winning Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman.  

The Politics Of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court Race

Oct 22, 2015
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The Pennsylvania judicial election is less than two weeks away, and tensions are high. With new attack ads airing regularly, many wonder what effect large monetary campaign donations are having on the race. Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer sat down with Post-Gazette reporter Chris Potter, who has been covering the race.

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 Surveillance of U.S. citizens by the government has received quite a bit of press. However, in our age of social media and oversharing how much information do citizens willingly give up? The Post-Gazette series Surveillance Society looks at how the government, private companies and individuals are tracking the lives of everyday citizens. Our guests, Post-Gazette reporters Chris Potter and Rich Lord, created the series and share their thoughts on modern surveillance.  (Starts at 9:42)

How Pittsburgh’s New Leadership Performed in 2014

Jan 2, 2015
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From a new mayor to a new Police Chief, the City of Pittsburgh saw sweeping change among its leadership. Chris Potter of the Post-Gazette talks about Bill Peduto ushering in a new era of transparency in city government and how the hiring of police chief Cameron McLay will impact community/police relations.

Peduto has some accomplishments to be proud of, Potter acknowledged, citing in particular the formation of a new public safety team, an accord with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority and a sympathetic city council. With regard to the new police chief, Potter suggests that McLay has already demonstrated a new approach to policing in Pittsburgh.

Does the City's High Self-Esteem Create New Problems?

Sep 10, 2014
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There’s no doubting Pittsburghers take pride in their city. However, can that civic pride result in turning a blind eye to ongoing issues such as race, transportation and poverty? We pose that question to Joe Wos, executive director of the Toonseum and Chris Potter, editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper.

Read the City Paper article that inspired this segment.

Do Peduto's Appointments Reflect Diversity of the City?

Mar 20, 2014
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Mayor Bill Peduto appointed 45 people to serve on 11 boards, authorities, and commissions in the City of Pittsburgh Monday. The appointments are said to represent the most diverse class in the history of the city.

Pittsburgh City Paper Editor Chris Potter says many of the new appointees are notable for the experience they bring to the city’s leadership.

He’s looked at previous mayors like Bob O’Connor, who also boasted a diverse administration, and says Mayor Peduto is matching up well.

Why Does the Pittsburgh Police Residency Requirement Matter?

Jul 29, 2013
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A group of Pittsburghers gathered in the Hill District two weeks ago to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman and to show their disdain for the American legal system. Commander Rashall Brackney was one of the officers who patrolled the demonstration.  The protestors spoke with Brackney throughout the evening, and it became evident that she had personal connections with many of the men and women sitting in the street.  She negotiated with the group on many issues and the protest continued peacefully. 

City Paper Editor Chris Potter wrote in his op-ed “Hitting Home,” that “her ties clearly helped defuse tensions on Centre Avenue that night.”

Brackney is a resident of the city of Pittsburgh and Potter points to this fact as an important element of the peaceful demonstration that night.  She had connections in the community in which she lived and therefore was able to deal with a potentially tumultuous situation in a calm manner.  But the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in the city of Pittsburgh says that lifting the standing residency requirement for officers would make recruitment and retention easier, but many taxpayers feel differently.

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Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb withdrew from the city's mayoral race Monday and endorsed former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner.

So what does that mean for Lamb's Democratic Party endorsement? Does it fall by the way-side?  Does this mean committee-people are free to publicly back anyone they wish? Pittsburgh City Paper Editor, Chris Potter gives us the details of Lamb's announcement.