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As the Green Party pushes for election recounts in key states, leaders of Pennsylvania's Republican Party have expressed concerns the delays could ultimately hold up President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. But, those fears now appear to be eased — a lawyer for the state GOP has said he's confident Pennsylvania's results will be validated on time. States are federally required to settle controversies surrounding the appointment of their electors on Dec. 13. Otherwise, their electoral...

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A Philadelphia judge has refused the request of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to do a digital audit of a small fraction of the city's voting machines. It's the latest setback for Stein's recount effort in Pennsylvania. Stein's gotten nowhere trying to get a statewide recount of the presidential vote aside from a few instances where individual voters petitioned for recounts in their home precincts. That happened for about 4 percent of Philadelphia's polling places, Elections...

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President-elect Donald Trump has toured the country, celebrating his victory. NPR transcribed and fact-checked his speech in North Carolina Tuesday. Loading...

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Pennsylvania's governor is cleaning up dozens of what he calls outdated and unneeded executive orders that he inherited from seven previous governors. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced he was rescinding 46 of them, some that were established about three decades ago. Six were signed in the past decade. Wolf says many of them involve entities that no longer exist. The list includes a water task force that never reconvened, a public safety communications council that was never set up...

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Green Party supporters were in Harrisburg on Monday to vocally back Jill Stein’s quest for a presidential vote recount in the commonwealth. Stein, the Green Party candidate, has now filed suit in both federal and Philadelphia city courts.

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Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner is filing a Right-to-Know request over the layoffs of several hundred state employees. The York County lawmaker is being blamed by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and union leaders for being a major cause of the layoffs. But Wagner contends that Wolf is at fault. At the end of the 2016 legislative session last month, the GOP-led Senate decided not to vote on a funding bill for the state’s unemployment compensation program. Without it, the governor and the...

Green Party Asks U.S. Court To Order Pennsylvania Recount

Dec 5, 2016
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Calling Pennsylvania's election system "a national disgrace," Green Party-backed lawyers asked a federal judge on Monday to order a recount of the state's Nov. 8 presidential election result, won by Republican Donald Trump.

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Election officials in Philadelphia will conduct a recount Friday of the presidential vote in 75 of the city's 1,686 precincts, in response to petitions filed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. But at a hearing Thursday morning, the city's election board turned down the Stein campaign's request to open up voting machines and look for digital evidence of hacking. Philadelphia is one of several Pennsylvania counties where partial recounts are happening, the result of precinct-level recount...

Carolyn Kaster / AP

Planned Parenthood says it added more than 800 volunteers in Pennsylvania since Donald Trump won the presidential election three weeks ago. The organization says it usually gets about 20 to 25 new volunteers in a month. "The outpouring of support that we've seen over the last two weeks is like nothing I have seen in my 12-and-a-half years with Planned Parenthood. It is unprecedented," said Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Executive Director Sari Stevens. "A lot of them are putting notes when...

Matt Rourke / AP

After a yearlong review of more than 6 million emails sent in and out of the state Attorney General’s office, interim AG Bruce Beemer said Tuesday that there’s no evidence any of the emails would have impacted the fairness of the justice system. “There is no evidence that prosecutors engaged in improper communication or contact with judges in this commonwealth that have affected the administration of justice or the outcome of cases,” he said. The investigation—undertaken by Washington D.C....

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives held leadership elections Tuesday in preparation for the impending end of the legislative session. Republican leaders new and old said they're looking forward to having their largest majority in decades next session. Most of the major changes in the House's majority GOP leadership are due to retirements—the chamber's appropriations chair William Adolf, of Delaware County, is stepping down, as is Susquehanna County Caucus Chair Sandra Major. They'll be...

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Theresa Cygrymus looked around the hall at Prince of Peace Parish, a Catholic Church on Pittsburgh’s South Side, and shook her head. “It’s already nine o’clock, usually we have stuff cooking already," she said. Cygrymus knows the drill. At 78, she’s been volunteering for the church all her life. On a Saturday in late October, Cygrymus and a church group called The Christian Mothers were preparing to churn out hundreds of dozens of pierogis to sell. All the money they make supports the church...

Paul Guggenheimer / 90.5 WESA

The results of last week’s election left many political leaders stunned and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was no exception. Not only was Fitzgerald disappointed to see Hillary Clinton lose after strongly supporting her campaign, he was surprised to see Pennsylvania go into the win column for a Republican for the first time since 1988. “As I looked at the numbers, I guess maybe it shouldn’t have been as surprising as it was,” Fitzgerald said. “When you look at Allegheny County, we...

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Two York County School of Technology High School students face disciplinary action after they carried a Donald Trump campaign sign while “white power” was chanted as they walked through the school’s halls Wednesday. Renie Mezzanotti, the school's communications and outreach coordinator, said the incident happened while students were walking into the school at the beginning of the day and administrators were quick to squash the issue. Kids at my high school held up a Trump sign and yelled ...

Trump Clinches Presidency In Major Upset

Nov 9, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton congratulated him on his victory. Shortly before clinching the election, the Republican scored an important victory in the presidential battleground of Pennsylvania, capturing a state critical to Democrats' White House hopes.

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Democrat Josh Shapiro became Pennsylvania's next Attorney General in a close win over Republican opponent John Rafferty. Shapiro, of Abington, is the chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and was a member of the State House from 2005-12. Rafferty, of Lower Providence, spent three years as a deputy attorney general from 1988-91 and has served in the state Senate for 16 years. The two Montgomery County politicians agreed that the winner of Tuesday's election will have to work...

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Republican Sen. Keith Rothfus of Sewickley won Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, defeating Democrat Erin McClelland of Harrison. Rothfus, the incumbent, focused much of his campaign on growing the economy and helping veterans. The two-term congressman said he would fight for a simpler tax code and few intrusions from the federal government into the operations of businesses. “We continue to face strong, man-made headwinds from Washington, D.C. That has to do with the Affordable Care...

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Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says he has voted for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, revealing his choice after saying for months that he hadn't been persuaded. Toomey said after voting Tuesday night near his Allentown-area home that it was a tough call for him. Toomey's Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, had tried to make Toomey's indecision in the presidential stakes a high-profile campaign issue, characterizing Toomey as unable to stand up to Trump. Toomey had been highly...

Translation Help At The Polls: What's Required And How It Works

Nov 8, 2016
Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

There are requirements at polling places, but help doesn't reach everyone who needs it. Elections have been hectic for Cesar Liriano for most of the nine years he's lived in the city of Lebanon. Presidential elections are craziest, but he's busy during the lower-turnout local and gubernatorials, too. "Normally, I get up at 5 o'clock every day, doesn't matter elections or not," Liriano says. "I go down as soon to the polls as soon as they open, I go and vote with my wife, and then I get...

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drew thousands outside the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning on Monday. “I’m here to ask you to vote for yourselves, vote for your families, vote for your futures, vote for the issues that matter to you because they are on the ballot, not just my name and my opponent’s name,” she said. Clinton asked supporters to consider volunteering in the next 24 hours to get as many people to the polls as possible. “We are on track, as I...

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Among the gauntlet of campaign workers looking to sway voters before casting their ballots at Northmont United Presbyterian Church in McCandless Tuesday will be Mary Lou English and her glass jars of soup.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Tim Stevens waited inside the Meineke auto repair shop in Larimer for his car’s tune up, just in time for Election Day. He sorted through bags of flyers that he had taken out of the backseat of his car. “Get Out and Vote!” and “Roll to the Polls” were printed on the neon orange papers.

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump will spend the last day of the campaign in Pennsylvania. Trump will hold a rally at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Lackawanna College Student Union in Scranton. Clinton will stop at the University of Pittsburgh for a noon rally before traveling to a rally in Philadelphia Monday night. She'll be joined in Philadelphia by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and...

Dividing Lines: How PA's Elections Really Are Rigged

Nov 6, 2016
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In the months leading up to the 2016 election, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly made claims that the election is rigged. In a way, he’s right. Only the rigging happens long before anyone casts a ballot on Election Day and in most places it’s completely legal. Gerrymandering is the age-old practice that’s made many teenagers’ eyes glaze over in high school civics class. In case you need a refresher, it’s the process of drawing election districts to give one political...

How To Know If You're Being Intimidated At The Polls

Nov 5, 2016
Tony Gutierrez / AP

Lots of people will be heading to the polls Tuesday, especially this year. But if someone tries to block a voter from entering a polling place or aggressively tries to persuade them to vote for a particular candidate, Pennsylvania law says that’s not OK. “It’s all based on the important safeguard that voters should be able to exercise their vote, vote their conscience, without unwanted, unmerited distraction including intimidation or any form of persuasion one way or the other,” said...

Full Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Katie McGinty

Nov 4, 2016
Matt Rourke / AP

With the exception of the presidential campaigns, the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty is the most expensive in the country . The matchup is being closely watched because it’s one that could tip the balance of power in the senate in favor of the Democrats. 90.5 WESA’s Paul Guggenheimer talked with Katie McGinty about where she stands on issues including the economy, gun control, foreign policy, energy and the...

Full Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Pat Toomey

Nov 4, 2016
Jared Wikerham / AP

With the exception of the presidential campaigns, the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty is the most expensive in the country. The matchup is being closely watched because it’s one that could tip the balance of power in the Senate in favor of the Democrats. 90.5 WESA’s Paul Guggenheimer talked with Toomey about where he stands on some of the issues including the economy, gun control, foreign policy, energy and the...

Rick Bowmer / AP

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8 and there’s no need to head to the polls clueless. WESA has a handy guide the help you through it. Let’s start with where to find your polling place. You can find yours online by entering your address here . Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Allegheny County Elections Office recommends going around noon if you’re looking to get in and out easily. (Note: Polling places may still be busy, because voter turnout this year is expected to be higher this...

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In 1916, Montana’s Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. A century later, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is the first female candidate to lead a major party’s ticket. And with two weeks left until Election day, she’s leading in the polls.

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Vice President Joe Biden will be in Pittsburgh campaigning for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday while rocker Jon Bon Jovi will play a concert supporting the Democratic presidential nominee on Thursday. Biden is scheduled to speak at Chatham University at 11:30 a.m. for what's billed as a Get Out The Vote event. Bon Jovi's concert at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is also billed as a Get Out The Vote event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. though a start time has not been announced on the...

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