Politics & Government

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Braddock Mayor John Fetterman ascended to higher office on the Democratic ticket last week with incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf, and he’s already off to a nontraditional start.

Lt. Gov.-elect Fetterman said Thursday he won’t relocate to Harrisburg or live in the official property associated with his new office.

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The decisive battle at Chosin Reservoir was one of the Korean conflict's most harrowing battles, fought in sub-zero temperatures along a frozen lake in the mountains.

Historian and author Hampton Sides says it’s also the most decorated battle in modern American history. He discusses his latest book, “On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle,” on the 100th anniversary of what later became Veterans Day.

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The May primary is a half-year away, but already Pittsburgh City Council races are drawing interest. And 27-year-old Quincy Kofi Swatson is seeking the City Council District 1 seat currently held by Darlene Harris.

Advocates Hope Wolf Uses Decisive Election Victory To Seek Large School Funding Boost

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Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf won a second term by defeating Republican challenger Scott Wagner.

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Pittsburgh City Council will take a final vote tomorrow on whether to authorize the city to conduct a government-wide gender equity study. Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission would oversee the study.

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On the sixth anniversary of the police shooting that left him paralyzed from the chest down, Leon Ford, 25, formally launched his campaign for Pittsburgh City Council.

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After facing allegations of being a socialist, a slew of negative advertisements and a lawsuit challenging her eligibility to serve, Lindsey Williams won a narrow victory in the state Senate 38th District on Tuesday night.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation, at the insistence of President Donald Trump, prompted protests across the nation, including Pittsburgh.

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Activists are launching widespread protests of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ forced resignation at the hands of President Donald Trump.

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A few of Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate races still aren’t finalized, but it appears legislative Democrats have picked up at least five new seats in the Senate, and 11 in the House.

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The wake of the blue wave that swept Democrats into control of the U.S. House of Representatives trickled down to Pennsylvania state legislative races, but wasn’t powerful enough to upend GOP control of the General Assembly.

The Women Who Won: Pennsylvania's Female Members Of Congress

Nov 7, 2018
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Tuesday's election saw Pennsylvania elect a state record four women to the U.S. House, smashing what had been an all-male congressional delegation in Pennsylvania since 2014.

GOP Absorbs Losses, But Retains Control In State Legislature

Nov 7, 2018
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Democrats made significant inroads in both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature during Tuesday's election, but Republicans began the day with margins large enough to absorb those losses and still have comfortable governing majorities in both the House and Senate.

Fetterman Isn't Moving Into Lieutenant Governor's Residence

Nov 7, 2018
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Pennsylvania's newly elected lieutenant governor said Wednesday he does not plan to move into the lavish state-owned official residence and hopes to make it available for some type of public use.

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High voter turnout, a record number of female candidates and vastly different messaging between the two major parties loomed large over Tuesday's midterm contests. 

VoteCast: Women, Young Voters Propel PA Democrats

Nov 7, 2018
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Democratic incumbents in Pennsylvania's governor and U.S. Senate races each won another term by getting strong backing from women and younger voters, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

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Her party recaptured the House Tuesday and Pelosi plans to seek another term as speaker of the House. But Democrats will need to bridge the demands of progressives and moderates.

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The president reacts after Tuesday's Democratic wave in the House and Republican gains in the Senate.

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Voting machine glitches, long lines and misinformation were among the problems that voters faced at the polls on Tuesday.

Democrats Win U.S. House Seats, Races For Governor, U.S. Senate

Nov 7, 2018
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Pennsylvania elected a state record four women to the U.S. House on Tuesday as Democrats smashed the state's all-male congressional delegation, picked up three seats in the chamber and ousted a three-term Republican.

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Murrysville’s former mayor is headed to Harrisburg.


Republican Bob Brooks won Tuesday’s election for Pennsylvania’s 54th House district, defeating Democrat Jon McCabe by a roughly 20-point margin. The district includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.


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The chief of staff to outgoing state Rep. Hal English appears set to fill his seat in Harrisburg after winning Tuesday’s race for the 30th House district.

Republican Lori Mizgorski decided to run in July after her boss of five years, English, opted against seeking re-election despite winning the GOP primary just two months earlier.

She defeated Democratic challenger Betsy Monroe on Tuesday, according to unofficial election returns.

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A seat in the northwest Pittsburgh suburbs long held by a Republican will stay in GOP hands after Valerie Gaydos won Tuesday’s race for Pennsylvania’s 44th House district.

The Aleppo Township resident narrowly defeated Democrat Michele Knoll.

Republican Rep. Mark Mustio has held the seat the past 15 years. Earlier this year, he decided to retire.


Natalie Mihalek will represent the South Hills in Harrisburg after winning Tuesday’s election for the state’s 40th House district.


Her win ensures that the seat stays in Republican hands, as it has since the 1960s. The district spans Bethel Park, as well as Peters and Upper St. Clair townships.


Mihalek, of Upper St. Clair Township, defeated Democrat Sharon Guidi.



Updated, 11/7/18 9:00 a.m. with latest vote totals


In a very tight race for the 38th state Senate district, Democrat Lindsey Williams declared victory, as her Republican opponent Jeremy Shaffer conceded on social media.


Republican Mike Puskaric has apparently won the race for the legislative seat occupied by outgoing state Rep. Rick Saccone.

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Republican Rep. Mike Kelly will serve a fifth term in Congress, fending off a Democratic challenger Tuesday in his bid to retain his seat representing northwestern Pennsylvania.

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Longtime state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe will retain his seat representing Butler County in Pennsylvania’s 12th House district.


Pennsylvania’s speaker of the House won re-election Tuesday against a political newcomer.


Republican Rep. Mike Turzai will continue to represent the 28th House district north of Pittsburgh, defeating Democrat Emily Skopov.

Since 2001, Turzai has represented the district, which includes Bradford Woods and Franklin Park, as well as Marshall, McCandless and Pine townships. Both candidates live in Marshall Township.

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Pennsylvania voters are sending a record four women to the U.S. House of Representatives.

All four victors are Democrats who won open seats in the Philadelphia suburbs and the Lehigh Valley. Three of them won in districts that had been under Republican control before the state Supreme Court redrew their boundaries in a bid to make them more competitive.

Pennsylvania had never sent more than two women to the House at any one time.