For years, Democratic voters in Allegheny County have complained of a lack of choice: Incumbent state legislators with familiar names run all but unopposed, returning to Harrisburg year after year. But times may be changing. In the 20th state House district alone, two 32-year-old female candidates are pledging to be a more visible presence than incumbent Adam Ravenstahl.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
On today's program: Propel charter schools are prioritizing early learning benchmarks; fires in the Amazon rainforest are diminishing migratory bird habitats; a lot of Pittsburghers think they live in the Midwest; and local universities want to register more student voters ahead of the 2020 elections.
Allegheny County councilor Sam DeMarco, the top Republican elected official in Allegheny County, is the county party's new chair after a Saturday morning vote in a Greentree hotel. He beat his rival, committee treasurer Bronco Brnardic, 213 to 157.
Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off a string of campaign events in Pittsburgh Thursday, where she held a roundtable discussion on rising prescription drug prices with area health care employees.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Tuesday, May 7, 2019
After the 2018 midterm election, the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation made a big shift from 13 Republicans and five Democrats to an even split of 9-9, but Pennsylvania Republican Party chair Val DiGiorgio says he’s not worried about the 2020 presidential race.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Monday, May 6, 2019
Pennsylvania democrats are counting on the midterm momentum they garnered last year as they gear up for the 2020 presidential race. Donald Trump's victory in Pennsylvania in 2016 came as a surprise to many democrats, including Nancy Patton Mills, who now serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
Former Vice President Joe Biden held the first rally of his 2020 campaign in a Lawrenceville union hall Monday afternoon, telling a crowd of hundreds that his first goal as president would be “to restore the soul of this nation. The second is to rebuild the backbone of this nation. The third is to unify this nation. We always do better when we act as one America.”
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont - whose upstart 2016 campaign shook up the Democratic primary - returned to Pittsburgh Sunday, bringing a familiar, if updated, message that called for a wholesale remaking of the country’s economic and political underpinnings.
90.5 WESA's "The Confluence" for Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
In the late 80s, musician Marty Ashby worked for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and experimented with smaller jazz events on the side. Then he met the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. He knew he'd found his calling.