Election 2019

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Candidates from each party are holding onto leads for the pair of open Pennsylvania Superior Court seats while officials are finishing up the vote count from Tuesday's election.

Philadelphia Judge Dan McCaffery, a Democrat, was leading the four-candidate field early Wednesday, and Republican prosecutor Megan King from Chester County was running about 30,000 votes ahead of the third-place candidate.

Their respective parties are claiming wins for McCaffery and King, although The Associated Press has not called the race.

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Pennsylvania voters gave Marsy’s Law an overwhelming victory in the 2019 general election.

With more than 70 percent of precincts reporting results late Tuesday night, the proposed amendment, which aims to protect crime victims’ rights by adding existing laws to the state constitution, had support from more than 73 percent of voters.

But the victory may only be temporary. Thanks to a last-minute lawsuit, Marsy’s Law is in legal limbo.

Pennsylvania Settling Close Races For Judge, County Control

Nov 6, 2019
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Pennsylvania's municipal elections Tuesday featured two statewide appellate judge seats, as well as some potential firsts in local races as most counties debuted new voting systems.

Ballots were still being counted at about 11:30 p.m. in many closely watched contests across Pennsylvania amid complaints of long voter waits in some of the 45 of 67 counties using new voting systems.

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Democrats extended their dominance of Allegheny County government last night. The party picked up one seat in the fifteen-member county council, when Tom Duerr beat Sue Means in the heart of the South Hills suburbs by roughly 20 percentage points.


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Supporters of a city of Pittsburgh ballot initiative to pay for park improvements with a property tax hike declared victory Tuesday night. With all but a handful of voting districts reporting in, the measure appeared to have won the approval of just over half of city voters.

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Democrat Stephen Zappala will remain Allegheny County District Attorney after winning a comfortable victory against Independent Lisa Middleman in Tuesday’s election.


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Pittsburgh City Council will have just one new face in 2020, after Bobby Wilson won a three-way race in Council District 1 Tuesday night. Wilson bested independent challenger Chris Rosselot by a margin of nearly two-to-one according to unofficial vote totals. Malcolm Jarrett, of the Socialist Workers Party, finished a distant third.

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An election official in Pennsylvania didn't think anything of the absentee ballot application until he saw the out-of-this-world voting location.

Pennsylvania To Settle Close Races For Judge, County Control

Nov 5, 2019
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Pennsylvania's municipal elections Tuesday will feature two statewide appellate judge seats, as well as some potential firsts in local races.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On statewide ballots, Republicans and Democrats are vying for two open seats on the statewide appellate Superior Court. The 15-seat court handles civil and criminal appeals from Pennsylvania's county courts.

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Voters are taking to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes on a number of local issues and races.

Court Rules Marsy's Law Votes Won't Be Counted

Nov 4, 2019
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Pennsylvania's highest court is telling state elections officials not to tally or certify the results of a referendum on a victims' rights constitutional amendment. 

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District 9 has been the focus of conversation when it comes to issues like gentrification and affordable housing. Currently, the district is led by 12-year incumbent Councilor Ricky Burgess. But now, he has challengers who say that while the district is improving, long-time residents are being left out by the district's much-anticipated improvements.

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Pennsylvania's chief elections official asked the state Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn a lower court's ruling that prevents the state from immediately counting or certifying results in next week's referendum on a crime victims' rights constitutional amendment.

Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar's emergency application argued that the ruling a day earlier by Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler will suppress voter turnout and "foment irreparable uncertainty" among voters.

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When Pennsylvanians go to the polls next Tuesday, they’ll be asked to vote on a victims’ rights amendment to the state constitution. But a Commonwealth Court judge has barred state elections officials from counting votes on the measure, called Marsy’s Law – at least for now.

Judge Bars Marsy's Law From Taking Effect If Voters Approve It

Oct 30, 2019
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Votes in a referendum about enshrining victims' rights in Pennsylvania's constitution aren't going to be tallied or certified while a legal challenge to the amendment is pending.

Marsy's Law Explained

Oct 28, 2019
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When Pennsylvanians go to the polls on November 5th, they’ll see a question on the ballot alongside the candidates for Superior and Commonwealth Court judges. It reads:

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North Side residents will vote for a new Pittsburgh City Council representative next week. But while outgoing District 1 councilor Darlene Harris frequently butted heads with the Peduto administration, the three candidates on the ballot offer voters three very different choices when it comes to the kind of relationship their representative will have with the mayor.

Friday was the deadline for the last full accounting of what campaigns are spending prior to the November 5 election, and judging by the numbers, independent candidate Lisa Middleman is running a very competitive race against incumbent District Attorney Steve Zappala. An effort to convince voters in the city of Pittsburgh to raise their property taxes, meanwhile, is spending large sums despite facing no organized opposition.

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Allegheny County Council often doesn't attract much attention, but lately it’s been consumed by debates over police oversight and LGBTQ identity. So far, councilors have been tied down by ideological divisions. But contested elections in three of county council’s 15 districts next month could change council's direction next year.

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A commonwealth court judge is expected to decide within days whether a broad victims’ rights amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, can go into effect if voters approve it on Nov. 5, or if it will be frozen until the legal fight over its constitutionality is resolved.


Western Pennsylvania Congressional incumbents have outraised their opponents in the most recent fundraising period, according to campaign filings released by the Federal Election Commission this week.

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Two members of Allegheny County Council say they will file an ethics complaint against independent District Attorney candidate Lisa Middleman for holding a political event in the Allegheny County Courthouse Monday – although such events are not unprecedented, and county officials said Middleman’s event presented no security concerns.

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The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed an eleventh-hour challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment set to be on the ballot next month.

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Considering it’s wedged between the Parkway North and downtown Pittsburgh, Spring Hill Playground looks almost bucolic – at least at first. 

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Four local teens were each jailed for up to 15 months despite alibi evidence that proved their innocence, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report Sunday. And on Monday, the independent candidate for Allegheny County District Attorney, Lisa Middleman, blasted Democratic incumbent Stephen Zappala for mishandling the case.

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A fight at a North Side gas station has become an issue in the race for Allegheny County District Attorney. Independent challenger Lisa Middleman is critical of incumbent Democrat Stephen Zappala for not bringing more serious charges against three male defendants.

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What’s in a name? For candidates in City Council District 9, the answer has been “a lot of aggravation,” as a series of recent Commonwealth Court rulings has affirmed they can all remain on the ballot.

Taken together, the rulings also largely uphold some standard practices by county election workers.

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Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph James removed one independent City Council candidate from the ballot this week, and he let a handful of others stay. But more upheaval may be in store for an already chaotic off-year municipal election.