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U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler had one question for House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee Thursday morning.

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Three Pennsylvania members of Congress had a chance to question former Special Counsel Robert Mueller Wednesday about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Like most of their colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, they appeared to have wildly different reactions to his report based on their party affiliation.

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Law-enforcement agencies across the country would be able to get funding for mental health resources, under legislation passed by Congress this week. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a Senate bill that authorizes $7.5 million in federal grants each year for local law enforcement.

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First responders to the Sept. 11 attacks testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday, ahead of a vote to reauthorize a fund to compensate those harmed in the aftermath of the 2001 strike. Among those who addressed a House subcommittee was former late-night talk show host Jon Stewart, who shamed members. Among those absent was western Pennsylvania's Guy Reschenthaler.

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Talk of impeachment proceedings is swirling on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., though Democrats remain divided on whether to begin impeachment inquiries.

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Just a few weeks ago, Rep. Guy Reschenthaler voted for a nonbinding resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report to be made public. But on Wednesday, Reschenthaler and other Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted against a committee measure to subpoena the report.

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Voters in two Pennsylvania state Senate districts will pick candidates in May to fill the terms of a couple departed senators.

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Western Pennsylvania lawmakers voted along predictable party lines Tuesday in a resolution to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration in a 245-182 vote.

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Benji. holds little, if anything, back on his latest album, "Smile, You’re Alive!" The Pittsburgh native spoke with WYEP’s Joey Spehar for the Live & Direct series about the inspiration behind his music, his career trajectory and how he almost lost his entire album before its release. Benji. was recently named one of NPR's top artists to watch in 2019.

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Representative Guy Reschenthaler has only been in Congress for a couple months, representing a swath of rural southwestern Pennsylvania. But he's already criticized a bill to expand background checks for firearm purchases, and questioned former acting attorney general Matt Whitaker on Capitol Hill.

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There’s plenty of political division and polarization in Washington, DC., but not when it comes to the opioid crisis, according to Sen. Pat Toomey.

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Congressman Guy Reschenthaler voiced strong opposition to a bipartisan House bill that would require background checks for every firearm sale, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

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President Trump is set to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday evening, serving as an opportunity for the President to make the case for his agenda in the coming year.

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Local Democrats and Republicans and gathered a few hours, and a few miles, apart on Sunday to select champions to replace Guy Reschenthaler in the 37th state Senate District. 

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Americans who tuned in to hear President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening primetime speech addressing border security, and the Democratic rebuttal, didn’t hear a lot of new information.

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Voters in southwestern Pennsylvania will fill a vacancy in the state Senate in a special election on April 2.

The office of Lt. Gov. Mike Stack said Monday that it is informing Allegheny and Washington counties of the special election date to fill the remainder of Guy Reschenthaler's term.

Reschenthaler resigned from the Senate seat in suburban Pittsburgh last week to become a member of Congress after he won November's election for a vacant U.S. House seat. Reschenthaler's Senate term ends in 2020.

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Congressman-elect Guy Reschenthaler won't take office until January, and the date for replacing him in the state Senate has not been set. But Democrats and Republicans alike are already eyeing the 37th state Senate District, which sprawls from airport-area suburbs through prosperous South Hills communities and into Washington County's Peters Township.

GOP Absorbs Losses, But Retains Control In State Legislature

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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.

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Republican state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler will now represent the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania in Washington after winning the race for Pennsylvania’s 14th congressional district.

 

Reschenthaler defeated Democrat Bibiana Boerio, a first-time candidate.

 

Under Pennsylvania’s new congressional map, the 14th district spans Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

 

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Democrats have a real chance of taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November. But there are still plenty of areas where Republicans are favored, including Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional district.

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Democrat Conor Lamb has a financial edge coming out of the third turn of his 17th Congressional district race against Republican Keith Rothfus. Campaign finance reports covering the last full quarter before the Nov. 6 election show that he outraised his rival in the nation’s only November election contest where two incumbents face each other.

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Health care is one of the dividing issues between Guy Reschenthaler and Bibiana Boerio, the two candidates hoping to become the U.S. Representative in the new 14th Congressional district.

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The state Senate voted to protect domestic violence victims and strengthen Protection From Abuse orders on Wednesday. But there was opposition from some Western Pennsylvania legislators.

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State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler pitched his candidacy to voters in North Huntingdon on Tuesday. 

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In one of the country's most closely-watched House Races, western Pennsylvania incumbents Keith Rothfus and Conor Lamb appear to be on even ground financially. 

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State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler won't know until November whether he will be a Congressman, but already a top Republican has expressed interest in replacing him in Harrisburg.

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Republicans got most of the attention in Tuesday’s primary in the 14th Congressional District, where state Senator Guy Reschenthaler scored an 11-point victory over state Representative Rick Saccone. But Democrat Bibiana Boerio of Unity Township won by an even larger margin – 19 points – in a primary that featured a total of four candidates.

 

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State Senator Guy Reschenthaler avenged a loss last fall to state Rep. Rick Saccone, handily winning his party's nomination in the newly drawn 14th Congressional District by a margin of over 10 percent.

 

"We have all won tonight," Reschenthaler told supporters at a VFW hall in Peters Township."You were with me from the beginning to the end, and I'm going to be with you well into the future."

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Today’s primary ballot allows voters to pick their champions in races for governor and U.S. Senator on down. But University of Pittsburgh political science professor Kristin Kanthak argues what’s at stake this year isn’t just the identities of the candidates–but of the parties themselves.

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State Representative Rick Saccone is trading harsh words with former Congressman Tim Murphy, who Saccone sought to replace earlier this year. And the dispute stems from Murphy's support of a rival, state Senator Guy Reschenthaler, in a Congressional primary next week.

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