Politics

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The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection. Watch the debate and vote live.

Amy Sisk / 90.5 WESA

Both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Tuesday side-stepped proposed rules changes that would have diminished the power of majority-party leaders to control the legislative agenda.

Jose Luis Magana / AP

On today's program: Rep. Mike Doyle describes the scene as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the grounds of the United States Capitol during a Congressional joint session to certify the November election results; Marc Levy of the Associated Press breaks down attempted actions from Republicans in the Pennsylvania State Legislature to overturn certified election results on Tuesday. 

COURTESY OF THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT JIM BREWSTER AND FRIENDS OF NICOLE ZICCARELLI

The fate of a state Senate seat in the Pittsburgh area remains in limbo even after the chamber started a new session Tuesday.

Fight Over Senate Elections Mars Start Of Legislative Session

Jan 5, 2021
Carolyn Kaster / AP

A bitter dispute broke out on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday when majority Republicans blocked a Democratic incumbent from being sworn in because his GOP challenger has disputed the razor-thin election results.

Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

Most bills proposed in the Pennsylvania legislature never get a vote, but some lawmakers want to change that in the new legislative session, which begins Tuesday.

Matt Rourke / AP

Republicans are considering rolling back a major expansion to Pennsylvania’s voting laws — a move motivated at least in part by relentless pressure from President Donald Trump and constituents who support him.

Matt Rourke / AP

As the Pennsylvania legislature begins a new session next month, Allegheny County will find itself unrepresented among top leadership in the state House.

Mail Ballot Trends Suggest Biden On Path To Victory In PA

Nov 5, 2020
Emma Lee / WHYY

Joe Biden’s odds of winning the White House increased Wednesday, even without winning Pennsylvania, as the Associated Press called Wisconsin and Michigan for the former vice president.

Niven Sabherwal / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania voters are playing a crucial and perhaps decisive role in choosing the next president as Donald Trump and Joe Biden headline a statewide election in which millions of ballots have already been cast.

Polls opened Tuesday against the backdrop of a pandemic, a police shooting and civil unrest in Philadelphia, and the potential for a drawn-out legal fight over late-arriving mail-in ballots.

Matt Slocum / AP

A new lawsuit is challenging Pennsylvania’s court-ordered deadline to count mail-in ballots that are received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election in the presidential battleground state.

Plaintiffs in the suit filed Thursday include a Republican congressional candidate and four registered voters from Somerset County.

The lawsuit comes three days after the U.S. Supreme Court, divided 4-4, rejected a Republican plea making a similar argument.

AP

Monday was the last day in Pennsylvania to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election in which the presidential battleground state is playing a central role in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Voter registration in the state hit a record high in this cycle.

State elections officials said Monday that voter rolls in Pennsylvania passed 9 million.

Trump Shifts Focus To Pennsylvania To Shore Up Reelection

Sep 28, 2020
Steve Helber / AP

President Donald Trump's campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds.

Matt Smith / PA Post

The most recent Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows fewer than a third of Pennsylvania Republican voters say they will have confidence in the accuracy of mail-in ballot votes cast in the November election.

Updated at 11:01 a.m. ET

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, a two-day event honoring a justice who was both a cultural and legal icon.

As Ginsburg's casket arrived at the high court, former law clerks lined the Supreme Court steps. Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers. Then the justice's family, close friends and members of the court held a brief ceremony in the court's Great Hall.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

Democrats on Thursday signaled their intent to appeal a lower court decision ordering election officials to put the Green Party’s candidate for president on the ballot in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

They filed an intent to appeal the case to the state Supreme Court, where the Democratic majority-panel will could decide the last remaining legal hangup before ballots can be mailed out to voters who applied for one.

Trump, Biden Spar Over Economy, Workers In Labor Day Blitz

Sep 8, 2020
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spent Monday diminishing each other's credentials on the economy and understanding of the American worker as the presidential campaign entered its final, post-Labor Day stretch.

Joe Biden picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice presidential running mate.

It's a historic pick. But there's a lot more to it than that.

Here are five takeaways:

1. Biden picking Harris is a statement on what it means to be American.

Biden picking Harris as his running mate is historic. No Black or South Asian American woman has ever been on a major-party ticket in U.S. history. Black voters, especially Black women, are pillars of the Democratic Party and were key to Biden's victory in the contest for the nomination.

Pennsylvania To Cover Cost Of Stamps For Ballots In Election

Jul 31, 2020
Alan Diaz / AP

Pennsylvania will foot the cost of postage for voters to mail in ballots in November's general election, officials said Friday, a move that Gov. Tom Wolf has made a priority as the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly fueled high interest in voting by mail under a new state law.

Campaigns To Bring Dueling Messages To Pennsylvania This Week

Jul 28, 2020
Cliff Owen / AP

Vice President Mike Pence will make another law-and-order-themed pitch in the presidential battleground of Pennsylvania, as former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign brings its own school-themed event to the state.

On Thursday, Pence will address a “cops for Trump” campaign event at Greensburg Police Department, in Westmoreland County, where President Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton two-to-one in 2016's election.

Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Pennsylvania's governor says legislation to require that state government agencies continue processing public records requests during disasters is “ill-conceived and poorly drafted,” but he's letting it become law without his signature.

Jared Murphy / 90.5 WESA

While political insiders typically work behind the scenes to field candidates for elected office, Democratic Allegheny County councilor Bethany Hallam has taken to Twitter in her own recruitment effort.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Vice President Mike Pence will travel again to Pennsylvania this week, dropping in on an important presidential battleground state on Thursday.

Pence will take a bus tour from Lancaster to Philadelphia, including taking part in a roundtable discussion at Rajant Corp., a suburban Philadelphia maker of wireless communication technology, his office said. Then he will speak to Philadelphia police officers at their union hall, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, in the city before they hold a “Back the Blue” rally.

Wolf, Lawmakers Clash Over Emergency Declaration

Jun 10, 2020
Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the GOP-led Legislature headed toward a legal clash Wednesday over the emergency declaration he issued at the beginning of the pandemic, with lawmakers voting to end it and Wolf insisting he holds veto power.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Counting an avalanche of mail-in votes began a third day in Pennsylvania on Thursday as some races from Tuesday’s primary remained too close to call.

The Associated Press has not called a number of races where the contest was close or had a large number of votes yet to be counted, or both.

Those races included several where incumbent state lawmakers trailed in the count and the only competitive primary among the statewide races, a six-way Democratic primary contest for auditor general.

Pennsylvania Counts Ballots After A Light-On-Drama Primary

Jun 3, 2020
Gene J. Puskar / AP

Election officials faced a mountain of still-uncounted ballots Wednesday after a Pennsylvania primary held amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in some counties and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county bureaus to their limits.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Tuesday marks the 2020 primary, but this year’s will be a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to help you prepare, we’ve put together this checklist of things to know:

Legislature Sends $25B Budget, Virus Aid Bill To Wolf

May 29, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion budget headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes.

Pennsylvania Preps Short-Term Budget Amid Virus Uncertainty

May 26, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania state government was preparing a temporary no-new-taxes budget plan Tuesday that maintains current spending levels while budget makers watch to see how badly tax collections are damaged by coronavirus-related shutdowns and whether the federal government sends another aid package to states.

Niven Sabherwal / 90.5 WESA

Democratic state House candidate Heather Kass withdrew a request for an injunction against her own political party this morning, but will continue to seek damages in a dispute over access to party voter information.

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