Pennsylvania

Governor’s Emergency Powers Curbed in Pennsylvania
Voting
Governor’s Emergency Powers Curbed in Pennsylvania
2021-05-19 18:39:49
by Dan McCue

Voters in Pennsylvania appear to have handed the state’s Republicans a significant victory on Tuesday, approving two constitutional amendments that would give the legislature more power to block emergency declarations by the governor. Though votes will likely continue to be... Read More

Ex-University of Pittsburgh Chancellor to Chair Pennsylvania Redistricting Commission
In The States
Ex-University of Pittsburgh Chancellor to Chair Pennsylvania Redistricting Commission
2021-05-16 12:09:20
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG — Mark Nordenberg, a former University of Pittsburgh chancellor, will chair the committee in charge of drawing Pennsylvania’s legislative districts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced this week. The appointment means Nordenberg, a former dean of Pitt’s law school, will... Read More

Pennsylvania Voters to Decide Racial Equity Amendment
In The States
Pennsylvania Voters to Decide Racial Equity Amendment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Protests over George Floyd's killing at the hands of Minneapolis police were raging across the country last June when a Democratic lawmaker took to the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate to argue for greater protections against... Read More

In Pennsylvania, Biden Showcases Aid to Small Businesses
Economy
In Pennsylvania, Biden Showcases Aid to Small Businesses

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden turned up at a minority-owned flooring business in suburban Philadelphia to highlight how his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package can help small businesses and to put a face on those who have struggled... Read More

Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
State News
Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
2021-01-06 14:32:39
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The opening of a new session of the Pennsylvania Senate is usually a fairly staid affair, marked by ceremony and at least a bit of bipartisanship. However, that wasn't the case Tuesday when the Republican majority refused... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects GOP Bid to Upend Biden Win in Pennsylvania
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rejects GOP Bid to Upend Biden Win in Pennsylvania
2020-12-08 22:16:38
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Tuesday evening rejected a last-gasp bid by the GOP to reverse Pennsylvania's certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the electoral battleground. As is their custom, the justices did not explain the rationale for their decision.... Read More

What Pennsylvania's Election Could Have Looked Like With Earlier Vote Counting
2020 Elections
What Pennsylvania's Election Could Have Looked Like With Earlier Vote Counting

PHILADELPHIA — Polls had only been closed in Florida for a few hours last month when elections offices started closing up shop for the night, too. Almost all the votes were counted and reported, and there just wasn't much left to do at... Read More

Pennsylvania Suspends Alcohol Sales at Bars, Restaurants on Thanksgiving Eve
State News
Pennsylvania Suspends Alcohol Sales at Bars, Restaurants on Thanksgiving Eve
2020-11-25 16:18:21
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It wasn't the kind of breaking news one expected while scanning Pennsylvania's all news radio stations for word on the state certifying the 2020 election results. "Now back to our top story," one news anchor after another... Read More

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Certifies Presidential Election Results
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Certifies Presidential Election Results
2020-11-24 16:59:07
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar certified the results of the 2020 presidential election Tuesday, after all 67 counties in the state certified their individual results late Monday night. A short time later, as required by federal... Read More

Republicans Face Court Setbacks, Trump Law Firm Steps Down
State News
Republicans Face Court Setbacks, Trump Law Firm Steps Down

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania... Read More

Pa. Appellate Court Sides With Trump in Fight Over ID Deadlines for Voters
2020 Elections
Pa. Appellate Court Sides With Trump in Fight Over ID Deadlines for Voters

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appellate court handed President Donald Trump's campaign a minor victory Thursday, barring counties from including in their final vote tallies a small pool of mail ballots from people who had failed to provide required ID by a Monday deadline. In a... Read More

Only 10,000 Pa. Mail Ballots Arrived After Election Day — Far Too Few to Change the Result if Tossed
State News
Only 10,000 Pa. Mail Ballots Arrived After Election Day — Far Too Few to Change the Result if Tossed

PHILADELPHIA — The vote counting continues. Even after races are called, even after the world's eyes turn from Pennsylvania, workers are continuing to count ballots. Many of the remaining ballots are the slowest or most difficult to count because they have various... Read More

'We Are Exactly Where We Said We Would Be,' Pennsylvania Secretary of State Says
State News
'We Are Exactly Where We Said We Would Be,' Pennsylvania Secretary of State Says
2020-11-04 17:50:21
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As the nation anxiously awaited the outcome of the 2020 presidential election Wednesday, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar advised the general public and a phalanx of reporters gathered before her to be patient. “We are exactly... Read More

PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (D)
House Watch
PA-01: Brian Fitzpatrick (D)
2020-10-31 16:07:38
by TWN Staff

About Fitzpatrick: Brian Fitzpatrick was the author of legislation signed into law which provides additional resources for law enforcement to stop the flow of deadly drugs into communities. For nearly a decade and a half, Fitzpatrick served as an FBI... Read More

PA-17: Conor Lamb (D)
House Watch
PA-17: Conor Lamb (D)
2020-10-31 16:04:12
by TWN Staff

About Lamb: Conor Lamb is a Marine and former federal prosecutor who represents Pennsylvania’s 17th district. Lamb won a special election in March 2018 to represent the 18th district, and after Pennsylvania’s redistricting, Lamb went on to defeat incumbent Republican... Read More

PA-17: Sean Parnell (R)
House Watch
PA-17: Sean Parnell (R)
2020-10-31 00:28:47
by TWN Staff

About Parnell: Army Ranger, combat infantryman with the elite 10th Mountain Division, and veteran of 485 days of fierce fighting along the Afghan-Pakistan border, Captain Sean Parnell’s unique leadership skills, welded his platoon into an effective American fighting unit. Repeatedly... Read More

PA-10: Scott Perry (R)
House Watch
PA-10: Scott Perry (R)
2020-10-31 00:25:52
by TWN Staff

About Perry: Scott Perry served three terms as a Pennsylvania State Representative. While serving there, he was assigned to the Committees on Appropriations, Consumer Affairs, Labor Relations, Veterans Affairs, Emergency Preparedness, and Rules. He became the Congressman for Pennsylvania’s 4th... Read More

PA-10: Eugene DePasquale (D)
House Watch
PA-10: Eugene DePasquale (D)
2020-10-31 00:23:21
by TWN Staff

About DePasquale: Eugene DePasquale has dedicated his public service to tirelessly fighting for working people, senior citizens, and the most vulnerable. He grew up in a typical working-class family. When he wasn’t in school, he waited tables or washed dishes... Read More

PA-01: Christina Finello (D)
House Watch
PA-01: Christina Finello (D)
2020-10-31 00:16:18
by TWN Staff

About Finello: Christina Finello is a 5th generation Pennsylvanian — born in Bristol, raised in Warminster, and living in Ivyland with husband, Todd, and two daughters, Katie and Nora. After earning a joint law degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology... Read More

PA-08: Matt Cartwright (D)
House Watch
PA-08: Matt Cartwright (D)
2020-10-31 00:14:58
by TWN Staff

About Cartwright: Matt Cartwright worked as a trial attorney and is now the U.S. Congressman in Pennsylvania’s Eighth District.  Cartwright was named one of the most effective Democrats in Congress for his ability to work across the aisle. He is... Read More

PA-08: Jim Bognet (R)
House Watch
PA-08: Jim Bognet (R)
2020-10-31 00:12:37
by TWN Staff

About Bognet: Jim Bognet was born and raised in Hazleton, Pa. His dad is a small business owner, building schools and doing plumbing and heating projects for factories across northeastern Pennsylvania. His mom is a high school teacher. Bognet played... Read More

Understanding the Split Supreme Court Decisions on Mail Ballots
Supreme Court
Understanding the Split Supreme Court Decisions on Mail Ballots

WASHINGTON — A dizzying array of U.S. Supreme Court orders and opinions over the past 10 days has left the rules governing next week's presidential election in flux. In rapid succession, the court has allowed extra time for mail-in ballots to arrive in Pennsylvania and North... Read More

Supreme Court Turns Down GOP Bid to Limit Time for Mail Ballots in N.C., Pa.
2020 Elections
Supreme Court Turns Down GOP Bid to Limit Time for Mail Ballots in N.C., Pa.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal from North Carolina's Republican leaders, leaving in place rulings that require the counting of late-arriving ballots as long as they were in the mail by Election Day. The 5-3 decision had the effect of upholding... Read More

States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail
State News
States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail

WASHINGTON — States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency's compliance with a court order. U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania's attorney general, Josh... Read More

'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia
2020 Elections
'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Former President Barack Obama delivered a punishing rebuke of his successor Donald Trump's tenure and a clarion call to supporters for his old running mate Joe Biden at a drive-in rally outside Citizens Bank Park as the sun set Wednesday night. Trump's tone and the misinformation he... Read More

Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
State News
Supreme Court Gives Pennsylvania More Time to Tally Some Votes
2020-10-20 18:24:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The absence of a tiebreaker on the Supreme Court will allow election officials in Pennsylvania to count some mailed ballots received up to three days after Election Day. A 4-4 deadlock among the justices let stand a ruling... Read More

Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
State News
Federal Judge Throws Out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
2020-10-13 20:50:12
by Dan McCue

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign in Pennsylvania, tossing out a challenge to the state's drop boxes and poll-watching law. The ruling is notable not just for how it related to... Read More

Sen. Pat Toomey Won’t Run for Reelection, Sources Say
Political News
Sen. Pat Toomey Won’t Run for Reelection, Sources Say

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the next elections... Read More

‘Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia,’ Trump Says at Debate
2020 Elections
‘Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia,’ Trump Says at Debate

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump closed out his first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday night by repeating on national television his false claim that poll watchers had been blocked from observing the first day of in-person... Read More

‘Disgusted’ Voters in the Philly Suburbs Could Help Biden Offset Trump’s Gains in Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
‘Disgusted’ Voters in the Philly Suburbs Could Help Biden Offset Trump’s Gains in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — Sandy Arnell used to work for Republican lawmakers in Washington and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital. She considered herself to be liberal on issues like abortion but conservative when it came to fiscal issues. She didn’t always vote Republican.... Read More

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