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)
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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)
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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 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 an... 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

'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

Biden Says Trump ‘Only Cares About the Stock Market’ in Town Hall Meeting
2020 Elections
Biden Says Trump ‘Only Cares About the Stock Market’ in Town Hall Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Joe Biden railed against President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and framed the 2020 election as a choice between Main Street and Wall Street during an outdoor town hall meeting Thursday just outside his childhood hometown... Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses Green Party Off State Ballot
State News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tosses Green Party Off State Ballot
2020-09-17 20:06:26
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Things aren't exactly coming up roses for the Green Party and its presidential nominee, Howie Hawkins. For the second time this week a state supreme court has denied the party's bid for inclusion among the contenders on... Read More

Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020 Elections
Presidential and Congressional Races Tightening Up In Pennsylvania
2020-09-12 16:43:24
by Dan McCue

It's going to be a close one. That's about the only reasonable thing anyone can say about the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania with less than 60 days remaining before Election Day. Most recent polling in the state gives former... Read More

US Remembers 9/11 as Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions
In The News
US Remembers 9/11 as Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans commemorated 9/11 Friday as a new national crisis — the coronavirus pandemic — reconfigured and divided anniversary ceremonies and a presidential campaign carved a path through the observances. In New York, victims' relatives gathered Friday... Read More

Presidential Polling Suggests Narrowed Contest for Swing State
Opinion Polls
Presidential Polling Suggests Narrowed Contest for Swing State
2020-09-03 13:28:51
by Sara Wilkerson

The presidential race between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is tightening in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, a new poll from Monmouth University shows, with Biden holding a 4-point lead over Trump in the key swing... Read More

DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
Political News
DOJ Seeking Data on COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths From Four States
2020-08-27 21:01:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is seeking data from the governors of four states that issued orders "which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents." Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the... Read More

Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020 Elections
Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020-08-04 19:49:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Roughly half of voters in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania have health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and would prefer to vote by mail in the November election, according to a new poll. The... Read More

Biden is Beating Trump Big in Pennsylvania. Will Anything Change That?
2020 Elections
Biden is Beating Trump Big in Pennsylvania. Will Anything Change That?

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania was supposed to be a dogfight in this year’s presidential race. Decided by less than 1 percentage point in 2016 and crucial to the electoral math for both President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, both parties began... Read More

Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
State News
Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
2020-06-12 12:47:37
by Reece Nations

A top member of Pennsylvania’s state Republican leadership is stepping down amid claims his party withheld information concerning a GOP representative's coronavirus diagnosis.  Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announced Wednesday he is leaving the Legislature before his term ends in... Read More

Democrats Requested Pennsylvania Mail Ballots at Higher Rates Than Republicans in Every County
State News
Democrats Requested Pennsylvania Mail Ballots at Higher Rates Than Republicans in Every County

PHILADELPHIA — Elections officials expected a flood of requests for mail ballots this year. What they got requires Noah to build an ark. Nearly 18 times as many Pennsylvanians have requested mail ballots this year as in the 2016 primary,... Read More

Pennsylvania Primaries to Set Match-Ups in House Battlegrounds
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania Primaries to Set Match-Ups in House Battlegrounds

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania will be a crucial battleground in the presidential race, and the Keystone State will also host a handful of competitive House races in 2020, including some the GOP considers critical to winning back the House. Republicans need... Read More

Civil Rights Groups Seek to Avoid Purge of Pennsylvania Voter Rolls
State News
Civil Rights Groups Seek to Avoid Purge of Pennsylvania Voter Rolls

PHILADELPHIA — Civil rights groups asked a federal court Monday to let them defend against a lawsuit over voter rolls in the Philadelphia suburbs. The lawsuit was brought two weeks ago by Judicial Watch, a conservative activist group known for... Read More

Do Republicans Oppose Vote by Mail? In Pennsylvania, It’s Not That Simple
Voting
Do Republicans Oppose Vote by Mail? In Pennsylvania, It’s Not That Simple

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump has called mail-in voting a practice ripe for fraud. He’s said if elections were to be carried out entirely by mail, a Republican would never be elected again. And yet, Pennsylvania, voters this week got... Read More

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Other States Struggle to Avoid Repeat of Wisconsin Election Fiasco
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Other States Struggle to Avoid Repeat of Wisconsin Election Fiasco

PHILADELPHIA — With the coronavirus still spreading, Montgomery County poll workers are already calling in to beg off their shifts. The county is buying two more scanners to count mail-in ballots — at $25,000 apiece — and may need even... Read More

Pa. Postponed its Primary. Here’s What It Means for Voters and 2020 Campaigns
2020 Elections
Pa. Postponed its Primary. Here’s What It Means for Voters and 2020 Campaigns

PHILADELPHIA—June 2 is shaping up to be the Super Tuesday of postponed primaries. Pennsylvania will join 11 states and the District of Columbia in voting that day, after rescheduling its primary due to the coronavirus. Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday... Read More

Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown
State News
Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown

PHILADELPHIA — A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed a group of gun rights advocates’ legal challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide order closing all non-“life-sustaining” businesses, clearing the way for enforcement of the mandate to begin. In an order issued... Read More

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