Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Veteran Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris will be facing not one, but two challengers for the opportunity to represent the Steel City’s North Side come May 21.

After a few candidates stepped forward, only to fade away due to scandal or reconsideration, Harris, a Democrat, will be challenged with Chris Rosselot, a former aide to US Sen. Bob Casey, and repeat challenger Bobby Wilson, who ran against Harris in 2015 and 2011.

Harris — first elected in 2006 — is an official whose sometimes contrarian personality has earned her critics inside and outside of city council. Many an article has been devoted to her public quarrel with Council President Bruce Kraus (D-District 3), or her tendency to block her critics on social media.
Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Republicans divided, Democrats look ahead as Senate special fight brews

Republicans divided, Democrats look ahead as Senate special fight brews

With their five seat pickup in November, Senate Democrats made the biggest one-cycle gain since President Dwight Eisenhower’s first midterm.

They now could have a chance at one more.

At least four Democrats are in as the party hopes to flip one more seat in the Senate ahead of 2020, while local Republicans are trying to rally to an alternative name over chamber leadership's favorite.
Monday, January 7, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Stack schedules Reschenthaler replacement election for April 2

Stack schedules Reschenthaler replacement election for April 2

With former Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) off to Congress, the Pennsylvania Senate is still one short of 50.

His replacement will be chosen by suburban Pittsburgh voters on April 2, per a tweet from outgoing Lt. Gov. Mike Stack.

Friday, January 4, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Brown, Kavulich seats to be filled in special elections on March 12

Brown, Kavulich seats to be filled in special elections on March 12

Two special elections will take place in Philadelphia and Lackawanna counties March 12 to fill the House’s two vacant seats.

Since Oct. 16, when former Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna) passed away, and Dec. 11, when Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) resigned following her bribery conviction, the seats have been empty.
Thursday, January 3, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Former assistant Allegheny County DA, public defender to challenge Zappala in 2019

Former assistant Allegheny County DA, public defender to challenge Zappala in 2019

Former Allegheny County assistant district attorney and chief deputy public defender Turahn Jenkins is challenging incumbent DA Stephen Zappala for his seat in 2019.

The announcement comes on the heels of the death of Atwon Rose Jr. who while unarmed was shot in the back by an East Pittsburgh police office. While Zappala is seeking a murder charge against the officer, a history of poor police-community relations has led up to Jenkins' announcement.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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