Turzai faces Skopov, Williams battles Shaffer at candidate forum

Turzai faces Skopov, Williams battles Shaffer at candidate forum

Two sets of candidates in top-tier state races traded blows Thursday night at a forum in the northern Pittsburgh suburbs.

For the 38th Senate District, Democratic candidate Lindsey Williams and Republican Jeremy Shaffer debated for the first half, while in the 28th House District, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai faced off with challenger Emily Skopov on questions around gun control, redistricting and education spending.
Saturday, November 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

The last time Mike Turzai, Jake Corman and Frank Dermody all faced challengers was 2010, when the House members were their caucuses’ whip, and Corman headed Appropriations.

Eight years later, all three have climbed to the very top of leadership—and are facing challengers channeling discontent with the status quo to try and knock them off.

“It doesn't matter if you’re Republican or Democrat. When we look at the issues, the same cast of characters aren’t working,” Joshua Nulph, Dermody’s 21-year-old challenger, said.

Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf issues three vetoes against glut of late session legislation

Wolf issues three vetoes against glut of late session legislation

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation on debt service, price gouging and technical training on Wednesday, all of which had received bipartisan, sometimes unanimous support in the legislature.

Thursday, October 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Nearly $50 million in state dollars headed to PWSA for lead pipe replacements

Nearly $50 million in state dollars headed to PWSA for lead pipe replacements

Over the past year the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has been racing to replace 2,100 lead lines throughout the city. Thanks to the $49 million Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday, that goal became a little more feasible.

“These projects benefit public health, the environment, and support sustainable communities as we advance our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for our families to enjoy,” Wolf said.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Legislative leaders have, after months of stalled efforts and with fifty days to the election, started pushing big changes to state government.

Speaking to the Philadelphia Daily News’ John Baer, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that during the run-up to sine die, he wants to prioritize congressional redistricting reform and shrinking the size of the state legislature before the November general election, perhaps even adding session days.

This follows up on Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) officially releasing his bill to open primaries last week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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