Open House seats could play big role in Democratic gains

Open House seats could play big role in Democratic gains

Projections made a week out from Election Day by one state election modeler give Democrats a one-in-seven chance of flipping the state House.

That’s a decrease from an earlier projection made by Carl Klarner, a former Indiana State political science professor. Formerly, his model, based off of previous election results and other measurables, gave Democrats a little less than a one-in-four chance.
Monday, November 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Doorbells ring, candidates rally and voters decide to split or not to split ahead of Tuesday

Doorbells ring, candidates rally and voters decide to split or not to split ahead of Tuesday

Knocking on doors is tedious in Upper Mount Bethel, a sleepy rural township of almost 7,000. But as dusk falls on Friday, Amy Cozze’s minivan pulls up to a wooden home, and she hops out to meet another voter.

The 35-year-old baker and breast cancer survivor is trying to flip the seat from red to blue while facing an entrenched incumbent. Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) has served since winning in 2010, during the Tea Party movement that took over Congress and state Houses across the country. Since then, no Democrat has broken 40 percent of the vote again him.


But Cozze is one of the Democrats running to try and win power back, hoping that enthusiasm, the top of the ballot, and some door-to-door coaxing of ticket splitting Democrats can bring results, while Republicans look to leverage a growing economy to hold their ground.
Sunday, November 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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
Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

An emotional speech from a Pittsburgh city councilman on Tuesday suggested that a new chapter in Pennsylvania’s preemption wars could soon begin.


Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4) made a defiant speech during a council meeting, calling on the city to pass stricter gun laws—specifically against assault weapons—even in the face of state law and precedent on local legislation.

“You want to fight? We’re here to fight. Our community is here to fight,” O’Connor said at a council meeting. “I think our city, our nation everybody is ready to fight this. This has been a long time coming.”
Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
School districts get first taste of $60 million in new school safety spending

School districts get first taste of $60 million in new school safety spending

All but four of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts received $25,000 this week to address school safety measures.

The funding, authorized by the 2018 state budget and distributed through a committee with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, was a top political goal for legislative leaders this year on the heels of the Parkland school shooting in February.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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