Seven Lt. Governor hopefuls debate issues at progressive summit

Seven Lt. Governor hopefuls debate issues at progressive summit

The crowded field of seven Democrats took to a stage Friday night to build some daylight in the race to win the party’s nod for Lt. Governor.

Besides embattled incumbent Mike Stack, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, veteran and pharmacist Aryanna Berringer, Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Montgomery County State Rep. Madeleine Dean, Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman and businessman and community activist Ray Sosa all appeared at the forum, organized by Keystone Progress, a progressive advocacy group in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, February 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Strassburger ahead by nearly $80,000 in first month of Pittsburgh city council special election fundraising

Strassburger ahead by nearly $80,000 in first month of Pittsburgh city council special election fundraising

Armed with 159 separate contributions — including maxed out donations from Dan Gilman and Bill Peduto’s election committee — Erika Strassburger took a commanding lead in fundraising in Pittsburgh’s March 6 special election by raking just over $91,241 in January, according to city campaign finance reports.

The election for city council’s District 8, which includes a central chunk of the affluent East End, is to replace former city councilman Gilman after he resigned to become Mayor Peduto’s new chief of staff in early January.

Friday, February 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf tours state for voters' thoughts ahead of February redistricting deadline

Wolf tours state for voters' thoughts ahead of February redistricting deadline

As Harrisburg dusts off its cartography skills, Governor Tom Wolf attended his third panel in three days Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh to hear Pennsylvania voters’ thoughts on what the state’s new congressional map should look like. 

“I’m trying to understand what the people of Pennsylvania say is a fair map,” Wolf said. “We can bring all the experts together, but in the end it comes down to what values we have as citizens.” 
Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Two candidates in, one deciding, for open race to fill Mustio’s seat

Two candidates in, one deciding, for open race to fill Mustio’s seat

Long-time Republican Allegheny County representative Mark Mustio is retiring this year, triggering an open race for his long red district among a slew of other senior GOP retirements. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Following affordable housing debate, Pittsburgh city council looks to keep better track of tax credits

Following affordable housing debate, Pittsburgh city council looks to keep better track of tax credits

Following a year of bean counting to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, a new bill proposed by two Pittsburgh City Council members is hoping to keep better track of the city’s development dollars. 

The bill, sponsored by Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) and Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) would require yearly audits by the City Controller’s office of the city’s tax credits and abatements. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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