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Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Ohio Voter-Purge Law

Posted on June 11, 2018

By a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a controversial Ohio voter-purge law.

It’s known as the “use-it-or-lose-it” law, and it’s the most aggressive voter-purge system in the country. The state currently strikes voters from the registration rolls if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections — and if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form.

Those challenging the law said it violated the National Voting Rights Act, which says that a state cannot strike someone from the rolls for failure to vote. The emphasis is to get more people to vote — and not have them purged.

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Despite Trepidation, Redistricting Bill Progressing

Posted on June 11, 2018

After more than a year of on-and-off negotiation, the state Senate has moved a congressional redistricting overhaul to the floor of the full chamber.

However, the compromise measure is expected to undergo significant changes before it heads to the House as soon as next week.

As it stands, the bill would amend the state constitution to create an independent citizens’ commission made up of four Democrats, four Republicans, and three Independents.

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WPSU Radio

 

On Heels Of Pa. Congressional Map Changes, U.S. Supreme Court To Rule On Gerrymandering

Posted on June 11, 2018

This month the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver two highly anticipated decisions on cases involving partisan gerrymandering — one from Wisconsin and the other from Maryland.

The central question in both cases is: How much politics is too much when it comes to drawing the boundaries of a voting district?

In the past, the court has said it couldn’t answer that question.

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Primary Results: Democratic Women Prevail In Pennsylvania Contests

Posted on May 16, 2018

Democratic women again finished strong in primaries on Tuesday night, with Pennsylvania poised to send as many as four to Congress next year to break up the state’s all-male congressional delegation.

There are more than a half-dozen competitive congressional seats on the table in Pennsylvania, one of four states that voted on Tuesday. Pennsylvania is a critical part of the Democrats’ calculus for getting the 23 seats they need to win back control of the House, but the party will still have to move past some messy ideological fights following the primary.

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WPSU Primary Results, Including Fall Gov. Race Matchup: Wolf/Fetterman Vs. Wagner/Bartos

Posted on May 16, 2018

In the Republican primary for Governor, Scott Wagner beat out his challengers. The Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire will face Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in November. Polls have Wagner well behind Wolf, though he’ll have 6 months to try to change that.

In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Democratic incumbent Mike Stack has lost reelection in the primary. This is the first time in Pennsylvania’s history that a sitting Lt. Governor has lost reelection. In a crowded field, Braddock mayor John Fetterman won the party nomination with 40 percent of the vote. He’ll run against Jeff Bartos on the Republican side. Bartos campaigned with Wagner.

In the Republican U.S. Senate primary, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta easily beat his Republican rival. He’ll face Democratic incumbent Bob Casey, who is among 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election in states won by Trump.

In the 12th Congressional District, incumbent Republican Tom Marino beat out Doug McLinko. On the Democratic side, the race was too close to call as of 12:02 a.m. on Wednesday. At that time with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Marc Friedenberg had 50.3 percent of the vote and Judy Herschel had 49.7 percent of the vote.

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WPSU Radio

 

Pa. Primary: Storm-related Outages Delay Counting of Ballots

Posted on May 15, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Pennsylvania primary election (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Storm-related power outages are delaying the counting of some paper ballots in Pennsylvania.

Severe thunderstorms swept across the state on Tuesday afternoon.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports ballot scanners in the towns of Clarks Green, Clarks Summit and Archbald are down.

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Tuesday’s Primaries Will Shape Decisive Battles For Congress

Posted on May 15, 2018

Today could be one of the most crucial days yet in determining control of Congress in 2018.

There are more than a half-dozen competitive House seats on the table in Pennsylvania, which is one of four states holding its primaries Tuesday. Pennsylvania is a critical part of the Democrats’ calculus for getting the 23 seats they need to win back control of the House, but there are ideological fights within the party that could impact the general election.

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Opioid Crisis Central In Race For 12th Congressional District

Posted on May 10, 2018

(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania’s drug overdose rate is more than twice the national average.

The opioid crisis is a focal point in the primary elections for the 12th Congressional District, which includes Centre, Mifflin, Clinton and Potter counties.

Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko is challenging GOP incumbent Tom Marino in Tuesday’s primary.

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WPSU

 

With Primary Approaching, GOP Gov. Candidates Fight To Distinguish Themselves

Posted on May 10, 2018

(Harrisburg) — It’s a Tuesday evening in early May, and an elaborately-decorated lobby in Malvern is swarming with Republicans.

A number are state officials, or officers for the Pennsylvania GOP. Many more are members of the Chester County Republican Party–the group behind this particular dinner.

But the keynote speaker, and the name on most of the signs, banners, and lapel buttons, is a guy who still describes himself as a political outsider, even after four years in the state Senate.

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WPSU

 

Just In Time For Primary, Wagner Takes Tough Abortion Stance

Posted on May 10, 2018

(Harrisburg) — With less than a week before the primary elections, GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is voicing his support for a restrictive abortion bill.

The stance is in line with a recurring theme in the race—the York County Senator’s apparent battle with rival Paul Mango over who is farther right politically.

The proposal is sponsored by Allegheny County Representative Rick Saccone, who is running for Congress. He initially floated it late last year, but it was only assigned to a committee last week.

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WPSU

 

Pennsylvania governor schedules special House elections for November

Posted on May 4, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced Wednesday that the special election to replace a pair of departing state representatives will coincide with the November general elections.

Wolf announced that elections to replace Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) will take place on Nov. 6, along with the rest of the nation’s midterm elections. Both congressmen announced their resignations in recent weeks.

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The Hill

 

Race For Congress: Bernie Washabaugh

Posted on May 1, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Bernie Washabaugh. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Washabaugh about why he’s running for Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

League of Women Voters to Host Candidates’ Night in State College

Posted on April 30, 2018

With the primary election two weeks away, the League of Women Voters of Centre County will host an opportunity for candidates in contested races to answer questions from voters.

Candidates’ Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in council chambers of the State College Municipal Building.

The public is invited to attend and candidates will answer questions from the audience.

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statecollege.com

 

Race For Congress: Doug Mastriano

Posted on April 30, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Doug Mastriano, a retired army colonel who lives in Franklin County.

WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Mastriano about why he’s running for Congress and what he considers government overreach.

Doug Mastriano is a Republican candidate in the 13th Congressional district in Pennsylvania. WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race For Congress: John Joyce

Posted on April 28, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is John Joyce. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Joyce about why he thinks his career as a doctor would help him in Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race For Congress: Benjamin Hornberger

Posted on April 25, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Benjamin Hornberger. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Hornberger about why he’s running and what he thinks of Donald Trump’s presidency so far.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race For Congress: Art Halvorson

Posted on April 24, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Art Halvorson. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Halvorson about why he’s running and what he sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race For Congress: John Eichelberger

Posted on April 23, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is John Eichelberger. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Eichelberger about why he thinks he’s the best choice for the job.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The primary is May 15.

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WPSU Radio

 

Democratic Candidates For U.S. House 12th District Field Questions During Debate

Posted on April 23, 2018

The two Democratic candidates running for the U.S. House 12th Congressional district in Pennsylvania met for a debate Thursday night.

Among the reasons Judy Herschel said she’s running in the Democratic primary is to be a voice for the community on topics many feel are being ignored. Those include health care, jobs, public education and the opioid crisis.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race For Congress: Republican Tom Marino

Posted on April 23, 2018

Two candidates are on the Republican primary ballot for U.S. House 12th Congressional district. One of them is incumbent Tom Marino. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Marino about why he’s running for reelection and how he responds to critics of legislation he sponsored.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

GOP Guv candidate Laura Ellsworth dings rivals for ditching debate

Posted on April 20, 2018

With the ongoing slap-fight between GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Scott Wagner and Paul Mango showing no signs of abating any time soon, you’d be forgiving for occasionally overlooking the fact that there’s a third candidate in the race.

But Pittsburgh attorney Laura Ellsworth is taking aim at her two rivals this Thursday morning for ditching a scheduled April 24 debate on school issues put on by the Philadelphia-based advocacy group Excellent Schools PA.

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Penn Live

 

Moderate GOP Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-7) To Resign

Posted on April 17, 2018

Charlie Dent was already one of a record number of House Republicans who weren’t running for re-election this November. Now he’s rushing out the door even faster.

The moderate Pennsylvania Republican — who hasn’t been shy about voicing his frustrations with the congressional GOP and disdain for President Trump — on Tuesday announced he would soon resign from Congress instead of sticking around until January.

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NPR

 

Race For Congess: Democrat Judy Herschel

Posted on April 17, 2018

Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Judy Herschel. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Herschel about why she’s running and what she sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race for Congress: Democrat Marc Friedenberg

Posted on April 16, 2018

Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary in the 12th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Marc Friedenberg. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Friedenberg about why he’s running and what he sees as priorities for the next Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the 2018 primary is April 16.

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WPSU Radio

 

Attacks in Pennsylvania governor’s race getting personal

Posted on April 14, 2018

With less than five weeks to go before the Pennsylvania primary, the blistering attacks between Republican gubernatorial candidates Scott Wagner and Paul Mango are getting more intense and personal.

In the latest exchange, Wagner’s daughter Katharine speaks directly into the camera answering a Mango ad that calls Wagner a “deadbeat dad.”

 

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WHYY

 

Race For Congress: Democrat Wade Jodun

Posted on April 13, 2018

Two candidates are on the Democratic primary ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives’ 15th Congressional district. One of them is Wade Jodun. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talks with Jodun about why he’s running to represent Pennsylvania and what changes he wants to see in Washington.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is April 16.

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WPSU Radio

 

Gov. Wolf Wants Voting Machines With Paper Trail By 2019

Posted on April 12, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration told Pennsylvania’s counties Thursday that he wants them to replace their electronic voting systems with machines that leave a verifiable paper trail by the end of 2019, although counties warned that the price tag is a major problem.

Counties estimate the cost will be $125 million and said the greatest single impediment to buying new voting machines is the lack of a funding source.

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AP

 

Race For Congress: Democrat Susan Boser

Posted on April 12, 2018

Two candidates are on the Democratic primary ballot for U.S. House 15th Congressional district. One of them is Susan Boser. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talks with Boser about why she’s running and what she thinks needs to be done to help rural economies.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is April 16.

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WPSU Radio

 

Pennsylvania U.S. house candidates vying for party nominations to speak to WPSU

Posted on April 12, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Candidates seeking to secure their parties’ nominations for Pennsylvania U.S. congressional races will speak to WPSU-FM reporters and have their interviews air during “Morning Edition” on WPSU-FM throughout April and May. The interviews will air at 5:50 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. on WPSU-FM and will be available the same day of airing on wpsu.org/radio.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2qrXNRb

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Penn State News

 

Nine congressional candidates for 13th district campaign together in Franklin County

Posted on April 6, 2018

All nine candidates running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th District shared the floor Tuesday at the Menno Haven retirement community.

The candidates were given the opportunity to distinguish themselves by answering questions, ranging from immigration to gun rights to transportation. Judging from the polite applause at the end of the two-hour session, no clear favorites emerged. About 40 people attended.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2H30WkP

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WITF

 

Number of women running for US House seats sets record

Posted on April 5, 2018

The number of women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives set a record Thursday, the vast majority of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies of the Republican-controlled Congress.

Their ranks will continue to grow in the weeks ahead, with filing deadlines still to come in more than half the states.

Read more: https://apnews.com/f41233ffc9ca484ca8a91a59c083f6f9

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Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango advocates changes to education system

Posted on April 4, 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango backed school vouchers and the elimination of school property taxes, framed the opioid addiction crisis as a social issue and criticized the state Supreme Court’s decision to redraw Congressional district maps in a visit with The Daily Item’s editorial board Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.tribdem.com/pennsylvania/news/gubernatorial-candidate-paul-mango-advocates-changes-to-education-system/article_44152096-974e-5686-9c00-a3de951316e0.html

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The Tribune-Democrat

 

What Would Downsizing Pennsylvania’s Legislature Actually Do?

Posted on April 3, 2018

(Harrisburg) — While he was working on the US Constitution, James Madison realized there was a pretty fundamental part of state governments that seemed useless to regulate.

In the Federalist Papers, he noted, “No political problem is less susceptible of a precise solution than that which relates to the number most convenient for a representative legislature; nor is there any point on which the policy of the several states is more at variance.”

Hundreds of years later, states are no closer to a consensus on what makes a legislature successful.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/what-would-downsizing-pennsylvanias-legislature-actually-do

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Saccone concedes 18th district race in phone call to Lamb

Posted on March 24, 2018

Rick Saccone on Wednesday conceded last week’s special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, putting an end to an eight-day stretch of meticulous recounts and talk of a Republican challenge.

In a statement provided to the Post-Gazette from his campaign, Mr. Saccone said he spoke with Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday afternoon.

“This afternoon, I spoke to Mr. Lamb, conceding the race in the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District and congratulating him on his victory,” Mr. Saccone said. “While there are less than 800 votes separating us, the people of the 18th District deserve to have a voice representing them in Congress.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/03/21/Conor-Lamb-Rick-Saccone-conceded-18-district-special-election-pa-congress/stories/201803210227

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Who’s On The Primary Ballot For U.S. House Seats In Central Pennsylvania

Posted on March 21, 2018

In Pennsylvania, candidates running in the primaries for U.S. House and Senate had to file their nomination petitions by the end of the day Tuesday. That deadline had been extended because of the legislative redistricting that took place.

In the 12th Congressional district, Democrats Mark Friedenberg, of Centre County, and Judith Herschel, of Susquehanna County, are seeking the nomination. Republicans running are Tom Marino, the incumbent from Lycoming County, along with Douglas McLinko, of Bradford County. The district includes the eastern half of Centre County and stretches from Perry County to the New York Border.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/whos-primary-ballot-us-house-seats-central-pennsylvania

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WPSU-FM

 

U.S. Supreme Court And Federal Judges Both Reaffirm New Pennsylvania District Map

Posted on March 20, 2018

After the federal judge ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also decided to keep in place a revised map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, turning down a separate request from Republican leaders in the state Legislature.

A panel of federal judges on Monday dismissed a legal challenge by Republican congressmen to a district map imposed last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/us-supreme-court-and-federal-judges-both-reaffirm-new-pennsylvania-district-map

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AP/WPSU-FM

 

Democrat Conor Lamb Appears To Have Won Pa. Special Election. Here’s What It Means

Posted on March 14, 2018

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

Democrat Conor Lamb appears to have won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, defeating Republican Rick Saccone in an upset for President Trump and congressional Republicans, based on a review of the vote by member station WESA and barring a recount.

Read more: http://radio.wpsu.org/post/result-pa-special-election-could-mean-trouble-republicans

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