A preview for the spring election.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Three different areas will be affected.
More than 600 Upper St. Clair residents might have a new place to vote this year. Pennsylvania law requires Upper St. Clair officials to take a look at all of the wards in the township and make sure they are equal in population after a census, according to Director of Community Development Scott Brilhart. After close examination, township staff is recommending the Upper St. Clair commissioners approve to move more than 150 residents from ward 1 to ward 2; about 200 from ward 1 to ward 4; and about 280 from ward 3 to ward 4. The areas are located throughout the township. One of the areas with a higher population in the 2010 census is the Fox Chase and Dominion development. Commissioners are expected to vote on the ordinance Monday night, …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is hosting the event for Pittsburgh-area constituents.
Upper St. Clair residents can meet their new state senator from 5:30 to 7:30 Thursday night at Il Pizziola in Mt. Lebanon. Sen. Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) was sworn in on New Year's Day following the retirement of John Pippy. PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is hosting the event "to allow Pittsburgh-area constituents to meet and chat with their newly-elected state senator, and socialize with neighbors and others who are concerned about protecting our environment." State Rep. Bob Matzie (D-Ambridge) and state Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Mt. Washington) are also scheduled to be at the event. Will you attend the meet and greet? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Matt Smith was at the state Capitol in Harrisburg for an unusual New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony.
Matt Smith’s New Year's Day celebration got off to a good start Tuesday afternoon when he was sworn in as the area’s new state senator. Smith, who previously was a three-term state representative for most of the South Hills, was at the state Capitol in Harrisburg with friends and family for the unusual New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony. The Mt. Lebanon Democrat takes over the 37th state Senate seat vacated by the retirement of John Pippy, a Republican from Moon Township. Smith defeated D. Raja, a Republican from Mt. Lebanon, in the November election to win the senate seat. “It has been an amazing and humbling journey to arrive at this moment,” Smith said in a statement. “I am thankful to reach this milestone and look forward to returning…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Open Secrets has published a list of recipients of National Rifle Association campaign contributions that also includes outgoing U.S. Reps. Mark Critz of Johnstown and Jason Altmire of McCandless, both Democrats.
U.S. Reps Tom Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair), Mark Critz (D-Johnstown), Jason Altmire (D-McCandless) and Mike Kelly (R-Butler) of Pennsylvania accepted thousands in 2012 campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The NRA doled out more than $750,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the center, a research organization that tracks money in politics and how it affects elections and policies and shares the information on OpenSecrets.org. The center obtained its data from the Federal Election Commission. Fifteen members of Congress from Pennsylvania accepted contributions from the NRA during their 2012 bids for office, according to the center's list. Three of the top…
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Patch Poll: Should New PA Attorney General Kane Investigate Corbett's Handling of Penn State Scandal?
Kathleen Kane has vowed to determine if politics played a role in the development of the case against Jerry Sandusky and other Penn State officials.
Many political observers suggest that Kathleen Kane's election as Pennsylvania's first female Attorney General was due in no small part to her promise to investigate whether politics played a role in the evolution of the case against convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky and other Penn State officials. “As soon as she began early in her campaign talking about the promise to investigate it objectively, it spread pretty quickly on a grass-roots level. There’s no doubt that she had a lot of Penn State support,” Maribeth Schmidt of the grass-roots alumni group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship told the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Kane also dedicated an entire section of her campaign web site to the Sandusky case. Governor Tom Corbett, a…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
See who your neighbors voted for on Tuesday.
So you've had more than 24 hours to digest the (unofficial) election results. Looking back at Upper St. Clair's voting history, it's no surprise that the Republican candidate in the presidential and U.S. Senate races won in each local precinct (unlike the race results from the majority of the state). However, some may find it surprising how close the results in some of the precincts. Here's a breakdown of how Upper St. Clair voted on Tuesday. Ward 4 District 1 What are you thoughts on the Upper St. Clair (unofficial) election results? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pennsylvania voters elect their first woman and first Democrat to be the state's attorney general.
Kathleen Kane achieved two firsts in her Pennsylvania attorney general election victory: She defeated Republican David Freed 56 to 41 percent in unofficial results from Tuesday's voting. Kane won the support of Lehigh Valley voters on her way to statewide success: Lehigh County Northampton County Kane, 46, is a former Lackawanna County prosecutor who will now oversee an office with a staff of about 700 and subject to legislative battles over a budget that now stands at $81 million, according to a Philly.com report. Kane had a slight fundraising edge in the race. Both candidates pledged a review of the Jerry Sandusky child rape case and its handling by former Attorney General Tom Corbett, now the state's governor.
The race was not decided until midnight.
State Rep. John Maher (R-Upper St. Clair) will continue to represent the 40th Legislative District after losing the race for state auditor general. Maher lost in a very close race to Democrat Eugene DePasquale. In his concession speech at midnight, Maher said the 500,000 votes in Philadelphia for DePasquale is what really hurt him. Maher thanked his supporters. "I'm very proud of what we have accomplished," he said. "My service will continue." While running for auditor general, Maher also was running unopposed for his current seat as representative of the 40th Legislative District.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden defeat challengers Republican Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 p.m. EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from the president attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the …