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Analyst says Pa. senate race leans toward Toomey — because Democrats ‘loathe’ Sestak

By Tom Fontaine
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election prospects improved Thursday in one national forecast because its author says members of the Democratic establishment “loathe” challenger Joe Sestak and the other Democratic candidate’s gubernatorial campaign last year was a “flop.” Sabato’s Crystal Ball, ...

Allegheny County voters snub favorites of Peduto, Fitzgerald

By Aaron Aupperlee
The big bets county Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Bill Peduto placed didn’t pay off in Allegheny County’s primary election. Their campaigns poured about $118,000 ...

Black candidates make history in McKeesport

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport Councilwoman V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery said history has been made. “Two years ago I became the first black candidate to win without the endorsement,” Walker-Montgomery said. ...

Allegheny County Councilman Macey announces resignation as state Senate employee

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, announced Wednesday that he has resigned from state Sen. Jim Brewster’s office in the wake of an ethics violation. The county ethics commission ruled this month that Macey’s employment in Brewster’s McKeesport office as ...

Cerilli’s primary success in Westmoreland attributed to busy campaign

By Rich Cholodofsky
A year ago, Gina Cerilli spent her days working as a public relations specialist for the county’s water authority and her nights enduring the rigors ...

‘Happy’ Rockefeller, widow of former vice president, dies at 88

By The Associated Press
Margaretta “Happy” Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly ...

Ferris ‘done’ with Baldwin Borough council

By Stephanie Hacke
A longtime Baldwin Borough councilman resigned unexpectedly Wednesday night without giving a reason. John “Butch” Ferris, whose time on council spanned 20 years, handed in his resignation at the start of the borough council meeting, saying he was done immediately. …

Six judges nominated to vie for three seats on Pa. Supreme Court

By Melissa Daniels
Six judges have a shot at securing one of three open Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats in November, the result of a quiet but expensive primary ...

Flaherty concedes to Wagner in Allegheny County Controller race

By Aaron Aupperlee  and Salena Zito
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner survived a fierce and well-funded challenge to her job Tuesday. Wagner defeated Mark Patrick Flaherty, a former controller who benefited from ...

Lamb defeats Rudiak, hangs onto Pittsburgh city controller office

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb won a third term Tuesday in a lopsided race, according to unofficial Allegheny County election returns. Lamb, 52, of Mt. Washington ...

5 Democratic incumbents sweep in Pittsburgh City Council races

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Council will look familiar in 2016. Democratic voters decided that five incumbents should keep their seats for the next four years, according to preliminary ...

Late councilwoman Danko wins race for Allegheny County Council seat

By Aaron Aupperlee
Voters paid tribute Tuesday to the late Allegheny County Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko. Danko, a Regent Square Democrat, died May 6 of cancer. She won ...

Allegheny County Common Pleas Court candidate field cut in half

By Adam Brandolph
Voters cut the wide-open race for three seats on Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in half Tuesday, narrowing the field from eight candidates to ...

Wilkinsburg, Bellevue voters favoring allowing liquor licenses for first time

By Andrew Conte
Residents of Wilkinsburg and Bellevue voted Tuesday to pop the cork on referendums that would allow businesses to acquire liquor licenses. The referendum in Wilkinsburg passed with 61 percent in favor to 39 percent against, and the referendum in Bellevue passed ...

4 to vie for 3 spots on Westmoreland bench

By Rich Cholodofsky
Judge Harry Smail Jr. won nominations in Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries for a full 10-year term on the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas. Smail, ...

Newcomer tops Westmoreland commissioners’ balloting

By Rich Cholodofsky
A 29-year-old political newcomer was the top vote-getter Tuesday among all candidates from either party in the race for Westmoreland County commissioner. Gina Cerilli, a former public relations specialist at the county municipal authority and recent law school graduate, secured the ...

Change likely in Fayette County District Attorney’s Office

By Liz Zemba
A Connellsville attorney’s promise to revamp the Fayette County District Attorney’s Office apparently won over voters in Tuesday’s primary. With all 81 precincts reporting, Richard ...

Republicans nominate Zimmerlink, Lohr for Fayette County commissioner

By Liz Zemba
Voters selected a longtime incumbent and a South Connellsville man to run as Republican candidates for Fayette County commissioner in the fall. With all 81 precincts reporting, the two nominations went to incumbent Angela Zimmerlink with 29.04 percent of the vote, ...

6 hold on, will seek 5 Greensburg Salem School Board seats in fall

By Tribune-Review
The race for five Greensburg Salem School Board seats slimmed from 10 candidates to six in Tuesday’s primary, unofficial results show. In the Republican race, incumbent Frank Gazze received 13.1 percent of the vote; Charlotte Kemerer, 12.6 percent; incumbent Stephen Thomas, ...

3 of 5 GOP incumbents secure party’s nod in Derry Borough Council race

By Tribune-Review
Three of the five Republican incumbents seeking four-year terms on Derry Borough Council appear to have earned their party’s nomination for November’s general election. The race for the final four-year term remained too close to call, with only one vote ...

Salena Zito Columns

Needed: Leaders with moral compasses

By Salena Zito
ALIQUIPPA Sometimes the view of American society through the prism of social media and cable news is incredibly disheartening. We shrug off — or, worse, defend — cheaters in professional sports; we not only accept but often praise awful jobs ...