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Harrisburg insider, newcomer battle over change in Pa.’s 46th Senate District

By Jason Cato
Democrat Sen. Tim Solobay points to funding from a new transportation bill paving the way for development in his Western Pennsylvania district. Republican challenger Camera …

Jobs are focus in 52nd District House race in Westmoreland, Fayette

By Bob Stiles
Ryan Warner of Perryopolis said he noticed a broader issue after he lost his job at a Westmoreland County business in 2012. “I was laid …

Metcalfe, Zucco vie for 12th state House District seat, split on gas drilling issues

By Bill Vidonic
Both candidates for the 12th Legislative District support responsible unconventional gas drilling, but split on the issue of whether a severance tax should be imposed …

Castille: No justices except McCaffery involved in porn scandal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery sent or received 234 sexually explicit emails shared among staffers in the Attorney General’s Office, but no …

Education issues highlight 57th House District race

By Kari Andren
Education funding is the top issue for candidates seeking to represent part of Westmoreland County in the state House. Three-term Rep. Tim Krieger, R-Delmont, will …

Probation board member in Pa. porn email scandal retires

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A former supervisory agent in the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday said he would retire from a position on the Board of Probation and Parole, following a request by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett that he resign because of …

Arkansas rejects requiring photo IDs for voters

By The Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins for the Nov. 4 election. In …

Dems mount big push in Georgia

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — With an infusion of cash into the race for Georgia’s open Senate seat, national Democrats are signaling they believe the state is still in play with less than three weeks left before the Nov. 4 election. The Democratic …

Record number of black candidates seeking office nationwide

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency. At least 83 black Republicans …

More N.J. voters disapprove than approve of Christie

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s favorability rating among the state’s registered voters has dropped to 42 percent — its lowest point in the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, according to results released Tuesday. For the first time in three years, the poll found …

Dems stop aiding McConnell opponent on airwaves

By The Associated Press
FLORENCE, Ky. — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped running TV ads in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, a severe blow to Alison Lundergan Grimes in her challenge to Republican leader Mitch McConnell. In a statement issued three weeks before …

Candidate for governor Wolf won’t pinpoint tax increase figures

By Melissa Daniels and David Conti
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf will tell Pennsylvanians how much he plans to raise the personal income tax rate once they elect him to the …

As major parties decline, independents rise in Pennsylvania

By Brian Bowling
A growing disenchantment with the two major political parties has more Pennsylvanians registering with third parties or as independents, even though that prevents them from voting in the primary when most of the state’s elected officials are chosen, several analysts …

Small-business owner challenges Cecil attorney in 46th District

By Jason Cato
One candidate for a seat in the Pennsylvania House is a political novice whose grandfather inspired him to run while the other is a four-term …

State can’t produce work documents for Tomalis under open records law

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Corbett administration did not produce a contract or work record for former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis’ 15 months as a special education …

Democrat Leyland takes 2nd run at Evankovich in 54th

By Paul Peirce
Voters in the 54th District headed to the polls Nov. 4 in northwestern Westmoreland County and a section of Allegheny County will see a rematch …

Many Pennsylvania House races one-sided affairs

By Melissa Daniels
Most Pennsylvania voters don’t have to wait until Election Day to learn who will represent them in the state House. One look at a ballot …

Conservative network powers to prosperity at a grass-roots level

By The Associated Press
MIAMI — Over scrambled eggs and croquettes, Andres Malave gave a last-minute pep talk to about a dozen volunteers in a Cuban restaurant before they left to meet voters. “Don’t just deliver a message,” he said before beginning a 3½-hour …

Justices leery of late change to voting laws

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In seemingly contradictory voting-rights actions just a month before November’s elections, the Supreme Court has allowed new Republican-inspired restrictions to remain in force in North Carolina and Ohio while blocking Wisconsin’s voter identification law. But there’s a thread …

Parties spend furiously in race for vacant state Senate seat in Western Pennsylvania

By Kari Andren
The battle for a state Senate seat centered in Fayette County — a post considered pivotal by Democrats and Republicans — is being waged on television airwaves, where both candidates have spent nearly $620,000 on ads since mid-August, records show. …