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Bill Clinton to campaign in Pittsburgh for Pa. gubernatorial candidate

By Melissa Daniels
Former President Bill Clinton is set to headline a campaign event with Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf on Monday in Pittsburgh. The event, scheduled for 11 a.m. at the IBEW union hall on the South Side, is billed as a …

Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery blames “malicious intent” by Chief Justice Ronald Castille as the driving force behind a decision to oust …

House 58th District seat candidates focus on education, taxes

By Renatta Signorini
A Hempfield supervisor is challenging longtime incumbent R. Ted Harhai of Monessen for the House 58th District seat, which covers a portion of Westmoreland County. …

Pa. candidates address equal rights, economic equity in Connellsville

By Cindy Ekas
Pennsylvania House and Senate candidates addressed issues ranging from equal rights to economic equity Tuesday during a candidates night, hosted by the Connellsville Business and …

Likely voters expect Republican Party to take control of Senate, according to Associated Press-GfK poll

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation’s likely voters expect the Republican Party to take control of the Senate, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that’s the outcome they’d …

Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns

By Salena Zito
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery with pay for sending and receiving 234 emails containing pornographic photographs or videos. …

Michigan governor slammed by Democrats over medical supply contract

By The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Democratic Party on Monday accused Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration of twice extending a state contract without competitive bidding last year and increasing its worth this year just a day after the company’s executives held …

Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for gay Republican congressional candidate

By The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — Prosecutors on Monday declined to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over allegations that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and said they are not charging the former aide with breaking into DeMaio’s office. San Diego …

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 …

Salena Zito Columns

Voters poised to hit brakes on Obama, Dems

By Salena Zito
Midterm elections are the political equivalent of a gas pedal or a brake pedal. This will be a brake-pedal election, centered on competency and trust — from the launch (disastrously) of the healthcare.gov website, to telling Americans (incorrectly) that if …