Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

Allegheny County Democrats pick up a County Council district, but Republicans secure state Supreme Court seat in 2017 election

In an off year election that turned out just under one in four Allegheny County voters Tuesday night, a liberal Democrat picked up a suburban Republican seat on the county council while another Republican council member won re-election on a knife edge margin. 

However, in a statewide race, Republicans secured a temporarily appointed seat on the state Supreme Court for the next ten years.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Allegheny county is spending within its means for 2017, but issues like the opioid crisis and the fate of transit funding in Harrisburg could cause trouble for a future balanced budget. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County implements 2016 Criminal Justice Report Recommendations

Allegheny County implements 2016 Criminal Justice Report Recommendations

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced this week that the county will begin implementing the first two of seven recommendations from the Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Improving Incarceration Policies and Practices in Allegheny County report 


The November 2016 report created by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics made a series of recommendations designed to enhance both the fairness and the cost-effectiveness of the county’s criminal justice system while maintaining a commitment to public safety.  

Friday, September 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gov. Wolf calls for statewide, universal blood-lead level testing of children

Gov. Wolf calls for statewide, universal blood-lead level testing of children

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday called on his Department of Health to work with the state General Assembly to craft legislation mandating statewide blood-lead level testing for children under the age of two.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Voting reform measures possibly headed to November ballots in Allegheny County

Voting reform measures possibly headed to November ballots in Allegheny County

Two petition measures are simultaneously progressing through the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County councils with the goals of enacting election reforms.

Pittsburgh City Council this morning approved of a petition from residents to request a public hearing in front of council to put a question regarding the city’s voting machines on the ballot this November. The ballot resolution requests that “voters be provided with and use new voting equipment for the 2020 presidential election cycle… that utilizes a human-readable, voter-verifiable paper records.”

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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