Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

When he was the first Republican district attorney in Washington County, Steve Toprani concealed a Smith and Wesson .45 on his hip.

“I’ve done that for years to protect my family—especially when criminals were after me, and they were,” Toprani said.

His term in the office was a decade ago, when he ran a hard-fought grassroots campaign to unseat a 20-year Democratic incumbent under FBI investigation.

Now, he’s on the campaign trail again. But this time, it’s as a Democrat in the Monongahela Valley’s rolling hills and old factory towns, running on a platform that blends positions from the right, left and center—for unions, against new gun laws and legalizing recreational marijuana.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Pittsburgh Public Schools hold hearing on arming officers in schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools hold hearing on arming officers in schools

Since the deadly Parkland shooting in February, school districts across the country have questioned if armed officers in schools are the answer to keeping students safe.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

After years of advocate energy and two bipartisan votes brought it to his desk, Friday evening Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill restructuring domestic abusers' access to firearms.

Previously, final PFA recipients had 60 days to hand over their firearms when required by a judge, and could hand them off to friends and family.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

A week after the top of the tickets clashed for the one and only time, lieutenant governor candidates Jeff Bartos and John Fetterman ventured to Pittsburgh for what turned out to be a cordial debate on the commonwealth’s issues, from marijuana to gun control.

For 30 minutes, the two, who differ in political background and wardrobe, only shared a willingness to defend their running mates in a debate moderated by WPXI’s Katherine Amenta.
Monday, October 8, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

After two years of pushing for a bill to restrict domestic abusers access to firearms, Deb Marteslo, Pennsylvania lead for Moms Demand Action, was nervous before the last barrier to the governor’s desk — a final floor vote in the state Senate.

“We’ve been stymied so many times, I wasn’t allowing myself to think it’s a done deal,” Marteslo said.

But by a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the senators approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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