Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications. Follow her on Threads @social_kimly

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser says he’s out of the speaker race barely 24 hours after he got in

By: - October 23, 2023

Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-9th District) said Monday night he would not continue in the race to become the next Speaker of the House, a little more than 24 hours after he announced he was a candidate. “We must, this week, come together as Republicans and elect a new speaker and get back to […]

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania says he’s a candidate for Speaker of the House

By: - October 22, 2023

Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-9th District) announced Sunday he was submitting his name for consideration as Speaker of the House.  Meuser was Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Revenue under then-Gov. Tom Corbett before he was elected to the House in 2018, and has been a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump. Meuser was among the […]

Perry says Jordan had ‘nothing to do with’ death threats against members of Congress, calls them ‘a red herring’

By: - October 20, 2023

Several members of the House of Representatives reported receiving threatening messages amid the multiple rounds of votes for speaker.

Pa. Senate Education Committee advances bill to let parents review explicit material in schools

By: - October 19, 2023

Opponents, including the Education Law Center, say the bill amounts to a book ban that would discriminate against marginalized people.

Lt. Gov Austin Davis visits UAW picket line at Mack Trucks Middletown plant

By: - October 18, 2023

The workers walked off the job Oct. 9, after 73% of Mack's 4,000 UAW members voted to reject the company's tentative contract proposal.

Social Security in ‘a full blown crisis,’: Advocates and recipients say the program needs help

By: - October 18, 2023

Along with low morale and high turnover among overworked staff, recipients regularly endure long wait times — on the phone and in person — for assistance, daunting paperwork, and confusing instructions, all for some of the most vulnerable beneficiaries of the nation’s largest social service program. 

Ahead of another U.S. House vote for speaker, anti-hate groups join Lee’s call to reject Jordan

By: - October 18, 2023

As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to hold another round of voting to fill the vacant Speaker of the House position, U.S. Rep. Summer Lee (D-Pa.) is urging House Republicans not to support Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for the job.

Pa. law enforcement officers’ organizations are backing McCaffery for state Supreme Court

By: - October 18, 2023

Judge Daniel McCaffery, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has received the backing of three law enforcement organizations

Sen. Casey’s third-quarter haul shows him well-positioned for 2024 battle

By: - October 17, 2023

The three-term incumbent Democrat raised $3.2 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, new campaign finance filings show.

Latest Biden campaign ad focuses on manufacturing in Philadelphia

By: - October 17, 2023

The latest Biden-Harris campaign ad, focused on manufacturing jobs, includes a welder from the Philly Shipyard.

States are trying to prop up the child care industry. It isn’t enough.

By: and - October 16, 2023

The end of American Rescue Plan Act funding is likely to slowly reduce available child care over time, says one Pennsylvania expert.

Candidates for Allegheny County District Attorney spar in sole debate

By: - October 13, 2023

PITTSBURGH — The candidates for Allegheny County District Attorney dispensed with the pleasantries early on during a Thursday night debate, with each taking shots at the other’s policy ideas and record in office.  It was the only debate where Allegheny County chief public defender Matt Dugan, the Democrats’ nominee, and incumbent Stephen Zappala the Republicans’ […]