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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

Fetterman makes appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

By: - October 12, 2023

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday and to get the first question out of the way, yes, he wore shorts and a hoodie. Colbert, who had interviewed Fetterman previously on his former Comedy Central show while the senator was then mayor of Braddock, noted that now […]

Pittsburgh educators share needs of western Pennsylvania schools with state commission

By: - October 11, 2023

As part of a series of statewide hearings on education funding in Pennsylvania, lawmakers heard from educators in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, who told them of the needs that schools in western Pennsylvania have, including special education funding, pre-kindergarten programs, and a vital need for improvements to career and technical education (CTE) programs. “There are way […]

Striking Mack Trucks workers in Pennsylvania: ‘We deserve our fair share, too.’

By: , and - October 11, 2023

UAW members who work for Mack walked off the job Oct. 9 after rejecting the company’s tentative contract proposal

United Auto Workers go on strike against Mack Trucks

By: - October 9, 2023

Members of United Auto Workers walked off the job Monday morning at Mack Truck facilities in three states, after rejecting a tentative contract agreement with the company. According to a statement from UAW, 73% of the 4,000 workers voted to reject the tentative agreement with Greensboro, N.C.-based Mack, which was reached shortly ahead of an […]

Property taxes paid late twice on McCormick’s Pittsburgh house, records show

By: - October 6, 2023

David McCormick, the GOP candidate running to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, apparently paid the county property taxes on the house he owns in Pittsburgh late the past two years, public records show.  The payments were not filed so late that they triggered any delinquent tax case or lien filing against the […]

Reproductive Freedom for All announces it is supporting McCaffery for Pa. Supreme Court

By: - October 6, 2023

The state Supreme Court race has attracted attention and donations from both parties because of its potential role in deciding reproductive rights cases.

Former WGAL anchor Janelle Stelson jumps into race for Congress

By: - October 6, 2023

Former WGAL-TV anchor Janelle Stelson announced this week she was launching her campaign to be the Democrats’ nominee against U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-10th District).

Sen. Fetterman walks picket line with striking UAW members in Bucks County

By: - October 5, 2023

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. John Fetterman on Thursday joined striking members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2177 on a picket line outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, the second U.S. Senator to visit the plant, and the second time Fetterman has joined UAW picketers since the strike began Sept. 15. “What you’re doing is […]

Gov. Josh Shapiro makes first public comments about former aide accused of sexual harassment

By: - October 5, 2023

During a press conference on Thursday announcing a conservation project in the Lehigh Valley, Gov. Josh Shapiro spoke for the first time publicly about the resignation of a top aide who resigned last week after being accused of sexual harassment. SpotlightPA reported that Mike Vereb, the Shapiro administration’s former secretary of legislative affairs, was accused […]

DLCC making six-figure investment in Pennsylvania Supreme Court race

By: - October 4, 2023

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) announced Wednesday it plans to make a “six-figure investment” in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court race, calling it an election that will have “long-term consequences, not just for the court, but for the state Legislature as well.”  Republican candidate Carolyn Carluccio, a judge on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, […]

Pennsylvania primary: State House committee advances one bill to change the date, rejects another

By: - October 3, 2023

The Pennsylvania House’s State Government Committee on Tuesday voted to advance a bill, HB 1634, that would change Pennsylvania’s presidential primary to April 2, 2024.   But in the same meeting, the committee voted against a bill approved by the state Senate on Sept. 20 by a vote of 47-2. That legislation, SB 224, would move […]

Biden campaign launches new ad focused on the president’s Scranton roots

By: - October 3, 2023

A new ad from the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign points to President Joe Biden’s upbringing in Scranton as giving him a unique perspective on —  and empathy for— the struggles of middle class Americans. “He grew up a middle-class kid in a middle-class town,” the ad’s voiceover begins, “and while Joe Biden’s traveled far and wide, […]