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From mayor to magistrate, Democrats backed diverse candidates in 2021 primary

BY: - May 21, 2021

Xander Orenstein ran for magisterial district judge with two, simple goals: To build a more merciful and fair justice system.

These pro-transgender rights candidates are running for office in red districts. Can they win?

BY: - September 20, 2020

(*This story was updated at 1:11 p.m. on 9/20/20 to note that Janelle Crossley would be Pennsylvania’s first transgender woman elected official if she wins in November.) As she prepared to announce her candidacy for state House, Janelle Crossley was debating with herself — should she reveal she is transgender? On the one hand, Crossley […]

Republican lawmaker calls police after ‘aggressive and belligerent’ call with Democratic colleague over LGBTQ bill

BY: - August 4, 2020

A Philadelphia suburban Republican called the police to his home after a Democratic colleague launched into a late-night, curse-filled tirade against him in a phone call on Monday. In a statement released Tuesday, Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery, claimed that Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, told him in the call that Sims would “ruin” Murt and that […]