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It’s long past time we stopped treating healthcare like a privilege | Opinion

BY: - August 29, 2021

It’s time to give Pennsylvanians much-needed relief -- it’s not only smart policy, it’s the right thing to do. 

Alle. Co. DA Zappala faces calls for resignation from fellow W.Pa Democrats

BY: - June 6, 2021

By Ryan Deto PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala has faced significant fallout for an email he sent in May to his deputy prosecutors forbidding them from offering any plea deals to the clients of a well-known Black lawyer who five days prior criticized Zappala’s office for being “systematically racist.” The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for […]

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House Dems’ bill would create new Dept. of Accessibility & Inclusion | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 11, 2021

Nearly 1 in 4 Pennsylvanians have a disability. The state needs to better serve their needs, two Western Pa. lawmakers argue.

Pgh. Dem lawmakers call out Wolf over Pa.’s vaccine roll out, ask for more direct communication to residents

BY: - January 26, 2021

Demand for the vaccine has spiked ever since the state expanded who can receive the vaccine under the 1A part of the vaccine roll-out plan.

Scranton Joe? Biden gets heat for inaugural celebration with union-busting law firm

BY: - January 20, 2021

The firm, based in Philadelphia, has employed both U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, and former Gov. Ed Rendell.

What Pgh’s LGBTQ organizers and legislators say must be done post-election

BY: - December 21, 2020

While a Biden victory will mean some wins for the the LGBTQ community, such as overturning Trump’s anti-trans policies, local Pittsburgh leaders and elected officials still realize there are many goals to accomplish, and the fight for equality continues.

Capital-Star Q&A: State Rep.-elect Jessica Benham; Pa.’s first out woman LGBTQ lawmaker

BY: - November 14, 2020

Democrat Jessica Benham won election last week to Allegheny County's 36th House District. She will replace long-serving Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, who is retiring at year's end. 

Poised for progress: W.Pa. women score primary night wins | Analysis

BY: - June 8, 2020

Once again, candidates endorsed by the progressive PAC, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh, won or are poised to win their primary elections. 

W.Pa. House candidate will stay on the primary ballot, state court judge rules

BY: - March 28, 2020

State House hopeful Heather Kass needed 300 signatures to stay on the spring ballot A judge ruled that 306 of them were valid.

Amid unrest, Pa. Rep. Austin Davis steps down as vice chair of Allegheny County Dems

BY: - February 24, 2020

Davis has thrown his support to disability rights activist Jessica Benham and incumbent Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, both were passed over for endorsement.

Top W. Pa. labor leader says he’s ‘appalled’ by Allegheny Dems’ state House endorsements

BY: - February 18, 2020

Jessica Benham, a disability rights advocate who lost Sunday's endorsement vote to Heather Kass, told the Pittbsurgh Current that she's staying in the race.

Readshaw announces retirement, clearing the way for progressive challenger

BY: - January 7, 2020

Progressive Jessica Benham, a local advocate for people with disabilities and first-time candidate for office, wished Readshaw well in retirment.