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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.

Republicans have a problem with suburban voters, Democrats have a problem with rural voters. Where does that leave Pa.’s balance of power?

BY: - November 8, 2019

As Democrats romped through the southeast on election night Tuesday — winning control of every county’s government from Allentown to Coatesville — a long foreseen but sudden reckoning came in coal fields and mill towns around Pittsburgh. Democratic county commissioner majorities holding on in three southwestern counties, once home to blue dog Democrats, were flipped […]

Special election candidates Sam Doctor and Marci Mustello. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

This Butler County Democrat lost a House election. But does his race hold a lesson for red district underdogs?

BY: - June 4, 2019

Democrat Sam Doctor’s double-digit loss in a special election for a Butler County state House seat could yield lessons for other red district underdogs.