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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.

Allegheny County Dems facing pushback after making a pair of controversial endorsements

BY: - February 17, 2020

The Pittsburgh Current  first reported about controversial posts from South Hills Candidate Heather Kass in mid-January, a day after she paid her $2,500 fee to compete for the committee’s endorsement. Kass jumped in the race a short time after registered Democratic state Rep. Harry Readshaw announced he was retiring. Kass was also supported at that time by Readshaw and South Hills City Councilor Anthony Coghill.

Braddock official launches primary against progressive Democrat Summer Lee

BY: - December 2, 2019

Chris Roland, a North Braddock councilman and Allegheny County employee, told the Capital-Star last week that he was primarying Democratic Rep. Summer Lee. 

In radio interview, Wolf breaks with Pittsburgh’s Peduto on nat gas, enraging environmentalists

BY: - November 13, 2019

A war of words between labor and environmentalists — with Democrats in the middle — roared back into the spotlight Tuesday when Gov. Tom Wolf waded in, saying that more petrochemical development was “exactly what we need” in western Pennsylvania to meet clean energy standards. During a radio interview with Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM, Wolf […]

House Judiciary chairman says he won’t consider red flag proposal as panel advances mandatory minimums

BY: - September 24, 2019

The votes by the House Judiciary Committee marked the first legislative action on firearms after a summer dominated by mass shootings, including two in one August weekend that left 29 people dead. 

Pa. House Democrats will talk how police officers use deadly force — without the police

BY: - August 27, 2019

Update, 11:42 a.m., August 28: Tuesday night, after the hearing, Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, tweeted that she brought a local police chief to speak at the meeting. Actually I was able to get one of the police chiefs from the district I represent to testify at the hearing. — Rep. Sara Innamorato (@RepInnamorato) August 28, […]

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‘A very serious vote:’ A few scenes from Day 2 of Budget Week | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 26, 2019

First rule of minimum wage club, don't talk about the minimum wage.

A year after the police shooting of Antwon Rose, this state rep. wants to change Pa.’s deadly force rule

BY: - June 20, 2019

Rep. Summer Lee, a freshman Democrat who represents an area near where Rose died, has introduced legislation that would restrict when police officers can use deadly force.

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Rep. Summer Lee backed a bunch of primary winners. That’s a big deal. Here’s why | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 4, 2019

The House's DSA lawmakers are doing very mainstream stuff. It's working.

As abortion debate rages, some Pa. lawmakers challenge their party — or themselves

BY: - May 16, 2019

A number of lawmakers either changed their vote or went against their party colleagues Tuesday.