Election News


Heated 9th District Race Is A “Virtually Unheard Of” Matchup

Posted on November 7, 2016

A Republican has held the 9th District since 1939, and that’s unlikely to change this election. But when voters in south central Pennsylvania go to the polls, they will have a choice. They can darken the bubble next to Republican incumbent Bill Shuster’s name or they can vote for the man listed as the Democrat, Art Halvorson. Thanks to a write-in campaign in the primaries, Halvorson is running as a Democrat. But in reality he’s a Tea Party Republican.

WPSU

 

Final NPR Battleground Map: The Race Snaps Back, But Clinton Maintains Advantage

Posted on November 7, 2016

Election Day is nearly upon us. So where does the electoral map stand? It’s a close race, with Hillary Clinton retaining a broad and consistent but shallow advantage, according to the final NPR Battleground Map.

Compared with a couple of weeks ago, when Clinton hit her peak lead, the race has tightened. So our map reflects that — almost all of the moves benefit Trump, though because of one potentially determinative move, Clinton still surpasses the 270 electoral votes needed to be president with just the states in which she’s favored.

NPR

 

Can your really change your vote in Pa?

Posted on November 3, 2016

You can return a pair of pants that don’t fit, but can you take back a vote you’ve cast?

Millions of Americans have taken advantage of early voting, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been telling them if they’ve had a change of heart about voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton, they can change their vote.

WHYY

 

Promises To Move Past Kane Dominate Pennsylvania’s AG Race

Posted on November 2, 2016

On a fall morning at Widener University in Harrisburg, Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican John Rafferty were trying to make the case for why they should be elected as the commonwealth’s new Attorney General.

Both touted their experience, integrity, and commitment to the office. Both listed plans for their tenure–Shapiro wants to hire a diversity officer, for instance; Rafferty advocates creating more specialized units, like one for animal abuse.

And again and again, both returned to a now-familiar refrain: “I’m not like Kathleen Kane.”

WPSU

 

Pa. Treasury Candidates Push Transparency, Promise To Root Out Corruption

Posted on November 2, 2016

Pennsylvania’s seen some big spending in its political races this election cycle.

Its US Senate race is the most expensive in the country, out-of-state money has poured into its Attorney General race, and millions have been sunk into presidential ads around the commonwealth.

But there’s only one contest where the amount of money involved is in the hundred billions: state Treasurer.

WPSU

 

Pennsylvanians Reflect On Deep-Rooted Issues Facing Democracy

Posted on November 1, 2016

With the election just a week away, WPSU asked voters to take a moment to ponder what could be done to improve the democratic system.

Ron Derstine is from Schwenksville. He said, “I would hope that whoever becomes president would somehow work in a bipartisan way that things could actually get done. I think we have been standing still for the last eight years.”

WPSU

 

Al Franken Rallies Hillary Clinton Volunteers In State College

Posted on October 30, 2016

On Friday, about 50 volunteers gathered in downtown State College. They were calling prospective Hillary Clinton voters, encouraging them to get out and vote on or before Election Day. The were joined by a special guest — Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota.

Before he was a senator, Franken was a comedian on Saturday Night Live. Speaking to the crowd Friday night, Franken proved he could still crack a joke.

WPSU

 

The First 100 Days: What Clinton And Trump Want To Get Done

Posted on October 27, 2016

Imagine for a moment that it’s Jan. 21, 2017. After a chilly inauguration the day before, the parades and festivities have ended. And the new president of the United States is ready for his or her first day of work.

NPR

 

Toomey And McGinty Face Off In Final PA Senate Debate

Posted on October 25, 2016

GOP incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty met in Philadelphia Monday night for a second and final debate.

With two weeks to go until Election Day, the candidates in the country’s most expensive US Senate race are within two points of one another in an average of recent polls.

WITF

 

Did A Sort Of ‘Trump TV’ Just Launch Its Pilot?

Posted on October 25, 2016

In a new Facebook Live show launched Monday night, Donald Trump’s campaign painted a rosy picture of the election in just two weeks, with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway even saying “unequivocally” that “we will win.”

NPR

 

GOP Incumbent Walks Line In PA On Supporting Trump

Posted on October 23, 2016

Even if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, she could face difficulties on Capitol Hill, if Republicans continue to control the House of Representatives and Senate. One of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents is Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield went to the Keystone State to look at Toomey’s challenge.

PBS Newshour

 

Toomey Visits State College Farm: Talks Regulation, Supreme Court & Trump

Posted on October 19, 2016

Senator Pat Toomey made a campaign stop in State College Tuesday to meet with a group of local farmers gathered at Hess Farm, just off Route 45.

The senator came to the farm to make a point about what he sees as overreach by the EPA in a recent rule aimed at protecting waterways and wetlands. He says the “Waters of the United States” rule places undue burdens on farmers.  Toomey said he also objects to such rules being handed down by unelected bureaucrats.

WPSU

 

4 Things To Watch In The Last Presidential Debate

Posted on October 19, 2016

The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. It’s the last chance either candidate will have to make a closing argument before tens of millions of voters.

NPR

 

Toomey Hangs Onto Indecision About Trump

Posted on October 13, 2016

Surprise! Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is not joining the Republicans who are bailing on Donald Trump after seeing that 2005 video of him boasting about groping women.

WHYY

 

Women’s Issues Front And Center As Warren Stumps For Clinton, McGinty In Philly

Posted on September 19, 2016

While playing up her historic nomination has not always worked for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, women’s issues were front and center as Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren stumped for her party’s nominee and Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty in Philadelphia Friday afternoon.

WHYY

 

Bill Clinton: ‘It’s Hard’ To Think About Leaving Foundation

Posted on September 19, 2016

Bill Clinton says that out of the hundreds of thousands of donors to the Clinton Foundation over the past 18 years, there must have been some people who gave to the foundation to gain influence with him and his wife.

But the former president told NPR that doesn’t mean any donors received anything improperly.

NPR

 

Trump Ad Slams Clinton’s ‘Deplorable’ Remarks

Posted on September 13, 2016

You could see this one coming: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched a TV ad in Pennsylvania leaping on Hillary Clinton’s statement Friday that half of Trump’s supporters are “deplorables.”

WHYY

 

Candidates For Pa. Treasurer Say Race Is About Integrity

Posted on September 6, 2016

Candidates will be competing this fall for a statewide office in Pennsylvania badly tainted by corruption, and it isn’t the attorney general’s office. I’m talking about the office of Pennsylvania Treasurer, who’s last elected occupant, Rob McCord, pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

WHYY

 

For Some Trump Loyalists, It’s Personality Over Policy

Posted on August 29, 2016

Immigration has been a galvanizing issue in Donald Trump’s campaign from the beginning. But in recent days, the Republican nominee has been adjusting his position — first suggesting he’d be willing to “soften” calls to deport people in the country illegally, then returning to a more hard-line stance after criticism from prominent conservatives.

But many of Trump’s staunchest supporters seem unconcerned about his apparent policy shifts.

NPR

 

AG Candidates Stress Differences From Kane

Posted on August 29, 2016

It’s been a bumpy few weeks for leadership in the state Attorney General’s office.

Kathleen Kane resigned, and her first deputy Bruce Castor has taken over. But Governor Tom Wolf has nominated his inspector general to the position.

The candidates for the November AG election are taking pains to distance themselves from the tumult.

WITF

 


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