Election News


US mid-term election set record voter turnout

Posted on November 15, 2018

Preliminary figures for nationwide turnout in the 2018 mid-term elections are in, and they’ve reached a mark not seen in more than a century. Across the US, 49.2% of the voting age public cast ballots. In 2014 that number was 37%, and the average over the last few decades has hovered around 40%.

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BBC News

 

Terry Madonna On What He’s Keeping His Eye On In The 2018 Election

Posted on October 19, 2018

The possibility of higher than average voter turnout for a midterm, an increase in the number of women representing Pennsylvania and a match-up of two incumbents running for the same seat are some of the topics WPSU talks about with Terry Madonna leading in to the 2018 election. Madonna directs the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

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WPSU

 

A Dozen Voices On Education In The Heart Of Wolf, Wagner Country

Posted on October 17, 2018

When Craig Murphy walks into the headquarters of the Red Lion School District just southeast of the city of York, the receptionist greets him with a friendly and familiar hello.

Within minutes, Murphy is talking about taxes. His basic take: there’s too many of them and they’re too high.

“I see it that I’m going broke,” he said. “Where do you say enough’s enough?”

Murphy is here on a Thursday night for one of the district’s twice-monthly board meetings. He’s one of the regulars, maybe the only regular. The meetings take place in a small, carpeted conference room with only a few rows of chairs set up for public attendees. Most of them sit empty.

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WPSU/Keystone Crossroads

 

U.S. House candidates speak with WPSU in series of interviews to air in October

Posted on October 10, 2018

WPSU will air a series of interviews featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives in three central PA districts:

 

  • Oct. 17: 1PM & 7PM on WPSU-FM – 12th Congressional District: Marc Friedenberg (D), Tom Marino (R)
  • Oct. 18: 1PM & 7PM on WPSU-FM – 13th Congressional District: Brent Ottaway (D)
  • Oct. 18: 8PM on WPSU-TV – 12th Congressional District: Marc Friedenberg (D), Tom Marino (R)
  • Oct. 25: 8PM on WPSU-TV – 13th Congressional District: Brent Ottaway (D)

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Penn State News

 

76th District Voters Choosing New Representative For First Time In Nearly 30 Years

Posted on October 10, 2018

With Mike Hanna Sr.’s retirement, voters in the 76th state house district are about to choose a new representative for the first time since 1990. They’re faced with a choice between two very different candidates.

Hanna’s son, Mike Hanna Jr., ran unopposed in the 76th district’s Democratic primary. Stephanie Borowicz, a former teacher who lives in McElhattan and ran unsuccessfully against Hanna Sr. in 2016, passed through the Republican primary without a challenger.

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WPSU

 

Enthusiasm To Register Young Voters Is High, But Unlikely To Make A Dent This November

Posted on October 10, 2018

Since the Parkland shooting in February, there have been movements nationwide to energize young people to vote in this November’s midterm elections.

Jessica Maggio is a part of that movement. Recently, she stood outside of the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus, attempting to strike up conversations with students streaming into and out of the building.

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Fair Districts PA Hosts Walk To Bring Attention To Gerrymandering

Posted on September 25, 2018

Fair Districts PA hosted a “Gerry Meander” walk on Saturday. Participants walked through the Park Forest neighborhood in the State College area where three state House districts and two U.S. House districts meet.

Organizer Debbie Trudeau said Pennsylvania’s new congressional districts were a Band-Aid to the state’s gerrymandering problem.

“These lines go through people’s homes now, so this was not a good solution,” Trudeau said.

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WPSU

 

Lt. Governor Nominee Jeff Bartos Talks Jobs, Free Speech At Penn State

Posted on September 18, 2018

The Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Jeff Bartos, held a town hall at Penn State on Monday.

Dozens of students attended and raised questions on balancing the state budget and lowering taxes while maintaining social welfare programs. They also touched on issues including free speech on college campuses and sanctuary cities. The Q&A lasted about an hour.

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WPSU

 

Obama To Stump For Democrats In Philadelphia Rally

Posted on September 14, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama’s stops on the mid-term campaign trail will run through Philadelphia.
The state Democratic Party said Obama will headline a Sept. 21 rally in Philadelphia to boost the re-election campaigns of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, but also other down-ballot races that Democrats are contesting.

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WPSU Wants Your Questions For Congressional Candidates

Posted on September 13, 2018

The 2018 general election is right around the corner, and WPSU wants to hear from you!

We’re asking you to send us your questions for candidates running in Pennsylvania’s 12th, 13th and 15th congressional districts. We’ll be interviewing candidates for the U.S. House districts that represent central, southcentral and northcentral Pennsylvania.

Send us your questions via email at radionews@psu.edu, through our website or on social media @WPSU! The deadline for sending us a question is Sept. 14.

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WPSU Radio

 

Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Ohio Voter-Purge Law

Posted on June 11, 2018

By a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a controversial Ohio voter-purge law.

It’s known as the “use-it-or-lose-it” law, and it’s the most aggressive voter-purge system in the country. The state currently strikes voters from the registration rolls if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections — and if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form.

Those challenging the law said it violated the National Voting Rights Act, which says that a state cannot strike someone from the rolls for failure to vote. The emphasis is to get more people to vote — and not have them purged.

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NPR/WPSU

 

Despite Trepidation, Redistricting Bill Progressing

Posted on June 11, 2018

After more than a year of on-and-off negotiation, the state Senate has moved a congressional redistricting overhaul to the floor of the full chamber.

However, the compromise measure is expected to undergo significant changes before it heads to the House as soon as next week.

As it stands, the bill would amend the state constitution to create an independent citizens’ commission made up of four Democrats, four Republicans, and three Independents.

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WPSU Radio

 

On Heels Of Pa. Congressional Map Changes, U.S. Supreme Court To Rule On Gerrymandering

Posted on June 11, 2018

This month the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver two highly anticipated decisions on cases involving partisan gerrymandering — one from Wisconsin and the other from Maryland.

The central question in both cases is: How much politics is too much when it comes to drawing the boundaries of a voting district?

In the past, the court has said it couldn’t answer that question.

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Keystone Crossroads/WPSU

 

Primary Results: Democratic Women Prevail In Pennsylvania Contests

Posted on May 16, 2018

Democratic women again finished strong in primaries on Tuesday night, with Pennsylvania poised to send as many as four to Congress next year to break up the state’s all-male congressional delegation.

There are more than a half-dozen competitive congressional seats on the table in Pennsylvania, one of four states that voted on Tuesday. Pennsylvania is a critical part of the Democrats’ calculus for getting the 23 seats they need to win back control of the House, but the party will still have to move past some messy ideological fights following the primary.

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NPR/WPSU

 

WPSU Primary Results, Including Fall Gov. Race Matchup: Wolf/Fetterman Vs. Wagner/Bartos

Posted on May 16, 2018

In the Republican primary for Governor, Scott Wagner beat out his challengers. The Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire will face Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in November. Polls have Wagner well behind Wolf, though he’ll have 6 months to try to change that.

In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Democratic incumbent Mike Stack has lost reelection in the primary. This is the first time in Pennsylvania’s history that a sitting Lt. Governor has lost reelection. In a crowded field, Braddock mayor John Fetterman won the party nomination with 40 percent of the vote. He’ll run against Jeff Bartos on the Republican side. Bartos campaigned with Wagner.

In the Republican U.S. Senate primary, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta easily beat his Republican rival. He’ll face Democratic incumbent Bob Casey, who is among 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election in states won by Trump.

In the 12th Congressional District, incumbent Republican Tom Marino beat out Doug McLinko. On the Democratic side, the race was too close to call as of 12:02 a.m. on Wednesday. At that time with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Marc Friedenberg had 50.3 percent of the vote and Judy Herschel had 49.7 percent of the vote.

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WPSU Radio

 

Pa. Primary: Storm-related Outages Delay Counting of Ballots

Posted on May 15, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Pennsylvania primary election (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Storm-related power outages are delaying the counting of some paper ballots in Pennsylvania.

Severe thunderstorms swept across the state on Tuesday afternoon.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports ballot scanners in the towns of Clarks Green, Clarks Summit and Archbald are down.

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AP/WPSU

 

Tuesday’s Primaries Will Shape Decisive Battles For Congress

Posted on May 15, 2018

Today could be one of the most crucial days yet in determining control of Congress in 2018.

There are more than a half-dozen competitive House seats on the table in Pennsylvania, which is one of four states holding its primaries Tuesday. Pennsylvania is a critical part of the Democrats’ calculus for getting the 23 seats they need to win back control of the House, but there are ideological fights within the party that could impact the general election.

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NPR/WPSU

 

Opioid Crisis Central In Race For 12th Congressional District

Posted on May 10, 2018

(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvania’s drug overdose rate is more than twice the national average.

The opioid crisis is a focal point in the primary elections for the 12th Congressional District, which includes Centre, Mifflin, Clinton and Potter counties.

Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko is challenging GOP incumbent Tom Marino in Tuesday’s primary.

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WPSU

 

With Primary Approaching, GOP Gov. Candidates Fight To Distinguish Themselves

Posted on May 10, 2018

(Harrisburg) — It’s a Tuesday evening in early May, and an elaborately-decorated lobby in Malvern is swarming with Republicans.

A number are state officials, or officers for the Pennsylvania GOP. Many more are members of the Chester County Republican Party–the group behind this particular dinner.

But the keynote speaker, and the name on most of the signs, banners, and lapel buttons, is a guy who still describes himself as a political outsider, even after four years in the state Senate.

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WPSU

 

Just In Time For Primary, Wagner Takes Tough Abortion Stance

Posted on May 10, 2018

(Harrisburg) — With less than a week before the primary elections, GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is voicing his support for a restrictive abortion bill.

The stance is in line with a recurring theme in the race—the York County Senator’s apparent battle with rival Paul Mango over who is farther right politically.

The proposal is sponsored by Allegheny County Representative Rick Saccone, who is running for Congress. He initially floated it late last year, but it was only assigned to a committee last week.

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WPSU

 

Pennsylvania governor schedules special House elections for November

Posted on May 4, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced Wednesday that the special election to replace a pair of departing state representatives will coincide with the November general elections.

Wolf announced that elections to replace Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) will take place on Nov. 6, along with the rest of the nation’s midterm elections. Both congressmen announced their resignations in recent weeks.

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The Hill

 

Race For Congress: Bernie Washabaugh

Posted on May 1, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Bernie Washabaugh. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Washabaugh about why he’s running for Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

League of Women Voters to Host Candidates’ Night in State College

Posted on April 30, 2018

With the primary election two weeks away, the League of Women Voters of Centre County will host an opportunity for candidates in contested races to answer questions from voters.

Candidates’ Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in council chambers of the State College Municipal Building.

The public is invited to attend and candidates will answer questions from the audience.

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statecollege.com

 

Race For Congress: Doug Mastriano

Posted on April 30, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Doug Mastriano, a retired army colonel who lives in Franklin County.

WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Mastriano about why he’s running for Congress and what he considers government overreach.

Doug Mastriano is a Republican candidate in the 13th Congressional district in Pennsylvania. WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race For Congress: John Joyce

Posted on April 28, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is John Joyce. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Joyce about why he thinks his career as a doctor would help him in Congress.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 

Race For Congress: Benjamin Hornberger

Posted on April 25, 2018

Eight candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district, one of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House. One of those candidates is Benjamin Hornberger. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Hornberger about why he’s running and what he thinks of Donald Trump’s presidency so far.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews.

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WPSU Radio

 


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