NEWS

PA Budget Passes Without Funding

The main spending bill in a $32 billion bipartisan budget package is past the Pennsylvania Legislature on the state fiscal year's final day, although lawmakers don't know how it'll all be funded. The House voted 173-27 on Friday, hours after the Senate voted 43-7. The...

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Handel Wins Special Election in Georgia

Karen Handel, a veteran Republican officeholder, overcame a deluge of liberal money to win a special House election in Georgia on Tuesday, bridging the divide in her party between admirers of President Trump and those made uneasy by his turbulent new administration....

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Can Environmental Mandates Reverse Pittsburgh’s Decline

President Trump summed up his opposition to the Paris Climate Accord by saying he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. In response, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order honoring Pittsburgh's commitment to the climate agreement. Peduto...

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Chairman Raja Supports President Trump on Paris Accord

Raja, chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC) supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and also the President’s decision to look out for “Pittsburgh, not Paris.” According to Raja, “The Paris Accord is a BAD...

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Trump Fires Comey

President Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, abruptly ending a rocky year-long stretch for the top law enforcement officer who came under fire for his handling of the Clinton email probe -- and whose agency has been investigating whether Trump's campaign...

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House Passes Replacement for Obamacare

By THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR New York Times WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on...

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Chairman Raja Delivers Commencement Address

WAYNESBURG – About 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students graduated Sunday during Waynesburg University’s 163rd Commencement ceremony in the field house. D. Raja, co-founder and chairman of Computer Enterprises Inc., delivered the commencement address,...

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Trump Celebrates 100 Days In PA

By Marc Fisher The Washington Post HARRISBURG, Pa. — On the 100th day, the president had fun. He zipped up to the nearest Rust Belt state full of the forgotten men and women who put him into office. He bashed the bad guys of the media and Hollywood and the swamp he’d...

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Murphy Right Not to Attend Meeting

In the April 21 edition, under a headline that read, “Congressman Murphy a no-show for South Hills town hall,” the Observer-Reporter reported there was a gathering described as a town hall meeting in Bethel Park at which a crowd of 200 mostly left-leaning activists...

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Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate

In spite of a scorched-earth campaign by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death last year. Gorsuch’s nomination was one of the most significant...

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Trump Addresses Congress

President Trump declared Tuesday that a “new chapter of American greatness is now beginning” as he made economic revival the centerpiece of his first address to Congress – issuing a clarion call to “restart the engine of the American economy” through tax cuts, better...

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Turzai: PA Budget Process Isn’t Sustainable

As the General Assembly begins another budget season, it's time to admit that Pennsylvania needs to overhaul state government. In the midst of a 21st-century economy driven by new technology and fundamental changes in the markets, we are still using a formula dating...

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Gorsuch Nominated for Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch, named Tuesday as President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, has a solidly conservative pedigree that has earned him comparison to the combative justice he would replace, Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch clerked for two Supreme Court justices and...

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Trump Inaugurated 45th President

Under cloudy and rainy skies on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. After a highly contentious election campaign with slogans of "Make America Great Again" and "Drain The Swamp," the real estate...

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PA GOP Chair Not Seeking Re-election

The state chairman of the Republican Party announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term. “After my last re-election in 2013, I confided in my family, friends and closest advisors that this would be final term as chairman,” Rob Gleason, of Westmont, said in a...

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Reining in the EPA

It is the enemy within, made up of powerful Americans atop the federal government pretending to respect American principles even as they say, “Go away, Congress, leave us alone, courts, we are everything.” They make and execute most of the rules, and they've had it...

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Trump Wins Electoral College Vote

There were many protesters but few faithless electors as Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote Monday — ensuring that the billionaire will become America's 45th president. An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the...

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Electoral College Best

It is alleged that Hillary Clinton won a popular vote majority. Therefore, if the nation were not burdened with the antiquated Electoral College, anguished and freaked-out Americans whine, she, instead of Donald Trump, would be the next president of the United States....

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Toomey Wants To End Funding for Sanctuary Cities

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey urged President-elect Donald Trump to take immediate action against Philadelphia and other sanctuary cities for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. "I hope that our president will take the executive order steps that...

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What Now?

The good news is that we dodged a bullet in this election. The bad news is that we don't know how many other bullets are coming, or from what direction. A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the...

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Toomey Re-elected

Senator Patrick J. Toomey, a first-term Republican and staunch fiscal conservative who struggled to distance himself from Donald J. Trump, won his bid for re-election on Tuesday, in a blow for Democrats who had hoped to put Katie McGinty in office as Pennsylvania’s...

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TRUMP WINS!!!

WASHINGTON — A fractured, discontented electorate handed Donald Trump the presidency, allowing him to breach a region that Democrat Hillary Clinton was banking on in her bid for the presidency. Key battleground states Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin had voted for...

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Pence Speaks in Western PA

On a ticket still facing difficult polls but revived by his opposition's struggles, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence denounced Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — while urging Republicans to rally behind Republican Donald Trump. "It's time for us all to say with...

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Toomey, McGinty Debate 2nd Time

Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty plowed through a fast-paced, final debate Monday night, as they shook off questions at times to focus exclusively on attacking their opponent in Pennsylvania's neck-and-neck race. The candidates fielded 16...

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Trump Debates Clinton 3rd Time

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wrangled over their very different approaches to some of the country’s stickiest issues, including gun rights, abortion and immigration, in Wednesday night’s final debate. Both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees stuck...

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Toomey Debates McGinty

Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty taped the first debate of their heated U.S. Senate contest Monday afternoon at KDKA-TV studios. The event will air at 7 p.m. on CBS in Philadelphia and will be available on the KDKA web site after it...

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100,000 Democrats Switch to GOP in 2016

Nearly 100,000 Pennsylvania Democrats have switched to Republican since the beginning of the year. What's more: The Pennsylvania Republican party says more that 240 thousand new voters have joined the party since last November. The state Republican party says that the...

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Trump to Speak in Ambridge on Oct 17

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak Monday afternoon at Beaver County's Ambridge Area High School. Trump's campaign website said the event will begin at 3:30 p.m. inside the school's gymnasium at 909 Duss Ave. Doors will open at noon....

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Pence & Kaine Debate

FARMVILLE, Va. — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine aggressively challenged Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over a long list of Donald Trump's controversial positions and statements Tuesday night, drawing a vigorous defense from the Republican No. 2 on Trump's tax history. But Pence...

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Trump, Clinton Spar in 1st Debate

In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a “racist lie” about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast...

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Trump Closes Gap in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH — Retired electrician Dave Estadt, a registered Democrat who lives in the suburbs of this solidly Democratic city, said he grew more certain in recent days about voting for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — but he is not there yet. Voters such...

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Trump in Pittsburgh

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised more than 1,000 oil and gas professionals gathered Thursday in Pittsburgh that he would be the energy industry's ally as president by lifting regulatory restrictions, streamlining the permitting process and...

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2nd GOP Debate

Republican rivals are battling to seize the spotlight from Donald Trump ahead of the second presidential primary debate Wednesday, as the GOP front-runner finds new ways to keep the attention on himself. The billionaire businessman, after rallying a huge crowd in...

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Trump Jr. Speaks in Pittsburgh Area

Speaking to a crowd of a few hundred of his father's supporters in the Southpointe office complex, Donald Trump Jr. pledged, "We're going to change the direction of this country. We're going to get it on the right track." Mr. Trump offered plenty of red meat for the...

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Trump Speaks on Immigration

Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to remove millions of people living in the country illegally if he becomes president, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize the “well-being of the American people.” Yet the Republican presidential nominee failed to outline what he...

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Trump Gains Ground

Donald Trump has gained ground against Hillary Clinton, according to the latest findings from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times national tracking poll of the presidential race. The uptick for Trump follows a broad-based decline in early August and suggests a possible...

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Toomey Criticizes Obama for Ransom to Iran

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey blasted the White House on Wednesday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration sent $400 million in cash to Iran that coincided roughly with the release of four detained Americans. “This is a very big deal, a...

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Trump Surges Past Clinton

In the national poll, conducted from July 22 through July 24, Donald Trump pulls ahead of Hillary Clinton by 4 points, a sizable swing from the past week, when the former secretary of State was clinging to a 2-point lead. In a three-candidate scenario including former...

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Trump Accepts Nomination

CLEVELAND -- Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump capped his party's convention here with a speech that depicted a “moment of crisis for our nation,” while also trying to soften some of his sharper edges for a general-election audience. “We will be a...

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U.S. House Won’t Vote on Gun Curb Proposals

The House won't vote on proposed Democratic gun curbs, Speaker Paul Ryan suggested Tuesday as the rekindled election-year clash over firearms showed no sign of resolution. Democrats discussed their demands for votes with Ryan and said they told him: "We're not going...

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Toomey Bill Against Sanctuary Cities

WASHINGTON — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., will get a second chance to push a controversial immigration bill through the same partisan Senate that rejected a similar proposal six months ago. Mr. Toomey changed his sanctuary cities bill to ameliorate some of the Democrats’...

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Rothfus: Iran Deal Failing

Per the admission of President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser and once-aspiring fiction writer, Ben Rhodes, the Obama administration deceived the American people as it sought to gain public and congressional support for its nuclear deal with Iran. The...

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State Liquor Store System On Way Out

Big changes sometimes demand first steps. That’s a pretty good way to describe the movement in Harrisburg this week to take Pennsylvania out of the Prohibition era by whittling away at our irrational state monopoly on alcohol sales. For years, I’ve fought an...

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No New State Tax Hikes Needed

We’ve all been there. Things are going OK financially and then the car breaks down. You and your family are suddenly forced to scour the monthly budget to find an extra $800 to make the needed repairs and keep the wheels turning. Since we use our cell phones most of...

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Trump Clinches GOP Nomination

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, securing his status as the presumptive Republican nominee and avoiding a contested convention, according to a delegate count released Thursday by the Associated Press....

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Building GOP Future

It’s good practice for teams, businesses, and even political parties to learn as much from failure as they do from success. That was the principle Republicans applied after losing the White House in 2012, when under the leadership of Chairman Reince Priebus, the...

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Trump Wins Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Once dismissed as a fringe contender, political outsider and businessman Donald Trump now is all but certain to lead the Republican Party into the fall presidential campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — a stunning political triumph...

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Trump Wins New York

Donald Trump scored an easy win in Tuesday's New York primary and was poised to claim the vast majority of his home state's 95 delegates as he predicted imminent victory in the Republican presidential nomination race. "We don't have much of a race anymore," Trump said...

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Fair Funding for Schools Passes House and Senate

Lawmakers have struggled for years to answer the question of how to best meet the Constitutional mandate to provide a thorough and efficient system of public education. For too long, the process of developing a funding formula for education dollars was influenced by...

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NEWS

PA Budget Passes Without Funding

The main spending bill in a $32 billion bipartisan budget package is past the Pennsylvania Legislature on the state fiscal year's final day, although lawmakers don't know how it'll all be funded. The House voted 173-27 on Friday, hours after the Senate voted 43-7. The...

read more

Handel Wins Special Election in Georgia

Karen Handel, a veteran Republican officeholder, overcame a deluge of liberal money to win a special House election in Georgia on Tuesday, bridging the divide in her party between admirers of President Trump and those made uneasy by his turbulent new administration....

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Can Environmental Mandates Reverse Pittsburgh’s Decline

President Trump summed up his opposition to the Paris Climate Accord by saying he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. In response, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order honoring Pittsburgh's commitment to the climate agreement. Peduto...

read more

Chairman Raja Supports President Trump on Paris Accord

Raja, chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC) supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and also the President’s decision to look out for “Pittsburgh, not Paris.” According to Raja, “The Paris Accord is a BAD...

read more

Trump Fires Comey

President Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, abruptly ending a rocky year-long stretch for the top law enforcement officer who came under fire for his handling of the Clinton email probe -- and whose agency has been investigating whether Trump's campaign...

read more

House Passes Replacement for Obamacare

By THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR New York Times WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved legislation to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans recovered from their earlier failures and moved a step closer to delivering on...

read more

Chairman Raja Delivers Commencement Address

WAYNESBURG – About 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students graduated Sunday during Waynesburg University’s 163rd Commencement ceremony in the field house. D. Raja, co-founder and chairman of Computer Enterprises Inc., delivered the commencement address,...

read more

Trump Celebrates 100 Days In PA

By Marc Fisher The Washington Post HARRISBURG, Pa. — On the 100th day, the president had fun. He zipped up to the nearest Rust Belt state full of the forgotten men and women who put him into office. He bashed the bad guys of the media and Hollywood and the swamp he’d...

read more

Murphy Right Not to Attend Meeting

In the April 21 edition, under a headline that read, “Congressman Murphy a no-show for South Hills town hall,” the Observer-Reporter reported there was a gathering described as a town hall meeting in Bethel Park at which a crowd of 200 mostly left-leaning activists...

read more

Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate

In spite of a scorched-earth campaign by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Neil Gorsuch has been confirmed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death last year. Gorsuch’s nomination was one of the most significant...

read more

Trump Addresses Congress

President Trump declared Tuesday that a “new chapter of American greatness is now beginning” as he made economic revival the centerpiece of his first address to Congress – issuing a clarion call to “restart the engine of the American economy” through tax cuts, better...

read more

Turzai: PA Budget Process Isn’t Sustainable

As the General Assembly begins another budget season, it's time to admit that Pennsylvania needs to overhaul state government. In the midst of a 21st-century economy driven by new technology and fundamental changes in the markets, we are still using a formula dating...

read more

Gorsuch Nominated for Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch, named Tuesday as President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, has a solidly conservative pedigree that has earned him comparison to the combative justice he would replace, Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch clerked for two Supreme Court justices and...

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Trump Inaugurated 45th President

Under cloudy and rainy skies on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. After a highly contentious election campaign with slogans of "Make America Great Again" and "Drain The Swamp," the real estate...

read more

PA GOP Chair Not Seeking Re-election

The state chairman of the Republican Party announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term. “After my last re-election in 2013, I confided in my family, friends and closest advisors that this would be final term as chairman,” Rob Gleason, of Westmont, said in a...

read more

Reining in the EPA

It is the enemy within, made up of powerful Americans atop the federal government pretending to respect American principles even as they say, “Go away, Congress, leave us alone, courts, we are everything.” They make and execute most of the rules, and they've had it...

read more

Trump Wins Electoral College Vote

There were many protesters but few faithless electors as Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote Monday — ensuring that the billionaire will become America's 45th president. An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the...

read more

Electoral College Best

It is alleged that Hillary Clinton won a popular vote majority. Therefore, if the nation were not burdened with the antiquated Electoral College, anguished and freaked-out Americans whine, she, instead of Donald Trump, would be the next president of the United States....

read more

Toomey Wants To End Funding for Sanctuary Cities

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey urged President-elect Donald Trump to take immediate action against Philadelphia and other sanctuary cities for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. "I hope that our president will take the executive order steps that...

read more