Politics - Local

 Sasha and Chris Heinz in 2009.

Pittsburgh's charms attract another young professional: Christopher Heinz

Praising the “sense of community that’s more meaningful in Pittsburgh,” Mr. Heinz is coming to town. Let the political speculation begin.

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New Ross commissioner chosen by casting lots

Allegheny County Election officials oversee an exercise in chance when voters serve up a tie in municipal elections.

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Wilkinsburg council applies for grants, studies

One study would involve the borough’s former railroad station, which is on the national Register of Historic Places.

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Advisory committee outlines potential traffic improvements in Murrysville

Study recommends increase in traffic impact fees and long range plans to relieve congestion caused by growth.

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 The study found that when there was more political discussion in the house, children were more likely to perceive their parents’ party correctly — though no more likely to choose to identify with that party.

Study: Offspring misperceive, reject parents’ party affiliation

Fewer than half of the offspring examined in the study both knew their parents’ party affiliation and chose to affiliate with that party.

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After draw, Ross commissioner race comes down to shake of a bottle

Paul Trilli and Patrick Mullin tied with 359 votes each on Election Day.

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Nation briefs: Clinton joins push for war powers

Plus: Puerto Rico relief mulled, Calif. officer killed, Oil rig charges, Georgia data release

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Legal expert says legal process for Nauhaus hearing was deeply flawed

A judicial expert said that the case— against Judge Lester G. Nauhaus should have been heard by a judge from outside Allegheny County.

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 Judge Lester G. Nauhaus

Judge Nauhaus, who faces hearing, has his fans, but some see bias, unpredictability

Judge Jeffrey Manning will preside over a hearing on allegations of improper communications between Judge Lester Nauhaus and an attorney.

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 Pitt grad student Matt Bauman's work is now part of the discussion as Bike Pittsburgh and others lobby for better traffic control in the Oakland corridor.

Pitt student’s study on Oakland traffic patterns sparks citywide safety effort

“There’s a lot of people who move through that area every day and we need to do everything we can to keep people safe,” Matt Bauman said.

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 In a news release, Councilman Daniel Lavelle said the long war on drugs and criminalization of marijuana has “left behind many casualties,” particularly black men.

Pittsburgh City Council to consider marijuana decriminalization bill

Law would allow police to issue a civil fine instead of a misdemeanor summons.

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As fight with ICA drags on, city claims victory with open records decision

Office of Open Records says authority failed to prove some records, including audits, did not exist.

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'Finally over': Challenger McCormick concedes Washington County commissioners race to incumbent Shober

Commissioners Larry Maggi, a Democrat, and Diana Irey Vaughan, a Republican, easily won re-election Nov. 3.

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Socialists attend national rally here

Organizers say 120 members traveled from as far as California to the Antiochian Village retreat in Bolivar for their national convention.

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Murrysville council budget preview shows no tax hike for 2016

Revenues for 2016 are budgeted at $13.8 million while expenditures are projected at $14.1 million.

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Wilkins commissioners approve tax-break program

The program aims to provide an incentive for owners to fix up dilapidated and/or vacant properties along the Route 22 corridor.

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Transparency is goal, new McCandless council members say

The newly elected council members in McCandless say plans for a Wal-Mart prompted them to run, but the real issue is open government.

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Ross sets goals for residential and commercial districts

The plan approved by the township calls for more sidewalks, more public transportation and more attractive entrances.

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 Mayor Bill Peduto presented his operating budget and capital plan to City Council on Monday.

No tax hike in Peduto budget

City controller says he’s worried that the major nonprofits that are largely tax exempt have yet to make a financial contribution.

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Battle over Washington County commissioner seat to continue Monday

Washington County election board members will begin counting about 75 provisional ballots.

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 Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million more registered Democrats than Republicans, but GOP voters usually do a better job of turning out for off-year elections, when they often catch their opponents sleeping.

Dems outspent, outhustled GOP in statewide judicial races, observers say

Democrats swept five statewide judicial seats on the ballot, including three Supreme Court seats, giving them a 5-2 edge on the high court.

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Another shift in ever-changing race for Washington County commissioner

Shober takes slight lead after absentee ballots are counted, but McCormick wants that count delayed so that observers can be present.

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 Guy Reschenthaler, left, is congratulated Tuesday by supporter Rich Costanzo at a victory party in Bethel Park after Mr. Reschenthaler won the special election for the state Senate's 37th District seat.

Reschenthaler defeats Arnet for state Senate seat

The 37th District includes 36 communities in the South Hills, North Hills and western suburbs of Pittsburgh.

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Third Washington County commissioners' seat depends on absentee ballots

Incumbent Harlan Shober is fighting for his place on the board with political outsider Mike McCormick.

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 Ted Kopas

Democrats take control of Westmoreland commissioners

Incumbent Ted Kopas and newcomer Gina Cerilli ran separate campaigns but they each won, along with Republican incumbent Charles Anderson.

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 Newly elected state Supreme Court Justice David Wecht, left, celebrates with his father, Cyril Wecht, during Tuesday night's election.

Democrats take control of state Supreme Court, win all 3 open seats

David Wecht, Christine Donohue, and Kevin Dougherty celebrate a sweep of three open seats on the state’s high court.

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 Jennifer Staley McCrady

Democrats take all three open seats on Allegheny County bench

Jennifer Staley McCrady, Dan Regan and Hugh McGough will all take office as Allegheny County Common Pleas judges in January.

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 Darrin Farmer was arrested after he failed to fulfill his duties as as an election office at the North Versailles polling place. Police said Mr. Farmer was found giving jitney rides.

North Versailles election official arrested after not showing up at polling place

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s office said Darrin Farmer went to work as a jitney driver instead of opening a North Versailles precinct.

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 Democratic Commonwealth Court candidate Michael Wojcik of Fox Chapel cruised to victory Tuesday.

Wojcik defeats Lalley for Commonwealth Court seat

Democrat Michael Wojcik of Fox chapel defeated Upper St. Clair Republican Paul Lalley of Upper St. Clair for a Commonwealth Court seat.

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 Deer stand in the backyard of a Mt. Lebanon home in February. A $15,000 controlled archery hunt is underway in the municipality after two previous programs were scrapped.

Mt. Lebanon deer culling hinges on local elections

Tuesday’s vote could mark a critical juncture in the municipality’s debate about deer.

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Judicial candidates will make up a large part of Election Day ballots

The Allegheny County Bar Association runs the retention campaign for all sitting Common Pleas Court judges.

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