Politics - Local


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Councilwoman, union criticize Mayor Peduto’s plan for Pittsburgh Building Inspection

Mayor Bill Peduto wants to make the city’s Bureau of Building Inspection, now part of the Department of Public Safety, its own department.

about 22 hours ago


 In another criminal case scheduled for March 2, A.J. Richardson and his wife, Felecia Richardson, are charged with making more than 100 unnecessary phone calls to Allegheny County’s 911 dispatch center.

Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate released on parole

Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani vacated a three- to six-month jail term for Abdula Jamar “A.J.” Richardson, 38, of Sheraden.

about 11 hours ago


 The education task force has one final meeting with Mayor Bill Peduto that is yet to be scheduled and is to deliver a report by the end of the year.

Education task force to become Pittsburgh commission

The task force faced problems identifying its mission and goals, members said.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh, Allegheny County join hands to find 
shelter for homeless veterans

The goal of the initiative is to have all veterans off the streets by the end of 2015.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh City Council set to eye valet service fees, fines increase

The ordinance raises the fee for a valet parking operator licenses from $100 to $200, though the fee for renewing licenses will remain $100.

2 days ago


 Allegheny County ​controller Chelsa Wagner

Wagner calls for Allegheny County gaming fund changes

The county ​​controller said the independent board that selects recipients rubber-stamps a county department’s recommendations.

6 days ago


 Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill.

Journalist receives Thomas Merton Award

Jeremy Scahill has made his mark writing about the powers and politics behind conflicts around the world.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald smiles during a press conference Nov. 7.

Fitzgerald pays Allegheny County $42,000, turns in county vehicle

After criticism last week for using a county vehicle for politics, Mr. Fitzgerald won’t take reimbursement for using his personal vehicle.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto greets council members Natalia Rudiak, right, and Teresa Kail-Smith as he enters council chambers for his State of the City address.

Peduto's budget creates department for building inspection, permits in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said moving the work out of Public Safety will make it easier to serve builders and conduct safety inspections.

1 week ago


County council OKs limits on outdoor fires, airport drilling lease

County Council backs open-burn regulations and gas-drilling lease at county airport, while drilling opponents push for moratorium.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner speaks during a press conference Thursday morning.

Allegheny County controller: Fitzgerald used county vehicle for political, personal trips

County Controller Chelsa Wagner’s office began auditing the use of the county’s vehicle fleet in August.

1 week ago


 Jason Ortitay watches Jesse White's concession speech with supporters. Ortitray, of South Fayette, won in the 46th state House district race against Pa. Rep Jesse White, D-Cecil.

Ortitay upsets White; Ravenstahl holds on in 20th

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, lost his re-election bid Tuesday amid social media missteps and a Republican push to take over the seat.

2 weeks ago


 Jody Handley, a resident of Squirrel Hill, speaks at a news conference held prior to a hearing about air quality Friday in Pittsburgh.

Western Pennsylvania native helps spur council conversation on air quality

A foul stench roused Jody Handley in Squirrel Hill every morning around 2:30 a.m., forcing her to shut the windows.

2 weeks ago


 Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, 3nd right, reaches out to touch Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, left, after Peduto spoke about Wolf at a USW headquarters rally.  Looking on are USW President Leo Gerard, 4th right, US Sen. Robert Casey, 2nd right, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerarld, right.

Wolf rallies labor crowd in Downtown Pittsburgh before Election Day

On the day before the election for governor, Democrat Tom Wolf fired up union activists at the United Steelworkers headquarters, Downtown.

2 weeks ago


Groups offering Election Day services

Free rides to the polls and a voter hotline are just a few of the services local community groups are offering voters on Nov. 4.

2 weeks ago


 2014 Voter Report card.

Fliers try to shame Democrats, indies into voting Tuesday

America Votes, a dark-money group aligned with the Democratic Party, has flooded Pittsburgh-area homes with get-out-the-vote mailings.

2 weeks ago


Two ‘safe’ U.S. House districts challenged

Redrawn 3rd and 12th Congressional districts favor Republican incumbents Mike Kelly and Keith Rothfus.

3 weeks ago


 Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign rally for Tom Wolf today on the South Side.

Clinton stumps for Wolf, rues excessive partisanship

In a South Side appearance, former President Bill Clinton said Democrats must vote Nov. 4 to ensure Tom Wolf becomes governor.

3 weeks ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of a gubernatorial debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa.

Pa. governor's race may pivot on turnout by party faithful

Polls continue to show Corbett facing tough odds; they disagree on just how tough.

3 weeks ago


 Sen. Mike Stack, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Pa. senator may hold seat, despite lieutenant governor nomination

Wolf’s running mate considers double duty; might retain Senate seat if elected.

3 weeks ago



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