Southeast takes center stage as Democrats make big General Assembly gains, though Republicans hold majorities

Southeast takes center stage as Democrats make big General Assembly gains, though Republicans hold majorities

Riding discontent in the Philadelphia suburbs, Democrats picked up 16 seats between the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday, besting nine incumbents and breaking the GOP Senate supermajority in a big night for the party that had been whittled down to historic lows in both chambers.

Republicans will keep a majority in both chambers, but they’ll be smaller and missing some of the moderates who formerly thrived around West Chester, Norristown and Media.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country

When he was the first Republican district attorney in Washington County, Steve Toprani concealed a Smith and Wesson .45 on his hip.

“I’ve done that for years to protect my family—especially when criminals were after me, and they were,” Toprani said.

His term in the office was a decade ago, when he ran a hard-fought grassroots campaign to unseat a 20-year Democratic incumbent under FBI investigation.

Now, he’s on the campaign trail again. But this time, it’s as a Democrat in the Monongahela Valley’s rolling hills and old factory towns, running on a platform that blends positions from the right, left and center—for unions, against new gun laws and legalizing recreational marijuana.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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