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June 20, 2011
Juliann Sheldon, 21, of Plum Borough in Allegheny County, was named Miss Pennsylvania during the pageant Saturday night in Pittsburgh. Sheldon has attended Point Park University. She performed a jazz dance routine and spoke of raising mental-health awareness. She will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant in January in Las Vegas. - Inquirer staff
NEWS
March 4, 2012
Employees of Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania will soon be able to extend their health and dental benefits to a gay or lesbian partner. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has signed an executive order allowing county workers to enroll an eligible same-sex domestic partner in benefits starting Monday for coverage beginning April 1. Officials say the new policy makes the county the 187th municipality in the nation to extend health...
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October 7, 2009 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Coming into Pittsburgh from high above the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, Dan Onorato pointed down from a four-seater jet and said, "See that? We did that. " As he opened his campaign for Pennsylvania governor yesterday - flying from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, then to his hometown of Pittsburgh - Onorato cast himself as a get-things-done guy among the field of five Democrats lining up to seek the state's highest office next year. In his second term as Allegheny County executive, the 48-year-old Onorato (ah-no-RAH-toh)
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March 21, 1993 | By Katharine Seelye, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a stunning display of raw politics and open horse trading, the state Democratic Party yesterday endorsed Philadelphia Judge Russell M. Nigro for state Supreme Court. For almost four hours in a hotel here, nearly 400 rank-and-file Democrats bartered their way through their May 18 primary ballot. The process featured frantic head-counting and recounting by candidate apparatchiks, Philadelphia's failure to deliver on a deal it struck with Allegheny County, and even home-cooking by Nigro's mother.
NEWS
July 27, 1990 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Although Philadelphia reported more than one fourth of all rapes in Pennsylvania last year, the city will receive less than one tenth of the state and federal money intended to help victims in the next year, state figures show. And Allegheny County, which has fewer people and fewer rapes, will get more money. How did that happen? Responses vary: "They're not county allocations. They're program allocations," said Kay Arnold, deputy secretary for social programs in the state Department of Public Welfare.
NEWS
January 5, 2013
PITTSBURGH - A house fire has killed two people in a Pittsburgh suburb, authorities said, and relatives say the victims are 3-year-old twins. The blaze in North Braddock broke out Friday afternoon. A passerby saw flames, banged on the doors, and called 911, officials said. Allegheny County emergency services Chief Alvin Henderson confirmed that two bodies had been found, but he would not identify them. Darran Miller said the victims were his godsons. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
By Robert Speel On May 21, Pennsylvanians continued their tradition of voting for statewide judicial candidates based solely on the county of residence listed for candidates on the ballot. Democrats had a choice for Superior Court between Joseph Waters, of Philadelphia, and Jack McVay, of Allegheny County. Most voters knew virtually nothing about either candidate - and neither ran television or radio advertising. Outside the legal community, most people also don't know much about the work of Superior Court or the difference between it and Commonwealth Court.
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Money helped, but it did not guarantee wins in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court race. At $1.5 million, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty was the top fund-raiser in the 12-way campaign, according to financial documents made public Thursday. And while the Democrat did win nomination in the May 19 primary, correlations between cash and votes were hard to find. Jefferson County Court Judge John Foradora, with $712,805 - about $6 for each vote cast for him - had the second-biggest money pot, but the Republican lost.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Civil rights, imprisonment, and campaign money were on the table Wednesday in a forum attended by five judges running for the state Supreme Court. The five are among a dozen candidates for three vacancies on the state's highest court. The race is shaping up to be a costly one. Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts reported that three candidates had each already raised more that $500,000 for their campaigns. At this point in the 2009 race, the largest amount raised was $167,730. All five candidates agreed the increased money in the judicial race was a problem.
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March 12, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Twelve candidates met the filing deadline Tuesday for a spot on the primary ballot to fill one of three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Six Republicans and six Democrats, including five candidates from the Philadelphia area, filed nominating petitions with the Department of State for a place on the May ballot. All but one currently sit on the bench. "Looking at the 12, there is gender diversity, geographic diversity, party diversity, and some race diversity," said Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a statewide court reform group.
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April 11, 2016
The perceived vulnerability of Sen. Pat Toomey in the general election, in which the Republican presidential nominee may be more liability than asset, has produced three competitive Democratic candidates to challenge the incumbent. JOE SESTAK , a former Navy admiral who served two terms in the House, has the best credentials and experience to immediately serve Pennsylvania and the nation. His unrelenting intellectual curiosity has helped Sestak, a notoriously hard taskmaster, form a deep understanding of government and foreign policy that Katie McGinty and John Fetterman cannot match.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, STAFF WRITER
Jack Stollsteimer dropped out of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's race Wednesday, narrowing the field of Democratic candidates. A former state and federal prosecutor from Delaware County, Stollsteimer is now backing Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. "At this point it just wasn't my year," Stollsteimer said in an interview. "I'm happy to support Josh because he's a really good friend and public servant. " Stollsteimer was among the first to enter the race, challenging incumbent Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
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December 28, 2015 | By Colin Deppen, PENNLIVE.COM (Harrisburg)
GORDONVILLE, Pa. - Humane Officer Jen Nields knocks on a door of the suspected puppy mill in Gordonville and steps back. She fidgets with a notebook and peers through a covered glass panel looking for signs of life. Then she waits. The setting around her is breathtaking: lush Dutch Country farmland at sunset, a sea of gold and green. It is also ground zero for a culture and information war still raging in the mid-state after years of soul-searching and debate. "A lot of people don't understand when I say, 'We [Lancaster County]
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December 11, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Zappala Jr., district attorney in Allegheny County, will announce next week his campaign for state attorney general. That could give rise to a lively Democratic primary election in April if the incumbent, beleaguered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, decides to seek a second term. Kane is awaiting trial, accused of illegally leaking secret grand-jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News for a story. Zappala has played a bit part in the ongoing drama around Kane: He testified as an expert witness for the Montgomery County grand jury that investigated her actions and recommended criminal charges against her. Zappala, who did not respond to requests for comment from The Inquirer, confirmed his plans Wednesday evening, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
NEWS
November 4, 2015 | Julia Terruso and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Hiring decisions for several top city and state six-figure-salary jobs will be made Tuesday in voting booths across the region. Openings for Philadelphia mayor and City Council, Montgomery County district attorney, and three judgeships on Pennsylvania's highest court are expected to be filled by day's end, though recent history suggests many voters won't show up to help in the hiring. The city will elect its 99th mayor, and voter registration numbers give Democratic nominee Jim Kenney a towering advantage over Republican Melissa Murray Bailey, independents James Foster and Boris Kindij, and Osborne Hart of the Socialist Workers Party.
NEWS
August 9, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Democratic and Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives on Friday joined Gov. Wolf and several other elected officials in calling for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to step down in the face of criminal charges. State Rep. Dave Reed, majority leader in the GOP-controlled chamber, said Friday that the charges make it "virtually impossible for her to function as the commonwealth's top law enforcement officer. " While Kane is presumed innocent, Reed said, the state "cannot afford to have such a distraction impairing the office of the attorney general.
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Money helped, but it did not guarantee wins in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court race. At $1.5 million, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty was the top fund-raiser in the 12-way campaign, according to financial documents made public Thursday. And while the Democrat did win nomination in the May 19 primary, correlations between cash and votes were hard to find. Jefferson County Court Judge John Foradora, with $712,805 - about $6 for each vote cast for him - had the second-biggest money pot, but the Republican lost.
NEWS
May 5, 2015
JUDICIAL ELECTIONS are like chloroform: colorless and capable of rendering one unconscious. That we hold them statewide is an affront to common sense. Nobody knows the candidates. Their campaigns are funded by those seeking favor with the court. And qualifications to serve are almost immaterial. But that Pennsylvania is one of just six states holding partisan elections of state judges is no surprise. We are, after all, the Land of Low Expectations. Take our Supreme Court - please.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Civil rights, imprisonment, and campaign money were on the table Wednesday in a forum attended by five judges running for the state Supreme Court. The five are among a dozen candidates for three vacancies on the state's highest court. The race is shaping up to be a costly one. Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts reported that three candidates had each already raised more that $500,000 for their campaigns. At this point in the 2009 race, the largest amount raised was $167,730. All five candidates agreed the increased money in the judicial race was a problem.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Twelve candidates met the filing deadline Tuesday for a spot on the primary ballot to fill one of three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Six Republicans and six Democrats, including five candidates from the Philadelphia area, filed nominating petitions with the Department of State for a place on the May ballot. All but one currently sit on the bench. "Looking at the 12, there is gender diversity, geographic diversity, party diversity, and some race diversity," said Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a statewide court reform group.
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