Category Archives: Pittsburgh / SW Region

Read My Long-Form Profile of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Long-time readers know Bill Peduto is pretty much my political hero. It was great to spend some time in Pittsburgh getting to know him, and his friends, allies, and detractors: In the first 100 days of the Peduto administration, the … More after the jump

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Luke Ravenstahl’s Lawyer Unveils Greatest. Excuse. Ever.

What on Earth! Imagine getting paid to say stuff like this with a straight face: Mr. Ravenstahl referred comment to his attorney, Charles Porter, who said the former mayor took the computer because he was concerned the Peduto administration would … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Pittsburgh / SW Region

Hugya spokesman threatens to sue Keystone Politics, follow our staff, and prevent writer from becoming a lawyer

Last week, Keystone Politics reported that 12th District Congressional candidate John Hugya’s campaign spokesman Michael Duga had a checkered political history. Now, he’s threatening to sue Keystone Politics, follow Jon and I “[]our entire career,” and “be at every legal … More after the jump

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Congressional candidate’s spokesman impersonated a John Edwards aide, sold drugs, and stole a car

Over the weekend, John Hugya, who served as former Rep. John Murtha’s chief of staff, announced through a spokesman that he would seek the Democratic nomination in the 12th Congressional District. That spokesman, Michael Duga, appears to be the very … More after the jump

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Former Murtha chief of staff John Hugya announces run for 12th district

The race for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District will have a contested primary on both sides. A former aide to Democratic Congressman John Murtha will be announcing his campaign in the coming days, according to BuzzFeed.com. John Hugya, a former chief … More after the jump

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The Hill: Critz “Leaning Strongly” Toward Rothfus Rematch

If Democrats want to take back the House of Representatives in 2014, the path to a majority runs through Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. In 2012, incumbent Congressman Mark Critz lost to Tea Party Express-backed GOPer Keith Rothfus by a narrow … More after the jump

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J.D. Prose: Give Erin McClelland a Chance

My friend J.D. Prose over at the Beaver County Times wrote an article last weekend describing a sit-down interview he had with Erin McClelland, the first Democratic candidate in the 12th District to challenge incumbent GOP Congressman Keith “Hurricane” Rothfus. … More after the jump

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Alternative Medicine Guru to Challenge Keith Rothfus

Only 3 months into his first term and a full 19 months away from Election Day, Freshman GOP Congressman Keith Rothfus has already drawn a Democratic challenger. The Tribune-Review is reporting that New Kensington resident Erin McClelland, the director of … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Pittsburgh / SW Region

Rothfus Refuses to Expand Violence Against Women Act

If you read the press release from Congressman Keith Rothfus’s office, you would believe that he thinks it is “important to prevent and prosecute violence against women.” This is true–unless you’re a women who is a lesbian, immigrant, or Native … More after the jump

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Planes, Wine, and PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason–Something Stinks in Cambria County

Something stinks in Cambria County politics. For Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason, that stink is the smell of money. Since Republicans took back the majority on the County Board of Commissioners, three county insurance contracts have gone to Chairman … More after the jump

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