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  • Progressive activist challenges longtime incumbent Readshaw in 36th District

    12/01/2019 12:00:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 1, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A self-described progressive activist, who helped found an advocacy group in Pittsburgh that supports autistic people, is mounting a challenge against longtime incumbent state Rep. Harry Readshaw. Jessica Benham, 28, of the South Side Slopes, is bidding for the Democratic nomination in the 36th legislative district, shaping her candidacy after the campaigns of a number of progressive women who have toppled longtime Democratic incumbents in the past two years. Her campaign is framing the race that way, too, and in a recent email, used the secondary headline to proclaim “Progressive Benham to challenge conservative incumbent Harry Readshaw.” “In some ways,...
  • Rep. Gainey appeals for statewide ban on assault weapons

    10/11/2019 3:10:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 10, 2019 | Lacretia Wimbley
    Democratic state legislators urged Pittsburghers on Thursday to support a bill that would ban the use of some military-style rifles by everyone except service members and law enforcement personnel. The lawmakers also said hunters in Pennsylvania don’t need the added firepower of semiautomatic rifles, including AR-15-type weapons, even though the Legislature passed a law in 2017 allowing that. The weapons increasingly are being used in mass killings that are “traumatizing today’s children,” said state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Lincoln-Lemington, at a gathering sponsored by House Democrats at the Carnegie Library in Homewood. He and others called for support of a bill...
  • Some Pa. Democrats Concerned About Democratic Socialist Nominations

    11/02/2018 4:47:19 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    pittsburgh.cbslocal.com ^ | Nov 2, 2018 | By Jon Delano
    <p>PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They burst onto the Pittsburgh political scene with the nominations of Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, two Democratic socialists, who defeated Pennsylvania Reps. Dom Costa and Paul Costa in the Democratic primary last May.</p> <p>“It’s really exciting because it proves what we can do when we get out and knock on doors,” Becca Tasker told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Friday.</p>