Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pittsburgh goes pink to support Planned Parenthood, denounce proposed GOP health-care cuts

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:45 PM

"Pink Out" rally at the City-County Building Downtown - CP PHOTO BY REBECCA ADDISON
  • CP photo by Rebecca Addison
  • "Pink Out" rally at the City-County Building Downtown
Earlier today, Senate Republican leaders released a draft of the long-awaited health-care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Along with cuts to the country's Medicaid program, which helps low-income, elderly and disabled Americans, the bill would defund health-care organization Planned Parenthood for one year.

"Over 2 million patients rely on Planned Parenthood every year," said Pittsburgh City Councilor Natalia Rudiak at a rally yesterday evening. "Three out of four Americans want Planned Parenthood funded so it can keep saving lives."

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Friday, June 2, 2017

John Fetterman says Trump’s Paris withdrawal is more about Somerset County than about Pittsburgh

Posted By on Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 5:29 PM

President Donald Trump (left) and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (right) - WHITE HOUSE PRESS PHOTO/CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • White House press photo/CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • President Donald Trump (left) and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (right)
On June 1, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was leaving the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, an international agreement to reduce global carbon emissions. This was already enough to throw progressives into a tizzy, but when Trump said in his speech that “I was elected to serve the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” many Pittsburgh Democrats, and other prominent liberals across the country, lost their collective shit.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto pointed out that Pittsburgh voters chose Hillary Clinton, with her receiving 80 percent of the city’s vote, and he later spoke to multiple cable-TV news outlets about how the city has been working for decades to clean up the environment and shed its polluted Rust Belt reputation. And many stories during the national news cycle over the last 24 hours have discussed how wrong Trump was in using Pittsburgh to justify leaving the Paris agreement.

But, according to Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who has been campaigning for regional Democrats since last year, progressives shouldn’t be so shocked. He believes Trump isn’t actually focused on ruining the environment and points out that the rules of the Paris agreement are voluntary and wouldn’t have gone into effect until 2020. Fetterman believes Trump’s announcement is a campaign strategy.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango led an effort on health-care reform, but is silent on GOP health-care plan

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango's McKinsey & Company profile page before it was removed this month - IMAGE COURTESY OF MCKINSEY & COMPANY
  • Image courtesy of McKinsey & Company
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango's McKinsey & Company profile page before it was removed this month
Paul Mango, who is running for Pennsylvania governor as a Republican, worked for years as the head of Pittsburgh’s branch of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He stepped down as Pittsburgh branch director in February 2017, but while there, he was well known as being an expert on health care, health insurance and health-system reform.

A now-removed bio from the McKinsey & Company website described Mango as focusing on “the implications of health reform, the impact of consumer-directed health, the application of lean manufacturing principles to patient care delivery processes, and the rise of medical tourism.”

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Four takeaways from Allegheny County’s 2017 primary elections

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 2:45 PM

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By now you are probably aware that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto effectively won re-election by a landslide in the May 16 primary. (Peduto faces no Republican challenger in November.) The mayor received just under 69 percent of the vote, defeating his next closest opponent, Rev. John Welch, by 51 percentage points. Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris (D-North Side) finished third with 13 percent of the vote.

With Peduto’s re-election hogging the headlines, City Paper thought it would offer you some other takeaways that you might have missed:

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Is President Donald Trump losing support from Pennsylvania’s independent voters?

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 12:53 PM

President Donald Trump - WHITE HOUSE PRESS PHOTO
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  • President Donald Trump
When Franklin & Marshall College released its Pennsylvania political poll on May 11, President Donald Trump must have felt relieved. Although many polls nationally show Trump maintaining a low approval rating and, in some cases, even losing support, the Pennsylvania poll showed Trump gaining 5 percentage points from 32 percent approval in February to 37 percent in May. And 60 percent of Southwestern Pennsylvania voters (outside of Allegheny County) approve of the president.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

How Southwestern Pennsylvanian reps voted for AHCA, the GOP health-care plan

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 5:13 PM

Mike Kelly (left), Tim Murphy (center), and Keith Rothfus (right)
  • Mike Kelly (left), Tim Murphy (center), and Keith Rothfus (right)
In March, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) suffered a pretty humiliating defeat. Even with support from President Donald Trump, Ryan failed to garner enough support to bring his replacement of the Affordable Care Act, called the American Health Care Act, to the House floor for a vote.

At a press conference held shortly after taking the AHCA off the table, Ryan said "Obamacare [ACA] is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future.” But during the last couple weeks, Republicans have been scrambling again, rewriting the AHCA in order to secure the votes necessary to clear the House.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus seems to be increasing his support for President Donald Trump, but why?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 3:49 PM

Those familiar with U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley) know he doesn’t make many substantial efforts to enter the limelight; he’s pretty low-key. (In fact, as City Paper has documented over the years, Rothfus is so low-key that he’s never even held a public town hall and often avoids talking to reporters and to constituents who hold different political viewpoints.)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Video shows Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris in verbal altercation with cyclist on city streets

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris (D-North Side) is running for mayor, but her campaign hasn’t produced many detailed plans on how she plans to improve the city. Instead, she’s provided a critical, almost-laser-like focus on one issue: bike lanes.

Harris recently rated Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s mayorship as a “D-minus,” telling WTAE on April 18 because Peduto “put all these bike lanes in.” And, for her closing statement of an April 19 mayoral debate, she said, even though bike lanes weren’t brought up during the debate, “We did not talk about bike lanes at all this evening, and I wonder why? We have nothing with bike lanes, no safety attached to it, no studies, nothing. And someone is going to get seriously hurt. … Public safety is very important to me.”

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hundreds of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's constituents hold town hall without their representative

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:18 PM

More than 200 consituents fill the Bethel Park Community Center at a town hall event without Rep. Tim Murphy. - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • More than 200 consituents fill the Bethel Park Community Center at a town hall event without Rep. Tim Murphy.
Ever since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) has been hearing it from many of his constituents. Groups like Mondays With Murphy and 412 Resistance have formed, both with the goal of meeting with Murphy and sharing their views, many of which run counter to what the Republican lawmaker supports.

For weeks, constituents have flooded his office with calls and protested outside his Greensburg and Mount Lebanon offices. A group of six constituents even tried to speak to him at a talk he held at Duquesne University, but Murphy cancelled that event at the last second to dodge their questions.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto takes on Donald Trump instead of primary challengers in new campaign ad

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's first television advertisement for the mayoral election isn't your typical campaign ad. Instead of taking on his opponents in the upcoming May primary election, Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris and activist Rev. John Welch, Peduto takes on U.S. President Donald Trump.

The ad that began airing today touches on subjects like economic investment and affordable housing. Peduto has been criticized by those who say the city lacks affordable housing. In the video Peduto says the city has "affordable housing in every neighborhood."

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