On Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district — one spanning parts of Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene counties — will head to the polls in a special election with national significance. But while pundits and parties eye the race as a gauge of President Donald Trump’s standing in this part of the world or an omen ahead of the 2018 midterms, voters in the 18th are focused on which candidate they'll choose to represent them in Washington, D.C. In an effort to help them reach that decision, we boiled down the months-long special election campaign into a handful of policy points and positions that best define each of the three candidates: Democrat Conor Lamb, Republican Rick Saccone and Libertarian Drew Miller. The polls open at 7 a.m. March 13.
It’s International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women, their achievements and the Women's Rights Movement. There are many ways to mark the day in Pittsburgh. There are panels, including one with tips for running for office. There's a lunchtime rally Downtown advocating for paid sick leave. And there's even a dance party. Here are 5 can't-miss events.
Sixty years ago, Pittsburgh adopted a zoning code restriction limiting drag shows to certain parts of the city. The rule was obscure and rarely, if ever, enforced. But galvanized by goings-on at the national level, local advocates began a push to see the zoning code provision repealed. They succeeded this week with city council voting to lift the restriction and Mayor Bill Peduto vowing to backup the change. “I think it's another step forward for Pittsburgh as we continue to make Pittsburgh the most livable city for all, including the LGBT community,” Gary Van Horn, president of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit LGBT advocacy group, told TribLive.
Draw the Lines is partnering with Fair Districts PA, PUMP, and other community organizations in Pittsburgh to showcase a new digital competition that will help Pennsylvanians draw the congressional voting lines, rather than politicians. This evening brings free food, hilarity and competition to a serious topic with "The Redistricting Game," in which you can try out government trivia and draft your own congressional district map.
Where: The Urban Tap at 216 South Highland Ave. (Shadyside)
When: March 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $5
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"Shark Tank" is making its first-ever casting stop in Pittsburgh on March 28. A team from the show will have an open call at Rivers Casino to find new inventions and ideas for an upcoming season of the show, WTAE reported. So polish your pitch and get ready for a chance to get in front of Mr. Wonderful and the other sharks. Here's more about the casting call.
Time travel (sadly) isn't possible — or is it? This Belle Vernon guesthouse is a time capsule for guests who want to go back to the 1950s and '60s. Only in Your State has a photo essay with rooms of swoon-worthy vintage details — down to the rotary phones. The guesthouse sleeps up to six people, so you can book a stay or just stop buy for one of the regularly scheduled events.