State House Speaker Mike Turzai on Tuesday announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination in May’s primary election to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is running for a second four-year term in 2018. Turzai, a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area, has helped drive austerity in state budgeting during his time in Harrisburg. In an interview with the Associated Press, Turzai called himself a “reformer with results,” but added, “to really make a difference you have to be governor, and you need a strong leader in that position.”
Days after being re-elected mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman on Tuesday announced he's heading back to the campaign trial, this time in a bid to be Pennsylvania's next lieutenant governor. In confirming his long-rumored candidacy, Fetterman said he wants to serve as a "progressive backstop" for Gov. Tom Wolf, who is also on the ballot in 2018. Prominent Democrats have been mostly silent on the subject of Fetterman's run thus far, but some say his atypical style could be a boost for the party in what is expected to be a heated race for governor next year. (See above.)
Last week’s municipal election wasn’t the “year of the woman” for Allegheny County politics, per research from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. But it necessarily wasn't bad either. Women made up roughly a third of the candidates in last week's election in Allegheny County — and roughly a third of the winners. So the problem may be getting women to run for municipal races, not that women candidates are losing, one expert said. Here's why that might be.
Ever wanted to learn how to sew? Now's your chance. Learn basic sewing skills, such as how to cut fabric, use a simple pattern, perform a few different stitches and operate a sewing machine. You'll leave class with a hand-crafted pillow to show off.
Where: Workshop PGH DIY School at 5122 Penn Ave. (Garfield)
When: November 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: $40
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Our latest class of Who's Next honorees includes a mayor-elect, 2018 candidates, political party leaders and those working behind the scenes answering phones and researching policy. This is our second class of political up-and-comers who are working to improve the areas they live in. Meet them (and congratulate them) at a happy hour in their honor on Nov. 29. Read about the class, and get your tickets to the event here.
The holiday season is the most common time to lose something in an Uber. But the good news is this: In Pittsburgh, many of those items find their way back to Uber's lost and found facility in Lawrenceville. This includes cash, birthday presents and tens of thousands of dollars in misplaced cellphones, the Post-Gazette reports. Lost items can be recovered there, but not without answering a few questions first. For those who fail to realize they're missing wads of cash, meanwhile, there's another silver lining: Uber donates abandoned cash to charity after 45 days. Remember, Santa's watching.