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Name: Kathy Hinsman
Gender: Female
Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Pittsburgh
Member since: Sat Feb 18, 2017, 01:16 PM
Number of posts: 13,503

Journal Archives

September 13 - Happy Birthday Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) LA-2nd

September 13 - Happy Birthday Rep. Ro Khanna (D) CA-17th

September 13 - Happy Birthday Governor Ralph Northam (D) VA

In Washington, Peduto leads U.S. mayors' push for Congress to pass gun laws

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9/10/19
(ink) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/09/10/On-Capitol-Hill-Peduto-pushes-Congress-for-gun-control-laws/stories/201909100097

WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he pressed senior White House officials and Republican lawmakers to pass a “total package” of gun legislation that includes both background checks and a red flag law, while signaling compromise on some hurdles that, even after a wave of mass shootings, have blocked gun control efforts in Congress.

Mr. Peduto, who on Tuesday joined a delegation of mayors from cities that have suffered such tragedies, said he hopes to turn a grim coalition into a political force in Washington.

“There seems to be a critical point we’re at right now that requires a bipartisan effort of mayors across the country,” Mr. Peduto said in an interview outside the U.S. Capitol.

“There’s a place for Pittsburgh in this discussion that comes from our history of being pragmatic and getting things done,” he said. “Washington has lost both of those. Hopefully, with the infusion of mayors in this discussion, they can get it back.”

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Mayor Bill Peduto has shown leadership in the gun control issue even before last year's tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Jewish community center.

Pa. introducing online absentee ballot applications next week

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9/10/19

(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/09/09/Pa-introducing-online-absentee-ballot-applications/stories/201909090144

For the first time, Pennsylvanians will be able to apply online for absentee ballots starting next week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday, a move that could help some of the thousands of registrants whose votes go uncounted each year and never realize it.

Absentee ballots would still be sent to voters by mail and returned either by mail or in person, but allowing people to request the ballots online, rather than by mailing in an application, could shave a few days off the state's process.

The state's absentee-ballot deadlines, as set in the Election Code, provide a tight window for voting absentee: Applications are due by a week before an election, and the ballots themselves have to be received by county elections officials by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.

That gives three days between the deadlines for requesting a ballot and for having it returned. And mail takes time to get from one point to the other and can sometimes encounter problems.


Mr. Wolf's announcement doesn't change the law itself — earlier this summer, he vetoed a Republican elections reform bill that included expanding absentee-ballot deadlines — and it's unclear how lawmakers will respond. (In 2015, he similarly implemented online voter registration.) Those deadlines are also being challenged in court by national and state civil rights groups.

-more at link-

Check your local newspaper for info. I'll post a link on DU when I see it.

September 9 - Happy Birthday Senator Chris Coons (D) DE

September 8 - Happy Birthday Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) VT

September 6 - Happy Birthday Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D) TX-29th

September 6 - Happy Birthday Rep. Bill Keating (D) MA-9th

September 6 - Happy Birthday Rep. Danny K. Davis (D) IL-7th

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