Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

Matt Pacifico doesn't look like a typical mayor. He's young and hip, with an earring, and a stormtrooper helmet behind his desk. When Pacifico first ran for mayor of Altoona four years ago, he'd never held elected office, though he did have experience running a successful family business — "except I did it before Donald Trump made it cool."  


(WXXI) At the Golden Globe Awards this year, Meryl Streep received an honorary award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. In her acceptance speech, she criticized President-elect Trump for mocking a reporter with a disability. Trump, who denies that, dismissed Streep’s comments on Twitter.

Katie Meyer

(York County) -- Republican State Senator Scott Wagner is the first person to throw his hat into the 2018 race for governor.  He made the official announcement Wednesday at the York County headquarters of his trash hauling company. 

Politicians On The Loose At PA Farm Show

Jan 11, 2017

The 101st annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is in full swing this week, and inside the mazelike farm show complex in Harrisburg it's business as usual.

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(WRVO) Some central New Yorkers are urging Congress to reject some of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. They brought their message to the Federal Building during a protest in Syracuse Monday. 

Trump News Conference Fact Checker

Jan 10, 2017
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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

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(WRVO) When Sen. Charles Schumer becomes Senate minority leader January 3, he will be one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation, at a time when the party is the weakest it’s been since the Great Depression. But the New Yorker says he has a plan to pull the party back into power. 

(Harrisburg) -- An independent report from an academic group has given Pennsylvania a dismal ranking in how well it conducts its elections. The Electoral Integrity Project--which is based out of Harvard University and the University of Sydney--has the Keystone State tied for fifth-worst in the country. 

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The first female representative from the 22nd Congressional District is preparing to assume office. 

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(Harrisburg) -- The nonpartisan Cook Political Report recently came out with dozens of observations about the November election, including several that propose Donald Trump's victory can be boiled down to wins in just three counties.

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's 20 electors have cast their ballots for president, and despite receiving thousands of letters and emails urging them to defy election results, the decision was unanimous: as expected, they all voted for Trump. 

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New York members of the Electoral College met Monday in the Senate chamber at the State Capitol to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton.

In a wide-ranging exit interview, NPR's Steve Inskeep asks President Obama about Russian interference in the U.S. election, executive power, the future of the Democratic party and his future role.

Steve Inskeep: Thanks for joining us one more time; I really appreciate it.

President Obama: Great to be with you, Steve.

Karen DeWitt

A new study out of Penn State shows that Donald Trump fared better in the presidential election in areas with higher rates of mortality from drugs, alcohol, and suicide.

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(Harrisburg) -- As the Green Party pushes for election recounts in key states, leaders of Pennsylvania's Republican Party have expressed concerns the delays could ultimately hold up President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration. 

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According to a new poll by Siena College, 49 percent of New Yorkers are optimistic about the country’s future for the next four years, while 48 percent are not. Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg said New Yorkers, like much of the nation, are sharply split.

Katie Meyer

(Harrisburg) -- Green Party supporters were in Harrisburg on Monday to vocally back Jill Stein's quest for a presidential vote recount in the commonwealth. 

PA Will Likely Lose An Electoral Vote In 2020

Dec 2, 2016
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(Harrisburg) - The U.S. census is conducted every ten years, and in each one since the 1920s, Pennsylvania has lost at least one congressional district. As a result, every ten years it has also shed at least one electoral vote. 

New York NOW


Senate Democrats now have 32 votes in the chamber, which under normal circumstances would mean they hold the majority. But in the state Senate, it’s more complicated than that.


(New York City) -- A Republican Congressman from Central Pennsylvania may have a spot in Donald Trump's cabinet. 

PA GOP: Vote Recount "Ridiculous"

Nov 29, 2016
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania Republicans are calling Green Party candidate Jill Stein's efforts to recount the state's presidential vote a waste of time. 

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Talking politics with family and friends at the holidays is supposed to be a big no-no. But sometimes you can’t help yourself. So if you’re going to walk down that dangerous road, we at least wanted to provide a few pointers. 

What Civic Duty Looks Like Once The Votes Are Counted

Nov 18, 2016
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(Keystone Crossroads) Most people will never hold office, and for some, voting is as political as it gets. But more than a quarter of Pennsylvanians are working on their own versions of civic duty, through volunteering. 

Katie Meyer

(Harrisburg) -- The state House held leadership elections Tuesday in preparation for the impending end of the legislative session. Republican leaders new and old said they're looking forward to having their largest majority in decades next session. 

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(Keystone Crossroads) Linda Straub never thought she'd be so invested in a presidential election that she would attend a watch party on election night. But there she was, at Zach's Sports Bar in Altoona with the Blair County Republicans, cheering Donald Trump as he took Iowa. 

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If the numbers hold, Republicans are poised to remain in control of the New York State Senate, and even pick up a seat. 

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Democrats had hoped to make inroads into the New York State Senate. But preliminary results show the Republicans gaining one seat to hold a razor-thin 32-seat majority.

Mike Groll / AP Photo

Several races for Congress in upstate New York were expected to be competitive, but Republicans won those comfortably. Some experts say the GOP winners in the region got a boost from Donald Trump’s name at the top of the ticket. And having Republicans control all branches of government could mean more leverage for upstate residents.

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Republican Tom Reed won a fourth term in New York’s 23rd Congressional district, beating Democrat John Plumb by about 15 points - a much stronger showing than in 2012, the last presidential election.