Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

Advocates continue to push for new voting machines before Pittsburgh City Council

After receiving the correct amount petition signatures, a group of voting-rights advocates were granted a public hearing before Pittsburgh City Council Wednesday to place an election-related referendum question on the fall City ballot.  


The advocates petitioned that the question read: “Shall City of Pittsburgh voters be provided with and use new voting equipment for the 2020 presidential election cycle (and thereafter) that utilizes a human-readable, voter-verifiable paper record as the primary officials record of the voter’s intent; that the voter can verify accurately reflects his or her intent while the voter is still in the process of voting; and that is usable for audits and recounts?”  

Thursday, August 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swore in Brenda Pree as the newest City Clerk on Tuesday, much to the dismay of two Councilwomen.  


Councilwomen Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Darlene Harris (District 1) were the sole negative votes on the nomination of Ms. Pree, a Mississippi native, citing their disapproval of proper consideration of Pittsburgh locals, especially long-time Deputy Clerk, Kim Clark, an African-American woman.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting firm hired to investigate the issues facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, which it described as “a failed organization atop a dangerous and crumbling structure,” outlined several options for city leaders to consider Monday as they look to try and rework the authority.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council to nominate new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council to nominate new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on legislation next week to welcome a new City Clerk to its chambers.  


Council President Bruce Kraus will submit legislation to nominate Brenda Pree, a native of Mississippi who served as City Clerk for the City of Jackson, Mississippi, and then as Management Analyst for the Fairfax County Office of Elections.  

Friday, August 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rep. Frankel leads the charge on legislative action against hate-crimes in Pennsylvania

Rep. Frankel leads the charge on legislative action against hate-crimes in Pennsylvania

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill), along with House colleagues and faith leaders held a news conference Monday morning in Pittsburgh to discuss the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and to call for legislative action on House Bill 505 and/or Senate Bill 96, also known as the Fairness Act.  


“No group was left untouched in Charlottesville, said Frankel. “It was racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim, it was anti-LGBT, anti- anything you can think of was found in that demonstration. While we saw a comprehensive expression of hate, we want a comprehensive reaction to it. And one of the ways to do that is to finally address hate crimes in Pennsylvania in a comprehensive way.”  

Monday, August 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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