alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.


GOP state representative resigns amid allegation he sexually assaulted an incapacitated woman

On Monday, Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Ellis, an eight-term Republican who represents the 11th House District in Butler County, resigned from the General Assembly, effective immediately.

Keep reading... Show less

GOP Candidate Loses $631,000 In Campaign Money Betting on the Stock Market

The Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, former state Rep. and waste management executive Scott Wagner, has had a lot of clumsy moments. From telling a reporter he would have to ask his wife before talking about birth control, to calling a climate activist who asked him a question "young and naïve," to privately telling a gun-toting cult he agrees with them "98 percent," to saying he can't release his tax returns because his workers might start a union drive if they knew how much he made, Wagner provokes controversy on a regular basis.

Keep reading... Show less

Pennsylvania White Woman Evicted After Video Shows Her Slamming Door in Black Child's Face and Calling Him a Slur

A white Pennsylvania woman is being evicted after a video showed her slamming a door in a black child’s face and calling him a racial slur — all while he was trying to hold the door open for her.

Keep reading... Show less

This GOP Candidate Is Copying Trump's Tax Return Duplicity - But His Excuse Is Even More Pathetic

Former Pennsylvania state Sen. Scott Wagner, the Republican nominee for governor taking on Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf, likes to style himself as a miniature version of President Donald Trump. He says he will "drain the Harrisburg swamp." And he has made use of Trump-style derogatory nicknames for opponents, calling primary challenger Paul Mango "Lying Paul" in the middle of a debate.

Keep reading... Show less

'The Russians Are Going to Help Me': This GOP Candidate Actually Joked that He's Getting Foreign Assistance in an Election

On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that Scott Wagner, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor, was caught on tape joking about enlisting the help of the Russians to win the election against incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Keep reading... Show less

GOP Candidate For Seat Vacated By Congressman Accused of Sexual Misconduct Was Also Accused of Sexual Misconduct

In April, Pennsylvania Congressman Pat Meehan resigned amid reports he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment from a former aide. Now, it turns out that Marty Nothstein, the Republican nominee to replace Meehan in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, is currently facing administrative action at his current job for a misconduct complaint of his own.

Keep reading... Show less

Here Are 6 of the Summer of 2018’s Worst Weather-Related Nightmares

Scott Pruitt may very well go down in history as the worst administrator in the 48-year history of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Nominated by President Donald Trump in February 2017 and confirmed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate in a 52-46 vote, the scandal-plagued Pruitt is a climate change denier who shares the president’s love of fossil fuels and disdain for green energy—and when Pruitt (the EPA’s 14th administrator) left the agency in July, environmentalists all over the world were glad to see him go. But his replacement, Andrew Wheeler, is likely to be just as bad, if not worse.

Keep reading... Show less

White Pennsylvania Student Let Off with Warning for 'Repeatedly' Saying N-Word - Black Student Suspended for Hitting Him

Parents are outraged after a fight fueled by racial slurs broke out at Mars Area High School in Pittsburgh, according to CBS.

Keep reading... Show less

The GOP Is in Full-Blown Panic Mode After Conor Lamb's Apparent Victory in Pennsylvania

Democrat Conor Lamb’s apparent victory in Pennsylvania’s special congressional election on Tuesday is sending waves of panic through the Republican Party, as it came in a seemingly safe district that had voted for President Donald Trump by 20 points in 2016.

Keep reading... Show less

The Pennsylvania GOP Wants the State's Supreme Court Impeached for Its Gerrymandering Ruling

After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt by the Pennsylvania GOP to restore the state's "insanely gerrymandered" congressional map on Monday, one Republican decided that the next rational course of action would be to launch an impeachment campaign against the five state justices who deemed the map unconstitutional—a move critics denounced as a "remarkable" attempt to subvert democracy.

Keep reading... Show less

Pennsylvania Follows North Carolina in Striking Down GOP's Go-To Election Racket

On Monday, Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court dealt Republican gerrymandering a crippling blow when it struck down the GOP’s congressional map for illegally discriminating against Democratic voters. The court has ordered the GOP-controlled legislature to draw a new map by Feb. 15, in time for the 2018 elections, but Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will certainly veto any new gerrymander if Republicans attempt to pass one. If that were to happen, the court itself would draw new nonpartisan districts, which could lead to major Democratic gains this fall—anywhere from one to as many as six seats. And even better, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely have little leeway to overrule this decision.

Keep reading... Show less