Fetterman Sues to Get Thousands of Ballots Set Aside by GOP Lawsuit Counted

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday challenging a court ruling last week that has resulted in thousands of mail-in ballots being discounted. Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a split decision that mail-in ballots with the wrong date on the mailing envelope should be set aside and not included in vote counts. People who vote by mail in Pennsylvania are required to sign and date the outer envelope containing their ballot. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee, the Republican…

Outside Spending on Federal 2022 Midterm Elections Tops $1 Billion

Outside spending on 2022 federal midterm elections topped $1 billion, surpassing the nearly $701.8 million spent by outside groups through Oct. 4 during the 2018 midterms. With the 2022 elections just five weeks away, outside groups are on track for record federal spending in what OpenSecrets has projected will be the most expensive midterm ever. The Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2010 paved the way for a sharp increase in outside spending. !function(e,i,n,s){var t=”InfogramEmbeds”,d=e.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];if(window[t]&&window[t].initialized)window[t].process&&window[t].process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var o=e.createElement(“script”);o.async=1,o.id=n,o.src=”https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js”,d.parentNode.insertBefore(o,d)}}(document,0,”infogram-async”); At this point in the 2018 election cycle, outside groups supporting Democratic congressional candidates had spent more money than those…

Candidates Running for Senate in 2022 Midterms Have Raised Nearly $1 Billion

Candidates running for U.S. Senate have collectively raised more than $970 million, according to data from federal campaign finance filings analyzed by OpenSecrets, which includes candidates who lost in primaries. More than $138 million of the money flowing into U.S. Senate races came from candidates self-financing their own campaigns. When voters across the country cast their vote in November, 35 Senate seats will be on the ballot. Of those seats, 14 are controlled by Democratic incumbents and 21 by Republicans. No incumbents are running in seven of these races — one seat is currently held by a Democrat and six…

Pittsburgh Bridge Collapses the Same Day as Biden Infrastructure Talk in City

On Friday, the same day that President Joe Biden planned to deliver a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on improving the nation’s infrastructure, a two-lane bridge in the city collapsed, resulting in at least ten injuries. The collapse, which occurred just before 7:00 am local time, happened on Forbes Avenue, which officials describe as an important thoroughway for the city. Around 14,500 vehicles drive across the bridge per day, though traffic was somewhat lessened on Friday due to school weather delays. Ten individuals suffered minor injuries, with three others requiring hospitalization for non-life-threatening injuries. No fatalities have been reported so far,…