Latest Robert Casey News

Casey lobbies for Democratic primary debate in Pennsylvania

Apr. 22, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is lobbying for a presidential primary debate in his home state, which is a projected battleground in the 2020 presidential election. Casey's letter Monday to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez says holding a primary debate...

As suburbs roar, Pennsylvania Democrats pick top 2020 target

Apr. 19, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — To understand Pennsylvania's fast-changing political geography, look no further than Tom Killion. After Democrats recently flipped six state Senate seats in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Killion is one of the chamber's last Republicans standing in those areas —...

Ex-Black Panther gets new hearing in 1981 police death

Apr. 17, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer decades ago will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor on Wednesday dropped his opposition to it. Mumia Abu-Jamal, 64, is serving a life sentence after spending decades on...

Distressed communities fix hasn't worked

Apr. 16, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

DUQUESNE, Pa. (AP) — Every weekday after school, dozens of children pour into a repurposed former Serbian Club on North Third Street in Duquesne. The walls of the Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys & Girls Club are decorated with cheerful slogans: "The Positive Place for Kids!" "The Club That Beats the...

Today in History

Apr. 13, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2019. There are 262 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.) On this...

After 2016 loss, Democrats know they need white male voters

Apr. 7, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

UPPER ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — When he moved to Pennsylvania about five years ago, it was a coin toss which party Brian Heitman would register with. No longer. Since Donald Trump's election in 2016, Heitman, who is 42 and white, has become a reliable Democrat. Last week, he voted for the Democratic...

Special election to test Pittsburgh's suburbs ahead of 2020

Apr. 1, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh's suburbs, perhaps the most politically poked and prodded territory in Pennsylvania recently, are under the microscope again in a state legislative election that some see as an early test of President Donald Trump's strength in a critical battleground ahead of 2020. The...

Surprise? Pennsylvania's 2020 primary could be competitive

Mar. 25, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's splashy campaign event in Pennsylvania last week appeared to herald the start of the state's presidential primary season. But if Pennsylvania's Democratic Party faithful are searching for a favorite from among the crowded 2020 primary field, it may be in vain....

Border wall could siphon aircraft, submarine project money

Mar. 18, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Members of Congress say the Department of Defense tells them that congressionally approved money for four projects in Pennsylvania are at risk of being diverted by the Trump administration to help finance a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The offices of Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Chrissy...

Imposter scams bilking consumers of millions

Mar. 16, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

WILLOW GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The distraught voice on the phone didn't sound like her grandson. But the man who called 80-year-old Elfriede Flavin claiming to be her grandson's attorney explained why: Her grandson had broken his nose in a car accident that also landed him in a Tennessee jail. He needed $10,000...