Thursday, May 9, 2013
See if the decision will affect Peters.
The revised Pennsylvania legislative reapportionment plan was upheld in state Supreme Court, according to the Tribune Review. All appeals to the plan have been dismissed, which sets legislative boundaries based on the 2010 census shift, according to the report. The plan will go into effect in the 2014 election year. The reapportionment will not affect Peters Township's leadership. State Sen. Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) of the 37th District will lose the boroughs of Avalon and Ben Avon and gain the boroughs of McDonald (Allegheny County portion), Rosslyn Farms, Pennsbury Village and Thornburg, as well as Robinson Township. State Rep. John Maher (R-Upper St. Clair) of the 40th District will remain representative of Upper St. Clair, Peters …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
State Sen. Matt Smith and others laud the decision.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has rejected the Corbett Administration’s plan to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a U.K.-based company Camelot Global Services—and Senate Democrats lauded the plan. "It has been clear from the beginning that the Corbett administration’s plan to privatize the management of the lottery was flawed and could potentially jeopardize vital senior programs, " State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, said in a statement. Smith, who represents Peters Township, said the plan lacked transparency, noting that the public has not been able to glean specific details about the plan and what it would mean for the many senior programs funded through lottery proceeds. “I was particularly …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Democrats voice concerns while Republicans lend support for Gov. Tom Corbett's 2013-14 budget.
Western Pennsylvania Democrats had some harsh words for Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2013-14 state budget, which he presented Tuesday, while state Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason called the governor's plan a "balanced and responsible budget that reinvests in Pennsylvania." “The plan presented by the governor is disappointing,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills. “It was long on politics but short on solutions.” State Rep. Erin Molchany, a newly elected Democrat serving South Hills communities said the governor’s "Band-Aid budget does little to make up for the hurt this state has felt from his deep cuts." State Rep. Robert Matzie, a Democrat representing the Sewickley area, said: “New Jersey has Chris Christie as …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The first-term Democratic state senator called the decision to hire a British-based company to run the Pennsylvania Lottery a “risky scheme” and questioned the motivation of Gov. Tom Corbett.
State Sen. Matt Smith is questioning how Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration made the decision to hire a British company to run the Pennsylvania Lottery. The first-term Democratic senator from Mt. Lebanon said a hearing with the Finance Committee helped to shed light on the decision-making process by the administration, but it “does not forgive the actions taken that effectively cut the public and specifically seniors out of the process” to select the private operator. The Corbett administration last week issued a notice of award to Camelot Global Services, a British-based company, to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery. The governor’s office has said privatizing the lottery will add billions to the state coffers to help its aging population. …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is hosting the event for Pittsburgh-area constituents.
Upper St. Clair residents can meet their new state senator from 5:30 to 7:30 Thursday night at Il Pizziola in Mt. Lebanon. Sen. Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) was sworn in on New Year's Day following the retirement of John Pippy. PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is hosting the event "to allow Pittsburgh-area constituents to meet and chat with their newly-elected state senator, and socialize with neighbors and others who are concerned about protecting our environment." State Rep. Bob Matzie (D-Ambridge) and state Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Mt. Washington) are also scheduled to be at the event. Will you attend the meet and greet? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Matt Smith was at the state Capitol in Harrisburg for an unusual New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony.
Matt Smith’s New Year's Day celebration got off to a good start Tuesday afternoon when he was sworn in as the area’s new state senator. Smith, who previously was a three-term state representative for most of the South Hills, was at the state Capitol in Harrisburg with friends and family for the unusual New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony. The Mt. Lebanon Democrat takes over the 37th state Senate seat vacated by the retirement of John Pippy, a Republican from Moon Township. Smith defeated D. Raja, a Republican from Mt. Lebanon, in the November election to win the senate seat. “It has been an amazing and humbling journey to arrive at this moment,” Smith said in a statement. “I am thankful to reach this milestone and look forward to returning…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
There are two local races to keep your eye out for—so stay tuned to Patch for coverage this Election Day.
Updates: State Rep. Matt Smith, a Democrat won over D. Raja for the 37th state Senate seat with 53 percent of the vote. Read more here. Meanwhile in the 40th District, state Rep. John John Maher, who ran unopposed, retained the seat he has held since 1997.
Matt Smith defeated D. Raja for Pennsylvania State Senate with 53% of the vote.
Matt Smith bear hugged supporters and feverishly pumped hit arms in the air moments after learning he had won election to the Pennsylvania State Senate. The normally subdued 3-term state representative showed more emotion than usual after a hard-fought battle against fellow Mt. Lebanon resident D. Raja. Smith takes over the seat formerly held by John Pippy. The district wraps around the South Hills of Pittsburgh from Peters Township up to Findlay. “When you have a message that resonates, then that will trump money every day of the week,” Smith said about being outspent 3-to-1 on the airwaves. “The message we have is resonating with people.” Smith, standing with his wife, Eileen, and three young children, Delaney, Emerson and Jameson, …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A candidate profile of Matt Smith, who is running against Raja for Pennsylvania state senate.
Name: Matt Smith Place of residence: Mt. Lebanon Attended college: Yes College: Smith graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and later from University of Duquesne Law School Job titles held: Attorney, Pennsylvania state representative Party affiliation: Democrat Running for: Pennsylvania State Senate Running for position: Pennsylvania Senator District: 37th Incumbent/Seat last held by: Former Sen. John Pippy Previous elective offices: Currently serves in the state house for the 42nd legislative district. Was first elected in 2006. P.O. Box 13445 Pittsburgh, PA 15243 Name: Jake Pawlak Website : http://www.votemattsmith.com Twitter : @VoteMattSmith Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/VoteMattSmith?fref=ts
A candidate profile of D. Raja, who is running against Matt Smith for Pennsylvania state senate.
Name: D. Raja Place of residence: Mt. Lebanon Attended college: Yes College: Raja graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and received an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. Job titles held: CEO and founder Employers: Computer Enterprises Inc., a company that provides IT services Party affiliation: Republican Running for: Pennsylvania State Senate Running for position: Pennsylvania State Senator District: 37th Incumbent/Seat last held by: Former Sen. John Pippy Previous elective offices: Served as a Mt. Lebanon commissioner and later as president of the commission Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: Previously lost his bid for Allegheny County Executive to Rich Fitzgerald 1910 Cochran Road Manor Oak Two, Suite …