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Former GOP committeeman loses comeback bid in Burlington County town after insulting Indian immigrants

A former Republican town committeeman in Chesterfield, Burlington County, was defeated after he lost the party's support for controversial remarks about Indian immigrants in the fast-growing municipality.

Insurgents take on Democratic machine, Norcross in Camden County: What to know about the N.J. primary

Challenges to Democratic organization in Camden County Assembly races are the highlights of Tuesday's primary elections in South Jersey.

Voters approve amendments to Philadelphia’s City Charter

Voters approved creating a new class of law officer for traffic enforcement, using gender-neutral language for Council and its members, making permanent the Office of Immigrant Affairs, and urging the Pa. legislature to raise the minimum wage.

Poll: Majority of Pa. citizens back legalizing recreational pot, aren't big fans of President Trump

Fifty-nine percent of those polled support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a sharp reversal from when the poll first asked the question in 2006, when just 22 percent approved.

Special election Tuesday for W. Philly state House seat once held by Vanessa Lowery Brown

The ballot includes Democrat nominee Movita Johnson-Harrell, formerly at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; Republican nominee Michael Harvey; and two Democrats-turned-independents, Amen Brown and Pastor Pam Williams.

Trump in Philly this afternoon: Protests planned, traffic mess possible

President Trump is scheduled to speak to a national convention of electrical contractors Tuesday at the Convention Center in Philadelphia. Expect afternoon traffic snarls.

Pa. federal judge Thomas Hardiman likely to be considered for U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a key swing vote between the conservative and liberal blocs on the U.S. Supreme Court, announced his retirement Wednesday. President Trump will have his second chance to nominate a justice to the high court.

Pa. voters willing to pay more taxes for more pre-K, poll finds

Super majorities of Pennsylvania voters support more state funding for pre-K education, even to the point of paying more taxes, a new survey by Harper Polling finds.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez wins Democratic nomination in New Jersey

Sen. Bob Menendez easily wins Democratic nomination to run for a third full term after beating back federal corruption charges.