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Pitt’s Office of University Counsel paid Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr $881,069 in fees between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 to contest simultaneous but separate unionization attempts by faculty and graduate students.

Pitt spends additional $881K on ‘union avoidance’ law firm, pushing total over $2M

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer January 29, 2021
Ballard Spahr, a “union avoidance” law firm, received roughly $881,000 from Pitt between July 2019 and June 2020. Pitt has now paid the firm more than $2 million since grad student and faculty unionization efforts kicked off in 2016.
Due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania has allowed mail-in ballots for anyone who requests one.

3 ways to request a mail-in ballot for Pa. primary on June 2

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer May 19, 2020
In Allegheny County, there are three ways to apply for a mail-in ballot for the rescheduled June 2 primary. Voters must apply before a May 26 deadline for a mail-in ballot to receive one.
A voter casts a ballot in the Massachusetts presidential primaries, Tuesday, March 3, in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Editorial: It’s time to condense the primary process

By The Pitt News Editorial Board March 4, 2020
The United States should condense the far-reaching spread of primary elections into a single, nationwide day of primaries.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a presidential campaign rally on Pitt’s campus on April 15.

Sanders wins New Hampshire primary

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Assistant News Editor February 12, 2020
“Let me say here tonight, that this victory is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” Bernie Sanders said in his victory speech.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets the crowd at a campaign rally at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa, on Feb. 23.

Opinion | The end of Kamala Harris’ campaign is a big loss for Americans

By Devi Ruia, Senior Staff Columnist December 5, 2019
Whether or not Harris was your candidate, the loss of her perspective in this primary is a big loss for everyone.
Beto O’Rourke receives a question during a visit to Oakland as a campaign stop on Sept. 25.

Editorial: The White House doesn’t need Beto, but the U.S. Senate does

By The Pitt News Editorial Board November 3, 2019
This is where he’s needed most, and with his name now recognized even more widely than in 2018, he might have the momentum to unseat Cruz.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Womens Leadership Forum conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17.

Opinion | Warren leaves much to be desired as a Democratic frontrunner

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist October 21, 2019
While Warren is becoming increasingly popular, a closer inspection of her policies shows her ideas are outlandish and, in some cases, unconstitutional.
Opinion | Democratic debate blurbs: A new top dog

Opinion | Democratic debate blurbs: A new top dog

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist October 16, 2019
The Oct. 15 debate ushered in a new phase of the race, one in which Elizabeth Warren became the woman to beat, Pete Buttigieg showed his chutzpah and Joe Biden slipped into irrelevance.
Unpacking Pitt’s appeal as a campaign stop for 2020 candidates

Unpacking Pitt’s appeal as a campaign stop for 2020 candidates

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer October 10, 2019
Almost every candidate who’s come to Pittsburgh as part of the 2020 presidential campaign has made a stop in Oakland.

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar packs Stack’d

By Rachel Romac, For The Pitt News September 19, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar entered Stack’d Burgers and Beer with a strong smile and wave, to chants of “Amy! Amy! Amy!” from the bar area and the sidewalk next to the restaurant.
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