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Executive Decision

The 2023 election to set Allegheny County’s course

For the first time in 12 years, Allegheny County voters will elect a new county chief executive. Explore the series.

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A hateful anti-trans radio ad brought flashbacks to dark moments and places — but also motivation

The radio played a familiar early 2000s Mariah Carey tune, which made me nostalgic. Then an advertisement began to play. A familiar-sounding voice began to talk about “boys taking estrogen” and “girls growing facial hair.” I immediately went on alert. It was the same type of rhetoric that had followed me in my early transition.

Tables turn on Allegheny County assessments, as new math favors owners over tax collectors, schools

Things are looking up for potentially thousands of homeowners across Allegheny County, after a lawsuit last year changed how some properties are assessed. Property owners have until March 31 to appeal and potentially lower their tax bills by hundreds or thousands of dollars per year. If many of them do appeal, school districts and municipalities…


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