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Women In Central PA Reflect On A Year Of Trump

Jan 5, 2018
Penn State professor Jonathan Brockopp and Webster's Bookstore Cafe owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus hold up signs by the Allen Street Gates.
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It's been about a year since Donald Trump took office. For some women in Central Pennsylvania it's been a very difficult year. Cindy Simmons caught up with a few of them for WPSU.

Refugee Ahmad Issa plays with his children.
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The Centre County Refugee Welcome Committee is stuck in a holding pattern.

The committee, which includes eleven religious groups, had hoped to be helping a refugee family settle in Centre County this year, according to member Penny Eifrig.

Penn State professor Jonathan Brockopp and Webster's Bookstore Cafe owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus hold up signs by the Allen Street Gates.
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State College locals protested Wednesday against the GOP’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Around 15 people held up signs outside the Allen Street Gates.

Webster’s Bookstore Café owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus held a sign shaped like a tombstone. She said she’s seeing a lot of misinformation on the Affordable Care Act.

Central Pennsylvania Residents on Proposed Senate Healthcare Bill

Jul 11, 2017

Rural areas in Pennsylvania helped secure the state for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

However, a good deal of opposition to the healthcare bill Republican Senators are now struggling to push through can be found in the conservative areas surrounding State College. 

In the fall of 2016, Centre Hall’s Pennsylvania Avenue was lined with signs in support of Donald Trump.

82-year-old David Corl lives just off that main street. He was a lifetime Republican, but recently changed parties.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas. The latest order also specifically states that it does not apply to legal permanent U.S. residents or current visa holders.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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President Trump held a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

In an event arranged the same morning, he first announced his new pick for Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, a law school dean and former US Attorney. He made an extended opening statement in defense of his administration, trumpeting accomplishments and blasting his critics and the news media. He then opened the floor for questions, which lasted more than an hour.

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In a sense, Inauguration Day resembles the New Year: making resolutions and welcoming a new era with a concert and fireworks. Among State College residents, asked about the new administration, there’s hope, concern and everything in between.

Sam Richards teaches race and ethnic relations in the sociology department at Penn State.

“I think we are in for a very interesting four years," he said. "And I suspect that there’s never going to be a dull moment.”

Christy Carfagno is a senior also from the sociology department.

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Lindsay Lazarski, Jessica Kourkounis, Margaret Krauss / Keystone Crossroads

Keystone Crossroads will be checking in with Trump voters from around the state throughout his presidency. This is the first installment in an occasional series called "I Voted Trump," telling the story of the next four years through the eyes of the new president's supporters.

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Members of the Penn State community gathered on Old Main lawn Tuesday to show opposition to president-elect Donald Trump. Many of the protestors said they were concerned by increasing divisiveness in the United States. 

A group of students started marching from the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus on Tuesday. They circled around central campus for about ten minutes, holding signs and doing chants such as “Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay” and “say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here.”

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Linda Straub never thought she'd be so invested in a presidential election that she would attend a watch party on election night. But there she was, at Zach's Sports Bar in Altoona with the Blair County Republicans, cheering Donald Trump as he took Iowa.

"This is the first time ... I'm 54 years old and this is the first time that I feel that I'm actually electing my president," said Straub, from her spot on the bar's covered patio. "He is my president."

Follow Election Results In Real Time

Nov 8, 2016
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Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

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With the election just a week away, WPSU asked voters to take a moment to ponder what could be done to improve the democratic system.

Ron Derstine is from Schwenksville. He said, “I would hope that whoever becomes president would somehow work in a bipartisan way that things could actually get done. I think we have been standing still for the last eight years.”

Drew Myers, a student at Penn State, said the sense of division exists not only between parties, but also between people and the government.

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On Friday, about 50 volunteers gathered in downtown State College. They were calling prospective Hillary Clinton voters, encouraging them to get out and vote on or before Election Day. The were joined by a special guest — Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota.

Before he was a senator, Franken was a comedian on Saturday Night Live. Speaking to the crowd Friday night, Franken proved he could still crack a joke.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at second debate
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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. 

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Amish in front of trucks full of hay.
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With Election Day less than two months away, the Trump campaign is doubling down its efforts in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is on the short list of states the Republican has to win in order to clinch the election.

Trump’s currently lagging in state polls, though the margin may be shrinking. But his campaign is hoping turning out more people who don’t vote regularly may help him out.

One pro-Trump PAC is taking that idea to the extreme. It’s targeting a voting group that doesn’t even use the internet—the Amish.

So, who are these voters?

Mike Pence in front of crowd
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On a rainy Wednesday night, Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence addressed about 400 fans at a trucking company outside Scranton.

 

Standing between two large Kenworth truck tractors, Mike Pence talked about industry and integrity. Pence said this election was about one thing, above all else:

 

“It’s about upholding the highest standard of integrity in the highest office in the land,” Pence said.

 

The crowd cheered when Pence talked about helping businesses.

 

"Dump Trump" Protestors Rally At Allen Street Gates

Jul 21, 2016
Group of protestors
Becca DeGregorio / WPSU

Protestors gathered at the Allen Street Gates in State College Thursday to rally against Donald Trump, marking the final day of the Republican National Convention and Trump's official acceptance of the GOP nomination. Around 20 people stood curbside along College Avenue holding signs that read “Take Action Now,” “Jews Against Trump,” “Fight Climate Change Here” and, of course, “Dump Trump.”

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Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton claimed victories in Pennsylvania and continued on a path to earn their respective presidential nominations.