John Fetterman

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman
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The lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, John Fetterman, has been crisscrossing the state to hear what people have to say about legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. The “listening tour” follows Fetterman’s election as lieutenant governor. Before that, he had begun to serve in his fourth term as mayor of Braddock. Fetterman is known for his unconventional approach to politics, winning his first term as mayor by one vote. WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with Fetterman about legalizing marijuana, Gov.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (left) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (right) took turns discussing the rising cost of college education at Penn State's University Park campus on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
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Third highest in the nation.

That’s how Pennsylvania ranks in the price of attending a public university according to the most recent report from College Board, with an the average cost of $14,770 for in-state tuition and fees in the 2018-19 academic year.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman was in DuBois Thursday night as part of his statewide listening tour on legalizing recreational marijuana. Most of the people who spoke at the event support legalization.

“All I want to do is have a little puff," a retired school teacher told Fetterman to applause from the crowd.

The former teacher said he’d like to be able to smoke marijuana without worrying about getting into trouble. He was one of about two dozen people who spoke in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.

olf and Fetterman, soon after the primary election that made the Braddock mayor the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.
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When a new legislative session starts in January, embattled lieutenant governor Mike Stack, who lost the Democratic primary, is exiting the Capitol.

Stack's also leaving his state-provided residence. But his replacement, John Fetterman, isn't moving in.

That decision might save the commonwealth a little money. But what's even more important to the new lieutenant governor is how it looks politically.

The Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Jeff Bartos, held a town hall at Penn State on Monday.
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The Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Jeff Bartos, held a town hall at Penn State on Monday.  

Dozens of students attended and raised questions on balancing the state budget and lowering taxes while maintaining social welfare programs. They also touched on issues including free speech on college campuses and sanctuary cities. The Q&A lasted about an hour.  

Republican gubernatorial primary winner, Scott Wagner, and Democratic lt. governor winner, John Fetterman.
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In the Republican primary for Governor, Scott Wagner beat out his challengers. The Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire will face Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in November. Polls have Wagner well behind Wolf, though he’ll have 6 months to try to change that.

John Fetterman speaking
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John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania and lieutenant governor hopeful, made an appearance at Webster's Bookstore Cafe in State College just hours after he received an endorsement from former governor and Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell.

"He revitalized the downtown, reduced the crime rate. Braddock hasn't had a homicide in five and a half years - an extraordinary record," Rendell said. "Most of all, he brought hope back to a fine heritage Pennsylvania city in Braddock."

Fetterman said it’s nice to have the recognition.

McGinty high-fiving supporter
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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.

Candidates at table
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The Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate answered students’ questions in a debate on the Penn State campus Saturday night. 

With just over two weeks left until the primary election and amid tightening polls, candidates pushed their platforms in a debate at the WPSU studios in State College. The candidates often agreed when answering students’ questions on topics ranging from education to free trade to campaign finance reform.

Pennsylvania’s primary is April 26th. WPSU is talking with the Democratic candidates vying for a primary win and a chance to take Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Who are the candidates and what do they stand for? We’ll talk with all of the candidates. This week our guest is Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.

John Fetterman speaks to the Penn State Democrats on February 1st, 2016.
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Senate hopeful John Fetterman spoke with the Penn State Democrats on the University Park campus last night. Fetterman is facing Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty in the upcoming primary.

During his speech, Fetterman spoke about combating wealth disparity, including supporting a minimum wage increase to $15.

He invited students to join him after for a beer at the Rathskellar, a bar in downtown State College.