{FD} In West Virginia Senate race, coal mining takes center stage

Everyone in West Virginia has an opinion on Joe Manchin — some more than one. Manchin backs the coal industry and limited regulation while skirting the social issues that increasingly define his party nationally. And yet, the centrist Democrat who seemingly coasted through his first election has come under attack from voters who once launched his political career, coal miners.

{FD} Pittsburgh residents mourning after mass shooting, sound off on gun control

Thousands crowded into Soldiers & Sailors auditorium hall, pouring into the streets and huddled together in the rain for a candlelight vigil. The teary-eyed crowd spoke of resilience, healing, and gun control the day after a mass shooting claimed the lives of 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue.

{FD} New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance in biggest battle of his political career

Leonard Lance’s name is synonymous with New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District; the five-time incumbent has dominated the polls since his ascension from the statehouse. His voting record, civility, and his stance as moderate Republican has fared favorable with his well educate, affluent district. But that may all change on November 6th. With Democrats energized like never before, and Republican voters in the Garden State looking for a check on President Donald Trump, Lance is in battle of his career against Democrat Tom Malinowski. Malinowski a former State Department official in the Obama administration represents a much-needed change for some. While Lance a hometown favorite embodies the core values of the Republican Party. The two will face off in a region divided, the 7th district once GOP friendly, narrowly backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. And in the final weeks before Election Day polling has shown a close race between Lance and Malinowski often within the margin of error—a true toss-up for the District.

{FD} Opioid crisis is major midterm issue in areas hard hit by drug deaths

From the bustling streets of Philadelphia to the rural farmlands of Mercer County, nearly every community in Pennsylvania has been rocked by the opioid crisis – and the problem keeps worsening. For voters on the front lines in areas hit the hardest, the issue is personal.