Nation: Down with Corruption

In the East, the Democrats hang on, but lose a big one

The industrial Northeast has long been a pillar of the Democrats' national strength. The party maintained that stronghold in last week's election, despite some important Republican victories. One issue that tilted a number of races was resentment of widespread statehouse corruption.

Outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp's administration Grasso victorious has been riddled by indictments and resignations. So when fellow Democrat and former Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty, 54, decided to run, he made a show of his independence of the Governor and of the...

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