Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

DROZD CRIES FOUL OVER ELECTION [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

DROZD CRIES FOUL OVER ELECTION [Derived Headline]

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DROZD CRIES FOUL OVER ELECTION

Allegheny County Councilman Matt Drozd says he's abandoning the Republican Party and running as an independent write-in candidate after losing the primary election.

Speaking from the courthouse courtyard, Mr. Drozd said he was targeted by a deceptive mailer from opponent Tom Baker that insinuated he voted for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, popularly known as "Obamacare."

The mailer, sent shortly before the election, shows a picture of Mr. Obama and the text "Matt Drozd voted YES to Obamacare!"

An asterisk refers voters to legislation from council's March 19 meeting, where Mr. Drozd voted with the majority of council to encourage Gov. Tom Corbett to restart Pennsylvania's adultBasic program, which provides insurance for Pennsylvanians who cannot afford their own but are not eligible to receive Medicare.

Mr. Drozd said he was asked again and again by constituents why he voted for Obamacare. He believes it cost him the election.

He's calling on voters to boycott Mr. Baker's campaign.

For the record, Allegheny County Council did not vote at all on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved it in 2010.

MORE PRISON JOBS COULD BE OUTSOURCED

HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania is looking at outsourcing more mental health services in its 27 prisons, seeking to save money and improve performance.

But a number of legislators oppose the idea, saying it could put prison workers and communities at risk.

The state could contract out as many as 187 positions -- licensed psychologist managers, licensed psychologists, and psychological services specialists -- who are now Department of Corrections employees, according to DOC spokeswoman Susan McNaughton.

Of the more than 51,000 inmates in the state prison system, about 21 percent -- more than 10,000 individuals -- are on the mental health roster, meaning they require some type of monitoring or treatment for a mental health issue, according to DOC statistics.

Some prison medical, pharmacy, and mental health services are already run by a private contractor, Ms. McNaughton said.

But some lawmakers say the mental health work should continue to be done by department employees.

"I think corrections and education are core functions of government, and we should maintain control over that," said state Rep. Mike Fleck, R-Huntingdon, who plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit such outsourcing.

MAN SHOT IN GREENFIELD

A man shot in the head Thursday night in Greenfield remains in critical condition today, Pittsburgh police said.

Police and EMS responded to the 4200 block of Gladstone Street about 10:45 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Officers found a 33- year-old man on the porch of a home with a gunshot wound to the head, police bureau spokeswoman Diane Richard said. …

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