PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week


Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else–

— Governor’s Race

— Inquirer: Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano’s Ties To Assault On U.S. Capitol, Efforts To Throw Out Nov. 2020 Election

— WITF: How Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano Promoted Election Lies Between Election Day, Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol

— PennLive: Boycott Of Martin’s Potato Rolls Tied To Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano Goes Nationwide

— Bloomberg: Shake Shack Drawn Into Martin’s Bread Controversy Over Chairman’s Ties To PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano

— BillyPenn: Democratic Candidate For Governor Speaks Out Against Boycott Of Martin’s ‘Damn Good’ Potato Rolls Because Of CEO’s Association With Mastriano

— AP: Senate Republicans Pass Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Bill Expanding Access Of Partisan Poll Watchers

— U.S. Senate Race

— AP: Dr. Oz Wins PA Republican U.S. Senate Primary By 951 Votes Of Over 1.3 Million Votes Cast

— Inquirer: PA U.S. Senate Primary Race Recount Shows How Accurate The Initial Vote Count Was – It Barely Shifted

— Erie Times: Kathy Barnette Nearly Pulled An Upset In Republican U.S. Senate Primary, Why She Believes Her Future Is Bright

— WHYY: Trust Fund Kid, Carpetbagger, Radical: Campaigns Draw Battle Lines In PA U.S. Senate Race

— PennLive: Gisele Fetterman – Husband May Not Return To Campaign Trail Until July

— PennLive – John Baer: How Fetterman’s Health Could Affect PA U.S. Senate Race

– November 2022 Election

— AP: U.S. Sees Heightened Domestic, Violence Extremists Heading Into Midterm Elections

— May 2022 Primary Election

— AP: U.S. Supreme Court To Allow Counting Of Undated Mail-In Ballots In Lehigh County

— Billy Penn: In Democratic Ward Elections Full Of Infighting (And Physical Fighting) Philly Progressives Make Key Gains

— TribLive: Allegheny County Democratic Party Chair Not Running For Re-Election

— Erie Times Guest Essay: Could The Primary Election Signal Rock Bottom In PA Politics? – Craig Snyder, Fmr Republican U.S. Senate Candidate

— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— Erie Times: Republicans, Democrats Say PA’s Voting Laws Are Broken, Here Are Some Changes Both Sides Can Agree On

— AP: Senate Republicans Pass Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Bill Expanding Access Of Partisan Poll Watchers

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: ‘Election Integrity’ Or ‘Election Intimidation?’ Controversial Bill Passes PA Senate

— WESA: PA Republicans No Closer To Re-Inspecting Fulton County’s 2020 Voting Machines

— Scranton Times Editorial: No Governor Owns Voting, Elections

— PA Capital-Star: Senate Bill Barring Third Party Election Funding Advances In House

— Spotlight PA: PA Lawmaker Wants More State Control Over Millions In Outside Campaign Spending On Federal Elections

— PA Capital-Star: Poll Finds Bipartisan Support For Fixing Campaign Finance Laws

— PA Capital-Star: Republican Lawmakers, Advocates Call For U.S. Constitutional Amendment That Could Ban Dark PAC Money In Campaigns

— Scranton Times Editorial: Voters Want Election Reform, Republicans Deliver Voter Intimidation

— AP: Ex-Democratic Congressman Myers Pleads Guilty In Ballot Stuffing Case

— PA’s Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

— USA Today: PA Has 2nd Highest Number Of People Charged With Crimes Related To Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol – 71; Texas Has 72

— Inquirer: Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano’s Ties To Assault On U.S. Capitol, Efforts To Throw Out Nov. 2020 Election

— WITF: How Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano Promoted Election Lies Between Election Day, Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol

— WITF: How PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry Promoted Election Lies Between Election Day, Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol 

— TribLive: PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry Asked Ex-President For Pardon After Assault On U.S. Capitol

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry Asked About Presidential Pardon After Assault On U.S. Capitol

— PennLive: Republican Cong. Scott Perry’s Opponent In Nov. Election Calls For Criminal Investigation Of Perry

— Post-Gazette Editorial: What Is Republican Cong. Scott Perry Trying To Hide From The Public?

— Inquirer: Philly Proud Boys President Zach Rehl Charged With Sedition In Assault On U.S. Capitol 

— TribLive: Allegheny County Woman Sentenced For Criminal Charges Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— PennLive: Lebanon County Man Sentenced For Threatening To Murder Democratic U.S. Senators

— PennLive: Dauphin County Woman Facing Criminal Charges In Assault On U.S. Capitol Says House Arrest, Ankle-Monitor ‘Unduly Burdensome’

— PennLive: Dauphin County Woman Charged With Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol Met With Man Who Planned To Shoot Up Synagogue – Prosecutor

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Yes, Ex-President Is To Blame For Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol, But So Are Boneheads Who Rioted On His Behalf

— Altoona Mirror Editorial: U.S. House Hearing On Attack At U.S. Capitol Should Be Must-See TV

— Post-Gazette Editorial: A Real Hope For Changing The Extremists

— AP: U.S. Sees Heightened Domestic, Violence Extremists Heading Into Midterm Elections

— Inquirer: PA Had A Starring Role In First U.S. House Hearing On Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol — Republican Cong. Scott Perry, Philly Proud Boys, More  

— AP: First U.S. House Hearing On U.S. Capitol Assault Doesn’t Changes Many Minds In Philly Suburbs

— LancasterOnline: U.S. House Hearings Begin Today On Assault On U.S. Capitol, Here Are The PA Details To Watch For 

— NPR: Republican Cong. Liz Chaney Offers Stark Message To Republicans Who Continue To Support Ex-President, Including Scott Perry – Your Dishonor Will Remain Long After Ex-President Is Gone

— USA Today: Republican Cong. Liz Cheney Calls Jan. 6 Capitol Attack A ‘Conspiracy’ And Says Threat Is ‘Ongoing’

— AP: U.S. Capitol Attack’s Full Story: U.S. House Panel To Release Chilling Story

— AP: Viewer’s Guide To 1st Public Hearing On Assault On U.S. Capitol

— AP: Explainer: Hundreds Charged With Crimes In Capitol Attack

— State Constitutional Amendments

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Constitutional Amendment Privatizing Liquor System Reported Out Of House Committee

— Scranton Times Editorial: Sovereign Incompetence – Liquor Control Board

— AP: Republicans Face Decision On Which Constitutional Amendments Will Move Forward

— Spotlight PA: Complete Guide To More Than 70 Proposed Amendments To State Constitution

— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— Independent Fiscal Office: Cost Of Gasoline, Energy Utility Bills Up 33% From Last Year [Driven By Spike In Oil, Natural Gas Prices On Foreign Energy Markets]  [PaEN]

— MCall – Ford Turner: Inflation Costing PA Consumers $3,000 More A Year On Gasoline, Food [Driven By Spike In Oil, Natural Gas Costs]

— MCall – Ford Turner: As Gasoline Hits $5/Gallon, PA Lawmakers Hear Bleak Testimony On Inflation [Spiking Fossil Fuel Prices  “Play A Significant Role” In Inflation Figure]

— WPost: Gasoline Prices Keep Inflation At Highest Level In 40 Years In May

— WSJ: Record Fuel Costs Upend Businesses, U.S. Economy 

“Oil and fuel production hasn’t increased quickly enough to meet growing global demand, as economies emerge from pandemic-related restrictions.”

— PA Business Report: State Trade Groups Among Coalition Calling On Biden To Increase Production Of Natural Gas, Oil

— Scranton Times: Natural Gas Development Boom Reboot Predicted In PA

— MCall: F&M Poll: Pennsylvanians Feeling Worst Economic Pain In Years As Gasoline Prices Approach $5/Gallon

— Scranton Times: Gasoline Cost $3.71/Gallon A Year Ago In PA, Now It’s More Than $5

— Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— Spotlight PA: Candidates Of Color Say They Need More Party Support, Financial Backing To Be Successful In PA

— MCall – Ford Turner: Long-Time Senate Republican Budget Chief Concedes Election

— Post-Gazette – Julian Routh: Successful Write-In Candidates To Challenge For 6 Western PA State House Seats In November

— TribLive: Fayette County Rep. Matthew Dowling Could Face DUI Charges

— PA Capital-Star Editorial Cartoon: What’s Really Polluting The Chesapeake Bay?

— Gov. Wolf Announces Departure Of DGS Secretary Curt Topper, Names Joseph Lee Acting

— Inquirer: Fmr Philadelphia Parking Authority Leader Takes Over City’s Republican Party After Resigning Amid Sexual Harassment Scandals

— Inquirer: Rep. Marina White Stepping Down As Chair Of Philly’s Republican Party

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Constitutional Amendment Privatizing Liquor System Reported Out Of House Committee

— MCall: Bethlehem Casino Had 268 Unattended Children In 4 Years, Some As Young As 2 Months Old

— AP: House Votes To Remove ‘Homosexuality’ From State Crimes Code

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA’s Version Of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Poised For Introduction

— AP: PA Historical & Museum Commission Pulls Gay Pioneer’s Historic Marker Over 1993

— PennLive Guest Essay: To Protect Older Adults From Abuse, We Must Update Protection Law – Secretary Of Aging

— PA Capital-Star: House Bill Proposes Hikes In Cost Of Birth, Death Certificates To Fight Veteran Suicides

— AP: Amid Complaints, PA Lawmakers Move To Restrict Fireworks [Been Saying That For 5 Years]

— Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief: New Fireworks Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Interview

— Budget 2022

— Spotlight PA – Stephen Caruso: PA Is Sitting On Billions In Federal Stimulus Money, Lawmakers May Actually Agree On A Plan To Spend Some Of It

— WITF: PA House Republicans Want To Save Billions In Surplus Tax Money In State Rainy Day Fund

— PA Capital-Star: It’s State Budget Season In PA, Here Are 5 Issues To Look For

— WESA: As PA Lawmakers Work Out A Budget, Trans Athletes, Liquor, Election Money Take Center Stage

— PennLive: Business Owners, Officials Call On Legislature To Release More Federal American Rescue Plan Funds To Help Small Businesses

— Scranton Times Editorial: No Need For General Assembly To Sit On Federal Recovery Cash

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Bridge-Tolling Opponents Urge PennDOT To Find Another Funding Source

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Yes! Nearly 24,000 Turnpike Toll Deadbeats Could Have Vehicle Registrations Suspended

— COVID Pandemic/Health

— MCall: PA COVID Update – Infection Rates Decline Again To 22,564 Last Week, With 159 Deaths

— Scranton Times: New COVID Cases Dropping, But Virus Isn’t Disappearing

— Dept. Of Health Monthly Update On COVID Trends

— WESA: COVID Levels In Allegheny County Wastewater Decline

— AP: Gov. Wolf Tests Positive For COVID, Again

— WHYY: Battle Continues Over Vaccination Powers For PA Pharmacies

— Citizens Voice: State Provides $350,000 To Wilkes University To Launch Marijuana Chemistry Education Program

— WESA: State Drops Controversial Pro-Union Language In Medicaid Contracts

— WESA: Advocates Call For Statewide Support For Needle Exchange Programs In PA

School Districts/Higher Education

— LancasterOnline: Activists Rally Outside Sen. Martin’s Office Demanding Fair Funding For PA Schools

— Inquirer: Suburban Philly School Superintendents Call For Curbing Payments To Private Charter Schools

— TribLive/The Center Square: Tens Of Millions Of PA School Dollars ‘Unauditable’

— TribLive Editorial: Audits Are Where School Districts Have To Show Their Work

— LancasterOnline: Elizabethtown School District Denies Request To Remove ‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ From Library

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA’s Version Of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Poised For Introduction

— TribLive: Mt. Lebanon Moms Sue Teacher, District Over Gender Identity Lessons

— MCall – Ford Turner: PA Senate Passes Bill To Ban Transgender Athletes From Girls’ School Sports

— TribLive: Penn Hills School District To Have Increased Police Presence Due To Threat

— MCall: Meeting On Critical Race Theory Attracted East Penn School District Residences, Instead Of Race, They Heard About Math Scores, Life Skills

— Citizens Voice: State Provides $350,000 To Wilkes University To Launch Marijuana Chemistry Education Program

— Wilkes-Barre Guest Essay: Investing In State-Owned Universities Is Good For PA

— TribLive Editorial: Rep. Nelson’s College Voucher Bill Leaves Many Questions

— Gun Violence/Law Enforcement

— Gov. Wolf Commends U.S. House For Passing Gun Violence Prevention Act, U.S. Senate Now Has Chance To Stand Up For Americans

— City & State PA: Can Pennsylvania Pass Significant Gun Reform?

— AP: State Capitol Rally Urges Action To Fight Crime, Aid Victims

— Erie Times: Fairview High School Students Protest Gun Violence

— Erie Times: ‘Guilt And Terror’: Teachers Reflect On Shooting At Erie High School

— Post-Gazette: 2 People Shot In Drive-By Attack Outside Pittsburgh Banquet Hall

— AP: U.S. Sees Heightened Domestic, Violence Extremists Heading Into Midterm Elections

— Courier Times: Assault-Style Gun Ban Introduced In PA Senate

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Our Leaders Have Failed Us On Gun Violence, Let’s Take The Power Back – Rev. Sandra Strauss, PA Council Of Churches

— MCall Guest Essay: PA Lawmakers Have Duty To Prevent Gun Violence – Rep. Schlossberg

— Inquirer: Chaos, Terror On South Street: Multiple Gunmen Fired Into Crowds On ‘A Dark Day For Philadelphia’

— Inquirer: 2 Men Will Be Charged In South Street Mass Shooting, Philly DA’s Office Said

— Inquirer Editorial: Weekend Mass Shooting A Stark Reminder Of Philly’s Thwarted Efforts To Tighten Gun Laws

— Williamsport Sun Editorial: Gun Owners’ Rights Are Not A Municipal Matter

— PennLive Editorial: 3 Things PA Lawmakers Should Do To Protect Our Children [Gun Laws]

— Post-Gazette: Federal Judge Denies Gun Supply Business Order Against ATF For Enforcing Prohibition Against Selling Ghost Gun Parts

— Scranton Times Editorial: Ghost Guns From Ghost Leadership

— TribLive: Pittsburgh Leaders Brace For Busy Weekend Amid Ongoing Violence

— City & State PA: In Wake Of Philly Mass Shooting, An Existential Threat To Businesses

— Inquirer Guest Essay: Are You Pro-Business?  Then You Should Be Pro-Gun Control, Too

— TribLive Editorial: Violence Curbs Business Success

— Inquirer: Philly’s Mayor Says He Has $184 Million Anti-Violence Strategy, Some Say Plan Is Inadequate

— WHYY: Philly Major Says Removing Guns Only Way To Stop Increased Street Violence

— Inquirer: Clerical Error Allowed Philly Mass Shooter To Get A Carry Permit, Despite Earlier Run Arrest

— WESA: Allegheny County Council Asks General Assembly For More Power To Make Local Gun Regulations

— WESA: Court Says Allegheny County DA Wrong To Dismiss Citizen Complaints Against Pittsburgh Assault Weapons Ban

— Scranton Times: 5 Years After Weis Market Shooting In Wyoming County, Survivor Continues Journey To Heal

— Erie Times: Erie ‘Juvenile Lifer’ To Be Sentenced Again For Murder Of 5-Year-Old

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Jamming The Revolving Door Between Prison And The Streets

— PA Capital-Star: Latino Community Urges Reopening Of Pittsburgh’s Immigration Court

— PA Economy

— Erie Times Guest Essay: Unleash PA Growth By Cutting Corporate Taxes And Regulatory Red Tape – PA Chamber Of Commerce  [In addition to the $30.7 Billion in federal aid PA businesses received]

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Transforming The State’s Hiring Process To Make State A ‘Premier Employer’

— Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-Area Members Of Congress Request $108 Million In Projects In 2023

— Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre Boosts Pay For Summer Jobs, Gets More Applicants

— Spotlight PA: PA’s Definition Of Broadband Hasn’t Changed In Nearly 20 Years

— Spotlight PA: Fight Over Public Records Could Threaten Novel Approach To Broadband In Rural PA

— Post-Gazette Editorial: PA Should Adopt Federal Broadband Definition

— WHYY: New Baby Formula Plant Gets Another $8 Million From PA

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