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


Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else–

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Gov. Wolf’s Term Ending Soon But He Wants ‘To Go Through The Finish Line Running’

— Governor’s Race

— Reuters: PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Posed In Confederate Uniform At Army War College

— AP: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Wore Confederate Uniform For U.S. Army War College Faculty Photo

— Inquirer: At Delaware County Bar, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Pledges To Make PA The ‘Florida Of The North’

— Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Rep. Frankel Targeted By Antisemitic Threats On Gab Social Media Platform Used By Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Should Have Rejected His Extremist Allies, He Didn’t And Hasn’t

— Inquirer: H.S. Student Pranked Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano With Fake Poll Showing Him Beating Josh Shapiro

— PA Capital-Star: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Religious Values Resonate With Supporters, But Poll Shows Him Down Among Republicans

— WESA: What Is Christian Nationalism And Why Is It A Topic In The Race For PA Governor?

— WHYY: Suburban Voters Are Key For Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, His Abortion Views Seem To Be Turning Them Off

— PA Capital-Star: How Election-Denying Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Other GOP Governors, Could Tilt The 2024 Presidential Election

— WHYY: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Insular Campaign Is Full Of Dedicated Supporters And Serious Doubts

— PennLive – John Baer: What I’d Ask Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano – If He Were Taking Questions

— U.S. Senate Race

— Inquirer: U.S. House Panel’s Report On Ex-President Pushing Unproven COVID Treatments Mentions Dr. Oz And His Advocacy For Hydroxychloroquine

— TribLive: Dr. Oz Denies Report Of Ex-President’s Regret Over Backing Him For U.S. Senate

— WITF/AP: Dr. Oz’s U.S. Senate Bid In PA Could Be A Muslim First, But It’s ‘Complicated’

— AP: Dr. Oz Sharpens Attack On Fetterman Health After ‘Crudites’ Flub

— The Guardian: Dr. Oz Campaign Draws Ire Over Unsavory Remarks About Fetterman’s Stroke

— Post-Gazette – Julian Routh: Vegetables, Fetterman’s Health Now Center Stage In PA U.S. Senate Race

— Scranton Times Editorial: Dr. Oz Campaign Chokes On Its Own Vegetables

— PennLive: Dr. Oz Says Fetterman Is Bernie Sanders 2.0, How True Is That?

— Post-Gazette – Julian Routh: Dr. Oz Presses Fetterman To Accept Proposal For U.S. Senate Debates

— PennLive: Dr. Oz Pounces On Fetterman For Not Committing To Debates: ‘Come Talk To Us’

— TribLive: Fetterman Holds Pittsburgh Rally, But Avoids Media Questions

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Republican Sen. Argall Presses Fetterman To Disclose Information About His Health Crisis

— TribLive Guest Essay: Assessing PA’s Unusual U.S. Senate Campaign

— TribLive: Social Media Posts Draw Attention To PA Election Races, But Will They Affect The Outcomes?

— Latest Poll Results

— PennLive: New Poll Shows Dr. Oz, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Within Striking Distance Of Democrats Fetterman, Shapiro

— Post-Gazette: New Franklin & Marshall Poll: Support For Abortion Access Reaches All-Time High In PA, While Dr. Oz, Mastriano Continue To Trail Fettermand, Shapiro

— Citizens Voice: New Franklin & Marshall Poll: Shapiro, Fetterman Lead Large As Summer Winds Down

— PennLive: Fetterman, Shapiro Enjoying Comfortable Leads In Latest F&M Poll

— PA Capital-Star: Shapiro, Fetterman Lead In New Franklin & Marshall Poll

— Reading Eagle: F&M Poll: Many Pennsylvania Voters Remain Skeptical Of 2020 Election Results

— Franklin & Marshall College Poll: August 2022 Topline Report

— November 2022 Election

— PA Capital-Star: How Election-Denying Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Other GOP Governors, Could Tilt The 2024 Presidential Election

— Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: Portraits Of Voters From 3 Bellwether Counties: Allegheny Suburbs, Erie, Luzerne Counties

— Inquirer: Why Democrats Think It’s Their Best Chance In A Decade To Take Control Of PA House

— PA Capital-Star: The Democrats’ 2022 Momentum Just Shifted, Republican Overreach On Abortion Helped Power It

— Post-Gazette: Every Vote Is Important, Candidates Tell Rural Democrats

— Inquirer: Philly Republican Ousted For Possible ‘Ballot Harvesting’ Back Helping Green Party Register Voters In Hopes Of Siphoning Votes From Democrats

— PennLive: Democrats Mobilize To Unseat Embattled Republican PA Cong. Scott Perry, Saying Fair Elections At Stake

— MCall: What Can We Learn About The Lehigh Valley’s 2 Candidates For Congress From Their Personal Finances?

— Inquirer: Democratic Cong. Cartwright Keeps Winning His Republican District, This Year May Be His Toughest Fight Yet

— PA Capital-Star: PA’s Latino Voters Won’t Be Taken For Granted This Campaign Season

— WITF: The Economy Is The Focus For Some PA Latinos This Election

— Inquirer: Women Are Registering To Vote In PA In Numbers Far Exceeding Men Since Roe v. Wade Decision

— PA Capital-Star: Pro-Biden Group Will Pour $1 Million+ Into PA, Other Key 2022 States

— City & State PA: What Is The Keystone Party, A New Third Party That Wants To Shake Up PA Politics

— AP: State’s Poll Worker Recruitment Effort Drew 1,100 Last Week

— Wilkes-Barre Times: Luzerne County Election Bureau Fighting For New Ballot Sorting Machine

— Courier Times: What To Know Before You Vote: PA Voter Rights

— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— WITF: Republican Rep. Grove Says Key 2020 Election Fraud Claim Was ‘Not Factual’

— PennLive Guest Essay: The Fever Is Breaking On The Big Lie – Mark Singel

— PA Capital-Star: Will House Vote On Election Reform This Fall? Don’t Count On It Republican House Chairman Says

— Inquirer: PA Updated Its Voter Registration Form To Allow Voters To Sign Up For Mail-In Ballots And Angered A Lot Of County Elections Officials

— PA Capital-Star: How Election-Denying Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Other GOP Governors, Could Tilt The 2024 Presidential Election

— PA Capital-Star: Steelers Star And Other Veterans Highlighting Impact Of Closed Primaries On Those Who Served

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Can PA Hold A Mistake-Free Election?  Undated Mail Ballots Case Raises More Doubts

— TribLive Editorial: Why Won’t Republican Lawmakers Fix The Voting Law They Don’t Like?

— Inquirer: Philly Republican Ousted For Possible ‘Ballot Harvesting’ Back Helping Green Party Register Voters In Hopes Of Siphoning Votes From Democrats

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

— WITF: Republican Rep. Grove Says Key 2020 Election Fraud Claim Was ‘Not Factual’

— PennLive Guest Essay: The Fever Is Breaking On The Big Lie – Mark Singel

— Erie Times: Group Says 3 PA Republican Officials Threaten American Democracy

— Inquirer: PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry Seeks To Block FBI From Accessing His Cell Phone Contents

— PennLive: Republican Cong. Scott Perry Insists FBI Seizure Of His Cell Phone Was Not About The Assault On U.S. Capitol

— Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Man, Ex-Army Ranger, 2 Others Convicted Of Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— TribLive: Allegheny County Man Convicted Of Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— Inquirer: Montgomery County Man Who Beat Police Officer With Flag During Assault On U.S. Capitol Sentenced To Nearly 4 Years In Prison

— AP: Montgomery County Man Who Attacked Police During Assault On U.S. Capitol Gets 46-Month Prison Sentence

— Inquirer: Philly Republican Ousted For Possible ‘Ballot Harvesting’ Back Helping Green Party Register Voters In Hopes Of Siphoning Votes From Democrats

— AP: Lawsuit: Allentown School District Defamed Teacher By Falsely Connecting Him To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— WITF Smart Talk: Former PA Federal Judge Worries A Judge Will Be Killed In Today’s Political Atmosphere

— TribLive: Owners Of House Painted To Promote Ex-President Not Liable For 2016 Car Crash

— State Constitutional Amendments

— Post-Gazette: PA Supreme Court Blocks Senate, House Caucuses From Joining Wolf’s Lawsuit About Proposed Abortion Constitutional Amendment

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

— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— TribLive: Gasoline Prices Fall For 10th Straight Week As Parts Of PA Near $4 Mark; National Average $3.90

— MCall – Ford Turner: PA Food Producers Tell Of Inflation Struggles [Natural Gas, Oil Price , Energy Spikes Driving Increased Egg, Other Food Costs]

— Forbes: Regional Energy Emergencies Declared In Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin After A Fire Shut Down BP Oil Refinery In Indiana, The Largest Refinery In The Midwest

— The Hill: U.S. Dept. Of Transportation Declares Regional Emergency Following BP Refinery Fire In Indiana

— Bloomberg: Fire At Biggest U.S. Midwest Refinery Threatens Fuel Supplies

— Baker Hughes PA Natural Gas Drill Rig Count – No Change In Last 3 Weeks – 23

— WSJ: Endless Demand Spurs U.S. Natural Gas Prices To Shale-Era Highs

— Reuters: U.S. Natural Gas Prices Fall 5% On Delay On Texas LNG Plant Restart [Showing  Again LNG Exports Mean High U.S. Natural Gas Prices]

— Deloitte: Oil & Gas Producers Have Highest-Ever Cash Flows, $1.4 Trillion In 2022, How Will They Invest It?

— Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Freezing Lawmakers’, State Officials’ Pay This Year ‘Is The Right Thing To Do’ Rep. Grove Says

— York Daily Record Guest Essay: It’s Time To Fix Harrisburg – Let’s Start With The Ground Rules

— Erie Times: Republican Sen. Laughlin Sues Erie County Democratic Party Chair Over Column

— LancasterOnline – Brad Bumsted: PA Supreme Court Spends Taxpayer Dollars On Lavish 300th Birthday Celebration

— Inquirer: Philly DA Says Republican Legislative Subpoena In Effort To Impeach Him Is ‘Illegal’  And ‘Wholly Illegitimate’

— Inquirer Guest Essay: PA’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Is Dangerous And Misguided

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Eat’n Park Owners Chosen To Receive Pennsylvania Society’s 2022 Gold Medal Award

— Budget 2022

— Illegal ‘Skill’ Games Cost Older Pennsylvanians $650 Million In PA Lottery Sales

— COVID Pandemic/Health

— Centre Daily Times: PA Reports 20,000 New COVID Cases, 12 Counties At High Community Spread Levels

— MCall: PA COVID Update: Cases Drop To Lowest In 5 Weeks, 9 Million+ Pennsylvanians Fully Vaccinated

— Scranton Times: New COVID Cases Rose Sharply, Hospitalizations Hold Steady Last Week

— Post-Gazette: Allegheny County COVID Community Spread Level Drops Back To Medium

— Spotlight PA – Stephen Caruso: State Explores Using Federal Aid To Stretch PA’s Limited Monkeypox Vaccine Supply

— Post-Gazette/Capitolwire.com – Robert Swift: New PA Nursing Loan Program Reaches Milestone

— PennLive: PA Nursing Home Workers At 24 Facilities Send Out Notices To Strike

— Scranton Times: Shortage Of Home Health Aides Reaching Critical Point

— WESA: Dept. Of Aging Creates New Elder Financial Abuse Investigation Unit

— TribLive Guest Essay: Let’s Continue To Support Long-Term Care In PA

— Spotlight PA: Commonwealth Court Orders PA Health Dept. To Release Information On Medical Marijuana Program

— Spotlight PA: Major Shift In Medical Malpractice Venue Rules In PA Could Help Victims, But Opponents Fear The Cost

— Post-Gazette Editorial: State Sets Poor Example On Open Government

— TribLive: UPMC Profits, Investment Income Drop In 1st Half Of Year

COVID – Schools

— MCall: COVID Restrictions Have Changed Significantly For Lehigh Valley School Districts

— Post-Gazette Editorial: School Mask Guidance Should Be Clear, Consistent, Pittsburgh Public School’s Is Neither

School Districts/Higher Education

— PennLive: Middletown Cancels H.S. Football Season After Finding More Hazing Videos

— PennLive Editorial: Middletown Videos Reveal Failure Of Coaches, School Officials To Protect Players From Hazing

— Inquirer: FedEx Mistakenly Delivered 6 Rifles To Chester H.S. In Delaware County, Police Said; They Were Meant To Go To A Similar Address In Chester

— Courier Times: How Are Bucks, Montgomery County Schools Protecting Students?  A Look At Their Plans

— Inquirer: International Thieves Siphoned $13 Million In State Aid From Chester Upland School District Last Year

— MCall – Ford Turner: New Report Shows Monroe County Residents Paying PA’s Highest School Property Taxes; Most Of Lehigh Valley Ranks Near Top

— MCall Guest Essay: School Property Taxes And The Fight For Real Relief – Sen. Boscola

— WESA: After 30 Years, Pittsburgh School District Renews Agreement To Work Toward Racial Justice

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Pass A School Bus In These Lehigh Valley Communities And You’ll Be Photographed And Fined

— TribLive: Cellphones In Class?  Schools Make The Call

— TribLive Editorial: Schools Should Walk Line With Pros And Cons Of Cellphones

— Inquirer: Strike Of Philly School Workers Averted

— Erie Times: Erie County Community College One Year Old This Fall, Adding Programs

— Centre Daily Times: Penn State Working On Plan To Sell Alcohol In Beaver Stadium This Season

— WESA: In-State Pitt Students To Get $350 ‘Grants’ From COVID Relief Money

— MCall: For PA Students Who Carry Among The Highest School Debt, Biden’s Loan Forgiveness Welcome News

— Post-Gazette: Gen Z Pittsburghers React To Biden’s Student Debt Cancellation: ‘It’s Not Enough’

— Inquirer: Student Loan Forgiveness Could Wipe Out $26 Billion In Debt In PA, NJ

— MCall – Paul Muschick: I Have A Son In College, Yet I’m Torn Over Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness

— WITF: Kutztown University Honors First Black Graduate From Class Of 1950, A Long-Time Teacher In Reading

— Gun Violence/Law Enforcement

— PA Capital-Star: Harrisburg Republicans Have Fiddled This Summer Instead Of Really Trying To Fight Crime, Gun Violence

— PA Capital-Star: ‘It All Takes A Toll’: PA Democrats Examine Secondary Impacts Of Gun Violence

— Erie Times: House Committee Told More Funding, Resources Needed To Battle Youth Violence In Erie

— Gov. Wolf Announces New Federal Ghost Gun Regulations Now In Effect

— Inquirer: Philly Officials Want Your Ideas On Gun Violence Solutions; Sessions Begin This Week

— Inquirer: FedEx Mistakenly Delivered 6 Rifles To Chester H.S. In Delaware County, Police Said; They Were Meant To Go To A Similar Address In Chester

— Inquirer Editorial: Philly Gun Violence Epidemic Reaches New Low As 7-Year-Old  Shot While Playing Video Games

— AP: Dispute At King Of Prussia Mall Ends When Woman Pulls Out Gun; No Injuries

— PennLive: Man Fired Shots In Harrisburg Walmart Because Someone Laughed At Him, Police Said

— PennLive: Shooting At Harrisburg Area Walmart Left Shoppers Scrambling

— PennLive: Road Rage Shooter On The Loose After Hitting Driver In Dauphin County

— PennLive: Police Arrest Possibly Armed Man In Shippensburg, Lock Down Schools

— Altoona Mirror: Teen Pleads Guilty In Shooting Plan At Westmont Hilltop High School In Cambria County

— Erie Times Guest Essay: When it Comes To Erie’s Youth Gun Violence, No One Is Exempt

— Erie Times Guest Essay: Getting To The Heart Of Erie’s Youth Gun Violence

— PennLive: Lycoming County Teen Accused Of Firing Multiple Shots Into 2 Vehicles Containing 6 Other Teenagers

— Williamsport Sun: Gun Violence Continues In Williamsport, No Arrests Made

— Altoona Mirror: Fayette County Man Jailed After Threats To Detonate Explosives At Several Sites Unless His Demands Involving Country Music Legend Dolly Parton Were Met

— Spotlight PA: Report On Racial Bias In PA State Police Traffic Stops Delayed By Data Problem

— Gov. Wolf Pardons 2,000 Pennsylvanians For New Beginnings

— PennLive Editorial: From Kids-To-Cash To Unexplained Deaths In ail, PA’s Criminal Justice System Needs Serious Reform

— TribLive Editorial: The Lesson Of The ‘Kids For Cash’ Judicial Scandal Judgment

— Erie Times Guest Essay: PA’s Prison Healthcare Co-Pay Threatens People’s Lives, Suspend It

— Inquirer: Philly DA Says Republican Legislative Subpoena In Effort To Impeach Him Is ‘Illegal’  And ‘Wholly Illegitimate’

— MCall: Judge Removes Allentown Constable From Position Saying He Wasn’t A Resident When Elected

— TribLive: 4 Men Pass $2,500 In Counterfeit Money At Indiana County Grocery Store, State Police Need Help Identifying Criminals

— MCall: State Police Issue Warning About Romanian ‘Transnational Criminals’ Committing Jewelry Scams, Distraction Thefts, More

— Spotlight PA: Your License Plate Frame Enough For Police In PA To Pull You Over, Court Rules

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Fix Law Allowing Police To Pull Drivers Over With Even A Speck Of Their License Plates Obscured

— PA Economy

— AP: PA Supreme Court Loosens Rules On Where Medical Malpractice Cases Can Be Filed

— MCall: As Unemployment Numbers Drop, Lehigh Valley Businesses Compete To Fill Openings

— Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers May Push Bonds To Pay For Interstate Bridge Repairs

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Senate Panel Explores Alternatives To Tolling 9 Deteriorating PA Bridges

— Post-Gazette: PA Officials Still Exploring Funding Major Bridge Repairs Without Tolls

— Post-Gazette: Broadband Gets Boost In Beaver, Fayette Counties

— MCall – Ford Turner: PA Lawmakers Proposed Consumers Get Power Over Sales Of Their Online Data

— PennLive: OSHA To Begin Targeted Enforcement On Warehousing Operations In PA

— Post-Gazette: House Republicans Meet In Pittsburgh To Discuss Possibilities Of BlockChain

— TribLive: Western PA Food Trucks Roll On Despite Gasoline Hikes, Inflation, Supply Shortages

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Eat’n Park Owners Chosen To Receive Pennsylvania Society’s 2022 Gold Medal Award

Other

— Inquirer: 17-Year-Old Died During PA National Guard Training In South Carolina

— TribLive: U.S. Senators Request State Dept. To Declare Pittsburgh Man Jailed In Russia ‘Wrongfully Detained’

— TribLive Editorial: Proposed Federal Law Can Stop Big Tech From Playing Games With The News

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