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


Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else–

— New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional

— PA Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects PA House Republican Claim Legislative Voting Districts Are Racially Gerrymandered 

— Governor’s Race

— AP: University Reviews New Allegations Of Academic Fraud By Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano

— Inquirer: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Ally Toni Shuppe Has A Plan To ‘Stop The Steal Of 2022,’ It’s Full Of Misinformation

— PA Capital-Star: Conspiracy Theorists Urge Voting As Late As Possible On Election Day To ‘Stop The Steal’ Says Ally Of Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano  [Note: This Makes Absolutely No Sense In PA]

— LancasterOnline: Interfaith Group  Rails Against ‘Voter Suppression’ And Christian Nationalism In Lancaster County Rally

— WPost: Jewish Leaders Call On Republican Candidates To Reject Antisemitic Comments [PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Dr. Oz Used As Examples]

— TribLive/PennLive: ‘We Love Israel More Than Most Jews’: Mrs. Mastriano’s Response Draws Scrutiny

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Makes Closing Case For Governor At Church Rally Saying Shapiro Is ‘A Racist And A Bigot’

— Inquirer: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Blasted By Rick Santorum: ‘He’s Horrible’

— Inquirer: Fmr PA Officials Warn U.S. Supreme Court Of ‘Bad Faith’ In Elections, Citing Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano

— TribLive: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Decries Crime, COVID Shutdowns At Allegheny County Rally

— WITF: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Proposed Voter Roll Purge Addresses A Non-Existent Problem, Targets Vulnerable Voters, Experts Say

— WESA: ‘Don’t Go Down That Hole’: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Running Mate DelRosso Plays Down Abortion In Race’s Final Days

— WESA: Dueling Speeches By Candidates For Governor Lay Out Stakes, Opposing Views In Final Days Of Campaign

— PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Speaks Of Freedom, Opportunity For PA, Delivers Dire Warnings About His Opponent

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: On Health Care, Shapiro Talks More Funding, Republican Mastriano Looks To Deregulation

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: Choices For This Governor’s Race Go Beyond The Candidates Themselves

— The Guardian: Republican Candidates On Climate Change: ‘Fake Science’ To ‘Carbon Is Healthy’  [PA Included]

— MCall: MCall/Muhlenberg College Poll: PA U.S. Senate Race Dead Heat; Shapiro Maintains Lead In Governor’s Race

— U.S. Senate Race

— PennLive: Fetterman: Dr. Oz Should Fire Staffers Who Were At Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol

— AP: Oprah Delivers November Surprise, Endorses Fetterman Over Dr. Oz

— TribLive: ‘I’ll Be Much Better, But He Will Still Be A Fraud’: Fetterman Flips Own Health Struggles Against Dr. Oz

— WPost: Jewish Leaders Call On Republican Candidates To Reject Antisemitic Comments [PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Dr. Oz Used As Examples]

— PennLive: Dr. Oz Draws Rebuke For Holding Rally At PA Venue That Bans Gay Weddings

— PennLive – John Baer: Fetterman or Dr. Oz: Whom Do You Choose?  Last Chance, PA

— Inquirer Guest Essay: I Know The ‘Murderers’ From Dr. Oz’s Ads, They Are No Menace To Society And Making The Most Of Their 2nd Chance

— PennLive: U.S. Senate Race Draws 3 Presidents To PA This Weekend As Election Day Nears

— MCall: MCall/Muhlenberg College Poll: PA U.S. Senate Race Dead Heat; Shapiro Maintains Lead In Governor’s Race

— November 2022 General Election

— AP: Pennsylvania: What To Expect On Election Night

— PA Capital-Star: PA Elections Chief: ‘A Health Democracy Depends On Widespread Participation,’ As Nov. 8 Approaches

— City & State PA Guest Essay: In Pennsylvania, Voters Decide, Not Politicians – Salewa Ogunmefun, Pennsylvania Voice

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Be Patient During Election Week And Help Save Democracy – Al Schmidt, Fmr Republican Philadelphia Elections Commissioner, Committee Of Seventy

— Spotlight PA: Top 4 False Or Misleading Claims Being Pushed Ahead Of Tuesday’s Election

— Inquirer: How To Avoid Getting Duped By Election Season Misinformation

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Democratic State House Candidate Assaulted At His Fayette County Home

— York Dispatch Editorial: Vote To Remove Republican Cong. Scott Perry’s Stain On Our Democracy

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Will The Real Mike Doyle Please Stand Up In Congressional Race?

— Erie Times: Centre, Northampton Counties Bellwethers Predicted Last U.S. Senate Midterms, What New Polling Says Now

— Politics PA: State Senate Election Guide

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: 15 State House, Senate Races To Watch

— City & State PA: Here Are Closet State House, Senate Races To Watch On Tuesday

— AP: PA Supreme Court Rules Undated Mail-In Ballots Won’t Count

— Spotlight PA: Why Undated Mail-In Ballots Are Such A Big Deal In PA?

— WESA: Voters Should Hand-Return Mail-In Ballots ‘Immediately,’ Say State Elections Officials

— PennLive: More Than 1.4 Million Apply To Vote By Mail In PA General Election

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Voters Beware: Double Check Your Mail-In Ballot Envelope

— TribLive: Westmoreland Voters Not Allowed To Fix Undated Mail-In Ballots, In Spite Of Court Ruling Allowing ‘Curing’ Of Those Ballots

— TribLive: Allegheny County Addresses Minor Mail-In Ballot Issues

— TribLive: Allegheny County Officials Preview Election Day Tabulating Process

— Erie Times: More Than 200 Mail-In Ballots In Erie County Are Being Set Aside Due To Undated Envelopes

— WITF: Berks County Sheriffs Question Voters At Ballot Drop Boxes, Some Voters Don’t Mind

— Reading Eagle: Berks Election Officials Want Election Signs Urging Defeat Of Democratic Candidates Investigated For Failure To Include Who Funded Them

— Wilkes-Barre Times: Luzerne County DA’s Office Probing Report Of Multiple Ballots Dropped In Box

— Republican Herald: Most Of The 10,027 Mail-In Ballots Requested In Schuylkill County Returned

— Wilkes-Barre Times: 937 Luzerne County Voters Received Or Will Receive Duplicate Mail-In Ballots

— Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Voters Who Have Not Received Mail-In Ballots Urged To Contact Election Bureau

— LancasterOnline: Nearly 50,000 Vote By Mail In Lancaster County

— WESA: Political Committee Launches Million-Dollar Campaign To Defeat PA Congressional Candidate Summer Lee

— PA Capital-Star: Inflation Hitting PA Latinos Hard, And They’ll Vote That Way

— TribLive: First Lady Jill Biden Visits Pittsburgh To Urge Teachers To Vote For Democrats Up And Down The Ballot

— Inquirer: Could 85,083 New U.S. Citizens In PA Sway Elections?  But Will They Turn Out?

— Inquirer Editorial: Will Republican Plans Really Make Economy Better?

— WHYY: Groups In Philadelphia Sponsoring Major Get Out The Vote Effort

— PA Capital-Star: PA Environmental Groups Help Voters Connect The Dots On Economic, Environmental Issues Ahead Of Election Day

— Inquirer: Arab Voters Often Ignored By Political Candidate, But Shapiro Recognizes Their Voting Power

— WHYY: Philly DA Warns Any Who Would Interfere In Philly Elections: Don’t

— WITF: Western PA Group Is Among Those Preparing To Challenge Midterm Election Results

— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— Inquirer: Fmr PA Officials Warn U.S. Supreme Court Of ‘Bad Faith’ In Elections, Citing Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA Senate Republican Leaders To Top PA Election Official: ‘We Must Ensure The Law Is Followed’

— MCall – Ford Turner: PA Counties Putting Millions Of Dollars To Work In Preparing For Closely Watched Election

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

— Post-Gazette: Lawrence County Man Faces Criminal Charges Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— Spotlight PA: Top 4 False Or Misleading Claims Being Pushed Ahead Of Tuesday’s Election

— New Yorker: How Election Subversion Went Mainstream In Pennsylvania

— LancasterOnline: Election Deniers Have Been Hard At Work, Here’s What They Have Previewed For The Midterm Elections

— WITF: Western PA Group Is Among Those Preparing To Challenge Midterm Election Results

— Inquirer: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Ally Toni Shuppe Has A Plan To ‘Stop The Steal Of 2022,’ It’s Full Of Misinformation

— PA Capital-Star: Conspiracy Theorists Urge Voting As Late As Possible On Election Day To ‘Stop The Steal’ Says Ally Of Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano  [Note: This Makes Absolutely No Sense In PA]

— WPost: Jewish Leaders Call On Republican Candidates To Reject Antisemitic Comments [PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Dr. Oz Used As Examples]

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Democratic State House Candidate Assaulted At His Fayette County Home

— PA Capital-Star: In Pittsburgh, Faith Leaders Reject Rising Christian Nationalism Movement

— NPR: ReAwaken America Tour Made A Stop In Lancaster County, Unites Conservative Christians And Conspiracy Theorists

— KYW: PA Has Seen Unusual Number Of Threats Against Poll Workers, FBI

— Reuters: Republican Door Knockers Intimidate Voters While Hunting For Fraud, Say Officials [PA Example Included]

— Inquirer: How To Avoid Getting Duped By Election Season Misinformation

— Inquirer Editorial: With Democracy On The Line, Voters Must Reject The Threat Posed By Election Deniers On The Ballot

— LancasterOnline Editorial: Don’t Let Election Deniers, Disinformation Prevent You From Voting

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Federal ‘Disinformation’ Programs Threaten Liberty, Free Speech

— TribLive Editorial: Hasn’t This Undated Mail-In Ballot Court Ruling Happened Before?

— State Constitutional Amendments

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

— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— TribLive: Homeowners Brace For Winter As Prices To Heat Homes Skyrocket, Biggest Spike Is For Natural Gas – More Than 34% Increase

— LancasterOnline: Met-Ed To Hike Residential Electric Rates 9.6% Starting Dec. 1 [Due To Cost Of Natural Gas To Generate Power]

— Scranton Times: 18% Rate Increase Awaits PPL Electric Customers Dec. 1 [Due To Cost Of Natural Gas To Generate Power]

— WSJ: Why Natural Gas Tankers Are Lining Up Off Europe’s Coast And Driving Up Natural Gas Prices [Each One Could Heat A Million Homes]

— Financial Times: LNG Natural Gas Tankers Idle Off Europe’s Coast As Traders Wait For Natural Gas Price To Rise

— Bloomberg: Natural Gas Prices Soar In Europe, Asia As Crisis Heats Up Competition

— PA Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Will Accept Applications Starting Nov. 1 [PaEN]

— WESA: Heating Bill Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

— U.S. Dept. Of Health & Human Services Announces $4.5 Billion To Lower Heating Costs For American Families This Winter

— York Dispatch: PA Gasoline Prices Climbing Again As Holiday Season Approaches

— PennLive: Average Gasoline Price In PA Over $4/Gallon While Prices Nationally Decline, Here’s Why

— TribLive: Northeast Bucks Trend Of Falling Gasoline Prices On Tight Supply, Analyst Says

—  Bloomberg: Oil May Hit $100 On Russian Supply Drop, Says IEF

— Bloomberg: Natural Gas Prices Soar In Europe, Asia As Crisis Heats Up Competition

— York Dispatch Editorial: Energy Companies Are Reporting Record Profits, PA Lawmakers Don’t Need To Give Them More Tax Breaks  [PaEN]

— The Economist: Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Very Far From Over, We War Game What Will Happen Next; Will Russia Decide To Wreck Europe’s Natural Gas-Import Infrastructure?

— Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— Gov. Wolf Signs 66 Bills Into Law

— AP: Wolf Signs Bills, Including To Decriminalize Fentanyl Strips

— WESA: Bill Signed Into Law Will Lift Driver’s License Suspensions For Some Old Convictions

— AP: Wolf Signs Law To Yank Turnpike Toll Scofflaws’ Vehicle Registrations

— PennLive: Wolf Signs Bill Making Switchblades Legal In PA

— Spotlight PA: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Paid $15,000 To Take 2 Republican Lawmakers To Europe– Sen. Jake Corman, Rep. Rob Mercuri

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Bill Would Prove Fiction Publicly-Funded Sports Venues Are Good Economic Investment

— Budget 2022

— Dept. Of Revenue Reports October State Revenues $188.8 Million Above Estimates; $385.1 Million Above Estimates YTD

— Independent Fiscal Office Reports October State Revenues $276.8 Million Above IFO Estimates; $860.7 Million Above IFO Estimates YTD

— PA Capital-Star: PA Collected $3.1 Billion In Tax Revenue In October; Sales Tax, Income Tax Collections Increase

— COVID Pandemic/Health

— MCall: PA COVID Update: Statewide Numbers Tick Up While Lehigh Valley Jumps 10%

— Centre Daily Times: CDC Scores 4 PA Counties High COVID Spread: Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga

— TribLive: Fmr Allegheny County Cop Sues Over Being Denied Religious Exemption To Vaccine Mandate

— Gov. Wolf: State Health Insurance Exchange Pennie Opens Nov. 1 For 2023 Health Coverage

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: Taxpayers Have Tab For Estimated $2 Billion After ‘Reckless Policy Changes’ In PA Medicaid Expansion

— Inquirer: They Accused Staff At Norristown State Hospital Of Abuse, But Who Would Believe Them?

— PA Capital-Star: Six PA Counties Classify As ‘Maternal Health Deserts’ New Report Says [Cameron, Forest, Greene, Juniata, Sullivan, Wyoming]

— PennLive: Babies Sick With RSV Strain Central PA Hospitals, With Intensive Care In Short Supply

— Wilkes-Barre Times: Lawmakers Announce $3 Million Pilot Mental Health Program For Schools

— Opioid Deaths

— Erie Times: As Opioid Overdoses Stay High, Erie Police Hope New Program Stems Trend

School Districts/Higher Education

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: What’s The Real Cost Of Private Charter School Tuition For Taxpayers In PA?  It’s More Than You Think

— WHYY: Protest Over Delaware County School’s Ban On Hoodies Ends In Fights, 10 Students Arrested

— Inquirer: Delaware County Walked Back Ban On Hoodies After Protest Turned To Chaos

— Wilkes-Barre Times: Lawmakers Announce $3 Million Pilot Mental Health Program For Schools

— TribLive: Western PA Campuses Vow To Stay Diverse Amid U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Race-Based Admissions Policies

— Spotlight PA: Penn State’s New President Led A Kentucky University Through Crisis, This Is Her Story

— TribLive: Why Black Faculty Are Questioning Penn State’s Commitment To Diversity, Anti-racism

— Gun Violence/Law Enforcement

— PennLive: Wolf Signs Bill Making Switchblades Legal In PA

— TribLive: Pittsburgh Mayor Asks For Public’s Help To Get Guns Off Streets After Brighton Heights Shooting

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Pittsburgh Mayor Must Regain Momentum On Violence Prevention

— TribLive Editorial: Pittsburgh Police Failure In Funeral Shooting Demands More Than Apology

— Inquirer: 6 People Shot And Wounded Outside Philly Nightclub

— Inquirer: 3 Teens Suspected In Philadelphia H.S. Shooting Committed Another Slaying The Day Before, Police Say

— The Center Square: PA Looks To Expunge Criminal Record Of Minors To ‘Get Their Lives Back On Track’

— Governor’s Law Enforcement Commission Tackles Bias-Based Policing, Use Of Force Policies

— Spotlight PA: Missing Traffic Stop Data From State Police Undercut 2021 Analysis For Racial Disparities

— MCall: Commonwealth Court Rules Private Housing Development In Monroe County Cannot Bar Sex Offenders

— PennLive: Sick People In PA Jails Are Suffering, Dying: ‘The Constitution Allows For Medical Neglect’

— PA Capital-Star: PA Lawmakers Extend Grant Program Protecting Synagogues, Houses Of Worship

— PennLive: Allenwood Prison Guard’s Stabbing Was ISIS Terrorist Attack, Prosecutors Say

— PA Economy

— MCall: What PA’s Corporate Income Tax Cut Means For The Lehigh Valley

— MCall: Commonwealth Court Rules Private Housing Development In Monroe County Cannot Bar Sex Offenders

— Other

— WPXI: Charges Filed Against 90-Year-Old Pittsburgh Woman For Alleged Theft At Casino

— Inquirer: State-Appointed Receiver Investigating Phishing Scam That Drained $400,000 From Chester’s Coffers

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