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April 26: Focus On Philly


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PA Weather
Butler | Mostly Sunny, 56
Bedford | Partly Sunny, 60
Allentown | Scattered Showers, 58

PA Sports
Pirates (16-8) | LA Dodgers, 7-8 | W-Th vs. LA Dodgers
Phillies (11-13) | Seattle 3-5 | W-Th vs. Seattle
Union (3-4-2) | Wed vs. LAFC
76ers | Next: Celtics/Hawks

What We’re Hearing
“In his head, he probably knows that Western PA is key for his politics. And, in his heart, Western PA seems like where he wants to be.” – Jesse Ferguson

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Top Story

1. Joe Biden Is Running For President Again, And All Eyes Will Be On PA

Election Results 2020: How Pennsylvania voted in the presidential election

“Pittsburgh and the rest of Pennsylvania again will be one of the most critical electoral battlegrounds that the president and his eventual Republican opponent will fight over until Nov. 5, 2024.

And as President Joe Biden launched his 2024 campaign Tuesday, this time as the incumbent president, Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania loom as large as ever in his political hopes.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Biden, Democrats Betting Again On Anti-Trump Coalition. “There’s a reason that President Joe Biden’s video announcing his re-election campaign begins with the chaotic scene outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021: the best tool Democrats have to mobilize their voters isn’t the sitting president, but the former president.” (Cook Political Report)

Top Dem Super PAC Starts Biden Ad Blitz, Pledges $75M Campaign Effort. “Priorities USA, according to plans first shared with POLITICO, will also announce its overall investment target of $75 million for the 2024 presidential cycle — $5 million more than its 2020 target. The group will use the money to reach voters in key battleground states including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.” (POLITICO)

2024 Will Be First Presidential Election For One In Five Local Election Officials, Poll Finds. “More than one in five local election officials will be working their first presidential election in 2024, according to a new poll out Tuesday – a sign of the continued strain on election workers who faced waves of threat and harassment after the 2020 election.” (CNN)



2. ‘It Wasn’t A Big Showboat’: Gov. Josh Shapiro Gets A Thumbs-Up From Both Parties For His First 100 Days

Human Rights Campaign Congratulates Josh Shapiro for Winning Election as Governor of Pennsylvania - Human Rights Campaign

“Shapiro marks his 100th day in office Thursday. His first few months have generated political goodwill beyond the typical “honeymoon” for newly elected leaders, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward and other veteran lawmakers said.

A common theme among them was respect for Shapiro’s ability to engage the people necessary to advance his priorities.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Shapiro Signs Executive Order To Improve Digital Experience For Pennsylvanians. “The order establishes the Commonwealth Office of Digital Experience (CODE PA) to improve online services for Pennsylvanians and streamline the way they interact with the Commonwealth online.” (PoliticsPA)

  • Shapiro Sets Up New Office To Improve PA’s Government Service. (PennLive)


Bill Allowing Counties To Process Mail Ballots Early Clears First Hurdle In PA House. “After years of advocacy and political deadlock, Pennsylvania counties could be a step closer to getting more time to process mail ballots ahead of elections — if partisan disputes don’t sink the effort once again.” (Votebeat)

  • A Proposed Change To PA’s Voting Laws Could Have A Profound Impact On The Next Election. (The Independent)


PA House Passes Fourth Bill On Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Window. “The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday passed – for the fourth time this year – a measure that would open a two-year window in the commonwealth’s statute of limitations in order to allow survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers.” (PennLive)

In Divided PA, School Boards Emerge As Political Battlegrounds. “School board elections used to be dominated by discussions about property taxes and hyper local issues like whether to install turf on the football field. Not in 2023.” (PennLive)

What’s Happening Today

  • House, Senate both convene at 11 a.m.


Around The Commonwealth

3. Top Moments From Final Philly Mayoral Debate

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“A debate in the final weeks of the Philadelphia mayoral primary campaign featured a heated back-and-forth over ethics, odd attacks over union endorsements, and new scrutiny for one contender.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Pick ‘Em: Making Sense Of The Free-For-All Primary For Mayor Of Philadelphia. “The City of Brotherly Love” has at various times in its history taken on another, less salutary identity: “The City That Doesn’t Work.” As far as most of its 1.6 million residents are concerned, this is one of those times.” (The Nation)

  • Union Endorsements Play A Big Role In Philly Politics. So Why Did The Mayoral Candidates Attack Each Other For Winning Them? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Derek Green Endorses Cherelle Parker For Mayor, Adding To A Growing List Of Support From City Leaders. (Inquirer)
  • Meet Your Mayor: A Quiz To Find Out Which Candidates Best Match Your Positions On The Issues. (Billy Penn)
  • Pick ‘Em: Making Sense Of The Free-For-All Primary For Mayor Of Philadelphia. (The Nation)


Rural America Dips Into Its Wallet As Airlines Drop Service. “Since January 2020, at least 324 airports have seen service cuts, losing an average of 30 percent of their flights, according to the Regional Airline Association. More than 14 airports have lost commercial service completely, including places such as Mobile, Ala.; Ogden, Utah; Stowe, Vt., and Williamsport, Pa. — a pace whose breadth and speed are almost unheard of.” (POLITICO)

Steinman Family Gives Lancaster News Operation To WITF. “Two of central Pennsylvania’s largest media organizations are joining forces as WITF and LancasterOnline/LNP create a new model for local news and engagement.” (WITF)

  • After 158 Years, Steinmans Gifting LNP To Public Radio Station WITF. (LNP)


Montgomery County Announces Primary Voting Procedures, Deadlines. “Montgomery County Board of Elections has announced it will install 12 secure ballot drop-off boxes throughout the county to help voters meet the May 16 Primary Election deadline. Ballots placed in the secure ballot boxes will be delivered daily to the Montgomery County Voter Services by County Sheriffs, and date stamped when they are received.(Times Herald)



4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.





1 Thing

5. Later, Gator

Massive 8-foot alligator removed from Philadelphia home

Animal control officers have removed an 8-foot alligator from a padlocked basement pen located inside a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home.

“When we walked up to the padlock, there was this little window on the door, like you see in these prisons in movies,” Sarah Barnett, executive director of ACCT Philly told Fox News Digital. “We all kind of peered in, and we just went, ‘Oh crap.’”

The original call to ACCT Philly requested the removal of a 5-foot alligator, but Barnett said her team knew immediately this guy — later named Big Mack — was much bigger. Big Mack measures 8 feet long, weighs 127 pounds and is 12 years old. (Yahoo! News)


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3 Responses

  1. I’m BAAAAACK!
    That’s right. It’s me…Chuckie Porter the now famous RAT. Satan gave me a 3 week pass to come back and help my cousin Steve.Zappala get re elected District Attorney. His campaign is stalled so his daddy told me when i left hell that I have to bring the fear back. Everyone seems to forget our mafia roots. I think a few dirty tricks in the coming weeks should bring the fear back. We all know Junior is a sissy drunk so i will have to buff him a little. Maybe a quick trip to Kennywood will return his vigor. Stay tuned.

  2. Gov Shapiro has surrounded himself with staffers and cabinet members who are consensus oriented not like the Wolf Administration that were very very partisan from staffers to cabinet.


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