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August 11: FBI Takes on PA Capitol

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1. FBI delivers subpoenas to several Pa. Republican lawmakers: sources say

“Federal investigators delivered subpoenas or paid visits to several House and Senate Republican offices in the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to multiple sources.” (PennLive)



U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says he’s not a target of federal probe
“U.S. Rep. Scott Perry capped a frantic day of headlines about federal investigations and Pennsylvania politicians with a declaration that he’s a witness, and not a target, of any current criminal probe.” (PennLive)


Why Scott Perry stands out in the FBI’s investigations of Trump allies
“Scott Perry, who said this week that the FBI had seized his cell phone, has publicly tied the agency’s actions to its search of Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago. There’s no evidence the two are directly connected — and more details suggest they’re part of two separate investigations.” (POLITICO)


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2. John Fetterman campaign’s ‘Real Doctors Against Oz’ tour hits TV doctor over weight-loss advice

“Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman’s campaign on Wednesday launched an effort to attack his Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz, for promoting dubious medical treatments during his years as a celebrity physician on daytime television’s The Dr. Oz Show.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)



Pa. doctors call Dr. Oz’s run for Senate a ‘threat to public health’
“A group of Philadelphia and state doctors have come out against Dr. Mehmet Oz’s run for U.S. Senate, proclaiming that the heart surgeon and TV personality poses “a major threat to public health” in Pennsylvania.” (WHYY)


Democrats betting on progressives to keep control of Senate
“Voters have opted for left-wing candidates in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two of the pivotal contests that could determine whether Democrats retain their Senate majority.” (POLITICO)




3. GOP candidate for PA governor, Doug Mastriano, makes campaign stop in Beaver County

“State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor, made a stop in Beaver County on Wednesday to share a number of goals he has for Pennsylvania with voters.” (WTAE)



Doug Mastriano brings campaign to Beaver County
“Wednesday’s event was a day after Mastriano’s abbreviated virtual appearance before the House January 6 committee. Mastriano did not take any questions from the crowd or the media at Wednesday’s event in New Sewickley Township.” (KDKA)


Austin Davis stops at the Penn Ag Democratic Picnic
“Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis made multiple stops in Centre County on Wednesday, August 10.” (WTAJ)


Around the Commonwealth

Bognet Poll: Bognet 46, Cartwright 45
“A newly released internal poll from GOP candidate Jim Bognet shows him with a narrow lead over Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) in the race for the 8th Congressional District.” (PoliticsPA)


Pa. Dems, abortion advocates see parallels in Kansas abortion rights vote
“Democrats and abortion rights advocates say they see parallels between the recent defeat of an abortion-banning constitutional amendment in Kansas and efforts to block abortion access in Pennsylvania.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)


Pennsylvania advocates push for Congress to reauthorize home visit programs for kids and parents
“Federal authorization for a program that helps pregnant women and families with young children will expire at the end of September, and Pennsylvania advocates are pushing Congress to renew it to avoid any disruption in services.” (WESA)


Berks County Republican Committee questionnaire for primary winners sparks backlash
“Primary winners are being required to fill out the survey in order to determine their eligibility to be seated by the executive committee.” (Reading Eagle)


State senate candidate submits exhaustive elections records request, but has yet to examine the results
“The losing candidate in a Lancaster County Senate primary filed a records request to review every mail-in ballot envelope returned by voters for the May 17 election – a request that consumed weeks of staff time to fulfill.” (LNP | LancasterOnline)


Pa. Supreme Court suspends law license of former Harrisburg city councilman
“The Supreme Court on Wednesday announced the temporary suspension of the law license of former Harrisburg councilman Brad Koplinski one month before he is expected to be sentenced for 15 counts of possession of child pornography.” (PennLive)


‘Grieve with hope’: Johnstown’s Thomson, congressional staffer killed in Indiana crash, honored by family, friends
“Emma Thomson, 28, of Washington, D.C., was working for U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, of Indiana, when the two of them, along with fellow staff member Zachery Potts, were killed in a crash that also took the life of the driver of a second vehicle, Edith Schmucker.” (Johnstown Tribune-Democrat)



7 Responses

  1. Favorite Presidential Joke
    In a conversation I had over dinner last month with Prof. David McCullough, he smiled and asked “Who was the greatest U.S. president since Lincoln?
    I answered FDR.
    He shook his head and leaned across the table and said “Donald J. TRUMP!”
    David let out a great belly laugh and I laughed so hard my scotch came out my nose!
    Get it? Greatest president joke?
    Yeah, I know you do 🙂

  2. Bognet releases a poll that shows he is ahead. This is news? I released a poll taken in my family I should be President.

  3. What were the subpoenas to PA GOP lawmakers for? That would be helpful. There are so many GOP scandals that it could be for any of several crimes.

  4. Scott Perry is great American patriot. Gestapo tactics by libtards. Red wave coming.MAGA!!!


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