August 21st Ups & Downs

Three PA Democrats take the stage for the DNC, the PAGOP has a new national committeeman, plus a report shows clean energy job growth. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

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Boyle, Kenyatta, and Lamb. Reps. Brendan Boyle, Conor Lamb, and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta participated in the “Rising Stars” Keynote Address that featured 17 Democrats at the convention this week. Philly Clout also reports that these three Democrats got “another boost — from Trump,” citing the president’s campaign tweeting about the 17 “rising stars.” 

Andy Reilly. It’s officially a new era in the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Reilly, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Republican Party and former Delaware County Republican Party Chair, was elected unanimously according to the PAGOP. He takes over for Bob Asher, who announced in June that he wasn’t going to seek another term. Asher held the role of Pennsylvania Republican Party National Committeeman since 1998. 

Bill Peduto. The controversial arrest of a 25-year-old over the weekend has sparked protests in Pittsburgh, with some even congregating outside of the Mayor’s house calling on him to resign. KDKA reports that in the aftermath of the controversial arrest, which Peduto has since said he won’t “tolerate”, police and protesters have clashed in front of his house. In one case demonstrators were directed by police away from the Mayor’s home to a nearby park, only to be told on their arrival that the park was closed (which was incorrect) and were forcibly dispersed.

Attorney General’s Race. This statewide contest is shaping up to be worth your attention. First reported by Philly Clout, Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s campaign’s first television ad blasted GOP challenger Heather Heidelbaugh as a “hack lawyer.” This ad is in response to a Heidelbaugh TV spot that took a thinly veiled shot at Shapiro’s rumored ambition for Governor in 2022. Chris Brennan writes for Philly Clout that the race between Shapiro and Heidelbaugh is “shaping up to be the most interesting statewide contest down ballot of the presidential campaign this year.” 

Clean Energy Jobs. Over the past few years, these jobs have been growing in the Keystone State. The Beaver County Times reports on the Pennsylvania Clean Energy Employment Report that shows clean energy jobs grew up nearly 7,800 from 2017-2019. This is an 8.7% average job growth rate, which is significantly higher than the state’s overall growth rate of 1.9%. 

Farm Show Enthusiasts. How about a virtual milkshake? Due to the concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Farm Show slated for January has been cancelled and will take place virtually. 

PA Journalism. A new merger is resulting in this becoming the largest statewide news organization in Pennsylvania. This week, Spotlight PA announced that it was merging with PA Post, a project of WITF’s Public Media in Harrisburg. WITF now joins The Philadelphia Inquirer, PennLive/The Patriot-News, and Triblive/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as a governing partner and board member for Spotlight PA.

Fred Keller. The Snyder County Republican formally introduced a new bipartisan Bureau of Prisons Reform Caucus this week, which includes fellow PA reps. Matt Cartwright and G.T. Thompson. The caucus will aim to improve the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) accountability and transparency, addressing systemic issues within the BOP system, and more.
Peace in the (Lebanon) Valley. The standoff between Gov. Tom Wolf and Lebanon County is over. The county agreed to spend $2.8 million on a universal masking-wearing campaign as a part of a legal settlement in which Wolf agreed to release $12.8 million in federal coronavirus relief aid, the AP reports. 

State Pollution. The Keystone State isn’t doing its part in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. The AP reports that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said that Pennsylvania isn’t doing enough to reduce the amount of pollution that’s flowing into the bay from the state, while Maryland and Virginia are currently on the right track in reducing pollution. 

TWEET OF THE WEEK 

We don’t endorse this tweet from Philadelphia’s Public Health office, but if we had to see this tweet, so do you. 

37 Responses

  1. Heard that the FBI may be investigating Ray Zaborney and his string of lobbying and non profit firms. Story on spotlightpa. Sounds just like the news about a federal grand jury indicting Ohio House Speaker enterprise in a federal public corruption racketeering conspiracy involving $60 million

    1. There was an old man from Belgrave
      Who found a dead whore in a cave.
      He said, “how disgusting,
      But it only needs dusting!
      And think of the money i’ll save!”

  2. Billy Boy danced with the devil and got burned. He sold his soul to the radical leftists and they turned on him. Et tu???

  3. The rumors of the FBI investigating Ray Zaborney is fake news . That’s why they call it a ….rumor. Like when it was rumored that Hillary would win….

  4. As someone who is conservative and supports strong enforcement of our borders, but I am appalled at the actions of Trump campaign officials and Trump associates like Steve Bannon. Stealing money from people who wanted to support conservative values.
    Just today, in a newly-discovered video clip from a 2019 We Build the Wall telethon, Steve Bannon jokingly brags about being on a “million dollar yacht” with Brian Kolfage, who Bannon quips paid for the yacht with “all that money” from donors.

    Both men were arrested yesterday – Bannon was actually on a yacht — and charged with fraud and money laundering.

  5. PoliticsPA has allowed itself to become a complete joke controlled by a juvenile delinquent. What a farce.

    1. I don’t disagree with you truth. But keep showing up and posting. We can all clown this incompetent troll.

  6. ’m conservative who supports strong enforcement of our borders, but I am appalled at the actions of Trump campaign officials and Trump associates like Steve Bannon. Stealing money from people who wanted to support conservative values.
    Just today, in a newly-discovered video clip from a 2019 We Build the Wall telethon, Steve Bannon jokingly brags about being on a “million dollar yacht” with Brian Kolfage, who Bannon quips paid for the yacht with “all that money” from donors.

    Both men were arrested yesterday – Bannon was actually on a yacht — and charged with fraud and money laundering.

  7. The FBI investigating Ray Zaborney and his multiple lobbying and non profit firms. Check out the story on spotlightpa

  8. Rumors about Ray Zaborney ….I don’t want to hear about Ray Zaborney dead , I want to see Ray Zaborney dead – The Outlaw of Joshi Wales

    1. ^^ fake Cathy Cook. Thank you politicspa for making it harder for this troll to steal my name

    2. Buzzards got to eat , same as the worm . MAGA Cathy , you are an Awesome Trump supporter and the true Cathy we love !

  9. Bannon said he didn’t commit a crime. The DNC needed another way out to elect Sleepy Joe. It
    was Russian Collusion , then Kavanaugh , White National , Covid and now Bannon .

    1. ^^^ fake Cathy Cook. Thank you politicspa for making it harder for this troll to steal my name

  10. Rumors that the FBI is investigating Ray Zaborney and his multiple lobbying and non profit firms. Check out the story on spotlightpa

    1. His lobbying firms are connected to all the republican campaigns for state senate and state house

  11. ” Look , I didn’t read it but we had to pass something “- Nancy Pelosi – Joe Biden – Hussein Obama – Signing the unaffordable healthcare act

    1. ^^^^ fake Cathy Cook. Thank you politicspa for making it harder for this troll to steal my name.

  12. Rumors about the FBI investigating Ray Zaborney and his multiple lobbying and non profit firms. Check out the story on spotlightpa

  13. Rumor the FBI is investigating Ray Zaborney and his multiple lobbying and non profit firms. Check out the story on spotlightpa

    1. fake Cathy Cook. Thank you politicspa for making it harder for this troll to steal my name

  14. Rumor is the FBI is investigating Ray Zaborney and his multiple lobbying and non profit firms. Check out the story on spotlightpa

    1. I heard all about this. Not good for all those Republican politicians he is tied to.

  15. The news never mentioned the Clinton’s Foundation money laundering or the ongoing investigations of Hunter Bidens 800,000 a year job . Hunter had zero experience in gas and oil .

    Bannon is cheap cannon fodder for the news . Small fish
    when you compare the millions that came into the Biden’s Clinton’s and even the Obama’s .

    Bannon is no big deal . He will wither away just like
    poor ole George Floyd . veo

    1. ^ fake Cathy Cook. Thank you politicspa for making it harder for this troll to steal my name

  16. I’m conservative who supports strong enforcement of our borders, but I am appalled at the actions of Trump campaign officials and Trump associates like Steve Bannon. Stealing money from people who wanted to support conservative values.
    Just today, in a newly-discovered video clip from a 2019 We Build the Wall telethon, Steve Bannon jokingly brags about being on a “million dollar yacht” with Brian Kolfage, who Bannon quips paid for the yacht with “all that money” from donors.

    Both men were arrested yesterday – Bannon was actually on a yacht — and charged with fraud and money laundering.

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