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August 28th Ups & Downs

A GOP congressional hopeful takes the stage for the RNC, three former elected GOP officials back Biden’s bid for the presidency, plus medical marijuana sales in the state are reaching new highs. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

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PIAA Sports. There will be high school sports this fall. The board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to move forward with the fall season of sports, despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation that all youth athletics be postponed until 2021 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the AP reports. 

Sean Parnell. The GOP congressional hopeful for the 17th District took center stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday delivering a passionate plea to voters on behalf of President Donald Trump’s agenda, while accusing the Democratic Party of having “contempt for middle America.” Although several ratings outlets have the race in Rep. Conor Lamb’s favor, the exposure on the national scale might provide a boost to Parnell. Just last week Lamb was one of three elected officials from the state that participated in the “Rising Stars” Keynote Address that featured 17 Democrats at the convention.

Mariner East Pipeline. Sunoco Pipeline LP was hit with a $355,636 fine from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection due to violations from the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in 8 counties in the state, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. 

NAACP. There will be new leadership at the Philadelphia NAACP. As a result of president of the Philadelphia NAACP, Rodney Muhammad, posting an anti-Semetic meme on Facebook, the NAACP will replace all leadership of its Philadelphia chapter, first reported by the Philadelphia Tribune. The national office will appoint a new leader of the Philly chapter next month. Muhammad received calls to resign from the Jewish Federation, Gov. Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, several Democratic state lawmakers, and more in July over the anti-Semetic social media post. 

Christian Leinbach. The Berks County Commissioner announced on Monday that he would self-quarantine after he attended an event alongside Congressman Dan Meuser, who announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. However, Leinbach still participated in a “Back the Blue” event on Sunday, one day after he learned of Meuser’s positive test, where organizers estimate that 400 people turned out for, according to the Reading Eagle. Leinbach received some pushback for attending the event after knowing he was exposed to someone who had a positive test, although he believes he didn’t put anyone in danger due to him wearing a mask the day he was with Meuser and stood six feet away from him. 

GOP Biden Endorsements. If the Biden campaign believes courting moderate Republicans in the suburbs is crucial to a victory in Pennsylvania, then it was a good week for the campaign. Three former GOP Reps. Bill Clinger, Charlie Dent, and Jim Greenwood endorsed Biden’s presidential bid over President Donald Trump this week and were a part of Biden’s formal “Republicans for Biden” rollout. Perhaps these endorsements weren’t a shock due to how outspoken these members have been towards Trump during his presidency, but signals that some Republicans can be won over by the campaign. 

Medical Marijuana Sales. “High Times,” writes the Delaware County Daily Times. The paper reports that the medical marijuana industry “appears to be booming, with the overall market doubling in size since February.” The press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Health said that the market is now $1.3 billion, with sales from growers/processors to dispensaries more than $528 million and sales from dispensaries to patients close to $800 million. This is a significant jump from Feb. 10 when the total sales were just under $700 million, with $282 million from growers/processors to dispensaries and sales from dispensaries to patients at approximately $415 million. 

Harrisburg’s Newest Monument. A new monument honoring voting rights was unveiled this week in the state’s capital. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star covered the unveiling this past Wednesday, on the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment and the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The bronze monument shows four influential Harrisburg residents from the 1800s. 

Mark Ciavarella Jr. The disgraced Luzerne County judge associated with the “kids-for-cash” scandal won’t be released from prison anytime soon. The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that Ciavarella’s 28-year sentence stands and won’t be shortened. 

Matt Fogal. The Franklin County District Attorney took a stand for what he believes in, but was punished by his party. The GOP District Attorney who has served since 2009 made headlines earlier this summer after he wrote a letter expressing his support of Black Lives Matter and called on fellow Republicans to vote against President Donald Trump. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that as a result of Fogal’s statements, the chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party said that it was formally censuring Fogal and would not support him for reelection in 2023 or for any public office. 

Mark Tranquilli. The Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge was suspended without pay and will face trial on ethics charges after he allegedly referred to a Black juror as “Aunt Jemima” and made other “demeaning comments,” according to the AP


86 Responses

  1. I never voted but loved Hillary . Man like did I cry all night . It was so bad , lost weight and
    didn’t want to do anything but smoke weed.

    1. fuck you racist bitch . same poor speller . same IP address . Aint gonna be much longer you fucking coward bitch .

  2. IP boy is going off the tracks again but ius dudes will make sure he’s ok . He’s my bro from way
    back . Head injury from falling down last year . Yeah ,
    he picked on the wrong Trumper . Not smart dude but
    we love him . He’s a bro …….

        1. Dude, come on over so we can play . Bring the boyfriend . We are cool with it bro .

      1. Dude , like the comment you made , stupid . Like nothing to do with color .

        Unless you are talking about coloring books ! Dude , I love them . I have one of Joe Biden .

      2. fuck you trader ! Same IP address you racist coward pussy bitch ! We know where you work .

    1. Dude like , tone it down . You are making us skateboarder dudes look like , you know clowns . We want Biden in because he will do anything will tell him .

      Dudes for Biden

        1. Dude , you can’t see me . I live in upper Dauphin not Harrisburg . Dude, like why are you triggered ? Try some weed man , it’s what’s happening . Don’t be so angry man, we need Biden to get in and you make us stoners look bad man .

        2. Pussy bitch we see you . We see your IP address you fucking coward . You can run , but you cant hide .

  3. I can’t believe I get paid for doing this.
    And the icing on the cake , I make snowflakes cry !

  4. Just bought a new 4×4 F-150 truck to get up on my mountain road . Thank you Mr. Trump !

  5. What happened to George Floyd ?
    Dems forgot all about him . Joe said he was a great
    boxer , what ….. Come on Joe !

  6. What happened to Greta Nothing Burger ? That freak hasn’t been used by the Dems for months .

  7. Politcspa has allowed the Trump trolls to make an absurd mockery of this site with purely despicable comments.

  8. Threats are being made .
    FBI and or State Police will be notified . Someone
    isn’t too smart . Got them on cut and paste .

    1. I got them on cut and paste. You incompetent whiny bitch. Learn how to fucking spell you degenerate pussy.

  9. Threats are being made here !
    FBI and or State Police will be notified . Someone
    isn’t too smart . Got them on cut and paste .

    1. I got them on cut and paste. You incompetent whiny bitch. Learn how to fucking spell you degenerate.

  10. The Democratic establishment vs. progressives turf war is alive and well.

    New battlefronts between moderate and left-wing Democrats have broken out in recent weeks over the future direction of the party even as they work closely together to oust President Donald Trump

  11. It’s great to be back . Someone
    thought they got me kicked off by saying pro Trump
    and pro American posts .. Nope , I’am back .
    MAGA ! God Bless America and Donald J Trump.

  12. Trump was right , McCain
    was no war hero . My uncle was killed in Nam in
    68 ! He was a hero but got no hero’s welcome like
    McCain .

    Vote Trump in November . Biden is a fool.

  13. Biden hasn’t been seen in
    2 weeks and many are saying she is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 10,000 people wanting
    to get in .

    Joe’s asleep at the wheel .

  14. What has Biden done the
    last 43 years ? He loves Antifa , we pound them
    and they run !

    MAGA !

  15. Get a new post, moron. Or better still, get out of your parents house, get a real job, maybe try to get a little p___y (or d__k, if that’s your thing), and get a fucking life.

  16. I can’t think of one thing
    Joe Biden has done for the good of America . He
    keeps black people down and jailed many .

  17. Harris hasn’t been seen in
    5 weeks and many are saying she is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 20,000 people wanting
    to get in .
    Winning !!

  18. Why do you allow these kinds of comments
    Degrades you and them

    Hard to take you seriously
    I won’t anymore

  19. Biden hasn’t been seen in
    5 weeks and many are saying he is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 20,000 people wanting
    to get in .

    Winning !!

  20. Joe Biden hasn’t been seen in
    three weeks and many are saying he is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 10,000 people wanting
    to get in .
    MAGA !

  21. Joe Biden hasn’t been seen in
    three weeks and many are saying he is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 10,000 people wanting
    to get in .

    MAGA !

  22. I just can’t take anymore
    Winning ! Trump is the best President we
    have ever had , I speak for everyone living
    in Pennsylvania .

  23. Trump signs are sold out ! Biden
    signs …. can’t give them away . Joe is a loser
    and nobody wanted Harris . Game over punks ,
    Trump will win again .

  24. Nancy said she doesn’t want Joe to
    debate Trump , why you ask … Cause Joe would
    sound like Porky Pig once Trumps rocks him with a one
    two punch .

    Joe has dementia and everyone knows it !

  25. I saw one Trump sign on someone’s
    lawn yesterday. It said ” I ain’t voten for the white nationalist Drumpf” .

  26. I saw one Biden sign on someone’s
    lawn yesterday . It said ” I ain’t voten for Joe Biden” .

  27. Black folks are finally coming out and
    ditching the Dem Party . They know the Dems started
    the KKK and voted to keep the Jim Crow laws on the
    books . Even Biden wrote a bill that put many blacks
    away in jail for years . He called us Super Predators,
    he is a racists ! Look up his bill he passed .

  28. Big pump for Trump is now
    being seen per major news media’s ! It’s starting
    to look like 2016 again , Trump signs everywhere
    and flags flying . Awesome !!

  29. Walk Away !
    I’m voting for Donald J Trump this year . My party
    went too far left and isn’t the party I want to be in.

  30. Pot isn’t what we need now on top
    if everything else . Weed will keep the black population
    down and out . Look at all the Democratic cities like Chicago , LA , Baltimore and Philly !

    Wolf should be ashamed having a Lt. Gov pushing for
    weed when the black man needs jobs , housing and
    and education . Vote Republican for a better black
    community !

    1. Now that’s funny! You should be a comedian. Boy are you a lemming! That’s what Trump said….????????????.

  31. Marijuana is just another way to keep
    the back man down .

    We have alcohol stores on every corner .

    Opioids to kill the pain . Now weed . Another
    Democratic way to keep blacks down .

    “The White Liberal is the blacks mans biggest enemy”-
    Malcom X

    1. So, the racist scum bag is back, huh? We see you are still incapable of properly constructing a sentence.

    2. “Keep the back man down”
      Hahahahahahaha, you incompetent buffoon. Just like Drumpf….

  32. There appears to be some measure worth questioning of fundamental fairness toward Mark Ciavarella’s prison sentence. Society has extracted a noticeable punishment as he has been jailed for many years among other setbacks and now entering his twilight years without financial support (it would appear). One wonders about the nature of corrections in regard to his particular case and when a matter will be resolved for him in that process.

    1. Boohoohoo. Cash for Kids judge might not be able to live in luxury. They should have hung the bastard.

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

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