Year: 2022

PA Newsmakers

Sunday News Show Preview – July 1

If it’s Sunday … and you’re getting ready to fire up your grill for a long holiday weekend … you might be in front of your television catching up on state political issues on the morning shows.

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Ups and Downs – July 1

We’re looking back in the rearview mirror at the first half of 2022, and what a six-month period it was. Does that serve as a precursor to July through December? Bet it does.

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July 1: Budget Clock Ticking

SCOTUS Takes on Independent State Legislature Theory Case. Clock Ticking on PA Budget Negotiations. Court Halts Bridge Toll Plan. Here is the Playbook to Start the Second Half of 2022.

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June 30: Thanks John

Turning Attention to the Budget. House Resolution Targets Krasner. Senate Passes Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Oz’s image takes beating in primary. Here is the Playbook.

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State Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced on Friday that he will remove his name from the ballot for reelection in the 51st District and retire at the end of his term.

“My recent auto accident and subsequent treatment that I voluntarily sought drove me to deeply reflect on my life and make some hard decisions. One of those was to leave my seat in the state House of Representatives so that I can better spend time focusing on family and my personal journey to wellness,” Dowling stated. “While it has been my greatest honor and privilege to represent the people of the 51st District, I believe it is time for someone else to continue this important work.”

The Pennsylvania State Police filed DUI charges against Dowling on Thursday after a toxicology report showed the three-term representative with a blood alcohol content of .272 – more than three times the legal limit.

Dowling, 37, who was severely injured in an October crash, was reissued his license the previous day, according to the Herald-Standard.

“While I acknowledge and regret the mistakes I have made, I am also proud of the record I was able to build with the help and support of people across our community. Together, we were able to defeat liberal efforts to raise taxes on working families and seniors, to provide record funding to our local schools, to stand strong against attacks on our Second Amendment rights and to protect our conservative values,” Dowling said.

Dowling defeated challenger Ryan Porupski in the primary and was slated to face Democrat Richard Ringer in the fall. The GOP may nominate a replacement for Dowling.

In his announcement, Dowling included a special focus on his own personal challenges and encouraged others to seek help of their own if needed.

State Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced on Friday that he will remove his name from the ballot for reelection in the 51st District and retire at the end of his term.

“My recent auto accident and subsequent treatment that I voluntarily sought drove me to deeply reflect on my life and make some hard decisions. One of those was to leave my seat in the state House of Representatives so that I can better spend time focusing on family and my personal journey to wellness,” Dowling stated. “While it has been my greatest honor and privilege to represent the people of the 51st District, I believe it is time for someone else to continue this important work.”

The Pennsylvania State Police filed DUI charges against Dowling on Thursday after a toxicology report showed the three-term representative with a blood alcohol content of .272 – more than three times the legal limit.

Dowling, 37, who was severely injured in an October crash, was reissued his license the previous day, according to the Herald-Standard.

“While I acknowledge and regret the mistakes I have made, I am also proud of the record I was able to build with the help and support of people across our community. Together, we were able to defeat liberal efforts to raise taxes on working families and seniors, to provide record funding to our local schools, to stand strong against attacks on our Second Amendment rights and to protect our conservative values,” Dowling said.

Dowling defeated challenger Ryan Porupski in the primary and was slated to face Democrat Richard Ringer in the fall. The GOP may nominate a replacement for Dowling.

In his announcement, Dowling included a special focus on his own personal challenges and encouraged others to seek help of their own if needed.

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State Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced on Friday that he will remove his name from the ballot for reelection in the 51st District and retire at the end of his term.

“My recent auto accident and subsequent treatment that I voluntarily sought drove me to deeply reflect on my life and make some hard decisions. One of those was to leave my seat in the state House of Representatives so that I can better spend time focusing on family and my personal journey to wellness,” Dowling stated. “While it has been my greatest honor and privilege to represent the people of the 51st District, I believe it is time for someone else to continue this important work.”

The Pennsylvania State Police filed DUI charges against Dowling on Thursday after a toxicology report showed the three-term representative with a blood alcohol content of .272 – more than three times the legal limit.

Dowling, 37, who was severely injured in an October crash, was reissued his license the previous day, according to the Herald-Standard.

“While I acknowledge and regret the mistakes I have made, I am also proud of the record I was able to build with the help and support of people across our community. Together, we were able to defeat liberal efforts to raise taxes on working families and seniors, to provide record funding to our local schools, to stand strong against attacks on our Second Amendment rights and to protect our conservative values,” Dowling said.

Dowling defeated challenger Ryan Porupski in the primary and was slated to face Democrat Richard Ringer in the fall. The GOP may nominate a replacement for Dowling.

In his announcement, Dowling included a special focus on his own personal challenges and encouraged others to seek help of their own if needed.

State Rep. Matt Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced on Friday that he will remove his name from the ballot for reelection in the 51st District and retire at the end of his term.

“My recent auto accident and subsequent treatment that I voluntarily sought drove me to deeply reflect on my life and make some hard decisions. One of those was to leave my seat in the state House of Representatives so that I can better spend time focusing on family and my personal journey to wellness,” Dowling stated. “While it has been my greatest honor and privilege to represent the people of the 51st District, I believe it is time for someone else to continue this important work.”

The Pennsylvania State Police filed DUI charges against Dowling on Thursday after a toxicology report showed the three-term representative with a blood alcohol content of .272 – more than three times the legal limit.

Dowling, 37, who was severely injured in an October crash, was reissued his license the previous day, according to the Herald-Standard.

“While I acknowledge and regret the mistakes I have made, I am also proud of the record I was able to build with the help and support of people across our community. Together, we were able to defeat liberal efforts to raise taxes on working families and seniors, to provide record funding to our local schools, to stand strong against attacks on our Second Amendment rights and to protect our conservative values,” Dowling said.

Dowling defeated challenger Ryan Porupski in the primary and was slated to face Democrat Richard Ringer in the fall. The GOP may nominate a replacement for Dowling.

In his announcement, Dowling included a special focus on his own personal challenges and encouraged others to seek help of their own if needed.

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