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April 28: 100 Days

Shapiro’s First 100. Inside Joanna McClinton. What Is L&A Testing. Pump Relief. Here is the Playbook

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💪🏾 It’s The Last Friday of April. Another week comes to a close. Hello, weekend.

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Rain, 61
Harrisburg | Rain, Breezy, 55
Philadelphia | Rain, 57

PA Sports
Pirates (18-8) | LA Dodgers, 6-2 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Washington
Phillies (13-13) | Seattle 1-0 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Houston
76ers | Mon vs. Boston
Eagles | selected Georgia DT Jalen Carter (#9)
Steelers | selected Georgia OT Broderick Jones (#14)

What We’re Hearing
“There’s a pretty good chance that whoever ends up winning will win with like 30% of the vote. And it’s just hard to get behind a candidate when you know they didn’t win a majority.” – Armin Samii

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Mark Rozzi (Sun.)

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Top Story

1. Shapiro Describes First 100 Days As ‘Humbling’

“It’s humbling.”

Those were the words Gov. Josh Shapiro used to describe his first 100 days since he was sworn into office on Jan. 17, which happened to be Thursday.

“I feel a real sense of responsibility to the good people of Pennsylvania,” he said in response to a reporter’s question at a Tuesday event in the Capitol Complex to mark the signing of his sixth executive order creating an office to improve state government’s online services. “I’m working my tail off. My team is working their tails off. And we’re beginning the process of delivering meaningful results.” (PennLive)

Related

PA House Passes Eight Bipartisan Bills In Productive Return To Session. “Pennsylvania House lawmakers passed eight bipartisan bills, including four with unanimous approval, in the lower chamber’s return to session this week after a nearly two-month hiatus.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

An Amendment Tracker And Complete Guide To Proposed Changes In PA’s Constitution. “Since the latest two-year session began in January 2023, Pennsylvania legislators have proposed almost 40 changes to the state constitution. Most of these amendments are still at the beginning of the legislative process and haven’t yet been put up for a vote.” (Spotlight PA)

PA Does Not Fund Public Defense. Shapiro’s Budget Would Change That. “Pennsylvania could shed its reputation as the only state in the country that does not fund public defense, if the legislature approves a proposal in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)

 

State

2. McClinton Talks The Bible, Beyonce, And The Big Lie

Joanna McClinton (@Joanna4PA) / Twitter

“After she became the Speaker of the House in Pennsylvania, we sat down with Joanna McClinton to learn all about it.

Working in Harrisburg can be … challenging — ­203 members of the House is a lot of members.

When somebody tells me they want to run for public office, I say … be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly — and that’s just from the campaign.” (Philadelphia Magazine)

Related

PA-10: Daniels Announces Another Run At Perry. “Harrisburg City Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels has announced that she intends to run again for the 10th Congressional House seat against incumbent Scott Perry.” (PoliticsPA)

  • Shamaine Daniels Announces 2024 Bid For Congress, Setting Up A Rematch Against Scott Perry. (Al Dia News)

 

PA Reps To NS: Connect Better. “U.S. Rep. John Joyce and 13 colleagues in the House’s Pennsylvania delegation sent a letter Thursday asking Norfolk Southern to improve its communications with local emergency officials when derailments and other accidents occur.” (Altoona Mirror)

Sen. Bob Casey Raises More Money From PACs Than From PA. “Federal Election Commission filings show the Democrat pulled in about $75,000 in corporate PAC money, compared to about $70,000 in donations from Pennsylvanians.” (Broad + Liberty)

Lawsuit Claims PA Education Department Forcing ‘Woke’ Guidelines On Schools, Teachers, Students. “Three western Pennsylvania school districts, along with several teachers and families, are suing the state Department of Education over new guidelines they describe as “woke” and thinly disguised political activism.” (PennLive)

Early Polling: DeSantis, Not Trump, Likely To Beat Biden In PA. “New polling suggests it’s time for Pennsylvania’s Republican primary voters to put some serious thought into the GOP actually winning a statewide election in Pennsylvania — a feat President Trump accomplished in 2016, but failed to repeat in 2020.” (Broad + Liberty)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. What Is L&A Testing And Why It Should Matter To You

Dominion Voting Systems ICP machine

“In this day of people questioning their validity and results, there is nothing more important to the integrity of elections than L&A testing.

Uh, L&A testing?” (PoliticsPA)

Related

Poll Shows Philly Mayor’s Race In Statistical Tie. “The first public nonpartisan poll of the Philadelphia mayor’s race revealed just how tight the contest is to become the city’s 100th chief executive.” (PoliticsPA)

 

A Slight Majority Of Philly Residents Want Ranked-Choice Voting. What Is It And How Would It Impact The Mayor’s Race? “In a Philadelphia mayor’s race with five strong contenders headed into the last two weeks before the Democratic primary, and a lot of undecided voters, ranked-choice voting has become a hot topic.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Who Was The Mystery Ex-Candidate Who Helped The Pro-Jeff Brown Super PAC Last Summer? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

Ups and Downs. Our look at the week past around the Commonwealth. (PoliticsPA)

As Philadelphia Goes, So Goes Delaware Valley? “Why should suburban residents care about Philadelphia’s next mayor?” (DV Journal)

Sara Innamorato Is About To Get A Big Boost In Race For Allegheny County Executive. “A union-backed progressive group is injecting a whopping quarter-million dollars into the TV ad wars over who will lead Allegheny County.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Rich Fitzgerald Putting Campaign Cash Into Commercials For Michael Lamb. “Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald isn’t just endorsing Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb to succeed him — he’s putting his money where his mouth is.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Zappala Is Running A Quiet Campaign For Allegheny County DA. Is It Enough Against Dugan?One thing you can’t accuse District Attorney Steven A. Zappala Jr. of is political grandstanding in an election year. Outside of an upbeat TV ad about his record, in fact, it can be hard to tell he’s campaigning at all.” (WESA)

Erie County Executive Davis Says Domestic Violence Allegations ‘Lacked Credibility’Erie County Executive Brenton Davis says a woman who accused him of domestic violence and who recently sought to extend a restraining order against him had made “false accusations,” according to a letter he sent to county employees Wednesday.” (Erie Times-News)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

Editorial

 

Opinion

 

1 Thing

5. Pump Relief

How does a gas pump know when to shut off?

The annual switch to a pricier variety of gas known as summer blend is almost complete — meaning prices at the pump are likely peaking and could fall before beach season begins.

  • It’s counterintuitive. The switch to summer blend — a gas that burns cleaner to combat summer smog — happens in the spring, so gas prices typically peak in May, Axios’ Kelly Tyko writes.
  • Relief should be on the way to the pump before Memorial Day.

 

Summer prices could average about $3.50 per gallon, 80 cents less per gallon than last summer, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. (Axios)

 

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💪🏾 It’s The Last Friday of April. Another week comes to a close. Hello, weekend.

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Rain, 61
Harrisburg | Rain, Breezy, 55
Philadelphia | Rain, 57

PA Sports
Pirates (18-8) | LA Dodgers, 6-2 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Washington
Phillies (13-13) | Seattle 1-0 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Houston
76ers | Mon vs. Boston
Eagles | selected Georgia DT Jalen Carter (#9)
Steelers | selected Georgia OT Broderick Jones (#14)

What We’re Hearing
“There’s a pretty good chance that whoever ends up winning will win with like 30% of the vote. And it’s just hard to get behind a candidate when you know they didn’t win a majority.” – Armin Samii

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Mark Rozzi (Sun.)

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Top Story

1. Shapiro Describes First 100 Days As ‘Humbling’

“It’s humbling.”

Those were the words Gov. Josh Shapiro used to describe his first 100 days since he was sworn into office on Jan. 17, which happened to be Thursday.

“I feel a real sense of responsibility to the good people of Pennsylvania,” he said in response to a reporter’s question at a Tuesday event in the Capitol Complex to mark the signing of his sixth executive order creating an office to improve state government’s online services. “I’m working my tail off. My team is working their tails off. And we’re beginning the process of delivering meaningful results.” (PennLive)

Related

PA House Passes Eight Bipartisan Bills In Productive Return To Session. “Pennsylvania House lawmakers passed eight bipartisan bills, including four with unanimous approval, in the lower chamber’s return to session this week after a nearly two-month hiatus.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

An Amendment Tracker And Complete Guide To Proposed Changes In PA’s Constitution. “Since the latest two-year session began in January 2023, Pennsylvania legislators have proposed almost 40 changes to the state constitution. Most of these amendments are still at the beginning of the legislative process and haven’t yet been put up for a vote.” (Spotlight PA)

PA Does Not Fund Public Defense. Shapiro’s Budget Would Change That. “Pennsylvania could shed its reputation as the only state in the country that does not fund public defense, if the legislature approves a proposal in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)

 

State

2. McClinton Talks The Bible, Beyonce, And The Big Lie

Joanna McClinton (@Joanna4PA) / Twitter

“After she became the Speaker of the House in Pennsylvania, we sat down with Joanna McClinton to learn all about it.

Working in Harrisburg can be … challenging — ­203 members of the House is a lot of members.

When somebody tells me they want to run for public office, I say … be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly — and that’s just from the campaign.” (Philadelphia Magazine)

Related

PA-10: Daniels Announces Another Run At Perry. “Harrisburg City Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels has announced that she intends to run again for the 10th Congressional House seat against incumbent Scott Perry.” (PoliticsPA)

  • Shamaine Daniels Announces 2024 Bid For Congress, Setting Up A Rematch Against Scott Perry. (Al Dia News)

 

PA Reps To NS: Connect Better. “U.S. Rep. John Joyce and 13 colleagues in the House’s Pennsylvania delegation sent a letter Thursday asking Norfolk Southern to improve its communications with local emergency officials when derailments and other accidents occur.” (Altoona Mirror)

Sen. Bob Casey Raises More Money From PACs Than From PA. “Federal Election Commission filings show the Democrat pulled in about $75,000 in corporate PAC money, compared to about $70,000 in donations from Pennsylvanians.” (Broad + Liberty)

Lawsuit Claims PA Education Department Forcing ‘Woke’ Guidelines On Schools, Teachers, Students. “Three western Pennsylvania school districts, along with several teachers and families, are suing the state Department of Education over new guidelines they describe as “woke” and thinly disguised political activism.” (PennLive)

Early Polling: DeSantis, Not Trump, Likely To Beat Biden In PA. “New polling suggests it’s time for Pennsylvania’s Republican primary voters to put some serious thought into the GOP actually winning a statewide election in Pennsylvania — a feat President Trump accomplished in 2016, but failed to repeat in 2020.” (Broad + Liberty)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. What Is L&A Testing And Why It Should Matter To You

Dominion Voting Systems ICP machine

“In this day of people questioning their validity and results, there is nothing more important to the integrity of elections than L&A testing.

Uh, L&A testing?” (PoliticsPA)

Related

Poll Shows Philly Mayor’s Race In Statistical Tie. “The first public nonpartisan poll of the Philadelphia mayor’s race revealed just how tight the contest is to become the city’s 100th chief executive.” (PoliticsPA)

 

A Slight Majority Of Philly Residents Want Ranked-Choice Voting. What Is It And How Would It Impact The Mayor’s Race? “In a Philadelphia mayor’s race with five strong contenders headed into the last two weeks before the Democratic primary, and a lot of undecided voters, ranked-choice voting has become a hot topic.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Who Was The Mystery Ex-Candidate Who Helped The Pro-Jeff Brown Super PAC Last Summer? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

Ups and Downs. Our look at the week past around the Commonwealth. (PoliticsPA)

As Philadelphia Goes, So Goes Delaware Valley? “Why should suburban residents care about Philadelphia’s next mayor?” (DV Journal)

Sara Innamorato Is About To Get A Big Boost In Race For Allegheny County Executive. “A union-backed progressive group is injecting a whopping quarter-million dollars into the TV ad wars over who will lead Allegheny County.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Rich Fitzgerald Putting Campaign Cash Into Commercials For Michael Lamb. “Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald isn’t just endorsing Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb to succeed him — he’s putting his money where his mouth is.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Zappala Is Running A Quiet Campaign For Allegheny County DA. Is It Enough Against Dugan?One thing you can’t accuse District Attorney Steven A. Zappala Jr. of is political grandstanding in an election year. Outside of an upbeat TV ad about his record, in fact, it can be hard to tell he’s campaigning at all.” (WESA)

Erie County Executive Davis Says Domestic Violence Allegations ‘Lacked Credibility’Erie County Executive Brenton Davis says a woman who accused him of domestic violence and who recently sought to extend a restraining order against him had made “false accusations,” according to a letter he sent to county employees Wednesday.” (Erie Times-News)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

Editorial

 

Opinion

 

1 Thing

5. Pump Relief

How does a gas pump know when to shut off?

The annual switch to a pricier variety of gas known as summer blend is almost complete — meaning prices at the pump are likely peaking and could fall before beach season begins.

  • It’s counterintuitive. The switch to summer blend — a gas that burns cleaner to combat summer smog — happens in the spring, so gas prices typically peak in May, Axios’ Kelly Tyko writes.
  • Relief should be on the way to the pump before Memorial Day.

 

Summer prices could average about $3.50 per gallon, 80 cents less per gallon than last summer, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. (Axios)

 

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💪🏾 It’s The Last Friday of April. Another week comes to a close. Hello, weekend.

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Rain, 61
Harrisburg | Rain, Breezy, 55
Philadelphia | Rain, 57

PA Sports
Pirates (18-8) | LA Dodgers, 6-2 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Washington
Phillies (13-13) | Seattle 1-0 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Houston
76ers | Mon vs. Boston
Eagles | selected Georgia DT Jalen Carter (#9)
Steelers | selected Georgia OT Broderick Jones (#14)

What We’re Hearing
“There’s a pretty good chance that whoever ends up winning will win with like 30% of the vote. And it’s just hard to get behind a candidate when you know they didn’t win a majority.” – Armin Samii

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Mark Rozzi (Sun.)

Join The PoliticsPA Community
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Top Story

1. Shapiro Describes First 100 Days As ‘Humbling’

“It’s humbling.”

Those were the words Gov. Josh Shapiro used to describe his first 100 days since he was sworn into office on Jan. 17, which happened to be Thursday.

“I feel a real sense of responsibility to the good people of Pennsylvania,” he said in response to a reporter’s question at a Tuesday event in the Capitol Complex to mark the signing of his sixth executive order creating an office to improve state government’s online services. “I’m working my tail off. My team is working their tails off. And we’re beginning the process of delivering meaningful results.” (PennLive)

Related

PA House Passes Eight Bipartisan Bills In Productive Return To Session. “Pennsylvania House lawmakers passed eight bipartisan bills, including four with unanimous approval, in the lower chamber’s return to session this week after a nearly two-month hiatus.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

An Amendment Tracker And Complete Guide To Proposed Changes In PA’s Constitution. “Since the latest two-year session began in January 2023, Pennsylvania legislators have proposed almost 40 changes to the state constitution. Most of these amendments are still at the beginning of the legislative process and haven’t yet been put up for a vote.” (Spotlight PA)

PA Does Not Fund Public Defense. Shapiro’s Budget Would Change That. “Pennsylvania could shed its reputation as the only state in the country that does not fund public defense, if the legislature approves a proposal in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)

 

State

2. McClinton Talks The Bible, Beyonce, And The Big Lie

Joanna McClinton (@Joanna4PA) / Twitter

“After she became the Speaker of the House in Pennsylvania, we sat down with Joanna McClinton to learn all about it.

Working in Harrisburg can be … challenging — ­203 members of the House is a lot of members.

When somebody tells me they want to run for public office, I say … be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly — and that’s just from the campaign.” (Philadelphia Magazine)

Related

PA-10: Daniels Announces Another Run At Perry. “Harrisburg City Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels has announced that she intends to run again for the 10th Congressional House seat against incumbent Scott Perry.” (PoliticsPA)

  • Shamaine Daniels Announces 2024 Bid For Congress, Setting Up A Rematch Against Scott Perry. (Al Dia News)

 

PA Reps To NS: Connect Better. “U.S. Rep. John Joyce and 13 colleagues in the House’s Pennsylvania delegation sent a letter Thursday asking Norfolk Southern to improve its communications with local emergency officials when derailments and other accidents occur.” (Altoona Mirror)

Sen. Bob Casey Raises More Money From PACs Than From PA. “Federal Election Commission filings show the Democrat pulled in about $75,000 in corporate PAC money, compared to about $70,000 in donations from Pennsylvanians.” (Broad + Liberty)

Lawsuit Claims PA Education Department Forcing ‘Woke’ Guidelines On Schools, Teachers, Students. “Three western Pennsylvania school districts, along with several teachers and families, are suing the state Department of Education over new guidelines they describe as “woke” and thinly disguised political activism.” (PennLive)

Early Polling: DeSantis, Not Trump, Likely To Beat Biden In PA. “New polling suggests it’s time for Pennsylvania’s Republican primary voters to put some serious thought into the GOP actually winning a statewide election in Pennsylvania — a feat President Trump accomplished in 2016, but failed to repeat in 2020.” (Broad + Liberty)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. What Is L&A Testing And Why It Should Matter To You

Dominion Voting Systems ICP machine

“In this day of people questioning their validity and results, there is nothing more important to the integrity of elections than L&A testing.

Uh, L&A testing?” (PoliticsPA)

Related

Poll Shows Philly Mayor’s Race In Statistical Tie. “The first public nonpartisan poll of the Philadelphia mayor’s race revealed just how tight the contest is to become the city’s 100th chief executive.” (PoliticsPA)

 

A Slight Majority Of Philly Residents Want Ranked-Choice Voting. What Is It And How Would It Impact The Mayor’s Race? “In a Philadelphia mayor’s race with five strong contenders headed into the last two weeks before the Democratic primary, and a lot of undecided voters, ranked-choice voting has become a hot topic.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Who Was The Mystery Ex-Candidate Who Helped The Pro-Jeff Brown Super PAC Last Summer? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

Ups and Downs. Our look at the week past around the Commonwealth. (PoliticsPA)

As Philadelphia Goes, So Goes Delaware Valley? “Why should suburban residents care about Philadelphia’s next mayor?” (DV Journal)

Sara Innamorato Is About To Get A Big Boost In Race For Allegheny County Executive. “A union-backed progressive group is injecting a whopping quarter-million dollars into the TV ad wars over who will lead Allegheny County.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Rich Fitzgerald Putting Campaign Cash Into Commercials For Michael Lamb. “Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald isn’t just endorsing Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb to succeed him — he’s putting his money where his mouth is.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Zappala Is Running A Quiet Campaign For Allegheny County DA. Is It Enough Against Dugan?One thing you can’t accuse District Attorney Steven A. Zappala Jr. of is political grandstanding in an election year. Outside of an upbeat TV ad about his record, in fact, it can be hard to tell he’s campaigning at all.” (WESA)

Erie County Executive Davis Says Domestic Violence Allegations ‘Lacked Credibility’Erie County Executive Brenton Davis says a woman who accused him of domestic violence and who recently sought to extend a restraining order against him had made “false accusations,” according to a letter he sent to county employees Wednesday.” (Erie Times-News)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

Editorial

 

Opinion

 

1 Thing

5. Pump Relief

How does a gas pump know when to shut off?

The annual switch to a pricier variety of gas known as summer blend is almost complete — meaning prices at the pump are likely peaking and could fall before beach season begins.

  • It’s counterintuitive. The switch to summer blend — a gas that burns cleaner to combat summer smog — happens in the spring, so gas prices typically peak in May, Axios’ Kelly Tyko writes.
  • Relief should be on the way to the pump before Memorial Day.

 

Summer prices could average about $3.50 per gallon, 80 cents less per gallon than last summer, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. (Axios)

 

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💪🏾 It’s The Last Friday of April. Another week comes to a close. Hello, weekend.

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Rain, 61
Harrisburg | Rain, Breezy, 55
Philadelphia | Rain, 57

PA Sports
Pirates (18-8) | LA Dodgers, 6-2 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Washington
Phillies (13-13) | Seattle 1-0 | F-Sat-Sun vs. Houston
76ers | Mon vs. Boston
Eagles | selected Georgia DT Jalen Carter (#9)
Steelers | selected Georgia OT Broderick Jones (#14)

What We’re Hearing
“There’s a pretty good chance that whoever ends up winning will win with like 30% of the vote. And it’s just hard to get behind a candidate when you know they didn’t win a majority.” – Armin Samii

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Mark Rozzi (Sun.)

Join The PoliticsPA Community
Get the best morning political read in the Commonwealth. Sign up for your free subscription to the PoliticsPA Playbook and we’ll email you every weekday morning.

 

Top Story

1. Shapiro Describes First 100 Days As ‘Humbling’

“It’s humbling.”

Those were the words Gov. Josh Shapiro used to describe his first 100 days since he was sworn into office on Jan. 17, which happened to be Thursday.

“I feel a real sense of responsibility to the good people of Pennsylvania,” he said in response to a reporter’s question at a Tuesday event in the Capitol Complex to mark the signing of his sixth executive order creating an office to improve state government’s online services. “I’m working my tail off. My team is working their tails off. And we’re beginning the process of delivering meaningful results.” (PennLive)

Related

PA House Passes Eight Bipartisan Bills In Productive Return To Session. “Pennsylvania House lawmakers passed eight bipartisan bills, including four with unanimous approval, in the lower chamber’s return to session this week after a nearly two-month hiatus.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

An Amendment Tracker And Complete Guide To Proposed Changes In PA’s Constitution. “Since the latest two-year session began in January 2023, Pennsylvania legislators have proposed almost 40 changes to the state constitution. Most of these amendments are still at the beginning of the legislative process and haven’t yet been put up for a vote.” (Spotlight PA)

PA Does Not Fund Public Defense. Shapiro’s Budget Would Change That. “Pennsylvania could shed its reputation as the only state in the country that does not fund public defense, if the legislature approves a proposal in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)

 

State

2. McClinton Talks The Bible, Beyonce, And The Big Lie

Joanna McClinton (@Joanna4PA) / Twitter

“After she became the Speaker of the House in Pennsylvania, we sat down with Joanna McClinton to learn all about it.

Working in Harrisburg can be … challenging — ­203 members of the House is a lot of members.

When somebody tells me they want to run for public office, I say … be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly — and that’s just from the campaign.” (Philadelphia Magazine)

Related

PA-10: Daniels Announces Another Run At Perry. “Harrisburg City Councilwoman Shamaine Daniels has announced that she intends to run again for the 10th Congressional House seat against incumbent Scott Perry.” (PoliticsPA)

  • Shamaine Daniels Announces 2024 Bid For Congress, Setting Up A Rematch Against Scott Perry. (Al Dia News)

 

PA Reps To NS: Connect Better. “U.S. Rep. John Joyce and 13 colleagues in the House’s Pennsylvania delegation sent a letter Thursday asking Norfolk Southern to improve its communications with local emergency officials when derailments and other accidents occur.” (Altoona Mirror)

Sen. Bob Casey Raises More Money From PACs Than From PA. “Federal Election Commission filings show the Democrat pulled in about $75,000 in corporate PAC money, compared to about $70,000 in donations from Pennsylvanians.” (Broad + Liberty)

Lawsuit Claims PA Education Department Forcing ‘Woke’ Guidelines On Schools, Teachers, Students. “Three western Pennsylvania school districts, along with several teachers and families, are suing the state Department of Education over new guidelines they describe as “woke” and thinly disguised political activism.” (PennLive)

Early Polling: DeSantis, Not Trump, Likely To Beat Biden In PA. “New polling suggests it’s time for Pennsylvania’s Republican primary voters to put some serious thought into the GOP actually winning a statewide election in Pennsylvania — a feat President Trump accomplished in 2016, but failed to repeat in 2020.” (Broad + Liberty)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. What Is L&A Testing And Why It Should Matter To You

Dominion Voting Systems ICP machine

“In this day of people questioning their validity and results, there is nothing more important to the integrity of elections than L&A testing.

Uh, L&A testing?” (PoliticsPA)

Related

Poll Shows Philly Mayor’s Race In Statistical Tie. “The first public nonpartisan poll of the Philadelphia mayor’s race revealed just how tight the contest is to become the city’s 100th chief executive.” (PoliticsPA)

 

A Slight Majority Of Philly Residents Want Ranked-Choice Voting. What Is It And How Would It Impact The Mayor’s Race? “In a Philadelphia mayor’s race with five strong contenders headed into the last two weeks before the Democratic primary, and a lot of undecided voters, ranked-choice voting has become a hot topic.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Who Was The Mystery Ex-Candidate Who Helped The Pro-Jeff Brown Super PAC Last Summer? (Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

Ups and Downs. Our look at the week past around the Commonwealth. (PoliticsPA)

As Philadelphia Goes, So Goes Delaware Valley? “Why should suburban residents care about Philadelphia’s next mayor?” (DV Journal)

Sara Innamorato Is About To Get A Big Boost In Race For Allegheny County Executive. “A union-backed progressive group is injecting a whopping quarter-million dollars into the TV ad wars over who will lead Allegheny County.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Rich Fitzgerald Putting Campaign Cash Into Commercials For Michael Lamb. “Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald isn’t just endorsing Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb to succeed him — he’s putting his money where his mouth is.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Zappala Is Running A Quiet Campaign For Allegheny County DA. Is It Enough Against Dugan?One thing you can’t accuse District Attorney Steven A. Zappala Jr. of is political grandstanding in an election year. Outside of an upbeat TV ad about his record, in fact, it can be hard to tell he’s campaigning at all.” (WESA)

Erie County Executive Davis Says Domestic Violence Allegations ‘Lacked Credibility’Erie County Executive Brenton Davis says a woman who accused him of domestic violence and who recently sought to extend a restraining order against him had made “false accusations,” according to a letter he sent to county employees Wednesday.” (Erie Times-News)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

Editorial

 

Opinion

 

1 Thing

5. Pump Relief

How does a gas pump know when to shut off?

The annual switch to a pricier variety of gas known as summer blend is almost complete — meaning prices at the pump are likely peaking and could fall before beach season begins.

  • It’s counterintuitive. The switch to summer blend — a gas that burns cleaner to combat summer smog — happens in the spring, so gas prices typically peak in May, Axios’ Kelly Tyko writes.
  • Relief should be on the way to the pump before Memorial Day.

 

Summer prices could average about $3.50 per gallon, 80 cents less per gallon than last summer, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. (Axios)

 

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  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?


    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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