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February 24th Playbook

It has finally happened as the Supreme Court has selected THE congressional map. We have reactions from around the Commonwealth. Corman calls for probe into Mastriano financial filing. State educational test scores to be released next week. Here is the Playbook.

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Supreme Court Selects PA Congressional Map: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has made a decision on a new congressional map for the Keystone State for the remainder of the decade. In a 4-3 decision, the high court selected the so-called Carter map, drawn by a Stanford professor and proposed by Democratic plaintiffs.

Supreme Court Suspends Election Calendar: Earlier this morning, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order temporarily suspending the General Primary Election calendar relative to elections for seats in the General Assembly pending further order of the Court.

Federal Lawsuit Filed to Stop High Court From Choosing Map: Five people, including two Republican congressional candidates, have filed suit in federal court to prevent the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from establishing new district maps.

GOP Governor Race: ‘Jake Corman wants a prosecutor to probe Doug Mastriano’s campaign for Pennsylvania governor’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “state Senate leader Jake Corman’s campaign alleged Wednesday that Mastriano, a fellow GOP state senator from Franklin County, “has clearly and flagrantly ignored” campaign finance law. In a letter to Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal, a lawyer for Corman’s campaign suggested Mastriano may have committed perjury and requested an investigation.”

  • Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Corman asks for investigation of GOP gov rival Mastriano’s campaign finances
  • Patriot News: Corman’s campaign calls for probe into GOP gubernatorial opponent’s campaign finance filings

‘Pennsylvania high court picks new map of US House districts’: The Associated Press reports that “Pennsylvania’s highest court broke a partisan deadlock Wednesday over a new map of congressional districts by selecting boundaries that broadly adhere to the outlines of current districts, even as the state loses one seat because of sluggish population growth.” 

‘Pa. Supreme Court court picks national Dems’ map as new congressional plan’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “Pennsylvania’s highest court has picked a map submitted by voters backed by a national group aligned with Democrats to be the commonwealth’s next congressional map.”

‘Is the new Pa. congressional map better for Democrats or Republicans? We tested it.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that they “crunched the numbers to help you better understand the new map and what it means.”

‘New map leads to GOP incumbents Keller, Meuser vying for congressional seat’: PennLive reports that “the state Supreme Court’s new map of congressional districts has forced two Republicans incumbents to compete.”

‘Court’s Congressional map pick keeps south central Pa. House districts largely intact’: PennLive reports that “for voters in South Central Pennsylvania, the good news from the Congressional map chosen by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday is that it will keep the vast majority of them in the same district in this year’s election cycle.”

‘SEE IT: How the Lehigh Valley’s congressional district changes under new Pa. map’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “the new congressional map for Pennsylvania selected by the state Supreme Court largely leaves the Lehigh Valley-based 7th Congressional District in tact, but not without some small changes that could have a big impact on November’s election.”

‘Here’s what the congressional candidates have to say about the new Lehigh Valley-based 7th District’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “candidates for the 7th Congressional District, which covers the Lehigh Valley, are eager to kick their campaigns into high gear, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved a new map of congressional districts Wednesday.”

‘State Supreme Court issues new congressional district map’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “the state Supreme Court issued a new map of congressional districts Wednesday that will split most of Northeast Pennsylvania between two districts.”

‘In new Pennsylvania congressional map, some U.S. House candidates find themselves in new districts’: WESA reports that “the new congressional map unveiled Wednesday by the state Supreme Court might not have much impact on voters: Nearly 9 in 10 will find themselves in the same district as they were under the previous map. But it’s muddying things for some congressional candidates in western Pennsylvania.”

‘New congressional districts bring change for Pittsburgh-area voters, candidates’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released its map of the state’s congressional districts on Wednesday, and it spells changes for Pittsburgh-area voters and candidates.”

‘Supreme Court picks new congressional map; all of Cambria County drawn into 13th District’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Tuesday picked a new map of congressional boundaries that will place all of Cambria County into a single district.”

‘York remains a county divided in Pennsylvania’s new congressional map’: The York Dispatch reports that “York remains a county divided in the new congressional map handed down by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.”

‘Rep. Smucker’s 11th District largely unchanged in final redistricting plan approved by Pa. Supreme Court’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “the borders of Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district, currently held by three-term U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, won’t change significantly as a result of the decennial redistricting process.”

‘Redrawn Pennsylvania congressional map means changes for some Berks County voters’: The Reading Eagle reports that “for many residents in Berks County, whether the new map of congressional districts chosen by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday resembles the current boundaries will depend on where you live.”

‘Court’s map moves more of 4th District into Berks’: WFMZ reports that “the new map has the 9th District, currently served by Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, covering a bit less of Berks, and the 4th District, which is currently served by Democrat U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, getting a larger portion of Berks.”

‘Lycoming County split in two by new congressional map’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “with Lycoming County split between two districts after the state Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday, local officials seem to have more questions than answers about where the decision leaves voters.”

‘Here’s how the new map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts impacts Centre County’: The Centre Daily Times reports that “Centre County will no longer be split between two congressional districts, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 4-3 to approve a new map on Wednesday.” 

Street Won’t Run for Congress: NBC10’s Lauren Mayk reports that state Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) will not run for Congress in 2022.  

‘Pa. truck convoy protest fizzles out to a few vehicles’: PennLive reports that “the Pennsylvania truck protest convoy largely fizzled out on Wednesday in spite of its organizer promising a spectacular run along the highways to Washington.”

‘To spend or save? Wolf, Legislature begin budget talks with different views on Pa.’s fiscal future’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “it’s budget season in Pennsylvania. And with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who leaves office this year, proposing a $43.7 billion spending plan, the Republican-controlled Legislature is already pushing back against the plan and its use of one-time federal relief funds — money GOP lawmakers want to save.”

‘Wolf admin directs federal grant dollars to services for pregnant Pennsylvanians with addiction’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “an influx of federal grant funding is being used to provide and expand support services for pregnant and postpartum Pennsylvanians with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), state officials said Wednesday.”

‘Pennsylvania led gas-producing states in production in 2021, report says’: StateImpactPA reports that “a recent report from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office shows total Pennsylvania production recorded the strongest year-over-year growth of any top-five gas producing state through November of last year at 7.9%. The state still ranked second in the amount of gas collected, behind Texas.”

‘State test scores to be published next week, says Pa. education secretary’: PennLive reports that “after months of waiting, the Pennsylvania Department of Education plans to release the 2021 state assessment results next week that are hoped will shine a light on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ learning loss.”

‘Former Elanco superintendent, ‘lifelong’ Republican Bob Hollister announces campaign to challenge U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “more than three months after he filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker in this year’s election, Bob Hollister on Wednesday began officially campaigning for the seat, seeking support from moderate voters who he says feel unrepresented.”

‘Bhavini Patel ramps up Congressional bid to replace Mike Doyle’: WESA reports that “Bhavini Patel may not have posted big fundraising numbers or hosted large public gatherings — at least not yet. But she says her bid to fill the Pittsburgh Congressional seat long held by Mike Doyle is laying a foundation by connecting with voters — and by touting her own connections to the region.”

Legislative Election Updates

‘Pa. Sen. Judy Ward to seek re-election to a second term representing redrawn 30th District’: PennLive reports that “Republican Sen. Judy Ward will seek re-election to a second four-year term representing the 30th state senatorial district.”

‘Waterford resident announces run for House of Representatives’: WJET reports that “Jake Banta announced at the Waterford Hotel on Feb. 23 that he is running for PA House of Representatives in District 4.”

Regional Spotlight: Northeast
Citizens Voice: Makuta campaigns as Republican in redrawn 116th Legislative District
The Times Leader: Bolus aiding truck blockade in Washington D.C. 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council names Bienias to vacant seat
Times-Tribune: Olyphant council appoints late mayor’s son to position 
Times-Tribune: Efforts to amend Luzerne County charter continue, but no question on primary ballot
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Manager finalists announced
The Times Leader: Spanish ballots to be discussed at Luzerne County Election Board meeting

Ray Block: The proposed legislative redistricting map complies with the Voting Rights Act
Paul Muschick: Dr. Oz, other carpetbaggers insulted Pennsylvania voters by skipping Senate debate
Paula Westerman: Pa.’s teacher pipeline problem calls for innovative solutions
John L. Micek: New Wolf admin. rule would aid Pa.’s tipped workers | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Robert Del Femine and Michele Recupido: Two Philly restauranteurs debate: Was lifting the vax mandate for eateries a good call? | Pro/Con
Rosemary Bezy and Patricia M. DeMarco: Who will stand with Mon Valley steelworkers and communities?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: In hiring Flores, Steelers called the right play
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An orchestra in your neighborhood
Huntly Collins: The Inquirer’s look at itself ignores the paper’s history of exposing racial injustice 
Paul Muschick: Police, community worked together after Cedar Beach shooting. Allentown needs more of that
Mal Pool: When we talk about Penn swimmer Lia Thomas, we’re listening to the wrong voices 
Chris Freind: GOP’s cancel culture may crash mid-term election party

2 Responses

  1. Would PA GOP be happier if SCOTUS was picking map, rather than PA Supreme Court? Whatever happened to States Rights?

  2. Sen Corman complaining about Sen Mastriano who is playing Sen Corman so well it seems like a Super Bowl Team playing an expansion team. Seems like sour grapes. A Pa Senate Leader that appears confused and bewildered at how very badly he is losing to a one note Trumper.

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