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SCOTUS to Hear “Independent State Legislature” Theory Case. In a major order that will affect Pennsylvania and the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court today opted to take on Moore v. Harper, a case centered on newly drawn maps of voting districts in North Carolina.

Court Blocks Bridge Tolling Plan. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court blocked Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to place tolls on as many as nine major interstate bridges.

FiveThirtyEight Midterm Forecast. The website FiveThirtyEight has released its 2022 midterm forecast and highlights four races to watch in the Keystone State. 

Pitt As a PA Budget Bargaining Chip. The deadline for adopting a 2022-23 budget for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is today. While there are many hurdles to pass to get to completion, one involves the University of Pittsburgh as a bargaining chip.

PA Senate Race: Fetterman Skipping July 4th Campaigning But Should Be Back ‘Really Soon’ PennLive reports that Still sidelined by a stroke he suffered in May, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman won’t be stumping for votes this holiday weekend, according to his campaign.

  • WHTM: Ocasio-Cortez Backs Fetterman
  • WDVM: Planned Parenthood Votes Rolls Out $3 Million TV Buy Hitting Oz on Abortion


PA Governor Race: Kelly, Mastriano’s Anti-Abortion Bills Differ in Exceptions. The Meadville Tribune writes that U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and state Sen. Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor, both are authors of abortion legislation dubbed the “Heartbeat Bill.” While similar, Kelly’s legislation would carve out exceptions for the health of a mother while Mastriano’s has no such exceptions.

Commonwealth Court Finds PennDOT’s Public-Private Partnership Board Bridge Tolling Plan Invalid. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that a Commonwealth Court decision has scuttled a statewide plan to use tolls to fund repairs and replacement of highway bridges across Pennsylvania.


Pa. Negotiations ‘Full of Starts and Starts as Fiscal Year Will Start Without a Budget. The Associated Press writes that Pennsylvania’s new fiscal year will begin without a state budget in place, as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and top Republican lawmakers haltingly worked through Thursday’s deadline to hammer out a roughly $42 billion spending plan whose details were still largely being kept secret.

  • Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania’s State Budget is Officially Late. Here’s What You Need to Know.
  • City & State: Trump Says Pennsylvania Budget Should Be Tied to Bill Expanding Poll Watcher Access


What’s Next for Pa.? High Court Could Give State Legislature Power Over Federal Elections. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide next term how much power state legislatures have over federal elections, a case that could have implications in Pennsylvania where the legality of electoral maps, voting deadlines and mail-in ballots have been at the center of recent cases.

  • Associated Press: Supreme Court to Hear Case on State Authority Over Elections
  • NPR: Supreme Court to Take on Controversial Election-Law Case


Nearly 4 in 10 Say Roe v. Wade Overturning Made Them Much More Interested in Voting. The Hill reports that thirty-eight percent of voters said the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade made them much more interested in voting this year, an eight-point increase from when the question was asked as a hypothetical in September, according to a new poll.

  • Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County-Area OB/GYN, Legal Expert Weigh In on Supreme Court’s Latest Abortion Ruling


‘Major Step Backward’: Pa. Groups React to Supreme Court Decision Limiting EPA’s Ability to Tackle Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that ​​Environmental groups and attorneys from the Philadelphia region reacted strongly and swiftly to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision siding with coal companies that will limit how the federal Environmental Protection Agency can regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in an effort to curb climate change.

  • WESA: SCOTUS EPA Ruling a Set-Back for Climate Regulations, But Pa. Reportedly Retains Power to Set Limits


Group Drops $1.7M to Bolster At-Risk Dems on Gas Prices. PoliticoPRO writes that an advocacy group associated with House Democrats announced a $1.7 million ad buy yesterday to defend nine vulnerable Democrats on rising gasoline prices, including Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania.

Pa. House GOP Unsure How It Can Fund Pitt and Block Its Fetal Tissue Research as Budget Negotiations Continue Past Deadline. The Post-Gazette reports that Pennsylvania will miss its constitutionally required deadline to have a balanced budget passed by the start of the new fiscal year starting July 1 because of a number of unresolved issues — the most contentious of which is funding for the University of Pittsburgh.

Fayette Lawmaker Charged With DUI. The Observer-Reporter writes that State Rep. Matthew Dowling’s blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he rear-ended a car earlier this month.

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro Secures Six-Figure Settlement to Stop Telemarketing Violations. KDKA reports that the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General announced a settlement of $185,900 with Indra Energy, a company that was taking part in illegal telemarketing practices.

Tolls Doubling on Historic Delaware River Bridge Between Pa., N.J. A NJ Advance Media report states that A privately-owned historic bridge spanning the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania is doubling its tolls for cars and motorcycles, from $1 to $2, starting Friday, after more than a decade without any increases.

Regional Spotlight: North by Northwest

Altoona Mirror: No Election Concerns in Blair
Meadville Tribune: Bill Penalizing Illegal Use of Off-Road Vehicles Raises Asset Forfeiture Debate
Clarion News: North Clarion OKs Budget Without Tax Hike
Titusville Herald: Final Budget Lessens Tax Increase for District Residents


David Lapp: It’s Beyond Time to Address the Soaring Cost of Cyber-Charter Schools
Carter Dillard: State Abortion Bans Create New Governmental Obligations for Children
Will Bunch: Cassidy Hutchinson and Coup’s Great Mystery: What If Trump Went to the Capitol?
Jennifer Klock: War Declared on Women’s Rights
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Dock Pa. Legislators’ Pay for Tardy Budget
Times-Tribune: We Are … Transparent; Open Doors
Paul Muschick: Should Pennsylvania Tout Itself as a Destination for Abortions?
Reading Eagle: Pa. Budget Process is Shameful State of Affairs

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