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What Happened to Mastriano’s Facebook Videos?
It may never meet the magnitude of Rosemary Woods and the 18 1/2 minute gap … or what we may learn about what former President Donald Trump did during the fateful 187 minutes during the January 6 insurrection.
Yet, we do have ourselves a mystery. What happened to Doug Mastriano’s Facebook videos?
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday that the Republican candidate for governor had deleted 14 Facebook videos from his timeline during the last three months. Included among them were videos where the Franklin County state senator riffed on global warming, voter fraud, lack of support for veterans and abortion as “the most important issue of our lifetime.”
- Doug Mastriano Is Deleting Videos From Facebook As He Runs for PA Governor. “In three months, 14 videos have disappeared from Mastriano’s page. In them, he dismisses global warming as “pop science” and says Republicans who oppose him secretly “disdain veterans.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Doug Mastriano Featured in ‘American Patriot’ Film. “Approximately 1,200 people gathered at a Camp Hill church to watch “The Return of the American Patriot: The Rise of Pennsylvania” a documentary film that features Republican Pennsylvania Gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano.” (WHTM)
- Democrats’ Election Strategy May Backfire. “As Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor rises in the polls, NewsNation host Dan Abrams wonders: Do the Democrats have any regrets about their midterm strategy to boost GOP candidates?” (NewsNation)
Dean Among 17 Members of Congress Arrested During Demonstration
Congresswoman Madeleine Dean was among a group of 17 Democratic members of the House of Representatives who were arrested Tuesday during an abortion rights demonstration by the U.S. Capitol Police.
Dean (D-Montgomery) and the others were arrested after they failed to follow three warnings to stop blocking First Street NE near the Supreme Court.
Wearing specially made green bandanas with “Won’t Back Down,” they marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has been fenced off for weeks, since shortly after the leak of the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
- Madeleine Dean Among 17 House Democrats Arrested During Abortion-Rights Protest. “U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D., Pa.) was among at least 35 people, including 16 other members of Congress, arrested by Capitol Police in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday as they denounced the overturning of Roe v. Wade and rallied in support of abortion rights.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Democrats Including Pressley, Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib Arrested at Abortion Rights Rally Outside Supreme Court. “Multiple Democratic lawmakers were arrested at an abortion rights rally near the Capitol on Tuesday, less than one month after the Supreme Court issued a ruling that reversed Roe v. Wade.” (The Hill)
Oz Blames Abortion Decision For Fetterman’s Fund-Raising Lead
Physician, explain thyself.
“Mehmet Oz had an explanation when he was asked Monday night about the fund-raising gap between himself and John Fetterman. Only it glossed over months of data.
Oz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that the millions of campaign dollars separating him and Fetterman, the Democratic nominee, are because Democrats have ginned up supporters over issues like abortion and guns.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- GOP’s Grassroots Money Problem. “Democrats across the 10 most competitive Senate races are out-raising Republicans by more than $75 million among small-dollar donors — those giving less than $200 — according to an Axios analysis of Federal Election Commission records.” (Axios)
- John Fetterman Calls Fracking a ‘Stain’ on Pennsylvania, Laments Own ‘Privileged’ Life in Old Reddit Posts. “Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman called the Pennsylvania fracking industry a “stain” on the state and recounted his own “extremely privileged” upbringing in Reddit posts during his unsuccessful 2016 run for Senate.” (Fox News)
- Fetterman to Attend First In-Person Fundraiser Since Suffering Stroke. “Pennsylvania’s Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, will attend a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Thursday — his first major in-person appearance since suffering a stroke two months ago.” (Axios)
Regional Spotlight: South by Southwest
- Allegheny County Council Overrides Rich Fitzgerald’s Veto, Bans Fracking in Parks. “In a 12-3 vote, an indefinite ban on fracking in parks prevailed after months of debate by council members, hours of testimonies from residents, a public hearing and last week’s veto by the county executive.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Advocates Threaten to Shut Down Congressional Baseball Game Unless Climate Legislation Passes. “A coalition of climate advocacy groups says it’s time to leave everything on the field and plans to disrupt this year’s annual Congressional Baseball Game on Thu., July 28 unless Democrats pass climate legislation.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)
- Fayette Lawsuit Imperils GOP In Selecting Replacement for Dowling. “An unanticipated snag has developed in the Fayette County Republican Party’s plan to select a candidate to replace state Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) in the November general election.”
- Pittsburgh Council Approves $1.95 Million in Repairs to 30th Street Bridge. “The 30th Street Bridge — which connects Herr’s Island and River Avenue — is one of several city bridges in need of repairs and improvements.” (Tribune-Review)
- Pittsburgh City Council Passes Bills Affirming Abortion Rights in City Limits. “In its final meeting before its summer recess, Pittsburgh City Council affirmed support for abortion rights by passing bills intended to limit the legal exposure of abortion providers — and to allow for more scrutiny of “pregnancy crisis centers” operated by abortion foes.” (90.5 WESA-FM)
- Suspended Somerset DA Pleads Guilty to Traffic Charges; Harassment, Reckless Driving Allegations Withdrawn. “Suspended Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Thomas was in county court Tuesday for a summary trial, but instead pleaded guilty to lesser traffic offenses stemming from an incident in March in Windber.” (Tribune-Democrat)
- Casinos Report Record Fiscal Year Revenue. “Pennsylvania’s casinos, including the Hollywood Casino at the Meadows in North Strabane, generated record-breaking amounts of revenue in the fiscal year that ended June 30.” (Observer-Reporter)
- Republicans for Shapiro (Craig Snyder, Broad + Liberty)
- No Thanks, Never-Dougers (Christine Flowers, Broad + Liberty)
- What Happens When Laws That Suppress Our Protests Clash With Our Freedoms? (Bob Lewis, Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
- It’s Not Just America, Western Democracies Are Fragmenting (Richard H. Pildes, Washington Post)