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July 24: Back To The Future

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry testifies at a U.S. Senate Banking hearing on fees at 9:30 a.m.

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Top Story

1. Politics Is The Power Struggle That Some Founders Foresaw

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“With controversial Supreme Court decisions raining down the last several weeks, some people are questioning how we got here. The truth is, we’ve been here before. Nearly 250 years ago, the Founders were debating the same things we do today — government overreach, freedom, presidential power.

But they were more worried about the fundamentals: What entities have power, if it’s right for them to have that power, how different power structures (like federal courts) coexist with states, executive authorities, and legislative bodies. Not only do these questions still linger, but they also impact how you view abortion access, gay marriage, and rights to privacy.” (Philadelphia Citizen)


Joe Came To Philly. Jill Came To Pittsburgh. For Biden And The GOP, ‘The Stakes Feel Existential’ In PA. “The first couple’s visits over a 72-hour span demonstrated how pivotal the state is to the president’s 2024 hopes” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Republicans To Be More Selective In Choosing Senate Candidates In 2024. “Establishment Republicans are looking to play a more assertive role in ensuring their preferred candidates win in competitive Senate primaries as they work to flip the upper chamber next year.” (The Hill)

In Pittsburgh, Top House Democrat Urges Local Unions To Join Fight Against ‘Diabolical’ GOP. “Hakeem Jeffries, the top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, appeared in Wilkinsburg alongside U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio on Sunday, urging union leaders to rally to the side of Democrats in 2024.” (WESA)

In The GOP Primary, One Thing Sells (Merch) Above All: Owning The Libs. “The mesh trucker hats, “Bud Right” koozies and “Abolish the FBI” yard signs Republican presidential candidates are feverishly hawking are, on the surface, all about amassing enough small-dollar donors to qualify for the first debate. But there’s something else revealing about the candidates’ emporiums of red meat. In the modern GOP, owning the libs is what sells.” (POLITICO)

John Fetterman Back In The U.S. Senate And Looking Ahead To 2024. “Pa.’s junior senator talks legislation, ‘love’ for Bob Casey and congressional decorum.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)



2. Clock Ticking On PA’s Presidential Primary Date


While all the attention has been focused on the lack of a signed budget for FY24 in the Commonwealth, there could be another significant impact on Pennsylvania when it comes to selecting presidential candidates next year.

Time is running out for the General Assembly to make a change in the state’s presidential primary date. (PoliticsPA)


Take Our Reader Poll. Should Pennsylvania move its presidential primary date to be more relevant and give registered voters more of a say on who will be on the November ballot? (PoliticsPA)

PA’s June Unemployment Rate At Record Low 3.8%. “Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 3.8% in June, the lowest rate on record (back to January 1976). ” (PoliticsPA)

Is Abortion Legal In Your State? After Dobbs, Abortion Access Will Be On The Ballot In 2023 And 2024. “Groups that support abortion access − and organizations seeking to restrict it − are ramping up efforts to get abortion on the ballot this year in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington state.” (USA TODAY) 

PA State Senate Democrats Introduce Abortion Protection Package. “The debate over a person’s right to an abortion has been amplified since Roe v. Wade was overturned last summer. Now two Democratic state senators are introducing a legislative package to protect those seeking, providing or having abortions.” (WESA)

Meet The Caucus That Could Be Critical To Breaking Harrisburg Gridlock. “Just by virtue of a one-vote lead, we’ve got to move away from the old days of sticking together as a Democratic or Republican caucus,” Rep. Stephen Kinsey told the USA TODAY Network. (York Daily Record)

PA Legislature Must Show Proof Before Redacting Legal Bills, Court Finds. “Unlike the executive branch, the state House and Senate do not have to make their case to the state’s Office of Open Records, an independent agency that is typically the first stop in deciding public records disputes. Instead, the two chambers designate appeals officers from within their own ranks — a practice criticized by good-government activists as effectively allowing lawmakers to act as their own judges.” (Spotlight PA)

Two PA State Senators Promote Having Primary Runoff System. “Two Republican state senators want Pennsylvania to adopt a primary runoff system that would force a candidate to win at least 50% of the primary vote.” (WESA)


Around The Commonwealth

3. For 1,800+ Former PA State Employees, Retirement Pay Tops $100,000. How?


“One Penn State retiree collects $1.2 million in state pension benefits each year. Some former Pennsylvania state government and school employees are paid more in retirement than they ever earned while working.” (PennLive)

  • Judges, CEO’s And A Toll Collector. PA’s Top Public Pensioners And How They Got There. (PennLive)
  • Who’s Getting PA’s Biggest Public Pensions? (PennLive)



A School Voucher Program Derailed This Year’s Budget. What Makes It So Controversial? “Critics and supporters of school vouchers break down the controversy surrounding the lifeline scholarship program.” (Public Source)

Honoring Dedication To Service, And The Commonwealth. “The Pennsylvania Society, as part of its 125th Year celebration, has announced the creation of a new award to be presented just once to honor three longtime, transformative Society leaders — Andrew J. Sordoni, Thomas Hagen and Roger Richards.” (Times Leader)

Pennsylvanians Who Rely On Disability Service Providers Say The System Is In Freefall. “Disability providers that run day programs, in-home care teams, and residential facilities say they need more state funding to stay open, attract more workers, and offer services to residents.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

How The PA Budget Standoff Could Hurt Berks Schools, Nonprofits And County Government. “With no plans for lawmakers to return to Harrisburg until September, many are worried a lengthy impasse could lead to a cash flow problem that would force them to take out loans, spend down their reserves or even suspend services.” (Reading Eagle)

How PA’s Veteran Population Compares To Other States. “In Pennsylvania, 6.2% of the civilian population 18 and older have served in the military, the 12th smallest share among the 50 states. Of the 641,525 veterans living in Pennsylvania, the largest share — 35.9% — served in the Vietnam era, a conflict that saw 2.2 million Americans conscripted into service.” (CNHI News)

Senator Brings Warning About Medicaid Renewal. “With about 20 percent of the population receiving their health care coverage through the state’s Medical Assistance Program, it is important to know that their coverage will not be automatically renewed now that the pandemic has ended.” (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)

33% Of Butler County Households Earn Below Liveable Wage. “A recent MIT study found the livable wage in the county for a single adult was $16.24 per hour, more than twice the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.” (Butler Eagle)



4. What They’re Saying

  • Cyber Charter Reform Needs To Be About Education, Not Politics. (Tribune-Review)
  • Require More Transparency, Less Politics. (Citizens Voice)
  • The Working Families Party Wants To Have It Both Ways. (Kyle Sammin)
  • Elder Law Guys: Pennsylvania Master Plan For Older Adults Taking Shape. (Julian Gray, Frank Petrich)
  • Cities Need A National Department Of Urban Affairs. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • PA’s Trojan Horse: Hydrogen Power. (Elowyn Corby)
  • Government Is An Invasive Species. (Rep. Mike Kelly)
  • History Provides Some Guidance In How To Respond To The Supreme Court’s Attack On Affirmative Action. (Chad Dion Lassiter)
  • Where Does Liberal Hypocrisy End? (Andy Bloom)
  • There Are No Participation Trophies In Politics. (Dan K. Eberhart)
  • Accountability Needed Before Spending Millions In Taxpayer Money On Private-School Tuition Vouchers In PA. (LNP)


1 Thing

5. Philadelphia ‘An Ideal Place To Avoid Alien Detection,’ Study Says

Another was among the top 20 best spots for alien sightings.

“It’s best to expect the unexpected in this life, like, say, an alien invasion. As luck should have it, one city in Pennsylvania is among the top five best protected against too-close encounters with the third kind.” (PennLive)


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  1. There certainly is overreach by this SCOTUS. Right into your bedroom, relationships, medical decisions, voting rights, etc.


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