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July 3: Replacing Biden?

President Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris

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🗓️ What’s Happening Today. The State Senate convenes at 10 AM, while the House gavels in at 11 AM.

🎂 Happy Birthday. Cake and candles for Reps. Valerie Gaydos and George Dunbar. Early returns for Reps. Justin Fleming (Fri.), Rich Irvin (Sun.) and Martina White (Sun.).

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Top Story

1. Inside the GOP Effort to Make Sure Biden Is The Democratic Nominee

Biden-Harris TV Ad

President Joe Biden’s Democratic allies could get a boost to keep him on the ticket from some unlikely partners: Republicans.

Led by conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, Republicans are currently looking to guarantee that Biden will be the Democratic nominee — and to make it so that, if Biden withdraws, it won’t be easy to replace him on ballots.

While Biden’s campaign insists he has no plans to drop out, Republicans are gearing up for any and all possibilities. They’ve been preparing for this moment for quite some time.” (NOTUS)


VP Harris Top Choice to Replace Biden In Election Race If He Steps Aside, Sources Say. “Vice President Kamala Harris is the top alternative to replace U.S. President Joe Biden if he decides not to continue his reelection campaign, according to seven senior sources at the Biden campaign, the White House and the Democratic National Committee with knowledge of current discussions on the topic.” (Reuters)

Jill Biden, The President’s Closest Adviser, Is Facing Mounting Criticism. She’s Not Cracking. “In the wake of a debate performance that inflamed worries about president Biden’s age, the first lady is facing renewed scrutiny over her role as her husband’s chief defender.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • First Lady Jill Biden Visits Allentown To Tout Education And Workforce Investments, As Questions About Biden Campaign Loom. (Allentown Morning Call)


Efforts Underway to Bolster Confidence In Pennsylvania Elections This Fall. “With the two candidates in a virtual dead heat in the fight for the Keystone State’s 19 electoral votes, new efforts are underway to reinforce voting procedures and avoid the allegations that made Pennsylvania Ground Zero for Trump-led efforts to overturn the 2020 election.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Constellation Talking To Pennsylvania On Three Mile Island Restart, Sources Say. “The conversations, which two sources described as “beyond preliminary,” signal that Constellation is advancing plans to revive part of the southern Pennsylvania nuclear generation site, which operated from 1974 to 2019. The nuclear unit Constellation is considering restarting is separate from the one that melted down.” (Reuters)



2. Survey Says Casey With Double-Digit Lead on McCormick

Bob Casey, Dave McCormick

“In a poll of 800 registered Pennsylvania voters released Tuesday by the Commonwealth Foundation, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. holds a 12 percentage-point lead over Republican challenger Dave McCormick in the chase for the state’s open seat in the U.S. Senate.

Casey, the three-term Democratic incumbent, received 48 percent support among those who were asked who they would vote for if the election were held today, while McCormick polled at 36%. Five percent of those surveyed said they would vote for another candidate, while 10% indicated “none of the above.”” (PoliticsPA)


“Common Ground” Poll Finds Pennsylvanians Have Concerns on Direction of State, Country. “The Commonwealth Foundation released its quarterly ‘Common Ground in the Commonwealth’ survey of 800 registered voters in the Keystone State on Tuesday and found that Pennsylvania voter sentiment has not changed much over the last three months.” (PoliticsPA)

Voices of Reason S1E7 at the Capitol Rotunda. “The PoliticsPA podcast, “Voices of Reason,” went on the road to the State Capitol Rotunda for a jam-packed episode.” (PoliticsPA)

Campaign Finance Bill Passes PA House, Takes On Citizens United Contradiction. “A bill banning corporations with foreign influence from political spending in Pennsylvania is headed to the Senate.” (WITF)

PA Senate Confirms Bogen For Health Secretary. “The Pennsylvania State Senate confirmed Governor Josh Shapiro’s nomination of Dr. Debra L. Bogen as Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday.” (PoliticsPA)

Bill Taking PA Same-Sex Marriage Ban Off The Books Clears State House. “A bill that would repeal Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban passed the state House of Representatives Tuesday on a bipartisan vote, with proponents saying the change was necessary to protect marriage equality if federal case law was overturned.” (PennLive)


Around The Commonwealth

3. HD-117: Cabell Loses Appeal Over Write-In Votes; Still Trails Walsh By Three

Mike Cabell, Jamie Walsh

Rep. Mike Cabell lost his appeal to cumulate 22 write-in votes cast in the April 23 primary election in the 117th Legislative District on Tuesday.

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County from May 15 that rejected Cabell’s appeal of its ruling.” (PoliticsPA)


More Happy Hours Could Be Coming To Pennsylvania After Bill’s Passage In State Senate. “Known as House Bill 829, the bill would allow bars and restaurants in Pennsylvania to hold 24 hours of happy hours per week. Under the state’s current liquor laws, those establishments are limited to just 14 hours of happy hour time per week.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Allegheny County’s Financial Outlook Is Murky, Innamorato Says During Quarterly Address. “County executive focuses on housing, public safety, climate issues in discussing her first 6 months in office. ” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Philadelphia City Commissioners’ Office To Spend $1.4 Million To Combat Election Misinformation. “Wary of potential misinformation infecting the November election, the Philadelphia City Commissioners’ office plans to hire an outside marketing firm for $1.4 million to battle voter deception.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

York County Considering GPS-Monitoring Units For Its Elections Office, But Why?. “York County wants to see if GPS units would help its elections department, but exactly how the tracking devices could do that is unclear.” (York Dispatch)



4. What’s On Your Mind

  • The Supreme Court Fails Again. (Rolling Stone)
  • The Supreme Court Is Supremely Comfortable — In Trump’s Pocket. (Gene Collier)
  • Democrats May Need the Courage of a Hugh Scott Moment. (Salena Zito)
  • The Most Important Takeaway From Presidential Debates? It’s Time To End Them. (Harold Jackson)
  • Our Democracy Is Much More Frail Than Biden. (Will Bunch)
  • It’s Not Too Late to Replace Biden and Defeat Trump. (Gregory B. Craig)
  • America Is Derived From The Consent Of The Governed. (Tribune-Review)
  • Casey Vows to Vanquish GOP Voodoo. (Chris Kelly)
  • We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, 248 Years Later. (LNP)


1 Thing

5. Happy Birthday, Rubik’s Cube

A Brief History of the Rubik's Cube | Smithsonian

“The Rubik’s Cube has been with us for 50 years.

Erno Rubik, a Hungarian architect, created the cube and solved it for the first time in July 1974, The New York Times writes in an appreciation for the classic puzzle.

🟥 🟨 🟦 By the numbers: The cube’s 26 pieces can be twisted into 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible positions, per the Times.

And every one of them can be solved in 20 moves or fewer.”


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3 Responses

  1. Joe Biden is the right man for the job, if the choice is he and Trump. If he is no longer able to be President, there’s always the VP who can take over. While I am not enthusiastic about the President’s liberal economic policies and social policies – he cares deeply about our country. He may not be as say free market or pro life as I’d wish for a candidate. But he is not a sociopath, like Donald Trump and whichever wacko he picks as his running mate.

    While I like Doug Burgum and Tim Scott – I’ll take a pass, even with either of those. Thr radical judicial activists on the Supreme Court are too many. The President does not have absolute immunity- and I would much rather a dem win in November cause the court is way out of balance and extreme to the right. Also – there is no way 15 million folks are getting deported without innocent people, including women and children getting hurt by Trump and his thugs – like the Herritage Foundation and his insurrectionist goon squads. Also – I think Biden will have a better handle on trade policy. Neither candidate is more of a free trader – but at least Biden has some prudence and strategy – and is not some neurotic psycho economic illiterate like Trump who has babbled nonsense for like 50 years. Biden has this ex-Republican’s vote 100 percent. Go Joe

  2. Biden is a threat to not have the mental and physical ability to serve the entire 4 year term BUT Trump is a threat to our democracy and he’s ruin everything he’s ever been involved in. I wish Biden would step aside and the Democrats would identify the best candidate to knock Trump out in November. If Biden stays on, it’s time for the campaign to start stressing to the entire country, if Biden fails or dies, Harris is ready in the bullpen and will still be a better choice than Trump.

  3. Biden should go, but the decision is his, and Jill is not helping. Even if Biden stays, Biden is a better choice than Trump. If Biden withdraws, Kamala Harris or any of the other Dem bench are better than Trump. Hell, Nikki Haley is better than Trump.

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    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

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