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June 10: Friday Playbook

Did Scott Perry ask for a pardon? Court allows counting of undated ballots. Martin’s Potato Rolls and politics. Restricting fireworks? Will PA give radar to local police? Here is the Playbook.


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Sedition. What Does It Really Mean?: If you plan to watch Thursday night’s coverage of the first televised hearing from the January 6 Select Committee, you may hear this word a lot.

Election Results: Representative in Congress: We list the primary election results for the congressional races in the state. 

Election Results: Senator in the General Assembly: We list the primary election results for the state Senate races in the state. 


PA Governor Race: ‘‘Comes Across as a Cult Guy’: The Pennsylvania Candidate Freaking Out Both the Left and the Right’: Politico reports that “Doug Mastriano’s come-from-nowhere popularity is fusing religion and politics in a new way. He’s either Democrats’ dream opponent, or the establishment’s worst nightmare.”

  • PennLive: Boycott over Martin’s Potato Rolls’ tie to Pa. governor candidate goes nationwide
  • PennLive: Josh Shapiro opposes boycott of Martin’s, saying they make ‘a damn good potato roll’
  • CNN: Martin’s Potato Rolls are being boycotted over an executive’s donations to a far-right candidate


PA Senate Race: ‘Mehmet Oz joined by Pa. GOP chairman Tabas, former candidate Bartos in general election kick-off event’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Mehmet Oz kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign with top GOP officials, in an attempt to show unity within the party after a contentious and expensive primary election.”

  • KDKA: ‘Feeling better and better everyday’; Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says he’ll be back to campaigning soon
  • PennLive: Oz and Fetterman face distinct challenges heading into the general election campaign
  • NBC News: GOP takes indirect aim at Fetterman’s health in Pennsylvania Senate race
  • City & State PA: Recount confirms Dr. Oz’s victory in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary
  • Erie Times-News: Kathy Barnette reflects on her populist rise in PA GOP Senate primary
  • CNN: Fact check: Democratic commentators falsely claim Mehmet Oz isn’t registered to vote in Pennsylvania


‘U.S. Rep. Scott Perry asked about presidential pardon after attacks on Capitol, Select Committee leader asserts’: PennLive reports that “U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, stated that midstate Congressman Scott Perry, R-York County, inquired about a presidential pardon in the weeks after the attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald J. Trump that was aimed at halting Congress’s final certification of the electoral college votes that would have finalized Trump’s defeat.”

‘Justices allow counting of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania’: The Associated Press reports that “the Supreme Court is allowing elections officials to count mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania that lack a handwritten date but were received in time.”

‘Pa. bills limiting discussion, materials on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools poised for introduction’: PennLive reports that “Republican Sens. Scott Martin and Ryan Aument are proposing legislation that resembles in some ways Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law.”

‘Giving radar to local police for speed enforcement in Pa. has never been closer to becoming law’: PennLive reports that “the nation’s 49 other states allow local police to use radar and a coalition of statewide law enforcement and municipal organizations want Pennsylvania to become the 50th.”

‘Pa. lawmaker being treated for prostate cancer’: PennLive reports that “state Rep. Russ Diamond announced on Thursday he has been diagnosed with treatable prostate cancer.”

‘Amid complaints, state lawmakers move to restrict fireworks’: The Associated Press reports that “the House of Representatives voted 160-38 on Wednesday for legislation that would restrict their use to 10 a.m.-10 p.m. except during July 2-4 and Dec. 31, when they could be used until 1 a.m. There would be greater penalties for improper sales or illegal use.”

‘Pa. lawmaker wants more state control over millions in outside spending on federal elections’: Spotlight PA reports that “over the past few years, megadonors and special interest groups have flooded Pennsylvania campaigns with millions of dollars in contributions. One Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to change that, and plans to advance a resolution petitioning Congress to give state lawmakers more power to regulate the influx of outside cash in federal elections.”

‘Inflation costing Pa. consumers $3,000 more a year on gas and food; no guarantee of a federal rescue if things ‘really explode,’ lawmakers told’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “drastic shipping price increases are costing consumers an average 14% increase in prices of big-ticket items like appliances, and if the economic situation does “really explode” there is no guarantee the U.S. government can rescue states.”

‘Sen. Santarsiero introduces bill that would ban assault rifles in Pa.’: WFMZ reports that “another lawmaker is announcing a new bill to ban assault weapons in Pennsylvania. This time it’s State Sen. Steve Santarsiero in Bucks County, who held a news conference Thursday in Yardley.”

City & State PA’s Biggest Winners & Losers This Week: City & State PA highlights the three winners and losers in Pennsylvania politics this week.

‘As Pa. lawmakers work out a budget, trans athletes, liquor, and election money take center stage’: WITF reports that “lawmakers moved forward bills addressing all three in a whirlwind session week.”

‘Pennsylvania solar companies breathe easier as threat of tariffs is paused’: StateImpactPA reports that “Pennsylvania solar companies are relieved by a Biden Administration decision that will spare them unexpected costs.”

‘Citing workforce crisis, advocates ask state to help raise child care wages’: WESA reports that “the people who care for Pennsylvania’s youngest kids are paid so little, advocates say it’s creating an industry crisis – one with reverberations across the economy.”

‘Philly Democrats this week faced their every-four-year fight to elect ward leaders’: Philly Clout reports that “Philadelphia’s Democratic Party endured its quadrennial conniption — elections for ward leaders — that degenerated at times Monday evening into screaming matches, physical tussles, threats, accusations, profanity, chanting, and one contest that still has no result.”

‘Gov. Wolf announces additional $8.25M to support baby formula production’: ABC27 reports that “Governor Tom Wolf announced on Thursday, June 9 that he will be investing an additional $8.25 million in ByHeart, which is the nation’s newest FDA-registered baby formula manufacturer and is also located in Pennsylvania.”

‘Top trans leader aims to make change from within Biden administration’: USA Today reports that “for Pride Month, USA TODAY talked to Rachel Levine, the highest-ranking openly-trans official in the U.S. She has been championing LGBTQ rights.”

‘Anti-Trump GOP group running ad encouraging voters to watch Jan. 6 hearings’: PennLive reports that “a Republican-backed group opposing former President Donald Trump is running an ad in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, encouraging voters to watch the hearings on the U.S. Capitol attack.”

‘Consumer advocates in Pennsylvania caution against switching electric suppliers as utilities raise rates’: StateImpactPA reports that “electricity rates are rising for most Pennsylvania residents, just in time for what federal climate scientists say will be a hotter than average summer.


Regional Spotlight: North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: PA’s population dipped in 2021. These cities and boroughs were the fastest growing, shrinking
Erie Times-News: Davis seeks regional partners to boost federal funding
WJET: County Executive announces newest member of administration
WJET: City Council approves ARP funds for East Bayfront Neighborhood Plan
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Three Lycoming County mail ballots’ status questioned
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Appraisal of condemned City Hall recommended
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Group, voter services director at odds over audit
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Pa. treasurer tours Penn College, touts state’s tuition plans
Centre Daily Times: Should State College keep fluoride in its water? The water authority is exploring its options
Centre Daily Times: Penn State decides not to fire professor involved in scuffle with student at vaccine rally


John Baer: How Fetterman’s health could affect Pa.’s key U.S. Senate race
Mike Schlossberg: Pa. lawmakers have duty to prevent gun violence
Cheryl Schlamb: Pennsylvania must do more to retain nurse practitioners
Gisele Barreto Fetterman: Increasing access to contraception is more Important than ever
Kate Harper: Americans are united on this: They want to protect state parks and forests
Paul Muschick: These numbers don’t bode well for Pennsylvania’s future
Gabe Morgan and William C. Sproule: This Pa. Senate bill will shortchange app-based workers. We can’t let that happen 
Kyle Sammin: A climate fight in Harrisburg shows how Gov. Wolf wants to use his power
John L. Micek: Pa. House bill hikes cost of birth, death certificates to fight veteran suicides | Thursday Coffee
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Jamming the revolving door between prison and the streets 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hearings can be a salve for the January 6 wound 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Our exposed and vulnerable public servants
Sean O’Leary: The debate over taxing producers of greenhouse gases exposes legislators’ true loyalties
Bruce Ledewitz: Here’s a path to practical, immediate gun reform
Devi Lockwood: 5 trans women in Pa. on the problems facing their community
Will Bunch: ‘The most relief to the most people’: Sen. Warren’s plea for wiping out $50,000 in student debt
Trudy Rubin: The critical battles for Ukraine and for America are being fought right here, right now

4 Responses

  1. There are tons of families that rely on Martin Potato Bun Company for a living. Thankfully Josh Shapiro is not supporting this woke stupid protest. Hurting working people because of an owner’s political sense makes no sense. We must support PA businesses.

  2. SB 419 and HB 606, which would allow municipal police to use radar and LIDAR, are not what they seem. The bills permit underposted speed limits and tickets barely above them. The state is supposed to be posting speed limits at the 85th percentile speed of roads, but that seldom happens. Federal and state laws say to post the speed limits at the 85th percentile, so why is that not being done in PA? The bills would criminalize safe drivers, who are going to work and doing essential activities. They would also encourage traffic diversion to smaller roads without speedtraps.

    Federal studies have shown that speed limits have little to do with how fast people drive, most speed limits are underposted by 8 to 16 mph, and low speed limits can lead to more crashes. So much for safety! This is being done for revenue. PennDOT also has said for years that Pennsylvania roads are the safest in history. All that without having radar!

    Officials point to the state police as an example, but you may want to pull up Radargate Revisited first to see how the state police handled having radar. Now, many want to give radar and LIDAR to municipal police? Many things can go wrong there.

    Why do police routinely exceed speed limits? Do as I say, not as I do?

    Allowing radar without correcting the underposted speed limits is a nonstarter. Contact your state representative, state senator, and Governor Wolf and say to vote NO on SB 419 and HB 606, municipal radar.

    Pull up the National Motorists Association

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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