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Pennsylvania Takes Center Stage on Day Two of Hearings: The Monday session had a decidedly PA flavor to it.

House GOP Members Start Impeachment Proceedings of Krasner: Three Pennsylvania House Republicans have initiated impeachment proceedings against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Toomey Backs Gun Control Proposal: Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is one of 10 Republicans to support a bipartisan gun control proposal that was unveiled on Sunday.


PA Governor Race: Mastriano Names Ellis as Senior Legal Adviser: Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano announced the selection of Jenna Ellis as senior legal adviser to his campaign.

  • Philadelphia Tribune: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro joins plan for Black workers
  • Inquirer: Doug Mastriano hired former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis for his campaign for Pa. governor
  • PennLive: Sen. Doug Mastriano adds a Trump luminary to his Pennsylvania campaign team
  • AP: Mastriano brings election denier onto Pa. governor campaign
  • The Hill: Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis joins Mastriano’s campaign team


PA Senate Race: ‘Mehmet Oz makes pitch to voters in first trip to Pittsburgh area since primary’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “in his first trip to Pittsburgh since winning the Republican primary last month, Mehmet Oz spoke to voters about why they should choose him over Democrat John Fetterman for one of the country’s most important Senate seats.”

  • Inquirer: John Fetterman’s new campaign manager is Philly-based Biden alum Brendan McPhillips
  • Inquirer: John Fetterman says he’s not a typical politician. Is that enough in a brutal climate for Democrats? 
  • Bucks County Courier Times: Here are 5 ways John Fetterman can win the Senate race in Pennsylvania
  • Bucks County Courier Times: Here are 5 ways Dr. Oz could win the Senate race in Pennsylvania
  • PennLive: Both sides in abortion debate preparing for a fight over Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat
  • WESA: Weeks after GOP victory, Oz turns to November during South Hills stop
  • KDKA: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz holds rally in Bethel Park
  • Tribune Review: Dr. Mehmet Oz ‘all-in’ for Senate run as he courts support in Bethel Park
  • WTAE: Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for US Senate, Dr. Oz, held rally in Bethel Park
  • Fox News: Dr. Oz torches ‘stunning’ attempts by leftists to intimidate SCOTUS on Roe V. Wade
  • Fox News: Dr. Oz: I want to stop reckless spending, secure the border
  • Fox News: Dr. Oz: This is judicial intimidation


‘President Biden’s Philly visit: What you need to know’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the president is slated to speak about organized labor at the AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Center City.”

‘State House GOP moves to bottle up 4 gun safety proposals’: The Associated Press reports that “Republicans used a legislative bill-shuffling strategy Monday to voluntarily relinquish a Pennsylvania House committee’s control over four bills that address gun violence.”

‘Wolf, lawmakers launch budget season with billions to spend’: The Associated Press reports that “Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state lawmakers are launching into their busiest stretch: the horse-trading and budget-making weeks of June that are vastly different this year than any other in memory, with billions of extra dollars to spread around.”

‘Pa. is considering a ban on trans athletes. Experts say it’s discriminatory and ‘anti-evidence.’: Spotlight PA reports that “supporters of the legislation argue that transgender women have an unfair physical advantage when competing in women’s sports. But experts who study the performance of transgender athletes said a blanket ban like the one proposed in Pennsylvania is “anti-evidence.””

‘Former Philly elections official Al Schmidt tells Jan. 6 panel that Trump tweet led to ‘graphic’ threats’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Al Schmidt, the only Republican official in Philadelphia to oversee voting during the 2020 presidential election, on Monday told the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol that with a single tweet, then-President Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of death threats against him and his family because of his refusal to back Trump’s false fraud claims.”

‘Bill Barr on ‘rubbish’ Philly fraud claims, Al Schmidt recalls threats: More Pa. highlights at Jan. 6 hearings’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Pennsylvania remained at the forefront as the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack continued a series of hearings with testimony from former City Commissioner Al Schmidt.”

‘Citing pandemic-fueled mental health crisis, Rep. Schlossberg pitches $100 million in new spending that includes social workers for police departments’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “Lehigh County Democratic Rep. Mike Schlossberg this week expects to unveil a proposal that would have the state earmark $100 million in new spending for mental health initiatives, including putting social workers in police departments.”

‘Pennsylvania GOP moves to impeach progressive Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’: Fox News reports that “Pennsylvania State Representatives Tim O’Neal, Josh Kail, and Torren Ecker joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss why they are leading the effort to oust the liberal DA.”

‘Bipartisan Pa. legislation would provide home repair grants, loans for homeowners, small landlords’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the bill would establish the Whole-Home Repairs program and provide grants of up to $50,000 to homeowners, as well as loans of up to $50,000 per unit to landlords with a maximum of five properties.”

‘Summer Lee says her win proves Democrats don’t have to be represented by ‘go-along, get-along folks’’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “her win in May’s Democratic primary over Pittsburgh attorney Steve Irwin — like her electoral wins in the past — was fueled by “unparalleled” grassroots energy, she said, and in the end, mainstream Democrats underestimated the size of her movement once again.” 

‘Disabled Pennsylvanians fear state plan for home health aides will backfire’: PennLive reports that “they fear a proposal by the state intended to give them more choice will actually give them less. They fear it could also lead to problems such as having to rely on an out-of-state firm to provide a replacement if their regular caregiver calls off sick.”

‘Commonwealth Court upholds Lancaster County Judge Ashworth’s ruling on hand recount in 100th House District’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Monday upheld a June 2 decision by a Lancaster County judge rejecting a hand recount of ballots in a single precinct in East Drumore Township.”

‘Ask the experts: Gender-affirming care explained’: City & State PA reports that “transgender health care specialists discuss this practice and the threats facing the field and its vulnerable patients.”

‘Legal but unregulated hemp derivative delta-8 thrives in Pa.’s thorny marijuana landscape’: Spotlight PA reports that “Pennsylvania lawmakers and advocates for legal cannabis say uneven access to marijuana has pushed consumers toward a widely available — but unregulated — psychoactive product whose exact contents are often impossible to discern. A state senator is now pushing to implement regulations that would keep it available while ensuring it is safe to consume.”

‘The 2022 Philadelphia Forty Under 40’: City & State PA lists “the next generation of rising stars in Philadelphia.”

‘U.S. Sen. Bob Casey takes a ride on Colebrookdale Railroad to tout $14.7 million in federal funding’: The Reading Eagle reports that “the federal dollars will be used to rehabilitate about nine miles of track and 14 bridges between Boyertown and Pottstown.”

‘Martin elected chair of Chesapeake Bay Commission’s Pa. delegation’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “state Sen. Scott Martin will chair the Pennsylvania delegation of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative advisory group that evaluates and acts on the bay’s environmental needs.”

‘Reading City Council President Jeffrey Waltman dies’: WFMZ reports that “the office for Reading Mayor Eddie Moran confirms City Council President Jeffrey Waltman has died.”

‘Local 98 agrees to oversight of internal election after lawsuit alleged intimidation by Johnny Doc’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the city’s politically powerful electricians union has settled a lawsuit filed by the federal government and agreed to conduct its next internal leadership election under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Labor, prosecutors announced Monday.”

‘Former congressman presents coping mechanisms for pandemic stress, anxiety in students’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Tim Murphy, a licensed psychologist specializing in psychological trauma, said the pandemic experience has had a “devastating effect” on people’s physical, mental and emotional health. But he said there are ways to cope with its long-lasting impact.”


Regional Spotlight: Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: Public input welcome as Lancaster city plans for climate change
PennLive: Former Harrisburg councilman pleads guilty to 15 counts of possessing child pornography 
PennLive: Harrisburg School District OKs new union contract with bonuses 
PennLive: Woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop met with man who planned to shoot up synagogue: prosecutor 
PennLive: Juneteenth HBG holds kickoff on the Capitol steps | Photos 
PennLive: Group focuses on treatment, transparency during rally at Dauphin County prison
ABC27: York mayoral oath dispute still unresolved
York Dispatch: Challenge to Mayor Michael Helfrich’s eligibility to serve still pending
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County activists rally outside Sen. Scott Martin’s office, demand fair funding for Pa. schools
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former Akron Borough solicitor sentenced to time served for threatening to kill Democratic senators
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s electric bill could double after supplier files for bankruptcy
LNP | LancasterOnline: Marietta council to discuss resolution supporting legalization of cannabis
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hempfield School Board to discuss ‘sex-based distinctions in athletics’ policy Tuesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster mayor’s police chief pick talks about his rise through ranks, policing philosophy


Jennifer Stefano: Good luck taxing the rich when they’re gone
Seth Williams: Krasner puts ideology over duty in pursuing phony innocence claims
Drs. Emma Gilmore and Alhambra Frarey: Vote to keep abortion safe in Pennsylvania
John L. Micek: The U.S. Senate has a deal on gun reform — if it can keep it | Monday Morning Coffee
William R. Hite Jr. and Joyce S. Wilkerson: Too much property tax relief will put city schools at risk
Dom Giordano: Krasner Is the Sam Hinke of Crime Fighting
Darren Spielman and David Masur: 4 tips for improving recycling in Pennsylvania
Dave Sevick: Free broadband for Pennsylvanians is great, but not nearly enough
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Scott Perry: Step forward or step down
Inquirer Editorial Board: Liz Cheney’s lonely fight against the extremist wing of the GOP 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mayor Gainey’s South Side outing a promising step in his ‘plan for peace’
Dick Polman: Let’s move to Australia, where they confiscate weapons of mass murder
Andrea Wittchen: No one solution to gun violence? Try them all
Jill Sunday Bartoli and Gedeon Mudacumura: We must close the cradle to prison pipeline that is destroying too many youth

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