June 1: Today’s Word is Ballots

Today’s Word is Ballots. US Supreme Court Steps In. Commonwealth Court Holds Hearing. Is Hand Recount Next? Here is the Playbook.

 

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News

Oz Declares Himself Presumptive GOP Candidate: Mehmet Oz released a video message to Pennsylvanians in which he declared himself to “have earned the presumptive Republican nomination for the United States Senate.”

Commonwealth Court Hears Arguments on Mail Ballots: The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania heard testimony over proper, undated mail ballots in a hearing.

 

PA Senate Race: ‘Supreme Court order could affect Pennsylvania Senate count’: The Associated Press reports that “the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the counting of some mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, an order that could affect the tight Republican Senate primary between former hedge fund CEO David McCormick and celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz.”

  • Fox News: Trailing Oz by just over 900 votes in GOP Senate primary, McCormick asks for hand recount in 12 PA counties
  • Inquirer: We don’t know the exact number of Oz and McCormick votes right now. Here’s why. 
  • Inquirer: U.S. Supreme Court stay on undated mail ballots injects uncertainty into Pa. Senate vote count
  • Post-Gazette: U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks counties from counting undated mail ballots, potentially impacting Senate race between David McCormick and Mehmet Oz
  • PennLive: Pa. Senate recount update: McCormick seeks hand-count in scores of precincts
  • Erie Times-News: Court hears McCormick lawsuit to count mail ballots in PA Senate Race
  • Politico: Pa. GOP Senate race upended by court cases
  • CNN: Supreme Court case may determine winner of Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary 
  • City & State PA: Dave McCormick asks for hand recount in 12 counties after still unsettled GOP Senate primary
  • Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court order could impact narrow Pa. GOP U.S. Senate race
  • Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Commonwealth Court hears arguments over counting undated Pa. mail ballots

 

‘Wolf: Money could be spent to address gun violence but ‘we cannot ignore the elephant in the room’’: PennLive reports that “Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf on a Tuesday morning radio show called for legislative action on gun safety proposals that the GOP-controlled General Assembly has blocked for years.”

‘Two Lancaster County legislative districts appear headed for a partial hand recount’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “two legislative races in Lancaster County appear headed for a partial hand recount. By Tuesday, registered voters submitted petitions in 19 precincts in the county, 16 in the 36th Senate District and three in the 100th Legislative District.”

‘Lawsuit says tossed-aside votes might affect outcome in Lehigh Valley race’: The Express-Times reports that “mailed-in ballots received after Election Day and others mailed without a “secrecy envelope” ought to be counted in the close race for the Pennsylvania Senate in the 14th District, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.”

‘Write-in candidate wins Democratic primary to run for 55th District state House seat’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “a retired corporate executive has won the Democratic primary to run for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives seat in the 55th District. Westmoreland County elections officials Tuesday issued a precertification of results from the May primary that included more than 600 write-in votes for Scott Gauss of Murrysville in the state House race.”

‘How do election recounts in Pennsylvania work?’: WITF goes “behind the scenes to explain how it works. State law, for example, dictates that ballots with “overvotes, undervotes or marginal marks” must be recounted by hand.”

‘The 2022 Pride Power 100’: City & State PA lists “the most influential figures in the state’s LGBTQ community.”

‘Exit Interviews: Part 5: Fred Keller, The Builder’: City & State PA reports that “first elected to office in 2011, Keller spent more than 25 years in the manufacturing industry.”

‘Exit Interviews Part 4: Mike Doyle, The Dean’: City & State PA reports that “first elected to office in 1994, Doyle is often referred to as ‘The Dean’ in the General Assembly.”

‘A Pennsylvania canary in Democrats’ national coal mine’: The National Journal reports that “Rep. Susan Wild, a swing-district Democrat, is already rated as an underdog for reelection by The Cook Political Report. That’s an ominous sign for Democrats’ midterm prospects.”

‘New legislation proposes increased fines, suspensions for work zone infractions’: KDKA reports that “a Pennsylvania state senator is looking to make our streets and roadways safer, proposing new regulations for work zones.”

‘Inflation could put severe limits on the benefits of infrastructure funding increase, PennDOT officials say’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “six months ago, state officials couldn’t have been happier as the U.S. Department of Transportation regularly announced billions of additional dollars that would be available for road and bridge projects. Now, with rampant inflation and problems getting basic materials like concrete and asphalt, especially for overnight work, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials say they are concerned that the federal windfall may not have nearly the benefit they expected.”

‘The Real ID enforcement deadline is approaching: here’s what you need to know [Lancaster Watchdog]’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “in a little less than a year, you’ll need a Real ID driver’s license or U.S. Passport to board a domestic flight, but Pennsylvanians who want a Real ID should get to work on their application soon.”

‘The Pa. Liquor Control Board is liable for damages and legal fees in wine shipping fight, an appeals court ruled’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the Commonwealth Court ruling is another loss for the Pa. Liquor Control Board over direct wine shipping.”

‘Rep. Fred Keller, House committee: Biden’s use of petroleum reserve unhelpful thus far’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, joined other Republicans who are asking U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm to provide details on the administration’s plan to replenish the strategic petroleum reserve, saying, at least ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, it has not worked to lower gasoline prices.”

 

Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Post-Gazette: David McCormick wants a hand recount of precincts in Allegheny, Westmoreland counties as U.S. Senate recount begins
Post-Gazette: Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg joins crowd outside Pat Toomey’s office demanding gun reform
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh asking for resident feedback about 2023 capital and operating budgets
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court declines to hear appeal from former Councilwoman Darlene Harris
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh, state organizations make recommendations for increasing and improving recycling statewide 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council approves program to allow camping in city parks
KDKA: Mayor Ed Gainey set to announce plan to stem gun violence in Pittsburgh
KDKA: Supporters of gun reform rally outside Sen. Pat Toomey’s Pittsburgh office
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Council gives final approval for Norfolk Southern bridge alterations
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh is among the fastest-growing places for freelance workers, study finds
Tribune Review: Western Pennsylvania population continues to trickle downward
WESA: Environmental groups and Pittsburgh officials call on Pennsylvania to modernize its recycling system
WESA: Pittsburgh’s sidewalk cafe rules need to be adjusted, city councilor says 
WESA: City expects to have more pools open this summer
WTAE: Gun reform rally calls for change, pro-Second Amendment rights organization weighs in
City Paper: Elected officials, environmental groups call for updates to Pennsylvania’s recycling laws
Beaver County Times: New president hired for Beaver County Chamber of Commerce

 

Opinion  
Jerry T. Jordan: The moral and constitutional imperative for investing in young people
John L. Micek: Report: States, including Pa., headed for ‘fiscal cliff’ after COVID aid runs out | Tuesday Coffee
Berwood A. Yost: To get action on climate change, change the subject
Eric J. Epstein: The dark side of nuclear power
Jennifer Stefano: Nursing shortage can be fixed by speeding up the licensing process
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Unnecessary election recounts are the inevitable result of the Big Lie 
Inquirer Editorial Board: ‘Gas tax refund’ giveaway presents big, inequitable hit to state budget
Inquirer Editorial Board: Fight blight with Whole Home Repairs
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Which ballots should count? It depends on who they’re for
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Look for ways to enhance mental health interventions
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Time to rescind anti-social prison COVID rules
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What our fallen soldiers secured for us with their sacrifice
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Saving monuments to Pittsburgh’s beautiful Black history
Salena Zito: People, places and politicians: Abstract rhetoric doesn’t respond to voters’ real concerns
Frank M. Dattilio: Helping mental health workers who are helping people traumatized by war
Calvin Clements: Six “gatekeepers” have too much power in the Pennsylvania legislature
Austin Anderson: Pa. has more Lyme disease cases than any other state in the country
Jenice Armstrong: George Floyd’s death inspired a racial reckoning, but two years later, has anything really changed?
Zaffer Qasim and Chidinma Nwakanma: The cycle of gun violence in Philadelphia is sickening
Alexi Chacon: Three lessons from the Philadelphia HIV/AIDS Oral History Project
Darcel A. Rideout: I’m a veteran. Getting help with my mental health changed my life.

2 Responses

  1. Will SCOTUS (Alito) next shut down vote re-count and declare Oz the winner, citing unprecedental Bush v. Gore as precedent?

  2. Shutting down the count by the US Supreme Court because a knucklehead didn’t date the form becomes a sort of voter intelligence test. This is a mini R Primary election as the first one basically ended in a tie. Hand to hand combat is going on for every undated ballot in a winner take all overtime.

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