June 22: The Trump Effect

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Cutler: “Near Daily” Calls With Giuliani, Trump Lawyers: Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) was the recipient of “near daily calls” by Rudy Giuliani and other lawyers representing former president Donald Trump in the days leading up to the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Select Committee Hearing Focuses on Fake Electors: Tuesday’s hearing of the January 6th Select Committee will focus of the plan to submit fake electors to overturn the 2020 presidential election, implicating former president Donald Trump in the plan, said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

5 Takeaways from ProPublica’s Profile of Jeffrey Yass: One of the richest men in the country is having a large impact on Keystone State politics.

 

PA Senate Race: ‘Trump predicted Dr. Oz would have an edge with women voters. Does he?’: The National Journal reports that “suburban moms may be the key to winning Pennsylvania, but they won’t be won over by The Dr. Oz Show alone.”

  • PennLive: Did Trump endorsement help Oz in Pa. primary?: Analysis
  • Fox Business: Why restarting Pennsylvania’s oil production is Dr. Oz’s ‘top priority’

 

PA Governor Race: ‘Federal Donuts switches potato rolls, swapping Martin’s for Baltimore’s ‘bread man’’: Billy Penn reports that “customers had pressured the Philly restaurant brand to change suppliers after hearing of Martin’s ties to Doug Mastriano.”

 

‘The Pa. primary election set voter turnout records. Here’s what else the data show.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “more Democrats and Republicans voted than in any midterm primary election in the last 25 years. The voter turnout data show how the state’s political geography is shifting.”

‘GOP lawmakers block assault-style gun ban for those under 21’: The Associated Press reports that “state House Republicans blocked a proposal to prevent those ages 18 to 21 from possessing assault-style rifles on Tuesday by completely changing the bill into a constitutional amendment to allow anyone to carry concealed guns.”

‘Divided Pa. Senate panel advances 2 bills limiting sexual content in public schools’: PennLive reports that “two controversial bills designed to give parents final say on when their child is exposed to sexually explicit content in school materials and banning instruction in elementary grades on gender identity and sexual orientation passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.”

‘Bill seeks to ensure dead people don’t receive public benefits’: PennLive reports that “the state Senate passed a bill Tuesday aimed at combating fraud by blocking public assistance benefits from being delivered to the deceased.”

‘Pa. lawmaker wants Penn State to report location, condition of Paterno statue in exchange for state funding’: PennLive reports that “Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Butler/Beaver/Lawrence) is attempting to force Penn State University to provide information regarding the location and condition of the Joe Paterno statue by tying it as an amendment to Senate Bill 1283, which would provide the school’s funding for the fiscal year.”

‘Pennsylvania lawmakers to discuss moving presidential primary election’: ABC27 reports that “a Pennsylvania State House committee will review a bill that would move Pennsylvania’s presidential primary election date up several weeks.”

‘Pushing for a gift ban, activists tear down ‘Wall of Corruption’ outside Pa. Capitol’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “members of the activist group MarchOnHarrisburg erected a metaphoric “Wall of Corruption” outside the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday, as they renewed their call for passage of a legislative gift ban.”

‘A longstanding political dance between Pitt and the Pa. Legislature heads to the wire’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “issues from environmental law advocacy to sex toy fairs have raised Republican ire.”

‘Natural gas impact fee could hit record next year, agency says’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office forecasts that the state’s impact fee on natural gas drilling will bring in between $10.8 million and $24.3 million more this year than the $234.4 million the commonwealth received for drilling in 2021.”

‘As Pa. teacher shortage looms, legislators consider bill to smooth out-of-state certification’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “as local school districts scramble to find teachers and substitute teachers, a bill that would make it easier for out-of-state educators to work in Pennsylvania has received unanimous support from lawmakers thus far.” 

‘Group calls on Pa. lawmakers for more funding to address child care worker shortage’: PennLive reports that “Children First, a nonprofit children’s advocacy group, is calling on lawmakers to use some of the state’s budget surplus to raise the hourly wage of childcare workers.”

‘PSERS interim executive director named to post permanently’: PennLive reports that “Terrill Sanchez has been named as the executive director of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and is the 105-year-old system’s first female executive director.”

‘Snowplows, dump trucks, more: Heavy equipment from PennDOT goes up for auction’: PennLive reports that “an online auction is underway for more than 280 heavy equipment items from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.”

‘January 6 Committee to explore Pa. lawmaker’s alleged role in effort to have Trump appoint new attorney general’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “a hearing on Thursday expected to reveal information about Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry’s alleged role in a plot to use the U.S. Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election.

‘Pennsylvania nurses aide candidates wait months, drive hundreds of miles, only to learn test is canceled, lawmakers told’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “the exam required to become a certified nurse aide in Pennsylvania is so difficult to schedule that some prospective CNAs are giving up on employment in health care, Pa. lawmakers were told.”

‘Diesel fuel outages, high prices could directly affect farm harvests; lawmakers discuss options’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “veteran state senators from both parties worried that high prices and rolling outages of diesel fuel might hurt the harvest of Pennsylvania crops in coming months, even as lawmakers continued to hear stark testimony on the potential impacts of soaring inflation.”

‘David Ritter concedes Lehigh County judge race, ending a monthslong battle from the 2021 election’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “attorney David Ritter conceded Tuesday in the contested 2021 election campaign for judge on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas after a months-long battle over undated ballots that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.”

‘Joseph Hart, 60, Delaware County Daily Times Executive Editor, died Tuesday’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “Delaware County Daily Times Executive Editor Joseph Hart died Tuesday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby after suffering a stroke. He was 60 years old.”

 

Regional Spotlight: Southwest
City Paper: Gisele Fetterman leads rally against Pittsburgh immigration court closure
Observer-Reporter: Washington County leads state in natural gas drilling impact fee revenue
WESA: In Beaver County, a mix of hope and fear over startup of Shell’s ethane cracker
WESA: 1 in 3 Pennsylvania drinking water systems exceed new EPA limits for ‘forever chemicals’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald defends 2014 drilling at Allegheny County park 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s ineffective land bank could cut through red tape under Pa. Senate bill
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council gives approval for partnerships to hire formerly incarcerated people, donate old electronic devices
WTAE: A western Pennsylvania gas station will offer gas at $2.38 per gallon
WTAE: Wolf administration continues push for $2,000 direct payments to Pennsylvania residents
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania Senate votes forward Pitt appropriation funding
WESA: Pittsburgh City Council makes changes to short-term rental bill 
WESA: Some Pittsburgh-area employers lift pay in the face of inflation. But is it enough?
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania launches new addiction treatment tool
Tribune Review: Southwestern Pa. transit plan allocates $1.5 billion for bridge, other infrastructure improvements
Tribune Review: Western Pa. counties, municipalities to see bump in money from fees on natural gas production
Observer-Reporter: Cook appointed to House agriculture committee
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County commissioners split on whether to make election law changes; currently fact-finding 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County residency no longer required of dispatch officers and shift commanders
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh looking to give second life to old electronic devices through new partnership
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council declares June 21 ‘Chief Scott Schubert Day’
Post-Gazette: Leet police chief sues township over being placed on leave, claiming political retaliation
WESA: Parents, students urge city school board to make interim leader the permanent superintendent
WESA: New speed humps across Pittsburgh are part of the city’s traffic calming initiative 
City Paper: From boats to buses: Pittsburgh’s public transit rebrands
KDKA: Advocates rally to end sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in Pennsylvania pet stores
KDKA: Pittsburgh adds first-of-its-kind advisory bike lane
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Greater Johnstown town hall aims at solutions to violence, other district problems
City Paper: Wilkinsburg woman sues jail for poor care she says caused painful miscarriage 
City Paper: Chronic pain patient becomes advocate for health care reforms
Altoona Mirror: County urged to create more affordable housing
Altoona Mirror: Altoona approves lower tax increase

 

Opinion  
Charlie Dent: The gobsmacking audacity of the alleged scheme to keep Trump in office
Salena Zito: Tampon shortage: Yet another ‘War on Women’
Mark McKillop: After two decades and record inflation, school retirees need a COLA
Jack W. Paul: Are the Democrats responsible for world-wide inflation?
Paul Muschick: I was shocked to learn how many Pennsylvania mail carriers are bitten by dogs
Gail M. D’Angelo: We can solve the worker shortage by investing in state-owned universities
Ruth E. Siegfried: We’re in the budget home stretch; do the right thing for disability workers
John L. Micek: Fetterman, Shapiro are teaming up in 2022. Will it help, hurt? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Philadelphia Tribune Editorial: Pennsylvania Republican nominee for governor Doug Mastriano double down on election lies and extremists views
Inquirer Editorial Board: As college athletes finally get a piece of the pie, more myths are shattered about amateur sports 
Inquirer Editorial Board: It’s time to complete the overhaul of the Medical Examiner’s Office 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Democrats should stop protecting the rich and support Romney bill
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Agencies should do better job of easing, prioritizing recovery for poultry farmers 
Susan Spicka and Beth Sviben: Legislators should invest boldly in public schools this year
Aavin Mangalmurti: As a Pittsburgh student, I don’t feel safe, because no one will do one simple thing
Bruce Ledewitz: Tax cuts cause inflation, too. We need to resist quick fixes

2 Responses

  1. Tell the State Representative who needs to know the location of the Joe Paterno Statue that it is in my neighbor’s backyard in central Pa. They keep it near the wooden area so you really have to look hard. However, word is that it will be moved to Jim Thorpe in a few weeks near the bed and breakfast. I heard Colombo is taking new cases so he may be able to help with locating the Paterno Statue.

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