June 27: Abortion Rights in PA

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PA Responds to Overturning Roe. Governor’s Race to Determine Abortion Rights. Biden Signs Gun Reform Bill. Last Week’s Ups and Downs. Here is the Playbook.


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SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade: The United States Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade by a 5-4 decision.

PA Responds to Roe v. Wade Decision: Comments are starting to pour in from representatives and candidates from around the Commonwealth to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday morning to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Congress Sends Gun Reform Bill to Biden: The United States Congress has sent a gun reform bill to President Biden for his signature.

Ups and Downs – June 24: The week that was … and WHAT A WEEK IT WAS!

Reader Poll: Do You Agree With The Supreme Court Decision on Roe v Wade?: We certainly don’t have to explain this one to our audience.


PA Governor Race: ‘Supreme Court’s abortion ruling puts spotlight on Pa. governor and state legislative races’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade thrust the races for the governor and state legislature in Pennsylvania into the spotlight as both parties gear up for a midterm campaign that will decide the fate of abortion access in the state.”

  • WHYY: Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro rallies for abortion rights in Philly, as Pa. governor’s race stakes heighten
  • NBC News: New Shapiro ad tags Doug Mastriano as ‘extreme’
  • PennLive: Pa.’s governor’s race personifies America’s new path on abortion: Let the states decide
  • LNP | LancasterOnline: Governor’s race likely to shape future of abortion in Pa. in wake of Supreme Court ruling


PA Senate Race: ‘Control of the Senate paved the way for the Supreme Court’s abortion decision. It’s also at stake in Pa.’s Senate race.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the Supreme Court’s decision striking down Roe v. Wade illustrates the profound consequences that can result from individual Senate races, including this fall’s in Pennsylvania.”

  • Post-Gazette: Abortion access to be ‘front and center’ in Pa. gubernatorial, Senate races
  • Post-Gazette: Where Pennsylvania law stands on abortion, and what candidates for governor and U.S. Senate want for the future


‘With accounts flush, budget talks come down to schools aid’: The Associated Press reports that “with a week to go until the state’s budget deadline, Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are working through their remaining differences as they try to produce an agreement on a roughly $42 billion budget plan that they say will marshal substantial new aid for Pennsylvania’s public schools and environmental cleanups while cutting corporate taxes.”

‘As Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Pa. is ready to respond with bills protecting or restricting abortion access’: PennLive reports that “a dozen bills that seek to protect or restrict Pennsylvania’s law regarding abortion access are pending in the General Assembly.”

‘What the antiabortion ‘heartbeat bill,’ backed by Pa. Republicans, would actually do’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the legislation, if it became law, would effectively ban abortions after as early as six weeks of pregnancy.”

‘For Pa.’s Pat Toomey, the bipartisan gun bill caps nearly a decade of unlikely work on the issue’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Sandy Hook changed things on guns for Pa. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey. A decade later, it finally resulted in legislation.”

‘Loved it/Hated it: Roe v Wade ruling brings mixed reactions across Pennsylvania’: The Bucks County Courier Times reports that “Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning a constitutional right to abortion drew celebration and condemnation from elected officials, political leaders and advocates on both sides of the debate in Pennsylvania.”

‘Abortions in Pa: The number being done may be less or more than you think’: PennLive reports that “the number of abortions performed in Pennsylvania has been on a gradual rise in recent years, with 32,123 performed in 2020, according to the most recent statistics available from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.”

‘Gov. Tom Wolf calls for Rep. Perry’s resignation’: WGAL reports that “on Thursday night, Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he wants Rep. Scott Perry to vacate his position.”

‘How the Roe decision raises the stakes of Pennsylvania’s election’: The Erie Times-News reports that “current Pennsylvania law allows for abortions to be performed up to the 24th week of the pregnancy. This could be altered, however, by the outcomes of the Pennsylvania governor, General Assembly and even U.S. Senate races this fall.”

‘Pitt chancellor says state funding ‘still without a certain outcome’’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “state funding for the University of Pittsburgh is “still without a certain outcome,” top university officials said Friday.”

‘Kelly calls senator’s claims ‘patently false’’: The Erie Times-News reports that “U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly is denying claims made by a Wisconsin senator that he provided the senator’s office with slates of false electors for former President Donald Trump as part of a scheme to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election.”

‘Poll: 75% of Pennsylvanians accept evidence of climate change’: StateImpactPA reports that “a new statewide poll shows three quarters of Pennsylvanians accept that global warming is happening.”

‘County Democrats Make State Senator New Chairperson’: Levittown Now reports that “members of the Bucks County Democratic Committee met earlier this month and voted to make State Sen. Steve Santarsiero the party’s new chairman.”


Regional Spotlight: Southeast and Lehigh Valley
Billy Penn: Map: High turnout in Philly’s May primary, but it varies widely by neighborhood
Billy Penn: Councilmembers Allan Domb and Derek Green both say they might not return, stopping just short of declaring for mayor 
Inquirer: Philly passed a $5.8 billion budget. Here are 7 big takeaways. 
City & State PA: Philadelphia’s $5.8 billion budget by the numbers
Inquirer: How Philly will spend nearly a billion dollars on policing and violence prevention
Inquirer: City Council’s tax-cutting budget deal represents a return to the center in Philly politics
Inquirer: Philly City Council probes ‘financial chaos’ at the PPA
Inquirer: The weather was warm last month. So why did many Philly gas customers get hit with ‘outrageous’ heating bills?
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s troubled jails would get independent oversight in proposed ballot measure
Inquirer: After ‘Roe v. Wade’ is overturned, Philadelphians protest and Pa. and N.J. officials vow abortion will remain legal
Billy Penn: Why do Philadelphia city officials have to resign to run for higher office?
Billy Penn: Thousands march at Philadelphia City Hall to defend abortion rights after Roe is overturned
Billy Penn: Philly is cutting the wage tax to boost business. What does that mean for workers? (Spoiler: not much)
Philadelphia Citizen: Philly Mayor’s Race in 2023
Bucks Local News: Pro-choice residents protest outside of Brian Fitzpatrick’s office
WHYY: Mayor and police express optimism in dealing with gun violence 
WHYY: Easttown Township bans plastic bags, as advocates push to eliminate Styrofoam across the ‘burbs
WHYY: Mayor Kenney announces Philadelphia’s 3 new community schools, funded by the soda tax
WHYY: Ballot question will ask: Should technical ed students receive a hiring preference for Philly jobs?
WHYY: Agreement over funds for Philly Council member’s district puts Rebuild back on track
WHYY: Federal grant helps counsel Philly homebuyers on buying and retaining their homes
WHYY: Philly’s new anti-violence plan funds policing, youth safe havens, and environmental improvements. Advocates say strong implementation will be key
Reading Eagle: Former Reading mayor, state representative and Strand Theater owner Paul Angstadt has died [Update]
Morning Call: What Pa. lawmakers and candidates are saying about the Supreme Court abortion decision (updated) 
Morning Call: What the end of Roe means for health care in the Lehigh Valley 
Morning Call: Rally in Bethlehem brings out diverse, impassioned group to decry Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade 
Morning Call: Should retiring police officers be able to keep their weapons? Bethlehem City Council, mayor consider the question 
Morning Call: Former lawyers sue Marty Nothstein, seeking more than $400,000 for work done in abandoned lawsuits against The Morning Call, others 
Morning Call: Lehigh County Democrats dismiss party’s gender balance rules after election confusion. It’s a one-time exception, they say 
Morning Call: Mike Fleck, key player in Allentown corruption scandal that toppled former Mayor Ed Pawlowski, will leave prison ahead of schedule
Reading Eagle: Berks will cover postage for mail ballots and add ballot drop box
Morning Call: Who should cover overtime pay for traffic control workers during major PPL Center events in Allentown? Arena and city disagree
Morning Call: Northampton County district judge’s son will serve time, probation for drunken driving crash into house 
Levittown Now: New U.S. Attorney For Bucks, Region Takes Office
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick takes heat on anti-abortion stance
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County women call Roe v. Wade decision ‘heartbreaking,’ vow fight
Bucks County Courier Times: ​​Bucks town stops arrest for some pot possession. Will others follow?
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County still has $69 million available in unspent ARPA funds
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County leaders react to Roe v Wade reversal; concern voiced for potential ban here
Delco Daily Times: Democrats, local abortion supporters rally against Roe decision
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County Council adopts resolution setting diversity goals in public works contracting
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County announces plan to help residents deal with summer heat
Daily Local News: Local lawmaker introduces bill to address inflation
Daily Local News: Local lawmaker calls for fast action on guns
Daily Local News: Houlahan, Mejier join forces to improve childhood literacy for military families
Daily Local News: Local reaction intense to Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling
Daily Local News: Despite local outcry, PennDOT plans to wait before making public safety improvements at Newark Road and Baltimore Pike junction
Levittown Now: Congressman Fitzpatrick & Senators Casey & Toomey Vote For Gun Safety Law
Delaware Valley Journal: Fitzpatrick Introduces Bill to Boost Domestic Rare Earth Production 
Delaware Valley Journal: Upper Darby Councilwoman Alleges Harassment Following Contentious Council Meeting
Fox News: Philadelphia murder victim’s family says change needs to happen now: ‘We are tired of losing our children’
Fox News: Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner should be ousted, says father of slain teen
Reading Eagle: Berks commissioners approve $15 million grant program 
Reading Eagle: Study proposes solutions for Reading residential parking issues
Billy Penn: You can still get an abortion in Pa., and here are verified providers in Philadelphia
Billy Penn: More than 2,500 people have taken advantage of a new Philadelphia skills and mentorship program
Reading Eagle: Chester County judge honored with piece of Pennsylvania history
WFMZ: Demonstrators in Reading speak out against Supreme Court ruling on abortion 
WFMZ: Pa. pro-life, pro-choice groups encourage people to get off the sidelines, vote in November
WFMZ: Protests in Bethlehem, Pottsville denounce Supreme Court ruling on abortion
WFMZ: Pa. lawmakers weigh in on bipartisan gun violence bill
WFMZ: Local gun shop owner weighs in on bipartisan gun violence bill
WFMZ: SAFE Berks responds to proposed changes regarding ‘Boyfriend Loophole’ in gun reform bill 
WFMZ: Reading City Council pushes to have a say in firing of city managers
Express Times: Abortion-rights rally draws hundreds at Bethlehem’s Payrow Plaza
Express Times: Bethlehem council laments gun violence before voting on retired cop’s gun purchase
Express Times: 8 Lehigh Valley groups splitting $2M in state funds for affordable housing projects
Express Times: Coca-Cola Park needs $9.5M renovation to meet MLB mandate. IronPigs affiliation at stake.
Express Times: Rainbow capitalism in the Lehigh Valley: Some embrace while others exploit Pride Month
Montgomery Media: Bill signed to name part of Broad Street after Dr. Frank Boston
AP: ‘It’s terrible:’ Philadelphia mayor sorry for slain Filipino
AP: Dems hope to harness outrage, sadness after abortion ruling


Mark S. Singel: There is clear and present danger threatening the republic
Mark Nale: Keeping Pennsylvania’s state parks free benefits residents, visitors
John Sigle: There’s not much a president can do to control the price of gas that is fueling inflation
Paul Muschick: Why Allentown State Hospital hasn’t been redeveloped
Becky Bennett: Across the Divide: He saw a rural neighbor in need and inspired a community to respond
Larry Platt: Governing Makes a Comeback
Paul Prescod and Daisy Confoy: Labor solidarity ‘brewing’ in Philly as workers organize for better wages, benefits
PennLive Editorial Board: The Jan. 6 committee hearings are showing just how close we came to losing democracy
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The Republicans who said no to Trump, and paid for it
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pitt should prepare for independence from Harrisburg
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cool heads and open minds: Living together after Roe
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Dobbs, sharpeyed walleyes and the pleasures we share
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Lancaster County commissioners should prioritize affordable housing when allocating federal relief funds
Tom Pike: Fracking is bad for public parks and the people who use them
Joyce M. Davis: The best leaders take time to mentor those who may one day take their place | Social Views
Ruth Ann Dailey: Religion, schools and the Framers
Thaddeus Kirkland: Don’t bring Chester back to parking chaos
Chris Kelly: Scranton stabbing shows where budget cuts bleed
Bill White: January 6 hearings reveal true patriots in GOP
Joe McClure: Harrisburg public pools opened amid deep community change in 1960s
William Lambers: No child should go hungry in America, or anywhere in the world
Salena Zito: Families priced out of making vacation memories

3 Responses

  1. Mastriano has so many issues, you just can’t make it a 1 issue election against him.

    1. The one issue is to stop a nutcase like Dung Mastriano from becoming a top State official where he can impose his insanity on PA.

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