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Can Pennsylvania Pass Significant Gun Reform?: It is estimated that there are 70 bills or co-sponsorship memos about gun control from Pennsylvania House Democrats in this session.

PA Senate Race: Despite Concession, Senate Recount Continues: Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman announced Sunday via Twitter that “Counties will continue their efforts.”

  • Fetterman Shares Medical Information: Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate John Fetterman released a statement on his health and a letter from his cardiologist on Friday.
  • CNN: Fetterman’s wife says Democratic Senate candidate may be away from campaign trail until July as he recovers from a stroke
  • Politico: Fetterman airs first general election ad on Fox
  • CNN: Pennsylvania candidate’s undisclosed heart condition alarms some Democrats 
  • Politico: McCormick concedes to Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania GOP Senate race
  • City & State PA: Here’s what we know about John Fetterman’s health

‘Pennsylvania governor tests positive for coronavirus’: The Associated Press reports that “Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.”

‘Sen. Pat Browne, one of the top Republicans in Harrisburg, concedes; Jarrett Coleman upset winner in 16th District primary’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “in what amounts to a political earthquake in the Lehigh Valley, veteran state Sen. Pat Browne on Monday conceded his reelection bid to political newcomer Jarrett Coleman, signaling an end to Browne’s 28-year run in Harrisburg.”

‘Rep. Saylor reacts to disappointing Pennsylvania primary defeat’: ABC27 reports that “state Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York County) calls himself the most conservative appropriations chairman in decades, and yet he was defeated in the primary election for not being conservative enough.”

‘Recount in 100th House District finds no change in vote total’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “after recounting ballots for the Republican primary in the 100th District on Monday, Lancaster County election officials found no change in the vote total.”

‘Cutting tax rate to make Pa. business friendlier gains support as state budget talks get underway’: PennLive reports that “a Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that would incrementally lower the state’s 9.99% corporate net income tax rate to 6.99% in 2025.”

‘‘Election integrity’ or ‘election intimidation?’ controversial bill passes Pa. Senate’: PennLive reports that “a controversial bill that eliminates residency requirements for poll watchers to observe voting and ballot counting passed the state Senate on Monday.”

‘Pat Toomey, again negotiating a gun deal, says senators are ‘closer’ than after Sandy Hook’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “now, after the latest round of horrific massacres, Toomey says a group of senators are closer than he’s ever seen to a bipartisan agreement. He told Fox News Monday that he hopes negotiators can develop a framework by the end of this week, though he indicated that timeline could be a stretch.”

‘Video: Sen. Bob Casey says U.S. has more guns than people’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Sen. Bob Casey met with a dozen young people in Philadelphia on Monday during a roundtable discussion about the city’s gun violence crisis. “We live in a country that is awash in guns,” said Casey while noting an increase in the production of guns in recent history.”

‘After anti-violence protest, Philadelphia students get meeting with Sen. Casey’: WHYY reports that “a group of students who held an anti-violence protest outside Philadelphia’s City Hall last week got to take their concerns directly to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Monday, urging Congress to take action to reduce gun violence.”

‘After the South Street shooting, frustration mounts over the Pennsylvania law that keeps Philly from passing its own gun control’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “calls for new laws to prevent gun violence, spurred nationwide in recent weeks by mass shootings, echoed in Philadelphia following Saturday’s mass shooting on South Street. But a state law prohibits the city from passing gun-control measures.”

‘Philadelphia mass shooting: DA Krasner claims legislators ‘sold their souls’ to NRA gun lobby; charges to come’: Fox News reports that “Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner doubled down of criticism of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Monday in response to the South Street mass shooting over the weekend, arguing that any legislator – Republican or Democrat – who has “sold their souls” to the gun lobby should not remain in office.”

‘Philadelphia Mayor Kenney speaks out on deadly South Street mass shooting’: 6ABC reports that “Mayor Jim Kenney and other Philadelphia leaders are speaking out after a mass shooting left three dead and 11 others wounded Saturday night on South Street.”

‘Poll: Pennsylvanians feeling worst economic pain in years as gas prices approach $5 a gallon’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “a Franklin & Marshall College poll conducted in late April and early May found about 43% of respondents believed they are “worse off” financially than they were one year earlier, the worst level shown by the poll in the past six years.”

‘Free-market think tank calls for expanded school choice policies and tax reforms’: City & State PA reports that “the Commonwealth Foundation has unveiled a 23-point legislative agenda for 2023.”

‘Young progressives seek to overhaul county’s Democratic committee’: WESA reports that “party committee members are elected to help bolster Democratic candidates and causes, but critics say the Democratic operation in Allegheny County has become ineffectual and anachronistic.” 

‘Advocates, families rally for child welfare workers’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “at the press conference, speakers highlighted the work of child welfare professionals and encouraged anyone interested in the profession to apply.”

‘Pennsylvania Turnpike adds new payment network for drivers to pay cash’: PennLive reports that “the Pennsylvania Turnpike has added a new payment option for customers who want to use cash to pay Toll By Plate invoices or add money to their E-ZPass accounts.”

‘Pa. liquor board announces lotteries for limited edition whiskies’: PennLive reports that “the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced today it will once again be holding a series of limited-release lotteries for 183 bottles of rare whiskeys, including the highly sought 2021 Van Winkle releases.”

‘Transforming the state’s hiring process to make commonwealth a ‘premier employer’’: PennLive reports that “over the past six years, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has modernized its hiring practices and enhanced its benefits to make it better able to compete with the private sector in the job market.”

‘A Q&A with Zach Wilcha of the Independence Business Alliance’: City & State PA reports that “Wilcha, also a chamber of commerce leader, explains how Philly and the state can better support businesses within the LGBTQ community.”

‘Ex-congressman Myers pleads guilty in ballot stuffing case’: The Associated Press reports that “a former congressman from Philadelphia pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to fraudulently stuffing ballot boxes for Democratic candidates between 2014 and 2018.”

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PennLive: Former York City mayor named CEO of YWCA
PennLive: Amid gun violence crisis, parents bear the emotional toll of fear and worry
LNP | LancasterOnline: High price of Lancaster County’s agricultural land shapes how farmers start up, expand
PennLive: Harrisburg holds second public meeting on State Street project
PennLive: Damaged Three Mile Island reactor gets a new corporate parent
PennLive: Cumberland County volunteer member sought for regional transportation board
PennLive: Rutter’s raises starting wages to $17 an hour

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Dom Giordano: Do PA Republicans Want to Win? Here Are Three Things They Need to Do.
Inquirer Editorial Board: The mass shooting on South Street is a stark reminder of Philly’s thwarted efforts to tighten gun laws 
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Emily Becker-Haimes, Rebecca Stewart, and David Mandell: Don’t use mental health to deflect conversations from gun reform | Expert Opinion
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Helen Ubiñas: When it comes to gun violence, expecting change from leaders has become a distraction we can’t afford
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Edward Garcia: Are you pro-business? Then you should be pro-gun control, too
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3 Responses

  1. Why would passing another law in Philly that Kenney and Krasner wouldn’t enforce actually solve anything?

    The problem is they let out gun criminals instead of locking them up.

  2. GOP is too in love with guns and violence to buttress their “manhood” to ever be decent Americans again.

    1. Dems are too in love of letting criminals out of jail to ever be decent Americans again.

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