June 9: Spending Stimulus Money

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Senate recount confirms Oz victory. How will PA spend stimulus money? Mastriano’s involvement on Jan. 6. Fenerty takes over Philly GOP. Here is the Playbook.

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Senate Bill Bars Transgender Girls From Female Sports: The Pennsylvania Senate voted to ban transgender females from competing in girls’ scholastic and collegiate athletics on Tuesday.

Philly GOP Chair Martina White to Step Down: Chairwoman of the Philadelphia Republican Party Martina White announced Wednesday that she will be stepping down from that position at the end of her current term.


PA Senate Race: Recount Confirms Oz Victory: Mehmet Oz has been declared the winner of the U.S. Senate Republican race after a statewide recount.

  • Inquirer: The Pa. Senate race recount is complete and the results show how accurate the vote count was
  • Post-Gazette: Planned Parenthood political arm backs John Fetterman in Pa.’s U.S. Senate race as Roe v. Wade ruling looms
  • Post-Gazette: Recount determines Oz wins Pa. Senate primary ahead of showdown with Fetterman
  • AP: Oz wins Pa. Senate primary ahead of showdown with Fetterman
  • CNN: Fact check: Democratic commentators falsely claim Mehmet Oz isn’t registered to vote in Pennsylvania
  • CNN: Recount finds Oz wins Pennsylvania Senate GOP primary by 951 votes
  • Inquirer: Summer vacation advice for the candidates | Election Newsletter


PA Governor Race: ‘A look at Doug Mastriano’s ties to Jan. 6 and his efforts to throw out Pa.’s 2020 election’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on “what we know about Doug Mastriano’s attempts to overturn Donald Trump’s 2020 loss in Pennsylvania.”

  • Inquirer: Summer vacation advice for the candidates | Election Newsletter


‘Pennsylvania is sitting on billions in stimulus money. Lawmakers may actually agree on a plan to spend some of it.’: Spotlight PA reports that “as the June 30 deadline for the Pennsylvania legislature to pass a new budget approaches, support for spending some of the state’s billions in remaining stimulus money and surplus tax revenue is gaining bipartisan traction.”

‘It’s budget season in Pennsylvania. Here are five issues to look for’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star provides “a look at five issues the Capital-Star is watching this month as budget negotiations continue.”

‘Biden is coming to Philly next week for a big labor convention’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “President Joe Biden is returning to Philadelphia next week, planning a visit Tuesday to attend the AFL-CIO’s Constitutional Convention.”

‘Bridge-tolling opponents urge PennDOT to find another funding source: ‘This is not the answer’’: PennLive reports that “a coalition of business and government officials have started an online petition for people to raise their objection to the Pa. Department of Transportation’s bridge tolling plan.”

‘As gas hits $5 a gallon, Pennsylvania lawmakers hear bleak testimony on inflation: ‘It is really a redistribution of wealth’’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “testimony offered at a legislative hearing on Wednesday about high inflation came as average gas prices in the state hit $5 a gallon for the first time, with state Independent Fiscal Office Director Matt Knittel calling inflation a redistribution of wealth.”

‘Bill that would ask Pa. voters whether to privatize liquor system advances in House’: PennLive reports that “the legislation would have to be approved by both chambers of the General Assembly in two consecutive legislative sessions before it could go to the voters for approval.”

‘House votes to erase ‘homosexuality’ from state crimes code’: The Associated Press reports that “the Pennsylvania House voted unanimously on Wednesday to erase the word “homosexuality” from the definition of prohibited sexual acts in the state Crimes Code.”

‘Candidates of color say they need more party support, financial backing to be successful in Pa.’: Spotlight PA reports that “following the May 2022 primary — the first election cycle under the new legislative maps — Spotlight PA analyzed races in five opportunity districts to examine the initial effect of such seats on the representation of marginalized communities.”

‘Business owners, other officials call on Pa. legislature to release more American Rescue Plan Act funds to help small businesses’: PennLive reports that “officials are asking for the state legislature to release $225 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act money that the state received last year to help small businesses.”

‘Petitioners for recount in 100th House District appeal judge’s ruling to Commonwealth Court’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “a group of Republican voters in East Drumore Township is appealing a Lancaster County judge’s ruling that denied their request for a hand recount of votes in the 100th Legislative District primary.”

‘Pa. veterans will help study psychedelic drugs to treat trauma, prevent suicide’: PennLive reports that “a movement of military veterans and others have embraced using psychedelic medications to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression, citing an urgent need to make them widely available in Pennsylvania.”

‘Why Lisa Boscola crossed the aisle to vote for banning trans girls in school sports’: The Express-Times reports that “while state Sen. Lisa Boscola said current bills do not adequately address transgender student athletes in Pennsylvania, the legislator was the lone Democrat to cross the aisle Tuesday and vote for the a bill banning trans athletes.”

‘State Rep. Martina White is stepping down as chair of Philly’s Republican Party’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “state Rep. Martina White, who took control of Philadelphia’s Republican Party amid turmoil 2½ years ago, said Wednesday that she will not seek a full term as GOP chair.” 

‘Former Philadelphia Parking Authority leader Vince Fenerty takes over the city’s Republican Party’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Vince Fenerty, who resigned in 2016 from the Philadelphia Parking Authority amid back-to-back sexual harassment scandals, was elected Wednesday as the new leader of the city’s Republican Party.”

‘Report: Chesapeake Bay’s health making gains; Pa. still needs to meet its clean-up commitments’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “a new report by the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science says the Chesapeake Bay’s health has slightly improved but still falls short of meeting government commitments, especially in Pennsylvania.”

‘Pa.’s COVID-19 hospital count doubled in May’: PennLive reports that “the health department said the volume of COVID-19 vaccinations also doubled.”

‘Judge to hear contempt arguments in case of suspended Somerset DA Thomas’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “the question of whether Jeff Thomas violated a contempt order by discussing his case with a newspaper will be part of a previously set June 16 hearing.”


Regional Spotlight: Northeast
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre finances in good shape through April, report shows
Citizens Voice: Robertson set to start work Monday; will meet with council members one on one
Citizens Voice: Luzerne Borough leaders respond to investigation into missing guns, deny wrongdoing
Citizens Voice: Council debates mayor’s proposed entertainment stage for Public Square – and its $548K price tag
Citizens Voice: State House approves transfer of former PSP headquarters to become new regional police station 
Citizens Voice: Fired Luzerne County election bureau worker tells his side of the story 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Council mulls requests for American Rescue Plan funding 
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s new payroll tax takes effect 
Times-Tribune: Council reconsiders proposed lobbyist deal to help secure federal funds
The Times Leader: Incoming Luzerne County Manager Randy Robertson still on track to start June 13 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County American Rescue funding sought to help struggling businesses and the homeless 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council concerned about projects’ costs
The Times Leader: Pa. Department of Corrections continues move toward sustainability
The Times Leader: Interim Luzerne County Children and Youth overseer appointed
The Times Leader: Nearly $47 million requested from Luzerne County for sewer and water projects


Bob Casey: I changed my stance on guns. I shouldn’t be the only one.
Paul Muschick: Yes! Nearly 24,000 deadbeats could have vehicle registrations suspended for unpaid Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls
Joyce M. Davis: It’s not hard to remember when the economy was a whole lot worse | Social Views
Robert J. Cavalier: The issue of abortion: Our metaphysical problem
John L. Micek: Poll finds bipartisan support for fixing campaign finance laws | Wednesday Morning Coffee
David Boardman and Amy Goldberg: Journalists, it’s time to show the bodies of mass shooting victims
Sara Jacobson: The Philadelphia Prison Advisory Board is a farce
Ernest Owens: Philadelphia Has a Real Chance to Improve Gun Control. Our Leaders Must Fight for It Like They Fought for the Soda Tax
Inquirer Editorial Board: Increasing oil and gas well inspections is a crucial step toward addressing climate change 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Theft of pride flag in Lancaster and scrawled words in chalk send hateful messages. And Pa. doesn’t offer basic civil rights protections.
Sandra Strauss: Our leaders have failed us on gun violence. Let’s take the power back
Jerry Ratcliffe: Gun violence isn’t inevitable. It’s a policy choice.
Nancy Bregstein Gordon: Expanding the Supreme Court is the only way to restore its legitimacy
Matthew T. Mangino: We may never see police accountability in the Texas school shooting. This is why
Susan Patterson: My daughter survived a school shooting

2 Responses

  1. Fox Noise will air re-runs of Benghazi hearings, which found nothing, instead of Jan. 6 hearing, which is news and will inform you how some traitorous people tried to steal democracy from America.

    1. Apologies as I posted the above in error because I am an idiot loser who likes to smell my own socks.

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