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March 16th Playbook

Oz, Dual Citizenship and Security Clearances. Roe v. Wade and its potential impact on PA elections. Connecting with rural PA voters. Southwest lawmakers bring home millions. 91 candidates submit nominating petitions. Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather
Clarion | Mostly Sunny, 63
Lewistown | Patchy Fog, then Sunny, 69
Stroudsburg | Sunny, 66

PA Sports
76ers | today vs. Cleveland
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Penguins | lost to Nashville, 4-1; THU vs. St. Louis


Oz: Would Forego Security Clearances in Order to Maintain Dual Citizenship: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz said today that he would forego certain security clearances that are provided to all U.S. Senators to keep his dual citizenship with Turkey.

What Impact Could Overturning Roe v Wade Have on PA Elections?: Before the current term ends in June, the United States Supreme Court may decide to weaken – or overturn – the landmark Roe v Wade decision which recognized a right to abortion nationally. Should that occur, what impact would that have on the Pennsylvania political landscape entering a general election season that has open seats for the governor’s office and the U.S. Senate?

Fetterman: It’s Crucial We Connect with Rural PA: Over the last two election cycles, Pennsylvanians in rural sections of the commonwealth have become even friendlier toward Republican candidates. That fact has not been lost in Democratic circles.

‘Stampede of candidates file for Pennsylvania primary’: The Associated Press provides “a look at who has filed, according to information from state election officials:”

‘An early guide to Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate and governor’s primary election’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star provides “a rundown of the candidates for office who submitted enough signatures to the Department of State to make it in front of the voters this spring for two big, open statewide races in Pennsylvania this year.”

‘56 candidates make primary ballot for Pennsylvania’s 17 seats in U.S. House’: PennLive reports that “in all, 56 candidates are in the hunt for a seat in Congress from Pennsylvania this year.”

PA Senate Race: ‘Sean Parnell stumps for Senate candidate Dave McCormick at rally in Homestead’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dave McCormick held a rally Tuesday night in Homestead, where he was joined by Sean Parnell, the former GOP front-runner for the most-watched Senate race in the country.”

  • PennLive: Dr. Mehmet Oz opens a new line of attack against Pa. Senate rival David McCormick: Money
  • Associated Press: Ex-hedge fund CEO aims to be hometown boy in key Senate race
  • Philly Dems Endorse Lamb: The Philadelphia Democratic Party has endorsed Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) for U.S. Senate.  

PA Governor Race: ‘Bill McSwain ‘put himself front and center’ as U.S. attorney. Now he wants to be Pennsylvania governor.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the West Chester Republican has put his 2½-year stint as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at the center of his campaign.”

‘Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, Pittsburgh area’s 2 Congressional seats are packed with candidates’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “in the 17th District, filed to run in their respective primaries as of Monday evening were: Democrat Chris Deluzio, policy director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security; Democrat Sean Meloy, vice president of the LGBTQ Victory Fund; Republican Jeremy Shaffer, a former Ross commissioner; Republican Jason Killmeyer, a national security and foreign policy commentator; and Republican Kathy Coder of Ben Avon.”

‘Republican Mike Doyle Running To Replace Democrat Mike Doyle In Congress’: KDKA reports that “Republican Mike Doyle is Plum’s council president and he’s running for the seat currently held by Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle.”

‘Allegheny County GOP Chairman Sam DeMarco opts against congressional run’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Allegheny County Republican Chairman Sam DeMarco said Tuesday he will not run for Congress this year in Pennsylvania’s 17th District.”

‘Two vying to challenge Wild in Lehigh Valley’s redrawn 7th District’: The Express-Times reports that “Lisa Scheller, who lost to Wild in 2020, and Kevin Dellicker filed nominating petitions with the Pennsylvania Department of State to appear on the May 17 Republican primary ballot.”

‘‘Something needs to change’: Wolf admin, Casey, state lawmakers call for action on wage gap’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “on Tuesday, Wolf administration officials and state lawmakers met at the state capitol to commemorate Equal Pay Day and call for measures to eliminate gender pay inequities in Pennsylvania.”

‘Larger salaries, loan forgiveness among proposed solutions to teacher shortage’: City & State PA reports that “at a state House Education Committee hearing Tuesday, school administrators and other professionals stressed the importance of legislative reforms to address staffing shortages. Citing catalysts like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, early retirements, low pay and more, administrators called on the General Assembly to help stem the exodus of staffers and boost the educator employment pipeline in the commonwealth.”

‘Wolf’s charter school regulations face opposition from GOP lawmakers’: City & State PA reports that “state lawmakers in two committees voted along party lines Tuesday to disapprove of new charter school regulations proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration – a largely symbolic move that outlined Republican concerns to a state panel that will take up the regulations next week.”

‘Pennsylvania faces ‘historic shortage of police.’ AG Shapiro, Commissioner Outlaw call on Harrisburg for help’: WHYY reports that “Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro met with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, along with area police chiefs, on Tuesday to discuss an ongoing problem: a historic shortage of police officers.”

‘Pennsylvania is revising its environmental justice policy. Here’s what’s changing’: WHYY reports that “officials with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a final draft revision of the state Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy Friday.”

‘Higher education accrediting body gives its blessing to consolidating Pa. state universities’: PennLive reports that “the regional higher education accrediting body has given its blessing to Pennsylvania’s two newly formed consolidated state universities.” 

‘Pennsylvania teacher certifications drop 66% and official says supply of new educators at ‘breaking point’’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “a top Pennsylvania education official said Tuesday the supply of new teachers has reached a “breaking point” because of plummeting numbers of young adults going into the field and the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

‘Mixed drinks to-go could be back on the menu at Pennsylvania bars and restaurants’: WITF reports that “Pennsylvania bars and restaurants could begin selling customers mixed drinks to-go again if a state Senate proposal is approved.”

‘Pa. has the second-highest number of Ukrainians in the US. Search the database to see where they are’: PennLive reports that “more than 122,000 Ukrainians live in Pennsylvania, the state said last week.”

Legislative Election Updates

‘State Sen. Tomlinson To Retire At End Of Term’: Levittown Now reports that “state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, a Republican from Bensalem Township, confirmed to he will not be seeking reelection this year.”

‘Burns announces bid for re-election to state House’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “Burns, an East Taylor Township resident who has been in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2009, credits being a self-described “independent-minded” elected official for his longevity. He hopes to continue in his legislative role, having announced his re-election bid in the 72nd District.”

‘Steelton Borough Council member announces bid for Dauphin County House seat’: PennLive reports that “two-term Steelton Borough Council member Keontay Hodge announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the redrawn Democratic-leaning 104th state House District representing parts of Dauphin County.”

‘State Rep. Roae announces re-election bid’: WJET reports that “Republican state Representative Brad Roae has announced he will run for re-election in the Republican primary for his 6th Legislative District seat.”

Regional Spotlight: Southwest
WESA: New council bill would look at how much nonprofits would pay Pittsburgh if not tax exempt
WESA: New jobs data reveals Pittsburgh’s recovery from COVID has been weaker than originally thought
Post-Gazette: How much would Pittsburgh’s nonprofits pay in taxes if they were for-profit? Proposed bill seeks to disclose the numbers
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area roads and bridges get $70M federal funding boost
Post-Gazette: Port Authority seeks help for $65 million upgrade to Panhandle Bridge that carries light rail trains into Downtown Pittsburgh
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Initial trial dates set for suspended DA
Altoona Mirror: City Council passes gun rights resolution 
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg hears 2nd Amendment input
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown’s plan for COVID-19 relief money set
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh firms among those set to run bridge replacement program
KDKA: Pointing To Rising Gas Prices, Thousands Sign Petition To Stop I-79 Bridge Toll Plan
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council approves measure requiring mayor to make sure budget proposals are legal
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council proposal would turn to nonprofits for infrastructure funding
Post-Gazette: U.S. lawmakers from southwestern Pennsylvania bring home $51.5 million under new earmark reforms
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area bridges left in chronic disrepair as funding system leaves some of the worst spans behind
WESA: As PennDOT hurries to rebuild Fern Hollow Bridge, environmentalists worry about waterways below 
WESA: Union leaders urge Port Authority officials to negotiate a vaccine mandate  
KDKA: Special Election Deadlines Approaching For 19th And 24th Legislative Districts 
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Increases Transparency On American Rescue Plan Spending
WESA: Environmental group joins Plum Borough Council in fight against second gas wastewater injection well 
WESA: Pitt task force calls for transparency, public input when government agencies use algorithms
WESA: Your last chance to apply for Allegheny County’s COVID rental assistance program is March 31
City Paper: David Xu debuts visionary redneck art film 
City Paper: Pittsburgh students join national walkouts against legislative attacks on LGBTQ youth
Post-Gazette: Capitol rioter from Ross who lost job, marriage asks for leniency, but feds want jail for lies, lack of remorse

John Kromer: Elected officials shouldn’t do redistricting 
Paul Muschick: Why it would be a colossal mistake for Pennsylvania to waive its gas tax
Fletcher McClellan and Kory Trout: The trial is done. What’s next for school funding in Pennsylvania?
Lamont McClure: How proposed rules threaten Gracedale Nursing Home with ‘financial ruin’
Nicole Neri: Today is Equal Pay Day for the nation’s women
John L. Micek: Analysis: Pa. among top 7 abortion rights battlegrounds in 2022 | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Dr. Meilin Young: Senate bill would protect Pa. from Legionnaires outbreaks
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Amazon, antitrust and you
Gene Collier: Finally, a potential perp I think I recognize

11 Responses

  1. look into the mirror
    everyone knows i’m Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D.
    how ’bout yourself??

    1. The cowardly imposter with his double L spelling tries to confuse you. Nobody in their right mind supports Oz, for any reason. Although I laugh that this imposter does correctly equate a vote for Oz as a vote for Turkey.

      1. Notice the double L in the posting name. This is an imposter who is too cowardly to use his own name.

  2. Inquirer story on McSwain was really politically hurtful. He looks bad. Picking arguments with Krasner. Photo ops. Really big deal story and not good for his campaign at all.

  3. I just hear Dr Oz deny ever saying he would NOT forego security clearances if he was elected to the Senate. He denied ever saying such a thing on the Rich Zeoli Show in Philadelphia.

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