March 8th Playbook

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects GOP Redistricting Plans. PA High Court Hears Mail-In Ballot Case. Dems Turn Attention to Governors’ Races. More announcements for House. Muhlenberg College To Host First Dem Senate Debate. Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather
Bradford | Slight Chance of Snow Showers, Partly Sunny, 37
Bloomsburg | Decreasing Clouds, 46
Bristol | Sunny, 51

PA Sports
76ers | defeated Chicago, 121-106
Flyers | vs. Las Vegas
Penguins | vs. Florida
NCAA DII Basketball Championships Selections
(M) California, Indiana, Mercyhurst, Millersville
(W) California, Gannon, Indiana, Jefferson, Kutztown, Lincoln, 

News

PA Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Mail-In Ballots: Last week, vote-by-mail in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania received a stay of execution. On Tuesday morning, the state Supreme Court will have oral arguments about its reinstatement or abolition.

Differences, Similarities Among Democratic Senate Candidates: In these highly-partisan times though, voters’ minds may shift more to who can win an election versus who is the best choice to carry the party banner into an election battle.

Democrats Turn Their Attention to Governors’ Races Across Country: While the battle for control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives rolls on, another struggle is quietly unfolding across the country – control of governor’s mansions.

PA Senate Race: ‘Muhlenberg College to host first Pennsylvania Senate Democratic debate; John Fetterman still ‘under discussion’ to attend’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “Muhlenberg College will host the first debate of Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate next month, the school announced Monday.”

  • NBC10: Carla Sands Touts Support for Trump in Senate Bid
  • WESA: David McCormick’s record on job creation may give false impression to Pennsylvania voters
  • WESA: Vince Fusca, who some suspect of being a Kennedy, is running for Senate as his own man
  • AP: ‘We want to win’: Democrats face choice in key Senate race

‘Donald Trump keeps dragging Bill McSwain into his fight with Bill Barr’: Philly Clout reports that “Trump is again claiming that his Attorney General Bill Barr prevented then-U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, now a candidate for Pennsylvania governor, from investigating election fraud in Philadelphia.”

‘Comcast executive is campaigning for 4th Congressional District seat’: Montgomery Media reports that “Christian Nascimento is seeking the Republican nomination.”

‘Chester County businesswoman running for 6th Congressional District’: The Pottstown Mercury reports that “Regina Mauro is seeking the Republican nomination to represent Berks and Chester counties in Congress.”

‘Gov. Wolf to fleeing Ukrainians: ‘You are safe and welcome here’’: PennLive reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf calls for making $2 million in state funds available to help Ukrainians who flee their country under attack by Russia as part of a broader response to aid Ukrainians.”

‘Court rejects GOP redistricting plans in NC, Pennsylvania’: The Associated Press reports that “in a victory for Democrats, the Supreme Court has turned away efforts from Republicans in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to block state court-ordered congressional districting plans.”

‘Rep. Susan Wild, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick travel to Ukraine border’: WFMZ reports that “two members of Congress from Pennsylvania traveled to Poland near the Ukraine border to assess the situation. Lehigh Valley Congresswoman Susan Wild and Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick are part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the area.” 

‘Sen. Casey tours LVIA to highlight funding from infrastructure bill’: WFMZ reports that “U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stopped at Lehigh Valley International Airport Monday to see how improvements there are shaping up.”

‘Gov. Wolf visits Allentown to push for further investments in education’: WFMZ reports that “Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf paid a visit to William Allen High School in Allentown Monday morning to expand upon his vision to further invest in schools across Pennsylvania.”

‘The 2022 Construction Power 75’: City & State PA’s “first Construction Power 75 list identifies the leading builders, contractors, public officials, construction managers, consultants, lawyers and advocates who are building – and rebuilding – the commonwealth.”

‘Libertarians visit Williamsport to tout end to 2-party focus’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “Libertarian Party candidates and their supporters came to Williamsport over the weekend to get out their message and raise money. The events included the party’s convention held at the Genetti Hotel and a fundraising event Friday at the Hatchet House in Williamsport.”

‘Attorneys for Equity Forward, Real Alternatives make their arguments in court over open records’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the warring factions in a five-year-long legal battle over Pennsylvania’s decision to award tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to an anti-abortion group finally had their day in court on Monday.

‘US Steel fined $1.8 million for ‘rotten egg’-gas pollution near Pittsburgh’: StateImpactPA reports that “the Allegheny County health department levied a $1.8 million fine against US Steel for gas leaks at the company’s Clairton coke works that resulted in high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a gas that smells like rotten eggs, in nearby communities.”

‘Transit projects may get help from Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, officials learn’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Port Authority took about 35 state representatives and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee on a tour Monday of its light rail system to show off future projects such as revamping stations at South Hills Junction and Station Square.”

‘Scavo to be released from federal prison on April 20’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Frank Scavo will be released from federal prison on Wednesday, April 20, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Scavo, who is now Inmate No. 36458-509, began serving his 60-day sentence on Monday, Feb. 21. Scavo, 59 of Old Forge, is incarcerated at the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution, where he is serving his sentence for his role in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.”

Legislative Election Updates

‘Rep. Patty Kim announces re-election bid to redrawn House district representing Harrisburg, West Shore towns’: PennLive reports that “Democratic state Rep. Patty Kim announced on Monday she has launched her re-election campaign to represent the redrawn 103rd House District.”

‘Hamm announces bid for re-election’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that ““make no mistake, I am running for re-election for Pennsylvania State Representative in the 84th district,” state Rep. Joe Hamm, R-Hepburn Township announced with a news release.”

Regional Spotlight: Central
Patriot News: Central Pa. TV anchor named communications director for Harrisburg
Patriot News: Cumberland County takes final approval vote on Claremont nursing home sale
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County could spend millions in federal funds to improve internet access [Lancaster Watchdog]
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former F&M trustee, grad who served as Reagan’s chief of staff dies at 77
LNP | LancasterOnline: Ex-Ephrata lawyer pleads guilty to planning to kill U.S. officials [update]
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sheriff deputies get pay increases, sign-on bonuses in Lancaster County’s latest attempt to recruit, retain staff
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘I like to help’: New Lancaster City Council member Katie Walsh begins tenure with drive to uplift people
York Dispatch: Consultant: York County should have a health department — and here’s how to go about it

Opinion  
Josh Shapiro: Building opportunity for Pennsylvania’s children
Kerry Benninghoff: Pennsylvania can substantively marginalize Putin’s global influence
Dan Deasy: Liquor privatization ‘plan’ doesn’t add up
Gene Yaw: Are we nuts? American energy is key to undermining Putin’s war
Daniel Hassell: Strong tax revenue has Pa. poised  to deliver  for residents
Jack Stollsteimer: Why I Am Proud To Be Ukrainian 
John L. Micek: Pa. U.S. Rep. Susan Wild’s redrawn 7th District seat is a ‘toss up’ for ’22 | Monday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pittsburgh steps up for Ukraine
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Allegheny County Jail should ease re­stric­tions on in­mate vis­i­ta­tion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly police don’t deserve benefit of the doubt in killing of 12-year-old child
Tony Norman: Lessons learned at the Sewickley Academy protest
Sriya Tallapragada: As a teen born to immigrants, Biden’s SCOTUS pick tells me I belong 
Arlene Notoro Morgan: I spent 31 years at The Inquirer, and I’m proud of our diversity efforts 
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t let reports of racist acts by Ukrainians against Africans distract from what’s at stake 
Conor Williams: The Supreme Court cannot allow coal companies to write their own rules 
Dick Polman: Is the U.S. strong enough to put up with some domestic sacrifice?

4 Responses

  1. Had Corman been more interested in working with the Governor to put a fair map together or had Corman been more interested in completely removing politics from the redistricting process with a binding non partisan Congressional Redistricting Commission instead of playing politics the case before the Supreme Court would not have happened. Instead the Congressional Redistricting process is over with and Corman will be at best a distant 3rd in the Gov Republican Primary.

  2. USS fined for “rotten egg smell”?? My my, how times have changed. That stink used to be called the “smell of money”. In a weird way, it still does.

  3. Looks like Bognet’s nemesis, Mike Marsicano, is jumping in the race in PA-8

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