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November 22nd Playbook

Senator Jake Corman talks about the 2020 election audit and his campaign for Governor in the latest episode of the PoliticsPA Podcast. Here is the Playbook. 


Jake Corman on Election Audit: “We’re Not Looking to Change Results”: In the latest episode of the PoliticsPA Podcast, Senator Jake Corman, ranking Republican in the state Senate and now a candidate for governor, discusses the 2020 election audit his party is leading and makes clear it will not change the outcome of the race in Pennsylvania.

‘Pa. Senate GOP to pay firm $270,000 to assist in its probe of 2020 presidential election’: PennLive reports that “a GOP-led state Senate committee charged with conducting a taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 presidential election will spend $270,000 on a private firm to assist with its review.”

‘Sources: Former Pa. House speaker Turzai running for governor’: The Caucus reports that “Mike Turzai, the former Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, is running for governor, according to two sources, both key figures in statewide politics, who met with Turzai in recent days.”

‘State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie files to run for 7th Congressional seat in 2022’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie has filed to run for Congress in the Lehigh Valley-based 7th District seat in 2022.”

‘Malcolm Kenyatta picks up important endorsement in his Senate bid’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on Saturday received an endorsement for his U.S. Senate run from Pittsburgh-based activist group One PA.”

‘Pennsylvania Democrats condemn Republican impeachment threat as Lehigh elections board controversy heats up’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “House Democratic leaders condemned Republicans’ threat to impeach the Lehigh County Board of Elections as the confrontation over a mail ballot-related ruling heads to a potentially decisive day on Monday.”

‘Black lawmakers reiterate call for state probe into police shooting of teen in Pa.’: The Express-Times reports that “new, un-blurred video of Pennsylvania State Police fatally shooting a teen holding a handgun last December in Monroe County is leading to repeated calls for an independent state investigation into the incident. On Friday, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus noted its request earlier this year for the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office to forward the case to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.”

‘What we know about the firm hired by the GOP to review Pennsylvania’s 2020 election’: Spotlight PA reports on “what we know about the firm hired by the GOP to review Pennsylvania’s 2020 election.”

‘A GOP holdout says he’d support a gift ban if elected governor. Advocates ask why not now?’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the highest-ranking Senate Republican has refused to comment on whether he supports legislation to reform Pennsylvania’s gift law, but if he’s elected governor in 2022, Jake Corman said he’d sign it into law.”

‘Cindy Chung confirmed as new U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the U.S. Senate has confirmed Cindy Chung as the new U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.”

‘Garrity Joins Other State Financial Officers in Opposition to Biden Nominee’: The Delaware Valley Journal reports that “calling her views “out of line with American principles,” Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity joined with 21 other state fiscal officers from 18 states asking President Joe Biden to abandon his progressive nominee for the Office of Comptroller of the Currency.”

‘Democrats Say Build Back Better Bill Will Give Local Families Needed Services While Republicans Call It Socialist’: KDKA reports on how Democrats and Republicans are reacting to President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill. 

‘Western Pennsylvania House members stay within party lines for Build Back Better vote’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “after an all-nighter in the U.S. House of Representatives during which Republican leadership railed against the massive Democratic-supported Build Back Better spending bill — President Joe Biden’s signature social and climate framework — the Congressional delegation from Western Pennsylvania reconvened early Friday to deliver a vote along party lines.”

‘Rep. Madeleine Dean touts ‘working for the many, not the few’ after Build Back Better vote’: KYW Newsradio reports that Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) “highlighted some of the aspects of this bill: universal pre-K, home care for older citizens, negotiating to bring down the cost of drugs like insulin, and Medicare.”

‘Houlahan: Build Back Better bill will bolster local economy’: The Daily Local News reports that “Rep. Chrissy Houlahan says President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill will benefit families in the region.”

‘Rep. Fred Keller joins lawmakers in opposing vaccine mandate at the federal level’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, stood with other federal lawmakers on Wednesday to oppose President Biden’s vaccine mandate.”

‘Pa. officials hope COP26 urgency translates to action at home’: StateImpactPA reports that “Pennsylvania leaders who attended the recent global climate conference in Scotland left feeling optimistic but mindful that the summit’s agreements aren’t strong enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change.”

‘Inside the hushed debate over whether the ‘Johnny Doc’ case was a crackdown on corruption — or unions’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the convictions put local progressives in a difficult position: Condemning the union could give legitimacy to a perceived attack on labor; defending it risks appearing comfortable with corruption.”

‘Gov. Wolf urges state legislators to pass laws supporting workers’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is urging Republican legislative leaders to pass laws to support working families with higher wages and benefits.”

‘Instagram investigated by Pa. attorney general about effects on youth’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has joined a nationwide investigation into Instagram’s impact on young people.”

‘See where we rank Philly’s top 100 political influencers on Dec. 13’: City & State PA reports that you can find out the ranking of “Philly’s top political power brokers and influencers,” in their Philly Power 100 List, scheduled to be released on Dec. 13th.

‘The story of Frank Scavo and his day amid the Capitol chaos’: The Scranton Times-Tribune highlights former Old Forge School Director Frank Scavo’s “role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.”

‘City Council considers banning unregulated gambling machines in corner stores’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Philadelphia City Council is considering banning unregulated gambling machines. A bill introduced Thursday targets so-called skills games in convenience stores, also known as stop-and-gos.”

‘Philadelphia announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city workers’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Philadelphia will require all of its roughly 26,000 city employees to get a coronavirus vaccine by mid-January or risk losing their jobs, officials announced Friday.”

‘Councilwoman Erika Strassburger introducing legislation Monday to restrict single-use plastic bags’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Councilwoman Erika Strassburger is set to introduce legislation Monday that would place restrictions on single-use plastic bags in the city, according to a Friday announcement.”

‘Pittsburgh Public Schools proposes $690.3 million 2022 budget with no tax increase’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Pittsburgh Public Schools has released a $690.3 million preliminary budget for 2022 that so far includes no tax increases.”

‘AG says Bower should’ve referred son’s DUI crash case to them’: The Observer-Reporter reports that “the state Attorney General’s office is questioning Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower Sr.’s decision to appoint a private attorney to serve as special prosecutor investigating the wrong-way crash involving his son after DUI charges were withdrawn against him last week.”

‘Chester County Libertarians call for analysis of election process’: The Daily Local News reports that “libertarians are adding their voices to questions surrounding the results of the recent 2021 general election, calling for an independent analysis of Chester County’s election process.”

‘5 takeaways from this year’s election in Berks County’: The Reading Eagle details “a few takeaways from the 2021 election.”

‘Johnstown’s $24M transportation grant is state’s biggest winner’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “the city of Johnstown was one of just three Pennsylvania communities to receive an influx of U.S. Department of Transportation funds this week to revitalize and connect commuter corridors.”

‘’The commitment we need’: State plans to finish U.S. 219 in Somerset County by 2031’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “with billions of new dollars bound for Pennsylvania highway projects and preliminary studies ongoing for the last four-lane segment of U.S. Route 219 in Somerset County, PennDOT plans to open the road to traffic by mid-2031, the Somerset County commissioners announced Thursday.”

‘Bingo Balls Serve As Tiebreakers For 39 Tied Elections In Westmoreland County’: KDKA reports that “the election winners will become official on Monday, barring any last minute court filings.”

‘Legislation requiring electronic signatures, ‘socially responsible’ procurement moves closer to approval’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “a proposal that would require the use of electronic signatures at all city departments, as well as a related measure to ensure the city is engaging in “sustainable and socially responsible” procurement practices could be passed as early as next week, after Pittsburgh City Council advanced the legislation on Wednesday.”

‘Finance director Anderson is leaving his role with the city’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Department of Finance Director and City Treasurer Douglas Anderson is leaving his role with the city to join PNC Bank.”

‘Election-law debate redux’: The Altoona Mirror reports that “state lawmakers seem ready to relaunch their long-standing debate over election reforms — with Republicans even labeling their latest bill version “2.0.””

‘Luzerne County discovers two additional Nov. 2 election result flash drives’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “two flash drives containing Nov. 2 election results were still in judge-of-election delivery bags and never added to the vote tally on election night, officials said Friday.”

‘Millions in state grant funding coming to Luzerne County’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced 100 new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for environmental and infrastructure projects in counties across Pennsylvania — including more than $3 million for Luzerne County.”

‘Lancaster County approaches finish line on acquiring land for new prison [Lancaster Watchdog]’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “Lancaster County government’s acquisition of land for a new prison is nearing its final stages with the delivery on Wednesday of a feasibility study of the 75-acre property.”

‘Bingo? A look at how Lancaster County decides tie-breakers in local elections’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “per Pennsylvania state law, candidates whose races result in a tie will “cast lots,” or pull numbers, to decide who wins the election.”

‘Write-in hopefuls top 4 ballot candidates in Berks races’: The Reading Eagle reports that “on Friday, the Berks County Board of Elections took the last step in completing the 2021 election, holding a nearly three-hour meeting during which they decided which write-in votes they would accept and which they wouldn’t.”

‘Officials celebrate $21M grant that will change the Lehigh River, Allentown and the Lehigh Valley’: The Express-Times reports that “a $21 million grant is celebration enough, but on Friday officials from all levels got together in the cold along the Lehigh River to give thanks for funding that will change the riverfront in the Lehigh Valley for generations.”

‘Melissa Lyon to step down from Erie County Health Department’: WJET reports that “Melissa Lyon recently announced her resignation in order to become the director of the newly created Delaware County Health Department.”

‘Balancing act: $25M deficit to be righted by 2021 savings, potential building sale’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “seats were plentiful, but county residents to occupy them were not, as the Lycoming County commissioners officially presented and discussed their 2022 budget.”

Paul Muschick: How Pennsylvania’s overpaid lawmakers got their biggest raise since at least 1995
Joe McClure: Toll bridges in Harrisburg caused controversy for decades
Bill Shay: Pennsylvania’s small family businesses count on skill games to keep their doors open 
Salena Zito: Cambria County fights population loss in little, big ways
Charlie Dent: Constitution fetched stunning price at auction — as it should 
Larry Platt: A Post-Dougherty Anti-Corruption Crusade? 
Adam Moses: To prevent more gun violence in Carlisle, legislators must stop allowing guns everywhere 
Chris Kelly: Send Scavo to prison, then to Congress
Anne Couldridge: Lawmakers must protect thousands of people with autism and intellectual disabilities
Anthony O’Brien: Why there is a disconnect between Biden’s climate change claims and his actions
Nathan Hagstrom: Why you should get your children vaccinated against COVID-19
Paul Muschick: Allentown Parking Authority should tackle bigger problem than parents picking up kids from school
Edward A. Baker: On the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we should follow Lincoln’s lead
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: GOP battle over school masking has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with public health 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: On anniversary of Gettysburg Address, what do Lincoln’s words mean for America today? 
PennLive Editorial Board: Doctors needs uniform standards for insurance “pre-authorizations” that delay medical care  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Juvenile lifers highlight prisoner re-entry struggles
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Why fentanyl? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A soothing spot in South Park comes at the perfect moment 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: ‘Let’s go Brandon’ isn’t clever, it’s vulgar
Keith C. Burris: Do Democrats have a death wish?
Gerald Danniel: A tax credit for renewable jet fuel will bring higher emissions and higher costs 
Kadida Kenner: Pennsylvania’s courts need more diversity, not dark money 
John L. Micek: Pa. lawmakers ready bipartisan home-grow bill for medical marijuana users | Friday Morning Coffee
David M. Shribman: Drawing a bead on disinformation
Ruth Ann Dailey: Thanks for what? Plenty
Tony Norman: A chastened ‘shaman’ gets what he deserves
Jenice Armstrong: The attack by teen girls on a SEPTA train shows how much rage some people are walking around with 
John Cole: Packed in like sardines: The GOP 2022 primary field for governor | Editorial Cartoon 
Ray E. Landis: Advocacy groups need to quit the horse race, focus on better outcomes for us all

3 Responses

  1. Sean Parnell just ended his campaign after his wife won their custody battle and got primary physical and sole legal (due the judge finding her allegations of Sean’s abuse more credible).

    He’s claiming he’s dropping out to spend more time trying to get custody… but that what the lawyers do, and his own testimony sunk him.

    “Trump endorsed Parnell in September” LOL

  2. What the Dems need is exactly what the R’s are doing which is exposing to the Pa voters their hard right turn with the candidacy of Speaker Turzai as well as Sen Jake Corman. Dems struggle to inspire the base but what Turzai, Corman and others do is just that motivate the Dem base. I think a candidacy like Turzai’s can elect Atty Gen Josh Shapiro Gov.

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    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

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