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October 17: The Biggest Game In Town

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What We’re Hearing
Rep. Mike Kelly is a no on Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House. Kelly will vote for Steve Scalise and has introduced a resolution that would elect Patrick McHenry through Nov. 17.

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The House will convene at 11 a.m., while the Senate convenes at 1 p.m. Dauphin County commissioner forum, noon. Lawrence County commissioner forum, 6 p.m.

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1. The PA Supreme Court Race Is ‘The Biggest Game In Town,’ And Groups Are Spending Big On Both Sides

PA Supreme Court candidates Dan McCaffery, Carolyn Carluccio

“The race to fill a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is dominating airwaves and mailboxes across the state this fall.

That’s because both parties see it as a high-stakes race — and an important test.

The race between Republican Carolyn Carluccio and Democrat Dan McCaffery is the top statewide race on the ballot this November, with the winner expected to become a tie-breaking vote on election cases ahead of the 2024 presidential race. The results will also serve as a pulse check for how each party could fare in the crucial battleground state next year.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Money Monday: A Look At PA-07. “The Federal Election Commission has compiled and posted campaign finance reports from candidates around the country and the Keystone State. In this article, we take a look at the 7th Congressional District in Pennsylvania – a seat currently held by Democrat Susan Wild.” (PoliticsPA)

Money Monday: A Look At PA-10. “In this article, we take a look at the 10th Congressional District in Pennsylvania – a seat currently held by Republican Scott Perry.” (PoliticsPA)

  • Scott Perry Spent Big To Raise Money But Cleared Less Than $2,000 In The Last Three Months. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Crunching The Numbers: Campaign Finance Reports Show A Few Surprises. (Penn Capital-Star)


Sen. Bob Casey Raised Another $3M For His 2024 Reelection Campaign. “The three-term, Pennsylvania Democratic incumbent has now raised $14.5 million in total for his 2024 campaign. Mr. Casey brought in $3.2 million from July 1 through Sept. 30, the new federal filings show.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

McCormick’s PAC Paid PA GOP Committee $50K Prior to His Endorsement. “Timing is everything. U.S. Senate candidate Dave McCormick’s political action committee – Pennsylvania Rising – paid the Republican State Committee of PA $50,000 just weeks before the group unanimously endorsed the former Bridgewater Associates CEO at its meeting in Harrisburg.” (PoliticsPA)



2. Jim Jordan Could Be The Next House Speaker. He Tried To Overturn Pennsylvania’s 2020 Election Results

House Speaker Fight Shows Election Deniers Who Tried to Overthrow Democracy Still Control GOP – Mother Jones

“Republicans’ choice for their next House speaker played an active role in trying to overturn Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election based on disproven claims of voter fraud.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out votes that gave Joe Biden a victory in a state Donald Trump had carried four years earlier, accused Pennsylvania Democrats of trying to steal the election, voted to reject the state’s certified electoral votes hours after the Capitol was overrun by pro-Trump insurrectionists, and spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Harrisburg shortly after Election Day.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Republicans Against Perry Aiming To Oust GOP Congressman In 2024 Through Voter Outreach. “Sensing that GOP U.S. Rep. Scott Perry could be vulnerable in next year’s election, a group called Republicans Against Perry is launching an opposition movement for the 2024 10th Congressional District race.” (PennLive)

PA House Vote To Reconsider Rejected Bill Keeps Hope Alive For An Early Presidential Primary. “House Majority Leader Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) called for a vote to reconsider Senate legislation that would set March 19, 2024, as the date of Pennsylvania’s presidential primary. The current primary date is April 23.” (Penn Capital-Star)

What’s On The Table As PA Lawmakers Attempt To End The Budget Stalemate. “The divided Pennsylvania legislature is still seeking a compromise that would allow it to end the budget stalemate and authorize up to $1.1 billion in additional spending for home repairs, public defense, and more.” (Spotlight PA)

PennLive’s 2023 General Election Voters’ Guide: Statewide Races. “The candidates below are in contested races statewide. Because a number of candidates have cross-filed, they are listed in alphabetical order by first name rather than in ballot order. If a race is not listed, it was not contested.” (PennLive)


Around The Commonwealth

3. Philly’s Getting A New Mayor And Council President, And They’ll Have To Get Along To Get Things Done

Philly's City Hall: Jaw-Dropping Views, Hidden History — Visit Philadelphia

“House Republicans aren’t the only ones involved in a messy leadership battle.

There’s one that’s been going on in Philly for months behind the scenes (though we admit it’s less dramatic than whatever is going on in Washington). And it appears close to resolved.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Your Guide To The Philly Mayor’s Race And The Nov. 7 Election. “Philly will pick its 100th mayor on Election Day. Here’s what you need to know before you vote.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Is Allegheny County Politics Going Tribal? Centrist Traditions Will Be Tested Nov. 7. “This year’s race for Allegheny County executive — in addition to swaying key policies around the jail, economic development, taxes and the environment — will provide the clearest picture yet of where the county and region are headed politically.” (Public Source)

  • Sara Innamorato Has Only A 1-Point Lead Over Joe Rockey In The Race For Allegheny County Executive, Poll Says. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • Allegheny County Voters Share How They Feel About ‘Moderate’ Politicians. (WESA)


Matt Dugan Is Running For Allegheny County DA But He’s Never Been A Prosecutor. Does That Matter? “Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is facing one of his toughest reelection campaigns since he took office in 1998 — from an opponent who spent much of his career as a public defender and has never been a prosecutor.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Allentown Residents To See Tax Hike, Higher Garbage Fees Under Mayor Matt Tuerk’s 2024 Budget Proposal. “Allentown residents will pay 6.9% more in property taxes next year if City Council passes Mayor Matt Tuerk’s proposed 2024 budget.” (Morning Call)

Upper Darby Stands On The Precipice Of Financial Armageddon. “The phrase “perfect storm” is frequently overused, but in the case of Upper Darby Township, it’s completely accurate. New tax increases for the municipal government and school district are imminent due to questionable spending by both authorities.” (Broad + Liberty)



4. What They’re Saying


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5. Cricket, Flag Football Among 5 Sports Added To 2028 Olympics

LA28 Proposes Five New Sports For The 2028 Olympic Sport Program

“Cricket is an Olympic sport again. Flag football gets in for the first time.

Five sports were finally added to the 2028 Los Angeles Games by the International Olympic Committee on Monday with baseball-softball, lacrosse and squash also confirmed for the program.

The slate of sports cleared a final hurdle from the Olympic body’s full membership at a meeting in Mumbai, India, after being proposed by Los Angeles officials one week ago and recommended by the IOC executive board Friday.” (ESPN)


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  1. Carlucci is running a smear campaign. Lots of innuendoes but no actual conclusions. Smoke and mirrors. Dishonest and dishonorable.


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