October 23rd Ups & Downs
The PA GOP effort to block mail-in ballot extensions is unsuccessful, voter registration reaches a new high in the state, plus a pair of national ratings outlets think the race for control of the state House is neck-and-neck. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.
Every week PoliticsPA sends an exclusive extra Up or Down to Playbook subscribers. See who gets the extra up or down next week: sign up here.
PA GOP. The Pennsylvania Republican Party effort to block the three-day deadline extension for mail-in ballots was unsuccessful. The Supreme Court was deadlocked at 4-4, resulting in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision to be upheld. Democrats have lauded the decision as a “win.”
Daryl Metcalfe. The Butler County state rep is “under fire” this week after it was made known that he’s paid more than $15,000 for a district office since at least January 2017 that isn’t listed on his official website and also doesn’t include signage to let constituents know it’s a district office.
PA Voter Registration. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election in Pennsylvania has come and gone, but Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced on Wednesday that a record high of over 9 million voter registrations for the upcoming election.
PA House Dems. Democrats need to net nine seats in the state House to flip the chamber and a pair of national outlets think that they have a shot. The Cook Political Report shifted control of the state House from Leans Republican to Toss-Up this week, while the National Journal rates it in the top 10 state legislatures most likely to flip in November.
Penneco Outdoor Advertising. An attack that has often been lobbed at former Vice President Joe Biden during this presidential campaign is that he has dementia. A billboard in Fayette County attempts to attack him on the matter (which is untrue), but encounters one problem. The billboard spells it, incorrectly, as “dimensia,” Pittsburgh City Paper reports.
Tumar Alexander. He’s officially taken the role now. Alexander, who has served as Philadelphia’s acting managing director since September, has accepted to take the job permanently.
Kate Dailey and Ernest Owens. Philadelphia Magazine announced that Dailey, previously the managing editor of Vox.com, will be the next editor of the publication, while Owens has been promoted to editor at large. Dailey will be Philadelphia Magazine’s first female top editor, while Owens will be the first Black journalist to serve as editor at large in the publication’s 112-year history.
Jim Kenney. For the first time as mayor, Philadelphia City Council voted to override Kenney’s veto on zoning in Society Hill, KYW Newsradio reports.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
I’m gonna take my vote to the Old Town Road https://t.co/LObJORI2Ts
— Commissioner Al Schmidt (@Commish_Schmidt) October 22, 2020