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October 3: Red October Begins

Hello, Tuesday. Red October begins tonight. Let’s Go Phillies.

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⚽ Union (14-9-8) | Wed vs. Atlanta

What We’re Hearing
“Kevin has earned the situation that we have … I didn’t create this problem. I’m not saying that I’m gonna go out and cheerlead for the speaker because he brought this on himself.” – Rep. Scott Perry

What’s Happening
State House, 11 a.m.. Senate, 1 p.m. Allegheny County Executive candidates debate, 7 p.m. Berks County commissioner forum, 7 p.m.

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for former Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

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Top Story

1. The Pros and Cons of Moving PA’s 2024 Primary Election Date

“Pennsylvania lawmakers are weighing whether to move the date of the state’s 2024 primary.

The state Senate has already passed a bill that would move the election from April 23, 2024, to March 19, while the state House is back in Harrisburg this week and ready to consider legislation.

Here’s what you need to know about Pennsylvania’s primary, the arguments in support or moving it, and the arguments against.” (Spotlight PA)


Summer Lee Gets A 2024 Primary Opponent. “Edgewood Borough Council member Bhavini Patel announced Monday that she would challenge U.S. Rep. Summer Lee for re-election next year.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • Bhavini Patel Announces Challenge To Congresswoman Summer Lee In Democratic Primary. (CBS Pittsburgh)
  • PA-12: Patel Announces Run Against Lee. (PoliticsPA)


It’s On In The Off-Year: Scott Perry Already Drawing A Democratic Crowd In PA’s 10th District. “Caught short with all their eggs in one candidate’s basket two years ago, Pennsylvania Democrats have a lot of different baskets in play for the race for the 10th Congressional District U.S House of Representatives seat in 2024.” (PennLive)

Why PA GOP’s Endorsement Of Senate Candidate McCormick Is A Big Deal. “The unanimous endorsement was “very important,” explained Charlie Gerow, a Harrisburg-based media consultant who ran in the crowded Republican primary for governor in the state last year and knows a little about the impact a fractured party can have on a general election race.” (Washington Examiner)

Biden Campaign Launches New Ad Focused On The President’s Scranton Roots. “A new ad from the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign points to President Joe Biden’s upbringing in Scranton as giving him a unique perspective on —  and empathy for— the struggles of middle class Americans.” (PA Capital-Star)



2. $1 Billion In Unfinished Work Awaits PA State House

“The Pennsylvania House returned from a three-month recess last week with more than $1 billion in unfinished business.

Approximately $1.1 billion from the state budget still needs approval, and was left hanging when lawmakers left Harrisburg for their summer break amid a breakdown in budget negotiations. So was hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for four state-related universities that allows those schools to offer in-state tuition discounts.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Lawmaker Says Penn State Effort To Break Higher Education Funding Logjam Is A Good Start. “House Republican Whip Tim O’Neal, R-Washington County, said he finds it to be an encouraging sign that Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi recognizes the need for more transparency in exchange for state funding.” (PennLive)

Powell Sworn In As District 21 Rep, Giving PA Dems A One-Vote House Majority. “Lindsay Powell took office as state representative of the 21st District on Monday, making official the results of a Sept. 19 special election that tipped the balance of power in the Pennsylvania House back to Democrats.” (PA Capital-Star)

Ward Criticizes Shapiro Administration For Handling Of Vereb Allegations. “Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) released a statement on Monday afternoon that was critical of the Shapiro Administration for its handling of allegations of sexual harassment against Mike Vereb.” (PoliticsPA)

Top Republican Questions Shapiro Administration’s Handling Of ‘Appalling’ Allegations Against Former Cabinet Member. “Sen. Kim Ward, the top-ranking member of the state Senate, on Monday slammed Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration for its handling of sexual harassment allegations against former top official Mike Vereb, while other senators voiced concern about how long it took for the accusations to come to light.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

PA Supreme Court: McCaffery Holds 2-to-1 Edge In Funds Entering Final Weeks. “With just over a month remaining before Election Day, the race for the open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court bench continues to heat up.” (PoliticsPA)

Don’t Believe The Ads: Carluccio Says She Will Follow Law, Keep Abortion Legal. “Montgomery County President Judge Carolyn Carluccio has been in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, some more than once, as she campaigns for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It is part of her strategy to outwork her opponent in the upcoming election.” (DV Journal)


Around The Commonwealth

3. Fed Officials Get An Earful About Inflation, Interest Rates From Small-Business Owners In York

York County, PA | Official Website

“Federal Reserve officials typically gather many of their insights and observations about the economy from some of the top Ph.D. economists in Washington.

On a visit Monday to York, Pennsylvania, Chair Jerome Powell got an earful from a group with a decidedly different perspective: Small-business people who are grappling personally with inflation, high interest rates, labor shortages and other challenges of the post-pandemic economy.” (AP)


Earlier Primary Date Could Cause Headaches For Pennsylvania School Districts. “As Pennsylvania’s General Assembly debates two proposals to advance the date of next year’s presidential primary, school administrators and board members are warning that such a move would shorten an already fast-tracked timeline for proposing property tax increases.” (LNP)

Mayor Gainey’s 2024 Budget Plan Reworks Public Safety, Invests In City Infrastructure. “The plan envisions delivering on long-promised infrastructure improvements, while taking steps to restructure the city’s police department and continuing a controversial use of park tax money.” (WESA)

Donor Organs: The Unions Behind The Checks To The Candidates. “To get a better look at two of the more consequential contests this November – the mayoral race in Philadelphia and the county executive race in Allegheny County – City & State reviewed political donations to see which candidates are getting support from the state’s labor unions.” (City & State)

The Race For Allegheny County Executive Is Getting Heated — On And Off The Airwaves. “Republican Joe Rockey’s campaign says a new attack ad from Democrat Sara Innamorato shows that she sees him as a potent threat.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Former Prison Guard’s Suit Against Shapiro, Prosecutors, May Move Forward. “In a Friday memorandum, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick found attorneys representing John Shnipes sufficiently alleged an absence of probable cause in Shnipes’ 2018 arrest by the attorney general’s office, then headed by Gov. Josh Shapiro.” (Scranton Times-Tribune)

Erie County Council Sues Brenton Davis Over Alleged Illegal Increase Of 2023 Budget. “In a suit filed Friday in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas, council Solicitor Tom Talarico described how Davis vetoed seven budget cuts that council had made to the adopted 2023 general fund budget in November.” (Erie Times-News)



4. What They’re Saying


1 Thing

5. Red October is Here! Get In The Groove With Phils’ Walk-Up Music Playlist

Philadelphia Phillies 2022 MLB Playoffs - Phillies set for Red October that may extend beyond this season - 6abc Philadelphia

Phillies postseason baseball is again upon us, and as long as Red October lasts — ideally, into November and a repeat run to the World Series — Citizens Bank Park will be filled with music.

The Phillies have a wide range of taste that reflects their varied backgrounds, and everyone has personal preferences except reliever Dylan Covey, says Mark DiNardo, the team’s director of broadcasting and video services. He calls working with players on music picks “one of my favorite parts of the job.”

So here then is a curated 26-song Phillies walk-up music playlist. Stream it in Red October, and beyond. (Philadelphia Inquirer)


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  1. Why should we trust Carluccio any more than the SCOTUS nominees who lied to Congress saying the same thing about abortion rights in their nomination hearings? She is against abortion rights, because HER RELIGION wants to control your life.


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