September 12: To The House

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Monday, Monday. And away we go.

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Belated cake and candles for Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler (Fri.) and GOP candidate for lieutenant governor Carrie DelRosso (Sat.)

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Top Story

1. ‘Women Are The Reason We Can Win’

Before a mostly pink-clad audience at Montgomery County Community College, John Fetterman made clear what he thought would be the difference-maker in his Senate race against Mehmet Oz.

“Women are the reason we can win,” the Democratic candidate said. “Let me say that again: Women are the reason we win. Don’t piss women off.”

The crowd of nearly 2,700 adorned in pink “Fetterwoman” t-shirts roared their approval. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Related

John Fetterman Holds Rally in Blue Bell, PA. “Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman of Pennsylvania campaigned in Blue Bell Sunday evening.” (WPVI)

Oz Clarifies Abortion Views, Fetterman Capitalizes on Conflicting Views in Senate Race. “Fetterman, who said he would support codifying Roe v. Wade if elected, has recently focused on Oz, who clarified his stance on abortion this month, and his views on reproductive health.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

Oz Tries to Tighten the Screws on Fetterman. “Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz is going on the offensive against his Democratic rival John Fetterman after weeks of falling victim to Fetterman’s robust digital operation and trailing in the polls.” (The Hill)

  • Dr. Oz Is Suddenly Coming in Hot in the PA Senate Race. (Slate)

 

Governor

2. Can You Win a Statewide Race Without Advertising on TV?

Is it even possible to win a federal or statewide race these days without advertising on TV?

Doug Mastriano might be trying to find out.

The Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania has yet to be on the airwaves in the Commonwealth. In fact, his last commercial ran on May 16 – the day prior to the state’s primary.

And according to those who track such things, the campaign has not reserved any air time over the next 60 days … the final run-up to the general election. (PoliticsPA)

Related

Your Complete Guide to the Candidates for Governor. “The 2022 election for governor in Pennsylvania could dramatically change the course of the state. Here’s what you need to know about Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano to make an informed vote.” (Spotlight PA)

Video Shows Mastriano Praying With Far-Right Group For Leaders to ‘Rise Up’ on Jan. 6. “Newly-recovered audio and video published by Rolling Stone magazine shows state Senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano praying for federal leaders to “rise up” on Jan. 6 2021 and “discount” Pennsylvania’s election.” (PennLive)

 

Harrisburg

3. Elections & Automation Are Likely on the PA Legislature’s Fall Agenda

“State lawmakers have only a few weeks worth of business days planned between now and the end of session on November 30th. But that’s not stopping either chamber from considering a few bills before then.

A key House committee said Friday that it’ll be voting next week on new guidelines for ballot transportation after an election. Under the proposal, counties would have to place all ballots in a sealed container and include a manifest of the contents. They’d also have to log any instances when seals are broken.

Lawmakers may also take another step toward fully legalizing driverless vehicles.” (WESA)

Related

Op-Ed: Bleier Calls For End to Closed Primaries. “According to Pew Research, almost 1 in 2 veterans consider themselves political independents, but in Pennsylvania, registering as an independent prevents you from voting in primary elections. Imagine explaining to a Pennsylvania veteran registered as an independent that they can’t vote in a primary election.” (PoliticsPA)

Ups and Downs. “Hear the sounds? Smell that? It’s in the air. You can tell. You thought we were talking football, didn’t you? Nah, it’s general election season! Nothing but the hits from now until November 8. (PoliticsPA)

 

Around the Commonwealth

Ethics Complaint Accuses Congressman Scott Perry of ‘Misconduct’ in Aiding Trump in 2020. “The complaint charges the GOP congressman from York County with misconduct for spreading baseless conspiracy theories, pressuring federal officials to investigate his claims of voting fraud and trying to install an acting attorney general willing to help contest the election results.” (York Daily Record)

PA-17 Ad Watch. “Ad Watch takes a look at the 17th Congressional District race between Democrat Chris Deluzio and Republican Jeremy Shaffer.” (PoliticsPA)

Philly DA Krasner Not Alone Among Progressive Prosecutors Fighting GOP Attacks. “‘Gun crime in Philadelphia is an unbelievable problem and I get it, but I don’t know of any study that says that is caused by the way Larry Krasner prosecutes crime,’ one expert said.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

County Commissioner Attended Conference Hosted by Election Denier in Weeks Before Drop-Box Voting. “Two weeks before beginning the process to remove Lancaster County’s single mail-in ballot drop box, Commissioner Ray D’Agostino attended an election integrity conference hosted by an attorney who sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election.” (LNP | Lancaster Online)

 

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