September 14: The Key

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Top Story

1. PA Senate Race Could Be The Key in GOP’s Plan to Consider National Abortion Ban

In poker terms, Lindsey Graham just called and raised.

The South Carolina Republican senator introduced a bill that would ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy, noting that flipping the Senate would allow Republicans to officially consider a national abortion ban.

The Pennsylvania Senate race between John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz was always under the spotlight. But now the temperature has been raised even greater. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Related

Dr. Oz Says He’s 100% Pro-Life, But His Past Research Could Upset Anti-Abortion Voters. “During his medical career, the cardiothoracic surgeon has also conducted research using fetal tissue — a study method that’s taboo or at least questionable to many of the “pro-life” voters he’s trying to win over.” (Erie Times-News)

Oz Backs U.S. Senate Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage Rights. “Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz has joined more than 400 Republican leaders who are calling on the Senate to pass legislation to protect marriage rights for same-sex couples.” (Tribune-Review)

Sentencing Reform, Or Getting Tough On Crime? Oz and Fetterman On Criminal Justice. “The candidates’ differences also extend to other areas of criminal justice and public safety, including how bail should be handled and how accessible guns should be.” (WHYY)

Media Puts More Emphasis on Fetterman’s Health as PA Election Heats Up. “As the Senate midterm elections draw closer, media outlets have been forced to acknowledge Pennsylvania Democrat candidate John Fetterman’s health issues.” (Fox News)

 

Harrisburg

2. House Votes to Hold Philly DA Krasner In Contempt For Defying Subpoena

“The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to hold Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by a legislative committee searching for grounds to impeach him.

The chamber voted 162 to 38 — with support from 10 Philadelphia Democrats — to approve the resolution holding the city’s top prosecutor in contempt, a highly unusual move that even the measure’s sponsor told House colleagues he’d never seen before.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Related

PA House Votes to Hold Philly DA In Contempt. “The resolution says Krasner showed “willful refusal” on multiple occasions to comply with the subpoena requesting materials related to Philadelphia’s rising crime rates, including the documentation of enforcement and prosecution of violent crime and the number of offenses involving illegal firearms.” (WHYY)

 

Governor

3. Long Before Run For PA Governor, Josh Shapiro Seized Political Opportunities

Josh Shapiro’s ascent to the top of the Democratic Party mountain in Pennsylvania has been marked by a relentless string of successes — including eight straight general election wins — that can seem like the result of some calculated master plan.

Most of those wins have come in hotly-contested races as Shapiro has either helped cement a Democratic Party advantage in the densely-populated Philadelphia suburbs, or run statewide in perpetually purple Pennsylvania.

But however much of this is according to plan, Shapiro’s real political genius, say friends and even some old rivals, lies in his knack for recognizing good opportunities, making the most of them with well-honed political skills and, generally, finding ways to appeal to the most people along the way.” (PennLive)

Related

PA Voters Reveal What Will Tip The State Red or Blue in November. “Pennsylvanians shared whether they planned to vote Democrat or Republican in the upcoming midterm elections and what issues were influencing their decision.” (Fox News)

Ad in PA Governor’s Race Shows Republican in Confederate Uniform. “Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro on Wednesday plans to debut a new online ad aimed at Black voters that features his Republican rival posing in a Confederate military uniform, the campaign told Reuters.” (Reuters)

Amid Campaign, Mastriano’s Disputed Dissertation Made Public. “A Canadian university has quietly made public Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s 2013 doctoral thesis about a legendary World War I hero, including six pages of recently added corrections that, in some cases, do not appear to fix anything.” (AP)

 

Around the Commonwealth

Dems Bet Big on Borowski. Want more proof Democrats are betting big on abortion’s potency in November? Look at Pennsylvania state House District 168, in the Delaware County suburbs of Philadelphia. State legislative campaigns typically measure their ad buys in the thousands of dollars. But Democratic candidate Lisa Borowski is today launching a million-dollar-plus ad blitz in her bid to unseat GOP incumbent state Rep. Chris Quinn in a race where abortion rights have taken center stage. (POLITICO)

PA-07 Ad Watch. Compare and contrast the ads posted by the campaigns of Susan Wild and Lisa Scheller in the hotly-contested Lehigh Valley race. (PoliticsPA)

PA Officials Tout Expanding Voter Access Statewide. “Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman spoke about the success of mail-in voting in Pennsylvania. Chapman said more than 5 million residents have used the process since 2020.” (WITF)

  • PA’s Top Election Official, Wolf Administration Stress Participation in Nov. 8 General Election (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
  • The PA Senate’s Election Investigation Gets Its Day in Court – Nearly a Year After It Started (WESA)

 

Chester Receiver Laying Groundwork For Possible City Bankruptcy. “Chester Receiver Michael T. Doweary is considering bankruptcy as a way to steer the city towards solid financial footing in light of a looming $46.5 million deficit anticipated next year.” (Delco Times)

 

Commentary

  • PA Voters Deserve All The Facts on Those Proposed Constitutional Amendments (Patrick Beaty)
  • Luzerne County Council Obsesses Over Drop Boxes While Real Issues Pile Up (Times Leader)
  • If Political Candidates Want Votes, They Should Earn Them By Participating in Public Debates (LNP | Lancaster Online)

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