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1. Fetterman Hits Trail Running
“Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman (D) is becoming more of a regular figure on the physical campaign trail after weeks of facing scrutiny over his health.
Last weekend, Fetterman drew a crowd of 1,000 at a Scranton rally and is slated to hold another rally in Philadelphia this weekend. The campaign said they saw a crowd of 3,000 attend a rally with Fetterman and Planned Parenthood earlier this month in Philadelphia, the same day as the home opener for the Philadelphia Eagles, no less.
The Democrat is also seeking to appeal to voters in rural and conservative strongholds. Fetterman’s campaign said a crowd of over 500 supporters came out to see the candidate at an even in “deep red” Indiana County on Tuesday.” (The Hill)
Fetterman Wins Major Endorsement of PA State Building & Construction Trade Council. “Much like President Joe Biden did two years ago, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman has picked up a major endorsement from a large state organized labor council with members who have backed some Republican policies.” (PennLive)
PA Dems Mail GOP Abortion Bill to Oz. Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz has stated that he has yet to read the GOP’s bill to ban abortion nationwide. So the Pennsylvania Democrats have decided to mail a copy of the bill to Oz’s campaign HQ in Huntingdon Valley and to a pair of out-of-state residences, looking for a response.
Jan. 6-Led Election Bill Passes House, But Has An Uncertain Senate Future. “The House quickly took up and passed its response to a Senate proposal on how to overhaul a 135-year-old law governing the counting of presidential electoral votes, sending the hot-button issue back to the other side of the Capitol.” (Roll Call)
- The House Just Passed a Bill That Would Make It Harder to Overthrow an Election (NPR)
2. PA House Preview: Allegheny County
“We continue our series on the candidates for the Pennsylvania State House with a look at Allegheny County.” (PoliticsPA)
Allegheny County Democrats Hope to Pick Up Pace on Mail-In Ballot Applications. “With a month-and-a-half to go before the Nov. 8 midterm election, the number of mail-in ballot applications in Allegheny County is only slightly higher than it was at this point in 2021.” (WESA)
50-50 on Mail Ballots. In an unscientific poll of PoliticsPA readers, the respondents were split nearly down the middle on the use of mail ballots, as 50.4% indicated that they had requested a mail ballot, while 49.6% said they planned to vote at the polls.
3. House Passes Legislation to Cancel Dead Voters’ Registration, Improve Ballot Security During Transport
“The Republican-controlled state House gave its approval this week to bills requiring state election officials to remove people who have died from voter rolls and require county election officials to follow additional procedures to secure ballots being transported to and from polling places.
Both bills passed the House unanimously and have been referred to the Senate State Government Committee.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Starhttps://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/house-passes-legislation-to-cancel-dead-voters-registrations-improve-ballot-security-during-transport/)
Thousands of Older Pennsylvania at Risk of Losing Property Tax Rebates Due to Legislative Inaction. “There is wide agreement that the main reason for the decline is that state lawmakers haven’t updated the income limits for homeowners to qualify in more than 15 years. For renters, it’s been more than 35 years. As incomes have gradually increased over time, buoyed mostly by inflation, it has become harder to qualify for a rebate.” (Spotlight PA)
Former Employee Alleges Sen. Katie Muth Bullied Staffers, Kept an “Abusive Environment.” “A former employee for Sen. Katie Muth alleged in a 2020 Facebook post that the senator bullied her staff, and that the first-term senator was “perpetrating an abusive environment in her office.”” (Broad + Liberty)
Around the Commonwealth
Philly’s Board of Ethics Voted to Close a Loophole That Super PACs Use to Get Instructions From Campaigns. “The Philadelphia Board of Ethics on Wednesday approved changes to the city’s campaign finance rules aimed at closing a loophole that could have allowed candidates for city offices to give specific instructions to outside spending groups that are supposed to be prohibited by federal law from coordinating with them.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Longtime Pittston Councilwoman and Mayor Dies. “Long-time Pittston councilwoman and former Mayor Donna McFadden-Connors, who was known for her positive outlook and sense of humor, died Monday.” (Times-Tribune)
- Doug Mastriano Is An Extremist; Shapiro For Governor (Jim Greenwood)
- Democrat Josh Shapiro Deflects on School Choice (Wall Street Journal)
- Here’s What Polls Say About PA’s Senate and Governor Races – and Here’s What Insiders Say (John Baer)
- Democrats Need to Stop Fighting With Each Other If They Want to Win in November (Ernest Owens)
- Oz Must Recognize the Armenian Genocide (Stephanie Ayanian)
- John Fetterman, Mehmet Oz Should Release Medical Records (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Democracy: Use It or Lose It (Hugh Jackson)
- Will GOP Ride a Red Wave, Or Drown Itself? (Chris Freind)
- Religion and the Founding Documents: Christian Nationalism Is Not Christian or American (Bill Gindlesperger)
- Why Are PA Democrats Afraid to Debate Republican Candidates? (Christopher Tremoglie)
Mailing the bill to Oz is a good use of humor. If you look at the great communicators from JFK to Reagan they used humor. I know the humorless view a joke as being clownish because they don’t have a sense of humor and are pompous. The public loves it. Great teachers and professors use humor as well. Seems Fetterman backed off of humor but JFK and Reagan never did.
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