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One of the more memorable first weeks of a state House session has come and gone. There is a new Speaker of the House. There are new rules for the upcoming session. And there is a credible accusation of sexual harassment by a member of the chamber. Let’s see who’s Up and who’s Down this week.

Up arrowJoanna McClinton. The first female Speaker of the House took the gavel on Tuesday and began the organization of the new session of the chamber. McClinton let it be known far and wide during her opening remarks that “Today’s a fresh start. It’s a new day.”

Up arrowMark Rozzi. The Berks County Democrat achieved what he was not sure was possible – two pieces of legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse victims, opening a two-year window where survivors could finally get their justice. He then relinquished the gavel as Speaker.

Down arrowMike Zabel. A Pennsylvania lobbyist named the Democratic state representative who she says sexually harassed her four years ago, going public after originally making the claim during former Speaker Mark Rozzi’s listening tour in January.

Down arrowBobby Henon. The former Philadelphia City Council member was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for taking bribes from former IBEW Local 98 leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty and related charges. “The people thought they were electing a councilman, but instead they elected a minion for John Dougherty and Local 98. And that’s clearly not what the city bargained for,” U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Schmehl said.

Down arrowScott Perry. Court documents released last week show some details about how and why the congressman has tried to prevent the Department of Justice from reviewing his communications as part of the investigation into attempts by Donald Trump and his supporters to overturn the 2020 election. In unsealing four partially redacted opinions, federal Judge Beryl A. Howell wrote that the investigation’s “powerful public interest” outweighs Perry’s argument to use the speech or debate clause.

Up arrowHouse Democrats Leadership. The following were named to the leadership team for 2023-24: Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery), Majority Leader; Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), Appropriations Chair; Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny), Whip; Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-Delaware), Caucus Administrator; Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks), Caucus Secretary; Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh), Caucus Chairman; Rep. Ryan Bizzaro (D-Erie), Policy Chairman

Up arrowBob Casey. Pennsylvania’a senior senator returned to work this week after recuperating from prostate cancer surgery on February 14. His doctors have said he’s not expected to need further treatment after his surgery.

Up arrowDave McCormick. The hedge fund CEO narrowly lost Pennsylvania’s 2022 Republican Senate primary to Mehmet Oz, but is considering another run in 2024. If he enters the primary, McCormick has also been promised support from the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC linked to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that spends millions of dollars on TV advertising, according to two other Republican strategists familiar with the matter.

Up arrowAdam Bodzin. The surgeon at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia was scrubbed and read to perform a liver transplant last fall when he learned that the vehicle transporting the organ was stuck in traffic. Still dressed in his white lab coat and scrubs, Dr. Bodzin ran for half a mile, weaving between Philadelphia Marathon runners, to retrieve the liver his 66-year-old patient desperately needed.

2 Responses

  1. Wow Dr. Bodzin!!
    Also, McCormick won’t win because women value their bodily autonomy. Until Republicans realize this, they will lose.

    1. Bob Casey Jr. is not his father. Who was clearly anti-Abortion. Bob Casey Jr’s position on this issue is very fuzzy. I have never heard him clearly publicly
      state his precise position on this issue . If you have, please tell me what it is. I do know what his position is on using his campaign funds to award printing contracts to his sister’s printing business. He strongly favors it.


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