“Super Tuesday” in Allegheny County has come and gone and now that the dust has settled, there is a new sheriff in the PA House. A ruling has come down on educational funding in the Commonwealth, a 9-year-old has graduated from high school, and the Governor is trash-talking his counterpart in Kansas.
All in a week’s work. Here are our Ups and Downs for the week ending February 10.
Joe McAndrew, Abigail Salisbury and Matt Gergely. The trio swept the Allegheny County special elections in the 32nd, 34th and 35th Districts to give Democrats the majority in the Pennsylvania House for the first time since 2010.
Carolyn Carluccio. The Pennsylvania Republican Party voted to endorse the Montgomery County judge to be the party’s nominee for an open state Supreme Court seat this fall. The state GOP also endorsed Maria Battista and Harry Smail for Superior Court, as well as Megan Martin for Commonwealth Court.
John Fetterman. Our best wishes to Pennsylvania’s junior senator who is hospitalized in Washington after feeling lightheaded after a party retreat. This incident comes on the heels of Fetterman’s highly-publicized stroke during his Senate campaign in May.
Mark Rozzi. The Democratic Speaker of the House has called the chamber back into session on Feb. 21 and says he’ll “reassess” his position after passing bills for childhood sexual-assault victims.
Pennsylvania Public Schools. President Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer found the state’s public school funding system to be unconstitutional. Her ruling stated that the General Assembly has not fulfilled its legal mandate nor “fulfilled its obligations to all children under the Education Clause. Students who reside in school districts with low property values and incomes are deprived of the same opportunities and resources as students who reside in school districts with high property values and incomes. It remains to be seen how much aid would be distributed and how … or when?
Bryan Cutler. The House Republican Leader’s gambit to install Mark Rozzi as an independent Speaker of the Pennsylvania House has most likely fallen by the wayside with the Democrats winning the majority in the chamber. Questions abound on Rozzi’s future with the gavel that could end up with House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton.
David Balogun. The 9-year-old, who lives with his family in Bensalem, recently finished 12th grade at Reach Cyber Charter, a Harrisburg-based online school. Although he’s not the youngest person ever to earn a high school diploma — Michael Kearney, now 39, holds the Guinness Book of World Records for high school completion at age 6 — he’s also got college credits under his belt: During his time at Reach, he took courses at Bucks County Community College.
George Santos. The controversial Republican congressman was charged with criminal theft in Pennsylvania in 2017 in connection with bad checks apparently used to buy puppies from dog breeders. The case was ultimately dismissed after Santos said the nine checks, totaling more than $15,000, were from a checkbook that had been stolen from him.
Josh Shapiro. The newly-minted Pennsylvania governor certainly wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his favorite football team. “I’m supporting the Eagles,” he said to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. “And I wanted to just begin by offering my condolences on what I know is about to happen on Sunday.”
How many believe the George Santos lie about his checkbook being stolen? Hell no.
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