Ups and Downs – August 19

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Did you realize that high school football in the Keystone State begins next Friday? And we are just about 17 days from the official kickoff to the general election season. Yikes, where did my summer go?

Here are our Ups and Downs for the week ending August 19.

Up arrowJohn Fetterman. The Cook Political Report has shifted its position on the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race from “Toss-Up” to “Lean Democrat.” In the most recent poll from Public Opinion Strategies, the lieutenant governor has an 18-point advantage over GOP opponent Mehmet Oz, 51-33.

Down arrowMehmet Oz. Between the Cook Political Report shifting its position in the U.S. Senate race to “Lean Democrat,” a poll showing the celebrity doctor trailing by 20 points, and a viral tweet about grocery shopping for crudite … and the NRSC is canceling ad buys in the Commonwealth … well.

Down arrowDoug Mastriano. Another week of controversy for the state senator from Franklin County. It started with the PSEA calling Mastriano’s education plan, irresponsible. He challenged gubernatorial challenger Josh Shapiro to two debates but with conditions that Democrat is not expected to accept. His rally with Florida governor Ron DeSantis drew fire from Pittsburgh-area religious leaders … and a poll showed Mastriano trailing Shapiro by 15 points.

Up arrowJosh Shapiro. The PA attorney general has a 15-point lead over Doug Mastriano in the race for the governor’s mansion according to a poll from GOP-leaning Public Opinion Strategies.

Up arrowTom Wolf. The governor has received praise from many corners of the Commonwealth for his executive order to ban conversion therapy. “Conversion therapy is a traumatic practice based on junk science that actively harms the people it supposedly seeks to treat,” he said.

Up arrowLeigh Chapman. The acting Secretary of the Commonwealth won her undated mail-in ballot case against Berks, Fayette and Lancaster Counties in Commonwealth Court. Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer announced that the counties must certify their primary results no later than Wednesday.

Down arrowFracking Industry. Pennsylvania children living near unconventional oil and gas (UOG) developments at birth were two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with leukemia between the ages of 2 and 7 than those who did not live near this oil and gas activity, after accounting for other factors that could influence cancer risk, a novel study from the Yale School of Public Health finds.

Down arrowKeith Jackson. The mayor of Rochester is in a battle with other elected officials in the central Beaver County community. In 2021, the Council passed a resolution requiring a third person to be present at meetings between Jackson and other borough officials, adding a roadblock to his daily duties. The conflict is most likely headed toward more legal battles in the near future.

Paige Riegner. The former Berks County elections director said that the Berks County Commissioners tried to get her to take the blame for failures during the 2022 primary election that were not her fault. Her resignation came just five months after taking the position, following problems involving electronic poll books in the May primary.

Up arrowHollidaysburg Little League. The Blair County team of 12-year-olds have captured the hearts of Pennsylvania after earning a berth in the Little League World Series. As the Altoona Mirror wrote in an editorial, “sports have a unique way of rallying communities. But it’s especially captivating when it involves the innocence of young athletes.”

Up arrowSheila Alexander-Reid. The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) named her as the new executive director of PHL Diversity, a key business development division of the PHLCVB. Alexander-Reid starts her new role Sept. 7.

Down arrowMark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. The former Luzerne County judges involved with the so-called “kids-for-cash” scandal have been ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of victims. They closed a county juvenile detention facility in the early 2000s and sent children to a for-profit facility in exchange for millions of dollars in illegal profits.

Down arrowJeremy Lee Pauley. The 40-year-old from Enola was arrested on July 22 and charged this week with abuse of a corpse, receiving stolen property and other charges after police say he allegedly tried to buy stolen human remains from an Arkansas woman for possible resale on Facebook.

4 Responses

  1. Does anyone remember the name ZAPPALA? They Owned the kid prison , put the blame on others and had a “Whitewash Commission” clear them. End of story. Maybe not. They still own the prison and are taking kids now from Allegheny County where Junior Zappala is the District Attorney…deja vue all over again.

  2. Everyone forgets that Dr Oz was the odds on favorite to win Senate before he bungled the primary victory to go on an ego trip and get in the Los Angeles “Walk of Fame” and then take a vacation to boot. He went from 110 points ahead to 18 behind a 28 point swing. Then he goes in Wegners and instead of saying what most people would say, “I want to make a veggie tray” he says I am buying “CRUD-ITE”! Say what? Why can’t you be like the rest of us and say I want to make a veggie tray? That’s what $100 million estate will do. Oz probably say he wants “a bottle of aqua” instead of “a glass of water.” Sen Doug has not yet met a controversy he did not like.

  3. Fetterman only needs to have a heartbeat to win against NJ Oz and his “crudites”.

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