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Ups and Downs – August 26

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Here are PoliticsPA’s Ups and Downs for the week ending August 25.


Up arrowHollidaysburg Little League. The Little Leaguers from Blair County gave us all a memorable ride in Williamsport. Paraphrasing Neil Rudel with the Altoona Mirror, the run may be done but the memories will last a lifetime.

Down arrowChris Deluzio. The pundits at Inside Elections moved the PA-17 race from Lean Democrat to Toss-Up in his race against Republican Jeremy Shaffer.

Up arrowJeremy Shaffer. See above.


Up arrowBrian Fitzpatrick. The same Inside Elections prognosticators moved the PA-01 race from “Likely Republican” to “Solid Republican” in the GOP incumbent’s race against Ashley Ehasz.

Down arrowDoug Mastriano. The GOP gubernatorial candidate was pranked by a “pollster” who used the name, Carleton Polling, to tweet out a poll showing the Franklin County state senator moved into the lead against Democrat Josh Shapiro. The poll was a fake. 

Down arrowLarry Krasner. Embattled Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will not comply with a subpoena issued by a Pennsylvania House of Representatives committee investigating him. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Krasner called the investigation “illegal,” anti-democratic,” and politically motivated.

Down arrowMatt Cartwright. The PA-08 Democratic congressman got caught up in a donor’s ad that put his comments on the Camp Lejeune Act in a commercial. Cartwright quickly put out a cease-and-desist order and the ad was pulled.

Up arrowThomas Hicks. The chair of the U.S. Election Commission helped organize the Help America Vote Day and the poll worker recruitment effort drew more than 1,100 applicants for 58 of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties.

Down arrowRachel Tripp. Eat your vegetables. “If John Fetterman had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, then maybe he wouldn’t have had a major stroke and wouldn’t be in the position of having to lie about it constantly,” said Oz’s senior communications adviser. 

Down arrowMary Gay Scanlon. U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5 of Swarthmore, recently violated the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 by filing a late financial disclosure form revealing her husband sold five stocks in 2021 worth up to $110,000, though she has attributed it to a mistake made by her financial advisor.

Jason Moorehead. The Allentown teacher who claims he was fired for attending the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol has sued the school district, saying it violated his constitutional rights and opened him and his family to death threats.

Down arrowButler, Fayette, Lancaster Counties. A Pennsylvania judge has ordered three Republican-controlled counties to add about 800 contested mail-in ballots to the results of the May election, ruling in a legal dispute that stalled statewide certification of the primary results for governor and U.S. Senate


  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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