The halls of Harrisburg have quieted down as the summer months are upon us. Still, Pennsylvania has an open Senate seat and a vacancy in the governor’s mansion, so noise is still being made and heard.
Here are our Ups and Downs for the week ending July 15.
Cindy K. Chung. The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania since 2021, she was nominated by President Joe Biden for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. If confirmed, Chung would be the first Asian American judge to serve on the Third Circuit.
John Lawrence. The Chester/Lancaster Republican was tabbed to head the House Select Committee on Law and Order. The Committee will be looking at Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner and his role in the crisis of gun violence in the city.
PA High School Athletes. On Wednesday, the PIAA – Pennsylvania’s governing body on sports – took the first official step, approving a name, image and likeness policy that will allow student-athletes to profit from endorsements or promotions.
Nicole Polizzi. She’s baaack! “Snooki” from the MTV series “Jersey Shore” filmed a short campaign video for the John Fetterman campaign, tweaking Mehmet Oz and his connections to New Jersey.
Those Who Love the Outdoors. Pennsylvania’s budget plan includes $56 million to add three new state parks to what is currently a 121-park system. The three sites – which have not been identified – will be the first new state parks in Pennsylvania since 2005.
Austin Davis. The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor is in hot water over misogynistic tweets sent when he was a 22-year-old intern for an Allegheny County state representative.
Berks, Fayette, Lancaster Counties. The Pennsylvania Department of State filed a lawsuit against three Commonwealth county governments for not properly certifying vote tallies from the May 17 primary election, describing them as “outlier counties.”
Tioga Borough. Council members Steve Hazlett and his wife, Marybess, along with solicitor Jeffrey Loomis and code enforcer Andre Reed resigned after the small northern PA town was cast into the national spotlight following the hiring of Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2014.
Acrisure. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that the new name of their home stadium will be Acrisure Stadium. Financial terms of the 15-year deal for the stadium were not released. The Michigan-based financial services firm’s name will replace “Heinz” on the marquee. Steeler fans do not appear to be pleased with the change.