Ups and Downs – July 15

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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.


Up arrowCindy 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.


Up arrowJohn 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.


Up arrowPA 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.


Up arrowNicole 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.


Up arrowThose 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.


Down arrow Doug Mastriano. The GOP candidate for governor saw a pair of Republican-led groups pop up in opposition to his campaign – Republicans4Shapiro and the Republican Accountability PAC.


Down arrow 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.


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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.”


Down arrowTioga 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.


Down arrowAcrisure. 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.

3 Responses

  1. If Del rosso was smart (she is not), she would get off the Marciano ticket and live to fight another day. She won’t because they match up as liars and con artists.

  2. So the Steelers just threw Heinz ketchup against the wall and it spelled out Acrisure? What the hell is that? Sounds like a disease.

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