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Ups and Downs – October 21

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It was cold in many parts of the Keystone State this week in a reminder that the general election is just 18 days away. Heck, there was even snow in the northwestern parts of the state. And yes, the Phillies are still playing baseball. Here are your ups and downs for the week ending October 21.


Up arrowPhillies. Philadelphia’s baseball team has become the darlings of the sport after knocking off a pair of division champions to advance to the NLCS. No matter what happens against the San Diego Padres, this will be a season that will be remembered for breaking the postseason drought. Oh yes, and the Schwar-bomb against Yu Darvish in game 1.


Mehmet Oz. The Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate received good news from polls showing the race with John Fetterman has tightened. He got some not-so-flattering news with an AP story about his professional choices. “Oz may have made his reputation as a surgeon. But he made a fortune as a salesman. Now he is trying to leverage his celebrity as the Republican nominee.”


Down arrowLarry Krasner. The embattled Philadelphia DA says he expects an impeachment vote as early as next week. Krasner, who had been asked to testify before the GOP-led Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order privately on Friday morning, used the time to hold a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol, stating “This is an effort to impeach someone for political purposes who has done nothing corrupt and nothing illegal because they want to erase Philadelphia’s votes.”


Down arrowDoug Mastriano. The GOP candidate for governor had two former colleagues at the U.S. Army War College criticize his candidacy with one saying he “is not fit for office.”


Up arrowGov. Tom Wolf. The outgoing Democratic governor announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approved grants totaling $1,788,924 for 21 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects, and to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.


Down arrowJohn Stanford. It was announced at Thursday’s school board meeting that the Allentown School District superintendent resigned effective October 28. The board voted 6-3 to approve a separation-and-release agreement with Stanford who had agreed to a five-year contract last September.


Up arrowYvonne Saadi. The assistant U.S. Attorney from Pittsburgh has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of election day complaints of voting rights concerns, threats of violence to election officials or staff, and election fraud, in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.


Up arrowAcademy of the New Church. The seller of Mehmet Oz’s residence in Bryn Athyn included an interesting wrinkle in the fine print. The deed to Oz’s $3.1 million residence says if the celebrity doctor ever needs to sell his new home, then the last owner gets right of first refusal to buy it back.


Down arrowFulton County. The rural Pennsylvania county violated a court order when it allowed Speckin Forensics LLC, a forensics company, to examine voting equipment in July, marking the county’s second security breach of the machines, the Secretary of the Commonwealth alleged in a court filing.


Up arrowPrimanti Bros. The Pittsburgh-based restaurant had high profile guests on Thursday when President Biden, Sen. Casey, Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman stopped by for a bite. Biden bought lunch and left a $40 tip. Biden ordered the Pitts-Burger.


Up arrowWayne Fontana. The state senator from Allegheny County announced over $139 million in PENNVEST loans and a grant for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA). The grant, totaling $6,486,969, will be used to replace lead service lines, and leaking, undersized water mains.


Down arrowRobert Vargo. The 25-year-old from Berwick has been indicted by a U.S. grand jury for threatening to kill Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the congressional committee investigating the January 2021 assault on the US Capitol. Vargo also also threatened to kill the Thompson’s family and US President Joe Biden.


2 Responses

    1. When this Oz news first broke I too was suspicious. But having lived near Bryn Athyn and learning the sale was brokered through the Sweedenborg New Church this became a non-story.
      The New Church sits on a large estate with many nearby associated properties and it has long been known that this is common practice.
      Many other church systems operate much the same way as do many more developments with HOAs.
      For now, having a snake oil salesman living among them is their burden to carry.


  • 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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