Ups and Downs – September 23

Up and Down

The timing was exquisite. Fall began yesterday evening and right on cue, the cooler air poured into the Commonwealth. Time for our first Ups and Downs of the autumn season.

Reminder: there are just 46 days until the general election.

Up arrowPat Toomey. Toomey will cosponsor a bipartisan bill to reform how Electoral College votes are certified, adding more Republican weight to the push to avoid a repeat of the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

 

Down arrowSusan Wild. The 7th Congressional District Democrat found out that the Congressional Leadership Fund dropped a $7.2 million ad buy on behalf of GOP opponent Lisa Scheller. That’s on top of the Cook Political Report rating the race, “Lean Republican” and FiveThirtyEight calling it a “toss-up.”

 

Down arrowDoug Mastriano and Jenna Ellis. Ellis, the senior legal advisor to Mastriano’s campaign, tweeted that “the Republican Governors Association would rather see an insane extremist Democrat win in Pennsylvania than have a Republican they can’t control. Contact the RGA and tell them DOUG FOR GOV!!” The chair of the RGA – Doug Ducey – said that while he sees the contest as a “pickup opportunity,” his group generally does not fund “lost causes” or “landslides.”

 

Up arrowMatt Dowling. The state representative from Fayette County is proposing a voluntary alcohol exclusion list, based on the state’s gambling exclusion list. If a person who struggles with alcohol places his name on the list, when he presents his driver’s license to be scanned, the clerk or barkeep will be alerted not to serve him. 

 

Ron Tanney. Is he a Republican or isn’t he? Tanney was defeated by Joanne Stehr in the GOP primary in HD 107. He did receive more than 400 write-in votes on the Democratic side to earn that party’s nomination and he did not turn it down, setting up a rematch in November.

 

Down arrowDanilo Burgos, Nancy Guenst, Danielle Otten, Emily Kinkead and Jessica Benham. The quintet had endorsements pulled by the Working Families Party, a national labor-aligned group that endorses and campaigns for candidates both locally and nationally. The support was yanked because they voted alongside Republicans to condemn Philly DA Larry Krasner for not complying with a legislative subpoena.

 

Down arrowKerry Benninghoff. The House majority leader from Centre County was one of a select group of Pennsylvania legislators who got to experience Cheyenne Frontier Days, the premier summer festival in Wyoming, courtesy of Pace-O-Matic. It comes on the heels of the legislature’s continued refusal to pass a gift ban to blunt the influence of deep-pocketed special interests on elected officials and their policy-making.

 

Up arrowGareth Biser. The 87-year-old Gettysburg resident hasn’t missed a November election since he cast his first vote for a presidential contender named Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. The Army vet and former professor is something of a voting luminary, his unbroken streak having earned him a spot in Pennsylvania’s Voter Hall of Fame alongside 23,773 other balloters who went at least 50 consecutive cycles without missing a single November contest.

 

Up arrowPA Craft Breweries. Some of Pennsylvania’s largest craft breweries reported heady growth in the year after 2020’s pandemic-fueled sales slump. 11 of the 15 largest craft breweries in the Keystone State reported an uptick in sales last year compared to 2020, including Philadelphia Brewing Co, according to a report from the Colorado-based Brewers Association.

 

Down arrowUnidentified PA Man. A Littlestown-area man may be charged in an attempt to sell a baby kangaroo on Facebook. Officials rescued the 6-month-old animal after receiving a tip. The posted price was $5,000.

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