Hear the sounds? Smell that? It’s in the air. You can tell.
It started this week. And everywhere you look, you can find a contest on your TV screen. Heck, you can even find them on your streaming devices or while just scrolling on your phone.
You thought we were talking football, didn’t you? Nah, it’s general election season! Nothing but the hits from now until November 8.
Mehmet Oz. The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate has certainly turned up the intensity in the race, calling out opponent John Fetterman for not debating and insinuating that health reasons may be the real cause. And when Fetterman agreed to one debate, Oz called for that to be held in September, not October as the Democrat hinted.
Doug Mastriano. The GOP candidate for governor continues to turn down media requests for interviews and refuses to comment to local Pennsylvania outlets. He also rarely appears on Fox News, preferring to talk with right-wing radio and internet personalities. AND, his campaign misspelled “Huntingdon” on a twitter post. That’s twice GOP!
Lloyd Smucker. The 11th Congressional District Republican has upped the ante in his squabble with LNP | Lancaster Online. He declined an invitation to participate in two debates with Democratic challenger Bob Hollister due to the involvement of the newspaper. The campaign said it wanted to work with an organization “with broader reach and less bias.”
Dave McCormick. The runner-up in the GOP Senate primary appeared with Mehmet Oz at a panel discussion sponsored by the conservative POLARIS National Security Group. It is seen not only as a show of unity, but also a way for McCormick to make good with the GOP in advance of a possible 2024 Senate run against Bob Casey.
Oath Keepers. Axios reports that four elected officials in the Keystone State appear on leaked membership lists of the far-right group, implicated in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The report does not name the officials, nor the 19 members of law enforcement, eight military members and three first-responders in PA.
Cindy Adams Dunn. The secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that the $90 million investment by the state into 330 parks and nature conservation projects is the largest in DCNR history.
Pam Snyder. The Democrat state representative from 50th District was appointed chairwoman of the PA Broadband Development Authority. She will play a fundamental role in crafting a statewide broadband plan, as well as distributing state and federal funds allocated for internet expansion in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Police. Former President Donald Trump published a photo of himself posing with nearly 30 uniformed State Police troopers on his social media site. The problem – the PSP thought the picture was private. Pennsylvania State troopers are prohibited from appearing in political photographs while in uniform.