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Ups and Downs – September 9

Looney Tunes

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.


Up arrowMehmet 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.


Down arrowDoug 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!


Down arrowLloyd 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.”


Up arrowDave 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.


Up arrowTom Wolf. The governor moved to expand voter registration forms at state offices as well as provide more than $100 million in grants to help curb gun violence in the Commonwealth.


Down arrowOath 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.


Up arrowCindy 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.


Up arrowPam 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.


Down arrowPennsylvania 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.

7 Responses

  1. Congratulations to Pam Snyder. She’s been a tireless advocate for this issue and it’s finally paid off!

  2. All of this distraction from the point that Dr. Oz is a superior candidate and should easily win

  3. Oathkeepers: Why were the names of the PA politicians who are Oathkeeper members not published? PA deserves to know. BTW, we are still waiting for the list of names of judges and prosecutors on the porn email scandal. Does Katherine Kane have to go to jail again trying to get the names published?

  4. So NJ Doctor Oz gets an UP ARROW for berating a stroke survivor who wants time to heal. What a putrid person, hardly worthy of a medical license. But then his medical license was probably issued by NJ, where Oz lives.

    1. If the Democratic candidate for US Senate needs more time to heal from his stroke then maybe he should withdraw from the race and let the Democratic Party pick a healthier candidate to replace him on the ballot.


  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
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