Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

Pennsylvania

ICYMI: McCormick Concedes to Oz in GOP Senate Race, Recount Ongoing

David McCormick conceded to rival Mehmet Oz in the razor-tight race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. A state-mandated recount was ongoing, but yielded no significant changes to vote totals in which the candidates were separated by about 1,000 votes. PennLive has more .

Fetterman ’s Doctor Discloses Cardiomyopathy Diagnosis After Stroke Speculation

Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate John Fetterman ’s campaign disclosed that he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2017 — a condition where the heart has difficulty pumping blood — but didn ’t follow recommended treatment until suffering a stroke in May. Fetterman ’s doctor said that if Fetterman follows the treatment now, it should not affect his campaigning or political duties. Read more from the Capital-Star.

GOP House Leader Takes Challenges to State ’s Legislative Maps to Supreme Court

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the state ’s House and Senate maps, alleging that they violate the 14th amendment. The maps were previously approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and were used in the primary elections in May. WGAL has more .

State ’s Broadband Speed Definition Stagnant for 20 Years

The Pennsylvania legislature hasn ’t updated minimum speeds for “broadband ” internet in 20 years, which some say makes upgrades to rural internet access in 2022 difficult since the current definition means nearly every area of Pennsylvania has access to broadband internet. Read more from Spotlight PA.

Turnpike Adds Ability to Pay Cash to Assist With Paying “Toll by Mail ” Bills

Unpaid toll by mail bills will soon be able to be paid in cash at retail locations across the state after the Pennsylvania Turnpike launched a partnership with KUBRA cash payment network. Regulators hope this will help increase nonpayment of toll by mail fees. The Post-Gazette has more .

 

Philadelphia

After South Philadelphia Shooting, Neighborhood Vows for More Prevention Efforts

As visitors and residents returned to the scene of a shooting in South Philadelphia that left three dead and 12 injured, residents, business people, and community organizations vowed to expand safety and outreach programs which they hope can prevent another similar shooting. WHYY has more .

 

Pittsburgh

Mayor Gainey Unveils New Gun Safety Plan

Amid a rise in gun violence, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey unveiled a new anti-violence strategy this week, which focuses on community-based support as well as trauma-informed care. Gainey characterized the new plan as “ground-up ” and said that it integrates with existing programs operated by the city and police department. WESA has more .

Democratic Legislators Hold Hearing on Fracking, Urge Legislative Action

State Senators Katie Muth and Jim Brewster held a community hearing in Allegheny County on fracking in local communities and said that any meaningful legislative action has and will continue to be blocked so long as Democrats are in the minority. Read more from the Capital-Star.

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