Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
Nonpartisan public finance experts say Pennsylvania should refrain from using federal COVID-19 aid for recurring expenses or new programs, as the state will likely see a significant financial drop off once those funds are all used or expired. City & State PA has more .
Lt. Gov. and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate John Fetterman was released from a Lancaster hospital on Sunday a week after suffering a stroke and having surgery to implant a pacemaker. Fetterman says he will focus on recovering before returning to his political duties. Read more from the Associated Press.
GOP nominee for governor Doug Mastriano won the Republican primary handedly with strong grassroots support, as well as a platform built from planks of conservative Christianity as well as electoral conspiracy theories. Spotlight PA has more .
Today, Governor Wolf announced the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell will leave his position on July 2nd. Read the press release here .
Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro is defending an ad his campaign sponsored calling GOP nominee Mastriano “Trump ’s strongest supporter, ” aimed at elevating Mastriano over the other primary candidates in order to push moderates to support Shapiro. Read more from the New York Times.
Democratic-aligned political groups are launching a massive ad campaign on GOP nominee Doug Mastriano, hoping his comments in favor of a complete abortion ban will push away swing voters. Politico has more .
The State Commonwealth Court issued an injunction pausing a PennDOT project to add tolls to certain bridges, which is aimed at supplementing the gas tax, which is decreasing in revenue. Read more from The Center Square.
The Commonwealth ’s Independent Fiscal Office Released its report for this month.
Mayor Kenney and Councilmember O ’Neill released competing bills to lessen the tax burden on homeowners, each offering similar benefits and relief structures. WHYY has more.
Philadelphia ’s public schools are again requiring students to wear masks after a spike in cases, with Cheltenham ’s school district following suit. Read more from CBS Philadelphia.
Sadja “Purple ” and Tommy Blackwell, a married couple and the new committee people for the 5th division of the 60th ward, say they plan to use their new positions to mobilize their territories against gun violence. WHYY has more .
Allegheny County Election Officials Meet to Work Towards Finalizing Vote Counts
Election officials met today to begin the last step in counting all votes in the primary election, including decisions on 1,900 provisional ballots cast on Tuesday which could be of significant influence in the GOP U.S. Senate primary in which the top two candidates are separated by about one percent. WTAE has more .
In a primary election which will be decided by razor-thin margins, the two leading U.S. Senate candidates Mehmet Oz and David McCormick are each bringing in teams of lawyers to argue for the counting of ballots which they hope will sway the election. The Inquirer and Morning Call have more.
The 2022 midterm elections are set to be historic, and Tuesday was the most dramatic night of the primary election season to date. Voters in five states, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Idaho, Kentucky and Oregon, cast ballots for Senate, governor and House. Some of the highest-profile battles were fought in Pennsylvania, where the night ’s marquee contest — the GOP Senate primary – has yet to be decided.
Members of Public Strategies ’ Pennsylvania team – including Jim Davis, Joe Hill, and Kevin Kerr – join Howard Schweitzer and Mark Alderman to discuss the key takeaways from the primary election in the Commonwealth, which in many ways encapsulates America’s choice in the 2022 midterms. Listen here .
President Biden is using some wartime powers to increase the supply of baby formula in the U.S., including authorizing emergency military flights loaded with completed formula and granting the two largest formula producers in the U.S. easier access to necessary raw materials. Read more from Politico.
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