Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, October 30, 2023

October 30, 2023


A Look at State Voter Registration Trends Heading Into Next Week’s Election

Given that 2023 is an off-year election, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Republicans are currently boasting strong voter registration numbers in counties across the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.

New Tech, Experienced Poll Workers to Expected to Make Light Work of Next Tuesday’s Election

Pennsylvania election officials and experts are predicting more or less smooth sailing next Tuesday, thanks to new technology and growing familiarity with mail ballots among poll workers. Spotlight PA has more.

Races to Watch: Chester County Commissioners, DA

Four years ago, Democrats made history by winning control of the Chester County Board of Commissioners. Now, with three seats currently up for election, control of the body hangs in the balance. Chester County will also walk away from the election with a new district attorney, as current DA Deb Ryan is not seeking re-election. Chester County recently garnered international attention for the escape of a convicted murderer, bringing about a renewed focus on crime and public safety.

DEP Secretary Rich Negrin Resigns

Last week, the Shapiro Administration announced the departure of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Rich Negrin, who has resigned for health reasons. Jessica Shirley has been named acting interim secretary. StateImpact Pennsylvania has more.



City Council At-Large Candidates on Philadelphia’s Biggest Issues

The Philadelphia Inquirer has published a thorough breakdown of where City Council at-large candidates stand on the most important challenges the city is currently facing ahead of next week’s election.

South Philly Elementary School Temporarily Closes Due to Possible Asbestos

Southwark School is South Philadelphia has been temporarily closed due to the possible discovery of asbestos, making it one of several schools throughout the city to shut down in the past few months due to potential environmental hazard posed to students, faculty, and staff. NBC10 has more.



Republican Rockey Outraises Democrat Innamorato in Race for Allegheny County Executive

According to recently unveiled campaign filing, Republican candidate for Allegheny County executive  Joe Rockey has significantly outraised Democratic opponent Sara Innamorato in the past few months of the campaign. PublicSource has more.

Allegheny County Voters to Decide Ballot Question on Council Salaries

In addition to filling several key government leadership positions, voters in Allegheny County will also be deciding whether to change how County Council members are paid. WESA has more.



Primary Battles Brew Over Progressive Democrats’ Stances on Israel

U.S. Representative Summer Lee (D-12) of Pennsylvania, who joined calls for a cease-fire, has become one of several progressive lawmakers facing new pressure from primary challengers. Other Pennsylvania lawmakers like Representative Susan Wild (D-07), while amenable to calling for a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in the region to allow for the flow of humanitarian aid, have stopped short of using the term “cease-fire.” The New York Times has more.

Beltway Briefing: Introducing the New Speaker of the U.S. House

A constitutional lawyer, cultural conservative, and all around “nice guy.” Meet the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson. As the House begins governing again, lawmakers must recognize how heightened political polarization leaves the nation vulnerable to national security threats demonstrated by Israel in the Oct 7th Hamas terror attack. Listen to the latest episode featuring CPS’ Howard Schweitzer, Patrick Martin, Hon. Rodney Davis, and Kaitlyn Martin here.


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