June 25: Critical time for the Supreme Court

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1. The Supreme Court begins a critical period in a term burdened with major problems

“The Supreme Court has not yet issued an opinion on the term in more than a dozen major cases that could shake up the country’s politics and change the law on issues such as abortion, government regulation of online speech and the reach of the administrative state.

All this could happen this week, the court’s traditional last week before the summer break, when it often issues rulings in the most closely watched cases. The next scheduled opinion dates are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but in the past the court has sometimes issued rulings in July.

The issues awaiting ruling by the conservative-controlled court concern the former president Donald Trump claim immunity from criminal prosecution and whether states can ban emergency room abortions.” (Roll call)


Biden’s modern Pennsylvania ad will hit Trump on the economy. “Ahead of Thursday’s first presidential debate, President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is launching a new ad that will air exclusively in Pennsylvania and Georgia that aims to highlight the contrast between him and former President Donald Trump on economic issues.” (Penn Capital Star)

Casey: Election 2024 on “one word” – law. “As the 2024 general election approaches – it will be four months next week – U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. “is not ambiguous about their meaning or Pennsylvania’s potential impact on their outcome.” (Sharon Herald)

Where outside candidates can spoil 2024. “Independent and third-party candidates have the potential to disrupt Joe Biden and Donald Trump in a race that is expected to be decided by razor-thin margins. But before these candidates become a real threat, they must first get on the ballot.” (POLICY)

MacDonald faces questions about the charity’s role in the defunct congressional bid. “A statewide nonprofit fighting domestic violence is questioning whether Laurie MacDonald’s campaign for Congress improperly used resources from the Center for Victims, a charity she runs.” (WESA)


2. The deadline for implementing the state budget is approaching

“After weeks of debate and posturing, the state Legislature returns to the Capitol this week ahead of the June 30 budget deadline.

Governor Josh Shapiro The $48.3 billion budget proposal calls for many things, including increased funding for public education, regulation of skill gaming and taxation, and investments in human services to reduce wait times for people who need help.” (WITF)


Creating a PA budget is a tardy process as the deadline approaches. “Legislators still haven’t reached an agreement on a 2024-25 spending plan, but the annual state budget dance is well underway.” (PennLive)

The huge fight over education stands in the way of a PA budget deal. “How much money to spend on Pennsylvania’s public education system has emerged as a key hurdle to a budget deal as lawmakers begin a series of talks ahead of a June 30 deadline.” (PA reflector)

Abortion rates in Pennsylvania are on the rise after Roe v. Wade is overturned. “Clinics performed about 37,900 abortions in Pennsylvania last year, according to new estimates from the Guttmacher Institute. This is an increase of more than 17% compared to 2020, two years before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.” (Axios Philadelphia)

The AP House adopts the proposed telemedicine bill, which will soon become law. “The regulations require insurance companies to cover all medically necessary services provided remotely via telemedicine that patients would otherwise receive in person. This coverage includes Medicaid and CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (CNHI News)

Due to the continuation of budget talks, the AP Chamber is again considering the possibility of extending tax write-offs. “As Pennsylvania’s budget deadline approaches, House Democrats have introduced a bill that would expand the state’s personal income tax exemptions, part of a long-running fight for more progressive taxation.” (PennLive)

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3. Suburban Politics in Bucks County, Pennsylvania: The Influence of GOP Women and Biden’s Strategy

Bucks County Cities Named 'Most Unique to Visit in Pennsylvania' |  Doylestown, PA Patch

“In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, located north of Philadelphia, the landscape combines suburban developments such as Colonial Commons with historic stone houses and pastoral scenes along Neshaminy Creek. Towns such as Doylestown and Newtown, once rural outposts, have transformed into vibrant commercial and cultural centers.

Politically, Bucks County has gained notoriety as a leader who plays a key role in politics Joe Biden “successful in flipping Pennsylvania from Republican to Democrat in 2020. His strategy focused on winning over suburban women, a demographic key to his victory.” (Artist)


Kitchen Table Podcast: Dennis Powell. “Whether you’re at the Jersey Shore, the Poconos, the Laurel Highlands, or the Presque Isle, spend the weekend reading Leading from the Top: Presidential Lessons in Issues Management by this Pennsylvania author and expert.” (Wide + Freedom)

Mayor Cherelle Parker blasted her critics and lobbied for education funding during a visit to Harrisburg. “As Pennsylvania’s budget deadline approaches, Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle L. Parker visited the State Capitol to ask lawmakers to finally increase funding for public education and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and to challenge her political opponents for low expectations for the city ” (Questioner from Philadelphia)

In focus is PA’s plans to launch a Berks County office after residents say local governments need more scrutiny. “Berks County residents are extremely frustrated with the reduced performance of their local newspaper and are concerned about the lack of access to trustworthy information in their community.” (PA reflector)

The Forward Party endorses the first GOP candidate in Pennsylvania. “As the November election approaches, the Forward Party continues to enter Pennsylvania with another affiliated candidate – the first Republican legislator and member of the House of Representatives to do so.” (Central Square)


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5. PennDOT Oops!

Nobody is a prefect!  Spelling mistakes on Philadelphia-area road signs make drivers laugh |  Independent

“Officials touted the permanent end to repairs along I-95 last month, less than a year after a truck fire collapsed the busy interstate, but the roadway appears to still be taking the Ls after one of its signs was found to have life is not working properly. hit recently.

Around the corner from Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Holmesburg is a newly installed sign stating the not yet open ramp to I-95 South at Cottman Avenue that should read “Phil/Chester Central” instead reads “Phil/Chester Central.” (Questioner from Philadelphia)

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