May 8: Let’s get to the vote

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1. Muhlenberg Poll: Trump has a slight lead over Biden

“Ex-president Donald Trump took a slight lead over the president Joe Biden in the latest Muhlenberg College poll of Pennsylvania voters ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

According to the latest poll, Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, leads Biden, the Democratic incumbent, by 3 points, 44%-41%, in a head-to-head matchup. This marks a reversal from the last Muhlenberg College poll in December, when Biden led Trump by 1 point, 42%-41%.

In the latest study, a 3-point difference is within the margin of error.” (Morning talk in Allentown)


AARP Poll Trump Over Biden in Pennsylvania; Older voters say social security is a key issue. “In a Keystone State poll released Tuesday, likely voters favor Donald Trump over Joe Biden by 46% to 41% when you include other presidential candidates such as the Green Party’s Jill Stein (5%) and Libertarian Chase Oliver (3%). ). “AARP did not survey participants about independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.” (PennLive)

McCormick PAC launches major ad buys in Pennsylvania Senate race. “Keystone Renewal PAC’s first ad focuses on McCormick’s time at West Point and his Bronze Star award while serving in the Persian Gulf War.” (Axles)

Details of the fresh book How Dave McCormick Profited from the 2008 Financial Crisis. “Like his upbringing, Dave McCormick, the Republican challenger to the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, can attribute his wealth and career as chairman and CEO of the world’s largest hedge fund to being in the right place at the right time.” (Key)

John Fetterman wants you to know that he’s consistent – and not just when it comes to hoodies. “In the months since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, the Pennsylvania Democrat has become one of the staunchest supporters of Israel and the island in his party, different from his peers.” (USA today)


2. A surprise $3 billion tax cut vote kicks off budget negotiations with a bang

“Some Democrats in the Pennsylvania Senate are lamenting after a Republican proposal to cut taxes totaling about $3 billion a year was introduced and passed in about 24 hours. The bill passed the Senate with a 36-14 vote.

The bill will reduce the personal income tax rate from 3.07% to 2.8% and abolish the electricity tax. The tax cuts are estimated to reduce revenues by about $3 billion a year.

“Republicans managed to act so quickly – despite provisions requiring bills to be read three times before adoption – by using a procedural maneuver.” (Penn Capital Star)


An internal poll shows Stelson within the margin of error against Perry. “The survey, conducted by the Democratic Party Public Policy Polling (PPP), found that Scott Perry received 45% support from 532 respondents, while Janelle Stelson received 43%, which is within +/-4.3% MOE.” . (PoliticsPA)

  • Perry Challenger is within the distance in the poll, but winning won’t be simple. (Roll call)

House Republicans want to investigate Larry Krasner over withdrawn Boyle warrant. “Top Republican Party leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Tuesday that they want the attorney general’s office to investigate how Philadelphia law enforcement botched a now-withdrawn arrest warrant for state Rep. Kevin Boyle days before the April primary election — and whether their actions violated state laws. voting rights.” (Questioner from Philadelphia)

The Senate Education Committee is restoring the school voucher program at the center of last year’s budget fight. “A bill restoring the school voucher program, killed by House Democrats during last year’s budget debates, passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday with bipartisan support. The program, called the PASS grant, would allow most students in the state’s lowest-performing school districts to spend up to $10,000 on private schools. ”(Penn Capital Star)

Governor Shapiro’s budget address was changed, and it didn’t come cheap. “His 86-minute, 31-second speech at this unique venue cost Pennsylvanians nearly $41,500, according to the House and Department of General Services responses to right-to-know requests. According to the bills, the costs were covered by the House of Representatives and the House Democratic Caucus.” (PennLive)

Stock sales ban, gun sales reporting bill rejected in AP House primary vote. “In a relatively rare development, two firearms bills – one banning “stockpiles” and similar devices and the other requiring electronic recordkeeping for gun sales – failed to pass in the final vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday. (PennLive)

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3. Partially shaded voting bubble gives Cabell another vote

HD-117 GOP Candidates Mike Cabell, Jamie Walsh

“A partially shaded election bubble has landed Michael Cabell another vote, despite the opponent’s strong objections, Jamie Walshin the Republican race for state representative in the 117th district.

Cabell received an additional absentee ballot Tuesday during the ongoing Luzerne County Board of Elections adjudication process.

While not yet reflected in the county’s unofficial online database of April 23 primary election results, the decision reduces the vote gap between Walsh and incumbent Cabell from four to three, with Walsh having the advantage.” (Leader of the Times)


Cabell adds to the pile and asks the court to order the rejection of recorded ballots counted in the 117th House District race. “A third set of disputed votes could soon go into effect in the undecided Republican race for the 117th statehouse district seat. (WVIA)

A Bethel Park man secures the Democratic nomination for the 40th House race. “State Representative Natalie Mihalek will have a rival from the Democratic Party in the November election. Peter Kohnke of Bethel Park easily exceeded the 300 votes he needed from Democrats during the April 23 primary to get on the ballot to run for the state House District 40 seat.” (Almanac)

The RNC seeks to defend a Pennsylvania county’s decision not to award naked absentee ballots. “The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Pennsylvania Republican Party are filing a lawsuit to prevent the Butler County Board of Elections from certifying non-secret ballots, also known as “naked ballots.”Document of democracy)

Center Co. election results certification. suspended due to a legal challenge to the ballots. “Final primary election results in Center County are currently on hold due to the filing of a lawsuit related to the status of nearly 100 mail-in ballots.” (WJAC)

4 Lancaster County politicians speak out about aging and holding public office. “We reached out to four of them to ask what motivates them to serve, why they do it in their 70s, and how they think age affects – or does not affect – what they do.” (LNP)


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5. Defeating DoorDash

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“Rivals Uber Technologies and Instacart have formed an unlikely partnership that will allow customers to order food from Uber Eats restaurants through the Instacart app.

The companies said the deal would bring more customers to Uber Eats and a new source of revenue for Instacart, which will receive a fee from Uber for each restaurant order.

The partnership is an attempt to counter competition from a common enemy: DoorDash.” (WSJ)

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