News & Brews October 12, 2022

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SCOTUS invalidates federal appeals court ruling on Pa. mail-in ballots

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a May ruling by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals that had said mail-in ballots without the required date should still be counted. The case stemmed from a specific election in Lehigh County. In response, Pa. Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman issued a statement saying in part, “Every county is expected to include undated ballots in their official returns for the Nov. 8 election, consistent with the Department of State’s guidance…. Today’s order from the U.S. Supreme Court vacating the Third Circuit’s decision on mootness grounds was not based on the merits of the issue and does not affect the prior decision of Commonwealth Court in any way.” The AP has more.

Biden to campaign for Fetterman in Pa. next week

President Joe Biden is scheduled to come to Pa. next week to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman, holding a fundraiser on October 20 in Philadelphia. As the Inquirer reports, “Biden hasn’t done much public campaigning for midterm candidates but has hosted several fund-raisers to bring in money for Democrats who he hopes can mount a challenge from Republicans for control of Congress.”

Mapping donors to Shapiro, Mastriano

Spotlight PA broke down donations to gubernatorial candidates Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano geographically, creating four maps to show where Shapiro’s donors live in Pa. and out of Pa., and where Mastriano’s donors live in-state and out-of-state. Read the story and see the maps here.

Profiles: Rebbie Mastriano and Lori Shapiro

As their husbands battle it out for governor, Rebbie Mastriano and Lori Shapiro have taken on different campaign roles, with Mastriano becoming a central figure on her husband’s campaign trail while Shapiro prefers a behind-the-scenes role. PennLive profiled Rebbie Mastriano here and Lori Shapiro here (both are paywalled).

Which candidates are Pa. gov’t unions funding this election cycle?

Democrat Josh Shapiro has received more than $3.5 million from government union political action committees since the start of 2021, making him the top recipient of Pa. gov’t union money this election cycle. Who else is getting the most money, and how much, from government unions? The Commonwealth Foundation has the answer.

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