News & Brews October 14, 2022

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New polls: Shapiro holds wide lead; Senate race is tight

New polls from The Trafalgar Group show Democrat Josh Shapiro with a comfortable 52.8% to 43.5% lead over Republican Doug Mastriano in the race for governor. Meanwhile, the Senate numbers are much closer, with Democrat John Fetterman leading Republican Mehmet Oz 47.2% to 44.8%, which is within the 2.9% margin of error. The RealClear Politics polling average has Fetterman up 3.4% and Shapiro up 11.2%.

House GOP leaders ask Dep’t of State to segregate undated mail-in ballots

In wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week (see first item in “Also happening this week” below), Pa. House Republican leaders have asked the Department of State to set aside undated mail-in ballots, as further lawsuits are highly likely. Broad + Liberty has the story.

Biden coming to Pittsburgh next week

President Biden is scheduled to make a stop in Pittsburgh on Oct. 20, the same day he’s scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for John Fetterman in Philly. The Post-Gazette reports that “[n]o further details were immediately available about the reason for Mr. Biden’s visit next week.”

Lack of reporting makes comparing crime data tough

PennLive reports that the FBI “doesn’t know” whether crime is “up or down in Pennsylvania” and how the “trend compare[s] to the rest of the country” due to lack of complete reporting by police agencies. The story notes, “most police agencies in the state are still using an outdated system of crime data reporting.” The FBI implemented a new system, but few agencies are using it fully. “Pennsylvania has the most police agencies of any state in the country with 1,504 different departments covering its population. Only 31 of those agencies reported partial data to the FBI in 2021.”

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