News & Brews April 20, 2023

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Pa. Supreme Court sanctions county over voting machine data

Yesterday, the state’s highest court sanctioned Fulton County over actions taken regarding the 2020 presidential election. The AP reports that county commissioners “secretly allowed a third party to copy voting-machine data last year….” Democrat Justice David Wecht wrote the majority opinion for the court. Republican Justice Kevin Brobson concurred on the ultimate decision but dissented on certain points. You can read Justice Brobson’s opinion here.

Fetterman chairs first hearing

Yesterday, Sen. John Fetterman chaired his first subcommittee hearing, a few days after returning to the Senate following his hospitalization. The hearing of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition focused on federal funding for food assistance. Fetterman’s appearance was much watched given the health struggles he has faced. You can watch the full hearing here.

Philly LNG Task Force meeting today

This morning at 10:00 a.m., the Philadelphia Liquefied Natural Gas Export Task Force will hold a public hearing “to receive testimony from various stakeholders regarding safety and security considerations for a potential liquefied natural gas export terminal in or around the Port of Philadelphia.” In February, state Sen. Gene Yaw wrote that last year, the “Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing in Philadelphia about the city’s critical role in boosting liquefied natural gas exports – and the positive geopolitical and climate impacts that come along with it.” However, no one knew “because no reporters in the region bothered to show up.” Let’s see if any show up today. The hearing will be live streamed here.

A look at Pa. judicial candidates

The Bucks County Courier Times has a story on the candidates running for Pa. Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth courts this year. The piece looks at who’s funding them, how the Pa. Bar rates each of them, and more.

Former Congressman Bud Shuster passes away

Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, who served in Congress for 28 years and was chair of the House Transportation Committee. passed away yesterday at age 91. We extend our condolences to Rep. Shuster’s family.

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