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Jay Schneider of Chester County had doubts about the 2020 election, like a lot of his fellow conservatives. He said those concerns were piqued after he received multiple mail ballots — an error seen in other Pennsylvania locations that year, but one officials said wouldn't allow for extra votes.
Unlike most skeptics, though, Schneider decided to see election administration for himself, becoming a poll worker and now a judge of elections in a township near his county's geographic center.
With last year's midterms under his belt, he says he's confident the kind of major fraud that was so widely discussed in 2020 just isn't possible.
Read his full account, via Votebeat and Spotlight PA: Working the polls cleared up Jay Schneider’s suspicions. Now he’s taking charge.
THE CONTEXT: Schneider, 76, said his distrust faded as he witnessed the election machinery and related trainings in action.
He said he was particularly struck by the requirement that two workers sign off on each step of counting a single mail ballot.
“At least in this county at the polling places, and seeing [central count], that’s really locked down,” he said. “If I talk about it [to others], I say I think it’s virtually impossible to make any significant changes to what's going on. I don't see how you could make any changes, to tell you the truth.”
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|SENATE BUY-IN? Hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding for four high-profile universities has cleared the state House, but its future is far from guaranteed in the state Senate, Spotlight PA reports: Skepticism from state Senate Republicans over the measure’s proposed spending boost and outright opposition from one school to a legislatively mandated tuition freeze leaves the issue far from resolved.|
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND: Touting a first-of-its-kind agreement, the Shapiro administration says it will work with natural gas producer CNX Resources to collect data on air emissions and water quality at well sites, the AP reports. A release from Shapiro's office says the monitoring will happen at two well sites before, during, and after drilling, calling it the most intensive independent study of fracking in the nation.
CRIMINAL HISTORY: Duane Borchick is running for Borough Council in McAdoo, Schuylkill County on Nov. 7 and openly discussing the 1992 murder case that saw him and his then-wife imprisoned for the death of their three-year-old son, The Standard-Speaker (paywall) reports. It's unclear he can serve if he wins given Pennsylvania's "infamous crimes" restriction. Borchick said he was allowed to run before.
'MISSISSIPPI MIRACLE': Pennsylvania lawmakers are eyeing rules that would require more aggressive interventions by schools if students fall behind in reading, pointing to the large share of fourth-grade students here who are currently below targets and the success reported with similar measures in Mississippi, WESA reports. But other states with the same policies in place have seen smaller bumps.
ILLEGAL SIGNS: Democrats in Bucks County will be allowed to remove campaign signs targeting their candidates for five school board seats in the Central Bucks School District. The Courier Times (paywall) reports Judge Jeffrey Trauger granted a preliminary injunction sought by the Bucks County Democratic Committee, saying any signs lacking the legally required “paid for by” language can come down.
ALT TEXTS: Public Opinion reports unearthed text messages between the team behind Arizona's discredited 2020 election audit suggest they didn't trust a key Pennsylvania ally, state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R., Franklin). "He seems nice but is dirty," pro-Trump lawyer Stefanie Lambert wrote.
SANTOS SPARED: 31 Democrats voted against expelling embattled U.S. Rep. George Santos (R., NY) this week, while more than 24 Republicans voted yes. Pennsylvania's GOP "yes" votes: Brian Fitzpatrick, Dan Meuser, Lloyd Smucker. Lone Democratic "no": Chris Deluzio.
BEER BUBBLE: PennLive (paywall) is the latest news outlet to ponder the future of Pennsylvania's crowded craft beer scene, noting at least a half-dozen midstate craft brewers have called it quits this fall. It's happening in Philadelphia too, where three closed in as many weeks.
COURTROOM THEATER: Pitt is offering an Applied Improv for Lawyers class. Third-year law student Emma Ryan told The Pitt News, “The skills related to theatre and lawyering have a surprising amount of crossover."
BRING HOME THE BACON: How do you catch a runaway pig named Kevin Bacon? His Gettysburg owners say with a Benadryl-laced sticky bun and an urgent plea from its famous, Philadelphia-native namesake.
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