State Officials Gather in Harrisburg to Launch National Recovery Month | Five for the weekend

Good weekend to all.

Heads of state and advocacy groups gathered in Harrisburg earlier this week to launch National Recovery Monthwhich spans the month of September, and to help Pennsylvanians recover.

“People can recover from the disease of addiction, and they do. September is a time to celebrate the gift of recovery and to remind those in recovery and those who support them that no one is alone in their journey,” said Jen Smith, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Smith also pointed out several Administration of wolves programs that she says have helped reduce stigma, boost prevention efforts, and improve Pennsylvania’s drug and alcohol treatment system through measures such as expand access to naloxone through Pennsylvania’s standing order, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment and treatment for uninsured and underinsured people with substance use disorders, and expanding the Substance Abuse Tracing, Assessment and Treatment Standards Platform (ATLAS) to Pennsylvania.

State officials were joined at the launch event Thursday by U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean, D-4th District, and her son Harry Cunnane, who celebrates nine years of recovery.

“National Recovery Month is a time to bring hope to those in recovery and their families. I was grateful to be with my son, Harry, as well as Secretary Jen Smith and other advocates to discuss how we can make recovery more accessible and possible for everyone in Pennsylvania,” says Dean. “Government has a role to play in raising awareness, breaking stigma and helping save lives.”

As always, the top five stories from this week are below.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump threatened to use violence against the FBI after law enforcement executed a search warrant at the former president’s Florida residence (Getty Images).

1. Trump will not go to jail. And that’s good news for Democrats | Bruce Ledewitz

Democrats are aware that the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s home damaged the Party politically. This August 17 headline from The New York Times, referring to the Cut Inflation Act, says it all: The president bows, but the spotlight remains on his predecessor.

Yet even with that knowledge, 88% of Democrats want Trump indicted for plotting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Just over half of Democrats think he will.

Undoubtedly, Democrats also hope that the state’s criminal investigations into financial improprieties and election interference will lead to prosecutions.

Republican congressional candidate Lisa Scheller, who was leading the 7th District primary, talks to a voter outside the polling station at Tracy Elementary School in Palmer Township on Tuesday, 05/17/22 ( photos by Donna Fisher for Armchair Lehigh Valley).

2. GOP hopeful Scheller criticizes Biden’s student debt plan. His company had the PPP loans erased

Lisa Scheller, Republican candidate in the 7th congressional district, criticizes President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness initiative as a move that means ‘working families across the state will be forced to pay off the debts of incumbent elites of a doctorate”.

His Aug. 24 tweet came the same day Biden said he would forgive up to $10,000 in student loans for borrowers with incomes below $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. The figure goes up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients.

Tweets such as Scheller’s drew a rebuke from the White House because Scheller, like other Republican and elected candidates, himself saw the benefit of federal loan forgiveness — among them, the U.S. Rep. of Pennsylvania Mike Kelly, R-16th District.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman (L) and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro (R)
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3. Shapiro and Fetterman lead new Franklin & Marshall College poll | Thursday morning coffee

A new Franklin & Marshall College Poll show the democrats Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman with a double-digit lead over their Republican rivals, even though of President Joe Biden approval ratings remain underwater with voters in a key 2022 battleground state.

In the nationally watched United States Senate race, Fettermanthe current lieutenant governor, leads the Republicans Mehmet Oz, famous doctor, 43% to 30%. But the race narrows to 45-36% when people who lean towards a particular candidate are included.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 02: US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recent White House mass shootings on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. In a prime-time speech, Biden spoke about the need for Congress to pass gun control legislation following a spate of mass shootings, including the killing of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York that left 10 people dead. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

4. President Joe Biden heads to Pennsylvania, with scheduled stops in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh

President Joe Biden is visiting Pennsylvania this week.

Biden is expected to visit Wilke-Barre on Tuesday to focus on his Safer America plan, which aims to expand gun control measures and mental health resources — building on the bipartisan proposal passed by Congress in June. The trip was postponed from last month after he tested positive for COVID-19.

And on Monday, the White House announced that the Democratic president plans to stop in Pittsburgh on Labor Day for the annual parade to celebrate the holiday “and the dignity of working Americans.” He also plans to visit Milwaukee on Labor Day.

Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council Chairman Darrin Kelly said he was thrilled to welcome Biden to Pittsburgh for Labor Day.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 24: Philadelphia Phillies closer David Robertson #30 and wide receiver JT Realmuto #10 shake hands after beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 in a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 24 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

5. Why doesn’t the Phillies roster look like Philadelphia? | Capital letters-stars

I noticed Sunday night that the Phillies were using an all-white starting lineup against the Mets. I don’t know if anyone is following this, but I guess all-white starting rosters in major league baseball are pretty rare.

Also, after the trade deadline in early August, I had noticed that the Phillies were very white (i.e. Caucasian). They had traded for three white players (Marsh, Syndergaard and Robertson) and one minority player (Sosa) and followed that by releasing numerous minority players (Herrera, Gregorius, Familia and Carmago).

As a result, the Phillies currently have six minority players on their active roster. It’s 23 percent. According to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, 38% of all opening day MLB players were players of color. The Phillies also only have two minority coaches.

And this is the week. We’ll see you here next week.

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