Winners & Losers

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers

Who’s up and who’s down this week?

City & State

For people who think they were precocious children: We present 9-year-old David Balogun, who has already graduated high school, receiving his diploma from Reach Cyber Charter School in Harrisburg after taking classes remotely. Now, after completing a semester at Bucks County Community College, Balogun and his family are looking at colleges and universities across the country. Outside the classroom, there are plenty of Pennsylvanians this week who earned a passing grade – and others who may have to stay after class. 

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Joe McAndrew, Abigail Salisbury & Matthew Gergely -

Be sure to say hello to the newest Democrats in Harrisburg the next time you’re in town. Joe McAndrew, Abigail Salisbury and Matt Gergely were elected in three special elections for vacant state House seats, giving them each major political wins – and giving Democrats a majority in the state House.

Carolyn Carluccio -

Carolyn Carluccio is heading into the May primary with some favorable political tailwinds at her back. Carluccio, who is running for an open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, was endorsed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party over the weekend, defeating Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick and Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough for the state GOP endorsement.

Monique McIntosh -

Goodwill is no longer hunting for a new leader in Southwestern Pennsylvania: The organization announced it has hired Monique McIntosh as its new president and CEO. McIntosh, the chief program officer of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, will be the Lawrenceville-based organization’s eighth chief executive – and first woman and person of color to hold the position.


Bryan Cutler -

Top Republican lawmakers, headed by former House Speaker Bryan Cutler,  have expressed their disappointment and said they are reviewing the Commonwealth Court ruling that sided with poorer school districts in the legal battle over state education funding. In what Democrats and education advocates deem a huge victory, Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer found that the state hasn’t fulfilled its constitutional obligations to provide students “comprehensive, effective, and contemporary” education.

Nicholas Stanley -

The IRS is always watching – at least it is when you owe more than S1 million in taxes. That led the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to sentence Lackawanna County’s Nicholas Stanley to 24 months in prison this week for evading payment of his taxes from 2005 and 2011. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, showing that in this case, Uncle Sam really did want Stanley.

Julio Pozo Gonzalez -

Cases of pandemic relief fund fraud are still being sorted out in the year 2023. Julio Pozo Gonzalez of Wilkes-Barre was sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges related to mail and wire fraud and identity theft. Gonzalez and several co-conspirators allegedly used stolen identification information to obtain $269,777 in fraudulent benefits deposited into 17 different accounts.