Winners & Losers

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers

Who’s up and who’s down this week?

City & State

The Pennsylvania Game Commission wants residents from across the commonwealth to help them with a bit of turkey tracking. The commission will be running its annual Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey from July 1 through Aug. 31, which will help the commission “determine total wild turkey productivity and compare long-term reproductive success,” according to the agency.

Keep reading for more of this week’s Winners & Losers.


Donna Bullock -

Democratic state Rep. Donna Bullock will be starting a new position this summer after being appointed the new CEO of Project HOME, an organization dedicated to combating homelessness and poverty in Philadelphia. According to a release, Bullock will take over the organization this summer. Estelle Richman, chair of Project HOME’s Board of Trustees, praised Bullock for her “deep understanding of the dynamics of our city and the needs of the people we serve.”

Indiana University of Pennsylvania -

The prognosis looks good for a proposed medical school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP received a $20 million commitment from its foundation this week to go toward an osteopathic school of medicine, which reportedly would be the first of its kind on a public university campus in Pennsylvania, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In total, the university would need about $103 million to hit its fundraising goal for the medical school.

Jim Haddock -

Democratic state Rep. Jim Haddock picked up a legislative win in June when Gov. Josh Shapiro signed House Bill 1097 – a bill mandating a moment of silence in Pennsylvania schools on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, while also directing the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop a model curriculum about 9/11.


Joe Biden -

A new Pennsylvania poll shows a troubling trend for President Joe Biden. The USA Today/Suffolk University poll, which surveyed 500 Black voters in June, shows that while 76% of those polled said they voted for Biden in 2020, just 56% said they would vote for Biden again if the 2024 election was held today – a sign that Biden may be losing support from Black voters ahead of a rematch with former President Donald Trump.

Larry Krasner -

The state’s Commonwealth Court dealt a legal blow to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner this month when it rejected Krasner’s argument that Act 40 of 2023 – a law giving the attorney general the power to appoint a special prosecutor for crimes that occur on SEPTA – was unconstitutional. The court’s decision paved the way for the appointment of Philadelphia attorney Michael Untermeyer as special prosecutor. 

Ryan Mackenzie -

GOP state Rep. and congressional candidate Ryan Mackenzie was the subject of a Daily Mail piece this week that claimed that Mackenzie misrepresented his age on his Tinder profile by eight years in March 2020. Mackenzie, who was 37 at the time, reportedly listed his age as 29 instead, according to the tabloid. He may not be a Tinder Swindler, but the whole ordeal raises some numerical literacy questions, at the very least.