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April 11: Ethical Issues

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1. Young Voters Came Out Big In PA In 2022 Election

Young people came out and made their voice heard in the 2022 Pennsylvania elections with nearly 1 in 3 voters between the ages of 18-29 turning out to cast a ballot.

Those numbers come from new research released by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. They are based on voter file data from 39 states for which age-specific voter file data has been aggregated by Catalist.

Pennsylvania ranked sixth among the 39 states at 32 percent, trailing only Michigan (37%), Maine, Minnesota and Oregon (36%) and Colorado (33%). The Keystone State was one of only four states to have a higher youth turnout in 2022 than in 2018, along with Michigan, New York and Arkansas. In PA, MI and NY, Democrats won competitive statewide races for governor and/or U.S. Senate.


Key Conservative Group Joins Attacks On Partnership That Improves Voter Rolls. “Judicial Watch, whose leader Tom Fitton urged Donald Trump in 2020 to claim victory before all the votes were tallied, released a flawed report alleging potential violations of federal law by the Electronic Registration Information Center (Eric), a bipartisan consortium of over two dozen states that exchange voter registration data to ensure election security.” (The Guardian)

PA GOP Braces For Primary Brawl In Bid To Oust Casey. “Republicans view Bob Casey as vulnerable and are hoping to improve on candidate quality this time around with former Senate candidate Dave McCormick. However, former failed conservative gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano is eyeing another potential run, raising alarm for the GOP.” (The Hill)

Casey Running Gives Democrats Another Battleground Incumbent. “The Democrat’s decision to seek a fourth term was expected, but still welcomed by his party, which will be almost entirely on defense in next year’s elections as they try to maintain a narrow Senate majority.” (Roll Call)

Senate GOP Arm Targets Casey In Battleground PA’s Crucial Race. “One day after Bob Casey announced his 2024 re-election campaign as he seeks a fourth six-year term representing the key general election battleground state on Capitol Hill, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) launched a digital attack ad in a crucial Senate race that may determine if the GOP wins back the chamber’s majority next year. (Fox News)

The Lost Art Of Storytelling In Political Creative. “Robert Aho isn’t your average creative. For starters, the Republican media consultant holds a MBA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. After getting his start in Pennsylvania politics in the 90s, he later did a stint at an ad agency outside of the industry which, combined with his more than two decades of experience in campaign advertising, gives him a unique perspective on last cycle’s creative output. What he saw from Republican candidates and groups alarmed him — for one compelling reason. There wasn’t enough compelling storytelling.” (Campaigns & Elections)



2. Shapiro Says PA Abortion Rights Have Not Changed Despite Texas Ruling

Coming on the heels of a decision from a Texas federal judge, Gov. Josh Shapiro has launched a new website – – for reproductive health care resources in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The website’s goal is to provide facts and information in the wake of the ruling to restrict access to medication abortions nationwide.

“Your rights and freedoms here in Pennsylvania have not changed — you can get a safe, legal medication abortion using mifepristone in our Commonwealth,” said Shapiro.


Shapiro Backs Abortion Access In Light Of Texas Ruling, Launches Reproductive Health Care Website For PA. “Two conflicting federal court rulings concerning abortion medication spurred Gov. Josh Shapiro on Monday to unveil a new website detailing reproductive health care resources in Pennsylvania and announce that the commonwealth is considering joining the legal fight to defend access to the medication.” (CNHI News)

  • Abortion To Remain Legal In PA Regardless Of Texas Judge’s Ruling, Local Expert Says. (CBS Pittsburgh)
  • Blue States Are Buying Up Abortion Medication Amid Legal Uncertainty. (POLITICO)


Shapiro’s Mental Health Plans At A Glance. “Gov. Josh Shapiro wants to spend hundreds of millions over the next five years to expand access to mental health treatment in a wide-ranging plan that tackles suicide prevention, student wellbeing and community programs.” (The Center Square)

PA’s Utility Regulator Has Quietly Gone Without A Leader For Three Months. “The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has been without a full-time leader since the Jan. 6 departure of executive director Seth Mendelsohn, the agency confirmed Monday, and it has also lost its top attorney.” (Post-Gazette)

How Harrisburg Works: PA House Majority, Rules vs. Bills, And Taxpayer Money For Twitter Blue. “As lawmakers begin considering bills and big funding questions, Spotlight PA’s Stephen Caruso wants to help you understand how the sausage really gets made, how your tax dollars are spent, and how Harrisburg works (or doesn’t).” (Spotlight PA)


Around The Commonwealth

3. What Is The Philly Board Of Ethics And Why Did It Sue A Super PAC Backing Jeff Brown For Mayor?

City Hall — Visit Philadelphia

“The Philadelphia Board of Ethics on Monday sued a super PAC and a nonprofit supporting Jeff Brown’s Democratic primary bid for mayor.

The board accused Brown and the two entities, which are both called For A Better Philadelphia, of illegally coordinating fundraising efforts that brought in more than $2.4 million.

The board called that coordination a violation of the city’s campaign finance limits.” (Inquirer)


Philly Officials Say A Sports Team Paid Big To Boost Jeff Brown For Mayor. The Sixers Have Ties To That Super PAC. “In a lawsuit filed Monday alleging mayoral candidate Jeff Brown illegally coordinated with a political action committee backing his campaign, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics noted the group’s anonymous donors included a “professional sports team” that gave $250,000 to boost Brown.” (Inquirer)


What We’re Watching For In Tonight’s Mayoral Debate. “Seven of the top Democrats will meet tonight for what is so far the only major televised debate of the campaign. Sure, these candidates have shared quite a few stages on the trail, but they haven’t directly interacted with one another in most of the forums.” (Inquirer)

Grassroots Progressive Group Endorses Gym, Innamorato. “Our Revolution, a leading grassroots-funded progressive political organizing group, handed out a pair of key endorsements on Monday night to Helen Gym for mayor of Philadelphia and Rep. Sara Innamorato for Allegheny County Executive.” (PoliticsPA)

We Found A Clue As To Who Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Might Endorse In The Race For His Job. “Fitzgerald and former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy will host an April 17 fundraiser for City Controller Michael Lamb, a Democratic candidate for executive, at a boutique Downtown hotel, according to an invitation obtained by the Post-Gazette.” (Post-Gazette)

Matt Dugan Giving Zappala A Tough Fight In The Race For Allegheny County DA. “Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. might be facing his stiffest political challenge yet during a quarter-century in office.” (Post-Gazette)

Philadelphia Changes Its Budget Director. “The current Chief of Staff in the Office of the Director of Finance, Sabrina Maynard, will become the City’s Budget Director, beginning Monday, April 17.” (Al Dia)

Temple University To Name JoAnne Epps Acting President. “Sources say that an announcement could come as soon as Tuesday that JoAnne Epps will be named acting president of Temple University.” (Philadelphia Tribune)

Here’s Why NPR And WITF Are Not State-Affiliated Media. “You may have seen that Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, has labeled NPR as “state-affiliated media.” As an NPR member station, WITF is affected by Twitter’s decision, which spreads misinformation about whether stations are influenced by their funders. Here are some facts.” (WITF)



4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.


1 Thing

5. Joe Mama’s Gets Deserved Attention

Joe Mama's Kitchen, 2233 Derry St in Harrisburg - Restaurant menu and reviews

The online food series “America’s Best Restaurant” travels across the nation, showcasing the best independently-owned restaurants. Recently, it made a pit stop at Joe Mama’s Kitchen and Catering in Harrisburg.

Luis Rivera is the host of America’s Best Restaurants. He said the reason for choosing Joe Mama’s was that not only do they produce delicious food but also their connection to the community is essential to their success.

Joe Mama’s does more than serve food. It also caters to those in need by providing food via old newspaper dispensers in the parking lot. In the winter, Stretch places meals and soups in the boxes and posts about it on social media to spread the word.

“There are several places like Joe Mama’s Kitchen and Catering that exist in your town and you had no idea that they exist,” Rivera said.


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  1. Clarence Thomas is never mentioned in an ethics debate because he has no ethics to speak of.


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