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November 1: Funding Education

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What We’re Hearing
The Republican Accountability Project announced a new six-figure ad campaign highlighting Speaker Mike Johnson’s extremism around the 2020 election. The spot will air during Fox News primetime from November 1 – 7 in all the states where Johnson sought to overturn the will of the voters, including Pennsylvania.

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Top Story

1. 4 Pennsylvania Universities Closer To Getting Millions After House OKs Bill On State Subsidies

Temple University - Main Campus | TCLF

“Four of Pennsylvania’s top universities edged closer to receiving overdue state subsidies when the state House of Representatives approved their annual state subsidies on Tuesday, setting a condition that the schools freeze tuition next year.

The appropriation of about $643 million passed the House 145-57 and was sent to the state Senate, which is due back in session Nov. 13.

Funding for Penn State, Temple and Lincoln universities and the University of Pittsburgh has been snarled in the Legislature for months over a partisan dispute involving fetal tissue research and public disclosure of school records.” (AP)

Related

Temple, Pitt, Penn State, and Lincoln Are A Step Closer To Getting Months-Delayed State Funding. “House Republicans had been holding up funding until the state’s four quasi-public institutions — the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, and Lincoln University — agreed to be more transparent with the public and accountable to the General Assembly.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Why Penn State Says It ‘Cannot Support’ House Amendment That Would Freeze Tuition Next Year. (Centre Daily Times)

 

Bills To Combat Hate Crimes Gain Pennsylvania House Approval. “Three bills seeking to expand and strengthen Pennsylvania’s anti-hate crime statutes were passed Tuesday by the state House of Representatives. All members of the chamber’s Democratic majority supported the proposals along with a handful of Republicans, voting amid national concerns about a spike in hate crimes during the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.” (AP)

‘This Is Only A Start’: Shapiro, Lawmakers Celebrate Signing Of Maternal Mortality Bill. “The act — formerly known as Senate Bill 262 — was introduced by state Sen. Judy Schwank and requires Pennsylvania’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee to share each reportable maternal mortality and morbidity event with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.” (Penn Capital-Star)

Pennsylvania Moves Legislation To End Death Penalty. “Pennsylvania is among 27 states that allow the death penalty, but some state representatives are trying to change that. Legislation introduced by Rep. Christopher Rabb calling for the end of the practice was voted out of committee Tuesday.” (WESA)

 

State

2. Election 2023: Commonwealth Court

Matt Wolf, Megan Martin

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania is one of Pennsylvania’s two intermediate appellate courts, along with the Superior Court. The Commonwealth Court is the state’s highest court of appeals in civil and regulatory matters, issuing opinions on tax matters, state agencies, zoning, and voting.

There are nine judges that serve on the Commonwealth Court with five Republicans and three Democrats serving on the bench.

There are two candidates running for the open seat – Republican Megan Martin and Democrat Matt Wolf. (PoliticsPA)

Related

Who Is Your Choice For PA Supreme Court Justice? “We would like to know what you think? Who is your choice for the open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court? Our poll is open through Monday at 6 AM. (PoliticsPA)

Working The Polls Cleared Up Jay Schneider’s 2020 Suspicions. Now He’s Taking Charge As A Judge Of Elections. “Becoming a judge of elections required Schneider to go through comprehensive training from his county’s election department. He saw the process from the inside. And now, he told Votebeat and Spotlight PA, he feels confident that the kind of major fraud that was so widely discussed in 2020 just isn’t possible.” (VoteBeat)

Ward Sees Momentum For Lifeline Scholarships Despite Union Pressure, State House Turmoil. “Political figures are advancing unsustainable arguments about education, Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward, a Westmoreland County Republican, said in an interview. Wealthy politicians who send their own children to private schools while denying the same opportunity to low-income families have placed themselves in an untenable position with a growing number of constituents who favor school choice, she argues.” (Broad + Liberty)

Sen. Judy Schwank To Introduce Legislation To Aid School Mergers. “Shrinking the number of school districts in Pennsylvania is a topic that seems to pop up every few years. A Berks lawmaker is attempting to ease concerns and make pursuing school district mergers more feasible.” (Reading Eagle)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. Pittsburgh Rabbis Urge Lee To Take Stand Against Hamas, Terrorism

40 Pittsburgh Jewish clergy pen open letter to Rep. Summer Lee | The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

“A group of 40 rabbis and cantors from the Pittsburgh region are denouncing recent votes by U.S. Rep. Summer Lee in connection with the Israel-Hamas war.

Rabbi Dan Fellman of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill organized an open letter, released Tuesday and said its signatories represent a broad swath of Jewish religious leaders of the region. The rabbis and cantors are part of Conservative, Orthodox and Reform synagogues in the area.” (Tribune-Review)

Related

Sen. John Fetterman Faces A Left-Wing Backlash Over His Stance On Israel. He Isn’t Budging. “The progressive senator from Pennsylvania has resisted calls from some of his supporters and former staffers to call for an immediate cease-fire in the region.” (NBC News)

Race To Watch: All 3 Montgomery County’s Board Of Commissioners Seats Are Up For Grabs. “Pennsylvania’s third largest county could get an all-new slate of officials leading its highest office.” (WHYY)

Lanco Democratic Commissioner Calls Campaign Contributions From Vendors ‘Bad Judgment’. “A week before the Nov. 7 general election, Democratic Commissioner John Trescot criticized fellow Republican Commissioner Ray D’Agostino on Tuesday for accepting political donations from companies that currently have contracts with the county.” (LNP)

Ex-Labor Leader Johnny Doc Faces Trial Again — This Time Accused Of Stealing From The Union He Led For 30 Years. “The last time John Dougherty faced a jury, he ended up convicted of federal bribery charges. But as the former leader of the state’s most powerful labor union heads back to court this week to stand for judgment before another panel of 12 of his peers, he’s hoping for a different outcome.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Election 2023

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

  • Many PA Schools Don’t Have Enough Money. A Simple Fix Could Change That — Without Raising Taxes. (Zahava Stadler)
  • A Conservative Who Wants To Kill Citizens United And The Power Of Super PACs. (Philip Wegmann)
  • Youth Could Be The Answer To Election Worker Shortage. (Scranton Times-Tribune)
  • The Difference Between MAGA And Traditional Republicans Is Like Night And Day. (Bill Gindelsperger)

 

1 Thing

5. Breaking Into The Voiceover World

Pete DeMeo | A3 Artists Agency

And on vocals — it’s Bucks County’s Pete DeMeo!

Rock star? In a way. But more to the point these days, DeMeo’s de man when it comes to rocking out the voiceover industry.

Voice…over?

Far from it: This master voiceover artist is just getting started. (Bucks County Herald)

 

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2 Responses

  1. Summer Lee needs to heed the Jewish community call to denounce Hamas. Lots of votes and influence in Democratic Party politics. Not to mention that Hamas deserves denunciation for its slaughter in Israel Oct.7.





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