News & Brews September 9, 2021

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Election audit hearing today

The Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, under the new chairmanship of Sen. Cris Dush (following Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman’s removal of Sen. Doug Mastriano as chair) will hold a public hearing at 1:00 pm today “on the Investigation of the 2020 General Election and the 2021 Primary Election.” The hearing can be live-streamed here.

Wolf says most parents agree with his mandate

Yesterday during a press conference, several reporters asked Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Education Noe Ortega about enforcement of Wolf’s new masking order. Wolf and Ortega generally gave vague answers, but Ortega suggested an “incentive” for complying with the mandate is keeping schools open for in person learning. Meanwhile, Wolf said there aren’t a lot of parents who disagree with his mandate, as he said, “I don’t think there are a whole lot of parents who don’t want to keep their children safe.” In other words, if you disagree with Wolf’s statewide mandate (which even Wolf disagreed with a few weeks ago), you don’t care about your kids’ safety. (See Q&A beginning at 33:00 time stamp here.)

Wolf’s mandate re-inspires Keeping Kids in School PAC

With in-person learning looking like a given just a few weeks ago, the recently formed Keeping Kids in School PAC wondered if its work was still timely. Broad + Liberty looks at how Gov. Wolf’s latest mask mandate re-inspired the PAC, which doesn’t take a position on mask mandates but is deeply concerned with whether state mandates or local control guide school board decisions.

Presidential visits to mark 9/11 anniversary

Former President George W. Bush, along with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The ceremony, will be “closed to the public and limited to family members and invited guests, but livestreamed on the memorial’s Facebook page — [and] will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.”

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