News & Brews February 4, 2022

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GOP-comissioned poll shows Republicans up in PA generic ballot

A new poll commissioned by the Republican State Leadership Committee found that Republicans in PA lead Democrats by six points when voters were asked which party they’re likely to support in this year’s legislative races. The poll has Democrats worried. In a fundraising email, PA House Democrats called it “a real bombshell,” noting “Republicans in Pennsylvania have a clear advantage to win in November,” and adding, “We already knew the midterm elections were going to be an uphill battle, but this poll shows us how tight it’s going to be.”

Wolf sues to force implementation of RGGI

Gov. Wolf has gone to court in his ongoing attempt to unilaterally force Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon tax program that would hike electricity prices and cost jobs. The AP reports that the Commonwealth Court lawsuit “is aimed at a legislative agency that publishes the weekly official record of Pennsylvania state government agency actions. Wolf’s administration wants a court order to force the agency to publish Wolf’s regulation, something it has refused thus far to do.” Once published, RGGI would take effect immediately. GOP lawmakers, however, are still aiming to garner a 2/3 majority to kill the tax.

Redistricting commission to vote today on final state maps

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission, on which Democrats hold a majority, will meet at 1pm today to vote on the final state legislative maps. You can view the agenda here, and the meeting will be live-streamed here. The media has been noticeably silent on the fact that as of last evening the maps still had not been released to the public. Our state constitution provides that the final maps, once approved, can be challenged in court within the next 30 days.

Q&A with Jake Corman

The Inquirer caught up with Senate President Pro Tempore and GOP gubernatorial candidate Jake Corman to talk about his race fo governor, why he thinks he can win, and what influence (if any) he thinks former President Trump will have in the race. Read the piece here.

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