News & Brews September 20, 2022

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Dems pinning mid-term hopes on abortion?

The AP reports that so far, “Democrats have already invested more than an estimated $124 million this year in television advertising referencing abortion.” And [s]ince the high court’s decision in June to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion, roughly 1 in 3 television advertising dollars spent by Democrats and their allies have focused on abortion.” And Pennsylvania is one of the Democrats’ primary targets. Indeed, the story notes that “the most TV ads aired this year referencing abortion took place in the Pennsylvania and Arizona Senate races.”

2nd annual March for Life draws thousands to Harrisburg

Thousands of pro-life advocates gathered on the Capitol steps yesterday for the 2nd annual Pa. March for Life, hosted by the Pennsylvania Family Institute. PennLive reports that it was “[o]ne of the largest gatherings of people at the Pennsylvania Capitol in recent years.” Read more here. Meanwhile, pro-abortion advocates are planning their own Capitol rally, which is scheduled to begin at 10am this morning.

Op-Ed: ‘Welcome bipartisan agreement’ on school choice between gubernatorial candidates

In the wake of Democrat Josh Shapiro announcing his newfound support for school choice, Aaron Anderson, CEO of Logos Academy in York, wrote, “Could it be that both Republicans and Democrats finally agree that a child’s ZIP code, ethnicity, or class should not determine whether they have access to a high-quality education?Pennsylvania’s parents can only hope so.” Anderson continued, “I pray our next governor will have integrity, strengthen our democracy, and fulfill their campaign promises to empower struggling families with school choice to ensure the future success of our children.” Read his piece at the York Daily Record.

Krasner now partially complying with House subpoena

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Philly DA Larry Krasner is partially complying with a House subpoena (after first refusing) but still calling efforts to hold him accountable “dirty politics in an election year.” His reluctant compliance comes after an overwhelming and bipartisan majority in the House voted to hold him in contempt for refusing to comply with the subpoena. A House Republican spokesman confirmed that Krasner’s office had provided “a number of documents” and that a House committee will review them to see if they respond to the subpoena’s request.

Pa. remains ‘sluggish’ in economic recovery

“Pennsylvania has the 8th highest unemployment rate in the nation, and more than 93,000 individuals have dropped out of the labor force entirely. While 20 states have fully recovered from pandemic era job losses, Pennsylvania has lost 108,200 payroll jobs, or 1.8%, since February 2020.” So reads a recent Commonwealth Foundation analysis of Pennsylvania’s economic trends. Click here for more.

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