News & Brews October 11, 2022

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Anti-Trump Republican group spending $2M against Mastriano

The anti-Trump Republican Accountability PAC is putting up more than 30 ‘Republicans for Shapiro’ billboards “as part of its overall $2 million spend in Pennsylvania hitting Republican Doug Mastriano,” the Post-Gazette reports. “The billboards feature the headshots of Republican voters, past and present, who say they’ll vote for Mr. Shapiro. There are six in the Pittsburgh area and numerous others in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.” Incidentally, ‘past and present’ means that not all the voters are actually current registered Republicans, so there’s that.

Video: PennLive Ed Board meeting with Josh Shapiro

Yesterday, the PennLive Editorial Board met with Democrat gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro as he seeks the Ed Board’s endorsement. PennLive filmed the interview, and you can watch it here (or, if you have trouble accessing it there, you can watch it on Facebook). The Ed Board is also scheduled to meet with Democrat Senate nominee John Fetterman on October 23. PennLive notes that Republicans Doug Mastriano and Mehmet Oz “have not responded to repeated invitations.”

Oz & Fetterman both court Black voters

The AP dives into how the Oz and Fetterman campaigns are reaching out to Black voters. “They are,” the story notes, “perhaps the Democratic Party’s most loyal supporters. About 9 in 10 Black voters nationally went for Joe Biden in 2020…. But if [Oz] can peel off even a small share — or a critical mass of Black voters choose not to vote — it might prove consequential in a race that polls show as close.”

State Rep. Tony DeLuca passes away

State Rep. Tony DeLuca, who was the longest-serving current representative in the House, passed away on Sunday at 85. DeLuca had been a member of the House since 1983 and represented District 32 in Allegheny County, including Penn Hills, Verona, and most of Plum Borough and Oakmont. House Speaker Bryan Cutler stated, “Rep. DeLuca was not just our longest serving current member, but one of the most revered and respected by his colleagues and all Pennsylvanians. Rep. DeLuca’s unwavering commitment to his district could never be questioned, and his efforts on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, and in particular children, as the Democratic chair of the House Insurance Committee will have an impact for many years to come.

Committee hearing today on workforce development

The Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee and the Senate Labor and Industry Committee will hold a joint public hearing this afternoon at 1:30 pm on regional workforce development initiatives. The hearing, which will be held at Luzerne County Community College, will be live-streamed here.

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