News & Brews May 26, 2023

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Mastriano says no to 2024 U.S. Senate bid

Last night, state Sen. Doug Mastriano announced he will not run for U.S. Senate in 2024. This put to rest months of speculation, fueled by Mastriano himself. The announcement came as a relief to many conservatives, who had urged Mastriano not to run following his double-digit loss last year to Gov. Josh Shapiro.

AP pushes climate calamity after receiving millions from leftist orgs

Filed under ‘things that make you go hmmm’. A study by Media Research Center Business found, “The Associated Press has been running wild with leftist climate change propaganda while being paid millions by eco-extremist organizations.” The AP, whose wire service is used by media outlets nationwide, received an $8 million grant from “leftist nonprofit organizations.” And in the year following, the AP “pushed climate change alarmism and promoted woke environmental, social, governance (ESG) efforts across 64 climate-related stories.”

Shapiro signs executive order for seniors, disabled Pennsylvanians

Yesterday, Gov. Josh Shapiro “signed an executive order formally directing the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to develop a 10-year plan to develop and improve services for seniors and disabled Pennsylvanians.” CNHI News reports, “The plan is likely to include initiatives to improve direct care and health care workforces along with housing and accessibility. Transportation, that is, the lack thereof, is another anticipated area to be addressed along with the expansion of broadband — either of which could help improve access to health care and other supports.”

SEPTA head bets big raise and new contract

The Inquirer reports that with the expiration of federal COVID aid, “fare-paying ridership still lower than it was at the end of 2019 — and levels of state and local funding in flux,” SEPTA “may have to make cuts.” One thing not getting cut is the transit agency CEO and General Manager’s salary. Yesterday, “Leslie S. Richards got a 21% [$75,000] raise and a new four-year contract.” Her new salary will be $425,000.

House sends Senate multiple bills this week 

The progressive Pennsylvania Capital-Star gives a rundown of some of the bills the Democrat-controlled Pa. House sent to the Republican-controlled Senate this week. Topics covered illegal dumping, education for children in military families, and creating a state-administered retirement plan (gee, what could go wrong with that?).

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