News & Brews September 22, 2023

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McCormick launches Senate campaign

Republican Dave McCormick formally announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate yesterday. In his announcement, he pledged to unify the Republican Party in Pennsylvania. Republicans had been urging McCormick to run, viewing him as their strongest chance to defeat incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

Report: ‘Cut red tape, add billions to Pa.’s economy’

James Broughel, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has a piece in Forbes on a report he just published with the Commonwealth Foundation that “suggests Pennsylvania could potentially increase year-over-year growth by 1 percentage point through a … 36 percent reduction in regulatory restrictions.” He adds that one percent of Pa.’s economy “equals $9.2 billion, meaning an extra $1,760 per Pennsylvania household.”

Op-Ed: ‘Stop blocking PASS and give kids a chance’

PA Families for Education Choice Founder and CEO Sharon Sedlar urges House Democrats to “stop putting special interests in front of Pennsylvania’s children” and instead “sign on” to the PASS Scholarship Program. She writes that “children deserve to receive the funding and resources available for their education, despite zip codes or finances.” We fully agree!

‘Shapiro 2028 watch’

The Philly Inquirer’s Clout column observes that Gov. Shapiro’s announcement of automatic voter registration this week smacks of a burgeoning presidential campaign. Shapiro “rolled out” the voter change “on MSNBC twice Tuesday and on CNN Wednesday after The Washington Post gave him a big splash. Vice President Kamala Harris gave him a shout-out during a stop Tuesday in Reading. That’s some politically potent exposure for a guy who seems to have been running for president since high school.” See third item here.

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