News & Brews November 27, 2023

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Shapiro appealing RGGI ruling

Ten months after taking office, Gov. Josh Shapiro has finally picked a position on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Unfortunately, it’s the same position as former Gov. Wolf, who fought to unilaterally force Pa. into the electricity-price-raising carbon tax scheme. Last week, the Shapiro administration announced it would appeal the Commonwealth Court ruling striking down Wolf’s attempt to circumvent the legislature by forcing Pa. into the multi-state pact.

Another court ruling on mail-in ballots

If you’ve lost track of the number of court cases and rulings on mail-in ballots in Pa., you’re not alone. Last week, a federal court directed Pennsylvania counties to accept mail ballots that a voter has failed to date or misdated.” This ruling stems from a case brought last year by organizations including the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters of Pa. It’s unclear yet if plaintiffs will appeal.

Lone 2024 VP debate to be held in Pa.

The one-and-only vice-presidential debate slated to happen next year will be in Pennsylvania. The Inquirer reports that Lafayette College in Easton will be the site of the September 25, 2024 event. More details will come at a later date.

Fetterman’s support for Israel ‘confounds his progressive brethren’

POLITICO looks at how U.S. Sen. John Fetterman’s unwavering support for Israel in the face of Hamas terror attacks has “shocked progressives who assumed the senator was their ally.” While some say Fetterman’s position is a “political calculation,” others say the 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh deeply impacted him.

Soros-backed DA announces Attorney General run

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, who won election in 2019 with the backing of liberal billionaire George Soros, has announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania Attorney General. Stollsteimer joins an increasingly crowded Democrat primary field, as other announced Dems include Rep. Jared Solomon, former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, former federal prosecutor Joe Kahn and attorney Keir Bradford-Grey.

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