News & Brews April 8, 2024

Get News & Brews in your inbox each day: Subscribe here!

Watch: ‘Inside the messy battle for the biggest swing state of 2024’

In a new Wall Street Journal video, the Journal “talked with voters, officials and campaign managers across the biggest swing state of the 2024 election to learn about how each candidate could win—or lose.” That state? Pennsylvania. Watch the video here.

Op-Ed: ‘What we (didn’t) learn from the budget hearings’

GOP Appropriations Chair Seth Grove (York County) writes that during the recent state budget hearings, members of his committee “were shocked at the lack of details provided to implement the countless new and expanded spending programs and the new revenue enhancements proposed by the Governor from agency leaders.” He outlines several examples, while noting that while Gov. Shapiro is correct that “analysis cannot be an excuse for paralysis … what will lead to paralysis is a lack of detail.”

Amid TikTok debate, many lawmakers use the app

The AP reports that just because some lawmakers are considering legislation that would restrict the use of TikTok so long as it’s tied to China, some lawmakers have no problem at all using the app to promote themselves. Case in point: Gov. Josh Shapiro, who “is a prolific poster.” Per the story, his administration “has a phone dedicated only to making TikToks, off of state Wi-Fi, with no other apps on it.”

Candidates court conservative voters at annual conference

At this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Leadership Conference—the largest annual gathering of conservatives in Pa.—attendees heard from candidates in some of the state’s top races this year, including U.S. Senate and state attorney general. On the former, presumptive Republican nominee Dave McCormick told the crowd, “I believe we’re in deep trouble. I believe we need change… and I’m going there to make change happen. Bob Casey is the status quo. I’m changing it.” On the latter, the GOP primary is a race between York County DA Dave Sunday and state Rep. Craig Williams, and both candidates took part in a forum at the conference to make their pitch to voters.

GOP hearing this a.m. on Biden’s LNG block

The Pa. House Republican Policy Committee will hold a public hearing this morning at 10:30 a.m. “to discuss the negative impacts of … [President Biden’s] arbitrary pause on LNG exports.” The hearing will be followed by a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Among those scheduled to participate are Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Executive Director Carl Marrara, EQT Corporation Director of Government Affairs John Bane, and Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council President Rob Bair. The events will be live streamed here.

Sign up to get News & Brews in your inbox