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Activists give away banned books as a right-wing parents conference comes to Philadelphia

Nick Vachon Organizers with a national public school advocacy campaign, joined by local activists, gave away books on Thursday to kick off a weekend of counterprogramming against Moms for Liberty’s second annual gathering. PHILADELPHIA — On Thursday, schoolteachers and their allies held a banned book giveaway in downtown Philadelphia, next to a Marriott hotel that … Continued

Judge Janet Protasiewicz wins seat on Wisconsin Supreme Court

Nick Vachon Liberals won a majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court last night as Milwaukee Judge Janet Protasiewicz defeated conservative former state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly in a bitter, close-fought race with national implications. Protasiewicz won with 55% of the vote Tuesday. The Associated Press called the race less than an hour after polls … Continued

Candidates clash in first and only Wisconsin Supreme Court debate

Nick Vachon Janet Protasiewicz and Daniel Kelly fought over their records on decisive issues that the court could rule on in the coming years, such as abortion and redistricting. MADISON, Wis. — On Tuesday afternoon, the two candidates in Wisconsin’s nonpartisan race for the open seat on the state Supreme Court met for their first … Continued

Common Cause’s Jay Heck: ‘The ramifications are huge’ in Wisconsin Supreme Court election

Nick Vachon The director of Common Cause Wisconsin, a government reform advocacy organization, says that the April Supreme Court election carries massive implications for democracy in the state and nationally. Jay Heck is the executive director of Common Cause Wisconsin, the state branch of one of the nation’s largest government reform advocacy groups. Heck has worked … Continued

Doug Mastriano says he ‘looks forward to signing’ six-week abortion ban in Pennsylvania

Nick Vachon The Republican nominee for governor has previously said he supports banning abortion ‘at conception’ with no exceptions. On Monday, more than 5,000 anti-abortion Pennsylvanians rallied in Harrisburg, the state capital, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and to push for further abortion restrictions. State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor, … Continued

A Pennsylvania state house candidate has deep political ties to a serial sexual harasser

Nick Vachon Former Philadelphia City Councilmember Al Taubenberger maintained a 15-year-long alliance with a politician accused of sexual misconduct, which Taubenberger dismissed as ‘puppy love.’ Former Philadelphia City Councilman Al Taubenberger, a candidate running to unseat incumbent Pennsylvania state Rep. Kevin J. Boyle in the House’s 172nd District, has maintained a 15-year political relationship with a … Continued

Mehmet Oz floats bizarre idea to force veterans into private health insurance exchanges

Nick Vachon The Republican Senate candidate doesn’t seem to understand how veterans’ health care works despite training at a VA medical center. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania, gave a confusing response about veterans’ health care during an interview with a Pittsburgh radio station last week. The station 90.5 WESA asked Oz about the PACT Act, which expands health care … Continued

Mandy Steele, Ted Tomson vie for Pennsylvania state assembly seat outside of Pittsburgh

Nick Vachon First-time candidate Mandy Steele, a Democrat, and Ted Tomson, a Republican, are facing off in the general election to replace incumbent Pennsylvania state Rep. Carrie DelRosso, who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. They are running for the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 33rd District, representing Pittsburgh’s northeast suburbs and outlying areas. Steele, … Continued

Democratic candidates push back on Trump’s ‘big lie’

Nick Vachon, The American Independent Leading GOP candidates for secretary of state in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Arizona have endorsed former President Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 election was rigged. Democrats running for secretary of state in four of the swing states that narrowly voted for President Joe Biden in 2020 are challenging … Continued