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Who has the fundraising edge in state AG race?

Plus, ghost gun ban targeted on appeal.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Today: AG edge, ghost guns, McCormick profits, GOP dissonance, touchscreen testimony, and 911 video calls. Thanks for checking in.
Campaign finance reports show the GOP establishment is rallying around one candidate in the race for state attorney general, while there was no such cash advantage to be found among the five Democrats seeking the office.

The Republican attorney general candidate who received his party’s nod, York County District Attorney Dave Sunday, has a small fundraising advantage over his opponent, state Rep. Craig Williams of Delaware County.

Democratic donors have yet to coalesce around one of the five candidates, and the state party has declined to endorse in the race. 

Spotlight PA breaks down the funding sources in the contests for a job that's often seen as a springboard to higher office.

Read the full report: Pa. election 2024: How much the Democratic and Republican attorney general candidates have raised.

Read more, via Capital-Star: Bills on the move in Pa. House that would reform Pennsylvania’s campaign finance laws.

“They should be encouraged to report crime, whether towards property or themselves without fear of being profiled or asked about immigration status.”

—CASA state director Daniel Alvalle on Lancaster's 'sanctuary' ordinance ensuring undocumented immigrants can access city services
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Today's top news story in Pennsylvania.
PLANNED APPEAL: The Gun Owners of America group wants to appeal last month's Commonwealth Court ruling upholding Philadelphia's ban on the 3D-printed gun parts used to make "ghost guns," the same kind of homemade firearm linked to a growing number of shootings there. Gun Owners of America is pursuing a high court appeal.
  • Why Gun Owners of America keeps winning in Philadelphia, blocking local firearms regulation, via Billy Penn archives
Today's second top news story in Pennsylvania.PERSONAL PROFIT: Dave McCormick, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, was a treasury official under President George W. Bush and worked to expand U.S. financial firms' access to China. Years later, as a hedge fund manager, McCormick profited from the lower investment barriers he lobbied for, HuffPost reports.
Today's third top news story in Pennsylvania.BANKING PLAN: The Republican State Leadership Committee PAC is planning to target Democrats' mail-voting edge in Pennsylvania with an eight-figure investment billed as the "largest ever Pennsylvania vote-by-mail program," via @PoliticsPA. Meanwhile, the party's presidential nominee is sending voters very different signals, per Axios.

Today's fourth top news story in Pennsylvania.EXPERT ADVICE: Cybersecurity and election integrity experts urged Pennsylvania to move away from touchscreen voting machines in testimony before state lawmakers this week, calling the machines more susceptible to errors and hacking — though they said there is no evidence to call past elections into question, via Capital-Star.

Today's fifth top news story in Pennsylvania.RENT MONEY: Three-hundred renters from Philly's exceptionally long housing voucher waitlist are being given enough cash to cover up to 70% of their rent, though they can spend the money any way they choose. NPR details the impacts on this segment of America's increasingly considered cost-burdened renters.
HAPPENING TODAY: A portrait of Catherine Baker Knoll, Pennsylvania's first woman lieutenant governor, will be unveiled in the state Capitol.

FOIA FOLLY: See why Pennridge School District in Bucks County is on MuckRock's list of the worst in government transparency for 2024.

END SHIFTS: "Celebrations of life" are overtaking religious funerals in Pittsburgh as religious affiliation declines, PublicSource reports. 

VIDEO CALLS: Clinton County 911 dispatchers can now connect to a caller's phone camera, with permission, to gather more information.

COOL THINGS: The PA Chamber's Coolest Thing Made in PA bracket is back with some strange round one matchups.
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