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When Republicans Attack
Republicans in Harrisburg are pissed. For the first time in 12 years, Democrats control two major parts of state government. We have the governorship and a slim majority in the Pa. House of Representatives. The change has been dramatic.
Legislation that directly benefits Philadelphia actually has a fighting shot at being enacted. The best example is Rendell’s proposal to place tolls on I-80 to partially fund SEPTA. The new state budget is full of things, like increased funding for k-12 education or money to expand the convention center, which would have never seen the light of day when the GOP controlled the state house. This is driving Republicans and their conservative allies crazy.
This means that Republicans will do what they do best: attack Democrats. And we’ve got to be ready. Click “Read More” for the rest of “When Republicans Attack.”
We need to be prepared to defend the majority in the state house and hopefully expand it during the next election cycle. The Republicans will do everything in their power to keep this from happening. The right-wing has well-funded and well-organized network of activists, such as the Young Conservatives of PA, that will do everything they can to smear Democrats. We have to be prepared to fight back.
First, the electoral component. None of the seats in Philadelphia are in danger of being taken by the Republicans, so it’s important to funnel resources into elections that are going to be competitive. Many of these races are in suburban Philadelphia, so there should be lots of opportunities for Philadelphians to make a meaningful impact. We have a lot people and a few buses full of volunteers could make a big difference!
Second, we have to be prepared to defend Democrats from unfair attacks in the media. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is wholly-owned subsidy of the right-wing of the Republican Party and we can sure they will run endless stories designed to weaken our majority. Unfortunately, conservatives have a serious right-wing noise machine (Grassroots Pa, for example) that amplifies their narrative and weakens ours. I plan to keep a close eye on the Inquirer, Daily News, and other media coverage. We’ve got to call out bias and push the media to give fair coverage.
These are just a few examples. Democrats in Harrisburg are delivering for Philadelphia. We’ve got to have their back. What else can we do?