The Red Wine & Blue Pennsylvania Guide to the Midterms

From its beginnings, Pennsylvania has been at the heart of our country’s values of liberty and independence. Perhaps that’s why Pennsylvania women care so deeply about protecting our freedoms – our reproductive freedom, our freedom to live in safe and welcoming communities, our children’s freedom to learn.

Extremist politicians who want to maintain power and control are threatening our freedoms. But we have the power to stop them.

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What’s in the Guide?

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Where do things stand on the issues Pennsylvania women care about?

Here are the facts about some of the top issues Pennsylvania women care about and how races on the ballot will influence them.

Abortion

Abortion remains legal in Pennsylvania up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, but the state legislature is controlled by Republicans who want a constitutional amendment to ban all abortions. They also want to regulate contraception and IVF treatments. If the GOP retains control of the legislature, they will pass the amendment in January and put it on the ballot in 2023, subjecting Pennsylvania’s women to one of the most extreme abortion bans in the country.

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Public Education

Right-wing extremists, funded by outside money, are attacking our students and our schools. The Pennsylvania state legislature recently passed a cruel and harmful ban on transgender children playing sports in school. More than 450 books have been banned in Pennsylvania since July 2021. Extremists are purposefully igniting culture wars over school curriculum and inclusion efforts to scare local parents into voting for their outsider agenda, but we know better. We must continue to support our fellow families, educators, schools, and school boards.

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Gun Safety

Even after Philadelphia was devastated by a mass shooting earlier this year, Republicans in the state legislature used underhanded tactics to block the consideration of any common-sense gun safety bills. The most effective way we can influence change on this issue is to tell our current elected representatives how we feel, and vote for state and federal candidates who will support gun violence prevention legislation.

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Who & What’s On the Ballot?

State Legislature 

Huge Opportunity & Huge Threat 

If Republicans keep a majority, they will pass extreme legislation, including a total abortion ban.

How it works: 

  • The Pennsylvania State House has 203 members.
  • The Pennsylvania State Senate has 50 members.

Current Situation:

  • Extreme Republicans control both chambers of the Pennsylvania state legislature.
  • The Pennsylvania State Senate has 28 Republicans and 21 Democrats, with 1 Independent. 25 seats are up for election. Five seats are needed to flip the Senate.
  • The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives has 113 Republicans and 89 Democrats. All 202 seats are up for election, plus one vacancy, for a total of 203 seats. Twelve seats are needed to flip the House.

 

What’s at Stake: 

  • If Republicans retain their majority they will:
    • Move quickly to force Pennsylvania to join the states that have banned abortion completely.
    • Continue to refuse any common-sense measure to keep our schools and communities safe from gun violence.
    • Pass an agenda that restricts how our schools teach race and history and makes our schools less safe and less welcoming.

Candidates: 

We must elect candidates who will work to protect reproductive rights, to enact gun safety measures, and who support all Pennsylvania families. Use our Ballot Lookup to research your ballot and find out where candidates running to represent you stand.

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GOVERNOR 

Huge Threat 

One of the most extreme Republican candidates in the country is running to lead our state.

How it works: 

  • The Governor of PA is elected every four years and is limited to two consecutive terms.
  • Governors have power over the state’s budget, judicial appointments, signing or vetoing laws, and commanding the state’s National Guard.  
  • The  Governor of PA appoints the Secretary of State, our chief election official. The Secretary of State shapes Pennsylvania’s election laws and decides whether or not to certify election results.

Current Situation: 

Current Governor Tom Wolf (D) cannot run for reelection this year due to term-restrictions.

 What’s at Stake:

  • Governor Wolf’s veto power is the only thing that has kept PA Republicans from passing an abortion ban up to this point. 
  • Pennsylvanians have come to rely on Governor Wolf’s vetoes to keep extreme bills from becoming law. We need to keep that protection. 
  • The Governor’s powers over PA are too important to be in the hands of an extremist.

    Candidates: 

    • Democrat Attorney General Josh Shapiro is running against extremist Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano. 
    • Doug Mastriano (Extremist Alert) is one of the most extreme Republican candidates anywhere in the country. He is so extreme:
      • 9 prominent members of his own party have endorsed Shapiro. 
      • Republican Charlie Dent called him “a threat to the rule of law and constitutional order.”
      • Immediately after being elected to the state Senate, he introduced a bill that would ban all abortions after 6 weeks.
      • He was at Donald Trump’s rally preceding the 1/6 Capital Riot.
      • He denies the results of the 2020 Presidential election.
      • He has claimed that climate change is not real.
      • He wore a Confederate Army uniform in a faculty photo.
      • He does not support any restrictions on guns and wants to arm school teachers.

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    U.S. CONGRESS

    Huge Threat 

    A Republican majority would likely pass a federal abortion ban and block any further progress on gun safety laws.    

    How it works:

      • The U.S. Congress is both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
      • In the U.S. House of Representatives, each state’s number of representatives is based on their population. There are a total of 435 representatives, up for election every 2 years. 
      • In the U.S. Senate, 2 Senators represent every state and they serve for 6 years.

    Current Situation:

    U.S. House of Representatives

    • Democrats now have an overall slim majority 220 – 211 in the House (with 4 vacancies). 
    • Pennsylvania has 18 members (9 Republicans and 9 Democrats).

    U.S. Senate

    • There are 48 Democrats with 2 Independents who vote with the Democrats, and 50 Republicans.
    • The Senate is split 50-50, but Democrats have a slight majority now because Vice President Kamala Harris (D) can offer a tie-breaking vote. 
    • Current PA Republican Senator Pat Toomey is not seeking re-election, so one of PA’s U.S. Senate seats is up for grabs.

    What’s at stake:

    Congressional Republicans have recently voted against:

    • Lowering the price of insulin for Americans.
    • Protecting birth control.
    • Marriage equality and interracial marriage.

    If they win a majority of seats, Congressional Republicans have vowed to:

    • Pass a federal ban on abortion.
    • Hold Biden impeachment hearings for the Justice Department’s actions to recover classified documents that former President Trump took to Mar a Lago.

    Candidates:

    Candidates for U.S. House of Representative

    We must elect candidates who will work to protect reproductive rights, to enact gun safety measures, and who support all Pennsylvania families. Use our Ballot Lookup to research your ballot and find out where candidates running to represent you stand.

    Candidates for U.S. Senate

    • Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is running against extremist Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz.
    • Dr. Oz (Extremist Alert)
      • Believes that the government should control pregnancies.  
      • He is against common-sense gun reform.

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    ELECTION SCHEDULE

    Pennsylvania Voting Schedule

    Now:

    Absentee and mail-in ballots can be requested

    October 24th:

    This is the last day to register to vote or update your voter registration.

    November 1st by 5 pm:

    Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board.

    Election Day November 8th

    Polls are open from 7 am-8 pm. Completed mail-in and absentee ballots must be received by your county election office by 8 p.m. – postmarks are not enough.

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