Planned Parenthood in the election, and other items

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a $100,000 ad buy that Planned Parenthood’s Pennsylvania political committee put into a special election for a state legislative seat in the Lehigh Valley. The Republican that Planned Parenthood targeted in the attack ad won.

    The conservative blog Red State says that was just one example of Planned Parenthood taking a thumping in the election. For a more nuanced perspective, see this piece by Keegan Gibson of PoliticsPa.

    And for more fun on the Pennsylvania primary, check out Keegan’s best and worst of TV ads and videos from the campaign. My personal favorite is the one posted above – Philadelphia center city State Rep. Babette Josephs’ web video that, well, just speaks for itself. Babette lost the Democratic nomination for her seat to attorney Brian Sims.

    Today the Daily News’ Catherine Lucey has a great piece on the fear of huge property tax bill increases coming from the city’s planned Actual Value Initiative. In typical Lucey fashion, it opens with a compelling anecdote – a women who says she’ll move if her tax bill skyrockets – then proceeds to a fair and lucid exploration of the issues, including an explanation of existing and planned programs to ease the shock of higher valuations. Read her story here. And don’t miss her sidebar on tax relief programs.

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