Past Briefings

September 13 Breakfast Briefing – Final Push for Candidate Support

On September 13, Represent PA hosted a discussion with Kathryn Shelton, Voter Protection Director for the PA Dems, and Andrea Koplove, Organizing Director for Turn PA Blue. Represent PA is proud to collaborate with partners like these, in an all-hands effort to save democracy in Pennsylvania this November.

Listen in to learn about different ways you can get involved as a volunteer in the run-up to the 2022 general election.

August 25 Breakfast Briefing - An update from HDCC & SDCC on the fight to flip the legislature

On August 25, Represent PA hosted a discussion with Trevor Southerland, head of the PA House Democratic Campaign Committee, and Melanie Rose, head of the PA Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

Listen in to hear updates on critical races in the House and Senate as we near the general election in November.

August 2 Breakfast Briefing - Gun Violence Prevention in PA

On August 2, Represent PA hosted a discussion on the gun violence epidemic, and the work that activists and legislators alike are doing to address gun safety measures across the Commonwealth.

Listen in to hear from Adam Garber, Executive Director of CeaseFire PA, and State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, HD-61 (Montgomery County).

July 14 Breakfast Briefing – Abortion in PA: What’s Next?

On July 14, Represent PA hosted a discussion on the current state of affairs for abortion rights in Pennsylvania as we consider what’s next, following the SCOTUS decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, and with it, the federal right to an abortion.

Listen in to hear from Sue Frietsche, senior staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project; Kitty Kolbert, a public-interest attorney, journalist, and entrepreneurial leader in the field of advancing women’s rights; and State Senator Amanda Cappelletti (SD-17, Montgomery/Delaware Counties).

June 21 Breakfast Briefing – Campaign Finance: An Overview

On June 21, Represent PA hosted Sara Forman and Devin Rankin of EMILY’s List, as well as State Rep. Mary Jo Daley (HD-148, Montgomery), for a conversation about the role of money in political campaigns.

 

Why is so much money necessary for a state legislative race? On what do candidates spend money? How hard is it to raise these funds? Does the timing of contributions affect a race?

June 1 Breakfast Briefing: Meet the Candidates – Post-Primary Edition

On June 1, Represent PA hosted three endorsed candidates from across the Commonwealth, who made it through their primaries and will appear on the ballot in November:

 

– Jill Dennin (SD-24, Berks/Montgomery)

– La’Tasha Mayes (HD-24, Allegheny)

– Mandy Steele (HD-33, Allegheny)

 

Hear each candidate discuss their background, their campaign strategy and the challenges they’re up against in the general election. You’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of several key legislative races in PA. Don’t miss it; these women are our future state leaders.

May 10 Breakfast Briefing: Meet the Candidates – Pre-Primary Edition

On May 10, Represent PA hosted six recently-endorsed candidates from across the Commonwealth:

  • Sara Agerton (HD-88, Cumberland)
  • Lisa Borowski (HD-168, Delaware)
  • Melissa Cerrato (HD-151, Delaware/Montgomery)
  • Ann Marie Mitchell (SD-6, Bucks)
  • Tarah Probst (HD-189, Monroe/Pike)
  • Gwen Stoltz (HD-143, Bucks)

 

Hear each candidate discuss their background, why they are running and why they are a good fit for their district. You’ll be able to tell your friends living in these districts why they should vote for these candidates. These women are impressive.

April 6 Breakfast Briefing – Water, Equity & Infrastructure Funding in PA

Pennsylvania is one of the worst states in terms of drinking water quality in the country. In addition, PA’s water systems need to be made more equitable.

On April 6, 2022 Represent PA was joined by Ellen Kohler, Director of Applied Research and Programs at The Water Center at Penn, and Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (HD-155, Chester County), member of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.

Our speakers discussed the issues surrounding Pennsylvania’s inequitable access to safe drinking water, as well as the changes we need to see in the state Legislature in order to improve and fairly fund water infrastructure across the Commonwealth.

March 24 Breakfast Briefing - RED ALERT: PA GOP manipulates the rules for self-gain

Pennsylvania’s Republicans are attempting to circumvent the checks and balances which exist in a true bipartisan legislative process. We need to STAND UP and protect our right to a fair Legislature that works for its people.

On March 24, 2022 Represent PA hosted three of our endorsed legislators: Sen. Maria Collett (SD-12, Bucks/Montgomery), Rep. Liz Hanbidge (HD-61, Montgomery) and Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (HD-165, Delaware).

These progressive women legislators discussed the new legislation pushed through the Senate Committee, which calls for a Federal Constitutional Convention, as well as the GOP’s use of constitutional amendments to bypass the governor’s veto power and restrict access to mail-in voting, and more.

March 9 Breakfast Briefing - Education funding fails PA students again and again

On March 9, 2022 Represent PA hosted a discussion with Senator Lindsey Williams (SD-38, Allegheny), Democratic Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director of the Education Law Center, a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania.

Our guest speakers discussed the need for more funding, the drain on funding by charter schools and the proposed Full Funding Plan, as well as the ongoing case currently being tried in the PA Commonwealth Court that challenges the constitutionality of our lackluster school funding system.

February 22 Breakfast Briefing - Women, Power & Money

On February 22 at 8:30 AM, we hosted Leslie Anne Miller, Pennsylvania attorney and philanthropist who served as General Counsel of Pennsylvania under Governor Ed Rendell, and Kira Sanbonmatsu, Political Science Professor at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, for a discussion about the important role that money plays in politics and elections.

Listen in and learn more about the money game, and what it means for the Pennsylvania Legislature.

January 12 Breakfast Briefing - Proposed new PA district maps

On January 12, 2022 Represent PA hosted Christopher Baxter, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan news organization covering the Pennsylvania state government and urgent statewide issues. He was joined by Spotlight PA Deputy Editor Sarah Anne Hughes for a discussion on the proposed new district maps in Pennsylvania, and the changes they may bring to your district and to the Pennsylvania legislature.

These new maps, when finalized, will be in place for the next decade, setting the stage for state-wide elections to come—and with this, the power to shape our state legislature over the next 10 years. Listen in to learn about the redistricting process, and what these newly-released maps could mean for the PA legislature.

December 9 Breakfast Briefing - Legislative Freshmen: How's it going in Harrisburg?

On December 9, 2021 Represent PA hosted a moderated discussion with three of our previously-endorsed State House legislators:

  • Rep. Nancy Guenst, HD-152 (Montgomery). Nancy is the first Democrat to hold this seat since its inception in 1969.
  • Rep. Regina Young, HD-185 (Philadelphia, Delaware). Regina is a former educator and the first African American woman to represent the PA State House of the 185th district.
  • Rep. Jessica Benham, HD-36 (Allegheny). Jess is the first out woman from the LGBTQ+ community and first openly Autistic person to serve in PA’s General Assembly.

 

Each of these women legislators represents very different districts and parts of Pennsylvania. Listen in to learn more about their experiences during their first year in office as well as their re-election plans for 2022.

December 1 - 2022 Kickoff Event: Special evening with the PA HDCC & SDCC

On December 1, 2021 Represent PA hosted a talk featuring House Democratic Leader Rep. Joanna McClinton (HD-191); Trevor Southerland, Executive Director of the HDCC; Melanie Rose, Executive Director of the SDCC; and SDCC member Sen. Vincent Hughes (SD-7).

These heavy-hitters are addressing the challenges in PA head-on with messaging strategies, deep canvassing approaches and intense fundraising efforts for an all-out attack ahead of next year’s primary and general elections. This discussion highlighted the big issues facing Pennsylvania—the reasons we need Democrats in the majority—and provided insider knowledge about plans for the 2022 elections.

November 9 Breakfast Briefing - Building a grassroots movement in PA

On November 9, 2021 Represent PA hosted a discussion featuring Carrie Santoro of Pennsylvania Stands Up, Erin Kramer of One PA, and Nancy Nguyen of API Pennsylvania — all three are Executive Directors of their respective organizations. Building a grassroots movement that gets noticed or inspires legislators to take action in a statehouse these days takes a determined, coordinated all-out effort.

Listen in to learn more about their stories about how they got to where they are, how they built momentum and support, and what’s next for them and their organizations in 2022.

October 7 Breakfast Briefing - The Legislative Agenda in Harrisburg: Where’s the REAL focus?

The PA legislative agenda – controlled by certain Republicans – was just released and here’s what’s on it:

  • Masks
  • Vaccines
  • Voting integrity

 

One thing these topics have in common — building a base for the 2022 election and making the issues about individual rights rather than addressing the issues that matter most!

On October 7, 2021 Represent PA was joined by Donna Cooper, Executive Director of Children First, as well as State Rep. Mary Isaacson, HD-175 (Philadelphia). They shared their ideas about this upcoming agenda, what legislation and support they’d like to see from Harrisburg and their ideas for how the state legislature should be focusing its energy and efforts.

September 15 Breakfast Briefing - How to talk about Critical Race Theory

On September 15, 2021 Represent PA hosted a discussion with special guest State Rep. Donna Bullock, HD-195 (Philadelphia), to teach our voters, donors and supporters how to talk about important issues – in this case, critical race theory: Why you shouldn’t be afraid to discuss it and how to talk to your friends to make sure they are on the right side of history.

Donna explains the Republican-sponsored bill, H.B. 1532, to prohibit the teaching of CRT, and how it’s being twisted by those who seem not to understand it or who want to push a false narrative to further their agenda. Listen in to get a better understanding of CRT, and how it’s been turned into a distraction from the true problems plaguing our Pennsylvania public schools.

August 31 Breakfast Briefing - Hitting the trails again: Hear from two 2020 candidates

On August 31, 2021 Represent PA facilitated a discussion with Deb Ciamacca and Lissa Geiger Shulman, two of Represent PA’s previously endorsed candidates from 2020, as they discussed the 2020 races and how they are planning for upcoming challenges in 2022 as they prepare to hit the trails again.

Ciamacca and Shulman are both gearing up for the next election cycle (barring any redistricting changes). Tune in and learn more about the races they face as they look ahead to 2022, as well as a chance to hear from the candidates about what they learned from running in 2020.

August 23 Breakfast Briefing - Our state legislature is failing us

Represent PA’s Executive Team discussed several major issues facing Pennsylvanians today.

In all major measures, Pennsylvania received failing grades in the quality of the environment, education, healthcare, gun safety and so many others. Tune in to hear the Represent PA Executive Team talk about these measures and what is at stake in the 2022 elections.

July 23 Breakfast Briefing - The fight to save reproductive freedom

Listen in to hear from co-authors Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay of a new book called Controlling Women: What we must do now to save reproductive freedom.

Listen in to learn more about the fight to save reproductive freedom.

July 8 Breakfast Briefing - The environment and environmental justice

On July 8, 2021 Represent PA was joined by Senators Carolyn Committa and Amanda Cappelletti for a discussion about the environment and environmental justice. They delivered a tutorial on current environmental issues, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and why Pennsylvania needs to be involved.

Listen in to learn more about important environmental issues affecting everyone.

June 3 Breakfast Briefing - Hear from the new head of the PA HDCC

Tune in for an opportunity to hear from State Rep. Leanne Kruger, chair of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, and newly hired Trevor Southerland, the new Executive Director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee.

 Trevor was previously the Executive Director of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus during the 2019 campaign, when Democrats took a majority in Virginia for the first time in 20 years, picking up 6 seats.

May 6 Breakfast Briefing - A conversation with Congresswoman Dean (PA-04)

Represent PA hosted Congresswoman Madeleine Dean to hear about the transition from working in the PA legislature to working in the US Congress, and how Pennsylvania’s major issues are being addressed at the Federal level.

April 30 Breakfast Briefing - Water as a Political Issue

Represent PA was joined by Sen. Katie Muth (SD 44) and Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten (HD 155) to discuss how our precious water sources in Pennsylvania have become a battleground for politicians.

Tune in to hear how our legislators will will hold our corporations accountable and work to introduce bills to keep Pennsylvania healthy and beautiful for all.

April 12 Breakfast Briefing - Voting Rights and Voter Activism

Tune in to hear Rep. Davidson, the Minority Chair of the State Government Committee of the House, and Nancy Kleinberg, an activist in all things concerned with getting out the vote, discuss current laws and the Republican battle to roll back voter advances.

March 31 Breakfast Briefing - The State of Women's Health in PA

Tune in to hear a discussion hosted by Represent PA about women’s health in Pennsylvania and how we could improve it and make it more equitable.

This briefing features Dr. Ann Honebrink, OB-GYN with Penn Medicine, a member of the Philadelphia Maternal Mortality Review Committee who been involved in advocacy for women’s health issues at the state and national level, alongside Rep. Morgan Cephas, HD-192 (Philadelphia), who currently leads the House Democratic Caucus’s efforts on women’s health.