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Voting Options During COVID-19

ABC is committed to keep you informed and connected to resources leading up to Election Day. Your voice and your vote matters! If you are a new voter or unsure if you are registered to vote, you can check your voter registration status by clicking here. The last day to register to vote before the election is Monday, October 19. View helpful resources.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: Elections Have Consequences

The COVID-19 pandemic, the ensuing public health issues, and the economic shutdown have been front and center in most of our lives since the end of February this year. President Trump, the CDC and Congress issued many new guidelines and restrictions to control the spread of the virus. Many of these federal mandates were designed to allow for state or local representatives to enact additional restrictions based on the regional virus outbreak as needed. In March, our Pennsylvania Governor closed schools, ordered citizens to shelter at home, and closed all “non-essential” businesses.

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ABC Keystone Board of Directors Endorses Pro-Merit Shop Candidates

ABC Keystone’s Board of Directors is proud to offer our slate of endorsed candidates. We believe it is important to support strong leaders who are committed to defending free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy. We look forward to building upon our relationships and working closely with our elected officials on policy issues impacting the commercial construction industry. A complete list of ABC Keystone’s endorsements can be found below

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Advocacy Update: Not So Lonely at the Top

Often it is said, “the top is a lonely place to be.” For legislators representing the south central part of the Commonwealth, that could not be further from the truth. Our region is extremely fortunate to have experienced and respected lawmakers serving in leadership capacities and chairing committees that have jurisdiction over our issues.

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Welcome to the ‘Silly Season’

The political parties have officially nominated their candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. As part of that process, the Republicans and Democrats hold national conventions to conduct business and hear from prominent leaders. While one can argue we have been there for quite a while, we are now in the thick of election year politics, otherwise known as the “silly season.”

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An Election Year Like No Other

In August, we are pleased to continue our series of virtual legislator Meet & Greets. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to ABC Keystone’s political funds and directly interact with lawmakers who support our issues and serve on key committees. Please consider joining one – or all – of the upcoming events. Of course, there are sponsorship opportunities as well!

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A Time Like No Other

BY: DAVID G. GREINEDER, IOM, ABC PENNSYLVANIA DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ABC Pennsylvania’s government affairs team has been working hard advocating on behalf of the

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A Summer to Remember

While the Capitol Building has been closed to the public for several months, the government affairs team has been working hard advocating on behalf of the construction industry. Utilizing email, phone, and virtual platforms, we continue to engage elected officials on behalf of our members. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly did not slow down activities of state government, in fact, the General Assembly has been in session more days and has been more active than in “normal” years. Here is a rundown of just a few of the happenings over the last month:

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An Interesting and Unique Political Season

In typical years, June is an active month, as Legislators put the final touches on a state budget and other agreed-to bills before recessing for the summer. While the state budget was – at least temporarily – completed before June, this month was extremely active from a political and legislative perspective – and we are only at the midway point! Here is a recap of two major happenings:

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The Halfway Point

Despite the crisis, ABC Pennsylvania’s government affairs program has been active and has made a difference. We strengthened relationships with associations in sharing information, resources, and intelligence. Our grassroots advocacy network has grown by nearly 50 percent. We topped 1,100 calls and emails into the Governor and Legislature on issues of concern.

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Fulfilling Your Civic Duty During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the way we conduct our daily lives – including voting. Pennsylvania’s primary election was moved to Tuesday, June 2. Polls will be in operation from 7 am to 8 pm and will be expected to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

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