On this week’s episode of Lever Time, David Sirota is joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) to examine his first year in office as well as President Joe Biden’s poor poll numbers in the state. 

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A transcript of this episode is available here.

According to a recent poll, former president Donald Trump leads Biden in five of six swing states, including Pennsylvania. Yet even with Biden’s waning popularity, Josh Shapiro remains one of the most popular Democratic governors in the country right now. With the second most electoral votes among the swing states, what happens in Pennsylvania could end up spelling victory or defeat for Biden’s re-election campaign in 2024.

In today’s interview, Sirota and Shapiro discuss this unique dynamic and what Biden can do to reverse course. They also unpack the election results from this past week’s race for a Pennsylvania Supreme Court seat and what it means for key issues like abortion access and union protections. 

Shapiro also responds to questions about his new initiative to clean up his state’s natural gas industry, and the effects of those initiatives in the fight against climate change. 

BONUS: On Monday’s bonus episode we published David Sirota’s interview with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) about the House’s Israel-Palestine ceasefire resolution as well as American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group that has been lambasting the ceasefire effort as well as some progressive House members.

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