December 27 Playbook: Reset
good tuesday morning. Hope you are enjoying your vacation and staying warm.
Pittsburgh | Cloudy, 31
Harrisburg | Fairly sunny, 36
Philadelphia | Sunny, 36
76ers (20-12) | MAR in Washington
Penguins (19-9-5) | TUE to NY Islanders
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“There is a real opportunity with a group of new players on the pitch to reset and see what they can do.” –Jim Schultz
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1. Shapiro aims for a reset with Republican PA lawmakers
“Josh Shapiro is about to inherit a state government so divided that the parties can’t even agree on who controls the Pennsylvania House.
As Shapiro, a Democrat, prepares to be sworn in next month as the state’s 48th governor, he is seeking to mend relations with Republican legislative leaders who were often at odds with the incumbent. Governor Tom Wolf.” (Philadelphia plaintiff)
As Shapiro prepares for office, PA GOP sees chance for school choice. “With Governor-elect Josh Shapiro expected to take office in January, Republicans see an opportunity to expand school choice in the Commonwealth.” (Wide + Freedom)
Partisan fighting dominated recent session of PA legislature, overshadowing some major achievements. “It’s never a good sign when official legislative business becomes a punch line. In 2021, 19% of laws passed by Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly renamed a bridge or road, according to an analysis by Pennsylvania Capital-Star. The stat has become a joke among lobbyists.” (PA projector)Pennsylvania politics are heated. It could soon be total chaos. “A very slim victory for Democrats, combined with a handful of vacancies and the tough political culture in the state capitol, kicked off a high-stakes battle for control of the House.” (POLITICS)
2. Lamb reflects on the Capitol Riot and its aftermath as he leaves office
“As U.S. Representative Conor Lamb’s his term is coming to an end, he could not shake the memory of the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021.
“That day it looked like an attack on our country,” he said.
The Mount Lebanon Democrat will step down early this year, and in his farewell address to the House of Representatives last week, Lamb highlighted a moment that put his time in Congress in immense perspective. (Tribune-Review)
General Secretary Redding looks back on eight years of progress and challenges. “Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has served the Commonwealth under the Wolf administration for the past eight years. The Capital-Star spoke with Redding about his tenure as secretary, the administration’s agricultural accomplishments and challenges, and what awaits agriculture in the new year under a new administration.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
Outgoing AP State Senator Pat Browne on his 28 years of legislative work: “I hope I made a difference.” “Pat Browne’s last trip to Harrisburg on Interstate 78 took him past one huge commercial enterprise after another — distribution centers for Amazon, PetSmart and Dollar General among them — and he couldn’t get away. stop thinking about how his part of Pennsylvania had changed in 28 years. .” (morning call)
Snyder, now a former state representative, laments lack of bipartisan spirit in Harrisburg. “Pam Snyder has been a former state representative for almost a month now, but she says she is working as hard as ever.” (Observer-Rapporteur)
Around the Commonwealth
3. On a new map, the PA elects the most diverse assembly ever
“When mapmakers redesigned the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s 253 legislative districts, they did so with consideration for the state’s growing racial and ethnic minorities, and officials say this helped produce the incoming class of lawmakers the more diverse to date. (Associated press)
Smucker set to take on bigger role on influential committee. “U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker, who begins his fourth term on Jan. 3, is working with a Democratic congresswoman from Alabama and a bipartisan pair of U.S. senators to create a new retirement account option for low-income workers.” (NL)
Why the PA Gas Tax is Rising in 2023 – and the Efforts to Stop Future Hikes. “As gasoline prices have fallen in recent weeks, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will raise the gasoline tax by pennies starting Jan. 1.” (York Daily Record)
‘Historical’ spending for Lehigh Valley midterms as two winning tabs top $1 million. “In what is called historically exceptional, two Lehigh Valley candidates for the state Senate each scored victories that were boosted by more than $1 million in cash and in-kind donations.” (Lehigh Valley Armchair)
Blair County Judge Sullivan plans to retire. “Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan says he has no regrets when he reverses his decision to run in 2005 for a county court seat.” (Mirror of Altoona)
Pass the hammer. “In 2007, after practicing law for 21 years, Pamela Ruest ran for a judge on the Center County Court of Common Pleas. She won her election over a young district magistrate just seven years out of law school, Jonathan Grine. Four years later, Grine raced again – successfully – and the two became colleagues on the bench. Now Grine is gearing up to become Ruest’s successor.” (StateCollege.com)
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