PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else–

— PA Dept. Of State Unofficial Election Returns webpage

— New Senate/House Voting Districts

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: Democrats And Republicans Say New Voting Districts Had Lots To Do With State House Outcomes

— Governor’s Race

— PennLive: Gov.-Elect Shapiro Vows To Be ‘A Governor For All,’ Claims ‘Mandate’ To Unite Pennsylvanians

— Wilkes-Barre Times: Shapiro: ‘Now We Have To Come Together And Get Things Done’

— Post-Gazette: Shapiro’s Victory In PA Gubernatorial Race Could Bolster Public School Funding

— AP: Democrat Josh Shapiro Wins PA Governor’s Race

— AP: Why AP Called The PA Governor’s Race For Shapiro

— PennLive: PA Lt. Gov-Elect Austin Davis Joins Historic Class Of Black People Elected To High Office

— Post-Gazette Editorial: The Beginning Of The Shapiro Era In PA

— Spotlight PA: Democrat Shapiro Will Be PA’s Next Governor; It Promises To Be His Biggest Challenge Yet

— What Can We Expect From Gov. Shapiro, Lt. Gov. Davis On Environmental, Energy Issues?  [PaEN]

— PennLive: No Concession From Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Blames ‘Horrific’ Treatment By His Opponent And Media For His Loss [He Lost By Over 735,000 Votes]

— WESA/WITF: No Concession From Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano [Despite 723,320 fewer votes]

— Erie Times: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Refuses To Concede, Trashes Shapiro On Social Media  [Mastriano now losing by over 735,000 votes]

— Spotlight PA: 4 Former PA Governors Asks Candidates For Governor To Accept Results Of Nov. 8 Election

— U.S. Senate Race

— AP: Democrat John Fetterman Wins PA U.S. Senate Race

— AP: Why AP Called PA U.S. Senate Race For Fetterman

— PA Capital-Star: How Fetterman And His Campaign Recovered From The Candidate’s Stroke

— PennLive: Fetterman Names U.S. Senate Staff Veterans As Transition Committee Co-Chairs

— Erie Times: Advertising In PA U.S. Senate Race Topped $312 Million ‘Watching People Throw Poo At Each Other

— Congressional Races

— AP: PA Democrats Retain 3 Competitive Congressional House Seat

— AP: Susan Wild Retains Congressional Seat For Democrats In PA

— MCall: Democrat Susan Wild Declares Victory In Lehigh Valley Congressional Race

— PA Capital-Star: How Democratic Cong. Susan Wild Won Reelection

— TribLive: Summer Lee (D) Wins 12th Congressional District Race To Become PA’s First Black Woman In Congress

— Post-Gazette: Democrat Wins In Conor Lamb’s Pittsburgh Area Congressional District After Republican Concedes

— PennLive: PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry Wins Reelection To Congress

— State House/Senate Races

— PA Capital-Star: PA Senate Will Remain Under Republican Control; House Control Up In The Air

— AP: PA Democrats Buoyed By Election Returns In State House [Possibly, Maybe Control]

— TribLive/AP: Closes Races Put State House Majority Control In Limbo

— PA Capital-Star: With Election Victories  Stacking Up, Democrats Expect To Take Control Of State House

— Erie Times: PA Democrats On Verge Of Flipping The State House For First Time In A Decade

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA Democrats Claim They Took Control Of State House; Republicans Say Not So Fast

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: Control Of State House Comes Down To 2 Excruciatingly Close Contests

— WHYY: Only 2 Votes Separate State House Candidates In Bucks County

— Courier Times: Montgomery County Votes To Accept More Than 1,200 Segregated Mail-In Ballots

— Post-Gazette: The Late Rep. Tony DeLuca Wins House Seat; Special Election To Be Scheduled

— TribLive: The Late Rep. DeLuca Was Reelected, What Happens Next?

— November 2022 Election Operation

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Don’t Forget To Thank The Election Workers Who Make Democracy Possible

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Thank You Allegheny County Elections Division

— PennLive Editorial: Election Officials Shouldn’t Have To Brave Threats On Election Day

— AP: Some PA Counties Allowing Voters To Fix Mail-In Ballots After Weekend Court Order

— WESA: Allegheny County Posts List Of 1,000+ Voters Whose Mail-In Ballots Are At Risk, Offers Remedy

— TribLive: Some PA Republican Leaders Say Republicans Need To Embrace Mail-In Voting

— WESA/WITF: PA Voters Had Few Voting Issues At Polls During Midterm Election

— TribLive: Fewer Than 1% Of Mail-In, Absentee Ballots Rejected In Westmoreland County

— Post-Gazette: Despite Early Warning, Mail-In Ballots See Faster Turnaround In Allegheny County

— Wilkes-Barre Times: Bipartisan Frustration Over Paper Ballot Shortage In Luzerne County

— Wilkes-Barre Times Editorial: Keep Calm And Get To Bottom Of Luzerne County Paper Ballot Fiasco

— Analysis – November 2022 Election

— AP: Pennsylvania Democrats Kept Suburbs, Gained Rural Voters

— MCall: How Democrats Won Big In Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley

— Post-Gazette/ – Robert Swift: Atypical Midterm Election Sets New PA Precedents

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: Democrats And Republicans Say New Voting Districts Had Lots To Do With State House Outcomes

— WITF: The Balance Of Power Is Shifting In PA House, Citizen Groups Say That’s Good For Democracy

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: A PA General Assembly That Looks More Like All The People It Serves

— PennLive – John Baer: What Do Double Democratic Victories For Shapiro, Fetterman Really Mean?

— TribLive: Some PA Republican Leaders Say Republicans Need To Embrace Mail-In Voting

— LancasterOnline – Brad Bumsted: PA Republicans May Have Blown Once-A-Decade Opportunity

— Inquirer: Election Results Forcing A Reckoning In State Republican Party

— Post-Gazette: How The Republican Hope For A Red Wave In Pennsylvania Crumbled

— Erie Times: ‘Campaign Malpractice’: How Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Flamed Out After An Initial Surge Fueled By Ex-President

— Inquirer: Toomey Blames Ex-President For Republican Election ‘Debacle’ In PA

— Inquirer: Some PA Republicans Want To Push Ex-President Aside After Their Election Losses

— Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: The Most Important Person In Democrats’ Midterm Election Success Wasn’t On The Ballot

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: PA Voters Stood Up On Election Day, But Defending Democracy Means Playing The Long Game

— PA Capital-Star: PA Voters Sent The Republicans A Message Tuesday, They Need To Listen

— MCall – Paul Muschick: What I Pray Mastriano’s Defeat Will Signal For PA Republicans

— Post-Gazette Guest Essay: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Betrayed His Party, Let Down His Country

— Inquirer Guest Essay: Yes, Mastriano Lost, But He Got 2 Million Votes And Those Voters Aren’t Going Anywhere

— MCall – Bill White: The Real Lesson From Tuesday’s Elections In PA… Normalcy

— Post-Gazette Guest Essay: The Elections Showed Pennsylvania Can Still Be Home For People Like Me

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Ex-President Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving – To Democrats – By David La Torre

— PennLive Guest Essay: Nov. 8 Election Results Brought A Sign Of Relief In PA – Mark Singel

— TribLive Editorial: Political Parties Need To Be Reminded The Power They Crave Is Borrowed From The People

— LancasterOnline Editorial: Thankfully, Democracy Prevailed In PA Midterm Elections

— Inquirer Editorial: Why Did Republicans Wipeout?  They Gave Voters An Easy Choice

— TribLive Editorial: The Lessons Of The 2022 Election

— Scranton Times Editorial: Elections Themselves Big Winner

— AP: Post-Election Misinformation Targets Arizona, Pennsylvania

— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— Erie Times: Don’t Expect Federal Court Ruling Anytime Soon On Undated PA Ballots

— TribLive Editorial: Election Rules Shouldn’t Differ County To County

— PA’s Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

 — York Daily Record: Latest On Criminal Charges Against 76 People In PA Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— PennLive: Clinton County Man Found Guilty Of Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— PennLive: Trial Starts For Cumberland County Woman Accused Of Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol: She ‘Wanted To Be Somebody’

— PennLive: Jury Selection Begins For Trial Of Cumberland County Woman Accused Of Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— Reading Eagle: Wilson School Board Member Under Fire For Racist Statements In Berks County [Video]

— State Constitutional Amendments

— Spotlight PA: Complete Guide To More Than 70 Proposed Amendments To State Constitution

— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— Altoona Mirror: Cost Of Heating Oil Raises Concerns As Winter Nears; Price Went From Just Over $3/Gallon In Oct. 2021 To $6.45/Gallon On Oct. 24; Big Surge In People Getting Heat Pumps

— Warren Times: There’s Help For Higher Winter Heating Bills

— MCall: Gasoline In PA Costs More Than Any Of Its Neighboring States

— Pittsburgh Business Times: High Natural Gas Prices Mean Big Profits For National Fuel Gas

— Baker Hughes PA Natural Gas Drilling Rig Count Drops By 2 Since Last Week, Now 22

— Bloomberg: U.S. Natural Gas Prices Plunge After Monday’s Surge On Possible LNG Export Delays  [To Keep Natural Gas Prices High In U.S., The Industry Needs To Export More LNG]

— Reuters: Dominion Energy Weighing Sale Of Stake In Cove Point LNG Natural Gas Facility – Bloomberg

— Bloomberg: Texas Freeport LNG Natural Gas Terminal Says Tweets About Cracked Pipes Are False, Letter About Terminal Reopening Fake Led To Natural Gas Prices Plunge

— The Economist: Can American Liquefied Natural Gas Rescue Europe?  Wall Street, Europe Standing In The Way

— Reuters: Exclusive: U.S., U.N. Plan New Pledge Targeting Oil & Gas Methane Emissions – Document

— Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— TribLive: The Late Rep. DeLuca Was Reelected, What Happens Next?

— MCall:  PA ‘One Of The Most Corrupt States,’ Says Former FBI Agent Who Worked On Allentown Mayor’s Pay-To-Play Case

— TribLive: Westmoreland Republican House Member Sued By Former Staff Over Mold In His District Office

— Budget 2022

— TribLive Editorial: Hard Work Needed On Other PennDOT, Turnpike Problems

— COVID Pandemic/Health

— MCall: PA COVID Update: 12,208 Cases Show Decline, But Immunity-Evading Variants Surge

— Centre Daily Times: PA COVID Report: Mercer, Sullivan, Bradford, Susquehanna Counties High Community Spread

— York Dispatch: Steady Rise In York County COVID Numbers Continues

— MCall: Is Lehigh Valley Seeing A ‘Tripledemic?’  How To Stay Safe From Flu, RSV, COVID This Winter

— WESA: As Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses Surge, Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital Opens ER Tent

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Leading Cause Of Accidental Deaths In Lehigh Valley – Falls By Seniors

— Spotlight PA: Rare Disciplinary Case Against PA Doctor Offers Glimpse Into Big Business Of Medical Marijuana Cards

— TribLive Editorial: The Peer Pressure Of Legalizing Marijuana

School Districts/Higher Education

— Reading Eagle: Wilson School Board Member Under Fire For Racist Statements In Berks County [Video]

— Spotlight PA: Hundreds Of Penn State Faculty Publicly, Privately Questioning University Leadership

— PennLive: Under Fire, New Penn State President Defends Her Commitment To Diversity, Equity

— Inquirer: Graduate Students At Temple Inch Closer To A Strike

— Inquirer Guest Essay: Universities Make Few Efforts To Determine How Well Professors Are Teaching

— TribLive: Tuition Border Wars: SUNY In New York Targets PA High Schoolers

— NPR: A Federal District Court Judge Blocks Biden Student Debt Relief Plan

— Gun Violence/Law Enforcement

— Erie Times: 4 Years After Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, Security Remains A Concern For Erie Houses Of Worship

— Inquirer: Key Philly Gun Violence Prevention Program Is Struggling To Meet Basic Goals, New Report Says

— Inquirer: 3 Former Sharon Hill Police Officers Plead Guilty In Fanta Bility’s Fatal Shooting In Delaware County

— PA Economy

— WSJ: Packers Sanitation Services Inc. Charged With Employing Children As Young As 13 In Minnesota, Nebraska Cleaning JBS Meat Processing Plants [JBS Has 3 Locations In PA]

— Other

— KYW: Texas Busing 50 Migrants To Philadelphia Without Warning

— Inquirer: City Of Chester Files For Bankruptcy And Asked For Federal Mediation To Resolve Its Debts

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