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

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— Transition – Governor

— PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Transition Team Pulls In Experience From Democratic And Republican Administrations

— Politics PA: Shapiro-Davis Administration Announce Transition Leadership Groups

— MCall – Ford Turner: PA Property Tax Relief Supporters Have New Friend In Gov.-Elect Shapiro

— Spotlight PA: How Democrat Josh Shapiro Won Election For Governor

— Transition – Senate/House

— AP: In Narrowly Split PA State House, Parties Stick With Top Leaders

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: Benninghoff To Step Down From State House Republican Leadership

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: PA House Republicans Refuse Minority Status After Reorganization Meeting

— Spotlight PA: PA House Democrats Will Lose Their Majority For At least A Few Weeks, Here’s Why

— U.S. Senate Race

— Inquirer: Fetterman’s Win Powered By Pittsburgh Suburbs

— November Election

— TribLive: Republican Supporters Of Mastriano Flooding PA Courts With Baseless Recount Petitions In Governor’s Race

— TribLive: Voting Challenges In 5 Westmoreland Precincts To Delay Vote Certification

— MCall: Republican Party Files Petitions For Vote Recount In 30 Precincts In Berks County

— MCall: Luzerne County Republican Congressional Candidate Who Lost Sues County Over Paper Ballot Shortage

— PA Capital-Star: The Shapiro Effect: Were There Coattails For Down-Ballot PA Dems?

— PA Capital-Star: PA Dems Chair Sen. Street On Election ‘22 – Three Takeaways

— Inquirer: Warning Sign For PA Democrats – Philly Turnout Plummeted

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: PA House Republican Leaders Refusal To Engage On Redistricting Reform Helps Explain Their Stunning Loss Of Power – Patrick Beaty, Fair Districts PA

— PennLive Guest Essay: The Midterm Elections In PA Were Close; Here, Immigrant Votes Count

— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— TribLive Guest Essay: Mail-In Voting Is The Future – Sen. Fontana (D)

— York Daily Record Guest Essay: Civic-Minded Institutions More Important Than Ever – By Elizabeth Preate Harvey, President, The Pennsylvania Society

— Scranton Times Editorial: Raise Stakes For Frivolous Election Lawsuits

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

— AP: Cumberland County Woman Convicted Of Federal Charges Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— State Constitutional Amendments

— TribLive Editorial: Is Lt. Governor Constitutional Question Too Important To Be Bundled?

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

— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— MCall: Sheetz To Drop Unleaded 88 Gasoline Prices Below $2 Over Thanksgiving Holiday

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: Highest Natural Gas Price Since 2010 Drives A Spike In PA Home Energy Costs

— Erie Times: Need Help Heating Your Home This Winter?  Look To LIHEAP

— Williamsport Sun Editorial: PPL Rate Hikes A Call To Shop For Electricity

— Guest Essay: PA Politicians Capitalizing On Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine To Benefit Natural Gas Industry – By Lauren M. Williams, Esq., Greenworks Law & Consulting LLC  [PaEN]

— Baker Hughes PA Natural Gas Drilling Rig Count Same As Last Week – 22

— PA/Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— AP: Inflation Gives Pay Raise Gift To State Lawmakers, Top State Officials

— Post-Gazette/The Daily Item: Rule Change Ends PA House Member Reimbursement For Vehicle Leases

— TribLive Editorial: Automatic Legislator, State Executive Pay Increases Aren’t Fair To The People

— Scranton Times Editorial: House Democrats Should End Automatic Pay Raises

— TribLive: Fmr Democratic Cong. Conor Lamb Teases Possible Return To Public Service

— Politics PA: The 2022 Pennsylvania Society Calendar Of Events In NYC

— Scranton Times: Fmr Rep. Ed Staback Dies

— Budget 2023

— The Center Square: Online Gambling Drives $151 Million October Growth In PA

— Inquirer Editorial: Public Service Ads Won’t Stop Social Ills Spurred By PA’s Reckless Policy On Gambling

— The Center Square: PA Wine And Spirits Hit New Sales Record Of $3 Billion

— COVID Pandemic/Health

— MCall: PA Is Thankful For Lowest COVID Numbers In 7 Months

— Post-Gazette: COVID Cases In Allegheny County Remain Steady

— COVID – Schools

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: PA Private Charter School Enrollment Up 12%, Public Enrollment Down 3%

— Opioid Deaths

— PennLive: 5 Years After Opioid Health Emergency Declared, Fatal Overdoses Soar Back In PA

— School Districts/Higher Education

— MCall: After Unsubstantiated Threats, Lehigh Valley Schools Feel Unsettled, Relect On Safety , Anonymous Tip Line

— MCall: ‘Racism, Hate, Verbal And Physical Violence Have No Place At Lehigh’ University Says  President After Black Student Assaulted

— Gun Violence/Law Enforcement

— PA Senate Republicans Take Next Steps In Impeachment Of Philadelphia DA

— TribLive Editorial: What’s The Point Of Unmonitored Offender Electronic Monitoring?

— PA Economy

— The Center Square: PA’s ‘Extraordinarily Tight’ Labor Market Continues As Jobs Go Unfilled

— The Center Square: Analysis: PA’s Low Unemployment Rate Masks Bigger Problems

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