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


Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else–

— Gov. Shapiro

— Gov. Shapiro Signs Executive Order Creating New Office To Implement Economic Development Projects,, Create Jobs, Foster Innovation, With A Special Focus On Disadvantaged And Underserved Communities

— Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: How Josh Shapiro Expanded His Base, How He Plans To Lead Pennsylvania

— AP: Gov. Shapiro’s Refusal To Release Inaugural Donors Exposes Gap In PA Law

— Scranton Times Editorial: Disclose Inauguration Donors, Spending

— TribLive Editorial: A Smart, Accountable Gift Ban Makes Common Sense

— PA Senate/House Transition

— Spotlight PA – Stephen Caruso: Hopes Of Bipartisan Cooperation Give Way To Complete Deadlock In PA House

— PA Capital-Star: Looking To Solve A Harrisburg Problem, House Speaker Turns To Pittsburgh For Advice

— Politics PA: Has Time Run Out For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Again?  Jan. 27 Deadline For May 16 Primary Election

— PA Capital-Star: PA House Stalemate Stops Constitutional Amendments From Appearing On May Ballot

— AP: Proposed State Constitutional Amendments Stalled With PA House Stalemate

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: To Really Fix Harrisburg We Need To Fix The PA Constitution To Make Permanent Reforms In Operating Rules Of Senate, House – By Patrick Beaty

— WITF: Berks County Republican Committee Condemns Fellow Lawmakers For Supporting Democrats For House Speaker

— Inquirer: Rep. Joanna McClinton Unsure If She’ll Be PA’s First Female House Speaker

— PennLive – John Baer: Politics In Harrisburg, Washington Off To A Head-Shaking Start

— MCall – Paul Muschick: PA House Closed For Business, But Lawmakers Still Getting Paid; Here’s How Much Gridlock Is Costing Taxpayers

— U.S. Senate

— Inquirer: Fetterman Gets Committee Assignments On Agriculture, Banking And Environment

— PennLive: PA’s Gisele Fetterman Finds New Role, Larger Platform For Change

— Special Elections

— PA Capital-Star: Voters Head To Polls Tuesday For Special State Senate Election

— UnionProgress.com: PA Democrats Rally Around Local Special Election Candidates

— PennLive Guest Essay: Voters Will Have To Straighten Out The Mess The General Assembly Created – By Mark Singel

— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— City & State PA: Bipartisan Election Law Advisory Board Issues New Report On Mail-In Ballot Rules

— AP: Election-Denying Lawmakers In PA, AZ Hold Key Election Oversight Roles

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

–WITF: McKean County Woman Who Called For Speaker Pelosi To Be Hanged Convicted Of Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol 

— PennLive: Philadelphia Man Charged With Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol Going To Prison

— Post-Gazette/WPost: State College Man Sentenced To Nearly 7 Years In Jail For Attacking Police Officer During Assault On U.S. Capitol

— State Constitutional Amendments

— PA Capital-Star: PA House Stalemate Stops Constitutional Amendments From Appearing On May Ballot

— AP: Proposed State Constitutional Amendments Stalled With PA House Stalemate

— The Center Square: Republican Rep. Jim Gregory, A Child Sexual Abuse Survivor, Asks Fellow Republicans To Unbundle Constitutional Amendments

— Politics PA: Has Time Run Out For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Again?  Jan. 27 Deadline For May 16 Primary Election

— PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: To Really Fix Harrisburg We Need To Fix The PA Constitution To Make Permanent Reforms In Operating Rules Of Senate, House – By Patrick Beaty

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

— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— House Republicans Name Advocate For Conventional Oil & Gas Industry Rep. Martin Causer Chair Of House Environmental Committee  [PaEN] 

— Bradford Era: Rep. Causer To Chair House Energy, Environmental Resource Committee

— Pittsburgh Business Times: Manufacturers Ask Legislators For Help: ‘We See Natural Gas As The DNA Of Improving Manufacturing In Appalachia’

— Warren Times: Gasoline Prices Rise Throughout Western PA

— AAA Gasoline Prices: National – $3.51, Pennsylvania – $3.79

— TribLive: Oil Prices, Refinery Issues Contribute To Rising Gasoline Prices, Analyst Says

— Reuters: Oil Prices Settle Lower On Stronger Supply Outlook

— Marcellus Drilling News: Expert Says Price Of Natural Gas Will Soar Again When Freeport, Texas LNG Export Plant Restarts

— Reuters: Freeport, Texas LNG Natural Gas Export Plant Gets OK To Take Early Steps To Restart

— Bloomberg: U.S. Natural Gas Price Falls Below $3 For First Time Since May 2021

— Baker Hughes Natural Gas Drill Rigs By State – PA Has 22

— U.S. EIA: Over The Last 20 Years, Natural Gas Displaced Most Coal-Fired Electric Generation In PA [From 2% Of Generation To 52% In 2021]

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: Report: Coal Falls, Natural Gas Climbs In PA, But Not Without Tradeoffs

— PennFuture Blog: What We Learned During Christmas Deep Freeze – You Can’t Rely On Natural Gas To Generate Electric Power When It’s Cold – By Rob Altenburg

— PJM’s Preliminary Review Of Christmas Storm Electric Generation Failures Shows Natural Gas Units Failed To Provide Power At Over Triple The Rate Of Other Generation [PaEN]

— Reuters: Winter Storm Elliot In December Hit Oil Production, Refinery Sites With Freeze-Ins, Equipment Failures

— Post-Gazette – Anya Litvak: CNX Natural Gas Will Continue Stock Buyback Program Which Already Spent $868 Million: ‘And We’re Potentially Just Getting Started’ [DEP Compliance Database Shows CNX had 214 environmental violations over last 2 years, including abandoning wells without plugging them]

— Pittsburgh Business Times: CNX To See Return To Normal Natural Gas Production This Year After failure Of Well In Central PA

— Scranton Times: UGI Files Request To Raise Electric Rates Again

— MCall: PPL Electric Customers Seeing Shocking Bill Increases; Here’s What The Company Says Is To Blame

— Scranton Times: PPL Customers Shocked By Sky-High Electric Bills

— Citizens Voice: PPL Customers Suspect They Were Overbilled

— Citizens Voice Editorial: Consumers Ripped Off By PPL, Abandoned By PUC

— Spotlight PA: How PA Homeowners Can Apply For Utility And Mortgage Assistance

— PA/Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— MCall – Paul Muschick: PA House Closed For Business, But Lawmakers Still Getting Paid; Here’s How Much Gridlock Is Costing Taxpayers

— MCall – Paul Muschick: As PA House Hibernates, Good-Government Bills Languish; Here Are 3 To Consider Immediately

— Spotlight PA – Stephen Caruso: Lobbyist Says She Was Harassed By Lawmaker, Wants Legislature To Change Misconduct Rules

— PA Capital-Star: PA House Republicans File Appeal Seeking Senate Impeachment Trial Of Philly DA

— BillyPenn: Can Republicans Maintain A Foothold In Philly? With The Working Families Party Rising, It Won’t Be Easy

— COVID Pandemic/Health

— MCall: PA COVID Update: Statewide Numbers Down, But Lehigh County Wastewater Tells A Murkier Story

— WESA: Experts Predicted Winter Surge of COVID, Why Haven’t We Seen One In Allegheny County?

— Gun Violence/Law Enforcement

— PA Capital-Star: PA House Republicans File Appeal Seeking Senate Impeachment Trial Of Philly DA

— PA Economy

— Gov. Shapiro Signs Executive Order Creating New Office To Implement Economic Development Projects,, Create Jobs, Foster Innovation, With A Special Focus On Disadvantaged And Underserved Communities

— Pittsburgh Business Times: Manufacturers Ask Legislators For Help: ‘We See Natural Gas As The DNA Of Improving Manufacturing In Appalachia’

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: PA’s Job Market Distances Itself From Pandemic Effects

— The Center Square – Anthony Hennen: Report: PA’s Slashed Corporate Tax Rate Still Lags

— PennLive: Home Of The Marshmallow Peeps, Just Born In PA Marks 100 Years

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