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 Lays Out Serious Concerns Regarding Norfolk Southern’s Incident Management After Meeting With Beaver County Officials  [PaEN]

— Gov. Shapiro Announces Pennsylvania Will Conduct Independent Water Sampling Following Ohio/PA Train Derailment  [PaEN]

— AP: Gov. Shapiro Will Not Execute Any Inmates While He Is In Office, Calls For Repeal

— Spotlight PA – Stephen Caruso: Shapiro Sat Courtside At Sixers Game With Donor, His Campaign Called It A ‘Political Meeting’


— PA Senate/House Transition

— AP: Split PA House Set For Raucous Return To Session Feb. 21

— The Center Square: House Democratic Leaders Quiet Ahead Of Next Week’s Session

— PennLive – John Baer: This Is What The PA House Should Do When It Returns To Work

— Scranton Times Editorial: Responsible Lawmaker Learns Lesson [Rep. Mehaffie Kicked Out Of Capitol Office By Republicans]


— U.S. Senate

— TribLive: Sen. Fetterman Checks Himself Into Hospital For Clinical Depression

— WITF: Fetterman’s Decision To Seek Mental Health Treatment Gets Support From Voters, Lawmakers


— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— WITF: Republican Chair Non-Committal About Continuing 2020 Election Probe

— PennLive: PA Republicans, Stung By Election Losses, Find New Love For Mail-In Voting

— TribLive Guest Essay: PA Republicans Need A 3-Point Game To Cultimate Mail-In Republican Vote – Rep. Russ Diamond

— Erie Times: PA Lawmakers Are Pushing Voter ID Again, What Happened In Other States May Surprise You

— WITF: Why Election Problems Continue To Plague Luzerne County

— PennLive: Dept. Of State Says Judge Erred In Making Public 2020 Records Of Votes Cast

— Post-Gazette Editorial: Who’s Next?  Attacks On Press Freedom, Big and Small, Put Democracy At Risk


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

— PennLive: Prosecutors: Cumberland County Woman Should Spend 7+ Years In Prison For Criminal Acts  During Assault On U.S. Capitol


— State Constitutional Amendments

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


— PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

— TribLive: Seasonal Increase Nearing As Gasoline Prices Continue To Fall

— LehighValleyLive: Cheaper Natural Gas Is Forecast, Will Lehigh Valley’s Utility Bills Drop?

— Inquirer: Home Heating Prices At Their Highest In years, Here’s How To Reduce Your Heating Bill In Philadelphia

— Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh-based EQT – Sharp Drop In Price Of Natural Gas Could Lead To Industry Cutting Back On Drilling

— Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Prices Fall As Historic Energy Crisis Recedes; Prices Are Still Double Usual Levels For Time Of Year

— Financial Times: European Natural Gas Prices Fall To 18-Month Low As Energy Crisis Ebbs

— Wall Street Journal: Natural Gas: Fasten Your Seat Belts, The Buffers That Keep America’s Natural Gas Price Fluctuations At Bay Are Eroding

— Reuters: EQT Drilling Company Misses Quarterly Profit Estimates On Lower Natural Gas Sales

— Reuters: U.S. Natural Gas Producers Skimped On Price Hedges, Now Face Expected Losses

— EnergyWire: Energy Companies Are Racing To Build New Energy Infrastructure– LNG Terminals, Pipelines– Before Federal Regulations Are Updated

— PennLive Guest Essay: Philadelphia – Don’t Miss The Big Picture On LNG Natural Gas, You Need An Export Terminal – By Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming)

— Reuters: U.S. LNG Natural Gas Producers Poised To Leapfrog Rivals With 3 New Export Terminal Projects

— Bloomberg: Natural Gas Traders On Edge As Texas LNG Export Plant Gets Closer To Restart; Nearby Residents Worried Company Hasn’t Learned The Lesson Of Last Year’s Explosion

— Bloomberg: Ransomware Cyber Attacks On Industrial Firms, Natural Gas Sector Increased By 87% In 2022


Ohio/PA Train Derailment

— Gov. Shapiro Lays Out Serious Concerns Regarding Norfolk Southern’s Incident Management After Meeting With Beaver County Officials  [PaEN]

— Gov. Shapiro Announces Pennsylvania Will Conduct Independent Water Sampling Following Ohio/PA Train Derailment  [PaEN]

— Two PA Senate Committees To Hold Hearings On Ohio/PA Train Derailment: Emergency Preparedness- Feb. 23; Transportation- Feb. 27 – Public Invited To Submit Questions  To Transportation [PaEN]

— PA Agriculture On Ohio/PA Train Derailment Impacts: 2 Reports Of Horses Affected By Smoke Immediately Following Controlled Burn; No Reports Of Livestock, Domestic Animal Health Symptoms After [PaEN]


— PA/Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA House Politicians Fight Over Conference Room In Capitol Building

— City & State PA: Q/A With Sen. Sharif Street, PA Democratic Party Chair

— PoliticsPA: Who’s Running For Attorney General?

— PennLive: PA Democratic Officials Says ‘Right-Wing Cancel Culture’ Brought Down Billboard Saying ‘No Matter What You Look Like, Who You Love, What Your Religion, Where You’re From, You’ve Got A Friend In Armstrong County’

— TribLive: Armstrong County Billboard With Message Of Inclusivity Taken Down Due To Death Threats


— Budget 2023

— PA Capital-Star: State Revenues At Inflection Point – Will ‘Temper Substantially’ In 2023

House Budget Hearing Schedule: March 22- Agriculture, March 23- DCNR/DEP

— Gaming Control Board Reports January Revenue Up 18.15% Over January 2022


— Gun Violence/Law Enforcement

— WITF: 28 ‘Uniters’ From Southcentral PA Recruited To Tackle Hate Crimes In Adams, Dauphin, Franklin, York Counties