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December 22nd Playbook

Congressman Scott Perry said he won’t meet with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th’s riots. Here is the Playbook.


‘U.S. Rep. Scott Perry won’t meet with House Committee investigating U.S. Capitol breaches on Jan. 6’: PennLive reports that “U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, the midstate Congressman who got heavily involved in former President Donald J. Trump’s failed efforts to decertify the 2020 presidential election, said Tuesday he will decline a request to be interviewed by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol by Trump supporters.”

‘Court rules against victims’ rights measure voters supported’: The Associated Press reports that “Pennsylvania’s highest court on Tuesday hammered a final nail into the coffin of a proposed victims’ rights constitutional amendment that has never gone into effect, even though state voters supported it by a large margin in a referendum more than two years ago.”

‘County, state must agree on voting system inspection rules’: The Associated Press reports that “Republican lawmakers aiming to expand what they call a “forensic investigation” of Pennsylvania’s 2020 election into a new frontier of inspecting voting machines must wait until next month, a judge decided Tuesday.”

‘David McCormick on why he is considering running for Senate in Pennsylvania’: The Washington Examiner reports that “Washington County native David McCormick followed the announcement that he is forming an exploratory committee, his first step in joining Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, by introducing himself directly to Pennsylvanians in a memorable TV ad.”

‘Hope Hicks, other Trump alums join hedge-fund exec’s Senate camp’: POLITICO reports that “hedge fund executive David McCormick is expected to launch his Pennsylvania Senate candidacy with the help of former top advisers to former President Donald Trump. The list includes Trump White House veteran Hope Hicks.”

‘Senate Candidate Dr. Val Arkoosh Calls For Additional Compensation For COVID-19 Frontline Workers’: KDKA reports that “Arkoosh is promoting her COVID-19 Frontline Workers Health Care Fund, noting that frontline workers — from nurses and health care workers to grocery and retail clerks to transit workers to public safety officials who have been on the job for nearly two years — deserve additional compensation.”

‘Calling Himself A Blue-Collar Outsider For Governor, Republican Dave White Says He Offers Something Different’: KDKA reports that “while most candidates emphasize their educational background or government experience, Dave White is different. He calls himself a blue-collar outsider.”

‘Winners and losers in Lancaster County under potential state House and Senate redistricting plans’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “Lancaster County’s clout in the state Capitol is on the verge of getting a boost for the next decade.”

‘Pa. parents are bracing for the end to the child tax credit payments. ‘We all need help,’ one said.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “across the country, parents getting used to the extra cash, about as much as $300 a month per kid, might have just received their last installment.”

‘Pa. gaming revenue is on a roll, but not at the casinos’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Pennsylvania reported a record $432.5 million in gambling revenue in November, up 48% from pre-pandemic numbers. Almost all the growth was from online gaming and sports betting.”

‘House passes change to Clean Streams Law; critics say it will weaken enforcement’: StateImpactPA reports that “lawmakers are advancing a measure to change the state’s Clean Streams Law. Supporters say it will make the law more practical for businesses to follow, but critics argue it will be impractical to enforce.”

‘Police accountability advocates ask Pittsburgh City Council to hold off on bill to limit traffic stops’: WESA reports that “police accountability advocates are asking Pittsburgh officials to table a bill that would limit the offenses for which police could pull over motorists.”

‘Port Authority improves air, surface purification on all transit vehicles to protect riders, workers from pandemic’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, Port Authority is taking additional steps to make sure its air and vehicles are as clean as possible.”

‘Pittsburgh Public Schools board set to decide on tax increase’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the Pittsburgh Public Schools board is set to vote Wednesday evening on the district’s 2022 budget and must decide on whether to raise the city’s property tax rate.”

‘Fitzgerald: No plans for a county masking mandate’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Tuesday night said there were no plans for an indoor masking mandate in Allegheny County.”

‘Pittsburgh City Council puts effort to create food justice fund on hold’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “an initiative to allocate about $1.8 million for a food justice fund has been put on hold, though the councilwoman who spearheaded the proposal said a revised version will likely be reintroduced early next year.”

‘Commissioners approve 2022 county budget with no tax increase’: The Observer-Reporter reports that “Greene County commissioners approved their 2022 budget, which includes no property tax increase for residents and is roughly $2.33 million less than last year’s spending plan, during their Dec. 16 regular meeting.”

‘Skip Ebert, Cumberland County’s longest-serving district attorney, will retire in mid-term at year’s end’: PennLive reports that “Merle L. “Skip” Ebert Jr., who has worked in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system in one way or another in Pennsylvania since 1982, has announced his intent to resign as Cumberland County district attorney effective at the end of the year.” 

‘Anti-government group Three Percenters hold ‘recruitment’ meeting at Miller’s Ale House’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “members of a militia movement who view the U.S government as tyrannical and vow to oppose it with arms, if necessary, met earlier this month inside a Lancaster County restaurant and conducted a meeting in full view of other patrons.”

‘Lehigh County district attorney’s office moves to bar Allentown constable-elect with lengthy conviction record’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “citing his extensive record of criminal convictions in other states, the Lehigh County district attorney’s office has filed a petition to keep a man who won a write-in campaign for constable in Allentown from taking office.”

‘No city tax increase in Bethlehem in 2022. $3M COVID community fund approved.’: The Express-Times reports that “city taxes won’t rise in Bethlehem next year after council approved a $94.8 million spending plan that sets aside $3 million of the city’s $34.4 million federal coronavirus relief funding for community reinvestment.”

‘Incoming Luzerne County controller Griffith making personnel changes’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “set to take over as Luzerne County controller Jan. 3, Walter Griffith said he plans to replace two current staffers with employees who worked in the office when he was previously in the elected post.”

‘Wilkes-Barre City Council returning to online meetings next year’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “city Council Tuesday closed out the year by getting ready for 2022 when it will meet remotely through March.”

‘Davis names public defender, VA director as new county administration takes shape’: The Erie Times-News reports that “Erie County Executive-elect Brenton Davis on Tuesday announced two key appointments to his administration.”

‘After months of public debate, Churchill Council approves controversial Amazon development’: WESA reports that “the Churchill Borough Council voted to approve an application for a controversial proposed Amazon development at the site of the former George Westinghouse Research and Technology Park on Tuesday night.”

‘State College Borough Council OKs $66M budget in 2022 with no tax increase. Here are the details’: The Centre Daily Times reports that “State College Borough Council quickly and unanimously approved the 2022 budget Monday night with no tax increases and virtually no debate.”

‘The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers’: City & State PA is “rounding up some key COVID-19 numbers to keep Pennsylvanians apprised of how the virus is impacting the state.”

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Paul Muschick: Bridge tolls are looming in Pennsylvania. Why a lot of people wilI never pay them
Lloyd Steffen: Abortion rights should be protected under the First Amendment
Donna Gathright: Clean Slate is a safe, sensible measure to give non-violent ex-offenders a second chance 
Cassie Miller: Wolf, Insurance Dept. highlight federal law to curb surprise medical bills | Tuesday Morning Coffee 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Manchin reflects the country’s division
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: TikTok challenge might not have been so unnerving if the threat of school violence wasn’t so plausible
Alison McCook: Everything we thought we knew about COVID-19 is about to change 
Tony Norman: Reading, writing and reenactments (in hell)
Lloyd E. Sheaffer: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, or not 
Bruce Ledewitz: How Should the Law Adjust to the Rittenhouse Verdict?

4 Responses

  1. Those who did not run into the United States Capitol building this past January 6 are the ones that did their First Amendment duty. People who believed everyone that attended Trump’s January 6 Washington D.C. rally are insurrectionists watch too much ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN and read too much of the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other sister newspapers.

  2. When are Perry, Saccone, Mastriano and YES even Trump going to be held accountable for their treasonous actions against the Constitution of the United States of America???? Unfit for office and against the Rule of Law.

  3. Think of it logically. A member of Congress has been asked by a January 6th Investigative Committee to explain his behavior during what all agree was the greatest Constitutional crisis in 200 years and he says, “No.” Stunning. If you worked for a company and there was a great crisis at that company and the company wanted you to come and explain your role in the crisis—how long do you think you would be employed at that company if you said no?

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