January 13: You’ve Got A Friend In Me

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What We’re Hearing
“This legislative session could be a complete wash. What are the chances that anything really substantive gets done? They don’t look good right now.”

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Top Story

1. PA Legislators Cut A Deal Built On Friendship. Will The Bond Survive?

Gregory to Rozzi: Resign as Pa. House Speaker for 'broken promises' of turning Independent | WJAC

“When Republican state legislator Jim Gregory nominated his Democratic friend and colleague Mark Rozzi to be speaker of the Pennsylvania House last week, the move stunned close political observers and seemed to offer new hope for bipartisanship.

Then the bottom fell out. On Monday, Gregory called on Rozzi to resign in an emotional letter accusing him of failing to keep his promise to change his party affiliation to independent and be an impartial arbiter of House business. “The bonds of trust between friends — as close and you and I have been — are now broken,” Gregory wrote.” (Washington Post)

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PA Still Hasn’t Heard From House Speaker Mark Rozzi After His Surprise Election, And It’s Been Over A Week. “Pennsylvania’s new House speaker, Mark Rozzi, promised to end all back-room deals and increase transparency in Harrisburg. He did this just after cutting a secretive deal with Republican leaders to become the top member of the state House. Then he walked out of the chamber and shut the door, closing off any contact with lawmakers, reporters and the public.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Rozzi Names Panel To Break Impasse Over Vote On Sexual Abuse Survivors Amendment. “Pennsylvania House Speaker Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, has named a bipartisan panel of six state representatives charged with hashing out a compromise that would allow the House to move toward a vote on legal relief for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

 

How A Constitutional Amendment Gets On The Ballot In PA. “In 2020, Pennsylvania Republicans grew deeply frustrated with the normal legislative process. They moved the bills through committees, voted on them, and sent them to Wolf, who responded with vetoes. Their solution? Constitutional amendments.” (PennLive)

 

Harrisburg

2. Shapiro Taps Siger, Carroll, Hammer And Browne For Cabinet Posts

Secretaries of Community & Economic Development, Transportation, Revenue, and Banking & Securities

“The Cabinet door remains open for appointments and this morning Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro announced four nominations to join his team.” (PoliticsPA)

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Ready To Be No. 48. “The Josh Shapiro Era is upon us and in a lot of very visceral ways it figures to be a lot different from the Tom Wolf Age.” (PennLive)

  • 76ers, Old Forge Pizza, Pocono Raceway: Gov.-Elect Shapiro’s Favorite Things. (PennLive)

 

Who Shapiro Picked For His Cabinet And Senior Staff. “As Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro prepares to take office on Jan. 17, he’s assembling a cabinet and senior staff to execute his agenda. Shapiro, the state attorney general, has tapped some key personnel from the AG’s office to join him in Harrisburg.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Former Bucks County DA Poised To Be Next PA Attorney General. “A former top Bucks County prosecutor who helped convict Pennsylvania’s first female attorney general is poised to become its second female top law enforcement officer.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. The Issues That Defined Wolf’s Legacy

Gov. Wolf Responds to Federal Court Ruling

Gov. Tom Wolf began and ended his eight years in the state’s top job with the same mantra: He was not a conventional politician.” (Spotlight PA)

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How Perry Gained The Potential Power To Influence A Federal Investigation Involving Himself. “It took 15 rounds of voting over three days – the most in 164 years – to elect Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker last week. To gain enough votes to claim victory, he made many key concessions to Republican Congressman Scott Perry and the Trump-aligned House Freedom Caucus he heads.” (WITF)

Allegheny County Democrats Debate A Favorite Topic: Party Endorsement Fees. “Democracy unfolds in a series of spectacles: the campaign kick-off surrounded by enthusiastic supporters, the principled arguments on the debate stage, the tearful Election Night speech to supporters who may or may not still be enthusiastic. And then of course, there is the most cherished local tradition of all: arguing about Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsement fees.” (WESA)

Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein Announces Run For County Executive. “One of Pittsburgh’s most veteran public officials announced his candidacy Thursday for Allegheny County executive, joining a large field in the Democratic primary for the region’s top elected official.” (Tribune-Review)

  • Weinstein Announces Run For County Executive. (WESA)
  • Who Is Running For Office In 2023? (PoliticsPA)

 

Court Splits On Legality Of Move To Impeach Philadelphia DA. “A split emerged Thursday among a panel of Pennsylvania state judges about whether a Republican-led effort to impeach and seek to remove Philadelphia’s progressive prosecutor meets legal standards or if it should be stopped.” (Associated Press)

2020 Lycoming Election Recount Results In Difference Of 26 Votes. “The just-completed hand recount of two Lycoming County races from the 2020 general election found that it differed from the electronic tabulation by 26 votes. There were more than 59,000 votes cast in the 2020 presidential race.” (PennLive)

 

Northampton County DA Announces Reelection Bid, Setting The Stage For Fierce Primary Race. “Terry Houck has officially announced his reelection bid for Northampton County district attorney. And as he did in winning the 2019 race, Houck will face a Democratic primary opponent, and fierce early campaigning portends a heated showdown leading up to the May 16 election.” (Morning Call)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

 

1 Thing

5. What Is ChatGPT?

A ChatGPT prompt is shown on a device near a public school in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. New York City school officials started blocking this week the impressive but controversial writing tool that can generate paragraphs of human-like text. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

OpenAI introduced a long-form question-answering AI called ChatGPT that answers complex questions conversationally.

It’s a revolutionary technology because it’s trained to learn what humans mean when they ask a question.

What sets ChatGPT apart from a simple chatbot is that it was specifically trained to understand the human intent in a question and provide helpful, truthful, and harmless answers.

Try ChatGPT

 

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  1. It’s like high school. “You said you would go out with me but now you won’t. Give me my ring back.” Picking a Speaker has become like a reality dating show. Funny and sad.

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  • When Will PA House Agree On Rules?


    • After the Special House Elections (Feb 7) (92%)
    • End of the Month (Jan 31) (4%)
    • End of Next Week (Jan 27) (2%)
    • Early February (Feb 1-6) (2%)

    Total Voters: 152

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