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January 17: Passing The Torch

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Good Tuesday Morning. It’s a new day across the Commonwealth. Congratulations Gov. Shapiro and Lt. Governor Davis.

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What We’re Hearing
“My family and my faith call me to service, and they drive me forward. No one is required to complete the task, but neither are we free to refrain from it. Each of us has a responsibility to get off the sidelines, get in the game, and do our part.” – Josh Shapiro

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Top Story

1. Josh Shapiro Becomes PA’s 48th Governor Today

Josh Shapiro

Pennsylvania’s Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro will highlight four main themes in his inaugural address on Tuesday beginning approximately at noon.

Following a program consisting of invocations by clergy members of differing faiths, as well as musical performances from groups around the Commonwealth, the 48th Governor of Pennsylvania will speak to familiar themes from the campaign, according to senior Shapiro aides.

Shapiro will highlight his record in taking on big fights and standing up for the people of Pennsylvania, citing some of the examples from the experiences of 14 special guests he has invited on stage during his inauguration. (PoliticsPA)


Shapiro To Become 48th Governor, Stress Bipartisan Aims. “Democrat Josh Shapiro will become the 48th governor of Pennsylvania at Tuesday’s inaugural ceremony at the state Capitol, taking the oath of office on a cold winter day in the nation’s fifth-most populous state on the heels of his blowout win in November’s election.” (Associated Press)


Governors Speak Of Good Times And Bad In Inaugural Speeches. “In times of war and peace, prosperity and recession, Pennsylvania governors have spoken of the conditions facing them as they took the oath of office for the first time.” (Capitolwire)

  • Memorable Moments From Inaugurations Of The Past. (PennLive)



2. Shapiro: Not Your Grandfather’s Jewish Politician

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Josh Shapiro will be sworn in January 17 as Pennsylvania’s third Jewish governor, taking his oath on a stack of three Hebrew Bibles, one of which comes from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In contrast to his predecessors, for whom, it should be noted, playing down one’s Jewish identity was a matter of political survival, Shapiro is unabashedly Jewish and proud of it.” (Moment)


Shapiro Lists First Priorities In Radio Interview. “During a Wednesday interview with KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia, Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro outlined some of his first priorities that he will undertake after being sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 48th chief executive.” (PoliticsPA)

Inauguration Events. “On Tuesday, Josh Shapiro, 49, will be sworn in as the 48th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” (PoliticsPA)

The Rise Of Austin Davis: From Mon Valley Rep To PA’s First Black Lieutenant Governor. “On Tuesday, Mr. Davis will become Pennsylvania’s first Black lieutenant governor, and one of the youngest. During two terms in the state House, Mr. Davis, 33, burnished a reputation as a humble, deliberate lawmaker more focused on results than popularity — traits that should help him and Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro govern in a divided Harrisburg, longtime colleagues, mentors and political watchers said.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Around The Commonwealth

3. Is Speaker Mark Rozzi Already On Thin Ice? What May Come Next

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In Harrisburg, a fragile coalition between House Democrats and Republican crossovers is already crumbling. On the left there’s talk of naming a more progressive speaker of the House. On the right a friend and legislative ally — citing deceit and personal betrayal — has demanded the speaker’s resignation just days after nominating him to the powerful post.” (USA TODAY Pennsylvania Network)


Report Raises Alarm About Potential Costs Of Sex Abuse Lawsuits. “A report released by a conservative think tank estimated that public schools could be on the hook for billions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed by survivors of sex abuse.” (Capitolwire)

Cartwright, Meuser Talk 118th Congress From Opposite Sides Of The Aisle. “U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, and U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Dallas, recently took time to offer their thoughts on what’s ahead for the 118th Congress.” (Times Leader)

Billions At Stake As Online Fundraising Practices Turn Off Voters. “Declining return on investment on digital list-building and concerns from surveys of donors have online fundraisers worried.” (POLITICO)

Philly Mayoral Candidates Talk Black Economic Opportunities At Candidate Forum. “On Sunday night, the Meet the Candidates Mayoral Forum — hosted by the BBEx Network at the P4 Hub in Germantown — brought together Black and brown professionals from across the Philadelphia area to hear from some of the candidates directly. Up for discussion: the economic advancement of Philadelphia’s Black business community.” (WHYY)

Political Newcomer Lita Brillman To Launch Run For Pittsburgh City Council’s District 5. “Barb Warwick was sworn in a little more than a month ago, but she’s already gearing up for a re-election campaign to hold onto her City Council seat for a full four-year term. It appears she won’t be alone this primary: 27-year-old graduate student Lita Brillman plans to mount a challenge.” (WESA)



4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.


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5. Passing The Torch


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