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January 6th Playbook

Senate Republicans refused to swear in state Sen. Jim Brewster, while Jim Bognet hints at challenging Rep. Matt Cartwright in 2022. Here is the Playbook. 

GOP Senate Blocks Brewster: On Tuesday, Senate Republicans refused to swear in state Sen. Jim Brewster. Meanwhile the caucus removed Lt. Gov. John Fetterman from presiding over the chamber.

Bognet Hints At Rematch Against Cartwright: Jim Bognet, the 2020 GOP candidate for the 8th Congressional District, sent out a press release on Monday saying that Rep. Matt Cartwright is in for a “rude awakening” in 2022 if the incumbent votes like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

House Dems Announce 2021-22 Committee Chairs: 14 members return to lead the same committees from the previous session, while several members take on new roles.

Former Casey Aide Named to Biden White House Staff: Erin Wilson, a former senior aide to Sen. Bob Casey, has been named the Deputy Director of Political Strategy & Outreach in the office of Political Strategy and Outreach, according to a release from the Biden-Harris transition. Wilson, a Pennsylvania native and graduate of University of Pennsylvania, currently serves as Deputy Executive Director to the Presidential Inaugural Committee

FairDistricts PA To Host Judicial Gerrymandering Town Hall: On Wednesday afternoon, Fair Districts PA, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host a town hall about judicial districts and gerrymandering. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. GOP senators refuse to seat Democrat and remove Lt. Gov. Fetterman from presiding
Spotlight PA: Pa. lags nation in people tested per day, is nowhere near level needed to suppress the virus
Spotlight PA: Frustrated by the Pa. legislature? How obscure rules kill reforms and fuel partisan gridlock
AP: Fight over close race mars first day for Pennsylvania Senate
AP: 8 Pa. House GOP members to oppose Biden’s electoral votes
AP: ACLU sues county court officials, alleging double billing
Patriot News: Fireworks erupt in Pa. Senate over refusal to seat a Democratic senator
Patriot News: ‘Hear Us Roar’ rally attendees call for decertification of vote in Pa. 
Patriot News: Pa. House passes rules ensuring remote participation in debates; masking remains an issue 
Patriot News: Lancaster County Rep. Bryan Cutler re-elected as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House 
Patriot News: Businessman convicted of bribing Pa. sheriff gets no mercy from federal court 
Patriot News: New COVID-19 cases and deaths rebound in Pa. after holiday reporting lag
Patriot News: Former U.S. Attorney David Freed signs on with major Pa.-based law firm
Inquirer: Eight Pennsylvania Republicans in Congress will join a push today to reverse Trump’s election loss
Inquirer: Republicans in Congress are about to object to Pennsylvania’s election results. Here’s what you need to know.
Inquirer: Congress is about to formalize Biden’s win. Busloads of Pa. Trump supporters are heading to D.C. to protest.
Inquirer: Election routines bring chaos to Harrisburg and D.C. | Morning Newsletter 
The Caucus: Republicans’ airing of unfounded election fraud claims cost Pa. taxpayers $3,000
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats decry ‘farce’ as Senate descends into chaos over swearing-in
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House approves bipartisan rule tweaks as Senate rages
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Dozens of GOP lawmakers, including many from Pa., to reject certifying Biden as president
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pittsburgh Rep. Lee says she has coronavirus, skips swearing in-day
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Looking to boost minimum wage, Pa. Dems want to end preemption. That’s a heavy lift
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Where’s the count? An update on the status of the 2020 Census
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With fate of the Chesapeake Bay on the line, Pa. needs to up its game, advocates say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. brought down enforcement hammer on restaurants that defied indoor dining ban | Wednesday Morning Coffee
WHYY Newsworks: In chaotic session, GOP seizes control from Fetterman, refuses to seat Democratic member who won election
WHYY Newsworks: The electoral vote count; and mayhem in the Pa. state house 
USA Today: Pa. senators battle at state Capitol. Here’s what happened
USA Today: Senate chaos: Fetterman replaced, Brewster removed
PLSReporter: ‘Quite a first day’: Senate swearing-in devolves into shouting, removal of Fetterman as GOP refuses to seat Dem senator 
PLSReporter: General Assembly members pay tribute to Reese on swearing-in day 
PLSReporter: House Republicans name committee chairs for 2021-22 session 
PLSReporter: Map: Meet Pennsylvania’s 31 new freshman lawmakers 
PLSReporter: Jan. 5 COVID-19 Update: 8,818 new positives; health officials underscore importance of testing, precautions despite increasing vaccinations
CNHI News: COVID relief and election reform appear likely to take center stage at state Capitol
Fox News: Pennsylvania legislature erupts into chaos over GOP refusal to seat Democratic senator 
Fox News: Trump posts letter from Pennsylvania Senate encouraging Electoral College certification delay 
Delaware Valley Journal: Republican State Rep. Still Hoping to Repeal Act 77 that Created Mail-In Voting
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania House holds moment of silence for the late Mike Reese, who was to have been sworn in today for 7th term
StateImpactPA: State gives $34 million for water cleanup
Philly Voice: Here are the Pa., N.J. lawmakers who plan to object to President-elect Biden’s Electoral College win
The Hill: Pa. governor calls GOP refusal to seat Democrat a ‘shameful power grab’
Politico: Trump privately admits it’s over, but wants to brawl for attention
CNN: Chaos ensues as Pennsylvania GOP refuses to seat Democrat 
CNN: Pennsylvania GOP state senators’ refusal to seat Democrat leads to chaotic ceremony 

KYW Newsradio: Philly officials say it could take a year to vaccinate every resident against COVID-19
Inquirer: Philadelphia could expand vaccinations as soon as February, but the number of incoming doses ‘is not enough,’ official warns 
Inquirer: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philly canceled again; Air travel sets pandemic record as health officials brace for post-holiday surge; racial disparity among vaccine recipients in Philly 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: More doses of vaccine, faster distribution and more federal funding needed
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘This is not enough’: Philadelphia health chief says vaccinating city could take a year 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area hospitals get $5.5M in state funding for expansion, renovation projects 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Exit interview: Dan Hilferty reflects on 10 years at the helm of Independence Blue Cross  
Philly Voice: Philly’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will take 12 months at current pace

Daily Local News: Carolyn Comitta sworn in as state senator
Daily Local News: Casner rolls out plans for COVID vaccinations
KYW Newsradio: Chester County officials lay out COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 26 coronavirus deaths over 7-day period 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County restaurants eligible for coronavirus relief grants
WHYY Newsworks: ACLU, civil rights attorneys accuse Montco court of overcharging defendants
Philadelphia Gay News: Three suburban Philly townships enact LGBTQ-inclusive anti-bias ordinances
Inquirer: Montgomery County illegally double-bills defendants for court costs, ACLU alleges in lawsuit
Bucks Local News: Falls Township adopts 2021 budget, maintains 1992 tax rate

KDKA: Pa. Sen. Jim Brewster Not Sworn In As State Senate Dissolves Into Chaos Over Contested Election
KDKA: COVID-19 In Allegheny County: State Rep. Summer Lee Tests Positive For Virus
KDKA: Pittsburgh Penguins Received $4.8M PPP Loan To Pay Rent
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: 6 Western Pa. Restaurants Forced To Close For Defying Indoor Dining Restrictions
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 29 More Deaths, County-Wide Toll Surpasses 1,000
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate GOP refuses to seat Democrat Brewster, removes Lt. Gov. Fetterman from running session 
Post-Gazette: Congress set to certify Biden’s win amid ‘sound and fury’ from some GOP lawmakers
Post-Gazette: Hamlet: Task force will examine disparities, biases in safety at Pittsburgh’s public schools 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County passes 1,000 virus deaths
Tribune Review: GOP seizes control of Pa. Senate floor, blocks Brewster from being seated 
Tribune Review: State Rep. Summer Lee tests positive for covid-19 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools announces new equity task force, lays out plans for return to buildings  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County tops 1,000 coronavirus deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County’s Covid-19 milestone: 1,000 deaths since March
City Paper: Pittsburgh artists, musicians, politicians, and others reveal the first thing they want to do after getting the COVID-19 vaccine
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County

Altoona Mirror: Joyce will object to vote count
Altoona Mirror: Lang, Bedford commissioner, resigns
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Program created in honor of U.S. Rep. John Murtha
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Post-holiday bump remains under 10,000 new COVID-19 cases
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania House holds moment of silence for the late Mike Reese, who was to have been sworn in today for 7th term
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 228 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths
Observer-Reporter: COVID continues to take toll on nursing homes

Times-Tribune: Bognet realizes he lost, hints at 2nd run for Congress
Times-Tribune: Scavo leads busloads to capital to protest Biden election
Times-Tribune: Scranton aims to modernize City Hall internal processes 
Times-Tribune: New COVID-19 cases rise again
Citizens Voice: Scavo leads busloads to capital to protest Biden election
Citizens Voice: County adds more than 200 new COVID-19 cases
The Times Leader: Eight apply for Luzerne County election director position
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Branch NAACP elects officers
The Times Leader: 224 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 8,818 statewide

South Central 
Patriot News: Lancaster County Rep. Bryan Cutler re-elected as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House 
Patriot News: ‘Hear Us Roar’ rally attendees call for decertification of vote in Pa. 
Patriot News: Former U.S. Attorney David Freed signs on with major Pa.-based law firm
Carlisle Sentinel: Freed to join Harrisburg law firm after stepping down as federal attorney 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott will not seek a third term 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 146 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Tuesday 
York Dispatch: York County inching closer to health department proposal, waiting for study 
York Dispatch: 11 more in York County die due to COVID-19
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County unemployment rate drops for 7th straight month in November 
LNP | LancasterOnline: 7 more Lancaster County restaurants got closure notices for defying Gov. Wolf’s just-expired indoor dining ban 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County reports over 400 new cases of COVID-19 in past 24 hours [Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates]

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: How Berks County’s congressional delegation plans to vote on Electoral College certification
Reading Eagle: Berks County legislators share their top priorities for a new session in Harrisburg
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor pledges thorough investigation of police interaction with residents during arrest recorded by bystander [Video]
Reading Eagle: 11 more COVID deaths reported by the Berks County coroner; month already at 29
Morning Call: Two new Lehigh Valley members of Pennsylvania Legislature plan to help coronavirus-ravaged small businesses; top Republican says
Morning Call: Allentown gets tough with Amazon, Uber and others, taxing them for the privilege of doing business in the city 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 8,818 new cases, 185 deaths statewide; Lehigh Valley approaching 40K total cases, 1K deaths | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (01/05/21)
WFMZ: Local groups heading to Washington D.C. as Congress prepares to count Electoral College votes
WFMZ: Patricia Mulqueen announces run for Lehigh County common pleas judge
WFMZ: Palmer Township supervisors to maintain leadership for 2021
WFMZ: Manny Guzman takes oath for first term in Pa. House
WFMZ: Reading council OKs parking enforcement on Saturdays

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: ‘Appalled’: State College’s council president rails on Keller, Thompson for electoral votes stance
Centre Daily Times: How State College’s COVID-19-related ordinance was extended, tweaked by Borough Council
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 5 update: Centre County reports 66 new cases of COVID-19; Pa. adds 8,818 positives
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Prosecutor again appointed acting U.S. attorney for Middle District
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 92 new COVID-19 cases. Tioga County sees 18 new cases, Clinton 12, Sullivan 2.
Erie Times-News: Anderson to chair County Council in 2021 

Chrissy Houlahan, Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon and Susan Wild: The people have spoken. The courts have spoken. President Trump lost
Inquirer Editorial Board: In Pennsylvania state Senate fiasco, Republicans show how fast democracy can be eroded 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Work hard on election protections
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Give ‘Dreamers’ a path 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Give ‘Dreamers’ a path
Paul Muschick: COVID-19 vaccines: It’s disgusting how the rich are trying to skip the line
Michael McGough: What’s the matter with Pennsylvania? Trumpism and blind partisanship
Richard Hooker and Jed Dodd: Philly’s protection of workers’ rights doesn’t make business an underdog 
Jenice Armstrong: Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic is partly to blame for the death of Daphne Goggins and others 
Maria Panaritis: ‘I weep for my country’: Electoral College vote challenge is a menace that could maul us 
Sean P. Quinlan: In an administration full of flunkies, we owe U.S. Attorney David Freed some thanks 
Helen Ubiñas: The U.S. can’t afford to just ‘look forward’ after Trump’s criminal behavior 
Trudy Rubin: A warning to Trump from ex-defense secretaries: Don’t use the military to overturn the election
Anwar Curtis: Black people made progress in 2020. But we need to stop being our own Achilles heel 
Gene Therapy: Two weeks on the edge of reason
Will Bunch Newsletter: Tale of two tapes traces America’s downfall

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  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

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