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January 6th Playbook

13 Republican candidates for Governor participated in a debate on Wednesday night. Here is the Playbook. 


‘Big GOP gubernatorial field crowds onto stage for 1st time’: The Associated Press reports that “more than a dozen Republican candidates for governor appeared on stage together for the first time Wednesday evening in a question-and-answer session that inspired a lot of agreement, some attempts to stand out and a couple sideswipes.”

‘In their first debate, Pa. GOP gov. candidates promise lower taxes, school choice’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “thirteen Republican hopefuls crowded onto a Dickinson College stage on Wednesday night in the first debate of a wide-open race to become Pennsylvania’s next governor.”

‘How do you separate 13 GOP candidates for Pa. governor? You begin with a debate’: PennLive reports that “the fight for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Pennsylvania is on. Thirteen GOP candidates vying for that nomination took the stage on Wednesday in the first debate of the 2022 election season giving Pennsylvania voters a taste of their plans to move the state forward.”

‘Lower taxes, school choice, local control: GOP field for Pa. governor makes its pitch’: WHYY reports that “a sprawling cast of Republican candidates for Pennsylvania governor met for the first debate of the 2022 election season Wednesday night, delving into such topics as school choice, energy production, election conspiracies, and how to make homemade backyard biofuel.”

‘Thirteen candidates take the stage for first GOP gubernatorial debate’: City & State PA reports that “the crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates met on stage Wednesday night for the first debate of the primary season. Thirteen candidates came together at Dickinson College in Carlisle to discuss issues ranging from COVID-19 and the economy to education and energy production.”

Fetterman Raises $2.7M in Q4: The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari reports that “John Fetterman says he raised $2.7m in Q4,” and “has $5.3m on hand.”

‘Philly building trades unions back Conor Lamb in Democratic primary for U.S. Senate’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, planted a pair of political flags — geographical and ideological — in Southeastern Pennsylvania Wednesday.”

‘FishUSA co-founder, Democrat Dan Pastore of Fairview seeks Mike Kelly’s House seat’: The Erie Times-News reports that “Dan Pastore, the co-founder and chairman of FishUSA, has filed as a candidate for the 16th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly.”

‘Pennsylvania’s U.S. lawmakers recall Jan. 6 as ‘tragic’ day’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “a year after a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol, assaulting numerous police officers, damaging property and attacking journalists as lawmakers met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, Western Pennsylvania lawmakers are remembering Jan. 6 as a “tragic” and “destructive” day, with some saying they want to focus attention on Capitol security going forward instead of looking back on how the event unfolded.”

‘Proposed new state House map an ‘unwelcome gift’ to Cumberland County, officials say’: PennLive reports that “municipal officials in Pennsylvania’s fastest growing county are lining up against the new preliminary House district map, saying it will weaken their voice in state government and lead to confusion among their residents.”

‘One year later, Susan Wild looks back at Jan. 6 and dramatic photo that went viral. ‘My heart was pounding out of my chest.’’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “Wild doesn’t remember a lot of details of the photo, such as being in that position. But she does remember panicking as chaos erupted.”

‘For Eugene DePasquale, bowl game trip turns into good Samaritan role in brawl that goes viral’: PennLive reports that “by now the video that shows Eugene DePasquale, the former Pennsylvania auditor general and member of the state House, laying on a woman to protect her during a fight at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Thursday has reached 8.8 million views.”

‘Melissa Hart says economy’s key in governor’s race, with abortion and election integrity less urgent’: WESA reports that “Melissa Hart, who launched her bid for Pennsylvania governor this week, says her past political experience in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. makes her an ideal Republican candidate to lead the commonwealth.”

‘Pa. school funding trial resumes in Commonwealth Court. Here’s what to know’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “after a two-week break for the holidays, the landmark trial that could change how Pennsylvania funds its 500 public schools resumes Thursday in Harrisburg, with witnesses from the William Penn School District in Delaware County expected to testify.”

‘62 Pennsylvanians have been charged in the Capitol riot. A year later, judges are starting to weigh their punishments.’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the massive Justice Department investigation into the attack on Jan. 6 has now largely shifted from finding people involved to questions of how they should be prosecuted and punished.”

‘How to help survivors of the devastating and tragic Fairmount house fire’: Billy Penn reports how to help the survivors of “an early morning fire on Wednesday” that “claimed the lives of 12 people when it tore through a Fairmount rowhome.”

‘Don’t discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection with students, a Bucks school district tells teachers’: WHYY reports that “a Bucks County school district has explicitly instructed teachers not to “wade into” discussions with students about the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection in Washington D.C. “due to the current polarization and strong emotions.””

‘Outlaw vows to reduce homicides in Philly as shootings continue to surge in 2022’: WHYY reports that “after 562 people were murdered in the city in 2021, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw vows to bring that number down this year. During the city’s weekly gun violence briefing, she said the department is establishing a non-fatal shooting unit in order to curb violence.”

‘Chester County asks for responses to equity survey’: The Daily Local News reports that “the Chester County agency that provides funding for housing, neighborhood improvement, workforce development and other social services is conducting an internet survey about how its work measures up when it comes to equity, fairness and justice.”

‘Falls Twp. Resident Bob Harvie Named County Commissioners’ Chairperson’: Levittown Now reports that “Commissioner Bob Harvie, who served as vice chairperson, was appointed to serve as chairperson for the year. The Democrat joined the commissioners in 2020 and is a Falls Township resident and supervisor.”

‘Montgomery County holds virtual press conference amid coronavirus case uptick’: Montgomery Media reports that “Montgomery County health officials held a virtual press conference Wednesday morning as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.”

‘Worcester man pleads guilty in connection with shooting of Democratic headquarters [Updated]’: Montgomery Media reports that “a Worcester man accused of emailing threats to and firing gunshots at the Montgomery County Democratic Committee headquarters in Norristown has pleaded guilty to several charges in federal court and now awaits his fate from a judge.”

‘As the pandemic rages, Gov. Wolf wants Pennsylvanians to sign up for health insurance’: WESA reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pennsylvanians who are without healthcare, or who struggle to pay for it, to sign up for the state-administered insurance marketplace — Pennie — before the open-enrollment deadline at midnight on Jan. 15.” 

‘Court approves Wilkinsburg annexation petition, sending the matter to Pittsburgh City Council’: WESA reports that “the effort by a nonprofit to annex Wilkinsburg into the City of Pittsburgh scored two victories Tuesday: An endorsement by the Allegheny County Chief Executive, and a court ruling to push the process forward.” 

‘Baristas accuse Coffee Tree Roasters of doubling down in fight against unionization’: WESA reports that “the owners of the Pittsburgh-area chain, The Coffee Tree Roasters, have intensified their effort to thwart a unionization campaign their staff launched in December, according to employees of the company.”

‘Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb has ‘mild symptoms’ from COVID-19, urges Wilkinsburg annexation’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb on Wednesday said he has “mild symptoms and is quarantining at home” after testing positive for COVID-19. Mr. Lamb made the announcement while offering his support for Wilkinsburg annexation, which city leaders would be discussing at a noon press conference at the City-County Building in Downtown.”

‘State officials unveil legislation that would allow AV companies to operate vehicles without humans’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “new legislation unveiled Wednesday proposes allowing autonomous vehicle companies in Pennsylvania to conduct testing without a human safety driver, a move that officials argued will make the commonwealth more competitive at attracting and retaining AV developments. Current state law requires that such operators remain in the driver’s seat of an AV to intervene in the event of an emergency or hazard that isn’t detected by autonomous technology.”

‘Allegheny County Health Department may change paid sick leave law’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “the Allegheny County Health Department on Wednesday agreed to a public hearing to be held to discuss a revision to the county’s new Paid Sick Leave law.”

‘Environmental advocates say Allegheny County Health Department isn’t listening to them’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “environmental advocates and other residents took the Allegheny County Health Department to task for what it said was not enough dialogue and transparency over their concerns about the county’s air pollution and what steps it has taken to reduce unhealthy emissions.”

‘Pittsburgh region sees overall year-over-year employment gains’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “according to the November 2021 Pittsburgh Region Employment Update released by The Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, employment in Pittsburgh has grown in the past year.” 

‘Which Pa. wineries will be pouring at the 2022 Farm Show? Here’s a list of who and when’: PennLive reports that “the Pennsylvania Wine Association will once again be making samples available at the Farm Show, which will begin Saturday.”

‘In a final speech, 14-year Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman warns ‘partisan extremists’ may ruin local government’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman gave an emotional farewell speech on Wednesday morning, concluding his 14 years of service on the three-member governing board with a rebuke of today’s political atmosphere.”

‘A group of notorious white nationalists met secretly in historic Lancaster County barn in 2020. Why here?’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “a group of the nation’s most notorious white nationalists met secretly at a historic Lancaster Township barn in 2020 to create the National Justice Party. They had help from the Holocaust denier and pro-Kremlin blogger who owns it.”

‘Northampton County signs on to get part of $26 billion opioid settlement’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Wednesday that Northampton County has joined in the national opioid settlement and will receive a share of the $26 billion being paid out by the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors.”

‘Reading reinstates disaster emergency declaration amid COVID surge’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Reading Mayor Eddie Moran has reinstated a local disaster emergency declaration so his administration can respond quickly to the ongoing surge of COVID cases.”

‘West Reading welcomes first woman to serve as mayor’: WFMZ reports that “West Reading is starting the year with a new mayor, and she is already making history. Samantha Kaag is the first woman ever to serve as the borough’s mayor.”

‘Brian Shank selected as new chairman for Erie County Council’: WJET reports that “Erie County Council now has a new chairman. Councilman Brian Shank will replace former chair Carl Anderson.”

‘County Executive lifts mask mandate for all county buildings for all fully vaccinated employees’: WJET reports that “Erie County Executive Brenton Davis announcing the end of the universal indoor masking order for all Erie County owned, leased, and operated facilities for all fully vaccinated employees.”

‘Ferguson Township makes history with first all-female board of supervisors’: The Centre Daily Times reports that “history was made in Ferguson Township on Monday.”

‘The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers’: City & State PA reports on the numbers that were “last updated on Jan. 5.”

Paul Muschick: Undated Pennsylvania mail ballots: Could someone please settle this debate once and for all?
Thomas A. Wallitsch: History will judge Jan. 6 to be another ‘date which will live in infamy’
Joyce M. Davis: Three questions that need to be answered about January 6 | Social Views
Ted Wolf: Here’s how Pennsylvania companies can keep key employees happy during the Great Resignation 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: 1 year after Capitol attack: Our democracy remains in peril and we must bridge the communication gap
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Jim Rogers’ ‘accidental’ death leaves questions
Chad J. Duppstadt: The United States is on the verge of a major electric vehicle (EV) moment 
John L. Micek: Penn State study: Pa. flood risk rising with climate change | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Gene Therapy: Promise of Jan. 6 accountability still unfulfilled
Helen Ubiñas: On the anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection, an urgent call to save our country 
Bruce Ledewitz: Sure, things seem bad. But there are some reasons to be cheerful in 2022 
John R. Heapes: Kudos to HACC for CARE 
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: Reduce COVID Risk By Walking

7 Responses

  1. Former Lower Merion Constable Eric Bradway is running for Governor in the Democratic Primary against Josh Shapiro . Shapiro barely won re-election. To AG by only a handful of Votes .

    1. I’m no fan of Josh’s, but he was the highest vote-getter in the state in 2020, and his margin was over 300,000 votes (4 times the margin that Biden beat Trump by). So, I’d hardly call that “a handful of votes”.

      I don’t know how much cash-on-hand Josh has, but I think it’s over $10 million. The GOP candidates will beat the crap out of each other and come out of the primary broke.

    1. Mastriano’s announcement on Saturday will be carried streaming on RSBN and will have a full-house of 2K in attendance.

  2. I watched the first GOP gubernatorial debate last evening. Without doubt, Charlie Gerow is the only one who could go toe to toe with Josh Shapiro and win the election in November.

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