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January 7th Playbook

8 Republican House members voted to object to the state’s electoral votes being cast for President-elect Joe Biden. Here is the Playbook. 

8 GOP House Members Voted To Oppose the Election Results in PA: All of the members of the state’s GOP congressional delegation, minus Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), voted to object to the state’s electoral votes being cast for President-elect Joe Biden. 

House GOP Announces 2021-22 Committee Chairs: 12 members will return to lead the same committees that they were appointed to at the beginning of the previous session, while several members take on new roles.

Kail Named to House Majority Whip Team: According to a release, state Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver) has been appointed to serve as a deputy whip for the upcoming session under House Majority Whip Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion). 

Cook Names New Harrisburg Secretary: According to a release, state Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington) has named Lisa Shenfeld as his Harrisburg secretary. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Top Pa. lawmakers who rejected election results denounce U.S. Capitol mob 
Spotlight PA: Republican leaders in Pa. Senate ask Congress to delay Electoral College count
Spotlight PA: You’re invited! A live Spotlight PA interview with PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein
Patriot News: Capitol violence: Pa. members of Congress describe day of chaos in Washington 
Patriot News: Sen. Toomey refutes Trump’s Pa. election allegations after Capitol attack 
Patriot News: ‘President Trump’s supporters attempted a coup’: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf on U.S. Capitol attack
Patriot News: Pa. Senate makes national news: Ousting Lt. Gov. John Fetterman as presiding officer and leaving a seat empty
Patriot News: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey argues against pro-Trump election objections on Senate floor
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf calls Republicans’ Pa. election claims ‘shameful’ lies for political gain
Patriot News: Blame for U.S. Capitol violence ‘lies squarely’ with Trump, former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge says 
Patriot News: After U.S. Capitol rioting, Pa. House, Senate staffers told to work from home 
Patriot News: Meet Pa.’s new General Assembly: A mother-son and father-daughter combo, 2 women floor leaders & more
Patriot News: Children ‘don’t need to know’ about U.S. Capitol attack, doctor says 
Patriot News: These are the Pa. ZIP codes with the highest COVID-19 infection rates so far in 2021
Patriot News: In unexpected development, some Pa. health care workers declining COVID-19 vaccine 
Post-Gazette: Fetterman to Pa. Senate GOP: ‘I broke the rules, you broke the law’ 
Post-Gazette: Hours before mob breached Capitol, Trump railed against Pennsylvania vote
Post-Gazette: Pa. lags nation in people tested per day, is nowhere near level needed to suppress the virus 
Inquirer: Trump supporters in Washington rejoice over an attack on the U.S. Capitol: ‘Today, it’s biblical’
Inquirer: Tear gas, smashed glass, and shots fired as the U.S. Capitol is attacked by ‘a group of lawless thugs’ 
Inquirer: Fact-checking Trump’s false claims about Pennsylvania’s election before his supporters attacked the Capitol
Inquirer: Pa. Congresswoman Susan Wild describes the attack on the Capitol: ‘I started hearing shots and breaking glass’
Inquirer: After mob attack on Capitol, Congress and Pence formalize Biden’s win. Trump says ‘there will be an orderly transition.’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Congress certifies Biden as president after rioting mob is driven from the Capitol 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate Republicans denounce violence but stop short of accepting election results 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Capitol violence: Gov. Tom Wolf, Pa. state lawmakers speak out 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ICYMI: Here are the Pa. House’s Committee chairs and ranking members for the new session 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Violence at the U.S Capitol: Public statements from Pa.’s Congressional delegation: What we know so far 
NBC: Tempers Flare in House During Speech by Rep. Conor Lamb
WHYY Newsworks: Congress certifies Pa. results, Biden’s victory after chaotic day of violent insurrection
USA Today: Pa. lawmakers condemn mob attack at U.S. Capitol
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls anticipated challenge to Pennsylvania electoral votes ‘shameful’; ‘Those folks are not telling the truth’
WESA: Wolf Pins Violence At The U.S. Capitol On GOP Lawmakers
PLSReporter: Wolf, Democrats call out Republicans as legislators condemn storming of U.S. Capitol 
PLSReporter: Pa. Capitol building closes, staff instructed to work from home
PLSReporter: Pa. congressional delegation reacts to U.S. Capitol breach during electoral vote count 
PLSReporter: Ahead of objections to Pa.’s electoral votes, state officials stress election integrity 
PLSReporter: Jan. 6 COVID-19 Update: 5,684 hospitalized; 368 new deaths
KYW Newsradio: Wolf pushes back, calls any allegation of election fraud ‘a shameful lie’
The Bulwark: Pennsylvania GOP’s Anti-Democratic Maneuver Is a Warning
Pocono Record: SNAP benefits rise, 1.8 million in Pa. enrolled
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf, lawmakers react after protesters storm the Capitol
The Hill: READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s impact fee collection anticipated down 28% 
Politico: This Is What Regime Change Feels Like 
CNN: Congress certifies Biden win after violent Capitol riot 
CNN: Lawmaker describes moment captured in dramatic photo   

WHYY Newsworks: Philly-area congressional delegations condemn violent insurrection at U.S. Capitol
WHYY Newsworks: South Philly lots named in FBI case against Kenyatta Johnson targeted for land trust
WHYY Newsworks: Environmentalists cry foul as Philly’s plastic bag ban delayed
Inquirer: Pro-Trump insurrection at Capitol ‘an attempted coup,’ says former D.C. and Philly police chief Charles H. Ramsey 
Inquirer: Fairmount Park’s Chamounix Mansion youth hostel wins tax case against city
Billy Penn: Philly on Capitol insurrection response: We saw more cops during summer protests 
Billy Penn: Former Philly Police Commissioner on DC violence: This is a coup attempt 
Billy Penn: Philly’s first raised bike lane with a concrete buffer is nearly complete
KYW Newsradio: ‘He incited this’: Strong words from Pa. lawmakers on Capitol chaos

Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Dean react after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol 
Daily Local News: Area political leaders react with shock to attack of U.S. Capitol 
Daily Local News: Dean safe, ‘shaken’ during Capitol unrest, other local leaders react
Daily Local News: In fight against COVID, ‘cautious optimism’ in Chester, Delaware counties
Delco Daily Times: Delco leaders call Capitol crisis a ‘stain’ on history 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County’s newest state representative takes the oath in Harrisburg 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Democratic state lawmakers begin new terms in Harrisburg 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County State Rep. Wendi Thomas begins second term in Harrisburg 
Bucks Local News: Meghan Schroeder begins second term representing the 29th District in Bucks 
Bucks Local News: Newtown area Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Petrucci announces re-election campaign

City Paper: Sen. Mastriano and former state rep. Saccone among Trump supporters who occupied U.S. Capitol 
City Paper: U.S. Rep Mike Doyle blames Trump for occupation of the Capitol, calls it an “insurrection” 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
KDKA: Pa. Sen. Jim Brewster Not Sworn In As State Senate Dissolves Into Chaos Over Contested Election 
KDKA: ‘There Are Guns Drawn’: Rep. Mike Doyle ‘Sheltering In Place’ In His Office At U.S. Capitol 
KDKA: ‘It Just Has To Stop:’ Elected Officials Of Both Parties Condemn Violence In Washington 
KDKA: ‘The Truth Hurts:’ Congressman Conor Lamb Says On House Floor GOP Lied About Election 
KDKA: Western Pa. Area Leaders React To Violence Unfolding After Protesters Breach U.S. Capitol Building In Washington, D.C. 
KDKA: Former Western Pa. State Rep. Rick Saccone Part Of Protesters At U.S. Capitol 
KDKA: McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko Commends Police Department Response To Shooting Of Officer 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reporting 46 Additional Deaths, Bringing Countywide Toll To 1,057
Post-Gazette: Fetterman to Pa. Senate GOP: ‘I broke the rules, you broke the law’
Post-Gazette: Hours before mob breached Capitol, Trump railed against Pennsylvania vote
Post-Gazette: City to agree to new federal sewer system rules 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh religious leaders react to Capitol protests
Post-Gazette: ‘Exponential growth’ forecast for Allegheny County’s COVID-19 vaccination rate
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 update: Nearly 9,500 new cases reported in Pa. 
Tribune Review: Ex-GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone joins chaos in Washington, praises Trump 
Tribune Review: ‘An absolute disgrace’: Pa. delegation reacts to violent storming of U.S. Capitol 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County, Pittsburgh officials monitor D.C. unrest  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports most new covid cases in Pa., adds 46 deaths 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald condemns storming of Capitol 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s impact fee collection anticipated down 28% 
WESA: Seat Empty, Future Unclear In PA State Senate Dispute 
WESA: PA Lawmakers Condemn Insurrection At DC Capitol, But Some Don’t Demand Violence Stop 
WESA: Head Of County Board Of Health Says Highly Contagious U.K. Variant Is Likely Already In Western PA 
WESA: Thousands More Pennsylvanians Continue To Seek Safety Net Programs

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Thompson, Joyce speak against certification of Pa. votes following rioting at U.S. Capitol 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Absolute disgrace’: Area lawmakers ‘safe’ after protesters storm U.S. Capitol 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voters shocked; local Republicans who traveled to D.C. say Capitol violence ‘unacceptable’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New state law ‘makes significant changes’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Nine Cambria County COVID-19 deaths among record 368 statewide
Observer-Reporter: Area politicians react to unrest at U.S. Capitol 
Observer-Reporter: Law enforcement veteran seeking district judge seat 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County commissioners expected to hire grant-writing consultant 
Observer-Reporter: North Strabane resident announces candidacy for county controller 
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates continue to fall in local counties 
Tribune Review: Memorial yard sign fundraiser benefits family of state Rep. Mike Reese
Altoona Mirror: Local Republicans condemn protesters’ actions in Capitol

Citizens Voice: Meuser defends plan to object to Biden electoral votes, later condemns “violent lawlessness”
Citizens Voice: Cartwright describes House members’ escape  
Citizens Voice: Barletta ‘disappointed’ in Capitol protest 
Citizens Voice: W-B mayor to veto council’s budget; they vow to strip money from his
Citizens Voice: 181 new COVID-19 cases reported in county
The Times Leader: Rep. Cartwright describes House evacuation
The Times Leader: Barletta on D.C. insurrection: ‘This is not the way to behave’
The Times Leader: Luzerne County may have new election director this month
The Times Leader: Brown vetoes amended budget, council responds
The Times Leader: 181 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 10 new deaths 
Times-Tribune: Cartwright describes House members’ escape at Capitol building 
Times-Tribune: Scranton council defends its cuts to mayor’s budget 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Commissioner defends vote making herself board chairwoman 
Times-Tribune: NEPA counties top 40,000 COVID-19 cases

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate lawmakers decry Capitol violence, but some say it’s too little, too late
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 169 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths for Cumberland County Wednesday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘An attempted coup’: Local, state lawmakers react to unrest at U.S. Capitol
LNP | LancasterOnline: Following chaos in the Capitol, U.S. Rep. Smucker will still object to Pennsylvania’s electors
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County officials condemn attack on nation’s Capitol
LNP | LancasterOnline: Buses return to Lancaster County after tumultuous day in D.C.
LNP | LancasterOnline: Less than half surveyed Lancaster County residents willing to take COVID-19 vaccine; experts say that’s likely to change
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County reports surge of positive COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours [Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates]
York Dispatch: Perry questioned Pa.’s electors; now calls for calm during chaos

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Capitol breach: ‘An absolute disgrace,’ Pat Toomey says; ‘It’s an attempted coup,’ Tom Wolf says 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley lawmakers promise to continue doing their job, call for consequences for Trump supporters who stormed Capitol 
Morning Call: Julio Guridy elected president of Allentown City Council while running for mayor; effort to block his nomination fizzles 
Morning Call: Bethlehem Councilman J. William Reynolds announces run for mayor 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 9,474 additional cases reported with 368 deaths
Express Times: What it was like for Lehigh Valley Congresswoman Susan Wild as rioters stormed the Capitol 
Express Times: 2 GOP voices from Northampton County: ‘The Capitol belongs to the people’ and ‘I unequivocally condemn the violence’ 
Express Times: Bethlehem Councilman J. William Reynolds announces his 2nd bid for mayor 
Express Times: U.S. Capitol lockdown: Lehigh Valley lawmakers safe as rioting Trump supporters disrupt Congress 
Express Times: Before Capitol lockdown, Pa. Republican Sen. Toomey objects to GOP election challenge 
Express Times: Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate shrinking, latest data shows
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 9,474 new cases and 368 more deaths; hospitalizations in slight downward trend; Lehigh Valley crosses 40K cases as both counties reach milestones | Pa. COVID-19 county map (01/06/21) 
WFMZ: ‘I’d call it an insurrection, frankly’: Rep. Wild recalls terrifying moments inside US Capitol 
WFMZ: Allentown City Council OKs voter referendum questions 
WFMZ: Bethlehem councilman to run for mayor 
WFMZ: Lehigh County solicitor announces run for county judge 
WFMZ: Berks senators weigh in on chaotic swearing-in day
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s congressional delegation reacts to violence on Capitol Hill 
Reading Eagle: For the first time, a mother and son are serving in Pennsylvania House of Representatives 
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor celebrates Three Kings Day with toy giveaway
Reading Eagle: Berks County passes 25,000 COVID cases milestone in pandemic
Philly Voice: Pa. Congresswoman details ‘frightening’ evacuation scene at U.S. Capitol

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Toomey, Casey, Kelly react to Capitol protest
Erie Times-News: Political protesters in Erie remain peaceful
Erie Times-News: Brzezinski to lead Erie City Council in 2021
Erie Times-News: C-SPAN reinstates Erie’s Scully after 3-month suspension
Erie Times-News: Erie could seek help to manage water deal funds
Erie Times-News: Davis to announce run for Erie county executive 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller, Toomey denounce violence
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local Republicans present for chaos in the US Capitol
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Region’s lawmakers address priorities as terms begin
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Congressional delegation split on certification
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Another round of COVID-19 funding approved by commissioners
Centre Daily Times: ‘A nightmare.’ Centre County and Pa. officials react to, condemn violence in Washington
Centre Daily Times: ‘Our president needs us.’ Centre County Republican Party organized bus trip to Washington
Centre Daily Times: Trump tweet reveals Corman, other Pa. lawmakers asked Congress to delay electoral vote certification

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sen. Brewster should have been seated 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Darkest Day 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Parsing Georgia
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Scott Perry must resign 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: President Trump must be removed from office. He ginned up the insurrection and violence at the US Capitol.
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: We all — including US Rep. Lloyd Smucker — need to face the facts about the presidential election: It wasn’t stolen from Trump. He lost. 
John Baer: New Year’s resolutions for Pa. Legislature: raise minimum wage, stop fighting, work more
Inquirer Editorial Board: The siege on the U.S. Capitol, and democracy, is Trump’s legacy. Pennsylvania Republicans are also complicit. 
Inquirer Staff: Should the government pay people to take the COVID-19 vaccine? | Pro/Con
Tribune Review Editorial: An assault on the American system
Gregory Yorgey-Girdy: Pa.’s court elections in 2021 are crucial for racial justice 
Kimberly Sterin: How a new tax like Arizona’s could help underfunded schools in Pa. 
Dan Simpson: Presidency was just another deal to Trump
George A. Nation III: Congress’ ban on surprise medical billing misses opportunity to rein in prices
Bob Lewis: What happened in Washington should never be forgotten or forgiven. The GOP must answer for it
Paul Muschick: Who is to blame for the Capitol riot?
Paul Muschick: Why I may have to leave the Republican Party
Trudy Rubin: Call the violence Trump created ‘sedition’: After his lies inspire mob to attack Capitol, he must step down
Christine Flowers: Despots and terrorists take the reins in Washington
Will Bunch: Trump told us he would wreck America. Why didn’t we believe him the first time? 
Anne Gemmell: Future-Proofing Work: Kenney’s Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity 
John L. Micek:  Our democracy was pushed to the brink. Pa. Republicans bear responsibility | Thursday Morning Coffee
Solomon Jones: Trump’s tactics in Georgia call are straight from the white supremacy playbook 
Angry Grammarian: The case of the mystery ‘they’ in Trump’s unhinged call to Georgia officials

  • 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%)

    Total Voters: 231

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