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January 8th Playbook

Over half of the Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are calling for VP Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. Here is the Playbook. 

Momentum Increases Among PA Dems Urging Pence to Invoke 25th Amendment to Remove Trump: Over half of the Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation have now called for Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

8 GOP House Members Object to Counting PA’s Electoral College Votes: The state’s entire GOP congressional delegation, minus Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, voted to oppose awarding the state’s electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden early on Thursday morning.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: GOP state senator at Capitol during attack urged to resign 
AP: Fetterman taking steps toward running for US Senate in 2022 
AP: Split court tosses Pennsylvania victims’ rights amendment 
Patriot News: Pa. senator’s presence at Trump rally that later turned violent leads to call for him to resign
Patriot News: ‘It is disgraceful’: Residents of Western Pa. demand Democratic senator be seated
Patriot News: After U.S. Capitol violence, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. calls for President Trump to be removed from office
Patriot News: Pa. Rep. Conor Lamb accuses members of Congress of repeating lies: video
Patriot News: At Pa. Capitol, the doors were slammed shut Thursday, and you can thank the D.C. riot for that
Patriot News: Pa. residents among those charged over riot at U.S. Capitol
Patriot News: Pa. teachers union criticizes guidance calling for elementary students to go back to classrooms
Patriot News: Do you know any of these people from the US Capitol riot? Police release photos
Patriot News: Pennsylvania National Guard deployed to help with D.C. security
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Democrats push for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is eyeing a run for Senate in 2022
Inquirer: Trump and his allies tried to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results for two months. Here are the highlights.
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Republicans showed Trump’s grip on the party after the attack on the Capitol
Inquirer: A Bucks County Trump supporter posted about a 1776-style revolution during Capitol riot. Then, he was arrested.
Inquirer: He organized a bus of Trump supporters from Pa. for ‘the first day of the rest of our lives.’ He died in Washington.
Inquirer: WATCH: Conor Lamb decries Republican ‘lies,’ leading to heated exchange during electoral vote certification
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Wrecking ball to the American political structure’: Insurrection in D.C. further divides Pa. pols
WHYY Newsworks: Harrisburg’s political tensions demonstrated in chaos at the Capitol
WHYY Newsworks: Pa., N.J., Del. to send National Guard troops to D.C. after Capitol breach
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. man arrested during Capitol insurrection unrepentant: ‘The doors were open.’ 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman eyes 2022 Senate run 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Commonwealth Court declares Marsy’s Law unconstitutional, referendum votes invalid 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As Mastriano faces calls to resign, Senate GOP leaders say they have ‘no cause’ to make him
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Trump could quickly be removed from office using the 25th Amendment
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State court rules against certifying crime victims’ amendment Marsy’s Law, appeal pending
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa.’s congressional delegation voted on objections to electoral vote count
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf: Pa. National Guard will assist in securing D.C. through Inauguration Day
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. resident among the dead after violence at the Capitol; National Guard heads to Washington
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. encourages school districts to return younger students to the classroom
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Congress certifies Biden as president after rioting mob is driven from the Capitol
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: An expert explains what the U.S. Capitol attack says about the rise of domestic terrorism | Friday Morning Coffee
Morning Call: Republicans move ahead on plans to review Pennsylvania election process; tentative series of 14 hearings to start Jan. 21
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey joins chorus demanding Trump be removed through 25th Amendment
Morning Call: Pennsylvania man among four dead following pro-Trump assault on Capitol
Morning Call: Pennsylvania officials say they encourage return of elementary students to in-person learning, with safeguards in place
Citizens Voice: Casey calls for Trump’s removal
WITF: Top PA Law Enforcement Leaders Pledge To Prosecute U.S. Capitol Attackers 
PLSReporter: Debate over Pa. election reaches U.S. House floor 
PLSReporter: As PDE recommends in-person elementary learning, teachers union urges transparency 
PLSReporter: Senate Democrats call on Mastriano to resign after attending DC rally 
PLSReporter: Commonwealth Court rules Marsy’s Law amendment unconstitutional, appeal expected 
PLSReporter: Pa. National Guard to support D.C. National Guard through inauguration 
PLSReporter: Jan. 7 COVID-19 Update: First case of virus variant in Pa.; additional 9,698 cases reported
KYW Newsradio: Pa. officials are helping FBI find, charge those involved in Capitol chaos
KYW Newsradio: Former state Rep. Saccone, Sen. Mastriano receive backlash for attending Capitol protest
KYW Newsradio: Split court tosses Pennsylvania victims’ rights amendment
Fox News: Pennsylvania teacher suspended, others lose jobs over Capitol riot
York Daily Record: PA senator calling on ‘media’ for transparency
WTAE: Rick Saccone, former Pennsylvania state representative, resigns from Saint Vincent College
Politico: Trump attorney calls president’s actions ‘repugnant’ and criminal, looks to withdraw from suit
CNN: These are the members calling for impeachment or the 25th Amendment to be invoked

Philly Clout: Philly DA Larry Krasner is ready for his close-up, just in time for reelection
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Democrats push for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump  
Inquirer: Philly Trump lawyer seeks to quit case, saying president used his services ‘to perpetrate a crime’ 
Inquirer: A Philly law firm partner agrees to leave his job after taking part in Trump’s Georgia call
Inquirer: Philly Black Lives Matter activists contrast mob response with how they were treated: ‘Violence by white folks was met with grace’
KYW Newsradio: ‘He incited this’: Strong words from Pa. lawmakers on Capitol chaos
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia activists call out the racial double standard of the Capitol riots
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia attorney asks to withdraw from election suit, says Trump used him to ‘perpetrate a crime’
Billy Penn: After Capitol breach, Philly terrorism expert warns of coming ‘paramilitary’ insurgency — led by Trump

Delco Daily Times: ‘You could hear explosions:” Scanlon recounts Capitol riots 
Daily Local News: Four PA members of Congress join call for Trump’s removal 
Daily Local News: County residents outraged over riot at Capitol 
Daily Local News: Chester County commissioners decry violence 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Woefully unprepared:’ U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean on living through Capitol attack
WHYY Newsworks: Montco, Delco elected leaders react to violent insurrection at the Capitol Building
Inquirer: A Bucks County Trump supporter posted about a 1776-style revolution during Capitol riot. Then, he was arrested.
Inquirer: Delaware County officials paid $25,000 in ransom to hackers who infiltrated the county’s computer system
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County residents reflect on experience near Capitol riot 
Bucks County Courier Times: COVID-19 vaccines underway in Bucks nursing homes
Delaware Valley Journal: Delaware Valley Pols Respond to Riots at U.S. Capitol 
Delaware Valley Journal: Delaware Valley State Senators Discuss Vaccine Rollout in Virtual Town Hall 
Delaware Valley Journal: Montgomery County Commissioners Spar Over DC Events
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners issue joint statement on events in Washington, D.C. 
Bucks Local News: Selisker and Silver to lead Northampton Township Board of Supervisors in 2021
Pottstown Mercury: Fitzpatrick, Mensch join condemnations of Capitol violence 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 24 new COVID-19 deaths; toll now at 1,052

KDKA: Constituents In 45th District Without Representation In State Senate Over Heated Election Dispute 
KDKA: Congressmen Mike Doyle, Bob Casey Call For 25th Amendment To Be Invoked Against President Donald Trump 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Congressman Co-Sponsors Impeachment Against President Donald Trump
KDKA: Former State Rep. Rick Saccone Resigns From Position At St. Vincent College After Posting Video From U.S. Capitol 
KDKA: ‘We Were Terrified’: Western Pennsylvanians At The Capitol Describe What They Saw During Civil Unrest
KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Says Rioters At Capitol Should Be Brought To Justice
KDKA: Zelienople Police Officer Under Investigation After Being Photographed Among Crowd At U.S. Capitol
KDKA: U.S. Attorney Says Western Pennsylvania Residents Who Incited Violence In Nation’s Capitol Could Face Charges
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 664 New Cases, 10 More Deaths Including A Patient Over 100
WESA: Dom Costa To Run For Allegheny County Sheriff
WESA: Lamb Says Trump Has ‘Declining State Of Mind’ But Doesn’t Weigh In On 25th Amendment
WESA: Middleman To Run For Judge, As Candidates See Openings On Ballot 
WESA: Rep. Mike Doyle Describes Capitol Scene As ‘Chaos’ 
WESA: Jan. 2-8 Explained: Insurrection At The Capitol & The Latest From The Pennsylvania Legislature
Post-Gazette: Former Rep. Saccone resigns from St. Vincent after video from U.S. Capitol siege emerges 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County issued first COVID fine — against Strip restaurant Savoy
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 664 new COVID-19 cases as first new variant is found in Pennsylvania 
Patriot News: ‘It is disgraceful’: Residents of Western Pa. demand Democratic senator be seated
Tribune Review: Jim Brewster waits, works as 45th Senate race remains unresolved 
Tribune Review: Rep. Conor Lamb’s ‘lies’ accusation causes late-night stir in Congress 
Tribune Review: Rick Saccone resigns from Saint Vincent faculty in wake of Capitol trip 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 664 new covid cases, 10 deaths
City Paper: Block Communication family member supports insurrection online as BCI journalists allege management edited stories to “downplay” the events 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Rep. Mike Doyle calls on impeachment of Trump following insurrection at Capitol 

Observer-Reporter: Former lawmaker Saccone downplays role in violent rally at U.S. Capitol 
Beaver County Times: Bernstine defends Trump’s role in insurrection
Beaver County Times: Beaver County leaders appalled by violence at the Capitol 
Beaver County Times: Regional political leaders condemn violent insurrection in Washington
Altoona Mirror: State updates COVID-19 guidance
Altoona Mirror: Two locals avoided chaos at Capitol
KDKA: COVID-19 In Westmoreland County: Chairman Of County Commissioners Being Treated For Blood Clots In Lungs
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local students, teachers reflect on riot at Capitol 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State’s first case with new COVID-19 variant found in Dauphin County

Times-Tribune: Meuser votes for objection to Pennsylvania electors 
Times-Tribune: Locals react after pro-Trump rioters turn Capital into scene of political violence 
Times-Tribune: Number of positive COVID-19 cases in Scranton city ranks decreases over three weeks
Times-Tribune: Regional COVID-19 deaths top 1,100 as state caseload creeps upward again
Citizens Voice: Meuser votes for objection to Pennsylvania electors
Citizens Voice: Columbia County man among those who died in D.C. 
Citizens Voice: County council field continues to grow 
Citizens Voice: Election inquiry committee meeting canceled   
Citizens Voice: Wilkes professor signs letter calling for President Trump’s removal from office 
Citizens Voice: More than 200 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths reported in county Thursday
The Times Leader: Baker, Toomey comment on riots, certification vote 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s budget balance dropped below $1M in November 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Inquiry Committee meeting cancelled
The Times Leader: NEPA Trumper died in D.C. 
The Times Leader: ‘The democratic process prevailed,’ Wilkes U. president says 
The Times Leader: 276 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 9,698 statewide 

South Central 
York Dispatch: Perry leads failed charge to oust Biden’s Pennsylvania electors
York Dispatch: Mastriano defends protest appearance; other GOP lawmakers say little 
York Daily Record: Calls for Mastriano to resign after D.C. trip
York Daily Record: Lebanon County man arrested during Capitol siege
Patriot News: Pa. senator’s presence at Trump rally that later turned violent leads to call for him to resign
Patriot News: At Pa. Capitol, the doors were slammed shut Thursday, and you can thank the D.C. riot for that
Patriot News: Lebanon County man one of 14 arrested inside US Capitol: ‘Everything got out of hand’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Fact-check: Smucker’s speech to object to Pa.’s election furthers unfounded claims of malfeasance
LNP | LancasterOnline: Republicans lose control of East Lampeter Township government following D.C. protests 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Stands Up calls on Smucker to resign 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County President Judge extends order closing courthouse to the public  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wolf’s shutdown order kept Dec. unemployment claims elevated in Lancaster County 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County hits 30K COVID-19 cases since March [Thursday’s COVID-19 update]
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle borough schedules town hall on racial equity for Jan. 16 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council reactions to riot in Washington, D.C.
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 215 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths for Cumberland County Thursday

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Some Berks County congressional members call for invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump 
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners say there is no defense for siege on U.S. Capitol 
Reading Eagle: Town hall hosted by Sen. Judy Schwank focuses on COVID variants and vaccine 
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials urge patience with broader vaccine distribution 
Express Times: ‘A stunning assault on our democracy’: Lehigh Valley lawmakers’ forceful words on election challenges 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 9,698 new cases puts state on cusp of 700K; 265 new deaths push toll over 17K; Lehigh Valley crosses 1K deaths | Pa. COVID-19 county map (01/07/21)
WFMZ: Berks commissioners condemn siege at US Capitol 
WFMZ: Reading mayor: ‘Pray for peace’ after chaos at Capitol 
WFMZ: Houlahan calls for Trump’s removal via 25th Amendment 
WFMZ: Local lawmakers recall harrowing moments inside US Capitol 
WFMZ: South Whitehall to consider $115K pandemic program for businesses 
WFMZ: ASD staff member who attended D.C. protest placed on leave 
WFMZ: Local economists explain why Dow Jones hit record high, even after D.C. violent protests
Morning Call: Pennsylvania man among four dead following pro-Trump assault on Capitol
Morning Call: Allentown School District removes teacher who took part in Washington, D.C., protest from duties  

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Following U.S. Capitol riot, Pa.’s Thompson and Keller among those to reject vote results
Centre Daily Times: Centre County GOP-organized trip to Washington ended when riots began, organizer says
Centre Daily Times: Some lawmakers were among the crowd in DC. One filmed himself storming the Capitol
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 7 update: Pa. reports 1st case of COVID-19 variant; Centre County has 96 new cases
Erie Times-News: After riots, US Rep. Mike Kelly kept pressing election challenge despite GOP admonitions
Erie Times-News: U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-16th Dist., speaks on the House floor on Jan. 7, 2021
Erie Times-News: Davis pledges to keep county taxes flat, create jobs
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller fails to certify electoral votes
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: UPMC, city reach deal

Brendan Boyle: I never imagined I’d live through an insurrection at the Capitol
Paul Muschick: 5 priorities for Pennsylvania lawmakers in 2021 (including raising minimum wage)
Inquirer Editorial Board: Trump shouldn’t be allowed another day in the White House. But what about complicit Pa. lawmakers?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A call for peace
Reading Eagle Editorial: Capitol siege must be a turning point for America
Ernest Owens: Philadelphia’s Homicide Rate Hit a Record High. Now Can We Get Serious About Defunding Police?
Larry Platt: Charlottesville Comes to the Capitol
Sozi Pedro Tulante: Law enforcement allowed the Capitol insurrection, but America deserves the blame 
Elizabeth Wellington: Why aren’t Black protesters called ‘great patriots’? 
Jenice Armstrong: Imagine what would have happened if the rioters who stormed the Capitol had been Black 
Mike Sielski: Donald Trump showed his true colors long ago, to Colin Kaepernick and the Eagles 
Tony Norman: White riot under the Capitol dome
Rob Schofield: Chaos in Washington: So now the enablers think things have gone too far? 
Will Bunch: America hit rock bottom on January 6, 2021. Will there be an epiphany? 
Trudy Rubin: Trump must go, not just to save our democracy but for U.S. security abroad

4 Responses

  1. Fetterman for Senate and Shapiro for Gov works for many Dems. I’m seeing some of these Republican State Senators running for either or both offices. Shapiro is a really good politician and I think will be very formidable for Republicans. Fetterman’s chances are in line with who the R’s put up as an opponent. Their line up in the Senate should not be too much of a worry for Fetterman but some self funded wealthy Republican may be more of a challenge.

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