Good Thursday Morning, Commonwealth. DYK that PA’s favorite wine is California Cabernet Sauvignon, while unflavored vodka tops the spirits category?
Erie | Lake Effect Snow, 37
State College | Partly Sunny, 37
Allentown | Mostly Sunny, 43
Flyers (7-6-3) | THU vs. Boston
Penguins (6-7-3) | THU vs. Minnesota
76ers (7-7) | FRI vs. Milwaukee
Cake and candles for Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Pat Toomey and state Sen. Jay Costa.
Visit us online at PoliticsPA.com
Are you getting this newsletter forwarded to you? Sign up for free and get your own subscription emailed to you every weekday morning.
1. House Passes Impeachment Articles Against Krasner
The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives passed HD240 – a resolution calling for the impeachment of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner – by a 107-85 vote on Wednesday afternoon.
The articles of impeachment will be forwarded to the State Senate for a full trial.
Krasner said in a statement that “In the hundreds of years the Commonwealth has existed, this is the only time the House has used the drastic remedy of impeachment of an elected official because they do not like their ideas. (PoliticsPA)
Philly DA Krasner Was Impeached By The PA House, Advancing GOP-Led Effort To Remove Him From Office. “The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday impeached Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, accusing him of “misbehavior in office” and advancing the extraordinary and rarely-used process of trying to remove the city’s top prosecutor from office.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- PA Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Philly’s Soros Prosecutor. (Washington Beacon)
- PA House Votes To Impeach Philadelphia’s Progressive D.A. (NY Times)
- House GOP Scores Political Points With Impeachment Of Philadelphia DA Krasner But Effort Faces Long Odds (LNP | Lancaster Online)
2. Shapiro and Davis Announce Transition Plans
The first steps for the new administration were announced in Harrisburg on Wednesday, as Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor-elect Austin Davis shared their plans.
The duo unveiled a transition website that will serve as the central location for people to apply for roles in the transition and administration, restating their commitment to building a team that represents the entire Commonwealth and brings Pennsylvanians together. (PoliticsPA)
Gov.-Elect Shapiro Opens Transition, To Stay AG Until January. “Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro gave his first Capitol news conference Wednesday as he begins the transition to his new job, pledging to work constructively with lawmakers and saying he will remain as attorney general until he is sworn in as governor in January.” (Associated Press)
- Gov.-Elect Shapiro Pledges To Work With GOP. (WESA)
- Josh Shapiro Makes First Trip To PA Capitol As Governor-Elect. (PennLive)
3. Tight House Races Counting To Resolution
The two decisive Pennsylvania State House races that are outstanding and will decide the majority party in the chamber drew closer to resolution on Wednesday.
Democrat Missy Cerrato pulled ahead of incumbent Republican Todd Stephens by 34 votes in the 151st District race in Montgomery County. There are 59 provisional ballots to be resolved and the county Board of Elections will meet on Friday morning to adjudicate. (PoliticsPA)
Democrats Appear To Have Won A Majority Of Seats In The PA House For The First Time In 12 Years. “Pennsylvania Democrats appear to have won a razor-thin majority of seats in the state House of Representatives for the first time in 12 years, an unexpected victory for the party that will have a major impact on how legislation moves through Harrisburg for the next two years.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Challenges To Montgomery County Ballots Likely To Determine PA House Control. “Control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives likely will be determined by 59 provisional ballots in Montgomery County’s closely contested 151st Legislative District. ” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
- Democratic Challenger Cerrato Takes 37-Vote Lead Over Incumbent State Rep. Stephens. (WHYY)
- Cerrato Pulls Ahead In 151st House Race. (Norristown Times Herald)
- Bucks County Expects Legal Challenges. (Bucks County Courier Times)
Around The Commonwealth
Summer Lee Plans To Keep Pushing Barriers In Congress. “Summer Lee made history last week, but it wasn’t easy. The Braddock native’s rise to become the first Black woman from Pennsylvania to sit in Congress has been met with regular pushback from forces trying to counter her progressive policies and bombastic attitude.” (Tribune-Review)
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Releases Annual Report. “The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today released its Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Report, which details agency operations, sales trends, popular products, and financial results.” (Pennsylvania Pressroom)
Say What You Want. There’s a Reason Washington Isn’t Leaving Twitter. “From news media to message-testing to adversary-monitoring, the platform has changed Washington. It won’t be easy to go back.” (POLITICO)
- Absolutely Hold Larry Krasner Accountable, Bot Not By Impeaching Him. (Jared Solomon)
- Psst! Want A Look At A Political Reform That Insiders Don’t Want To Talk About. (John Baer)
- Young Voters Are Not The Future Of The Democratic Party – They Are The Here And Now. (Tom Steyer)
- After The Midterms, Dems Should Look To Purple States For 2024 Hopefuls. (James Nycz)
- Shapiro’s Campaign Offers Blueprint For Bipartisanship. (Nathan Benefield)
- Midterms Reveal Trouble For GOP In PA’s Suburbs. (Charles McElwee)
- Six Lessons From The Republicans’ Disastrous Midterm Elections. (Andy Bloom)
- John Fetterman Shows How Democrats Can Win Back Working-Class Trump Voters. (Ben Davis)
- John Fetterman And Social Media: How His Campaign Built A Winning Strategy. (Fortesa Latifi)