November 22: Fighting Back

Larry Krasner press conference

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Top Story

1. Krasner and Allies Slam Impeachment And Removal Effort

“Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who was impeached last week by the Pennsylvania state House, denounced the charges against him as a Republican-led effort to disenfranchise city voters and said the push to remove him from office sets a dangerous precedent.

During a news conference at Philadelphia City Hall Monday, Krasner and more than a dozen of his political allies said the prosecutor has not committed any impeachable offenses but was impeached for implementing progressive policies.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Krasner Advocates Fill City Hall In Show Of Support. “Supporters of District Attorney Larry Krasner spoke out Monday against the state House’s vote to impeach him, arguing that Harrisburg legislators were trying to disenfranchise Black and brown voters who favor criminal justice reform. (Philadelphia Tribune)

  • How Local Reps Voted, Or Didn’t Vote, On Krasner’s Impeachment. (Northeast Times)
  • Krasner Hits GOP In Post-Impeachment Presser. (City & State)

 

Harrisburg

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2. Benninghoff To Step Down From PA House Republican Leadership

“More fall-out from the tumultuous 2022 election cycle hit Pennsylvania’s General Assembly Monday with the news that current House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), will not seek a Republican leadership position for the 2023-24 term.

For state House Republicans, that means at least two of the current top three caucus leaders will be new in the next session; House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) was defeated in a Republican primary in his district this spring, so he will be leaving the House altogether.” (PennLive)

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Rep. Bryan Cutler Is Running To Lead PA House Republicans In Tuesday’s Caucus Vote. “House Speaker Bryan Cutler will be a candidate for minority leader Tuesday when Republicans meet in a closed-door caucus to reorganize following the loss of their majority in the chamber in the Nov. 8 election.” (LNP | Lancaster Online)

  • Benninghoff Ends Leadership Role Among PA House Republicans. Schlossberg Retains His Administrator Job With Democrats. (Morning Call)
  • Benninghoff Takes Himself Out Of Running For GOP Leader In PA House. (CapitolWire.com)

 

Pittsburgh

3. Lamb To Join High-Powered Philadelphia Law Firm

“U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb plans to join a high-profile Philadelphia-based law firm after leaving Congress at the end of the year, the firm Kline & Specter announced Monday.

In Lamb (D-Mt. Lebanon), the personal injury firm gets a young politician who rose to national prominence with his first-ever campaign in 2018 — a race where he flipped a Republican-held seat in a district Donald Trump had carried by a whopping 20 points less than two years earlier. He fended off two more challengers before deciding to run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate this year, a race he lost to presumptive senator-elect and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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Lamb To Join Law Firm, Teases Possible Return To Public Service. “Lamb, a 38-year-old former federal prosecutor and Marine Corps veteran from suburban Pittsburgh, said on Twitter Sunday that he will join Kline and Specter, the firm co-founded by Shanin Specter, a son of late Sen. Arlen Specter.” (PennLive)

  • Lamb To Join Personal-Injury Firm After Leaving Office. (Tribune-Review)

 

Fetterman’s Win Was Powered By The Pittsburgh Suburbs. “Home to Pittsburgh — and Fetterman, a former Braddock mayor — Allegheny is a key pillar of any Democratic campaign, typically contributing more than 10% of the Democratic votes cast in Pennsylvania. Fetterman improved on Biden’s victory in Allegheny more than in any other county, on his way to a statewide margin of victory about triple Biden’s.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

 

Around The Commonwealth

Pennsylvania Society Calendar Of Events. “The Pennsylvania Society is an annual weekend retreat for Pennsylvania’s politicians and business leaders and will be held December 1-3, 2022 in New York City.” (PoliticsPA)

Leaving Office, Toomey Calls Trump’s Jan. 6 Actions ‘An Egregious Offense To The Constitution.’ “In a very candid exit interview with KDKA political editor Jon Delano, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey had some of his strongest words about former President Donald Trump.” (CBS Pittsburgh)

Philly’s City Budget Is In Its Best Shape In Years. But Kenney’s Administration Is Worried About Future Risks. “Philadelphia, which in the 1990s nearly became the first major U.S. city to declare bankruptcy and which has struggled to adequately fund many basic services for decades, is now in an unfamiliar position.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EPA Rejects PA’s Plan For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup. “The agency said it would maintain its “enhanced enforcement” posture over pollution emanating from farms and municipalities in the state and exert greater control over how Pennsylvania spends federal funds.” (POLITICO)

PA Charter School Enrollment Up 12%, Public Enrollment Down 3%. “Since the pandemic began, Pennsylvania’s public charter schools enrollment has gone up by almost 12% as parents have chosen to take their children out of traditional public schools.” (The Center Square)

Dealers Question Report Tracing Guns Used In PA Crimes. “Just a fraction of Pennsylvania’s thousands of gun dealers — most of them in the greater Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas — represent the biggest source of firearms linked to crimes in the state, according to one of the nation’s most influential groups combating gun violence.” (Tribune-Review)

No Tax Increase In Washington County’s Proposed Budget For 2023. “Washington County officials released next year’s proposed budget, which does not include a tax increase.” (Observer-Reporter)

 

Opinion

  • Civil Minded Institutions More Important Than Ever. (Elizabeth Preate Havey)
  • Yes, There Were Election Day Problems In Luzerne Co. No, That’s Not a Sign Of Fraud. (Alisha Hoffman-Mirilovich)
  • America’s Red-Blue Entrenchment Isn’t Our Inevitable Future. (Becky Bennett)
  • Post-Election Postmortem, Democrat Edition. (Jerry Shenk)
  • Is Lieutenant Governor Question Too Important To Be Bundled? (Tribune-Review)
  • Political Stunt Imperils Bike Safety. (Times-Tribune)
  • How Democrats Winning The State House Could Get PA Government Back To Normal. (Paul Muschick)
  • Push For Impeachment Leaves Missed Opportunities. (The Daily Item)
  • The Case For Supreme Court Term Limits Just Got A Lot Better. (Jamelle Bouie)

 

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National Champions!!! Juniata Women's Volleyball is Back on Top of the Volleyball World

Juniata Wins National Championship. Congratulations to the Juniata College Eagles – winners of the NCAA Division III women’s volleyball title with a 3-0 sweep of Trinity University (Texas).

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  1. Reading Toomey’s comments, he really should start forming a 2024 campaign for the Republican nomination. He would be the type of candidate that a fractured Republican Party could gravitate towards as a viable (normal) alternative to loony Trump and extreme DeSantis.

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