December 1st Playbook: Challenges

Hello Thursday morning and hello December. RIP Christine McVie.

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1. PA Senate officially accepts Krasner’s impeachment trial

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to formally accept impeachment proceedings filed by the State House against the Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on Wednesday, which sets the stage for a trial in mid-January.

It is the first time since 1994 that the Chamber has initiated impeachment proceedings against an elected official. 28 years ago, the Senate removed the Supreme Court Justice from office Rolf Larsen, who was convicted by a state court of illegal conspiracy to obtain prescription drugs. (PoliticsPA)


PA Senate puts progressive prosecutor on trial. “The Pennsylvania State Senate on Wednesday began a potentially long and partisan process of considering whether to oust Philadelphia Democratic District Attorney Larry Krasner.” (Associated Press)

The PA Senate has formally accepted the impeachment proceedings against Philly DA Larry Krasner. “The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday voted to formally accept impeachment petitions tabled by the State House against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, setting the stage for a January trial to determine whether the progressive prosecutor should remain in office should be removed.” (Philadelphia investigators)


2. Special election to replace DeLuca tentatively scheduled for February 7th

2022 Map of the State House of Allegheny County

“A special election to fill the vacancy in House District 32 created by the death of the Rep.-Elect Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny), was set by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) for February 7, 2023.

It’s the first of three special elections taking place in the county during the first five months of 2023, as two other Democratic lawmakers are expected to step down for higher office.” (PolitikPA)


GOP, Democrats dispute date for special election to replace late PA Rep. Tony DeLuca. “Of that much it can be said with certainty: A special election will be held early next year to fill the seat of the 32nd House of Representatives, long held by the late Anthony DeLuca, who died shortly before the November elections.” (WESA)

PA House, Democrats end Legislative Session spitting on special election. “Voters will choose a replacement for the late State Representative Anthony DeLuca in a special election on February 7, House Speaker Bryan Cutler announced Wednesday. But that decision could be changed on Thursday.” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

The setting of a special election date to fill vacancies sparks a power struggle in PA House. “In possibly a hint of the partisan strife Pennsylvanians can look forward to in the next legislative session, leaders of the Republican and Democratic factions in the State House on Wednesday couldn’t even decide who has the authority to set a special election date.” (PennLive)

  • Special election planned for late PA rep’s seat. (Associated Press)
  • Supreme Court precedent suggests McClinton may have the power to set a date. (

3. Second Supreme Court Justice announces nomination for PA Supreme Court

“Judge Deborah Kunselmanna Beaver County Democrat said Wednesday that she will seek the seat formerly held by Judge Max Baer, ​​who died in September.

Kunselman joins the Chief Justice of Montgomery County Court Carolyn Carluccioa Republican and a Democratic Supreme Court Justice Daniel McCafferyfrom Philadelphia, in the running.” (PennLive)


Shapiro-Davis announce founding committee. “Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor-elect Austin Davis announced that members of their inaugural committee will help plan a “dynamic, interactive inauguration.”PoliticsPA)

Rendell Fundraiser, Casey Campaign Manager among the leaders of Shapiro’s founding committee. “A prominent Democratic fundraiser, a former campaign manager for US Senator Bob Casey, and a Philadelphia securities attorney are among the co-chairs of Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s founding committee.”Pennsylvania Capital star)

Lehigh Valley native becomes Shapiro’s chief of staff. “When Dana Fritz starts her new job in Harrisburg next month, her Lehigh Valley roots will remain close and dear to her.” (call in the morning)

State representative announces candidacy to fill forthcoming vacancy in PA Senate. “Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, 53, is the first candidate to step forward to seek the seat vacated by Sen. John Gfalter, who is stepping down at the end of Wednesday to become counsel for interim Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland County.” (PennLive)

Schlegel-Culver launches Senate campaign. “Though confident, State Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-108, is taking nothing for granted in her bid to replace John Gfalter by holding the seat representing Pennsylvania’s 27th Senate district.” (news)

Redistribution is changing the state senate landscape for some residents. “A number of tri-county area residents will be represented by a new state senator beginning today, December 1, as part of Pennsylvania’s redistribution process.”Dubois Courier Express)

Around the Commonwealth

Cartwright is running for a leadership position. The Democratic caucus leadership voted to create a Battleground Leadership Representative position to increase their competitiveness and put Democrats in the best position to win in the toughest races across the country. PA’s Matt Cartwright is expected to fight for the post against Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger. (POLITICS)

Dean falls short when looking for the Dem leadership role. “Rep. Ted Lieu won a four-way contest Wednesday to become the next vice chairman of the House Democratic caucus, replacing fellow Californian Pete Aguilar, who was elected caucus chairman. Lieu defeated Congressmen Debbie Dingell of Michigan, Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania. (appeal)

Helen Gym makes it official and starts a run for the mayor of Philadelphia. “Former city council member Helen Gym announced Wednesday that she would run for mayor of Philadelphia to address the city’s alarmingly high rate of gun violence, saying, “Right now, everything is at stake.”” (Philadelphia investigators)

  • What you should know about Helen Gym, one of Philly’s most prominent progressive voices. (Billy Penn)

PA Broadband Authority Unveils Plan to Improve High-Speed ​​Internet Access and Infrastructure |. “The Wolf administration announced this week that it is moving forward with a plan to address delayed access to broadband Internet connectivity throughout Pennsylvania.”Pennsylvania Capital star)

Lackawanna County Won’t Raise Property Taxes, But Future Finances Look Onerous. “Lackawanna County’s 2023 budget doesn’t include a property tax increase, but a related memo warns of potential future financial woes” (Times-Tribune)

The New South Whitehall Commissioner is a 20-year-old college student. “South Whitehall Township will soon have a new commissioner, and he may be the youngest in township history.”Lehigh Valley News)

Patriot Polling, the brainchild of teenagers, is shaping the political surveying landscape. “When two teenagers from the Philadelphia suburbs joked about the inaccuracy of some political polls over the summer, they speculated they might as well do the job.” (city-state)


1 thing

river of the year

Conestoga River

You can help pick Pennsylvania River of the Year.

  • Conestoga River
  • Perkiomen creek
  • Schuylkill River
  • North Branch of the Susquehanna River

“The River of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1983 by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The winner will be determined by members of the public through an online voting, open now and ending January 18 at 5 p.m. Votes can be cast at The organization behind the winning river nomination will receive a $10,000 grant to promote their river through events such as an overnight kayak trip.” (LNP | Lancaster Online)