December 2 Playbook: New York, New York

Good Friday morning Pennsylvania. We’re going to the PA Society celebrations this weekend. Send tips, sightings or any other news to [email protected] or just say hello.

PA weather
Pittsburgh | Mostly sunny, 51
Harrisburg | sun, 48
Philly | sun, 47

PA sports
Eagles (10-1) | SUN vs. Tennessee
Steelers (4-7) | SUN vs. Atlanta
76ers (12-10) | FRI vs. Memphis
Penguins (12-8-4) | Vegas, W4-3 | SAT vs. St.Louis
Flyers (8-11-5) | Tampa Bay, L 4-1 | SAT vs. New Jersey

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Senator Kristin Phillips Hill and Mairéad Lynn of Senator Bob Casey’s office. Sunday wishes for Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson and Sen. Camera Bartolotta.

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1. Shapiro appoints Fritz as chief of staff

Dana Fritz is named Josh Shapiro's Chief of Staff

Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro announced the appointment DanaFritz as chief of staff to the Pennsylvania governor on Thursday.

Fritz, a longtime adviser to Shapiro for nearly a decade, has extensive experience in government, including serving as deputy chief of staff in the attorney general’s office.

As chief of staff, she will oversee the governor’s office, serve as the governor’s senior adviser and assistant, and help build a “diverse, experienced and talented” administrative team.” (PoliticsPA)


Shapiro appoints campaign manager as chief of staff. “Dana Fritz, who led Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s successful gubernatorial campaign, will become his chief of staff in Harrisburg.” (Philadelphia investigators)

The teams helping Josh Shapiro prepare to become governor. “Governor-elect Josh Shapiro prepares for his inauguration and makes important decisions about his administration surrounded by some of the wealthy donors who helped make his campaign the richest in Pennsylvania history.” (Spotlight PA)

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2. The PA Society’s 2024 Attorney General race begins

“Two of the last three elected attorneys general in Pennsylvania went on to win the governorship. No wonder so many politicians are now gearing up for a 2024 run for the post.

Clout will be in Manhattan this weekend to follow the machinations – and shenanigans – of the political class at work and to join in the frenzy of cocktail parties, fundraisers and gala dinners known as the Pennsylvania Society.” (Philadelphia Inquirer )


The Pennsylvania Society’s 2022 Calendar of Events. The Pennsylvania Society is the annual weekend retreat for Pennsylvania politicians and business leaders, held this weekend in New York City. (PoliticsPA)

“We want to be as connected as possible”: Fetterman appoints Joe Pierce as state director. “Joe Pierce, a longtime political strategist and labor organizer who worked on Senator-elect John Fetterman’s campaign, will become his state director.” (Philadelphia investigators)


3. Four Democratic hopefuls try to follow Summer Lee at PA House

Four Democrat hopefuls want Summer Lee in the Pa.  follow House

The historical choice of Summer Lee to the US Congress last month has left a crowded field of candidates vying for their seat in the House of Representatives ahead of a special election.

Four candidates have so far announced bids for the Democratic nomination in the solid blue district. Lee, whose term in Congress does not begin until January, will remain in the State House until then.” (Pittsburgh City Newspaper)


Beck announces his candidacy for the Supreme Court. “Jill Beck, a Pittsburgh-based attorney, has announced her candidacy for the Pennsylvania Superior Court.” (PoliticsPA)

Special election date set for 27th senator seat.The first election of the 2023 season will open on Tuesday, January 31 in the 27th Senate district.” (PoliticsPA)

  • January 31 Scheduled for special election in 27th District. (news)

Around the Commonwealth

The battle over the PA’s 2022 election results continues. “There may have been a time when elections did end political strife, at least for a while. A time when the voters got their say and the politicians listened (or pretended).” (WESA)

With no majority in the PA House, Democrats and Republicans are bickering over who is in charge. “Democrats and Republicans in the evenly divided House of Representatives anticipated contentious times Thursday, squabbling over who has the power to call a special election for a vacant seat in western Pennsylvania.” (Pennsylvania Capital star)

  • GOP, Democrats dispute date for HD32 special election (WESA)

PA Republicans reconsider their war on absentee voting. “After a midterm cycle that proved disastrous for them, they wonder if their dislike of the idea cost them the election.” (POLITICS)

PA lawmakers’ pay rise kicks in; Two elected to higher office without double-dipping.Pennsylvania lawmakers’ salaries rose Thursday as an automatic pay rise of 7.8% went into effect, the largest in over a quarter century.” (PennLive)

Scientific Games appoints Schultz as Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs. “Scientific Games has appointed James D. Schultz, a veteran attorney and policy advisor, as the company’s Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs.” (PoliticsPA)

2 Berks County Commissioners launch re-election campaign. “Republicans Christian Leinbach and Michael Rivera will be back as a team” (read eagle)


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The royals visit Beantown.


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