A record-setting number of women will serve in state legislatures in 2023 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

With no majority in the Pa. House, Democrats and Republicans are fighting over who calls the shots – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State Rep. Elect Munroe Opening Legislative Office In Warminster | Warminster, PA Patch

Officials host “extremely productive” meeting over truck issues on Giant’s Despair (cdllife.com)

Philly Dem Files Bill to Strip School Boards of Power to ‘Ban’ Books – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

‘We want to fix Harrisburg’: Reformers summit seeks solutions to state government’s woes – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Argall, Watro will share office | News | standardspeaker.com



Jobs Report Updates: U.S. Added 263,000 Jobs in November – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Heating prices could bring sticker shock this winter | WITF

Erie County, PA earnings rise, but not as fast as inflation (goerie.com)

Lancaster County unemployment rate falls to 20-year low | Local Business | lancasteronline.com



Berks, Montgomery authorities announce breakup of multimillion-dollar drug ring (dailylocal.com)



Supreme Court will hear challenge to Biden’s student debt-relief program : NPR

Student loan cancellation got blocked. Now what? 3 questions answered | Opinion – pennlive.com

Justices keep student loan cancellation blocked for now | News | phillytrib.com

Temple University’s Center for Anti-Racism holds grand opening | Temple Now

Pennsylvania public schools adding racial, cultural bias rules for teachers | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Messiah University offering free college courses to Harrisburg residents as a path to a new life – pennlive.com

A Pennsylvania student tells U.S. Senators that more money is needed for teens’ mental health | WITF

Quakertown superintendent slates retirement at end of school year | The Bucks County Herald

Ursinus College launches new commitment to wellness on campus – Mainline Media News




Biden wants South Carolina to go first in presidential calendar : NPR

AP sources: Biden tells Dems he wants SC as 1st voting state – Reading Eagle

Election in Arizona’s Cochise County is certified after judge’s order : NPR

Arizona county certifies election results after judge orders it to – pennlive.com

Marjorie Taylor Greene moves in same circles as Trump’s anti-Semitic dinner guests | Jay Bookman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Analysis: Redistricting helped local Democrats flip PA House (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

PA recount petitions delay election certifications · Spotlight PA

Republicans, Democrats argue over date for special election to replace late Pa. Rep. Tony DeLuca | WITF

How Josh Shapiro is preparing to be PA’s next governor · Spotlight PA

Shapiro Names Dana Fritz Chief Of Staff (politicspa.com)

Kunselman to run for open seat on Pennsylvania high court (abc27.com)

John Fetterman names Philadelphia organizer Joe Pierce state director (inquirer.com)


Special election for Gordner’s state Senate seat set for Jan. 31 | News | standardspeaker.com

Chester County Commissioner Kichline Not Running for Another Term – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Berks County ballot recount petitions get first day in court | WITF

Four Democratic hopefuls look to succeed Summer Lee in Pa. House | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Philadelphia mayoral candidates Rebecca Rhynhart and Jeff Brown offer their public safety plans | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Working Families Party targets Philly Republicans in 2023 election for City Council and more (inquirer.com)



Panel discussion focuses on transportation issues in Chesco, Pa. (dailylocal.com)



Drug and alcohol treatment programs need funding, regulatory relief (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pushing back with science on the effort to normalize marijuana use (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

New Alzheimer’s drug shows promise in studies (abc27.com)

Chestnut Ridge using new state, federal programs to expand services | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


State News

Thousands applied, but fewer than 250 qualified for Gov. Tom Wolf’s marijuana pardon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers, officials reflect on 30-year legacy of Pa.’s CHIP | TribLIVE.com


National News

The bird flu outbreak is the deadliest in U.S. history. Here’s what we know : NPR

Russian oil ban and price cap: What to know about new EU and G-7 sanctions : NPR

Appeals court blocks special master review of Mar-a-Lago document search : NPR

Kanye West, now Ye, is suspended from Twitter, won’t buy Parler : NPR

Antisemitism is on the rise again. Here’s why : NPR

Prince William’s seeks to prevent backlash over his godmother’s racial comments : NPR

U.S. Soccer star and Pa. native Christian Pulisic mending, hopes to play in Saturday’s match | WITF

Uvalde survivors file class action lawsuit seeking $27 billion from law enforcement entities, school district and others | News | phillytrib.com

Official: More than 10,000 Ukrainian troops killed in war | News | tribdem.com

Prosecutor: Donald Trump knew about exec’s tax fraud scheme | Times Leader


Local News

Immigration advocates celebrate announced closing of Berks County Residential Center (readingeagle.com)

A controversial Pa. prison for migrants is closing. Three things to know | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

9/11 Memorial Trail, With Stops in Bucks County, Receives Major Donation from New Business Partner

Mercy LIFE, Delco Housing Authority open $38M senior housing, services project in Woodlyn – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Manufacturing will return to Allentown Metal Works. Here’s what we know about plans for redevelopment. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

York County’s proposed 2023 budget does not include a tax increase (ydr.com)

Scranton couple attending Biden’s first state dinner | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Crunch time to avoid a tax hike in Luzerne County budget | News | standardspeaker.com

Garbage fees to increase dramatically next year in Hazle Twp. | News | standardspeaker.com



‘We’re going to open here right before Christmas:’ PennDOT says Fern Hollow Bridge close to reopening – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

With temperatures falling, worries rise as Pittsburgh’s new homeless shelter is already at capacity | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New Downtown Pittsburgh homeless shelter already at capacity | TribLIVE.com

Longtime leader of Oakland community group resigns after tumultuous year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh needs to step up police recruitment efforts, officials say | TribLIVE.com



Philadelphia City Council allocates $21.4M to 13 arts and culture institutions including Franklin Institute, Museum of Art – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia City Council: What’s in $275M midyear budget transfer (inquirer.com)

City Council OKs funds for public safety, cultural venues out of surplus | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia curfew: Minors must be home by 10 p.m. under new council bill (inquirer.com)

Will Philadelphia’s business community finally speak with one voice in the 2023 elections? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Councilmember Jones opposes part of SEPTA bus proposal | Local News | phillytrib.com

Thursday is the deadline for Philly’s Homestead Exemption | Local News | phillytrib.com

Mijente’s Lánzate festival takes place in Philly this weekend, celebrating Latinx togetherness (inquirer.com)



Senate passes railroad legislation to prevent strike : NPR

Jan. 6 panel meets to mull potential criminal referral for Trump and others : NPR

Biden honored French President Emmanuel Macron at White House state Dinner : NPR

Biden, Macron vow unity against Russia, discuss trade row – Reading Eagle

Biden says climate law has ‘glitches’ after Macron criticism | News | phillytrib.com

Congress votes to avert rail strike amid dire warnings (inquirer.com)

U.S. House GOP to keep earmarks for local projects — with some ‘tweaks’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senate same-sex marriage vote still a step on long road toward full justice | John L. Micek – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)