PA moves to formalize LGBTQ protections · Spotlight PA

DeFrank Named Costa’s Chief of Staff (politicspa.com)

Burns calls on elected officials to step down from Vision Together 2025 board over ‘conflicts of interest’ | News | tribdem.com

Langerholc bill proposes added review of public housing applications | News | tribdem.com

Wolf administration has been ‘all talk’ on transparency regarding its legal bills and other matters [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com

Josh Shapiro addresses gun violence and public health at American Health Summit | WITF

Krasner impeachment committee racked up $372K in legal bills and other expenses – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Why the courts should stop Philly DA Larry Krasner’s impeachment trial | Bruce Ledewitz – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Yudichak lands job with government consulting group | News | citizensvoice.com

Wolf announces more than $10.3 million will support affordable housing | News | citizensvoice.com



Pennsylvania natural gas price up 95%, new wells up 42% | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wage growth continues in tight labor market – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Asbestos exposure on the job was common, these chemical plant workers say : Shots – Health News : NPR

McDonald’s franchise owners Santonastasso Enterprises violated child labor laws : NPR

Erie retailers struggling to find holiday workers (goerie.com)

Comcast will increase rates on cable, Internet: Here’s what to know – pennlive.com



Congress poised to repeal COVID vaccine mandate for troops in military bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

China announces roll-back of strict anti-COVID-19 measures : NPR



Phone scammers impersonating U.S. Marshals, Border Patrol (mcall.com)

South Philly shooting of Sahmya Garcia, 20, raises domestic violence concerns (inquirer.com)

Fetterman was vilified for promoting life sentence commutations, but research shows his approach is the right one | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Greater Johnstown Board again elects Pentz, Murray to head group | Local News | tribdem.com

Parkland School district parents blast Jarrett Coleman over lawsuits (mcall.com)

U.S. College enrollments are down. But revenue is up. What happened? | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philadelphia student scores on state reading and math exams down from pre-COVID levels – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Student-run credit union opens at Kiski Area High School | TribLIVE.com

The Philadelphia School District is starting its search for teachers for the 2023-24 school year (inquirer.com)

Beaver County educator named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette




Warnock’s Victory Forges Democrats’ Path Through the New Battlegrounds – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Senate Democrats just picked up one more vote. Here’s what that means : NPR

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeats Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia runoff | WITF

Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Transform Federal Elections – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Supreme Court to hear Independent State Legislature Theory case : NPR

How U.S. Supreme Court case could alter U.S. House seats | WITF

McConnell criticizes Trump’s calls to terminate the Constitution : NPR

DOJ subpoenas state election officials for Trump documents (abc27.com)

2022 midterms offer lessons for Republicans (ydr.com)


Shapiro Tabs Trio To Senior Posts (politicspa.com)

Shapiro taps longtime aides to top jobs in governor’s office (abc27.com)

Philadelphia Schools’ Uri Monson is named Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro’s budget secretary (inquirer.com)

Jentleson, Pierce Named to Fetterman Team (politicspa.com)

What is the state of the Pennsylvania GOP? (abc27.com)

PODCAST: The GOP’s Future, In Delco and PA – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)


Philadelphia Tribune joins new voter engagement coalition | Local News | phillytrib.com

Every Voice, Every Vote: $1.5M project aims to engage Philadelphia voters (inquirer.com)

First ad of 2023 Philly mayoral campaign boosts Jeff Brown and features Michelle Obama (inquirer.com)

The political lineage of York County, which produced John Fetterman (ydr.com)

Luzerne County Council does not vote on proposed removal of election board member | News | standardspeaker.com

8 Democrats to vie for late Rep. Tony DeLuca’s seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



UN summit: Don’t repeat mistakes on nature, scientists warn – Daily Local

Former Boy Scout camp in Roxborough gets $3M, will preserve land (inquirer.com)



Pa. announces money to help get dirty diesel trucks out of high-traffic communities | WITF


Gun Safety

State judge places hold on Oregon’s gun law, state to appeal : NPR



Overcrowded ERs: Triple threat infections, nursing shortages hammer hospital emergency services – pennlive.com

Addicted babies, their moms find help through recovery at PA hospitals (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

VA to host town halls nationwide and Pa., for vets exposed to toxic substances   – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pleas issued for blood donations as supply suffers holiday season shortage | TribLIVE.com

COVID, RSV, sickness worrying CDC Director Walensky ahead of Philadelphia visit (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania infrastructure barely gets passing grade in new review | WITF

Delaware, PA, NY, NJ governors to vote on ‘Water Code’ amendments (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Chester County Sheriff’s Office partners with Domestic Violence Center for ‘Lights on for the Holidays’ – Daily Local

Boyle Named Ranking Member of House Budget Committee (politicspa.com)

Rep. Brendan Boyle to be House Budget Committee’s top Democrat (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania rural development boosted by USDA grants | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com


National News

The Trump Organization is found guilty of a criminal tax fraud scheme : NPR

Report recommends sweeping changes after FDA’s handling of infant formula shortage – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Across Germany, 25 are arrested on suspicion of planning armed coup : NPR

Hertz will pay $168 million to customers it falsely accused of stealing its cars : NPR

China’s aid recipients have to pay it back. Is that a big drawback? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Morocco shocks Spain, is first Arab team in World Cup’s round of 8 : NPR

USS Arizona survivor: Honor those killed at Pearl Harbor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Don’t mind Facebook’s empty threats: Pass the JCPA | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County rejects Wawa’s appeal (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Montgomery County Commissioners Raise Their Salaries, Slated to Increase Taxes – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lancaster County commissioners approve new formula to calculate raises for elected officials | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Hazleton City Council passes estimated $14.3 million budget on first reading | News | standardspeaker.com

Mayor to meet with Latinos Working Together in NEPA | Business | citizensvoice.com

Scranton City Council appoints Smurl to fill vacancy | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Local nonprofit leaders sound off at listening session on Scranton economic development | News | thetimes-tribune.com



County counil passes budget, heads to County Executive Fitzgerald for approval – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Community weighs in on search for new Pittsburgh police chief (nextpittsburgh.com)

Camila Rivera-Tinsley won’t stop fighting for gender equity (nextpittsburgh.com)

VisitPittsburgh brings back the 10 Days of #LovePGH Giveaways – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Short and long term barriers impede path to stable housing for Pittsburgh’s growing homeless community | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Regional employees sue over covid-19 vaccine mandate | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh unemployment near record lows, but region is slow to regain workers | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh council approves $220K annual snow removal technology contract | TribLIVE.com

City extends snow-plow tracking contract, approves adding tech to garbage, recycling trucks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

W.Pa. LGBTQ community, allies share hope, reservations on Respect for Marriage Act | TribLIVE.com

URA expected to move forward on $3.4 million “Rhythm Square” development in the Hill District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Springdale parents and students take their teaching staffing concerns to the school board | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philly building permit requests dip after 2021 boom (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia city controller election: A look at who’s running (inquirer.com)

Action News announces Jim Gardner’s replacement for 6 p.m. newscast – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Philly Pops fun is going away. What happens next for the arts is serious business. (inquirer.com)

Philly considers mandatory breaks for tower crane operators (inquirer.com)

Campus Apartments unveils updated plans for West Philly HQ (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Councilmember Jimmy Harrity’s ‘Fresh Prince’-styled bio (inquirer.com)



Doug Emhoff hosts a roundtable on antisemitism at the White House : NPR

Jan. 6 committee likely to make criminal referrals related to Capitol attack : NPR

Big Tech, free speech advocates join to oppose journalism bill | TribLIVE.com

Congress can help keep kids out of poverty | Editorial (inquirer.com)