Control of Pennsylvania House in dispute · Spotlight PA

Democrats move to take power with narrow Pa. House majority (abc27.com)

Tug of war for control of state House intensifies – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

DelVal’s McClinton Declares Herself Majority Leader in ‘Secret’ Ceremony – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. House’s unprecedented power struggle shows no let up in the drama surrounding it – pennlive.com

Power struggle in Harrisburg intensifies as Reps. Austin Davis and Summer Lee resign | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

McClinton Swearing In Raises GOP Ire (politicspa.com)

Former Sen. Browne’s last win for his Lehigh Valley district draws criticism of state hospital sale – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Austin Davis resigns from Pa. House ahead of Lt. Gov. transition (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania routes $10M in federal funds to affordable housing | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania panel to vote on proposal defining sex, race (abc27.com)

Wolf backs regulatory change that would formalize discrimination protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pennsylvania Capitol hosts Pearl Harbor Remembrance event (abc27.com)

Wolf administration, National Guard host ‘Wish Program’ (abc27.com)

Area history organizations receive thousands in grant dollars from state commission | Local News | tribdem.com



Wawa to expand west into Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

NYT strike looms as contract deal proves elusive : NPR

Vanguard quits clean energy group after 13 states complain (inquirer.com)



COVID, flu, RSV in Philadelphia worsened by asthma as tripledemic swamps one hospital (inquirer.com)



Dauphin County put man hospitalized for hypothermia back in cold cell, where he died – pennlive.com

Immigration advocates seek release -– not transfer -– of women still in Berks detention center | WITF

Advocates call for women held at Berks County Residential Center to be released (readingeagle.com)



PIAA passes NIL policy for high school athletes | ABC27

PIAA approves name, image and likeness policy for PA high school athletes – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Coatesville Robotics team advances to state finals – Daily Local

Meet Charlie: Highlands School District’s first-ever therapy dog | TribLIVE.com

Drexel University consolidates its health-related schools to a new 12-story building in University City (inquirer.com)




A U.S. Supreme Court case could reverse 200 years of progress on voting rights | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Supreme Court weighs controversial election-law case : NPR

The independent state legislature theory is a threat to free and fair elections | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP (abc27.com)

Biden approval, views of economy steady, sour: AP-NORC poll – Daily Local

Raphael Warnock’s Georgia win matters to Pa. This is why | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Texas suggests criminal charges for Harris County elections : NPR


Editorial: Pittsburgh picks highlight encouraging Shapiro transition team | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Berks County to certify election results after judge tosses recount requests | WITF

Lancaster County gears up for primary races in 2023 | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Timeline leading up to state Senate special election released; nominees to be selected by Monday | News | standardspeaker.com



EPA should close loopholes that allow industries to continue to pollute the environment | PennLive letters – pennlive.com



Reproductive health advocates see a ‘major problem’ with anti-abortion centers post-Roe – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Opioid overdoses will be better tracked and stopped with this new system : NPR

ChristianaCare gets additional support to reopen former Jennersville Hospital – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Harris Philantropies gives Penn Medicine a $1M gift to boost diversity recruitment efforts – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

LVHN reports strong growth and healthy operating income at 2022 annual meeting – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Flu and RSV surge strains supply of children’s Tylenol and Motrin | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Pennsylvania counties adopt demolition fee to deal with blighted homes | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Almost 90% of rural PA towns lack property upkeep rules · Spotlight PA State College

Pennsylvania marijuana pardon project: Relief benefits fewer than expected (inquirer.com)


National News

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been freed from Russian prison : NPR

Brittney Griner released by Russia in 1-for-1 prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout (cbsnews.com)

Brittney Griner released from Russian prison in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout (inquirer.com)

2023 US housing market forecast – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

These were the most popular Google searches among Americans in 2022 : NPR

Billionaire pays for nearly 10,000 employees to celebrate at Disney World – pennlive.com

Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ stir controversy on social media | TribLIVE.com

Items with classified markings were found in a Trump storage unit in Florida (inquirer.com)


International News

Iran carries out first known execution of a prisoner arrested in recent protests : NPR

2022 World Cup Quarterfinals Who To Watch : NPR

Xi Jinping visits Saudi Arabia as China looks to grow its Mideast footprint : NPR

Vladimir Putin acknowledges the war in Ukraine is taking longer than he expected : NPR

Peru swears in Dina Boluarte as new president amid constitutional crisis : NPR


Local News

Allentown City Council passes $138 million budget for 2023, a first for Mayor Matt Tuerk – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Allentown NIZ reports surplus tax funds. Where will the $7.1 million go? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Hershey Public Library terminates late fees (abc27.com)

Maxwell, Kagel graduate from County Commissioners Association Academy of Excellence – Daily Local

Blueprints helps Washington, Greene county residents with a variety of needs | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Marketing boost: Somerset County businesses awarded tourism grants | Local News | tribdem.com

Mayor Brown reaches out to Wilkes-Barre’s growing Latino community | Times Leader



Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald reviewing budget after council approves it | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County awards Air Force veteran the inaugural ‘Charles Martoni Veterans Service Award’ – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

This $40 million building was supposed to be a welcoming center Downtown. 4 years later, it’s still not open – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

‘Someone spit on me’: These are the barriers to stable housing for Pgh’s homeless community – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

City Council finds it has more time to consider Oakland zoning changes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Regional Transit employees seek class action lawsuit over vaccine mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Fishtown, Point Breeze have become far wealthier in the last 10 years and other new Census findings (inquirer.com)

Curfew won’t be a cure-all in Philly. But it beats doing nothing. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Jim Gardner on the secret sauce of Action News, his future plans, and why he changed his name – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Police to reveal identity of Philadelphia’s slain ‘Boy in the Box’ | WITF

How The Inquirer covered the clearing of West Philadelphia’s Black Bottom

SEPTA’s bus overhaul met with pushback in Roxborough, Manayunk (inquirer.com)

76ers arena: Philly parking garage bill sparks first City Hall dust-up (inquirer.com)



Jan. 6 panel plans to release final report week of Dec. 19 : NPR

Defense bill provision could impact how its sexual assault cases are prosecuted. : NPR

Interracial marriages to get added protection under new law – Daily Local