Pennsylvania’s Democratic Chairs for 2023-24 Announced – MyChesCo

Sen. Comitta to again serve as Minority Chair of Senate Environmental Committee – Daily Local

State Senator Steve Santarsiero Begins His Second Four-Year Term in Bucks County

Bills to end gas tax hike, cap highway funding transfers to state police pass through Pa. Senate committee | News | tribdem.com

Pennsylvania Senate committee passes bill to cut state gas tax (abc27.com)

Voter ID, audits, regulatory authority constitutional amendments advance Pa. Senate committee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bills to end gas tax hike, cap highway funding transfers to PSP pass through Pa. Senate committee | Local News | ncnewsonline.com

Pa. Senate committee passes bill to cut state gas tax – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Pa. House bill would make it easier for parents to attend school events | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Baker joins Republican leadership team; reappointed Judiciary Chair | Times Leader

GOP lawmaker turns on Democrat he helped win Pa. speakership | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. House Speaker Mark Rozzi: Questions we still have after his election (inquirer.com)

NEPA’s state lawmakers discuss priorities amid divided Pennsylvania General Assembly | News | citizensvoice.com

Family Support Line to move office to Chester Heights in light of spike for services – Delco Times

New Pa. speaker wants ‘work group’ after slow session start (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania House speaker may not go independent; asked to ‘immediately resign’ | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

State Rep. Jim Gregory calls for Rozzi to resign amid broken ‘bonds of trust’ | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

$6 Million Grant Awarded for Riddle Memorial Hospital Project – MyChesCo

3 suggestions for new speaker of Pa. House | Opinion | bradfordera.com

$1 Million State Grant for Neumann University Student Center (vista.today)



Pennsylvania’s manufacturing tax credit not driving job growth | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Opportunity knocks: Tech-oriented door and window manufacturer joins Mill 19 lineup in Hazelwood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Leading businesswomen are calling for board diversity at local universities and health systems – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Rite Aid CEO Heyward Donigan leaves, former Humana exec named interim head – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘Right-to-repair’ advocates skeptical of John Deere agreement : NPR

Real Estate Lawyer Shares Optimistic Outlook for 2023 – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

On Media: Butler Eagle publisher explains why Pittsburgh City Paper was sold to the Blocks (nextpittsburgh.com)

Pa. company to close after 56 years, and will lay off more than 100 people – pennlive.com



New covid variant — dubbed ‘kraken’ — found in Western Pa. | TribLIVE.com

The ‘Kraken’ is here. Why doctors say everyone is at risk of getting XBB.1.5 variant – pennlive.com



Where is Penn State’s promised campus police data? · Spotlight PA State College

Ben Mannes: The curious case of Omar Dennis (broadandliberty.com)

Gunfire outside Philadelphia City Hall under investigation | Local News | phillytrib.com

Dauphin County made millions on jail phone calls and spent it on staff perks, contractors – pennlive.com



New student loan plan faces funding crisis over debt relief : NPR

Feds propose ‘student loan safety net’ alongside forgiveness – pennlive.com

Pennridge LGBTQ students feel ‘erased’ after losing Pride symbols in schools, as Central Bucks considers its own ban | WITF

Penn State’s trustees board candidates include soccer player Ali Krieger | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Transgender athletes won’t be limited to sex at birth in Conestoga Valley’s revised athletics policy | Local News | lancasteronline.com




Georgia and New Hampshire need more time to meet DNC requirements for primaries : NPR


Tracking the transition: Everyone named to Josh Shapiro’s new team (thus far) – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Dr. Khalid Mumin picked to be new state secretary of education (delcotimes.com)

Shapiro taps suburban Philly superintendent for education chief – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Former Bucks County School Administrator Nominated To Be Next PA Education Secretary – LevittownNow.com


This Pa. county is about to start a hand recount of its 2020 presidential election results | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com



Ozone layer is on track to recover in next 40 years, United Nations says : NPR

Climate change causes more severe weather, report finds : NPR



Trucking Industry Warns Biden EPA Emission Regs Could Drive Up Costs – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)


Gun Safety

N.J.’s new gun restrictions run into federal court road block (inquirer.com)



Northeast PA in midst of most robust flu season in years | News | citizensvoice.com

Philly based nonprofit led nation in coordinating organ donations in 2022 (inquirer.com)


State News

Department of Agriculture approves youth agriculture programs (abc27.com)

HGTV star makes appearance at Pa. Farm Show (abc27.com)

$1.5 million to improve access to fresh produce, agricultural education – Pennsylvanianewstoday.com


National News

Mexico may accept more migrants expelled by U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New nation, new ideas: A study finds immigrants out-innovate native-born Americans : Planet Money : NPR

Georgia Bulldogs beat TCU to repeat as college football champions : NPR

Bolsonaro lays low in Florida as Brazil cracks down on riots by his supporters : NPR

How the global far right and social media stoked the attack in Brazil : NPR

Trump’s longtime CFO faces sentencing for tax fraud scheme | News | tribdem.com

California Storm Updates: More Rain Expected to Worsen Flooding – The New York Times (nytimes.com)


Local News

“ReOpen Bucks” group asserts new documents show county health director was cut out of key Covid policy reversal (broadandliberty.com)

How to honor MLK Day in Bucks and Montgomery counties this weekend (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Tinicum tax collector addresses collection issues | The Bucks County Herald

McHale sworn in as new police sergeant in Radnor Township – Delco Times

‘An Equity Profile of Lancaster County’ Report finds room for improvement on equity in county | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Columbia board approves borough’s nonuniformed union contract | Community News | lancasteronline.com

North Coventry property owners to see 6.5% tax hike in 2023 (dailylocal.com)

Luzerne County Council set to vote tonight on study commission ordinance introduction | Times Leader

GRCA announces additions to the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board (readingeagle.com)

What are those giant pipes along Front Street in Harrisburg? – pennlive.com

New executive director appointed at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



LGBTQ outlet spars with county council contender over tweets and political record | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Mourners line up to pay respects to slain Brackenridge police chief | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Damar Hamlin: McKees Rocks event to pray turns into celebration after release from Cincinnati hospital | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hosts anti-hate panel | Local News | phillytrib.com

After more than a decade, Philly to reopen waitlist for housing vouchers | Local News | phillytrib.com

Meek Mill, Kevin Hart donate $7 million in scholarships to Philly-area private schools (inquirer.com)

Philly mayoral hopeful Domb’s deep pockets put pressure on rivals to raise money – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Coalition against proposed Philadelphia Chinatown arena announced (abc27.com)

Philadelphia hosts area faith leaders to explore reparations | Local News | phillytrib.com

Eagles’ tickets on sale for 1st playoff game; why you shouldn’t delay (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Legal fight against Sixers arena develops in Chinatown as steering committee holds first meeting (inquirer.com)

Philly outdoor dining: Just 50 restaurants applied for streetery permits as city crackdown starts (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Acting City Controller Christy Brady sues over ‘resign to run’ rule (inquirer.com)



House rules changes breeze through the chamber following a bitter speaker fight : NPR

Talks between Biden and Mexico’s López Obrador got off to a rough start : NPR

Classified materials found at Biden think tank last November : NPR