November 22 Playbook: Fighting Back

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1. Krasner and Allies Criticize Impeachment and Removal Effort

“Philadelphia District Attorney larry krasnerwho was impeached last week by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, denounced the charges against him as a Republican-led effort to disenfranchise the city’s voters and said the pressure to remove him from office sets a precedent. dangerous.

During a news conference at Philadelphia City Hall on Monday, Krasner and more than a dozen of his political allies said that the prosecutor has not committed any indictable crimes, but that he was indicted for pursuing progressive policies. (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Krasner supporters pack City Hall in show of support. “Supporters of District Attorney Larry Krasner spoke out Monday against the state House vote to impeach him, arguing that Harrisburg lawmakers were trying to disenfranchise black and brown voters who favor justice reform. penal. (Philadelphia Tribune)

  • How local representatives voted, or did not vote, on the Krasner impeachment. (northeast times)
  • Krasner slams the GOP in post-impeachment press. (City State)

It can be an image of 3 people and people standing.

2. Benninghoff will resign from the Republican leadership of the Pennsylvania House

“More fallout from the tumultuous 2022 election cycle came to the Pennsylvania General Assembly Monday with the news that the current House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), will not seek a Republican leadership position for the 2023-24 term.

For state House Republicans, that means at least two of the top three current caucus leaders will be new next session; Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee stan saylor (R-Red Lion) was defeated in a Republican primary in his district this spring, so he will be leaving the House entirely.” (Penn Live)


Rep. Bryan Cutler is running to lead Pennsylvania House Republicans in Tuesday’s caucus vote. “House Speaker Bryan Cutler will be running for minority leader Tuesday when Republicans meet in a closed-door caucus to reorganize after losing their House majority in the Nov. 8 election.” (LNP | lancaster online)

  • Benninghoff ends leadership role among Pennsylvania House Republicans. Schlossberg retains his trustee position with the Democrats. (morning call)
  • Benninghoff withdraws from the candidacy for leader of the Republican Party in the Pennsylvania House. (

3. Lamb will join a top Philadelphia law firm

“U.S. Representative. conor lamb plans to join a high-profile Philadelphia-based law firm after leaving Congress at the end of the year, the firm Kline & Specter announced Monday.

In Lamb (D-Mt. Lebanon), the personal injury firm hires a young politician who rose to national fame with his first campaign in 2018, a race in which he won a Republican-held seat in one district. donald trump he had won by a whopping 20 fewer points than he had two years earlier. He fended off two more challengers before deciding to run for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate this year, a race he lost to the presumptive senator-elect and lieutenant governor. john fetterman.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


Lamb to join law firm, teases possible return to public service. “Lamb, a 38-year-old former federal prosecutor and Marine Corps veteran from suburban Pittsburgh, said on Twitter Sunday that he will join Kline and Specter, the firm co-founded by Shanin Specter, son of the late Sen. Arlen Specter.” (pennlive)

  • Lamb will join a personal injury firm after leaving office. (Tribune-Review)

Fetterman’s win was fueled by suburban Pittsburgh. “Home to Pittsburgh, and to Fetterman, the former mayor of Braddock, Allegheny is a key pillar of any Democratic campaign, typically contributing more than 10% of the Democratic votes cast in Pennsylvania. Fetterman improved Biden’s victory in Allegheny more than any other county, on his way to a statewide margin of victory nearly triple Biden’s.” (philadelphia enquirer)

Around the Commonwealth

Pennsylvania Society Events Calendar. “The Pennsylvania Society is an annual weekend retreat for Pennsylvania politicians and business leaders and will take place December 1-3, 2022 in New York City.” (PoliticsPA)

Leaving office, Toomey calls Trump’s actions on January 6 “an egregious offense against the Constitution”.’ “In a very candid exit interview with KDKA political editor Jon Delano, US Senator Pat Toomey had some of his strongest words about former President Donald Trump.” (CBS Pittsburgh)

Philadelphia’s city budget is in its best shape in years. But the Kenney administration is concerned about future risks.. “Philadelphia, which in the 1990s nearly became the first major US city to file for bankruptcy and has struggled for decades to adequately fund many basic services, now finds itself in an unfamiliar position.” (philadelphia enquirer)

EPA rejects Palestinian Authority plan for Chesapeake Bay cleanup. “The agency said it would maintain its ‘enhanced compliance’ stance on pollution emanating from state farms and municipalities and exercise greater control over how Pennsylvania spends federal funds.” (POLITICAL)

Pennsylvania charter school enrollment increased 12%, public enrollment decreased 3%. “Since the pandemic began, enrollment in Pennsylvania public charter schools has increased nearly 12% as parents opted to pull their children out of traditional public schools.” (the center square)

Dealers Question Pennsylvania Crime Gun Tracing Report. “Just a fraction of Pennsylvania’s thousands of gun dealers, most of them in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas, account for the largest source of crime-linked firearms in the state, according to one of the most influential groups in the state. country that combats armed violence”. (Tribune-Review)

No Tax Increase in Washington County’s Proposed 2023 Budget. “Washington County officials released the proposed budget for next year, which does not include a tax increase..” (Observer-Reporter)


  • Civic-minded institutions more important than ever. (Elizabeth Preate Havey)
  • Yes, there were problems on Election Day in Luzerne Co. No, that’s not a sign of fraud. (Alisha Hoffman-Mirilovich)
  • America’s red-blue entrenchment is not our inevitable future. (becky bennett)
  • Post-election post-mortem, Democratic edition. (jerry shenk)
  • Is the lieutenant governor’s question too important to be lumped together? (Tribune-Review)
  • Political stunt endangers bike safety. (Times Tribune)
  • How Democrats winning the House of Representatives could get Pennsylvania’s government back on track. (paul muschick)
  • Pushing for impeachment leaves missed opportunities. (the daily article)
  • The Supreme Court’s case of term limits just got a whole lot better. (Jamelle Bouie)

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National Champions!!!  Juniata women's volleyball returns to the top of the volleyball world

Juniata wins national championship. Congratulations to the Juniata College Eagles, winners of the NCAA Division III women’s volleyball title with a 3-0 sweep of Trinity University (Texas).

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