Playbook of November 21: Captain America

It’s Monday of Thanksgiving week. Good luck to Hershey native Christian Pulisic leading Team USA at the Worlds!

PA weather
Van dergrift | sun, 43
Bellefonte | sun, 45
Chad’s Ford | sun, 43

PA sports
Eagles (9-1) | Indianapolis, W 17-16
Steelers (3-7) | Cincinnati, L37-30

Penn State (9-2) | Rutgers, W55-10
Pitt (7-4) | Duke, W 28-26
Temple (3-8) | Cincinnati, L23-3

Flyers (7-7-4) | Montreal, L 5-4 (SO) | Monday against Calgary
Penguins (9-7-3) | Chicago, W5-3 | WED vs. Calgary
76ers (8-8) | Minnesota, L112-109

PIAA champions
Boys Soccer: Seneca Valley, Hershey, Northwestern Lehigh, Moravian Academy
Girls Soccer: Central Dauphin, Moon, Central Columbia, Southern Columbia
Field hockey: Lower Dauphin, Mechanicsburg, Boiling Springs
Girls Volleyball: North Allegheny, Pope John Paul II, Freeport, Maplewood

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Sen David G. Argall and MP Carol Hill-Evans.

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1. Cutler names impeachment managers for Krasner trial

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Bryan Cutler appointed three state representatives as impeachment managers for the Senate impeachment trial of the Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Cutler must appoint three members — two from the majority party and another from the minority party — to present the impeachment charges to the Senate and to conduct the trial on behalf of the House of Representatives. He chose: MP Craig Williams, Representative Tim Bonnerand MP Jared Solomon. (PoliticsPA)


PA House names three impeachment officers in case against Philly DA Larry Krasner. “The Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Friday named three impeachment managers to look after the case against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, but the timing of when a trial will take place remains unclear.” (Philadelphia investigators)

A lone Republican voted against impeaching Philly DA Larry Krasner. “Although the historic 107-85 measure went beyond Democrat objections, Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny) broke ranks and voted against the action, which he believed would set a disastrous precedent for the future. “ (Pennsylvania Capital star)


2. Is John Fetterman the new normal?

Questioning the choice of the new senator, the author writes that “Pennsylvania’s still-recovering stroke victim and senator-elect, whose parents provided his primary source of income for a significant portion of his adult life, is the blueprint for America’s future politicians.”

The American practice of meritocratic self-government and democratic republicanism is fast dying, and in its place is returning the old-world practice of political patronage.” (The Federalist)


Mrs. Fetterman goes to Washington. “The wife of Pennsylvania Senator-elect speaks openly about the constant attacks and threats she receives from the right.”The new republic)

Smucker, GOP are happy about a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives. “US Rep. Lloyd Smucker said the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives should prioritize blocking large spending bills to curb inflation and launch oversight investigations into several federal agencies while reviewing international business deals with President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.” (LNP | Lancaster Online)

Anti-abortion groups are at odds over next steps after election losses. “The divisions between anti-abortion groups and Republican leaders threaten to undermine a movement that for decades has shaped party platforms, tipped the scales in primaries and helped sway the federal judiciary to the right.(POLITICS)

The GOP’s lackluster fundraising spurs post-election power struggles. “Republican Blake Masters, trailing badly in his Arizona Senate race, went on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program and blamed one person: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.” (Associated Press)


3. Fulton County could be charged with civil contempt

“A Pennsylvania judge has recommended that the state Supreme Court issue civil contempt penalties against a Republican-majority county government that this summer secretly allowed a third party to copy data from voting machines used in the 2020 election lost by the former president donald trump.” (Associated Press)


PA’s risk-limiting audit, explained. “As part of what is routinely done to review Pennsylvania’s election results, the State Department has asked counties to conduct what it calls a risk-limiting review.” (WITF)

McCaffery is running for the Open Seat on the PA High Court. “A Pennsylvania Circuit Court of Appeals judge, Daniel McCaffery, will run for an open seat on the state Supreme Court in next November’s election, a campaign aide said Friday.”Associated Press)

Westmoreland judge announces bid to open Commonwealth CourtWestmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Harry Smail Jr. announced Friday that he would be running for a vacant seat in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.” (Tribune Review)

The future of weed politics in PA. “Many human rights were on the ballot this election season, including but not limited to Pennsylvanians’ legal right to smoke some weed.” (34th street)

House defeat condemns PA GOP plans for constitution. “In one fell swoop, all hopes of the Republican Party to change the Pennsylvania Constitution could be dashed.”Williamsport Sun Gazette)

Around the Commonwealth

With the end of the midterms, the 2023 mayoral race in Philadelphia is in full swing. “In America’s culture of perennial politics, the end of one election cycle marks the beginning of a new one. And for voters in Philadelphia, that means attention is now shifting from Pennsylvania’s nationally watched race for the US Senate and governor to next year’s mayoral election, which is already well underway.”Philadelphia investigators)

DelRosso weighs options for her post-gubernatorial future. “Republican Representative Carrie Lewis DelRosso would not be running against veteran Democratic Representative Tony DeLuca.” (Tribune Review)

Laughlin appointed political leader of the majority Senate Republican faction. “Republican Senator Dan Laughlin of Erie will serve as chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee when a new session of the General Assembly begins next year.” (Erie Times News)

Montgomery County commissioners are saving above the 2023 budget and proposing an 8% tax hike. “Montgomery County’s top elected officials sat divided as the 2023 budget process began. A 2-1 vote to announce the proposed budget during Thursday’s district commissioners’ meeting was followed by a demonstration of dissent.” (Pottstown Mercury)


1 thing

Christian Pulisic is Captain America. “When Hershey native Christian Pulisic steps onto the field at Al Rayyan Stadium for USA’s World Cup opener against Wales on Monday, he will finally fulfill a childhood dream.”Philadelphia investigators)