News & Brews November 16, 2022

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House committee sends Krasner Articles of Impeachment to full House

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance to the full House two articles of impeachment against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. The House is expected to vote on the articles today. If the articles of impeachment secure majority support in the House, they would advance to the state Senate, where a two-thirds majority would be required to remove Krasner from office.

Sen. Kim Ward elected to top Senate leadership post

Yesterday, Senate lawmakers chose Republican Sen. Kim Ward (Westmoreland County) to serve as interim president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate. Ward succeeds Sen. Jake Corman who did not run for re-election. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the story. You can see more results from the Senate Republican leadership elections here and the Senate Democrat leadership elections here.

Pa. Republicans have ‘mixed’ feelings on Trump as he launches presidential bid

As former President Donald Trump announced last night that he’s running for president in 2024, the Inquirer took a look at Trump’s brand among Pennsylvania Republicans. “When Donald Trump scored a surprise upset in Pennsylvania in 2016, he thrilled Republicans, who saw the state go red in a presidential race for the first time in 28 years,” the story notes. “But they’ve been chasing that same high ever since, with only setbacks to show for it.” Separately, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review gathered reactions to Trump’s announcement from some GOP leaders and political analysts.

Shrinking labor force cause for concern in Pa.

Yesterday, the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its Five Year Economic and Budget Outlook, which projects revenue and spending through 2027-28. The Center Square reports, “The IFO expects normal growth of 50,000 jobs annually, about a 1.8% increase in real GDP, to return to the commonwealth by 2025. However, as its population ages out of the workforce, the state’s labor force participation rate will struggle to recover to levels before COVID-19.… With a lower labor force participation rate and a shrinking population, the IFO was concerned about a worker shortage. The shortage and population stagnation presents a risk to economic growth.”

Bucks County reviews ballots as tight House race remains uncalled

At a Bucks County Board of Elections meeting yesterday, board members painstakingly considered mail-in-ballots and provisional ballots that did not comply with statutory requirements. Patch reports that the board rejected about 1,200 ballots. The story notes that the board is scheduled to meet again at 10 a.m. tomorrow to consider another 1,600 provisional ballots. Meanwhile, the 142nd House District race in Bucks County between Democrat Mark Moffa and Republican Joe Hogan remains too close to call, and these outstanding ballots could make the difference in which candidate secures victory. Separately, the Montgomery County House race between Republican Rep. Todd Stephens and Democrat Melissa Cerrato also remains too close to call, with the county set to consider provisional ballots on Friday.

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