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Senate moves forward with Krasner impeachment trial
On Wednesday, the state Senate announced a timeline for the start of the impeachment trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. The Senate will be called into session tomorrow and Wednesday to begin the logistical process, including having the House formally present the Articles of Impeachment. The Senate expects to order Krasner to appear before the chamber on January 18.
Op-Ed: Shapiro ran like a moderate; he should govern like one
Broad + Liberty Editor-at-Large Kyle Sammin writes that during the campaign, the “general impression” Democrat Josh Shapiro “gave was of a moderate who would not be held captive to his party’s ideological extremes.” Now that he’s won election, some progressives are calling on Shapiro “to abandon [his] big-tent positions and govern exclusively from the left.” Sammin, however, writes that “Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly elected Josh Shapiro based on campaign promises that held broad appeal. To preserve that functioning democracy, he should keep them.”
$5 million in film tax credits for Pa. companies all go to one filmmaker
Over the summer, state lawmakers “fattened the film tax credit pot by 43% to $100 million and set aside $5 million especially for Pennsylvania-based companies.” But the vision that this $5 million would go to several small companies vs. one big one has gone kaput, as the Inquirer reports “that the entire $5 million was steered by a state agency to one of the state’s big-time filmmakers.” Smaller independent filmmakers are none too happy. Of course, this raises the question of whether the state should be doling out corporate welfare such as the film tax credits to begin with (answer: no).
Why Dem House majority won’t be apparent, at first
Although Democrats won an extremely slim majority in the state House earlier this month, they’ll be in the minority for a while as the new legislative session gets underway in January. That’s because three seats to which Democrats were elected will be vacant, pending special elections. Spotlight PA explains.
Pa. Republicans ‘look inward’ after election losses
PennLive gives an update on how Pennsylvania Republicans are taking stock of their losses in the U.S. Senate and governor’s races, with some blaming “the decision in January not to have the state committee endorse in the [gubernatorial] primary, leaving the race wide open.”