Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, November 9, 2023

November 9, 2023


Democrats Win Big in City, County, Statewide Races Across the Commonwealth

On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians went to the polls to decide a number of expensive and high-profile races, with Democratic candidates declaring victory in Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Philadelphia mayoral; Allegheny County executive; Bucks, Dauphin, and Montgomery County commissioners; and Central Bucks and Pennridge school board races, to name only a few. Read our election recap here.

District Judge Election Win by State Representative Galloway Means Another Special Election Down the Road

The Pennsylvania House will soon see the chamber return to a 101-101 tie, as state Representative John Galloway (D-Bucks) won his election for district judge, which means another special election is on the horizon. The Associated Press has more.

Pennsylvania Receives $3.6 Million for Renewable Energy From USDA Rural Development Program

Farmers and small businesses in rural areas of Pennsylvania have received $3.6 million for renewable energy development as part of the Rural Energy for America Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Program thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act. WITF has more.

Power-Sharing Between Regions Could Result in Savings for Electric Customers, Study Finds

A new report from Grid Strategies and the American Council for Renewable Energy has found that increased coordination between regional electric grids could save people billions of dollars on energy bills. The study looked at the benefits of connecting the PJM grid, which includes Pennsylvania, and MISO, which covers a large part of the Midwest. WESA has more.

More Pennsylvanians Moving to Florida Than Vice Versa, Census Data Show

New U.S. Census Bureau data show that the number of Pennsylvania residents who relocated to Florida has grown steadily since 2010, while the number of Floridians moving to Pennsylvania has stayed relatively flat. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.



Mayor-Elect Parker Announces Transition Team, Top Priorities

During a press conference Thursday morning, Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker announced her transition team, which will be chaired by building trades leader Ryan Boyer, and top priorities, which include selecting a new police commissioner. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.

City to Relocate Unpopular Curbside Bus Station

The City of Philadelphia will be relocating the unpopular 6th and Market Street bus station to a new temporary location at Spring Garden Street and Christopher Columbus Boulevard. WHYY has more.



Allegheny County Executive-Elect Innamorato Announces Transition Team

On Wednesday, Allegheny County Executive-elect Sara Innamorato announced the team that will lead the administrative transition from current County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. The Pittsburgh Union Progress has more.

Suburban Ticket Splitting Spelled Defeat for Dugan, Nearly Derailed Innamorato

The phenomenon of ticket splitting helps to explain how progressive Democrat Sara Innamorato was elected Allegheny County executive while Republican Stephen Zappala was elected district attorney. PublicSource has more.

Voters Approve Change to Way Allegheny County Council Members Are Paid

In addition to electing new local and statewide officials, Allegheny County voters also approved a ballot measure to change the way their county council members are paid. Council members will now receive their compensation in the form of an annual salary rather than a per-meeting stipend. WESA has more.

First Lady Visits Pittsburgh to Observe Workforce Hub Progress

Yesterday, First Lady Jill Biden visited a former steel mill in Hazelwood for a panel discussion on the impact of President Joe Biden’s “Bidenomics” agenda, which emphasizes investments, job creation, and infrastructure development. WESA has more.

Pittsburgh Affordable Housing Bond Still Coming Soon

A City of Pittsburgh bond intended to cover significant investments in affordable housing has yet to materialize, a delay that has affected efforts to budget other funds for housing in the city. WESA has more.



Representative Fitzpatrick Proposes Making Election Day a Federal Holiday

U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-01) has teamed up with Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan to introduce legislation that would make Election Day a federal holiday. PoliticsPA has more.

Senator Casey Touts Anti-Fentanyl Trafficking Legislation

This week, U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania joined state law enforcement officials to garner support for his proposed Fend Off Fentanyl Act, which is intended to stop fentanyl traffickers from bringing the deadly drug into the country. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.


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