Kim Ward Begins Brief Pa. Lt. Governor Term as Fetterman Goes to Washington

Kim Ward, Pennsylvania’s ranking state senator, has ascended to the job of state lieutenant governor. That happened Tuesday, when Democrat John Fetterman resigned minutes before he was sworn in to office as the state’s newest U.S. senator. Ward, a Republican from Westmoreland County and the incoming president pro tempore of the state Senate, will hold the office under Pennsylvania’s constitution, but only for two weeks. Lt. Gov.-elect Austin Davis, a Democrat who was elected Nov. 8, will be inaugurated on Jan. 17 with Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro. Under the constitution, the president pro tempore handles all the duties of the office of lieutenant governor. Source: NBC Political News
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Pennsylvania Certifies Election Results After Recount Delay

Pennsylvania’s top elections official is fully certifying results from the November vote after recount petitions in some counties delayed the process. The Department of State said Tuesday that acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman completed certification of all races in the 2022 midterm election on Thursday. The final tally comes less than two weeks before members of Congress and state lawmakers are due to be sworn in on Jan. 3. The state’s next governor, Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro, will be inaugurated on Jan. 17. Recount petitions in at least 27 of the state’s 67 counties caused delays in the certification process. Source: NBC Political News
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Phillies Fan Jill Biden to Attend World Series Game 4

First lady Jill Biden is heading to the World Series this week in her hometown of Philadelphia as her team, the Phillies, battles the Houston Astros. The White House said Monday she would attend Game 4 on Wednesday, during which Major League Baseball will honor those affected by cancer. The third game of the series, which is now tied 1-1, had been scheduled for Monday but was postponed until Tuesday due to rain. President Joe Biden often jokes about his wife, “a Philly girl,” and her allegiances to the teams there. Source: NBC Political News
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Dismissal of DUI Case Against Ex-Pa. AG Kathleen Kane Sought

The attorney for Pennsylvania’s former top law enforcement officer is arguing that a drunken-driving case against her should be dismissed due to lack of evidence. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that the defense wants prosecutors barred from presenting results of a field sobriety test of former attorney general Kathleen Kane as well as testimony about her refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test. Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in the state, is awaiting trial in Lackawanna County Court on DUI and careless driving charges in a minor Scranton accident in March. She denies she was intoxicated, saying her car slid on ice. Source: NBC Political News
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