WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 51; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 53; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 62.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Seventy-five percent of Pennsylvania mail-in ballots went to Joe Biden. Two-thirds of in-person votes went to President Trump. Insiders in both parties say the results could reshape campaigns and elections to come, the Inquirer reports.
* State House Republicans on Wednesday moved a step closer to launching a review of the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania, though the process would not be completed until after the state’s vote is officially certified, Spotlight PA reports.
* Just a few weeks before a new state budget must be approved, an independent analysis says the commonwealth may not have all the money it needs. According to an early analysis by the independent Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the commonwealth will be more than $3 billion short, thanks in large part to lower economic activity because of the pandemic, WITF reports.
* The Inquirer interviews newly elected state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman about the election, voter fraud claims, and the election results.
* For all the hope that President Donald Trump and his supporters had placed in Rudolph Giuliani – the president’s personal lawyer, TV attack dog, and the once-lauded mayor of New York City – it quickly became apparent that the only thing creakier than the case he had come to press in court may have been Giuliani himself. Arguing before a federal judge for the first time in nearly 30 years, Giuliani delivered a wildly stumbling performance in a floundering legal effort to overturn the results of Pennsylvania’s election, the Inquirer reports.
* The state Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will take up challenges to more than 8,000 ballots in Philadelphia filed by Trump’s campaign, among the lawsuits launched by the Republican and his allies amid President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state. The high court’s five-member Democratic majority agreed to take up the case, at the city’s request, and the question of whether state law requires counties to disqualify mail-in or absentee ballots where a voter didn’t write certain information, the AP reports.
* An Allegheny County judge on Wednesday dismissed a request from a Republican state Senate candidate to toss more than 2,300 mail-in ballots cast in the Nov. 3 General Election, which she argued shouldn’t be counted because voters had failed to write the date on the outside envelopes. But it took barely three hours for attorneys representing the candidate, Nicole Ziccarrelli, to appeal the decision from Court of Common Pleas Judge James Joseph to the state Supreme Court, the Capital-Star reports.
* U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Wednesday put some distance between himself and President Donald Trump’s efforts to throw out hundreds of thousands of votes cast in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, trying to flip a state carried by Joe Biden, PennLive reports.
* Pennsylvania’s contact tracing system is under strain as the explosion of new COVID-19 cases overtakes health workers’ ability to keep up, hampering efforts to slow the spread, the AP reports.
* Six counties in southwestern Pennsylvania experienced their highest single-day coronavirus case totals, as the state set another record for most new cases in a single day on Wednesday. Pennsylvania added 6,339 new positive cases, raising the state’s total to 281,852. The previous high of 5,900 was set Tuesday, the Tribune-Review reports.
* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration on Wednesday laid out the broad strokes of the initial draft proposal it will present to the city’s police union during upcoming contract negotiations, including a push to give more weight to disciplinary actions handed down by the department. The administration will also seek to limit back pay for reinstated officers, give the police commissioner more freedom to transfer officers, and expand the department’s ability to use civilians, including public safety officers, WHYY reports.
* Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon’s political supporters are circulating petitions to raise money for the three-term lawmaker, who heads to trial in January for an alleged bribery scheme, alongside members of the IBEW Local 98 electricians union, Billy Penn reports.
* The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office cannot account for more than 200 guns that are supposed to be in its custody, some of them part of the office’s arsenal and others confiscated from people subject to protection-from-abuse orders, according to an investigative report released Wednesday by the City Controller’s Office, the Inquirer reports.
* PennLive’s John Baer takes stock of the latest efforts by state and federal officials to not only battle the coronavirus surge, but to also give Pennsylvanians something to look forward to, like the virtual version of the Farm Show.
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10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. This meeting will be held remotely using Microsoft® Teams. This remote session may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 or http://phlcouncil.com/watch-city-council/
10 a.m. - The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners November 19 meeting will be held virtually. Public comment is accepted by mail, email, and in-person in accordance with social distancing guidelines. The proposed Montgomery County operating budget and capital improvement program for 2021 will be presented during the meeting. To see the meeting agenda, click here.
10 a.m. - the PA House will meet. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
11 a.m. - the PA Senate will meet. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. This meeting will be held remotely using Microsoft® Teams. This remote session may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 or http://phlcouncil.com/watch-city-council/
2 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join the Community College of Philadelphia to deliver remarks at the Career and Advanced Technology Center groundbreaking event. 4725 Chestnut Street (Main entrance to the construction site on Ludlow St.), Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “Let me just say, I don’t think they have a strong case.” – U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. From PennLive.
KICKER, Rudy Rudy Rudy edition: “I’m not quite sure I know what opacity means. It probably means you can see, right?” – Rudolph Giuliani redefines the self-own. From the Inquirer.