Bad bet: Former Fair Districts PA volunteer legislative director Patrick Beaty argues in the PA Capital-Star that the failure by Republicans to act on redistricting reform in 2018 was one of the reasons they lost control of the body four years later.
Where did Philly voters go? An Inquirer analysis finds that voter turnout in Philadelphia dropped for the third consecutive election, and that Philly’s decline was the largest of any PA county. Meanwhile, Spotlight PA reports that rejection of undated mail-in ballots impacted communities of color disproportionately.
The party’s over: A study by the democracy reform group Students for Open Primaries finds that two-thirds of 16-39-year-olds consider themselves politically independent, and 85% favor nonpartisan primaries.
Krasner misbehavin’? Inquirer “[Angry] Grammarian” columnist Jeffrey Barg says that the PA Constitution’s vague definition of an impeachable offense (“any misbehavior in office”) gave Harrisburg Republicans ample cover to impeach Philly’s district attorney simply because they disagree with his policies. Krasner’s trial is set to begin Jan. 18.
City Council’s new faces: The Philadelphia Citizen profiles new members Jimmy Harrity, Quetcy Lozada, Anthony Phillips and Sharon Vaughn.
And its new vacancy: At-large member Helen Gym resigned her seat and announced her mayoral candidacy.