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Plus, why Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a popular bike safety bill.

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November 24, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy this special Scrambler edition of the newsletter to share with family and friends. We're taking tomorrow off. See you Monday.
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"It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive power of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth day of December next, for Solemn Thanksgiving and Praise."

Continental Congress President Henry Laurens creating the first national Day of Thanksgiving from York, Pa. in 1777 on the heels of a big Revolutionary War win; the modern holiday also links back to war and Pennsylvania
 
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Today's top news story in Pennsylvania.NEW AUDIT: This is the first year all 67 Pennsylvania counties had to prepare to participate in a risk-limiting audit of the governor's race election results. So what exactly is a risk-limiting audit, and how does it work? Votebeat explains what you need to know

Today's second top news story in Pennsylvania.WOLF VETO: A bike safety bill with bipartisan support was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over a GOP-added provision seen as an attempt to undermine the authority of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, PennLive reports. Wolf called it a "politicization of crime."

Today's third top news story in Pennsylvania.BANK BUST: PublicSource reports that Pittsburgh's land bank has $10 million allocated to it — and just one property listed in its inventory. Mayor Ed Gainey said the land bank needs to be overhauled and that the City Council should be removed from the process.

Today's fourth top news story in Pennsylvania.NEXT JOB: Conor Lamb's future after Congress will start with a stint at the personal injury law firm Kline & Specter, per TribLIVE. Lamb's term ends in January. He unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate instead of reelection but says he might return to public service soon.

Today's fifth top news story in Pennsylvania.SNOW LAW: A new law is in effect this winter across Pennsylvania. It requires cars to be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of a storm and before hitting the road, ABC27 reports. Fines are $50 or up to $1,500 if ice or snow left on a car ends up injuring someone.
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