Redding unveils 2023 Farm Show butter sculpture | Five for the Weekend

The 2023 Farm Show runs Jan. 7-14 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sunday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 14

By: - January 7, 2023 6:30 am

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding unveiled the 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture (Commonwealth Media Service photo).

Happy weekend, all. 

Welcome to the first weekend of 2023!

Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding unveiled the Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture.

The sculpture, a Farm Show tradition that celebrates the commonwealth’s dairy farmers, is carved from 1,000 pounds of butter, showcasing this year’s theme: “Rooted in Progress.”

“We celebrate this year’s theme, Rooted in Progress, by highlighting the progress made over the past eight years and the opportunity that Pennsylvania’s farm families have today to innovate, diversify, and plan,” Redding said. “The entire commonwealth benefits from the strong roots we’ve cultivated for agriculture. These roots feed local economies and Pennsylvania families, they break down walls holding Pennsylvanians back, and they are a strong foundation for the future.”

The 2023 Farm Show runs Jan. 7-14 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, Jan. 8, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 14, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

As always, the top five stories from this week are below.

(Photo courtesy of Brendan McPhillips)















1. With Fetterman’s win behind him, Dem consultant McPhillips is sticking with Pa. for 2023

Brendan McPhillips just wrapped the successful U.S. Senate campaign of Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a grueling race during which the candidate suffered a stroke, and fought his way back despite his lingering auditory processing issues, not to mention an opponent with deep pockets in Republican Mehmet Oz.

One might say McPhillips had more than earned a little time off. But instead of taking an extended vacation, he jumped into his next job: as campaign manager for former Philadelphia City Councilor Helen Gym, in her bid to be the next mayor of Philadelphia.

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, of Philadelphia, and House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, of Lancaster County (Commonwealth Media Services/City & State Pa..)













2. GOP warns members against accepting deals from Dems ahead of House speaker vote

With just an unpredictable swearing-in ceremony in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives set for Tuesday, an ongoing dispute over control of the chamber has GOP leaders warning their own members against negotiating with Democrats to elect the next House speaker.

In an email sent to members of the House Republican Caucus late last week – that has been verified by City & State – Jake Smeltz, chief of staff to House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, of Lancaster County, relayed a warning from the Republican leadership team. In the email, GOP leaders said that members of the House Democratic Caucus had reached out to GOP members about supporting a Democratic candidate, or a “transitional or consensus candidate,” for speaker.

LYNCHBURG, VA – MAY 13: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Jerry Falwell (R), President of Liberty University, on stage during a commencement at Liberty University May 13, 2017 in Lynchburg, Virginia. President Trump is the first sitting president to speak at Liberty’s commencement since George H.W. Bush spoke in 1990. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)



















3. A pastor comes to terms with the church’s idols of Trump, money and power | Opinion

On Sunday, January 10, 2021, I woke up early, stepped out my back door into frigid, biting air, and drove from one America into another.

I drove from leafy, liberal southwest Minneapolis, west from metro Highway 62 onto US Route 212, which runs from Minnesota into South Dakota, dead-ending in Yellowstone National Park in wild, ultra-conservative Wyoming.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images
The U.S. Capitol (Samuel Corum/Getty Images).


















4. Democrats and Republicans have narrow majorities on Capitol Hill. What’s next for 2023 | Analysis

In the wake of the 2022 U.S. midterm elections, a general sense of the political landscape in the upcoming 118th Congress has taken shape. With Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s announcement that she is leaving the Democratic Party and Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory in Georgia’s runoff, Democrats will maintain control in the Senate, while Republicans will take control of the House.

Divided government sparks fears of gridlock, a legislative standstill. At face value, this makes sense. Given the different policy priorities of the two major parties, you might expect to see each party passing legislation out of the chamber it controls that has little chance in the other chamber – and thus no chance of becoming law.

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, speaks before signing a package of three bills, which mirror three of the Grand Jury’s recommendations on addressing the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse, inside Muhlenberg High School on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 (Commonwealth Media Services photo).

5. Pa. Legislature welcomes new members, House elects Rozzi as speaker

The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2023-24 session started Tuesday with the swearing-in of new lawmakers and the resolution of a leadership quandary in the lower chamber.

Defying predictions of a contentious partisan gridlock, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives elected its first independent speaker, Rep. Mark Rozzi, who was re-elected to his Berks County seat in November as a Democrat.

And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.