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Group of 25 Republican lawmakers sign on to impeachment articles against Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf


The Center Square: A group of 25 Republican lawmakers is renewing its quest to have Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf impeached, despite an evident lack of appetite among GOP leaders and the majority of their fellow legislators to pursue the idea.

State Rep. Darryl Metcalfe, chairman of the House Environmental Affairs and Energy Committee, announced this week that he was filing five articles of impeachment against the governor.

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.

Metcalfe has been a leading and frequent critic of the governor, particularly over the administration’s moves to have the state join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a climate pact with other states, and over the governor’s moves related to the closure and gradual reopening of the state’s economy during the coronavirus crisis.

That COVID-19 response, which has infuriated many Republicans and business owners in the state, is the source of the five articles in Metcalfe’s resolution. The first two relate to the decision to shut down the economy, the third to problems relating to the state’s unemployment insurance program during the pandemic, the fourth to the infiltration of the state’s nursing homes by the virus, and the fifth to the administration’s responses to right-to-know requests.

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