12/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

pa-state-flag6Fattah faces a decade in jail, Kane gets more time and the presidential vote totals are finalized. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Fattah Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison: The former Congressman is going to jail.

PA Presidential Election Results Certified: The numbers are now final.

Kane Gets An Extension: Kathleen Kane will have another three weeks to file her appeal.

Judge Rejects Stein Recount Request: This effectively ends the recounting effort in Pennsylvania.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Gas prices to rise as final Act 89 tax hike takes effect
State House Sound Bites: Layoff prep in full swing at state UC centers
StateImpactPA: Charges dropped in Sunoco pipeline case

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Former Philadelphia congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to 10 years in prison
Inquirer: Down by 25 votes, Pa. state rep. seeks recount
Inquirer: It’s not fair, but black politicians have to be better
Inquirer: Friends, supporters bemoan Fattah’s fall
WHYY Newsworks: Cities prepare for President Trump
WHYY Newsworks: Unnecessary incarceration costs U.S. taxpayers $20 billion a year, Brennan Center study says

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bristol Township school board sets limit on property tax increase for 2017-2018
Delco Daily Times: Nether Providence hears pipeline concerns
Delco Daily Times: Chester Township holds line on taxes

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pa. Republicans withhold comments on Russian hacking
Post-Gazette: Potter Township residents wonder about cracker plant’s effects
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey calls for federal investigation into CDC emails on Legionnaires’ outbreak
Post-Gazette: Grant program would reward hiring of Pittsburgh Promise alumni
Tribune-Review: Two Plum students stage pro-Confederate flag protest
Tribune-Review: Oops! Pittsburgh cites self over derelict properties

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Bernard seeking office as judge
Altoona Mirror: Amusement tax reduction drops
Beaver County Times: Ambridge Area teachers to strike Tuesday
Beaver County Times: Legislation tackling unclaimed vets’ remains sails through U.S. Senate

NEPA
Times Leader: Sen. Bob Casey: No quick fix for collapsed Solomon Creek wall
Times Leader: Luzerne County Judge orders W-B Area to release high school plans and specifications
Times-Tribune: Scranton housing board upholds ruling against Airbnb use

South Central
Patriot-News: Slots down, table games up, in latest revenue data from Pa. casinos
Patriot-News: ‘I have not ruled out anything for the future’ – handicapping the would-be GOP gubernatorial aspirants
Patriot-News: Harrisburg parking rates to increase next year, but will that include street meters?
Patriot-News: Greater Harrisburg NAACP installs new president
York Dispatch: York housing market reaching pre-crash levels
York Dispatch: New inpatient substance-abuse center opening

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown mayor vetoes budget just before deadline
Morning Call: Sex assault allegation an effort to smear ex-congressional aide, lawyer tells jury
Morning Call: Whitehall Township commissioners OK 2017 budget
Reading Eagle: Too deadly to handle: Surge in Fentanyl deaths galvanizes attention
Reading Eagle: Berks Women in Crisis changes name to Safe Berks

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: City of Erie, authority grapple over bayfront hotel tax exemption
Erie Times-News: Wolf: community colleges can provide improved access to education, training
Centre Daily Times: Ferguson Township supervisors adopt 2017 budget without tax increase

Opinion
Inquirer: Fattah downfall should serve as indictment of city Democratic Party
Daily News: Arrogance fueled Fattah’s fate
Daily News: The awful thing that Trump said that nobody noticed
Patriot-News: Fighting the great opioid epidemic
Patriot-News: Donald Trump, who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, is playing a dangerous game
Post-Gazette: A public safety pop-up: Give the city police a Downtown presence

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Federal judge denies Stein’s push for Pa. recount
Keystone Crossroads: A decade in prison for Fattah [updated]
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 12: Editorial: If our public schools aren’t broken, please don’t fix them

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