December 12th Playbook

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigns her seat “under protest”, while the residency feud continues over SD-38. Here is the Playbook.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: State lawmaker convicted of bribery resigns ‘under protest’
AP: GOP skeptical in residency dispute with new Senate Democrat
AP: Cosby lawyers detail 11 alleged trial errors as they appeal
AP: Pennsylvania urged to crack down on drug benefit managers
WHYY Newsworks: A new coal mine is opening in Pennsylvania. Is Trump to thank?
WHYY Newsworks: Lawsuit: Pa. should end ‘good moral character’ requirement for cosmetology licenses
WESA: Many PA Voters Had No Choice At The Polls, Some Say The Electoral Map Is To Blame
PLSReporter: With conviction, Brown resigns House seat “under protest”
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania’s Auditor General takes on prescription drug “middlemen” in new report
PLSReporter: Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Jen Swails to take over as Secretary of the Budget as Albright steps down
Billy Penn: Everything Harrisburg is trying to fix PA’s gun laws
StateImpactPA: Judge denies emergency petition for Mariner East shutdown
Inquirer: The man in charge of Pa.’s commutation system says it’s broken. Can it be fixed?  
Inquirer: Pa. auditor general wants to take a whack at firms that negotiate drug benefits for the Medicaid program
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rate of opioid use and other drug use soars among pregnant women in Pa.  

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Facing criticism for remaining in office, convicted Pa. lawmaker resigns
Inquirer: Philly home values are rising. Will taxes keep rising with them?
Inquirer: Temple trustees condemn controversial remarks by Marc Lamont Hill, but affirm his right to free speech
Inquirer: Following a $165K windfall, Kenney cracks down on public land flipping
WHYY Newsworks: Will ‘big soda’ be a player in Philly’s 2019 elections?
Billy Penn: A welcome flip-flop: Philly’s Mayor will start paying his interns
Philadelphia Tribune: Isaiah Thomas, 34, announces third bid for City Council seat
Philadelphia Magazine: The 30th Street SEPTA Station Is Getting a Major Overhaul
KYW Newsradio: How the season of giving could land Philadelphia city employees in trouble
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials work to answers Wolf’s call on paperless voting machines
KYW Newsradio: City Controller reports Philly’s beverage tax hauled in $137M
KYW Newsradio: Criminal justice reform advocates push for community-driven approach of participatory defense
KYW Newsradio: Amtrak’s split-flap schedule board may not depart 30th Street Station after all
Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila. business community upset over new Fair Workweek legislation

 

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Pennridge Regional police ink new five-year contract
Montgomery Media: DEP holds hearing for proposed compressor station in West Rockhill
Montgomery Media: Telford approves tax increase
Montgomery Media: Cheltenham proposed 3.6 percent tax increase
Daily Local News: Officials set $127 million maximum for Avon Grove school construction projects
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick asks Gov. Wolf to halt Rockhill Quarry
Bucks County Courier Times: Adelphia pipeline public comment period ends this week
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council OKs 9.5% tax hike for 2019
Pottstown Mercury: Study recommends intersection fixes in Pottstown region
Pottstown Mercury: Court rejects another plea from pipeline foes
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Supreme Court ruling breathes new life into Lower Merion School District appeal

 

Pittsburgh
WESA: Williams Submits 100-Page Filing In Effort To Resolve Residency Dispute
WESA: Many PA Voters Had No Choice At The Polls, Some Say The Electoral Map Is To Blame
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh councilmen introduce bill to increase funding for gun violence prevention
Post-Gazette: Amid residency uncertainty, state senator-elect Lindsey Williams makes herself at home in new office
Post-Gazette: No more commenting on Monroeville’s Facebook page, council says
Post-Gazette: Parents of Antwon Rose II sue Pitt police for not terminating Michael Rosfeld
Post-Gazette: Peters Township Council approves body cams for police
Post-Gazette: McKeesport approves budget with no tax increase
Post-Gazette: Castle Shannon approves budget with slight tax increase
Post-Gazette:From modular to affordable, housing dominates Pittsburgh URA agenda
City Paper: Stark racial disparities exist for teens tried as adults in Allegheny County. Can anything be done to change it?
City Paper: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers fights to protect and empower its workers
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation
Pittsburgh Business Times: One of Pittsburgh’s biggest private equity firms buys company it sold 5 years ago
KDKA: Auditor General Urging Crackdown On Pharmacy Benefit Managers
Tribune Review: Braddock Council considering 6 candidates to replace Mayor Fetterman
Tribune Review: Leechburg mayor: Convicted police chief Diebold to be fired soon

 

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Solomon jumps into 37th District Senate race
Altoona Mirror: Union pay raises irk Tomassetti
Altoona Mirror: Diocese details sex abuse payments
Beaver County Times: Midland works to fix pension problem
Beaver County Times: Midland has full council ready to make changes
Post-Gazette: Peters Township Council approves body cams for police  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown council to consider increasing real estate transfer tax for 2019
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Apprenticeships pave road to employment, officials say

 

NEPA
News Item: Shoch to bow out of county government
News Item: City approves $4 million budget that includes no tax increase; adoption slated for Dec. 26
News Item: Zerbe Township supervisors welcome new member
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council opts for no tax hike in 2019
Times Leader: Luzerne County government litigation settlements proposed
Times Leader: Luzerne County farmer to lead Pa. Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee
Standard-Speaker: Dorrance Twp. supervisors say no to development
Citizens Voice: No tax increase for county property owners
Citizens Voice: County will hire firm to probe election director controversy
Citizens Voice: Dallas School Board approves new position
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board discusses cost-saving measures, including 4-day week
Times-Tribune: Expo features new state-mandated voting systems; officials concerned with potential costs
Times-Tribune: AG opens investigation into suspended Dunmore police chief

 

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rate of opioid use and other drug use soars among pregnant women in Pa.
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s second term will come with a new budget secretary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hot-tempered Pa. firefighter tasered at city council meeting: reports
Carlisle Sentinel: Budget approval on the agenda for Carlisle borough council meeting Thursday
PA Post: Berks County law enforcement hope new technology can help curb gun violence

 

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council approves 2019 budget with no tax increases
Reading Eagle: Spring Township adopts 2019 budget, holds tax rate
Reading Eagle: $2.06 million budget toes line on taxes
Reading Eagle: Exeter OKs 6.8 percent tax hike for 2019
Express Times: PennEast notches ‘milestone’ in push to begin building pipeline in 2019
Morning Call: What are Lehigh Valley lawmakers saying about money for a border wall?  
Morning Call: Allentown Council has amended the budget. What would those cuts mean for services?
Morning Call: Ex-Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski loses bid for evidence his lawyer claimed was withheld

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Reserve fund nearly drained; council continues to whittle
Erie Times-News: Harborcreek supervisor won’t seek reelection
Erie-Times News: Ray Massing to retire as Erie Parking Authority director
Erie Times-News: Erie School District’s state-ordered plan coming in 2019

 

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Tax returns might help clear some of Trump’s legal clouds
Inquirer Editorial Board: We’re not hearing the full truth on city’s financial deals
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: When the robots come…: Companies should invest in workers, not machines
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Fighting over art: Museums should better scrutinize acquisitions
Kenyatta Johnson: Setting the record straight on city-property sales
Will Bunch: America knew how to deal with a crook like Spiro Agnew. Why is Trump so hard?
Solomon Jones: Philly’s new fight against white poverty should serve as a catalyst to help people of color, too
Reuben Jones: PA’s new sentencing algorithm is a weapon of mass incarceration
Dan Simpson: Christmas can bring peace (if we want it)
Tony Norman: Whatever happened to the Republican Party?
Carol Kuniholm: Pa. lawmakers need to try again on real reform in 2019
Lowman S. Henry: If you liked 2018, you’ll love the next Democratic grab at redistricting  

December 12th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “December 12th Playbook”

  1. Seeking Good Government says:

    I see King Scarnati has thrown yet another monkey wrench into a matter as he wanders into a state senate residency dispute as noted in the news clips. I mean we have a chance to really change things for the better with redistricting commission set up by Gov Wolf that is “BIPARTISAN” yes “BIPARTISAN” but King Scarnati and the Republican leadership even before the new commission starts want to derail it frustrating those seekers of good government.

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