December 17th Playbook

AG Shapiro says he will continue to enforce the ACA, while a GOP candidate announces a bid for HD-114. Here is the Playbook.

December 14th Ups & Downs: The residency dispute continues in the state Senate’s 38th District, a bill overwhelmingly passes the House that was influenced by a pair of PA Congressmen, and a town’s Council voted unanimously to prevent comments on their Facebook page. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

HD-114: Stephen Semenza Announces Bid To Seek GOP Nomination: The lawyer from Old Forge switched his party registration from Democrat to Republican last week.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Fewer Pennsylvanians get health coverage as deadline nears
AP: Judge rules gas pipeline company can start taking land
AP: Court says no bail as Cosby appeals sex assault conviction
KDKA: Pa. AG Shapiro: ‘I Will Continue To Enforce Affordable Care Act’  
Post-Gazette: Fight over Lindsey Williams’ residency brings Pa. Senate into uncommon political territory
KYW Newsradio: ‘Get Help Now Week’ maybe over, but Pa. still has resources available
StateImpactPA: PennEast pipeline can take New Jersey lands using eminent domain, judge rules
StateImpactPA: PUC panel sees ‘statewide concern’ with pipeline corrosion after ME1 leak
StateImpactPA: At Penn State, researchers push for answers on carbon capture: Will it stay where we put it?
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – December 10, 2018  
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
WITF: Pa. mulls more naloxone handouts after strong demand
WHYY Newsworks: Prosecutors driving dip in Pa. death sentences, not moratorium
Inquirer: Despite advisers’ convictions, Bob Brady retains grip on Philly Democratic Party  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hey motorists, slow down around these workers. It’s now the law
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s Lou Barletta reflects on congressional tenure amid final days in D.C.
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s 20 biggest economies, ranked by county

 

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Philly voter data shows millennials had highest turnout in midterms compared to 2014
KYW Newsradio: Congressman Boyle announces federal funding for Delaware River deepening
KYW Newsradio: ‘Get Help Now Week’ maybe over, but Pa. still has resources available
KYW Newsradio: New school board policy may allow some valuable art to emerge from storage
KYW Newsradio: Commission for Women holds panel discussion on root causes of maternal and infant mortality
PLSReporter: Pharma regulations held in Philly City Council’s final 2018 meeting
Inquirer: ‘True colors’ vs. ‘political grandstanding’: War of words erupts from Philly’s two top prosecutors
Inquirer: Despite advisers’ convictions, Bob Brady retains grip on Philly Democratic Party
Inquirer: Philly school board gives reprieve to struggling charter school
WHYY Newsworks: Prosecutors driving dip in Pa. death sentences, not moratorium
Philadelphia Magazine: Q&A: Feminist Writer Rebecca Traister on How Anger Shapes Philly Politics
Philadelphia Magazine: The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The Fight to Bring Amtrak’s Clack-Clack Back

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: The Paper Chase: Pa. starting process of moving to mandated paper trail for ballots
Delco Daily Times: Upper Prov honors volunteer, OKs budget, tax hike
Delco Daily Times: Eddystone taps Mandy Hall to fill seat on borough council
Delco Daily Times: County sets public hearing on pipeline risk study
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Redevelopment Authority awards $3.7 million in casino grant funding to Lower Bucks municipalities
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors approve final $13M operating budget for 2019; holds the line on taxes
Montgomery Media: Upper Salford budget approved with no tax hike
Daily Local News: Chester County survey focuses on workplace sexual harassment
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County weighs option as state pushes for new voting machines
Bucks County Courier Times: Judge rules gas pipeline company can start taking land
Bucks County Courier Times: Federal award aims to reduce homelessness among foster youth, keep families together
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem School District in fact finding with teachers
Pottstown Mercury: Hundreds get ‘life saving’ drug naxolone in Chester County
Pottstown Mercury: Three new Chester County prosecutors sworn in
Philly Voice: Montgomery County earmarks $5.8 million for new voting machines with paper trail

 

Pittsburgh
WESA: Gun Control Bills To Be Introduced To Pittsburgh City Council, But State Law Poses Issues
KDKA: Pa. AG Shapiro: ‘I Will Continue To Enforce Affordable Care Act’
KDKA: Pittsburgh Included In Apple’s Massive Job Expansion
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh officials to consider ban on some guns, ammunition  
Post-Gazette: County residents praise quality of life but still worry about race relations, quality of air and drinking water
Post-Gazette: School districts struggle with rules for administering medical marijuana
Post-Gazette: Fight over Lindsey Williams’ residency brings Pa. Senate into uncommon political territory
Post-Gazette: Top religion stories of 2018? They happened here
AP: Judge Resigns After Removal From Sex Offender Cases
Pittsburgh Business Times: $1M grant to help Pitt Innovation Institute’s job retraining efforts in PA’s coal country
StateImpactPA: Four workers injured at gas plant blast near Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Leechburg’s Mike Debold will have to register with state police when released from jail
Tribune Review: Lower Burrell’s budget calls for police raises but no tax increase  
Tribune Review: Delmont council approves 2019 budget with no tax hike, will consider sewage rate hike

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pulse of the Voters | Bucking the political trend: GOP’s local midterm gains mirror shift in registration
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Westmont council OKs budget with tax hike
Beaver County Times: Local GOP legislative candidates enjoyed help from the state party
Beaver County Times: Beaver County among counties to ‘sell out’ of free naloxone
Beaver County Times: Zubik works to move Catholic Church forward
Observer-Reporter: Kail announces office locations to remain same  
Altoona Mirror: School districts facing hefty budget increases
Altoona Mirror: Pa. benefits from farm bill
Altoona Mirror: State Superior Court vacates case, stresses need for counsel for kids

 

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Cartwright announces opening of Hazleton office
Standard Speaker: Weatherly Area superintendent gets new contract
Standard Speaker: Black Creek Twp. budget for 2019 has no tax hike
Standard Speaker: In tentative 2019 budget, taxes stay put in McAdoo
Times Leader: Luzerne County approves reduced tax anticipation loan
Times Leader: Luzerne County flood authority says use of basin for new stormwater project not set in stone
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre awarded $200,000 from state for financial recovery
News Item: Shamokin revitalization groups targets downtown growth
Times-Tribune: Barletta at book signing: No specific plans after term ends
Times-Tribune: Already facing deficit, officials say Scranton School District needs help from the state
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners award Community Re-Invest funds for 23 projects
Times-Tribune: Longtime Wyoming County Commissioner Ron Williams dies
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton School District fleet manager Daniel Sansky appears in court
Times-Tribune: Timeline of Lackawanna County pay hikes changing

 

South Central
York Dispatch: ‘God was his author’: Community bids farewell to Ray Crenshaw
York Dispatch: Regardless of DeVos’ plan, York College won’t budge on sexual assault policies
York Dispatch: ‘It’s nuts’: Amid uncertainty, York County forms committee on voting machines  
Harrisburg Patriot News: GAO asked to assess how staffing levels contribute to federal prison safety conditions
Harrisburg Patriot News: Businesses lining up to become Pennsylvania’s real mini-casinos  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Vigil honors Sandy Hook victims on sixth anniversary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hey motorists, slow down around these workers. It’s now the law
AP: Harrisburg Bishop Gainer changes path on punishment of priest with dementia

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown mayor vetoes budget just before midnight, thwarts override
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s Lou Barletta reflects on congressional tenure amid final days in D.C.
Morning Call: 100-year-old, ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker dies  
Morning Call: As the economy grows, nearly 100,000 people commute into the Lehigh Valley for jobs
Morning Call: Allentown budget brouhaha expected to come to a head just before midnight
Reading Eagle: The Briefing: Auditor general’s call for fix on pharmacy pricing embraced by two GOP lawmakers
Reading Eagle: Week in politics: A good week (relatively) for British Prime Minister Theresa May
Reading Eagle: Getting rail service restarted between Reading and Philly is a steep grade to climb [Ask the Eagle reports]
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s 20 biggest economies, ranked by county

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week
Erie Times-News: Change to medical transit drives fears of fare increases, poor service
Erie Times-News: East Erie County on cusp of switch from dispatching to ambulance service
Erie Times-News: Erie gives out 150 Narcan kits
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to meet Tuesday about Merski replacement
Erie Times-News: Government meeting in Erie County, week of Dec. 17
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State official urges end to overdoses with local center
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keystone Central School District recruits new superintendent from State College
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport approves budget with tax hike
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County OKs 2019 budget 2-1 after heated discussion; no tax increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County Golf course and commission pick see contention
AP: Erie Diocese announces start of victim compensation fund

 

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Standing down: Police brass caved to union boss’ bullying on cases
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Backtracking in Paris: Concession to rioters subverts the climate accord
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Twitter and free speech: Social media should err on the side of liberty
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The noble profession: Journalists do what they do on behalf of the citizen
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Trump picks an AG: William Barr is the right person to head the Department of Justice
Inquirer Editorial Board: City moves to take the pain out of paint, other school hazards
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly’s technology have-nots are increasing and that’s a problem
Jim Cawley: Conservatives should lead the way on clean energy that creates jobs and prosperity
Mary Gay Scanlon and John Sarbanes: From day one, Democrats will fight to restore ethics to politics
Brian Fitzpatrick: Middle class families need a livable wage that’s specific to their needs
Sigal Ben-Porath: From snowflake students to outspoken professors: Why protecting campus speech matters
Maria Panaritis: A year of writing this column brings few hoagies, a lot of news
Keith C. Burris: Listening to America
David M. Shribman: Speaking of everything … in Latin
Ruth Ann Dailey: Drown­ing in dreck
Paul Muschick: Allentown budget process needs an overhaul

December 17th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “December 17th Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Now if (quite) a few more biased Allegheny County judges would resign, then hallelujah for some fair jurisprudence in the Soviet Republic of Allegheny County.

  2. Zakrey Bissell says:

    Make sure you votes for me in these special elections for HD-114 and SD-37. I’m the best candidates for these.

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