December 5th Playbook

Scott Perry may be making a push to lead the House Freedom Caucus, while state Rep. David Zimmerman is ordered to pay $14,000 for ethics violations. Here is the Playbook.

The Hill: Scott Perry Vying For Freedom Caucus Chair: A source tells The Hill that Perry is thought to be the front-runner.

State Rep. David Zimmerman Ordered to Pay $14,000 by Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission: The Lancaster County Republican used his previous position as township supervisor to further a land deal that he and his brother had financial interests in.

Wolf Talks About Criminal Justice Reform: Gov. Tom Wolf talks to the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery about reform proposals including mandatory minimum sentences, probation reform, bail bond reform, and reducing rates of recidivism.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Wolf to attend former President Bush’s funeral service
AP: Court to rule on secrecy of state police social media policy
AP: Court decision limits fireworks sales from roadside tents
PLSReporter: Funding questions take center stage ahead of voting machine switch
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania pressing schools to ensure special-ed students aren’t on their own
WITF: Pa. touted as criminal justice reform model, but officials say there’s more to do
WITF: Pa. lawmakers circulate memos in anticipation of new redistricting battle
Billy Penn: Reference checks for gun permits? Small staffs and privacy concerns make it tough — or illegal
WESA: State Senator Hopes To Create Citizen Redistricting Commission In New Legislative Session   
WESA: What To Do With A Soon-To-Be Empty, Taxpayer-Funded Mansion?
KDKA: Corbett Credits The Late President Bush With Launching His Political Career
Morning Call: Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge recalls President Bush’s work for disabled Americans
Post-Gazette: Medical marijuana growers, dispensaries sue over Pa.’s clinical research initiative
Post-Gazette: Draft version of carbon-cutting plan envisions a dramatic shift in Pa.’s energy mix   
Post-Gazette: Some Catholics demand bishop’s resignation, others beg him to stay during emotional listening session
Harrisburg Patriot News: Some Pa. state government offices to close early on Wednesday for National Day of Mourning

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Convicted of bribery, Philly legislator Brown refuses to resign
Inquirer: Report: Phila. School District lost $62 million in revenue in 2017 to tax abatements
Inquirer: James F. Kenney Sr., Philly firefighter and mayor’s father, dies at 83  
Inquirer: Philly gas commission approves PGWs plan for gas venture, despite insinuations of Russian ties
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania pressing schools to ensure special-ed students aren’t on their own
WHYY Newsworks: Philly mayor wants immigrant assistance office to become permanent
PLSReporter: Committee forwards pharma sales regulations       
PLSReporter: Philly council advances ordinance regulating lead paint in school
Philadelphia Magazine: GQ Magazine Names Philly “City of the Year”
The Temple News: Temple to investigate if it will reprimand Marc Lamont Hill

 

SEPA
KYW Newsradio: Results are in on risk assessment regarding Mariner East 2 pipeline
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby teachers reject contract offer, will rally tonight
Delco Daily Times: Community Briefs: Borough approves Media Farmers Market to operate year-round
Delco Daily Times: Philadelphia purchases land as airport moves ahead with cargo facility
Montgomery Media: Perkasie to hold line on taxes; electric, trash fees to rise
Montgomery Media: Souderton approves tax hike, increased trash bag fee
Montgomery Media: East Rockhill proposes 19.5 percent tax hike
Montgomery Media: Tax rate unchanged; sewer rates up for proposed Sellersville budget
Pottstown Mercury: Divided OJR School Board settles on new leadership
Daily Local News: Officials approve plan by Toll Brothers to build 42 homes in East Marlborough
Daily Local News: Petition being circulated to repeal hike in West Chester earned income tax
Bucks County Courier Times: Under 2019 budget ‘reset,’ Lower Makefield looks to raise taxes, clear negative fund balances
AP: Boil water advisory lifted for communities near Philadelphia

 

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council passes Fitzgerald’s nearly $1 billion 2019 operating budget
Post-Gazette: Medical marijuana growers, dispensaries sue over Pa.’s clinical research initiative
Post-Gazette: Draft version of carbon-cutting plan envisions a dramatic shift in Pa.’s energy mix
Post-Gazette: Big Beaver mini-casino: 750 slots and 500 jobs, residents told
Post-Gazette: Some Catholics demand bishop’s resignation, others beg him to stay during emotional listening session
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh sports venues, convention center secure new $800K pot of taxpayer money
Tribune Review: Tribune-Review seeks surveillance video clips shown in sheriff’s public corruption trial
Tribune Review: Cheswick police chief to retire as part of lawsuit settlement
Tribune Review: Plum Schools have ‘legitimate chance’ to avoid tax hike next year
Tribune Review: Rural areas in Fayette and Somerset counties to benefit from federal infrastructure loans
Tribune Review: New president, vice president to lead Gateway Board of School Directors  
WESA: State Senator Hopes To Create Citizen Redistricting Commission In New Legislative Session
WESA: What To Do With A Soon-To-Be Empty, Taxpayer-Funded Mansion?
KDKA: Aliquippa Assistant Police Chief Facing Charges In Two Separate Cases
KDKA: Trial Begins For Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown school board picks new president, accepts three resignations
Altoona Mirror: AASD debates fate of B building
Observer-Reporter: Survivors, parishioners share stories, concerns at listening session
Beaver County Times: Residents, officials weigh in on proposed Big Beaver casino

 

NEPA
Pocono Record: Open house draws mixed reactions, emotions
Times Leader: Grant applications awaiting Wilkes-Barre city council’s approval
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre attorney accepts public reprimand for disparaging comments
Standard-Speaker: Fiume retains HASD board presidency
Citizens Voice: County council hopes to cut tax hike with budget amendments
Times-Tribune: First county departments slated to move to Globe soon
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board reorganization meeting reveals divisions
Times-Tribune: Scranton council passes 2019 budget that holds taxes steady

 

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg leaders close to signing renegotiated Penn Waste recycling contract
Harrisburg Patriot News: Some Pa. state government offices to close early on Wednesday for National Day of Mourning
Harrisburg Patriot News: $500 million project to expand natural gas pipeline proposed
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton School District approved for $25,000 state school safety grant

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge recalls President Bush’s work for disabled Americans
Morning Call: Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski arrives at prison that inspired ‘Orange is the New Black’
Morning Call: Emmaus Borough looking at 13 percent tax hike
Morning Call: In nail-biter of a vote, council backs Quadrant staying in historic Bethlehem
Morning Call: Second prosecutor enters Lehigh County judge race
Reading Eagle: Veteran, nonprofit founder throws hat into race for Reading mayor
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania has yet to carry out many suggestions for drug-treatment reform
Reading Eagle: Bern Township’s $4.3 million budget to hold tax rate  
Reading Eagle: Bernville adopts spending plan with no tax hike
Reading Eagle: $1.64 million budget keeps tax rate the same in Womelsdorf
Reading Eagle: Sen. David Argall calls Bush an inspiration for Americans

 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Why there’s support for a higher hotel tax and how it could help Centre County
Centre Daily Times: Major Patton Township road construction project delayed
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Noviello seeks GOP Williamsport mayor nomination
Erie Times-News: Public gets first look at Bayfront Parkway option

 

Opinion
John Baer: Gov. Wolf’s redistricting reform v. political reality
Jenice Armstrong: Um, it’s a little too soon to party just yet, Vanessa Lowery Brown
Solomon Jones: Research confirms what I’ve always known: White liberals talk down to me
Adam Levick: From Jerusalem, Marc Lamont Hill’s ‘river to the sea’ comments hit too close to home
Amy Gutmann: For democracy to flourish, we must fight the assault on free press
Brett Mandel: Corruption in Philadelphia: It’s their prerogative – not ours
Paul Muschick: I’m all for paying tribute to George H.W. Bush. But where’s my darn mail?
Paul Muschick: Questions about grand jury process shouldn’t overshadow findings about predator priests

December 5th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “December 5th Playbook”

  1. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

    Republicans were right about voter fraud!!!!!!!!!

    Inside The North Carolina Republican Vote Machine: Cash, Pills — And Ballots

    BLADENBORO, North Carolina — The allegations that Republicans tampered with absentee ballots in a close North Carolina election represent the most serious federal election tampering case in years, one that allegedly stole votes from elderly black voters in the state’s rural south.

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