December 6th Playbook

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown has yet to resign after being convicted on bribery charges. Here is the Playbook.

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown Convicted on Bribery Charges, Has Not Resigned: The Philadelphia Democrat has not resigned as of yesterday.
Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski Arrives at Federal Prison in Connecticut: He is expected to serve out the rest of his sentence at this prison until his release date in Nov. 2031.
Harrisburg & DC
AP: Lawmaker questions governor’s drive for new voting machines
Philly Voice: Trump in Philly this weekend to attend Army-Navy game
WHYY Newsworks: Porn, leaks, and petty politics: What led to Kathleen Kane’s downfall
WHYY Newsworks: Some Philly activists praise Bush for ADA, others say he failed in face of AIDS epidemic  
PLSReporter: IFO predicts nearly $2 billion budget hole for next year, complicating budget picture
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom
Post-Gazette: Critical of UPMC-Highmark split, a departing legislator takes on new role
StateImpactPA: Delaware County study: Pipeline blast could be devastating, but risk is low
Philadelphia Business Journal: New U.S. attorney has bold plans for white-collar
prosecutions
Beaver County Times: Sen. Pat Toomey praises China’s commitment to crackdown on fentanyl production
Inquirer: With tears, laughter and prayer, nation bids farewell to George H.W. Bush
WPSU: Paper Ballots, Secure Voting The Focus Of Election Symposium At Penn State
KDKA: Former Gov. Ridge Reflects On Attending Bush Funeral
LNP | LancasterOnline: Report: Broadband service lacking in most of PA
York Dispatch: Caregiver guilty in mishap involving Scott Wagner’s mom
York Dispatch: York County congressmen, Wolf honor former President George H.W. Bush
York Daily Record: Perry angles for chair of House Freedom Caucus
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. in top 30 states with highest suicide rates, new data shows | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony taking place Thursday
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf’s idea to lower Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls might not work right away
     

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: New U.S. attorney has bold plans for white-collar prosecutions
Philly Voice: Trump in Philly this weekend to attend Army-Navy game
Philly Voice: Philly (hoping) to begin street sweeping (pilot in a targeted area) in 2019
KYW Newsradio: Constitutional law prof: Vanessa Lowery Brown out of Pa. house
KYW Newsradio: Effort to gut anti-smoking regulations rejected by Philly City Council committee
KYW Newsradio: City Council hearing attempts to roll back anti-smoking regulations
KYW Newsradio: Port of Philadelphia plans to open new training center in the new year  
PlanPhilly: Union scores hot win over real estate industry in fire code battle
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Philly schools lose more to corporate handouts than any other big city
WHYY Newsworks: Some Philly activists praise Bush for ADA, others say he failed in face of AIDS epidemic
Inquirer: Reports of flawed records and improper sales trigger call for investigation of city land deals  
SEPA
StateImpactPA: Delaware County study: Pipeline blast could be devastating, but risk is low
Bucks County Courier Times: Four area technical schools receive state equipment grants
Delco Daily Times: Administrators, school board reorganized in Upper Darby
Delco Daily Times: Capozzoli leads Ridley School Board again
Pottstown Mercury: $1.5 million in funding secured for open space preserve in Southern Chester County
Pottstown Mercury: Financing approved for St. Teresa church, school expansion
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough Recreation Board announces Yardley5K donations
Pittsburgh
WESA: Pittsburgh’s Proposed Capital Budget Slices More Than $5M from URA
WESA: After New Efforts By Post-Gazette Journalists, Publisher Weighs In On Long Union Dispute
KDKA: Former Gov. Ridge Reflects On Attending Bush Funeral
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto wants mayors across the nation to join local gun legislation fight
Post-Gazette: Critical of UPMC-Highmark split, a departing legislator takes on new role
Post-Gazette: McCandless police officers vote ‘no confidence’ in chief under investigation
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police officer to plead guilty to lying to FBI in bank robbery case
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom
City Paper: Faith, labor, and pro-immigrant groups call for removal of Colcom Foundation’s name from holiday market
Tribune Review: Westmoreland lawmakers: Attempt to halt voting machine mandate unlikely to succeed
Tribune Review: Taxes, streets, personnel to be front and center at Apollo’s council meeting
Tribune Review: Oakmont taps Sewickley retiree as interim manager
SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Judge to hear Toprani’s challenge to Cook’s 11-vote margin of victory in 49th District
Observer-Reporter: Former Donora councilman fined for ethics violations
Beaver County Times: Trump administration supports ethane storage hub in region  
Beaver County Times: Commissioner Sandie Egley unhappy with proposed county budget
Beaver County Times: Domestic coal consumption at lowest levels in nearly 40 years
Beaver County Times: Shell to link carbon emission goals to executive pay
Altoona Mirror: County may enlist inmates’ assistance
  

NEPA
Times Leader: County election director ‘not hiding anything’ about trips
News Item: County budget OK’d on 2-1 vote; no tax increase
News Item: Judge grants city petition to maintain tax millage
Standard-Speaker: Property taxes on rise in Hazleton
Standard-Speaker: Parking cost to double in West Hazleton
Citizens Voice: Wolf: County farmers may be eligible for disaster relief funding
Citizens Voice: W-B Area credit rating improves as district plans to borrow for new school
Citizens Voice: City will apply for funding for various projects
Citizens Voice: New zoning laws approved limiting natural gas operations in Dallas Twp.
Pocono Record: PV board president Peeters expects to lose seat
Times-Tribune: Scranton native, White House correspondent reflects on friend, former president
Times-Tribune: Project to connect Abingtons residents to public water complete

South Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: Josh Parsons, Doug Brubaker announce bids for Lancaster County commissioner in 2019
York Dispatch: Caregiver guilty in mishap involving Scott Wagner’s mom
York Dispatch: York County congressmen, Wolf honor former President George H.W. Bush
York Daily Record: Perry angles for chair of House Freedom Caucus
Harrisburg Patriot News: Susquehanna University students protest decision to arm safety officers
Harrisburg Patriot News: Central Dauphin board member says district paid employees for hours not worked
Harrisburg Patriot News: Feds pressed to hire locals for construction of new Harrisburg courthouse
Harrisburg Patriot News: Recycling will cost Harrisburg more, but not enough to end it
  

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Easton Area School Board member alleges ‘micromanagement, attempt to undermine superintendent’  
Reading Eagle: Perry Township tax rate steady in 2019 budget
Morning Call: Allentown Council votes down 2019 budget, sets stage for default
Morning Call: Wesley Barrett resigns from Emmaus Council
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council rejects proposal to raise elected officials’ salaries
Erie Times-News: Millcreek zoning board OKs Waldameer water slide
Erie Times-News: Erie School Board sticks with leaders
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County to vote Thursday on White Deer contract with Billy Casper
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport school district OKs LERTA
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Konkle re-elected as Montoursville board president, tax limit passed
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Muncy OKs different health insurance provider; new manager hired

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: A new word for ‘shameful’: Probations in Harrisburg, Traffic Court sting
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Promise keepers?: A moment of truth approaches for new Democrats
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mobility and access: Shuttle program is picking up speed
Dan Simpson: World-wise Bush was adept at foreign affairs
Ernest Owens: Black Clergy Soda Tax Criticism Leaves Wide Opening for a Kenney Challenger
Dwayne Wharton: Philly’s sweetened beverage tax brings hope
Trudy Rubin: What Marc Lamont Hill and the Israeli government have in common
Morton A. Klein: Marc Lamont Hill’s history suggests his recent comments were intentional
Josh Klugman: Temple professors: No confidence in university leader who won’t support Marc Lamont Hill’s academic freedom
Mike Newall: O glorious day! Philly is (possibly) getting its streets swept

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “December 6th Playbook”

  1. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

    Republicans committing voter fraud, imagine that

    “Over a thousand absentee ballots from likely Democratic voters may have been destroyed in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District last month as allegations of fraud on behalf of the Republican candidate mount,” The Hill reports.

    1. YourRealDad says:

      Republicans love fraud in general and then covering it up with God and Jebus

      1. Nedith Flanders says:

        I only vote for Bible thumping hypocrites who can pray away the gay

  2. Thomas Jefferson says:

    The post mentioned here about vote fraud has it right. This is a problem for all parties. However, fairness in voting starts with ending the corruption that is gerrymandering. This practice rots like a bad apple from the core and is the opposite of good government. Yet, time and again in the name of politics powerful people block fair redistricting. Now we have King Scarnati and Speaker Turzai finding fault with Gov Wolf’s fair minded efforts to have a redistricting commission. Imagine that–leaders are not happy with a commission for redistricting. Say what??? When will the people ever get a fair shake in how districts are drawn??? A miracle happened when the Pa Supreme Court stepped in to block the pretzel shaped districts in Pa designed by powerful Republicans. We need fair districts now. All we want is fundamental fairness in the drawing of our districts.

  3. EvilBobCaseyIV says:

    Why has Trump clammed up about voter fraud???? I guess its ok when Republicans do it.

    Over a thousand absentee ballots from likely Democratic voters may have been destroyed in the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District last month as allegations of fraud on behalf of the Republican candidate mount

    1. YourRealDad says:

      Funny how all of a sudden you yellow belly Dems care about voter fraud lol YOUVE BEEN BENEFITING FOR YEARS, WAKE UP. Btw evil Bob Casey is redundant. Bob Casey is already evil. You loon.

      1. YourRealDad says:

        Bring some facts and come back and see me…….

        GOP Officials Had Early Warnings of Fraud
        “Republican officials had early warnings of voting irregularities in North Carolina congressional race that are now the subject of probes,” the Washington Post reports

        In the days immediately after the GOP primary, aides to Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), who lost the race, told the state party’s executive director that they believed fraud had occurred.

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