November 14th Playbook

Republicans and Democrats in the state House select their new leadership team, while Pennsylvania strikes out on Amazon HQ2. Here is the Playbook.

 

GOP Leadership: Cutler Selected As New Majority Leader: The Lancaster County Republican takes over for Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

Former Philadelphia City Rep Desiree Peterkin Bell Charged For Public Corruption: The former official in Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration is being charged with “multiple counts of theft of public funds involving the Mayor’s Fund.”

SD-6: Not Enough Votes For Davis to Unseat Tomlinson: The closely watched state Senate race in lower Bucks County appears to have gone to the Republican incumbent. The Patch reports that the “provisional ballots have not yet been broken down”, but “obviously those number would not be enough to change the result of the race at this point.”

Pennsylvania Doesn’t Get Amazon HQ2, Offered $4.6B over 25 Years: Amazon’s second headquarters will not be in Pennsylvania, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration revealed their offer to them yesterday.

Peduto’s State of the City Address: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto delivered the state of the City address yesterday. His proposed budget has no tax increase, while he promised more than $500 million investment in city employee, road and bridges and quality of life institutions.

Pennsylvania Is One Of Three States Where Republicans Lost Popular Vote, But Won the State House: The Washington Post detailed the midterm results in Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina where Republicans lost the popular vote, but still walked away with a majority of seats in their state Houses. Democratic candidates won 54% of the statewide House popular vote, but walked away with 45% of the state legislature. The Washington Post credited, “this disparity is largely due to how the districts were drawn.”

Dean Tweets Support for Pelosi: The incoming Congresswoman representing the newly drawn 4th District in the Philadelphia suburbs tweeted out her support for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as next Speaker of the House. Madeleine Dean said Pelosi has the “experience, compassion, intellect, & skill to lead us during this crucial time” and credited her for ushering in Obamacare.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Voters sue Pennsylvania officials over absentee ballot rules
AP: Pennsylvania shows it offered $4.6B to Amazon over 25 years
AP: The Latest: State House Democrats pick leadership team
AP: Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse
AP: Aide to ex-mayor accused of stealing $20K from Philadelphia
PLSReporter: Philadelphia pleased with “stellar effort” in courting Amazon
PLSReporter: Cutler named Majority Leader, Dem leadership goes east for next session
PLSReporter: Peduto promises infrastructure investment, climate policy in budget address
StateImpactPA: Listen: Climate change and loss of biodiversity
StateImpactPA: EQT fined for hitting abandoned mine, causing leak during pipeline construction
StateImpactPA: Homeowners down the shore stand to lose millions from sea level rise
Washington Post: In at least three states, Republicans lost the popular vote but won the House
Inquirer: In Pa. House, Democrats from Philly and suburbs gain political muscle
Bucks County Courier Times: Acting AG Whitaker filed complaints against Santarsiero, McGinty in 2016
LancasterOnline | LNP: Peach Bottom Rep. Bryan Cutler tapped for majority leader, putting him in powerful statewide role

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Public corruption charges for former City Rep Desiree Peterkin Bell
Inquirer: Philly flush with cash thanks to business and real estate tax revenues
Inquirer: In Pa. House, Democrats from Philly and suburbs gain political muscle
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Mayor’s Fund gets new oversight
KYW Newsradio: Philly police union suing city officials over ‘Do Not Call’ list
KYW Newsradio: Activists mark 2-year anniversary of weekly protests against Sen. Toomey
KYW Newsradio: Claims process begins for clergy abuse victims; nearly 350 submitted credible allegations
KYW Newsradio: Court to decide if bullied student’s discrimination suit will proceed
KYW Newsradio: Report finds financial returns on funding lawyers for tenants threatened with eviction
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area business leaders react to HQ2 news
Philadelphia Business Journal: Post HQ2: Where does Philadelphia go from here?
Philadelphia Business Journal: GoPuff to create 500+ jobs in $4M plan to build new Phila. HQ & 10 Pa. warehouses
Forbes: 3 Best Places Where It’s Cheaper To Own A Home Than Rent
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s Amazon HQ2 loss could be a long-term win for city, experts say
Philadelphia Magazine: Asa Khalif Says He’s Running for City Council    

 

SEPA
Patch: Not Enough Votes To Change Bucks Senate Race: Officials
Daily Local News: Pipeline risk assessment pondered
Daily Local News: Chamber official: More must be done to bolster local economy
Daily Local News: Commissioners appoint new Deputy County Administrator
Inquirer: In Pa. House, Democrats from Philly and suburbs gain political muscle
Delco Daily Times: Archdiocese rolls out plans to compensate abuse victims
Delco Daily Times: O’Mara, Quinn win in unofficial tally of absentee ballots
Montgomery Media: Hatboro proposes 4.4 percent tax increase
Bucks County Courier Times: Acting AG Whitaker filed complaints against Santarsiero, McGinty in 2016
Bucks County Courier Times: Winner in 6th District state Senate race will come down to overseas, military ballots
Bucks County Courier Times: Former President George Bush visits Travis Manion Foundation service site
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale chooses brother as running mate

 

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh nearing major announcement with nonprofit, corporate sectors, Peduto says
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police chief, officers meet with community in trust-building effort
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s Jewish leaders, FBI worked together in aftermath of Tree of Life shootings
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County volunteer fire departments will receive $4.57M in state aid
Tribune Review: Steelworkers ratify contract with U.S. Steel
Tribune Review: Greensburg woman says she will seek Republican nomination for Register of Wills in 2019
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh developers look for consolation in Amazon’s HQ2 jilting
Pittsburgh Business Times: Local businesses react to Amazon HQ2 announcement with disappointment, optimism
City Paper: Nonprofit CEO Quincy Kofi Swatson to run for North Side City Council seat
City Paper: Opioid overdoses of high-profile names like Mac Miller re-ignite national conversations about the epidemic
WESA: ACLU Sues Over Pennsylvania Absentee Ballot Deadlines
KDKA: Government Crackdown Prompts Major E-Cigarette Manufacturer To Suspend Sales Of Some Products

 

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Cook’s lead narrows to 14 votes in 49th Legislative race
Observer-Reporter: State Sen. Kim Ward, ‘red-blooded woman,’ went for gun to ward off intruder
Observer-Reporter: Opportunity to help people trumps economic impact of medical marijuana plant
Beaver County Times: Beaver County volunteer fire relief associations get $729,000 in funding
Altoona Mirror: Blair splits budget votes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: READ THE COMPLAINT: Class action 
abuse lawsuit 
names bishops 
and Vatican   
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Arcurio named schools chief at Greater Johnstown
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State House gets new majority leader

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Timlin among two controversial figures at national bishops conference
Times-Tribune: Former Lackawanna County coach sentenced for child sex crimes
The Times Leader: Butler Township hires new manager to replace Petrilla
Citizens Voice: Edwardsville proposed 2019 budget includes no property tax increase

 

South Central
LancasterOnline | LNP: Peach Bottom Rep. Bryan Cutler tapped for majority leader, putting him in powerful statewide role
York Daily Record: PHRC hosts 2nd of 3 town halls on York racism
York Dispatch: Politicos: Trump was catalyst for high York County voter turnout
LancasterOnline | LNP: Craig Lehman will seek new term as county commissioner, Dennis Stuckey not running
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lancaster Republican Bryan Cutler elected state House majority leader
Harrisburg Patriot News: Voters sue Pennsylvania officials over absentee ballot rules
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania offered $4.6B for Amazon headquarters
Carlisle Sentinel: Public responds to proposed outsourcing of Carlisle School instructional aides
Carlisle Sentinel: Bloom’s district office in Carlisle to close Nov. 27
Carlisle Sentinel: State House leadership elections bring change to Harrisburg
Carlisle Sentinel: Proposed Carlisle budget holds the line on tax rate

 

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Update for 15th Congressional District
Reading Eagle: South Heidelberg calls community corrections center a non-permitted use
Reading Eagle: Reading’s new revitalization board brainstorms on committees, objectives for city
Express Times: Palmer Township holds the line on property taxes for 3rd straight year
Express-Times: Parts of Lehigh Valley in 7th month without representative in Congress
WFMZ: South Meadow Street approved to be rezoned
WFMZ: Allentown comprehensive plan begins Tuesday
WFMZ: Mary Gay Scanlon to be sworn into House of Representatives
WFMZ: Berks Election Services to post unofficial results next week
Morning Call: Congresswoman-elect Susan Wild heads to Capitol Hill to learn the ropes
Morning Call: Philadelphia’s police union sues over problem cops list
Morning Call: Allentown fined for allowing pollutants, sediment into golf course creek
Morning Call: Easton school officials say they need 12th street to do Cottingham Stadium revamp
Morning Call: Pa. settles lawsuit by agents who claimed retaliation by ex-AG Kathleen Kane

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: South Williamsport Borough Council passes budget with no tax increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: No change in millage rate for Hughesville residents
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Jersey Shore School Board discusses 2 debt alleviating options
Erie Times-News: County Council increases taxes
Erie Times-News: Millcreek to seek grant to extend Presque Isle trail
Erie Times-News: Erie Zoning Hearing Board re-issues Airbnb decision
Erie Times-News: Firefighters’ relief associations receive state funds
Centre Daily Times: $55.1 million is headed to help Pa. volunteer firefighters. What will Centre County get?

 

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Why are we the worst state for student loan debt?
Inquirer Editorial Board: The election is done, but improving voting in the state isn’t over
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Justice for victims: Diocesan funds shouldn’t replace abuse legislation
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Last days of dog racing: Florida ban will hasten the end of a cruel “sport”
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Control the mob: U.S. should demand Pakistan ensure Asia Bibi safety
Jim Kenney, Harold T. Epps and John Grady: What Philly gained from Amazon’s HQ2 process
Melissa Bova: Common-sense changes to make Philly’s Fair Workweek law truly fair
Jenice Armstrong: It never gets easy, says mom who just lost her third son to gun violence
Albert Eisenberg: GOP candidates should learn from Brian Fitzpatrick’s LGBT-inclusive campaign
Kwame Ajamu and Kirk Bloodsworth: For death row survivors, the fight against capital punishment starts in Philly
Christopher Norris: A solution to Philadelphia’s gun violence that might actually work

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