November 15th Playbook

Mary Gay Scanlon gets sworn into Congress, while the state Senate leadership remains largely unchanged. Here is the Playbook.

 

SEPA Gains Big in House Dems Leadership Vote: The House gains made in the Southeastern region of the state are reflected in the new leadership.

Mary Gay Scanlon Sworn In Congress To Represent Old 7th District: Scanlon becomes the first woman in Pennsylvania’s delegation since 2015.

PA State Senate Leadership Remains Mainly Unchanged: The Democrats are bringing back every member of the previous terms leadership, while the Republicans will only be replacing one retiring member’s post.

Kinsey Selected as Legislative Black Caucus Chair: Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) was elected as the new Chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.  

 

Harrisburg & DC

AP: Senate GOP wants Democrat to prove she meets residency rule

AP: Union files suit over policy arming teachers at school

AP: Pennsylvania Senate leadership to return intact

AP: Scanlon is first woman in Pennsylvania delegation since 2014

PLSReporter: Wolf, advocates celebrate passage of domestic violence restrictions even as many proponents leave legislature

PLSReporter: Attorney General announces charges against former Philadelphia city official

PLSReporter: Despite big election swing, Senate leadership unchanged

WHYY Newsworks: Why Trump Could Have A Harder Time Winning Pennsylvania In 2020

Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. was willing to pony up $4.6B for HQ2

WITF: People with serious mental illnesses in Pa. face long wait for treatment

Inquirer: Pennsylvania doubles, to $36M, tax credits for investing in distressed neighborhoods

Bucks County Courier Times: Casey talks taxes, child care and re-election in interview   

Bucks County Courier Times: Wait continues for official results naming winner in 6th Senate District nailbiter

Delco Daily Times: McClinton makes history of her own as Dem caucus chief

Post-Gazette: Bob Casey enters third term with eye on infrastructure, preserving Mueller investigation  

Post-Gazette: Tree of Life shooting inspires renewed push by Sen. Toomey to close gun show loophole

Post-Gazette: In Pa. House, Philly-area Democrats gain political muscle, Allegheny County loses clout

Post-Gazette: The report card is in: Pennsylvania’s infrastructure is just as bad as it was four years ago

Beaver County Times: After winning third Senate term, Casey turns attention to legislative agenda

Observer-Reporter: Cook, Toprani separated by a dozen votes; election board to judge validity of 19 challenged provisional ballots

 

Philadelphia

Billy Penn: Former City Controller Alan Butkovitz will announce his candidacy for mayor on Thursday

Inquirer: Former Nutter aide Peterkin Bell loses board memberships, teaching gig after felony charges

Inquirer: District school? Charter? Private? Philly school-choice advocates want streamlined applications

Inquirer: When is killing ‘murder’? Philly DA Larry Krasner rethinks homicide prosecutions.

Inquirer: Will fights over soda taxes in other states impact Philly?

WHYY Newsworks: Philly may require all pharmacies to stock overdose-reversal drug naloxone

WHYY Newsworks: Wharton prof: No amount of money would’ve swung Amazon

WHYY Newsworks: As hate crimes increase, faith leaders come to Philly security summit

Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s What Philadelphia Offered Amazon in HQ2 Competition

Philadelphia Magazine: Comcast Fires Employee Targeted Over Reported Ties to Hate Group

KYW Newsradio: Philly clergy sex abuse survivor sues nation’s Catholic bishops, the Vatican

KYW Newsradio: Transgender Awareness Week highlights education, barriers

Philadelphia Business Journal: Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin takes ComEd role in Chicago

Slate: Philly Police Are Saving Lives by Taking Shooting Victims to the Hospital Without Waiting for Paramedics

 

SEPA

Bucks County Courier Times: Wait continues for official results naming winner in 6th Senate District nailbiter

Bucks County Courier Times: Casey talks taxes, child care and re-election in interview

Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville plans staffing cuts in 2019 draft budget

Bucks County Courier Times: State teachers union president, longtime CR staffer remembered

Delco Daily Times: Scanlon takes helm of 7th District in Congress

Delco Daily Times: County council discusses prison issues

Delco Daily Times: McClinton makes history of her own as Dem caucus chief

Delco Daily Times: County council pushes for solution to stray animals

 

Pittsburgh

KDKA: Conservative Group Threatens To Take Pitt To Court Over Security Fee For Controversial Podcaster’s Appearance

KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Mayor Bill Peduto’s Travels Around The World

City Paper: How Pittsburgh losing the Amazon HQ2 bid could affect the region’s economy

Post-Gazette: Bob Casey enters third term with eye on infrastructure, preserving Mueller investigation  

Post-Gazette: Tree of Life shooting inspires renewed push by Sen. Toomey to close gun show loophole

Post-Gazette: In Pa. House, Philly-area Democrats gain political muscle, Allegheny County loses clout

Tribune Review: Another Democrat to challenge Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus

Tribune Review: Plum Council to hold the line on property taxes in 2019

 

SWPA

Observer-Reporter: Cook, Toprani separated by a dozen votes; election board to judge validity of 19 challenged provisional ballots

Beaver County Times: After winning third Senate term, Casey turns attention to legislative agenda

Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials to discuss 2019 budget publicly next week, county still financially stable  

Beaver County Times: Plenty of new housing coming to Center, but it might not be enough

Observer-Reporter: No tax increase included in Greene County budget  

Observer-Reporter: After prison board meeting, officials respond to corrections union’s vote of no confidence  

Observer-Reporter: Monessen school board adds new member

Altoona Mirror: County sees high voter turnout

Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg schools receive grades

Altoona Mirror: Bellwood-Antis School Board may increase taxes

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill to close loophole to protect victims of domestic violence becomes law

 

NEPA

The Times Leader: Embattled Wyoming Borough manager has resigned

The Times Leader: 15 apply for WB Area school board opening, including consolidation critics

The Times Leader: County council still trying to get to bottom of C&Y fiscal problems

The Times Leader: County vendor probing problems with some electronic polling books

 

South Central

LancasterOnline | LNP: Manheim Central approves high school renovation with potential $40M price tag

Carlisle Sentinel: Republican Cumberland County commissioners launch joint re-election bid for seats

Carlisle Sentinel: Public responds to proposed outsourcing of Carlisle school instructional aides

Carlisle Sentinel: Union files suit over policy arming teachers at Tamaqua schools

Carlisle Sentinel: Philadelphia-area’s Scanlon is first woman in Pennsylvania delegation since 2014

York Dispatch: York County woman joins ACLU lawsuit over Pa. absentee ballot deadlines

York Dispatch: York City draft 2019 budget $4 million higher than 2018

York Dispatch: Hallam mayor announces York County commissioner bid

Harrisburg Patriot News: Lancaster Republican Bryan Cutler elected state House majority leader

Harrisburg Patriot News: County commissioners committed unfair labor practice over firing of 2 employees, Pa. court rules

Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg wants to borrow $2 million to repave streets, remove commuter short-cut

Harrisburg Patriot News: Police: Borough secretary stole $425k

 

Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Meet the Pennsylvania Legislature’s leadership teams

Morning Call: Easton Mayor says he will ask council to pull request for investigation into police station

Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s infrastructure report card: Some bright spots, but the grade remains the same

WFMZ: Allentown seeks citizen input for decade-long comprehensive plan

WFMZ: Township takes aim at state over corrections center in South Heidelberg

WFMZ: Reading City Council sets time limit on vacancies

Reading Eagle: Animal Rescue League asks Reading to levy $2 per-capita tax

Express Times: Easton school tax increase won’t be more than 2.4 percent, administrator says

 

North by Northwest

Centre Daily Times: State Sen. Jake Corman gets third term as majority leader

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners break down preliminary $9.5M deficit

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Developer’s request to expand business district approved

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Taxes in Loyalsock expected to remain level under budget

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County to consider $440K for radio system update

Erie Times-News: Erie County Council passes property tax increase

 

Opinion

Inquirer Editorial Board: Public corruption: In Philly, it’s déjà vu all over again

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Expedite asylum requests: Beefed-up courts are needed to handle the backlog

Maria Panaritis: Archbishop Charles Chaput: ‘You saw the job they tried to do on me?’ My run-in with the peeved prelate.

Trudy Rubin: China’s future weapon vs. America: Its growing middle class

Will Bunch: Philly dodged a ‘prosperity bomb’ when Amazon didn’t pick us. Be very grateful

Sara Todd: When wildfires destroyed Paradise, California, the town that shaped me went up in smoke

Ronnie Polaneczky: A landowner who’s an ally, not a bully? In Philly?

Solomon Jones: What Democrats owe black voters: Use House majority to end police brutality

Mike Newall: Philly could populate Pittsburgh with its hungry

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