November 26th Playbook

PA Democrats have high hopes for redistricting in 2021, while Pennsylvania becomes the 7th state to legalize sports betting. Here is the Playbook.

November 21st Ups & Downs: This year’s voter turnout in Pennsylvania was higher than 2014’s midterms in every county, payrolls reached new record highs, Pennsylvania lawmaker’s get a pay raise, and two Democrats make a push for the DPCC. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Pennsylvania Democrats have high hopes for redistricting
AP: Frustration mounts as town hits 3 months without post office
AP: Sports betting goes live in Pennsylvania
AP: Lawmakers, judges get to unwrap a raise this holiday season
AP: Pennsylvania agrees to deal for inmate hepatitis C treatment
AP: Jury awards former Teva executive $6M in discrimination suit
StateImpactPA: State to hold public meeting on PFAS contamination
PLSReporter: City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill  
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials
Inquirer: Ropes, muscle, shouts: State Christmas tree arrives in Pa. Capitol
Inquirer: Ex-U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies: I didn’t think I did anything illegal
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. candidates will devote unused millions in campaign contributions to transition costs, building clout  
WHYY Newsworks: Casey for president? U.S. senator from Pa. says it could happen
WHYY Newsworks: New Congress Democrats from Pa., N.J. look for ways to make an impact
Billy Penn: Pennsylvania’s forgotten Socialist history and the century-old revolution that almost was
Billy Penn: Click through to this Twitter thread for tons of maps + info about PA votes in the midterms and the D/R shift
Billy Penn: How did immigration play in Pennsylvania during the midterms?
Billy Penn: Democratic socialists scored in PA’s midterms. Is the revolution next?
Pittsburgh Business Times: The 100 highest-scoring high schools in Pennsylvania on the 2018 Keystone Exams
WESA: Rep. Mike Doyle On The 2019 Democratic Agenda, Nancy Pelosi And Investigating Trump     
Beaver County Times: After record-setting deer donations, more meat processors needed for coming season
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Democrats ride green surge to blue wave
Harrisburg Patriot News: Which counties see the most deadly vehicle crashes?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Casey, Toomey seek answers on nursing homes
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa Supreme Court agrees to hear case over donor names and Harrisburg’s legal defense fund for gun lawsuits
Harrisburg Patriot News: Utah is getting a citizens’ redistricting commission. Pennsylvania? Not so much | Wednesday Morning Coffee
York Daily Record: Here’s your complete guide to the 2018 fall hunting season in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Is Pennsylvania’s seat belt law keeping up with an Uber age?  
Morning Call: Want a copy of that police video? Probably not going to get it in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Voter turnout in some Pennsylvania counties neared presidential election levels

 

Philadelphia
Philly Clout: Super PAC spending could overwhelm candidate cash in next year’s Philadelphia City Council races
Inquirer: Ex-U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies: I didn’t think I did anything illegal
Inquirer: Uber adds wheelchair accessible rides in Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philadelphia finds $21 million accounting error in its quest for ‘missing’ $33 million
Inquirer: The other victims of Kensington’s opioid crisis: Children bearing witness
Inquirer: Jury: Philly public defenders liable in child abuse case
WHYY Newsworks: Philly campaign contribution limits questioned
WHYY Newsworks: Changes to controversial anti-squatting law advance in City Council      
WHYY Newsworks: Radio Times: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney   
WHYY Newsworks: Can behavioral scientists help make city government more effective?
WHYY Newsworks: Relics of a polarizing legacy within reach at Frank Rizzo estate sale
PLSReporter: City Council committee passes Philly wage increase bill       
Billy Penn: This City Council candidate shared racist comments and posts on Facebook
Billy Penn: Democratic socialists scored in PA’s midterms. Is the revolution next?
Philadelphia Citizen: Rethinking Staffing
KYW Newsradio: Philly sees ‘significant reduction’ in stop-and-frisk numbers. But is it good enough?

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Reilly voted Southeast Republican Caucus Chair, will step down as leader of Delco GOP
Delco Daily Times: GOP leader Reilly talks about his future, & future of GOP in Delco
Delco Daily Times: Clifton Heights budget calls for tax hike
Bucks County Courier Times: Doylestown approves Main Street Wawa move
Bucks County Courier Times: Yardley councilman accused of bullying stands by remarks, alleges distraction from borough impropriety
Bucks County Courier Times: County considering tax increase or reserve draw to fill $15.5M shortfall in budget
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Pottsgrove township member resigns
Montgomery Media: Counties offer avenues of care for seniors
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County releases preliminary 2019 budget; no decision yet on a tax increase
Daily Local News: Officials to examine ways to make housing more affordable in Chester County
AP: Frustration mounts as town hits 3 months without post office

 

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board member: My signature forged on Amazon document
Post-Gazette: East Pittsburgh will close its police department Dec. 1, officer says
Post-Gazette: Region’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2 may have been the biggest of them all
Post-Gazette: McKeesport Area School District considering its own police force
Post-Gazette: Heinz Endowments will commit nearly $10 million to criminal justice system reforms
Post-Gazette: Riding the house flipping boom, mortgage lender adding more jobs on North Side
Post-Gazette: Catch up on … Trump’s policies hit a local restaurant, the biggest HQ2 bid of them all and the rest of the week’s best reads
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Diocese puts priest on administrative leave following sex abuse allegation
Post-Gazette: McCandless police chief, lieutenant placed on leave pending investigation
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh police to outfit all officers with cameras, test new technology, in 2019
Tribune Review: Tree of Life synagogue’s future remains undetermined
Tribune Review: Oakmont officials seek new manager
WESA: Rep. Mike Doyle On The 2019 Democratic Agenda, Nancy Pelosi And Investigating Trump
WESA: Politics And Family Don’t Have To Make For An Unsavory Mix This Thanksgiving
KDKA: AG Shapiro Suggests Much More To Follow In Priest Child Abuse Prosecutions
City Paper: Pittsburgh small retailers feed the local economy and offer intangibles the likes of Amazon cannot give  
City Paper: Pittsburgh Public School board member says signature was forged on letter in support of Amazon bid
City Paper: Refugee writers continue to find sanctuary at City of Asylum  
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials

 

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Commissioners seek cost estimate for hotel tax audit
Beaver County Times: County to delay portion of CCBC payment, avoid tax increase
Beaver County Times: After record-setting deer donations, more meat processors needed for coming season
Observer-Reporter: New website will help attract visitors to Greene County
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners approve continuing work at county airport
Observer-Reporter: Monessen council grills official about funding agreement
Observer-Reporter: Ex-Union manager sues township
Observer-Reporter: Town Hall South speaker explores possibility of life on Mars
Observer-Reporter: Washington County seeking conservation district directors
Altoona Mirror: Councilwoman’s agency collecting headphones
Altoona Mirror: State lists proficiency scores for schools in Blair County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Hot Jobs | ‘Thriving tech industry’ – Local company leaders say available IT jobs outnumber qualified applicants
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Klan leader from Johnstown dies
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Democrats ride green surge to blue wave

 

NEPA
Pocono Record: Outsourcing vote could happen Dec. 5
Times Leader: Luzerne County Court budget request set for presentation Tuesday
Times Leader: Staff added in some Luzerne County departments this year
Standard Speaker: Shenandoah Valley school board amends ash dumping tax
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill County budget contains no tax hikes
Standard Speaker: Building in Shenandoah Heights to be demolished
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s overtime surges, but stays below some prior high years
Times-Tribune: Debate rages over Planned Parenthood’s fate

 

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Utah is getting a citizens’ redistricting commission. Pennsylvania? Not so much | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Small Business Saturday sees crowds of consumers in central Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: Closer look at homelessness in Carlisle
York Dispatch: ‘Ivory tower’: West York school board member sounds off on state audit
York Dispatch: York County has year to replace voting machines — and figure out how to pay up to $8 million
York Dispatch: York County to hold line on taxes, balance budget in 2019
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former GOP chairman Greg Sahd enters 2019 race for Lancaster County commissioner

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: In Lehigh Valley, new tax law reshaping messaging, strategy for charitable giving
Morning Call: Lehigh and Northampton counties receive grants from DCNR
Morning Call: Finance director, assistant solicitor face more than a year in prison for Allentown pay-to-play scheme
Morning Call: Voter turnout in some Pennsylvania counties neared presidential election levels
Reading Eagle: Power shift in House may hasten farm bill talks
Reading Eagle: Results are in for Berks County schools
Reading Eagle: Partnership of Reading school district and orchard is growing strong
Reading Eagle: Kutztown University students get lesson in voter registration
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council shaves $2.4 million budget shortfall

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Proposed budget for city calls for tax increase, less police
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Eric Beiter seeking nomination for mayor
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Proposed budget: No tax increase for Woodward Township
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport attorney seeks county judge seat
Erie Times-News: Government meetings in Erie County, week of Nov. 26
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council starts Merski replacement process

 

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pat Toomey tries again: Congress should back gun buyer checks
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Topple the old guard now: Conor Lamb’s class should stand fast
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Creative solution: State prisons, advocates work around a book ban
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Giving thanks: Take today to find some common ground
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Building strong families: Young parents need help finding their way
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mike Pence’s blunt talk: Asian nations must be wary of Chinese chicanery
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Vets shortchanged again: Stalled GI Bill payments are VA’s latest gaffe
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protecting high-rises: Council should move quickly to require sprinklers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The nonprofit standard: Mis­sion, not CEO pay, is the bot­tom line
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A win for free speech: Ben Shapiro and his detractors both got their say
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mentally ill behind bars: A judge’s unusually specific sentence offers promise
Inquirer Editorial Board: City Council should play a bigger role in opioid crisis
Inquirer Editorial Board: Spike in homicides to over 300 is a wakeup call for police and Mayor
Inquirer Editorial Board: What’s in store for retail workers this holiday
Inquirer Editorial Board: Why is it OK there are so many hungry among us?
Christine Flowers: Betsy DeVos’ new rules for handling campus sexual assault provide much-needed balance
Will Bunch: Oil is the poison that burns Paradise, kills Kashshoggi, inflames Paris. When will we quit?
Ingrid Shepard: Philadelphia’s low wages hurt single mothers most of all
Erica Zurer and Betty Beaufort: Fund Philly libraries so that they can be fully staffed
Jason Han: Two little words that made all the difference to a surgeon in training
Trudy Rubin: Three reasons to cheer for press freedom this Thanksgiving
Maria Panaritis: A parent’s worst nightmare, a community in tears after Haverford YMCA death
Mike Newall: The next generation of Italian Market royalty takes its place behind the counter
Stu Bykofsky: With Narcan, government intrusion is being forgiven
Reuben Jones and Bryan Lentz: Focused deterrence to fight gun violence should not be passé
Inquirer: How did your hometown shape you? We asked Philly-lovin’ transplants about where they grew up
Sylvia P. Simms: Streamline school application process in Philly
Michael McGough: Ivanka’s emails are an embarrassment, but she’s no Hillary Clinton
Jeffrey Rosen: What would James Madison make of American democracy today?
Josh Portney: Teens deserve a voice in government, so why won’t most politicians listen?
Keith C. Burris: Day without burden
David M. Shribman: Let the mating dance begin
Tony Norman: What would Neville Chamberlain do?
Dan Simpson: Why does Trump bow to the crown prince?
Bill White: Politicians, educators, journalists all prone to bloopers

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