August 19th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order addressing gun violence. The state’s unemployment rate ticked up .1%, bringing it to 3.9%. Here is the Playbook. 

 

August 16th Ups & Downs: Gov. Tom Wolf addresses gun violence and charter schools, the state GOP has a new Finance Committee Chair, and the Philly DA’s comments about “war criminals” garners pushback. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Wolf unveils gun violence effort after Philadelphia shooting
AP: Pennsylvania unemployment rate ticked up to 3.9% in July
WITF: Study: Pa. counties spend double when they pick touch-screen voting machines
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. workers forced to choose between watching Trump, no pay or using paid time off 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pat Toomey pushed for gun control after Sandy Hook. Can the Republican senator lead again?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This is about organizing government’: Gov. Wolf signs executive order on gun violence
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State, union officials fear economic fallout from closure of centers serving Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities
WPSU: Casey Urges Those At Penn State Agriculture Lunch To Oppose Proposed SNAP Changes
Billy Penn: Why a former Philly police star is back to lead state anti-violence efforts
Los Angeles Times: Pennsylvania, other states sue Trump over ‘public charge’ rule denying green cards to immigrants 
PLSReporter: Wolf signs ’unprecedented’ executive order to organize state government in combating gun violence 
PLSReporter: U.S. Rep. Doyle raises alarm for action on climate change legislation in Pittsburgh town hall 
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 19: Sun, sand and property tax reform
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – August 12, 2019
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Inquirer: Marijuana giant Harvest agrees to relinquish two dispensary permits after Pennsylvania probe
Inquirer: Pennsylvania iGaming reports initial results; from humble beginnings, 24/7 gambling is borne
KDKA: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Agrees To Officiate Woman’s Wedding After She Tweets Him 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate ticks up for the first time in 3 years
Post-Gazette: Online wagers surpass in-person sports betting in Pennsylvania for first time 
Patriot News: Union workers had to attend Trump event in western Pa. to get paid: report
Patriot News: After eight years in Congress and a failed Senate bid, Lou Barletta says he has no appetite for a House seat run
Patriot News: Reducing gun violence to save lives is aim of Pa. Gov. Wolf’s latest executive order
Patriot News: Why victims of clergy sex abuse embrace hope for justice even if lawmakers should fail to enact reforms 
York Dispatch: PA Treasury goes viral with new Twitter account  
Morning Call: Which 2020 Democratic candidates for president are Pennsylvanians giving the most money to?
StateImpactPA: Research shows thousands could be saved with better air quality standards
StateImpactPA: ‘Great progress’ in South Philly refinery cleanup, fire commissioner says
Bloomberg: Three Mile Island, where America flirted with its own Chernobyl, slated to close

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Meet the Philadelphians behind the 2020 presidential campaigns
Inquirer: After 6 Philly police officers are shot, Wolf to sign order to beef up Pa.’s violence prevention efforts 
Inquirer: Bankruptcy hearing on sale of Hahnemann’s residency program postponed, emergency room officially closed
Inquirer: Philly police shooting suspect Maurice Hill is expected to be charged with attempted murder, gun offenses
Inquirer: Philly’s Bernie Sanders mural is coming down during demolition
Inquirer: Attempted-murder charges filed against Philly police shooting suspect Maurice Hill
Inquirer: 8 hours of chaos: A minute-by-minute account of how Philadelphia police officers made it out alive
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner said he offered suspect in police shooting a ‘phony baloney’ deal to surrender
Inquirer: What’s new on campus? Here’s a sampling from colleges around the region
Inquirer: Cheyney balances budget and raises $4.4 million, both key to keeping it afloat
Inquirer: How did a Russian entrepreneur who got a Wharton M.B.A. and lived on the Main Line end up on trial in Kuwait?
KYW Newsradio: Wolf orders change to Pennsylvania’s charter regulations; operators fire back
KYW Newsradio: New survey allows Philadelphia residents to share opinions on city services
KYW Newsradio: Community members make their voices, concerns heard at Nicetown-Tioga meeting
KYW Newsradio: Philly community uses rally, motorcade to drive home message: ‘too many guns’
KYW Newsradio: City allocates additional $2M in funding for after-school activities
KYW Newsradio: Thiel totes progress, but refinery cleanup is yet to be placed under control
KYW Newsradio: Philly DA’s office will appeal case against truck driver accused of killing bicyclist
KYW Newsradio: Federal prosecutor, district attorney face off on question of Philly police support
KYW Newsradio: Ross describes harrowing rescue of 2 cops trapped in Nicetown home with gunman
Billy Penn: The North Philly search warrant and PPD’s history of raids gone wrong
Billy Penn: Why a former Philly police star is back to lead state anti-violence efforts
Philly Voice: Suspect in North Philly police shooting charged with attempted murder
Philly Voice: Daughters of Jim Kenney and North Wildwood councilwoman arrested after fight at Jersey Shore
WHYY Newsworks: ‘You can’t go back to normal’: After police shooting, Nicetown-Tioga neighbors say there’s a lot of work to do
PLSReporter: Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines 
Philadelphia Magazine: With Pa. Turnpike Lawsuit Dismissed, SEPTA Can Breathe a Big Sigh of Relief
Philadelphia Magazine: Bicyclists to Rally for Appeal in Emily Fredricks Case

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Coatesville area man announces candidacy for Houlahan seat
Daily Local News: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, citing a security risk, cancels her town hall in Reading 
Daily Local News: Cheyney University reports $2.1 million surplus
Daily Local News: Sappey announces Savvy Senior Seminar for Aug. 20
Daily Local News: West Chester police officers may get body cameras
Bucks Local News: Developer pitches $100 million redevelopment vision for Williamson Park Town Square in Morrisville Borough
Bucks Local News: Newtown Supervisors pass resolution urging use of native plants; township to hire consultant to prepare long-range financial plan
Bucks Local News: Charles Martin honored at final Grange Fair meeting as a Bucks County Commissioner
Montgomery Media: Federal deficit will double without change, budget expert warns Pottstown audience
Montgomery Media: Transportation infrastructure discussed with state representatives; local officials say completion of 309 connector a priority
Delco Daily Times: Wolf Pack: Local pols back guv’s moves on gun control
Delco Daily Times: Judge: Not so fast on Chester Water Authority deal
Delco Daily Times: Delco GOP council team: Dems outsourcing work for phone polling
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf unveils gun violence effort after Philadelphia shooting
Bucks County Courier Times: Paperwork error will mean lower Pennsbury tax increase
Pottstown Mercury: No area school districts will try snow day alternative this year

 

Pittsburgh  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh gun-ban opponents sue DA to force acceptance of complaints vs. mayor, council
Post-Gazette: After 4 police shootings in a month, Allegheny County Council plans to move forward on police review board 
Post-Gazette: Trump’s large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up — and not getting paid 
Post-Gazette: Somebody’s watching: Legislator pushes bill to set standards for license plate readers 
Post-Gazette: Former Carnegie councilman had a hunch about massage parlor targeted in investigation 
Post-Gazette: Online wagers surpass in-person sports betting in Pennsylvania for first time 
WESA: Trump’s Pittsburgh Visit Blurs Ethical Boundaries, Critics Say
WESA: For Many Veterans In Allegheny County, There’s An Alternative Route Through The Justice System
WESA: Man Who Allegedly Threatened To Bomb Pittsburgh Church Denied Bail
City Paper: Mike Doyle’s climate change town hall focused on electric cars and Paris Agreement
KDKA: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Agrees To Officiate Woman’s Wedding After She Tweets Him 
KDKA: Governor Tom Wolf Pushes For Quick Action Against Gun Violence, Causing A Local Reaction 
KDKA: AG Shapiro Files Suit Challenging Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule 
Pittsburgh Business Times: EQT among world’s fastest-growing natural gas producers 
Tribune Review: State to hold hearing on rail passenger and freight service in Western Pa. 

 

SWPA
Altoona Mirror: ‘Red flag’ gun plans up for debate 
Altoona Mirror: Joyce, Ward address Farm Bureau members 
Altoona Mirror: Court allows lawsuit against diocese 
Observer-Reporter: County seeking bids for multimillion-dollar airport project 
Observer-Reporter: DA seeks injunction on plans to move office
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr.’s family farm recognized by state Department of Agriculture 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Thompson: Plan would create new ag visa system
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf executive order targets gun violence
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PA inundated by robocalls
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Painful’ effort causes friction as property work lags in Johnstown 

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Wolf signs sweeping executive order to reduce gun violence
The Times Leader: Push on to convince Luzerne County residents to participate in Census
Times-Tribune: Unreliable internet access hampers rural businesses
Times-Tribune: Report challenges internet providers’ advertised speeds

 

South Central  
Patriot News: After eight years in Congress and a failed Senate bid, Lou Barletta says he has no appetite for a House seat run
Patriot News: Reducing gun violence to save lives is aim of Pa. Gov. Wolf’s latest executive order
Patriot News: Why victims of clergy sex abuse embrace hope for justice even if lawmakers should fail to enact reforms 
York Dispatch: PA Treasury goes viral with new Twitter account  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bulletproof backpacks: A controversial sign of the times following more mass shootings  
LNP | LancasterOnline: School District of Lancaster considers 5 school boundary realignment options  

 

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Susan Wild says Netanyahu assured ‘any member of Congress welcome,’ then changed his tune after Trump tweet 
Morning Call: Eight pieces of proposed legislation under review by lawmakers seeking to banish school property taxes 
Morning Call: Which 2020 Democratic candidates for president are Pennsylvanians giving the most money to?
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf signs executive order on gun violence prevention, calls for lawmakers to fix ‘weak gun laws’
Morning Call: ‘Pride is for everyone’: Annual Lehigh Valley Pride celebrates equality, pushes for more 
Express Times: ‘Medicine is just too damn expensive’: Rep. Susan Wild warns of a health care emergency
Express Times: Easton wanted to crack down on illegal fireworks use. Now the effort’s on hold. 
Reading Eagle: Historic preservation tax credits give downtown Reading a boost
Reading Eagle: Berks transportation planners setting new priorities in the wake of a possible $68 million funding cut 

 

North by Northwest
WPSU: Casey Urges Those At Penn State Agriculture Lunch To Oppose Proposed SNAP Changes
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Little League gives Lycoming County economy a boost  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to livestream their meetings  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms: Federal aid for acidic mine drainage still needed  
Erie Times-News: Albion considers future of police force  
Erie Times-News: Erie neighborhoods have widely different life expectancies  
Erie Times-News: Goellner hired as Erie-based federal public defender
Inquirer: Solar as a crop? Penn State to install state’s largest solar array on 500 acres of farmland.
Centre Daily Times: This Milesburg plant took heat when Pa. blocked plastic bag bans. Is it doing enough to be sustainable? 
Centre Daily Times: Milesburg plastic bag plant doesn’t want to be ‘poster boy’ for pollution

 

Opinion  
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pennsylvania leaders need to figure out how to jumpstart innovation economy 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A chance at justice: Statute of limitations work-around is a win 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: FirstEnergy’s bad faith: The whole truth came after the bailout 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Big Pharma’s racket: Congress, Trump must bring sanity to drug prices 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stand down: The proposal to storm Area 51 was a bad joke 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A ride to remember: 9/11 trail event to raise funds, awareness 
Tom Murt and Sen. Maria Collett: Legislature must address gun violence
Sarah Anne Hughes: Some counties are paying a lot more for less secure voting machines | Friday Morning Coffee
Joel Segel, Douglas L. Leslie, Gary Zajac, Max Crowley, and Paul L. Morgan: Opioid epidemic may have cost states at least $130 billion in treatment and related expenses — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: PA drug dealers for sensible gun laws
Brian O’Neill: Michael Skelly’s quest to transform American energy didn’t pan out
Adam Richter: Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law doesn’t wash away news archives
Tim Hartman: Stop us if you think you’ve heard this one before | Editorial Cartoon
Jenice Armstrong: The North Philly mass shooting that left six cops injured exposed the best and the worst in folks here and elsewhere 
Melissa Simpson: ‘Jawn Wick’ and North Philly neighbors’ response to the police standoff
Keith C. Burris: The comfort of an old shoe
Jason Blazakis: Domestic terrorism is fueled by paranoid delusions. Here’s how we fight them.
Joseph Rogan: How the college admissions scandal hurt students with disabilities
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Surviving the Philadelphia police shooting
Maria Panaritis: Is the system keeping us safe? A fair question after Delco DUI, North Philly shootout 
John A. Tures: Did the assault weapons ban reduce mass shootings? Just look at the data 
Kelly Garrett, Robert Bond, and Shannon Poulsen: Too many people think satirical news is real
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: Philly needs more trees, please 
Daniel Gottlieb: Shame of the Boy Scouts: I was sexually abused by my troop leader | Perspective
Inga Saffron: As more and more Philly rowhomes collapse, a culprit emerges 
David M. Shribman: California may define the 2020 race
Abraham Gutman: When moving to opportunity offers no opportunity at all: A lesson from the Great Migration | Brain Trust
Ruth Ann Dailey: Drinking responsibly
Christine Flowers: Echoes from an afternoon of bullets in Philadelphia

August 19th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “August 19th Playbook”

  1. Nicholas Warren says:

    I regret that I was unable to attend the public hearing on property tax elimination recently held in York. I’m afraid I had to work, even though I’m retired and collect a pension. One of my local representatives has already made up his mind and does not want to hear my objections. Can you please get an answer to a question I have? Representative Frank Ryan states that 65% of seniors only get social security and will therefore not pay any taxes on their income. Does this mean that the burden is largely being shifted to only 35% of seniors? Seniors who by the way will also pay more in sales taxes. Representative Ryan says he doesn’t mind paying more in taxes. Good for him. I do! Oh, and my pension, as with many seniors, is fixed income. Is this a reliable revenue stream to tap for ever increasing costs? Don’t expect any seniors to move here now, another of Representative Ryan’s goals. My pension is not yet taxed, and I don’t like the school property tax anymore than the next taxpayer. However, I have carried my weight by faithfully paying my property and school taxes since moving here in 2009 to get closer to our grandchildren. It’s insulting to hear suggestions that people collecting pensions are somehow a drain on the system. I object to the proposed bill in the strongest possible terms. I do think it is very clever of Representative Ryan to employ a very old strategy, divide and conquer. Get seniors on social security only to support him and the pensioners be damned. Shameful. Thank you.

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