August 21st Playbook

Republican David Rowe wins the special election in the 85th state House District, while Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) raises $150K in the 2nd quarter. Here is the Playbook. 

David Rowe Wins Special Election in HD85: The vice chair of the East Buffalo Township board of supervisors and local businessman will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder). 

PA10: Perry Raises $150K, Brier Brings in $100K in Q2: Perry has raised the lowest amount in the election cycle-to-date of the three GOP Congressmen being targeted by the DCCC in the state.

Harrisburg & DC   
Daily Item: Republican David Rowe elected to 85th District State House seat
WITF: In Pa. and beyond, polling shows key suburban voters want gun reform
AP: Voters to fill state House vacancy in central Pennsylvania
AP: Philly standoff points to need for new gun law, Wolf says
AP: Game commission recommends deer feeding ban
AP: Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses
Inquirer: Bernie Sanders got more small donations in Pa., N.J. than Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden combined
Inquirer: Two insurers to pay $117,000 to Pennsylvanians after major investment scam
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican wins special election for state House seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Keller 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. hospital trade group launches new collaborative effort to fight opioid abuse
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poor school districts are funding the state’s cyber charter schools, research shows. That wasn’t always the case 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: #400yearsPA: Social media campaign will highlight black history as U.S. observes slavery anniversary
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A Republican lawmaker wants to eliminate Pa.’s property tax by targeting retirement income. Will his bill gain traction this session?
WHYY Newsworks: Video: Pa. ranks last in region for community college affordability, makes it ‘impossible’ for poorest students
PLSReporter: Republican David Rowe wins in three-way central PA House race
PLSReporter: Rep. Ryan unveils legislation eliminating school property taxes
PLSReporter: JRI II parole reforms face uncertain future after recent murders by parolees
KDKA: Pennsylvania State Police Seeking Horse Donations For Mounted Patrol Unit 
Morning Call: Retirement tax still on table to lessen property tax load, Pennsylvania lawmaker says
StateImpactPA: With closure of PES refinery imminent, workers and politicians call for secure transition
Patriot News: Joe Sestak might need miracle to challenge Donald Trump despite military credentials, history of upsets
Patriot News: Gun control group urges Pat Toomey to ditch his background checks bill and support a more comprehensive proposal 
Patriot News: State universities’ faculty contract remains a work in progress as fall semester is about to get underway
Patriot News: How long does it take to get a 4-year college degree? At many Pa. universities, it takes more than 4 years

Inquirer: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigns after woman alleges affair, retribution
Inquirer: Philadelphia refinery is laying off most workers immediately, union says 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Planned Parenthood groups stay open after Title X loss, but seek donations 
Inquirer: Christine Coulter, Philly’s new acting police commissioner, is the first woman to hold the position 
Inquirer: Read the full complaint that led to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross’ ouster  
Inquirer: Federal consumer agency hires exec in complaint-ridden Pa. firm as watchdog
Philadelphia Magazine: At Philly Court Hearing, a Wrenching Preview of Fight Over Safe Injection Sites  
WHYY Newsworks: PES refinery lays off all but select few union workers, despite safety concerns 
Billy Penn: Philly’s police commissioner resigns after lawsuit alleging affair with officer 
Billy Penn: Why Philly Police Commissioner Ross resigned and who’ll replace him 
KYW Newsradio: Commissioner Ross forced to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment culture permeating police department
KYW Newsradio: Lawsuit to stop safe injection site goes before judge; witnesses praise its lifesaving advantages
KYW Newsradio: Hepatitis A case prompts Philly health department to urge some to get vaccinated
KYW Newsradio: Legislation needed to phase out PFAS and clean up water supply contamination, group says  
Philly Voice: Philly Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigns amid new sexual harassment allegations against department

Daily Local News: Public hearing set on Comitta’s pipeline safety legislation
Daily Local News: PUC probes ‘backfire’ incident on Mariner East pipeline
Delco Daily Times: DeLissio Town Hall focuses on consitutional amendments
Delco Daily Times: Delco region ranks third in Pa. for 2018 DUI arrests 
Delco Daily Times: Layoffs kick in at shuttered Philly refinery
Delco Daily Times: DELCORA extends sale negotiations with Aqua
Bucks County Courier Times: Analysis: Area schools have $593 million in fund balance 

WESA: Constituents Press Lamb On Impeachment, Gun Control At Town Hall
WESA: Allegheny County’s Fraud Fighting Tactics ‘Reek of Corruption,’ DA Candidate Says 
WESA: Western PA Planned Parenthood Loses Nearly $400,000 in Title X Funding
Post-Gazette: Elections board, voting machine search committee: No lobbying here
Post-Gazette: Childhood vaccinations promoted in two state bills to keep parents informed
Post-Gazette: More Pa. colleges, universities to offer additional aid for Pittsburgh Promise awardees 
Tribune Review: Parents who don’t vaccinate children would get yearly medical counseling under proposed state law 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council supports health department’s enforcement actions against U.S. Steel 
Tribune Review: Lawmakers step in to keep Allegheny River locks open next summer in Armstrong County
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Urging Passage Of Lost, Stolen Firearms Reporting Law 
KDKA: State Reps. Frankel, Kosierowski Announce Vaccine Legislation 
KDKA: Dick’s Sporting Goods Testing Whether It Should Stop Gun Sales
Pittsburgh Business Times: Layoffs at Southpointe-based natural gas company 
Pittsburgh Business Times: SEA fires controller after alleged forgery, theft at previous job
City Paper: State Rep. Summer Lee wants county health department to halt a Braddock fracking well  
City Paper: As Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X, the Western Pa. branch loses access to $400,000 of funds 
City Paper: Pirates owner Bob Nutting reportedly downplays, pulls an anti-LGBTQ editorial at Virginia paper he owns

Altoona Mirror: Burns pushing bullying legislation 
Altoona Mirror: Speaker opposes legal marijuana
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria farmers get legislators’ ears during annual tour 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Expert: Invest in security for school safety 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to hire part-time driver for homeless men
Observer-Reporter: DA, commissioners reach agreement on security at Caldwell Building 
Observer-Reporter: CNX lays off fewer than 50 employees

Times-Tribune: County Republicans choose candidate for Scranton mayor race
Times-Tribune: City Democratic Party picks Cullen as nominee for Scranton mayor 
Times-Tribune: Gov. Wolf commits to help find financial aid for Scranton School District
Times-Tribune: Republicans to choose from nine for Scranton mayor nominee 
Citizens Voice: School tax bills mailed in all county districts
The Times Leader: Legislators, families discuss plan to prevent White Haven Center closing 
The Times Leader: State Supreme Court affirms Nanticoke police chief was hired illegally

South Central  
York Dispatch: Congressional hopeful Tom Brier to hold first town hall event next month
Patriot News: Harrisburg is ready for school year, but financial status still a work in progress: acting superintendent 
Patriot News: Lawmaker aims to tax retirement income and food as a way to eliminate school property taxes; ‘This is not going to be an easy sell’
Patriot News: Harrisburg council, residents left in the dark about plans to privatize water, sewer system
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Human trafficking hotline signs in every bathroom stall 

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Bethlehem City Council picks unopposed candidate Grace Crampsie Smith to fill vacant seat
Morning Call: Northampton County’s first female judge is retiring, setting up a three-way race for two open seats on the bench
Reading Eagle: The 15 Pennsylvania counties that received the most opioid pills between 2006 and 2012
Express Times: Northampton County’s first female judge had a long run, but now it’s time to retire
Express Times: ‘Our doors are still open,’ Lehigh Valley’s Planned Parenthood says in refusing federal cash

North by Northwest
Daily Item: Republican David Rowe elected to 85th District State House seat
Centre Daily Times: How State College plans to address challenges with mental health, race and policing
Erie Times-News: $1 million grant aids Erie Housing Authority on lead
Erie Times-News: Albion residents urge council to retain police force
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve contracts for area flood mitigation projects

Inquirer Editorial Board: Supervised injection site hearing brought clarity. How come our most skeptical politicians didn’t show up? 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Rage against the voting machines 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Marijuana haze: Police struggle to keep up with new laws on pot 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Binge-drinking boomers: Excessive alcohol consumption by seniors on the rise 
Tom Killion: Red Flag laws prevent gun suicides and mass shootings
Austin Davis: A plan to protect Pennsylvania’s air and its communities
John L. Micek: Pa. tapped for $2.3M, six-state workforce development effort | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Neil Goldstein: Join our Philly town hall to fight corruption and special interests in government 
JD Mullane: Pennsylvania’s awful medical weed program
Will Bunch: Anti-fascism won WWII for America. Now Trump calls it ‘domestic terrorism.’ What the…? 
Thomas Kochan: What workers want in a 2020 candidate
Gene Therapy: I’m exhausted from Trump’s vacation

One Response

  1. A 27 year old lawyer new to politics raised more money from inside the district than the sitting representative… tells you how much Scott Perry is going to be toast next year.

Comments are closed.

  • Do You Agree With the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

    • No. (50%)
    • Yes. (47%)
    • Not Sure (3%)

    Total Voters: 109

    Loading ... Loading ...
Continue to Browser


To install tap and choose
Add to Home Screen