August 29th Playbook

Speaker Mike Turzai proposes a school voucher program for Harrisburg School families, while Sen. Bob Casey and Gov. Tom Wolf participate in a healthcare rally. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Turzai Proposes School Voucher Program for Harrisburg School Families: The Speaker of the House released a memo on this plan on Tuesday, while Gov. Tom Wolf and local elected officials have begun chiming in on this school choice plan.

Lamb Backs Biden: In a meeting with the Pitt College Democrats, the Allegheny County Congressman signaled his support for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign. He hasn’t made an official endorsement. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ’We cannot afford to lose the Affordable Care Act’: Wolf, Casey lead health care rally
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Legislative panel will travel the state this fall to hear concerns on the way Pa. pays for special education
WITF: Pa. lawmakers gather data in hopes of expanding broadband
AP: APNewsBreak: Pennsylvania plans to close another prison 
AP: Suits allege abuse, cover-up in Pennsylvania diocese
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor open to helping students attend non-city schools, saying ‘we can’t let an entire generation go’
Patriot News: Liquor reform 2.0? Bill would change how Pa. grocery stores display and sell beer and wine
Patriot News: Pa. corrections secretary outlines steps to try to improve parolee supervision after string of homicides
PLSReporter: Grand jury recommendations receive mixed response from state lawmakers after sexual assault probe 
PLSReporter: Shapiro joins 19 AGs in suit against new immigration rule 
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Four legislators created legislation that gives every PA worker paid family/medical leave 
PLSReporter: Democratic legislators hold hearing on the use of force in Pennsylvania 
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania Democrats raise the alarm on the future of the Affordable Care Act
PLSReporter: Wolf unveils new lead testing initiatives 
PLSReporter: Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit 
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Kenyatta’s legislation would bring relief to those affected by removal of General Assistance 
Inquirer: Kratom is linked with numerous deaths. But it won’t be easy for Pennsylvania to ban it.
Inquirer: Pennsylvania parole board defends its record after 6 homicides linked to parolees
Billy Penn: Could electric bills in PA become more affordable? This agency holds the key
CNN: Farmer who voted for Trump: I’m angry at him 
StateImpactPA: PUC’s review of pipeline safety regulation prompts attacks by residents, groups and lawmakers
StateImpactPA: Beaver County agency says DEP should let it keep reviewing pipeline permits
The Hill: Federal court says atheists can be blocked from delivering invocation at Pennsylvania statehouse

 

Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Magazine: The DROP Triple Dip: Philly Officials’ New Maddening Way to Waste Your Money
WHYY Newsworks: Former PES refinery CEO Rinaldi says he wants to make renewable fuels at the complex  
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s dangerous sidewalks violate federal law protecting people with disabilities, lawsuit alleges   
Inquirer: Bankrupt Philly refinery has a new bidder in former chief with big plans to revive fuel complex 
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s only needle exchange reaches out to the community with burgers, vaccines and naloxone 
Inquirer: Hahnemann bankruptcy pays millions to consultants, lawyers charging up to $795 an hour
Billy Penn: Could electric bills in PA become more affordable? This agency holds the key
KYW Newsradio: Former PES refinery CEO has emerged from retirement to try to acquire site
KYW Newsradio: Hoping to match population projections, school district to review properties
Northeast Times: Mayoral candidate: Northwood leader sent me inappropriate pics 

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: ‘Deana’s Law’ targets ‘worst of the worst’ DUI offenders 
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf announces ‘Lead-Free Pennsylvania’ iniaitive 
Inquirer: A new bill, inspired by a Delco woman’s death, aims to crack down on Pa.’s repeat DUI drivers
Inquirer: Before DuPont and 3M hearing in Congress, activists highlight companies’ history with PFAS
KYW Newsradio: Pa. lawmaker wants to increase penalties for repeat DUIs
Daily Local News: Otten, community members submit pipeline safety letter to PUC 
Daily Local News: Two Chester County airports awarded $1.2 million in state funding 
Daily Local News: Dinniman, fellow lawmakers push to end puppy mills 

 

Pittsburgh  
The Pitt News: Pitt Dems kick off the year with visit from Rep. Lamb 
WESA: County Council Votes Against Civilian Police Review Board 
WESA: State Reps Hold Public Hearing On Amending Use Of Force Laws 
Post-Gazette: Region’s political leaders pledge to fight air pollution
Post-Gazette: State auditor raises concerns about travel by Hamlet, other Pittsburgh school officials
PLSReporter: Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit
KDKA: Police Review Board Proposal Struck Down By Allegheny County Council 
KDKA: Allegheny County Elected Officials Call For Crackdown On Industrial Pollution 
KDKA: Westmoreland Co. Vet’s Death At W. Va. Medical Center Prompts Probe By Veterans Affairs Dept. 
KDKA: Christian Bey’s Attorney To Fight Charges And Death Penalty In Fatal Shooting Of Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall 

 

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Pittsburgh International gets $2 million state grant for business park development
Beaver County Times: County conservation district said they need more information before they respond to scathing audit
Beaver County Times: Report: Workers see wage increases, but inequalities remain
Altoona Mirror: City approves sanitary sewer extension
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City council members reach agreement in legal case 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Researchers at Pitt develop marijuana breathalyzer test

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: County election director Crispell resigns
Citizens Voice: Unemployment rises in July, region still tied for last place
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Council approves $2M capital plan
Citizens Voice: Four lawsuits filed against Scranton Diocese for alleged sexual abuse  
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Director Marisa Crispell resigns 
The Times Leader: Rep. Mullery encourages public to sign online petition for White Haven
The Times Leader: Wyoming Area labor dispute could shut down schools
Times-Tribune: New policy in place for city-owned vehicles following Scranton fire chief’s NJ fender bender

 

South Central  
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor open to helping students attend non-city schools, saying ‘we can’t let an entire generation go’
Patriot News: Liquor reform 2.0? Bill would change how Pa. grocery stores display and sell beer and wine
Patriot News: Harrisburg continues to challenge court-approved signatures that support PA STEAM charter appeal
Patriot News: Pa. corrections secretary outlines steps to try to improve parolee supervision after string of homicides 
Carlisle Sentinel: Rep. Keefer to host ice cream social for veterans, families
Carlisle Sentinel: Municipalities in Cumberland County ranked by tax rate
LNP | LancasterOnline: Coatesville council slams contractors for construction delays at routes 30, 82

 

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Allentown vs. Big Pharma: City sues to recoup costs of opioid crisis
Express Times: Easton Area School District presents Gov. Wolf awards
Morning Call: Allentown federal prosecutor nominated to fill federal judgeship serving Lehigh Valley 
Morning Call: Fountain Hill explores replacing local police with state police at night
Reading Eagle: Berks officials anticipate more lawsuits stemming from the opioid epidemic

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms: $1 million to be saved for capital projects
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Codes: City Hall may need more upgrades
Erie Times-News: Erie airport receives $168,750 state grant
Erie Times-News: Judge: Erie Coke can stay open with conditions

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Vaping is vapid: The FDA must get involved, Pa. should change law
LNP Editorial Board: Public libraries truly matter, and the state should fund them sufficiently
Inquirer Editorial Board: Title X gag rule shows disdain for women — and science 
Bruce Ledewitz: Why the Dems’ path to the White House will run through Erie in 2020 
Stephen Herzenberg: We can save capitalism in Pa. by raising workers’ pay
John L. Micek: New poll: Nearly two-thirds of Pa. voters support $15/hr. minimum wage | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Kids! Have we got a hot potato world for you!
John L. Micek: Trump’s 2020 bet: Build the wall (for real, this time) 
K.C. Kanaan: Senior care requires comprehensive transportation access 
Laura E. Alexander: How Trump’s appalling treatment of migrants is reviving the Christian Left
Chris Kelly: King of the hill … of trash
Rick McCourt: Brazil fires impact Philadelphia and the world 
Dan Simpson: Trump’s irresponsible insulting of Denmark

August 29th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “August 29th Playbook”

  1. Abe Lincoln says:

    Turzai’s backing school vouchers is yet another way for him to privatize and weaken public school system. Never forget that public education is the great equalizer in society and without a vibrant alive active public schools our country is not the better for it. Don’t be fooled by Turzai’s voucher idea as what it really is at it’s core is a ploy to privatize secondary education which in the long run goes against the benefits from public education.

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