December 10th Playbook

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence head to Pennsylvania to rally in Hershey. PoliticsPA breaks down the rumors and stories from PA Society. Here is the Playbook. 

 

PA Society Rumor Mill Recap: The weekend has come and gone, and we are recapping the top rumors and stories coming out of the receptions from NYC.

Pence to Join Trump at Hershey Rally: The Vice President will begin his day with a campaign appearance in Beaver County to speak with a Veterans for Trump group before taking a bus tour to Hershey to rally with the President.

Legislative Election Update:

HD-106: State Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) announced that he is seeking a third term in the state House. Mehaffie won his most recent reelection bid over Democrat Jill Linta by 9 points. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: Here’s what Pa. supporters would like to hear when President Trump comes to Hershey Tuesday
Patriot News: State Rep. Tom Mehaffie to seek re-election to a third term
Patriot News: Who is picking up the tab for costs for Trump’s rally? Not the taxpayers
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. Fetterman, former Gov. Rendell to be featured on MSNBC before Trump rally
Patriot News: Christmas tree lighting at the Pennsylvania Capitol 
AP: Pennsylvania warns county over defying voting machine edict
AP: Ex-lifer back on track for release amid old shoplifting case
AP: Prosecutor warns public after cluster of drug overdoses
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This is not a reform bill’: Big changes to probation, sentencing reform legislation draw ire of advocates.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Scanlon says Trump’s behavior ‘exactly what our founders feared’ as House panel takes up impeachment
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trucks vs. Bridges: A dangerous and costly collision straining state budgets
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Michigan U.S. Rep. Dingell carries on long family tradition with ‘Medicare for All’ fight
Inquirer: Everyone’s already talking about Pennsylvania’s big 2022 elections. Just don’t ask the candidates.
Inquirer: Inside the swing county of swing-state Pennsylvania where Trump is holding a 2020 rally 
PLSReporter: Probation reform bill gets closer to a full House vote, but sees significant changes in committee
PLSReporter: Photo Gallery: In packed ceremony Wolf, Fetterman light Capitol Christmas tree
StateImpactPA: A third of Pa. drinking water samples contained toxic chemicals. The state says there’s ‘no widespread contamination’
Morning Call: Donald Trump heads back to Pennsylvania for campaign rally as impeachment looms
Morning Call: Donald Trump campaigned on restoring manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania. Has he kept that promise?
Morning Call: Gov. Pat Toomey? Lehigh Valley lawmaker eyeing 2022 options 
National Journal: Turzai Hints at 2022 Bid
National Journal: American Bridge to Target State Legislatures
Post-Gazette: House Judiciary Committee lawyers debate legal grounds for Trump’s impeachment
The Hill: Progressive group putting $45M behind battleground turnout effort

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: The Working Families Party is looking to build on momentum from Kendra Brooks’ win by hiring her running mate  
Inquirer: Drug overdose deaths dropped 40% last year in the Pittsburgh area. Why can’t Philadelphia do the same?
Inquirer: With salaries capped at $30K, Philly’s classroom aides are demanding more
Inquirer: Federal officials will let LNG be shipped by rail to Greenwich Township port
Inquirer: Former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo statue vandalized again 
WHYY Newsworks: Political journalist Robert Costa
KYW Newsradio: Good start to no-questions-asked illegal gun surrender program, advocates say
KYW Newsradio: Frank Rizzo statue in Center City vandalized again

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Commuted lifer gets trial date in 27-year-old Delco jeans heist
WHYY Newsworks: Delco DA agrees to release lifer after reviving old charges to keep him jailed
Bucks Courier Times: Middletown supervisor to serve on Marseglia-Harvie Transition Committee
Bucks Courier Times: McCauley resigns as Bristol Township manager

Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council wants to eliminate pension provision
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh activists call for budget transparency during hearing
Post-Gazette: Activists seek to sway city budget process
Post-Gazette: Council to consider sweeter pension benefit for Harris, other officials
Post-Gazette: Reschenthaler’s constituents speak up about his role in impeachment
PLSReporter: Pittsburghers hold second climate strike
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council hears from residents on racism in the city
KDKA: Vice President Mike Pence’s Visit To Beaver County Highlights Region’s Importance In 2020 Presidential Race
KDKA: Enthusiastic Crowd Calls For Budget Equity And Transparency From City Of Pittsburgh

SWPA 
KDKA: Vice President Mike Pence’s Visit To Beaver County Highlights Region’s Importance In 2020 Presidential Race
Beaver County Times: Commissioners mull new member to Beaver County Conservation District Board 
Beaver County Times: Three challenged write-in votes unseat Bridgewater incumbent
Altoona Mirror: Motorists warned about school bus laws

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton council amends budget to include 2.4% tax hike; veto uncertain
Times-Tribune: Property tax payers would receive rebate under new bill
Citizens Voice: Pashinski proposes property tax rebate plan
Citizens Voice: Council to vote on county insurance broker 
The Times Leader: Pashinski introduces property tax reduction bill
The Times Leader: Griffith eyes reopening county budget if tax hike OK’d
The Times Leader: Former County Council candidate jailed after having bail revoked
The Times Leader: Public meeting set for PFM’s presentation on proposed sale of Wilkes-Barre sewers

South Central 
York Daily Record: Wagner will pick up Trump’s security tab, report 
York Dispatch: Hershey brew pub cancels GOP candidate’s event with Proud Boys chair
York Dispatch: Brier to hold first campaign event in York County this month
York Dispatch: Helfrich to York City residents: Cars left to warm up are being stolen
LNP | LancasterOnline: Trump, Pence visit Hershey on Tuesday: Here’s what you need to know
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lititz council adopts resolution for aiding refugees 
Patriot News: Here’s what Pa. supporters would like to hear when President Trump comes to Hershey Tuesday
Patriot News: State Rep. Tom Mehaffie to seek re-election to a third term
Patriot News: Who is picking up the tab for costs for Trump’s rally? Not the taxpayers
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. Fetterman, former Gov. Rendell to be featured on MSNBC before Trump rally
Patriot News: Christmas tree lighting at the Pennsylvania Capitol

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council passes 2020 budget with no tax hike
Reading Eagle: Spring Township raises taxes 12.7% for 2020
Morning Call: Gov. Pat Toomey? Lehigh Valley lawmaker eyeing 2022 options
Morning Call: Retired Northampton County judge William Moran dies at 76. Remembered as ‘sensitive, warm-hearted, compassionate’
Express Times: Former Northampton County Judge William F. Moran remembered for a life of public service

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council continues budget talks
Erie Times-News: Merski open house scheduled for Tuesday in Erie
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: J. Doyle Corman Jr: Fondly remembered senator in central Pennsylvania

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A long time coming: Sunday hunting is finally legal
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Election security: Oversight of vendors is lacking
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Just the facts with maps: Google and Apple shouldn’t bend to Russia’s will
Inquirer Editorial Board: What’s the point in having gun control if Philadelphia doesn’t enforce it?
Charlie Gerow: The Pennsylvania Society Dinner is worth preserving  
Paul Muschick: Proposed state tax on retirement benefits is dead
John L. Micek: With House committee vote looming, advocate talks about the fate of probation reform: Monday Morning Coffee
Victor Fiorillo: Can Somebody Just Open a Frank Rizzo Museum Already and Stick the Statue There?
Dick Polman: Snarky mockery of Joe Biden is sheer malarkey 
Jonathan Zimmerman: Millennials are disillusioned with democracy and it’s up to educators to save future generations
Devon Powers: End of year brings 2020 predictions we should challenge and question 
Marisa Porges: Women won’t reach men in computer sciences until 2137 — unless we act now
George W. Dowdall: PAFA sexual assault case underscores issues with Betsy DeVos’ new Title IX regulations 
Matthew Rader: Reversing Philly’s decreasing tree canopy

4 Responses

  1. What a packed rally. All called to the stage by Trump got huge receptions except Bernie Comfort. Crickets.

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