December 11th Playbook

President Donald Trump talks about impeachment and the USMCA trade agreement during a rally in Hershey. Here is the Playbook. 

Trump Blasts Impeachment, Boosts USMCA in Hershey Rally: President Donald Trump touted the finalized trade agreement and attacked Democrats who support impeachment.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump mocks impeachment effort, talks up trade deal at rally
AP: Feds’ rules threaten Pennsylvanians’ food stamps, state says
AP: A free pass for Trump? GOP presses edge in key battlegrounds
AP: GOP stalwart donor says he’ll pay Trump rally security tab
Morning Call: Trump impeachment: What the Pennsylvania delegation is saying
Morning Call: In Hershey, Donald Trump touts economic gains to Pennsylvania rallygoers as impeachment looms
WHYY Newsworks: Pa.’s ‘sad parade’ of corrupt politicians
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa.’s members of Congress reacted to Trump impeachment articles
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive UMCA trade deal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Putting the ‘conserve’ in ‘conservative,’ Republican-leaning enviros gather in Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey, Shapiro and others set their sights on 2022 elections and the governorship
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Casey, U.S. Senate Dems to Trump: Fire WH adviser Stephen Miller
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ex-Gov. Ridge: Trump’s Ukraine call was ‘an abuse of power,’ but impeachment is up to Congress
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump, Pence asks Hershey for ‘4 more years’ as Dems move forward on articles of impeachment
Patriot News: Trump rally fills Hershey’s Giant Center; some aren’t able to get inside
Patriot News: Trump tells Hershey crowd ‘survival of the American nation’ at stake in 2020
Patriot News: Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge says Trump asking a foreign leader for a political favor is an ‘abuse of power’
Patriot News: Joe Biden releases statement ahead of Trump’s rally in Hershey
Patriot News: Trump’s campaign is bullish on Pennsylvania prospects in 2020, and they don’t care what the Democrats say
Patriot News: President Donald Trump checks all the early campaign boxes for Republicans in Hershey appearance
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman rejects talk of a ‘blue wave’ in Pa.
WITF: Defiant In Face Of Impeachment, Trump And Pence Bring Reelection Campaign To Central PA 
WITF: Berks DA issues public health alert after rash of overdoses
PA Post: Paying rent to your jailers: Inmates are billed millions of dollars for their stays in Pa. prisons.
PA Post: Pa. House adds mandatory minimums to high-profile justice reform bills
MSNBC: Is Pennsylvania a purple state?
PLSReporter: DHS Secretary Miller denounces Trump Administration’s proposed SNAP rule changes
PLSReporter: Wolf push to commute life sentences hits hangup in Delaware County case
PLSReporter: House panel approves second phase of Justice Reinvestment Initiative
Inquirer: Trump says impeachment will backfire on Democrats as he rallies supporters in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Crowd gathers in Hershey for a Trump 2020 rally as impeachment advances in Washington
Inquirer: Trump backers in Hershey scoff at impeachment charges
StateImpactPA: What’s the future of global climate policies? The Allegheny Front talks with Obama’s chief climate negotiator
WESA: Probation reform bill passes Pa. House committee, but undergoes major changes first
National Journal: Dems to Go All in on Health Care
The Hill: GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be ‘huge mistake’
The Hill: Trump rails against FBI, impeachment during Pennsylvania rally
The Hill: Trump on removal of protester at rally: ‘We don’t want to be politically correct’
The Hill: Trump supporters at Pa. rally ‘upset’ after Democrats introduce impeachment articles
The Hill: Trump: Trade deal with Democrats ‘the silver lining to impeachment’
The Hill: Poll: Trump leads 2020 Democratic candidates in Michigan
Politico: Trump tells supporters Democrats are ’embarrassed’ by impeachment
Politico: ‘Terrible new standard’: Toomey rips Trump’s trade deal
Fox News: Trump, at Pennsylvania rally, says ‘stupid’ impeachment indirectly led to USMCA deal

Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney signs law requiring green tune-ups for Philly’s biggest buildings
WHYY Newsworks: City Council is making it harder to demolish buildings in 6 historic Philly neighborhoods
WHYY Newsworks: Philly neighborhoods need more trees. A new city initiative takes on the problem.
WHYY Newsworks: Pa.’s ‘sad parade’ of corrupt politicians
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Just Took a Big Step Toward Making Big Buildings More Energy Efficient
KYW Newsradio: Philly reports success in reducing carbon emissions; mayor signs 2 more bills to further cut it
Billy Penn: Noodles thrown on Rizzo statue, which won’t be moved until 2022
Inquirer: President Donald Trump to come to Philadelphia Saturday for the Army-Navy game
Inquirer: PFAS regulation plan gets weakened by Congress in latest spending bill

SEPA
Bucks Courier Times: Blame swirls after military bill fails to force chemical regulation
Bucks Courier Times: Compromise reached on defense bill, but PFAS cleanup mandate removed
Daily Local News: Chesco DA: Ex-Kennett Township manager stole $3M from taxpayers
Delco Daily Times: Delco officials continue to probe the Big Stink
Inquirer: Fired Kennett Township manager siphoned $3M in taxpayer funds, Chester County DA says 
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown spearheads joint statewide fair school funding protest
Pottstown Mercury: 12% in raises for manager, 8% for police chief accompany 3.83% Pottstown tax hike
Pottstown Mercury: State Rep. Shusterman to hold hearing on residential storm water management

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Campaign 2020: How Much Does The Impeachment Inquiry Into President Donald Trump Impact Congressman Conor Lamb?
KDKA: Campaign 2020: Democrats Unveil 2 Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump
KDKA: ‘Pennsylvania And America Need 4 More Years Of President Donald Trump In The White House’: VP Mike Pence Talks Reelection And Impeachment Inquiry During Beaver County Visit
KDKA: Political Experts Say Pennsylvania Will Be Key State In 2020 Presidential Election
WESA: ‘We’re Still Winning’: Pence Touts Trump Record During Beaver Visit
Post-Gazette: Measure to improve city pensions draws mayor’s office warning 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council honors longtime member John DeFazio, the late Charles Martoni
Post-Gazette: State throws behavioral health organizations a funding curveball
Post-Gazette: Pence, in Beaver County campaign stop, calls Trump ‘best friend’ of U.S. armed forces
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald, Butler commissioners awarded for bipartisanship
City Paper: Hazelwood and Greenfield need flood protection and pedestrian infrastructure, not a multi-million dollar driverless shuttle, say residents and advocates
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council honors outgoing members
Tribune Review: VP Mike Pence asks for 4 more years in White House during Beaver County visit 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Pence touts support for vets, military during rally at Rochester VFW
Beaver County Times: Vice President Mike Pence makes surprise stop in Somerset after Rochester rally
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local congressmen continue to back Trump 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Write-in candidates capture close contests in Somerset
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County plans to settle on voting system by Dec. 24
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County approves 2020 budget with no tax hike
WESA: ‘We’re Still Winning’: Pence Touts Trump Record During Beaver Visit
Observer-Reporter: Washington council approves 2020 budget without tax increase 
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone passes $4.1M budget
Altoona Mirror: Blair budget passes without changes

NEPA
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council approves budget with 3.25% tax hike
The Times Leader: Pittston-based company hired as Luzerne County insurance broker
Times-Tribune: Ousted LIP director airs grievances, defends himself at Scranton City Council meeting
Times-Tribune: Gov. Tom Wolf takes a stroll through Honesdale’s historic downtown
Times-Tribune: Concerns arise over ICE targeting Scranton woman legally in the US
Citizens Voice: County property taxes to increase in 2020
Citizens Voice: Council hires Joyce Insurance as county’s insurance broker

South Central 
Patriot News: Trump rally fills Hershey’s Giant Center; some aren’t able to get inside
Patriot News: Trump tells Hershey crowd ‘survival of the American nation’ at stake in 2020
Patriot News: Former CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord of Camp Hill gets warm welcome at Trump rally
Patriot News: Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge says Trump asking a foreign leader for a political favor is an ‘abuse of power’
Patriot News: Trump’s campaign is bullish on Pennsylvania prospects in 2020, and they don’t care what the Democrats say
Patriot News: President Donald Trump checks all the early campaign boxes for Republicans in Hershey appearance
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman rejects talk of a ‘blue wave’ in Pa.
York Dispatch: Former GOP candidate Scott Wagner says he’ll pay Trump rally security tab
York Dispatch: In Hershey, Trump looks to keep Pa. red as impeachment vote nears
York Dispatch: Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to speak at Trump rally in Hershey
LNP | LancasterOnline: Trump talks trade, Pa. and 2020 campaign in Hershey on night of impeachment filing
LNP | LancasterOnline: Key moments from President Trump’s 2020 campaign rally in Hershey: Pa. mentions, who’s who and more
LNP | LancasterOnline: Trump vs. Dems: Has Pa. added or lost manufacturing jobs?
LNP | LancasterOnline: 13 presidents visited Lancaster County while in office. Here’s what they did while they were here
York Daily Record: Trump’s base remains strong at Hershey rally
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Creating the crime of bullying in Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild says she’s voting for impeachment. Here’s why
Morning Call: Whitehall Township raises taxes to help cover cost of new administration building
Reading Eagle: Reading residents voice displeasure over Mayor Wally Scott’s punishment by ethics board
Reading Eagle: Reading seeks $367,500 from the state to help fix Egelman Dam
Express Times: He’s the FBI agent who took down Allentown’s mayor. Now he’s talking publicly about the case.
Express Times: What went wrong with Northampton County’s voting machines? The analysis is done.

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local lawmaker speaks out against impeachment
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County officials may consider Pre-Release Center to relieve prison overcrowding
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Township passes budget, looks to raise stormwater fees
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Finance committee gives insurance review positive recommendation
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms to consider bids, contracts, personnel
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Borough council expects no tax increase
Erie Times-News: Council honors Leone, other outgoing members
Erie Times-News: Erie Parking Authority OKs $500,000 revenue deal
Erie Times-News: Rep. Wentling elected to state conservation committee 

Opinion  
LNP Editorial Board: Law enforcement, not vigilantes, ought to combat scourge of child sexual assault
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Limit the loopholes: Tighten up bill to restrict gifts to public officials
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Deter online wrongdoers: Federal Trade Commission needs stiffer penalties for bogus online reviews
Inquirer Editorial Board: Center City alone can’t solve homelessness
Madeleine Dean: We depend on our Constitution – and it depends on us 
John L. Micek: ‘Not qualified?’ No problem. Pa’s Toomey votes to to confirm Trump’s anti-abortion federal court pick | Tuesday Morning Coffee
George W. Dowdall: PAFA sexual assault case underscores issues with Betsy DeVos’ new Title IX regulations 
Fletcher McClellan: The Top 10 Pa. political stories of the decade 
Paige Marta Skiba and Caroline Malone: Payday lenders have embraced installment loans to evade regulations – but they may be even worse
Will Bunch: With GOP certain to acquit Trump, should he be impeached for the history books? 
Post-Gazette Commentary: Trump’s foreign policy failings
Post-Gazette Commentary: The Lost Cause of Nikki Haley
Janet Sasson Edgette: Nike scandal shows humiliation is a horrible ‘coaching’ technique

One Response

  1. Trump is a Nazi pig unworthy of the office. That his fascist rants get cheers in PA despicable.

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