December 13th Playbook

A majority of the state’s Democratic Congressional delegation signal their support for impeaching President Donald Trump, while a third Democrat enters the race for the 16th Congressional District. Here is the Playbook. 

Where PA Pols Stand on Pending Impeachment Vote: See what members of Congress in the state plan to vote for impeachment and who is going to vote against it.

PA16: Third Democrat Joins the Race Against Kelly: The Mercer County Democrat, who works in finance and sales, said that his campaign priorities include bringing high paying jobs to the region, addressing climate change and education.

Krasner Returns Jab to Trump After Comments Made During Hershey Rally: After President Donald Trump called Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner the “worst District Attorney” at a rally Tuesday evening in Hershey, Krasner fired back by challenging him to a criminal justice debate.

DCCC Launches Digital Ad Campaign on HR3 Vote: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched an ad campaign on Thursday afternoon following the passage of H.R. 3, which they described as “bold legislation to bring down the costs of prescription drugs.” The Facebook ads thank Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) for voting for the legislation, while Facebook attack ads hit Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Scott Perry (R-York) on voting no for the legislation. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), who is not included in the ad campaign, was one of the lone Republicans to vote for the Democratic backed legislation

Smucker Announces Delegate Run: Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) alongside Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons and York County Prothonotary-elect Allison Blew announced their intentions to seek the position of Delegate to the Republican National Convention. In a video announcement and press release, they announced that the three will team up to run for delegate in 2020 and are committed to helping President Donald Trump’s reelection effort. 

Joyce to Welcome Druz Czar to PA13: According to a press release from Rep. John Joyce (R-Blair) earlier this week, he is slated to host White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll today for two different roundtables in Adams and Franklin County to discuss the nation’s drug crisis and it’s impact on the community. 

Legislative Election Update: 
HD-156: State Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) announced that she is seeking a third term in the state House. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: 7 Pennsylvania House Democrats back Trump’s impeachment
AP: Pennsylvania defends voting machines blamed in undercount
AP: Elizabeth Warren gets campaign effort going in Pennsylvania
Spotlight PA: She’s the force behind Pa.’s efforts to treat drug addiction. Critics say ‘there is more to the story.’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. lawmakers show their cards ahead of impeachment vote
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Conor Lamb says he’s a ‘yes’ on impeachment
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: PFAS provisions struck from must-pass defense bill, disappointing Pa.’s Dean & Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Fitzpatrick breaks with GOP, votes with Dems to approve landmark prescription drug pricing bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Montgomery County lawmaker moves to add mandatory minimum sentences to criminal justice bills
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Susan Rep. Wild slams Betsy DeVos during testy Capitol Hill hearing
PLSReporter: ‘Constituents want it done yesterday’: Lawmakers eye a new strategy on property tax reform
PLSReporter: Rail advocates hope recent activity is a boost to new train service–especially in traffic clogged southeast
National Journal: Veteran Files to Challenge Cartwright
The Hill: Democrat representing Pennsylvania district Trump carried plans to vote to impeach

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Movita Johnson-Harrell is resigning, so get ready for a special election in West Philly. Again
Billy Penn: Dems in Philly are lining up to run for state office in 2020 
Inquirer: Philadelphia City Council members are moving to oust indicted Bobby Henon as majority leader 
Inquirer: How Philadelphia finally changed the loved and loathed 10-year tax abatement
Inquirer: Philadelphia City Council approved changes to the controversial 10-year tax abatement
Inquirer: Ex-Philly judge who accepted a $90K payoff from Bob Brady’s campaign is spared prison time
Inquirer: Outgoing city councilwoman says ‘it’s nobody’s business’ if she enters DROP program
Inquirer: A Pennsylvania election fiasco with new voting machines happened because they were set up incorrectly
Inquirer: Philadelphia-area Democrats are set to vote in favor of impeaching Trump
Inquirer: Ten years ago, OxyContin sales dominated Philly’s pharmacies. How the powerful painkiller helped fuel a crisis.
Inquirer: Philly schools will lose money because of medical services gap
Inquirer: House Democrat cites Inquirer editorial in making case for Trump impeachment
Inquirer: Trump administration proposes Social Security rule changes that could cut off thousands of disabled recipients
Inquirer: The Virgin Mary in handcuffs: How a viral image humanizes the immigration debate
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s plastic bag ban is finally happening
WHYY Newsworks: Nonprofit leader by day, artist by night: Meet Philly’s new poet laureate Trapeta B. Mayson
Philadelphia Tribune: Healthcare workers, union officials decry changing healthcare industry landscape
Philly Voice: Philadelphia passes ban on single-use plastic bags
Philly Voice: Wharton professor: Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax could fall $1 trillion short of proposed goal
Philly Voice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg to receive honor in Philadelphia
PLSReporter: In final meeting of session, City Council passes tax abatement reform 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council wraps up term with victories on bills, valedictories from departing members
Philadelphia Citizen: A Business Community Call To Arms

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Dean backs moving impeachment forward
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council bids farewell to two members
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon lays out the case against President Trump
Delco Daily Times: Chester moves forward with budget plan, real estate tax hike
Delco Daily Times: Delloso announces $14.4M rail freight improvement project
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioners adopt budget with no tax increase 
Daily Local News: Farewell to Cozzone, Farrell as commissioners
Daily Local News: Houlahan marks passage of landmark veterans’ legislation
Daily Local News: Houlahan joins bipartisan effort for better breast cancer screening for service members
Daily Local News: Comitta announces bid for reelection for 156th District seat
Bucks Local News: Departing Newtown Borough councilors receive standing ovation, plaques recognizing their service
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors hold the line on taxes with passage of $13M final budget for 2020
Bucks Local News: Santarsiero announces grant for Bucks County Intermediate Unit

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Conor Lamb Vows To Back Impeachment
WESA: Rallies And Forums Make For Political Week In Pennsylvania
WESA: On Her Way Out The Door, Harris Sues Peduto In New Effort To Void Campaign Finance Rules
Post-Gazette: Rep. Lamb, citing congressional oath to protect country, plans to vote for articles of impeachment
Post-Gazette: Court petition seeks Councilman Burgess’ ouster
City Paper: Conor Lamb will vote to impeach President Trump, all but ensuring impeachment in House
City Paper: Pennsylvania would be among the hardest hit states if Obamacare were repealed
Tribune Review: Conor Lamb supports impeachment: ‘What the President did was wrong’ 
KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Says He Will Vote For Articles Of Impeachment
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Calls President Donald Trump A Bully After His Tweet About Activist Greta Thunberg
KDKA: Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris Sues City Over Campaign Finance Laws

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb says he will support articles of impeachment against President Trump
Beaver County Times: Beaver County budget includes additional funding for humane society, historical groups
Beaver County Times: Nearly $322,000 granted to combat opioid abuse, expand child protection services
Observer-Reporter: Republicans collectively outspent Dems in Nov. 5 commissioners’ race
Observer-Reporter: Borough council, officials look to ‘reshape’ Canonsburg
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone’s Miller explains ‘no’ votes

NEPA
The Times Leader: Decorated war veteran Granville declares candidacy for Congress
The Times Leader: Public meeting on Wilkes-Barre sewers cancelled, Mayor-elect Brown to reschedule
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority awarded state funds for rail freight improvements
Times-Tribune: Cartwright undecided on impeachment
Times-Tribune: Former Lackawanna County admin building expected to be on tax roll next year
Times-Tribune: Scott. Twp. Army vet Granville to run for Congress next year
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council to hold last meeting of the year Monday, caucus Tuesday
Times-Tribune: Scranton ethics board seeks solicitor
Citizens Voice: NEPA Army vet Granville to run for Congress
Citizens Voice: Meeting on Wilkes-Barre sewer plans postponed

South Central 
York Daily Record: Resignation demanded of North York council member 
Patriot News: Pennsylvania State Police agents seize ‘skill games’ from bars in Dauphin, Cumberland counties
Patriot News: Trump brings the battle to Pennsylvania | Battleground Pa. podcast
LNP | LancasterOnline: State police raid central Pa. restaurants, seize ‘suspected illegal gambling’ skills games

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Here’s why Northampton County’s voting machines went wrong, county executive says
Morning Call: Four years of debate, but no help yet from Harrisburg for surprise medical bills
Morning Call: No tax hike for Williams Township; supervisor abstains on separate vote that grants 12% raise to his wife
Reading Eagle: Berks County budget passes with no change in taxes for 2020
Express Times: Apologies offered, ‘human error’ blamed for Northampton County election problems

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City budget adopted with tax increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners near deal for district judge office
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County Commissioners address personnel, contracts
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council rejects water lease prepayment for 2020 budget

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: End it for all: Repeal of failed policy must apply retroactively
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tackling bullying: Think hard before criminalizing the behavior
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A strike to democracy: Hong Kong elections a blow to mainland China
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Spending habits: Banks use credit card records to track data
LNP Editorial Board: Big spending on football coach James Franklin shows Penn State priorities are out of whack 
Tom Wolf: Pennsylvania leads the way on education
Rebecca Rhynhart and Dwight Evans: Philly can overcome the city’s gun crisis — but not without cooperation from everyone 
John Baer: The phenomenon of Trump rallies 
John L. Micek: House Dem Dermody was there for Pa. judge’s impeachment in 1994. It has lessons for today | Thursday Morning Coffee
Mark O’Keefe: For Democrats, municipal races are dress rehearsal for 2020
Paul M. Farber: The Frank Rizzo statue’s future is bungled yet again 
Christine Flowers: Nancy Pelosi says Catholics don’t hate — but I do 
Jennifer Rich and Debbie Sharnak: President Trump’s executive order won’t redefine Judaism, but will complicate rising anti-Semitism 
Timothy Joseph: What the Roman senate’s groveling before emperors explains about GOP senators’ support for Trump
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Paying for our Afghanistan war folly
Tom Fitzgerald: I convinced myself for years that AIDS didn’t shape me. I was wrong. | Perspective
Aaron Kraft: Fatbergs, globs of solid waste, threaten sewers this season

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