December 14th Playbook

The first Democrat has “formally declared” his intentions to run for state SD-37. Here is the Playbook.

Cook Debuts 2020 Congressional Ratings: The election analyst sees Cartwright, Fitzpatrick and Perry having the “most competitive” races in PA, while still holding the advantage.

SD-37: Dr. Bob Solomon Announces Bid for State Senate Seat: According to the Observer-Reporter, he is the first Democrat to “formally declare” his intentions for the seat.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: No. 2 gas-producing state moves to curb air pollution
AP: Thousands of anti-overdose kits handed out in Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: Democrats moving into House breathe new life into Toomey’s gun bill
Inquirer: Pa. legislature wouldn’t change its redistricting process. So Pa. residents are drawing maps for them (for cash prizes)
Philly Clout: Northeast Philly Dem feud escalates with salacious allegation, defamation lawsuit
WESA: Some Say Risk Assessment Tool Aimed At Reforming PA’s Criminal Justice System Will Reinforce Bias
York Daily Record: New laws passed in Pennsylvania in 2018
KYW Newsradio: Protesters outside Toomey’s office urge Congress to vote against proposed border wall budget   
Post-Gazette: Rabbi Myers, anti-Semitism experts reflect on Tree of Life massacre
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese outlines plan to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse
Post-Gazette: Two new lawsuits allege sexual abuse in Pittsburgh Diocese
StateImpactPA: DEP unveils proposal to reduce emissions from existing oil, gas wells
PLSReporter: VIDEO: PA hosts first free naloxone event across the state  
PLSReporter: New rules limiting air pollution, methane for natural gas industry gets first DEP committee hearing
PLSReporter: Grandparents raising grandchildren key focus on fighting the opioid crisis
Altoona Mirror: Joyce looks forward to solving problems
Times-Tribune: Semenza to seek 114th House seat

Philly Clout: Northeast Philly Dem feud escalates with salacious allegation, defamation lawsuit
Inquirer: Will Trump’s ‘Opportunity Zone’ tax break help residents along North Broad — or push them out?  
Inquirer: Philly Municipal Court judge targeted with racist letter  
Inquirer: This Philly baby was born with cataracts. His case shows the wait for benefits is improving  
Inquirer: After 18-month study, Mayor Kenney’s preservation task force offers a few (modest) proposals  
Inquirer: City Council punts on Provident Mutual building sale, jeopardizing West Philly site’s redevelopment  
Inquirer: Thousands of Philly homeowners could get tax breaks under new proposal in City Council  
Inquirer: Philadelphia school kids will get added protections from lead paint perils  
Inquirer: Could tiny houses help solve Philly’s big homelessness problem?
Inquirer: Streetside data kiosks have arrived in Philly, but how useful are they?
Philadelphia Magazine: Marines Testify About the “Antifa Mob” They Say Attacked Them in Philly
KYW Newsradio: Divided Philadelphia school board gives new life to struggling charter school
KYW Newsradio: City council ends 2018 with legislation rush, but leaves key bills held
KYW Newsradio: Protesters outside Toomey’s office urge Congress to vote against proposed border wall budget
WHYY Newsworks: Labor leaders, city officials spar outside Council chambers   
WHYY Newsworks: Demolition ‘crisis’ gets taskforce’s attention

Pottstown Mercury: Montco commissioners approve 2019 budget, new voting system
Pottstown Mercury: McKenna elected president of Chester County Bar Association
Pottstown Mercury: Prothonatary selected as public service award recipient
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors to file lawsuit against drug manufacturers, distributors over opioid crisis
Delco Daily Times: Delco hands out free doses of naloxone to fight opioid scourge
Delco Daily Times: Even with tax cut, Dem Delco councilman says county could slash more
Delco Daily Times: Aid now available for Delco residents who suffered damage during summer storms
Bucks County Courier Times: Central Bucks looking at athletic enhancements at two high schools
Montgomery Media: North Wales council OKs new police conduct policy
Daily Local News: Public hearing set on plan to build 5-story apartment building, 200 single family homes in Caln

WESA: Zappala Fundraising Email Cites Controversial Grand Jury Report
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County judge resigns after being removed from cases  
Post-Gazette: Apple’s expansion plans include more jobs in Pittsburgh, $1 billion campus in Austin
Post-Gazette: Rabbi Myers, anti-Semitism experts reflect on Tree of Life massacre
Post-Gazette: First housing money OKed from Pittsburgh’s Housing Opportunity Fund
Post-Gazette: Auditor: Port Authority buses are late too often, but they’re getting better
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese outlines plan to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse
Post-Gazette: Two new lawsuits allege sexual abuse in Pittsburgh Diocese
City Paper: Pittsburgh group uplifts sex workers for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
PLSReporter: Auditor General releases report criticizing Allegheny County Port Authority
Tribune Review: Irwin OKs budget, funds fire company, holds tax rate
Tribune Review: Buffalo Township sets first tax increase in 5 years
Tribune Review: South Fayette approves budget, no tax hike
Tribune Review: Shaler tax rate to remain consistent in 2019
Tribune Review: Mizgorski resigns as Shaler commissioner to serve as state representative
Tribune Review: Citizens, officials take first steps to address Murrysville’s long voting lines

Altoona Mirror: Joyce looks forward to solving problems
Altoona Mirror: HUD pot rule draws disdain
Altoona Mirror: Bedford looks at revenue, considers demographics
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tilting at windmills: Water authority mulls ways to generate $20M for upgrades
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Furmanchik to remain Windber’s borough manager – from afar
Observer-Reporter: Greene County holds line on taxes for 11th straight year
Observer-Reporter: South Fayette approves budget for 2019 with no tax increase
Observer-Reporter: Monongahela council approves half-mill tax increase
Beaver County Times: No tax hike in Ambridge for 14th straight year  

Times-Tribune: Semenza to seek 114th House seat
Times-Tribune: Seven Lackawanna County schools to receive help from state
Times-Tribune: Teachers, residents sound off on Scranton School District’s budget shortfall
Times-Tribune: Clarks Summit borough council approves 2 mill tax decrease for 2019 budget
Pocono Record: Ethics Commission finds Moyer violated law
Citizens Voice: County controversy prompts statewide probe
Standard-Speaker:Glitch’ holds back pay earned by 60 city workers
Standard-Speaker: SV school board reorganizes with new vice president
Times Leader: Health director: Overdose drug kits distributed quickly and points to need for Narcan
Times Leader: 16 local schools on new state improvement lists
Times Leader: Dorrance Township supervisors OK budget with no new taxes
News Item: Clausi sues Shamokin Patrolman Nathan Rhodes, Joseph Leschinskie

South Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: New farm bill will have big impact on Lancaster County farmers
LNP | LancasterOnline: No tax increase as 2019 Lancaster County budget passes unanimously
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Lancaster County DA talks about bomb threats
LNP | LancasterOnline: East Petersburg to pay nearly 40 percent more for Manheim Township police services
Harrisburg Patriot News: Auditors can’t fine township supervisors for ‘illegally’ paying themselves, Pa. court rules
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sohonage announces candidacy for Cumberland County judge
Carlisle Sentinel: No property tax increase, but a sewer rate increase included as Carlisle Borough Council approves budget
Carlisle Sentinel: Officials view voting machines options as counties prepare for state-mandated change
York Daily Record: New laws passed in Pennsylvania in 2018
York Dispatch: Random man elects himself tax collector in Lancaster County township, chaos ensues

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Chrissy Houlahan speaks about triple-fatal shooting in Reading
Reading Eagle: 21 homicides this year the most in Reading since 2005; DA calls for more police officers
Reading Eagle: Opponents of Berks Heim sale rally outside, speak at commissioners meeting
Reading Eagle: Tax hike cost of battling proposed warehouse in Tilden Township
Reading Eagle: Incoming Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan might set up office at Reading City Hall
Morning Call: Allentown attorney joins Lehigh County judicial race
Morning Call: Easton officials will be searching for a new chief planner in the new year
Express Times: Phillipsburg’s new police station may cost a little more than planned

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: City of Erie to unveil website redesign in early 2019
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials discuss upcoming pipeline at public forum (untitled)
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City budget: Bigger tax hike likely
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State senator seeks hike in stream cleaning
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Hughesville tax rate remains unchanged with new budget
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Parking Authority assures no rate change, new meters

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Let it go!: Battle over Lindsey Williams’ seat disrespects the voters
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sound the alarm: Volunteer firefighters are in diminishing supply
Paul Muschick: Why Sen. Toomey fought for law to compensate child pornography victims
Will Bunch: The GOP’s war on democracy makes an unwelcome stop in Pennsylvania
David Thornburgh: Progress on government integrity: We’re getting there, but still a ways to go
Albert Eisenberg: Does the Kevin Hart Oscar debacle point to bullying from the LGBT left?
George Parry: Whose side is Philly District Attorney Larry Krasner really on?
Michelle Chung: Grocery stores should expand SNAP-matching programs to feed Philadelphia
Kevin Riordan: Recovery community mourns loss of Ray Skinner, the longtime proprietor of Eleventh Step books
Christine Flowers: Women’s March organizers need divine inspiration

One Response

  1. The real issue is not Carwright which is a traditionally Dem district despite what the pundits and “experts” say. The real issue is the implosion of Trump and the rejection of the “Trump effect”. Both Scott Wagner and Lou Barletta and Chrin all ran Trump candidacies and all came up short when next door in Ohio Dewine wins Gov and in Indiana Donnelly lost to an R so Pa rejecting Scott “I’m self funding” Wagner and Lou Barletta and Chrin all are signs of trouble for Trump certainly in Pa in 2020.

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