December 17th Playbook

AG Shapiro says he will continue to enforce the ACA, while a GOP candidate announces a bid for HD-114. Here is the Playbook.

December 14th Ups & Downs: The residency dispute continues in the state Senate’s 38th District, a bill overwhelmingly passes the House that was influenced by a pair of PA Congressmen, and a town’s Council voted unanimously to prevent comments on their Facebook page. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

HD-114: Stephen Semenza Announces Bid To Seek GOP Nomination: The lawyer from Old Forge switched his party registration from Democrat to Republican last week.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Fewer Pennsylvanians get health coverage as deadline nears
AP: Judge rules gas pipeline company can start taking land
AP: Court says no bail as Cosby appeals sex assault conviction
KDKA: Pa. AG Shapiro: ‘I Will Continue To Enforce Affordable Care Act’  
Post-Gazette: Fight over Lindsey Williams’ residency brings Pa. Senate into uncommon political territory
KYW Newsradio: ‘Get Help Now Week’ maybe over, but Pa. still has resources available
StateImpactPA: PennEast pipeline can take New Jersey lands using eminent domain, judge rules
StateImpactPA: PUC panel sees ‘statewide concern’ with pipeline corrosion after ME1 leak
StateImpactPA: At Penn State, researchers push for answers on carbon capture: Will it stay where we put it?
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – December 10, 2018  
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
WITF: Pa. mulls more naloxone handouts after strong demand
WHYY Newsworks: Prosecutors driving dip in Pa. death sentences, not moratorium
Inquirer: Despite advisers’ convictions, Bob Brady retains grip on Philly Democratic Party  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hey motorists, slow down around these workers. It’s now the law
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s Lou Barletta reflects on congressional tenure amid final days in D.C.
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s 20 biggest economies, ranked by county

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Philly voter data shows millennials had highest turnout in midterms compared to 2014
KYW Newsradio: Congressman Boyle announces federal funding for Delaware River deepening
KYW Newsradio: ‘Get Help Now Week’ maybe over, but Pa. still has resources available
KYW Newsradio: New school board policy may allow some valuable art to emerge from storage
KYW Newsradio: Commission for Women holds panel discussion on root causes of maternal and infant mortality
PLSReporter: Pharma regulations held in Philly City Council’s final 2018 meeting
Inquirer: ‘True colors’ vs. ‘political grandstanding’: War of words erupts from Philly’s two top prosecutors
Inquirer: Despite advisers’ convictions, Bob Brady retains grip on Philly Democratic Party
Inquirer: Philly school board gives reprieve to struggling charter school
WHYY Newsworks: Prosecutors driving dip in Pa. death sentences, not moratorium
Philadelphia Magazine: Q&A: Feminist Writer Rebecca Traister on How Anger Shapes Philly Politics
Philadelphia Magazine: The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The Fight to Bring Amtrak’s Clack-Clack Back

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: The Paper Chase: Pa. starting process of moving to mandated paper trail for ballots
Delco Daily Times: Upper Prov honors volunteer, OKs budget, tax hike
Delco Daily Times: Eddystone taps Mandy Hall to fill seat on borough council
Delco Daily Times: County sets public hearing on pipeline risk study
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Redevelopment Authority awards $3.7 million in casino grant funding to Lower Bucks municipalities
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors approve final $13M operating budget for 2019; holds the line on taxes
Montgomery Media: Upper Salford budget approved with no tax hike
Daily Local News: Chester County survey focuses on workplace sexual harassment
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County weighs option as state pushes for new voting machines
Bucks County Courier Times: Judge rules gas pipeline company can start taking land
Bucks County Courier Times: Federal award aims to reduce homelessness among foster youth, keep families together
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem School District in fact finding with teachers
Pottstown Mercury: Hundreds get ‘life saving’ drug naxolone in Chester County
Pottstown Mercury: Three new Chester County prosecutors sworn in
Philly Voice: Montgomery County earmarks $5.8 million for new voting machines with paper trail

Pittsburgh
WESA: Gun Control Bills To Be Introduced To Pittsburgh City Council, But State Law Poses Issues
KDKA: Pa. AG Shapiro: ‘I Will Continue To Enforce Affordable Care Act’
KDKA: Pittsburgh Included In Apple’s Massive Job Expansion
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh officials to consider ban on some guns, ammunition  
Post-Gazette: County residents praise quality of life but still worry about race relations, quality of air and drinking water
Post-Gazette: School districts struggle with rules for administering medical marijuana
Post-Gazette: Fight over Lindsey Williams’ residency brings Pa. Senate into uncommon political territory
Post-Gazette: Top religion stories of 2018? They happened here
AP: Judge Resigns After Removal From Sex Offender Cases
Pittsburgh Business Times: $1M grant to help Pitt Innovation Institute’s job retraining efforts in PA’s coal country
StateImpactPA: Four workers injured at gas plant blast near Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Leechburg’s Mike Debold will have to register with state police when released from jail
Tribune Review: Lower Burrell’s budget calls for police raises but no tax increase  
Tribune Review: Delmont council approves 2019 budget with no tax hike, will consider sewage rate hike

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pulse of the Voters | Bucking the political trend: GOP’s local midterm gains mirror shift in registration
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Westmont council OKs budget with tax hike
Beaver County Times: Local GOP legislative candidates enjoyed help from the state party
Beaver County Times: Beaver County among counties to ‘sell out’ of free naloxone
Beaver County Times: Zubik works to move Catholic Church forward
Observer-Reporter: Kail announces office locations to remain same  
Altoona Mirror: School districts facing hefty budget increases
Altoona Mirror: Pa. benefits from farm bill
Altoona Mirror: State Superior Court vacates case, stresses need for counsel for kids

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Cartwright announces opening of Hazleton office
Standard Speaker: Weatherly Area superintendent gets new contract
Standard Speaker: Black Creek Twp. budget for 2019 has no tax hike
Standard Speaker: In tentative 2019 budget, taxes stay put in McAdoo
Times Leader: Luzerne County approves reduced tax anticipation loan
Times Leader: Luzerne County flood authority says use of basin for new stormwater project not set in stone
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre awarded $200,000 from state for financial recovery
News Item: Shamokin revitalization groups targets downtown growth
Times-Tribune: Barletta at book signing: No specific plans after term ends
Times-Tribune: Already facing deficit, officials say Scranton School District needs help from the state
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners award Community Re-Invest funds for 23 projects
Times-Tribune: Longtime Wyoming County Commissioner Ron Williams dies
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton School District fleet manager Daniel Sansky appears in court
Times-Tribune: Timeline of Lackawanna County pay hikes changing
South Central
York Dispatch: ‘God was his author’: Community bids farewell to Ray Crenshaw
York Dispatch: Regardless of DeVos’ plan, York College won’t budge on sexual assault policies
York Dispatch: ‘It’s nuts’: Amid uncertainty, York County forms committee on voting machines  
Harrisburg Patriot News: GAO asked to assess how staffing levels contribute to federal prison safety conditions
Harrisburg Patriot News: Businesses lining up to become Pennsylvania’s real mini-casinos  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Vigil honors Sandy Hook victims on sixth anniversary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hey motorists, slow down around these workers. It’s now the law
AP: Harrisburg Bishop Gainer changes path on punishment of priest with dementia

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown mayor vetoes budget just before midnight, thwarts override
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s Lou Barletta reflects on congressional tenure amid final days in D.C.
Morning Call: 100-year-old, ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker dies  
Morning Call: As the economy grows, nearly 100,000 people commute into the Lehigh Valley for jobs
Morning Call: Allentown budget brouhaha expected to come to a head just before midnight
Reading Eagle: The Briefing: Auditor general’s call for fix on pharmacy pricing embraced by two GOP lawmakers
Reading Eagle: Week in politics: A good week (relatively) for British Prime Minister Theresa May
Reading Eagle: Getting rail service restarted between Reading and Philly is a steep grade to climb [Ask the Eagle reports]
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s 20 biggest economies, ranked by county

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week
Erie Times-News: Change to medical transit drives fears of fare increases, poor service
Erie Times-News: East Erie County on cusp of switch from dispatching to ambulance service
Erie Times-News: Erie gives out 150 Narcan kits
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to meet Tuesday about Merski replacement
Erie Times-News: Government meeting in Erie County, week of Dec. 17
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State official urges end to overdoses with local center
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keystone Central School District recruits new superintendent from State College
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport approves budget with tax hike
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County OKs 2019 budget 2-1 after heated discussion; no tax increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County Golf course and commission pick see contention
AP: Erie Diocese announces start of victim compensation fund

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Standing down: Police brass caved to union boss’ bullying on cases
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Backtracking in Paris: Concession to rioters subverts the climate accord
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Twitter and free speech: Social media should err on the side of liberty
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The noble profession: Journalists do what they do on behalf of the citizen
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Trump picks an AG: William Barr is the right person to head the Department of Justice
Inquirer Editorial Board: City moves to take the pain out of paint, other school hazards
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly’s technology have-nots are increasing and that’s a problem
Jim Cawley: Conservatives should lead the way on clean energy that creates jobs and prosperity
Mary Gay Scanlon and John Sarbanes: From day one, Democrats will fight to restore ethics to politics
Brian Fitzpatrick: Middle class families need a livable wage that’s specific to their needs
Sigal Ben-Porath: From snowflake students to outspoken professors: Why protecting campus speech matters
Maria Panaritis: A year of writing this column brings few hoagies, a lot of news
Keith C. Burris: Listening to America
David M. Shribman: Speaking of everything … in Latin
Ruth Ann Dailey: Drown­ing in dreck
Paul Muschick: Allentown budget process needs an overhaul

2 Responses

  1. Now if (quite) a few more biased Allegheny County judges would resign, then hallelujah for some fair jurisprudence in the Soviet Republic of Allegheny County.

  2. Make sure you votes for me in these special elections for HD-114 and SD-37. I’m the best candidates for these.

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