December 18th Playbook

The special election date is announced for the state House’s 190th District, while Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation is expected to fall along party lines in the impeachment vote. 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. 

HD190: Special Election Set for February 25: The special election is set to replace state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-Philadelphia) who resigned after being charged with theft, perjury, tampering with public records along with other crimes.

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-15: State Sen. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin) announced that he is seeking another term in the state Senate. DiSanto was first elected to the state Senate in 2016 after besting incumbent Democratic state Sen. Rob Teplitz by 3.5 points. 

SD-13: Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman announced that he is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the seat held by state Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster). Martin was first elected to the state Senate in 2016 after beating Democrat Gregory Paulson by 15 points. 

HD-155: State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten (D-Chester) announced that she will seek another term in the state House. Otten was first elected to the seat in 2018 after defeating incumbent state Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) by 9 points.

HD-3: Greg Hayes, CEO of North Coast Flight School, announced that he is seeking the Republican Party nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie). Bizzarro ran unopposed in the most recent election. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Morning Call: Here’s what to expect from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation in today’s impeachment vote
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As debate rages, Wolf says he will veto attempts to stop Polk and White Haven shutdown
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State oversight panel greenlights Wolf’s methane regulations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Steyer-funded group launches $4.5M campaign to turn Pa. blue in 2020
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills
AP: Lawmakers vote to make changes to Pennsylvania parole system
AP: Firms to pay $386 million to settle price-fixing allegations
AP: Multi-state pact could curb transportation carbon emissions
The Caucus: An epic battle has erupted between Pa. casinos and unregulated ‘games of skill.’ Here’s why
WITF: Pa. lawmakers move to change rule restricting local official training
PLSReporter: After narrow committee vote, future of moratorium on Polk, White Haven closing uncertain
PLSReporter: As lawmakers float varying approaches on criminal justice reform, DOC reveals 20-year drop in crime rate
PLSReporter: PA Sports Betting Handle Eclipses $300 Million for November
Inquirer: ‘License to discriminate’? Hershey charitable school seeks to exempt itself from Pa. oversight.
Inquirer: Amish share meal with refugees, bridging gap between cultures
Inquirer: Pa’s biggest marijuana dispensary chain removes Standard Farms products from shelves
Patriot News: From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, these issues matter to Pa. voters | Battleground Pa. podcast
National Journal: Spending Clash Imminent in Fight for Legislative Control
The Hill: Jane Fonda lashes out at GOP energy policies, praises Green New Deal
Fox News: Bernie Sanders goes to bat for minor league baseball on the campaign trail

KYW Newsradio: In Center City, demonstrators call for impeachment of President Trump
KYW Newsradio: Officials monitor air quality after fire at SW Philly chemical plant
Inquirer: The Trump impeachment vote is tomorrow. Here’s how Philadelphia-area reps are voting.
Inquirer: Pro-impeachment rally takes place in Philly on eve of House vote
Inquirer: Philly’s spending more, but it’s in line with other big cities
Inquirer: Asbestos is shutting down another Philadelphia school
WHYY Newsworks: Malcolm Jenkins says candidates to run Philly police ‘are already hiding’
Philadelphia Tribune: Malcolm Jenkins joins community in asking for more transparency in top cop search
Philadelphia Tribune: Wells Fargo pays $10M to settle lawsuit over discriminatory lending practices in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: How can Philadelphia reduce poverty and add better paying jobs? A panel weighed in.
NBC10: Bankrupt Philadelphia refinery responsible for large parts of city pollution, report shows 
Philadelphia Magazine: Have an Idea to Spruce Up Philly’s “I Voted” Sticker? Now’s Your Chance.
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Police End Practice of Releasing Mental Health Status of Missing Residents

Levittown Now: Large Crowd Calls For Impeachment, While Smaller Group Touts Trump
Bucks Courier Times: Fitzpatrick affirms ‘no’ vote on impeachment 
Daily Local News: Houlahan backs impeachment of Trump
Daily Local News: Rep. Friel Otten seeks second term in 155th state House Dist.
Daily Local News: Uwchlan police make two arrests at pipeline site
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick weighs in on Articles of Impeachment
Inquirer: The Trump impeachment vote is tomorrow. Here’s how Philadelphia-area reps are voting.
Inquirer: ‘We realize the bucks stop here:’ Kennett Township officials explain how an ex-employee stole millions
Delco Daily Times: Delco protesters at Philly rally call for Trump’s impeachment

Post-Gazette: Honk for impeachment: Horns blow at rallies across Western Pa.
Post-Gazette: City budget approved but may have short shelf life
Post-Gazette: Study: Proposed Pittsburgh-Cleveland-Chicago hyperloop would be highly profitable
Post-Gazette: Congress reaches deal to prop up coal miners’ pension fund
Post-Gazette: Trio of Pitt professors join historians calling for Trump impeachment
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County controller suggests surplus hotel tax money to fund transit, city parks
Post-Gazette: Giant Eagle to end use of plastic grocery bags by 2025 
WESA: As Impeachment Draws Near, Rallies Counter Conservative Advertising
WESA: Nearly 2,000 Allegheny County Residents Could Lose Access To Food Stamps Under New USDA Rule
WESA: Addressing Pittsburgh’s Public Health Crisis: Racism
KDKA: Hundreds Attend Rally Supporting Impeachment
KDKA: Giant Eagle Announces Plan To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags By 2025
KDKA: ‘We’re Not Spending Enough On Our Kids’: Public Speaks Out In Favor Of Proposed Property Tax Increase From Pittsburgh Public Schools
Pittsburgh Business Times: Giant Eagle to eliminate plastic bags from Pittsburgh stores
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh contested paid sick leave ordinance to go into effect in 2020
City Paper: Fracking-well blast 60 miles from Pittsburgh leaked more methane than some countries emit in a year
City Paper: Pittsburgh paid sick days law to take effect on March 15, 2020
City Paper: True T PGH launches a program to provide short-term housing to trans people
City Paper: Hundreds rally in Pittsburgh in support of impeaching President Trump
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s $608 million budget includes no tax increase
Tribune Review: Protesters call for Trump’s impeachment outside Conor Lamb’s office in Mt. Lebanon
Tribune Review: Giant Eagle to get rid of plastic grocery bags, straws by 2025

Beaver County Times: Rally for Trump’s impeachment met with counter-protest in Beaver
Observer-Reporter: Former President Judge Thomas D. Gladden remembered with respect
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State reexamining efforts to help most vulnerable residents
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State of Cambria County detailed at breakfast event
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ebensburg Borough adopts 2020 budget, holds line on taxes 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County tax hike, first in 15 years, on the table

The Times Leader: Committee approves bill for moratorium on closing of White Haven center
The Times Leader: To impeach or not to impeach?
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Manager Pedri reviews 2019 developments in annual forum
The Times Leader: Luzerne County DA critical of Griffith’s email 
The Times Leader: Funding approved to upgrade traffic signals on Sans Souci Parkway
Citizens Voice: Protesters on both sides rally in Wilkes-Barre ahead of trump impeachment vote
Citizens Voice: Yudichak switch yields more change for county Dems
Times-Tribune: Courtright, feds dispute amount of loss in his corruption case
Times-Tribune: Scranton likely to seek firm to collect city’s delinquent trash fees 

South Central 
Patriot News: Activists gather at Pa. Capitol to call on Congress to impeach Trump
Patriot News: Harrisburg council approves 2020 budget, police officer salary increases 
Patriot News: Intersection improvements planned for busy stretch of Wertzville Road
Patriot News: ‘Above and beyond’: Harrisburg council honors ‘unsung heroes’
York Dispatch: VIDEO: Nobody is Above the Law Rally in York City
York Dispatch: York City Council punts on residency requirement change, plans town hall
York Dispatch: York City asked for input, but few showed up
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Local activists organize ‘Impeach and remove’ rally in Lancaster city
LNP | LancasterOnline: City Council passes 2020 Lancaster budget
LNP | LancasterOnline: Commissioner Lehman announces bid for Sen. Scott Martin’s seat
LNP | LancasterOnline: Todd Brown, chief public defender, named first assistant district attorney for Lancaster County
York Daily Record: Which municipalities face big tax hikes in 2020?

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Lehigh Valley senator’s ex-treasurer sentenced in alleged 11-year theft
Morning Call: Here’s what to expect from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation in today’s impeachment vote
Reading Eagle: Impeachment vote divides Berks County voters

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Hayes announces run for state representative
Patriot News: Feds probing whether Williamsport’s City Hall, other facilities are ADA compliant
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rally calls for impeachment of Trump
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers support defense bill
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County comms set to finalize budget
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners eye sale to housing developers, OK survey to golf course land

LNP Editorial Board: Ending grand jury reports is a lousy idea and state lawmakers should dismiss it
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Controlling methane: Stakeholders oppose EPA rollback
Post-Gazette Commentary: Hatred and bigotry are not ‘OK’!
William McSwain: As crime plagues Philly, Mayor Kenney must prioritize law and order for new police commissioner 
Jasmine Rivera: Gov. Wolf, don’t let parents and children spend another Christmas in the ICE detention center in Berks County
John L. Micek: It’s the holiday season, and Philly is the 8th neediest city in the U.S., new report finds | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Tara Murtha and Christine Castro: How the next big Supreme Court abortion case highlights anti-abortion harassment 
Albert Eisenberg: After Temple student’s TikTok controversy, the university clashes with reality
Bruce Ledewitz: Think we’re powerless against hate speech? The Constitution provides plenty of room to address it 
Gene Marks: Why a $15 minimum wage would hurt employees
Salena Zito: A Different Kind of Celebrity on Twitter
Kevin Riordan: Hallmark’s bridal ad controversy ruined and then restored my Christmas

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