December 18th Playbook

The Department of State certified state Sen. Jim Brewster as the winner in his reelection bid for SD-45, although Republicans point to a pending federal court case as proof that the race isn’t over yet, plus Gov. Tom Wolf announced he’s out of quarantine and feeling great. Here is the Playbook. 

SD45: State Certifies Brewster Win: On Wednesday, the Department of State certified state Sen. Jim Brewster as the winner in his reelection bid for SD-45. However, Republicans indicated they won’t swear him in until further legal proceedings.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Over 1,200 vaccine shots given in Pennsylvania; more coming
Spotlight PA: An inmate died of the coronavirus, but Pa. corrections never told his family
New York Times Magazine: He Wanted to Count Every Vote in Philadelphia. His Party Had Other Ideas.
CNBC: Pennsylvania state treasurer warns of dire fiscal circumstances with no stimulus 
Newsweek: Anthony Scaramucci Says Donald Trump ‘Does Not Care About His Legacy’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With focus on Pa.’s election code, advocates call for action on state’s primaries
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey spearheading push to end emergency pandemic lending program, report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine: Rebel restaurant owners are ‘putting themselves’ at risk
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Philly radio host Stigall targets Levine in transphobic rant, report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Shapiro joins states suing Google over alleged search manipulation | Friday Morning Coffee
Patriot News: McLaughlin announces run for Pa. Supreme Court
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf out of quarantine; ‘I’m feeling great’
Patriot News: Coronavirus complicates bringing Pa.’s homeless in from the cold: Special report
Patriot News: Countdown to homelessness as eviction crisis looms and a panhandler’s story: Coming Friday
Patriot News: Snow doesn’t stop COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Pa.
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 529,335 coronavirus cases? Dec. 17 map, county-by-county breakdown
WITF: This Pa. mayor’s trip to Puerto Rico during the pandemic drew criticism, attention to Latino health disparities
WITF: Here’s What PA Hospital Leaders Say About Masks, Business Closures And New Public Health Measures
NBC10: Toomey Calls Stimulus Checks Inefficient But Not a Deal Killer for Relief Bill
PLSReporter: With results certified, Dems claim victory in Brewster race; GOP calls for patience amid pending court decision
PLSReporter: Following deadly winter storm crash, Wolf asks Pennsylvanians stay off the roads
PLSReporter: 634,000 more Pennsylvanians facing food insecurity as a result of pandemic, for a total 2 million experiencing hunger
PLSReporter: Dec. 17 COVID-19 Update: Hospitalizations double spring peak, vaccine distribution on track
WESA: Rural Hospitals Lack State, County Support In Pandemic, Says Bradford Doctor
Fox News: Pennsylvania brewery owner stays open despite coronavirus restrictions: ‘Relief’ doesn’t exist
National Journal: 2020 redistricting outlook
CNHI News: Thousands of Pennsylvanians falling far behind on utility bills
WHYY Newsworks: Pa.’s free pre-K program provides a meaningful math and language boost, says new study
Politico: Relief bill could slam door on Biden’s ability to extend emergency economic support
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania, New Jersey join anti-trust lawsuit against Google
CNN: Hill leaders struggle to finalize deal amid looming shutdown threat

KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia 911 dispatchers say they are inadequately protected against COVID-19
KYW Newsradio: Pa. officials: With high number of COVID-19 cases, ability to do proper contact tracing is limited 
Billy Penn: Rocked by COVID outbreak, Philly 911 dispatchers say police department treats them like ‘collateral damage’ 
Billy Penn: Why Philly shut down its homeless COVID hotels, and why advocates are furious
Inquirer: Philly’s overworked 911 dispatchers are on the ‘brink of a collapse.’ City Council promises fixes.
Inquirer: SEPTA awards $3M contract for bus network revamp, eyeing a faster and easier-to-use system
Inquirer: PREIT loses control of Center City’s Fashion District mall to its California-based partner
Inquirer: Jameel Rush named Inquirer’s vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Inquirer: MacKenzie Scott gives $30 million of Amazon wealth to two Philly institutions that serve low-income communities
Inquirer: More than 1,200 Pa. health workers vaccinated; health secretary urges Pennsylvanians to stay home for Christmas; Congress close on relief bill
Inquirer: Philadelphia urgent care centers are still coping with shortages of COVID-19 tests
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA selects San Francisco firm to redesign bus network

Delco Daily Times: County hires firm to oversee prison transition 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County won’t raise taxes for 2021
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County sees surge in hospitalized COVID patients
WHYY Newsworks: Montco announces new grant program ‘specifically for the restaurant industry’
WHYY Newsworks: Montco officials on COVID-19: Vaccine offers hope, but public must continue to ‘hunker down’
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County approves 2021 budget with property tax hike
Daily Local News: Local officials call on legislature to lift moratorium on policies to reduce plastic pollution
Daily Local News: West Chester battling financial woes 

KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Calls For Federal Ghost Gun Regulations 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 55 New COVID-19 Related Deaths 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports record of 55 new deaths
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports record 55 new covid deaths
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
WESA: City School Board Rejects Proposed Tax Increase, Approves $670M Budget

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sankey and Rigby to serve as deputy whips
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State opens 100th medical marijuana dispensary
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Hospitals still ‘significantly challenged’; Conemaugh says while ICU beds filled, ‘we … have capacity’
Beaver County Times: Beaver County sees COVID-19 spike; Levine urges holiday caution 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners approve budget with no tax hike
Observer-Reporter: Peters man accused of vandalizing Rep. Mihalek’s district office waives charges
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners will vote on changing emergency food allocation’s designee
Observer-Reporter: Canonsburg approves 2021 budget with tax increase
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania hospitals report no adverse effects from COVID-19 vaccine
Observer-Reporter: New COVID-19 deaths reported in Washington, Greene, Fayette counties
KDKA: COVID-19 In Washington County: Angelo’s Restaurant Opening For Indoor Dining In Defiance Of Gov. Wolf’s Orders
Altoona Mirror: News in brief from around the region
Altoona Mirror: PUC recognizes efforts to bridge digital divide for rural regions

Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council passes amended budget, disappointing mayor
Citizens Voice: More than 500 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Thursday
Times-Tribune: GCMC begins administering COVID-19 vaccine to frontline medical workers
The Times Leader: One-day record 534 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county; 9,966 statewide

South Central 
WITF: Harrisburg Budget Discussions End With Slightly Less Additional Funding For Police Department
LNP | LancasterOnline: Unemployment claims in Lancaster County rise, with more expected due to pandemic restrictions
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County healthcare workers begin getting COVID vaccine
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County surpasses 23,000 COVID-19 cases [Thursday’s COVID-19 update]
Philadelphia Gay News: Gettysburg passes nondiscrimination ordinance
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle chamber seeks funding for small biz relief as pandemic impact continues
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 166 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths for Cumberland County in Thursday’s report 
York Dispatch: Seven more die in York County due to COVID-19
York Daily Record: Lebanon “Mask Up” uses its final dollars

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley lawmakers want coronavirus-hammered Pennsylvania restaurants to keep sales tax they collect
Morning Call: COVID-19 vaccine arrives at LVHN and St. Lukes, health care workers get shots soon afterward
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Nearly 10,000 new cases, 224 deaths
WFMZ: Berks commissioners adopt 2021 budget with no tax hike
WFMZ: Phillipsburg Town Council members say local businesses should be able to set their own rules amid pandemic
WFMZ: LVHN, St. Luke’s administer their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine
WFMZ: Berks hospitals receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine 
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners adopt 2021 county budget with no tax increase
Reading Eagle: 354 new COVID cases in Berks County, Pa. says
Express Times: 1st COVID-19 vaccines given in Lehigh Valley: ‘Light at the end of the dark, long tunnel’
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Nearly 10K new cases; 2 out of every 5 tests positive over last week; Lehigh Valley to hit 30K cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (12/17/20)

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council to dive into proposed 1-mill budget hike
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Finance committee sides against proposed police contract
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County OKs agreement with city on central processing center
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 167 new COVID-19 cases. Tioga County sees 73 new cases, Clinton 44, Sullivan 2.
Erie Times-News: Erie County Community College work continues
Erie Times-News: COVID-19 vaccine arrives at Erie hospitals
Centre Daily Times: ‘It’s about fairness.’ Some Centre County restaurants defy Pa.’s indoor dining ban
Centre Daily Times: Dec. 17 update: Centre County reports 103 COVID-19 cases to pass 8,000; Pa. adds 9,966

John Baer: Government is supposed to work for us, but it’s doing a terrible job 
Larry Platt: Josh Shapiro’s Mic Drop 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Tax and regulatory reform can help small businesses survive and thrive in Philadelphia 
Inquirer Editorial Board: COVID-19 imposes a new death sentence in Pa. prisons
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Getting serious about cops 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Who can stand?
Hannah Fierle: We need paid parental leave for all Pennsylvanians This is how to make it happen
Inga Saffron: As we contemplate the end of the pandemic, here’s what we should keep
Paul Koenig: A Proportional Response: The need for balanced Electoral College reform
Jenice Armstrong: Here’s hoping a terminally ill firefighter’s last wish is granted before it’s too late 
Ernest Owens: Black Americans Don’t Trust the COVID Vaccine. It’s Up to Doctors to Change That
Anthony O’Brien: During COVID pandemic, private business outperforms the government 
Lorene Cary: Let’s Say Black Lives Mattered 
Tony Norman: POTUS sings the blues (and makes me wanna’ holla!)
Trudy Rubin: To compete with China, Biden needs bipartisan cooperation and strong alliances 
John J. Zurlo: I just got the COVID vaccine. Here’s why. | Expert Opinion

3 Responses

  1. If — IF the Pennsylvania election results are overturned, the ENTIRE results should be overturned and we should get another chance to vote out the political hack incumbent Republicans who sided with Texas against our own state because they worship the Great God Trump ahead of the national interest.

  2. The federal courts respect the rulings of the State courts in most election cases and are very reluctant to uncount votes and change an election. Basically, Republicans want to overturn an election and, as we saw recently, many of these same Republicans wanted to overturn our Pa Presidential Election because their candidate did not win. The federal courts generally are not in the business of overturning state courts in election cases.

  • Will Doug Mastriano Run For U.S. Senate?

    • No. Not Enough Support From Mainstream GOP. (91%)
    • Yes. Let Doug Be Doug. (9%)

    Total Voters: 892

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