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December 3rd Playbook

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls will participate in an education forum in Pittsburgh on Dec 14. Here is the Playbook.

The Full 2019 PA Society List of Events: The annual get together in New York City begins with events Thursday evening through Sunday morning.

Winning for Women Endorse Scheller: According to Politico’s Morning Score, Lisa Scheller, GOP hopeful for the 7th Congressional District, was one of 13 Republican House challengers endorsed by the “Republican outside group focused on recruiting more women candidates.”

Legislative Election Update: 

HD-34: Chris Roland, a North Braddock Borough Councilman, has announced a Democratic primary challenge against incumbent state Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny). WESA’s Chris Potter reports that Roland describes himself as a “moderate,” while Lee is known as the “progressive champion.” 

HD-89: State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) announced that he is seeking a ninth term in the state House. He ran unopposed in his most recent reelection bid and won in 2016 over Democrat Christine Tolbert by 45 points. 

Harrisburg & DC   
KDKA: Top Democratic Presidential Candidates Coming To Pittsburgh For Public Education Forum
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Braddock official launches primary against progressive Democrat Summer Lee 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf asks MLB not to cut ties with minor league teams in Erie, State College and Williamsport
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court to take up high stakes gun rights case this week
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With NYC gun case, Supremes may sidestep a major Second Amendment fight
Patriot News: New Pa. law restores school police arrest powers 
Morning Call: Charlie Dent says his former GOP colleagues in Congress are ‘disgusted and exhausted’ by Trump
AP: Governor warns of harm from changes to minor league baseball
PLSReporter: 5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break
PLSReporter: Sen. Hughes continues to seek funds for school repairs
PLSReporter: Wolf urges MLB to strike out contraction plan for three state minor league teams
Inquirer: How Pennsylvania could improve voting and elections, according to advocates and experts
Inquirer: Democrat Joe Sestak drops his long-shot presidential bid
Inquirer: Stinking Pennsylvania hemp facility cited for air pollution, ordered to close
StateImpactPA: A small western Pa. community reveals how natural gas drilling can fracture political alliances on both sides of the aisle 
Post-Gazette: Pa. DEP and major oil companies agree: Trump administration shouldn’t roll back methane rules
Daily Kos: GOP congressman busted for selling used cars facing safety recalls busted again for exact same thing
Politico: Joe Sestak ends 2020 presidential bid 
Fox News: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler says the House Democrats’ impeachment process is broken and can’t be fixed
CNN: Joe Sestak ends long-shot 2020 Democratic presidential campaign
Wall Street Journal: Jill Stein Challenges Voting Machines in Pennsylvania

KYW Newsradio: Philly City Councilmember decides lifting ban on city workers’ political activity can wait
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s public defenders vote to form a union 
Inquirer: Philadelphia developers are scrambling to limit the changes to the 10-year tax abatement
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s public defenders decide to unionize
Inquirer: ICE says Philadelphia let a child sexual predator go free 
Inquirer: Philadelphia has a gun violence epidemic. What if it were treated like any other contagious disease?
Inquirer: Philly’s new school police chief pledges less law-and-order, more mentoring of students
Philadelphia Citizen: Overheard at Tredici  
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s public defenders move to unionize with UAW
Philadelphia Tribune: Black-owned firms make up larger share of Philadelphia’s businesses than previously reported
Philadelphia Tribune: Superfund task force visits environmental education center
Philadelphia Magazine: Here Are All the Philly Write-In Votes From the November Election
Philadelphia Magazine: Report: University City District Expects $2.1 Billion Worth of Construction to Start in 2020
Billy Penn: Philly-area teens are suing Juul for getting them addicted to vaping
Billy Penn: Real estate and development blog Curbed Philly is shutting down 
Philly Voice: Former Delco Congressman Joe Sestak ends his Democratic presidential campaign

Bucks Courier Times: Gov. Wolf tours Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Montco
Bucks Courier Times: State official: Neshaminy should stop using ‘Redskin’
Bucks Courier Times: Bucks Democrats appoint businessman to review county finances
Delco Daily Times: Hearing on Delco’s 2020 budget set for Wednesday 
Daily Local News: 5 land conservation projects in Chester County get funding
Daily Local News: Sen. Killion to conduct holiday food drive for West Chester Food Cupboard
Pottstown Mercury: 2020 Lower Pottsgrove budget hikes taxes 22% 

KDKA: Top Democratic Presidential Candidates Coming To Pittsburgh For Public Education Forum
KDKA: Public Voices Disagreement With Pittsburgh Public Schools Budget, Including Tax Increases
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Hosts Public Hearing About $665M Preliminary Budget, Tax Increase
KDKA: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Launches Mobility Plan Survey To Redevelop Public Transit
WESA: Progressive Champion Lee Draws Challenger In Democratic Primary
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh will host leading Democratic presidential candidates for education forum
Post-Gazette: Residents: Pittsburgh city schools should spend more on counseling, less on security
Post-Gazette: Conor Lamb says U.S. troops are ‘confident’ in Trump’s exit strategy in Afghanistan
Post-Gazette: Mayor wants development chief, cyber security officer
Post-Gazette: Pa. DEP and major oil companies agree: Trump administration shouldn’t roll back methane rules
Post-Gazette: It’s time to hear from the public on Pittsburgh’s Downtown mobility plan
Post-Gazette: City to match $100,000 in state funds to begin Hays Woods planning
Tribune Review: 7 Democratic presidential candidates to attend Pittsburgh education forum
Tribune Review: Budget hearing for Pittsburgh schools addresses mental health programs, state oversight
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office says funding dwindling for URA projects
Pittsburgh Business Times: City to begin planning, set aside $100K for park in Hays Woods


Beaver County Times: Beaver County Chamber of Commerce honors annual award recipients
Altoona Mirror: Blair County DA sets retirement
Altoona Mirror: Blair DA Consiglio retiring April `1  

Times-Tribune: City Council introduces taxing legislation leaving 2020 rates unchanged 
Citizens Voice: County council will vote on 911 upgrade, voting machines
Citizens Voice: Lackawanna County attorney dies at 89 
The Times Leader: WB Mayor-elect Brown names McCormick city administrator
The Times Leader: Developer to meet with WB officials to discuss 4-year-old project

South Central 
York Daily Record: Residency requirements for York city employees ending?
Patriot News: Rep. Rob Kauffman to seek re-election to ninth term in Pa. House of Representatives
Patriot News: New Pa. law restores school police arrest powers 
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor considers nuisance action against downtown bar, site of 2 shootings 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: State lawmakers meet in Reading to discuss affordable housing
Reading Eagle: Reading’s public works director resigns
Morning Call: Charlie Dent says his former GOP colleagues in Congress are ‘disgusted and exhausted’ by Trump
Morning Call: Like son, like father: Departing Allen Township supervisor will be replaced by his dad
Morning Call: Allentown Diocese sued over new clergy sex abuse complaint

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials: Proposed budget is a deficit spending plan
AP: Governor warns of harm from changes to minor league baseball
Erie Times-News: Erie Water Works wants first refusal rights in $90 million prepayment deal 
Erie Times-News: Erie Water Works CEO, consultant to explain prepayment deal

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Solutions, not attacks: Daryl Metcalfe further debases political discourse
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A threat to our future: Reading scores indict education
LNP Editorial Board: Welcoming refugees now more work for our communities, after Trump’s executive order 
John L. Micek: How a terrible abortion bill has Pa. making national headlines for all the wrong reasons – again | Monday Morning Coffee
Philip E. Heron: Letter From the Editor: Dems the breaks when it comes to the reins of power in Delco
Charlie Gerow: We know how this movie ends 
Daniel R. Taylor: As 2020 Census approaches, Philly pediatric doctor warns of hard-to-count kids 
Post-Gazette Commentary: Sweat Equity: The working class musician and activist of Hazelwood
Dick Polman: A court ruling to be thankful for this year: ‘Presidents are not kings’

3 Responses

  1. Harris is solid candidate that got bogged down politically attacking Biden in the initial debate causing her to get off on the wrong foot. Then when Tulsi Gabbard called Harris out on her record as Atty Gen in Calif Harris stumbled and fumbled her way to oblivion. Gabbard remains in the race and gaining ground on the net with supporters. Biden has withstood political attacks and getting a little more assertive in his jousting with other candidates.

    1. Gabbard is sponsored by Russians, she’s not a real candidate. Harris failed because her organization and messaging was a disaster.

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