December 4th Playbook

Wolf and PA GOP Leadership are at odds over the Governor’s newly formed Redistricting Commission. Here is the Playbook.

Gov. Wolf Creates Redistricting Commission, GOP Leadership Says It Ignores Large Parts of PA: The 15 member commission will be chaired by David Thornburgh.

SD-37: Raja Joins Race for State Senate Seat: Raja, the Republican Committee Chair of Allegheny County, was the GOP candidate for this seat in 2012.

PA Society Weekend Chatter: The weekend has come and gone, and we are recapping the top rumors and stories coming out of the receptions.  

Wild Has former President George H.W. Bush’s Office: According to the Allentown Morning Call’s Laura Olson, Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) will occupy former President George H.W. Bush’s office while he was a member of Congress, 1607 Longworth.

Harrisburg & DC
PLSReporter: Redistricting advocates talk rule changes to aid reform with former lawmakers
PLSReporter: DePasquale announces climate change report, release planned by budget deadline
AP: Court sides with some priests in abuse report, shields names
AP: Times-Shamrock media company to get non-family leader
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog to look at state response to climate change
StateImpactPA: US Steel claims air pollution order could cost it $400 million
Philly Voice: Here’s what to expect for the funeral services of President George H. W. Bush
KYW Newsradio: Local political leader shares thoughts on President George HW Bush  
Billy Penn: Overdose deaths in PA have dropped 20% since the late 2017 spike, per federal data
Inquirer: Leaders praise humility, kindness of George H.W. Bush as he lies in state
WESA: PA Supreme Court Rules Employers Legally Responsible For Protecting Workers’ Sensitive Data
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court to hear state police excessive force case | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘We can start in different places, it’s where we end up that matters.’ Four questions with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler | Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Pa.’s menorah will shine brighter this year’: rabbi tells assembled at Capitol celebration  
Morning Call: Slot machine players taking more gambles, state says

KYW Newsradio: Smukler found guilty of campaign finance law violation
KYW Newsradio: Judge holding evidence ‘under advisement’ to defer Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal decision
KYW Newsradio: Congress is about to create a whole new industry in this country by legalizing hemp
Inquirer: Phila. Councilman Allan Domb’s lonely fight to kill DROP  
Plan Philly: City Council downsizes new protections for renters in ‘Good cause’ bill
Billy Penn: How can Philly use the food boom to address pervasive hunger and poverty?
Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Overbrook Farms: Community Members Memorialize, Demonstrate At New Wilson Goode Sign
WHYY Newsworks: City Council to vote on higher fines for tow trucks        

Daily Local News: Judge to consider shutting down pipeline
Montgomery Media: Jenkintown proposes 5 percent tax increase
Montgomery Media: Wissahickon School District considers building performing arts center
Pottstown Mercury: Affordable housing topic of meeting in Malvern
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioner Joe Gale: Montco budget a half-billion-dollar ‘boondoggle’
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock board appoints new business director
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors approve anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ community (updated)
KYW Newsradio: Local political leader shares thoughts on President George HW Bush

WESA: PA Supreme Court Rules Employers Legally Responsible For Protecting Workers’ Sensitive Data
Post-Gazette: A now white-haired organizer returns to his 1980s steel roots to forge new chapter for historic labor group    
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh public school board elects new president  
Post-Gazette: Startups collecting data about Pittsburgh roads think they can shake up city infrastructure
KDKA: Jury Seated In Westmoreland Co. Sheriff’s Corruption Case
Pittsburgh Business Times: University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics names new director
Tribune Review: Apollo faces loss of solicitor, auditor on top of budget crisis
Tribune Review: Trib reporter Debra Erdley to interview Erie Bishop Perisco at Edinboro University event
Tribune Review: Citizen group challenges validity of Murrysville’s fracking ordinance
Tribune Review: Franklin Regional board will not raise 2019-20 taxes beyond state-set cap

Beaver County Times: Beaver, Lawrence counties get money to fight homelessness
Beaver County Times: PA auditor general preparing report on climate change effect on state
Beaver County Times: ‘Legendary’ local labor leader dies
Observer-Reporter: Washington County posted budget includes no tax increase
Observer-Reporter: Monessen council proposing tax hike for 2019
Altoona Mirror: Republican women to host dinner
Altoona Mirror: IRC eyes fix for recycling woes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: GJSD officials: Hiring of Arcurio as schools chief was ‘above board’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Southmont approves budget, holds line on taxes again
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Portage Borough avoids tax increase
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Nanty Glo council: 2019 budget not ready yet

Times Leader: $1 million state grant to be sought for upgrades to downtown Wilkes-Barre theaters
Times Leader: Attorney Borland calls for state inspection of WB Area Schools
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council to vote on more than $1 million in suggested budget cuts
Citizens Voice: Board approves proposal to seek bridge repair plan
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board reorganization meeting reveals divisions
Times-Tribune: Plans for KFC await Clarks Summit borough council approval
Times-Tribune: Dunmore’s police chief, Marchese, no longer in role as officials remain mum

South Central
PA Post: Could Congressman Scott Perry lead the Freedom Caucus?
LNP | LancasterOnline: State Rep. David Zimmerman ordered to pay $14,000 for ethics violation
LNP | LancasterOnline: Larry George begins new role as Lancaster County chief clerk
York Dispatch: Wolf announces disaster relief funds for York County farmers  
York Dispatch: State gives $650K to improve parks, trails around York County
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County commissioners adopt 2019 budget with no tax increase
Carlisle Sentinel: 5 Questions: Dickinson College students seek to return civility to politics
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County to receive nearly $100,000 grant to address homelessness
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘We can start in different places, it’s where we end up that matters.’ Four questions with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler | Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Danielle Robinson becomes new president of Harrisburg School Board

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Reading council wants parking board pledges in writing
Reading Eagle: Albany Township creates environmental council
Reading Eagle: 2019 budget to keep tax at 6.8 mills in Laureldale
Morning Call: Allentown Council whacks $40K from $116 million budget after five-hour debate
Morning Call: Emmaus Borough looking at 13 percent tax hike
Morning Call: As part of recruitment tool, Bethlehem Area to promote schools with brochure

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County OKs retirement fund contribution hike
Erie Times-News: Erie police, fire chiefs oppose budget cuts
Erie Times-News: Crawford County gets $50,000 grant to aid homeless

Inquirer Editorial Board: Hey, Pa., take notes. N.J. poised to raise minimum wage
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Democracy for all: Ex-cons should be allowed to cast ballots
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The forgotten wars: New report highlights devastation of recent U.S. wars
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: To the moon: Pittsburgh company could deliver NASA payloads
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A messy divorce: UPMC and Highmark leave patients out
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stand with Ukraine: The U.S. must respond to Russia’s naval attack
Frank Breslin: How Philly is combating tax delinquency
Shanin Specter: George H.W. Bush, a solid and decent role model, taught me not to gossip
Malcolm Jenkins: Punishing poverty: How Philly’s cash bail system does more harm than good
Jonathan Zimmerman: Did Marc Lamont Hill commit a microaggression?
Helen Ubiñas: If you have a program to help paralyzed gun victims and they don’t know about it, that’s a problem
Sherita Mouzon: Report: Hunger and discrimination go hand in hand
Tony Norman: Five presidents and a funeral.
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: High-minded idea for T stations has given way to gluttonous advertising

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