December 5th Playbook

State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell is charged with stealing from her own charity and said that she will resign. Here is the Playbook. 

State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell Charged With Stealing From Her Own Charity, Will Resign: Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a press conference Wednesday morning announcing that the Philadelphia Democrat is charged with stealing more than $500,000 from her own nonprofit, “Motivations Education & Consultation Associates” (MECA).

Inky: Rau Won’t Challenge Shapiro in 2020: The former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa Rau told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she “never envisioned running for attorney general” despite the rumors of her interest from the past couple of months.

Rendell Endorses Hartman for Auditor General: Christina Hartman, a non-profit leader and former Lancaster County congressional candidate who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Auditor General, rolled out a list of endorsements Thursday morning from former Gov. Ed Rendell plus 44 other elected officials from 12 counties. State Reps. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) and Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) were included in the list of endorsements. 

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

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-1: Nikil Saval, Democratic Ward Leader in Philadelphia’s 2nd Ward and co-founder of Reclaim Philadelphia, announced that he is running for the state Senate’s 1st District. That seat is held by state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) who bested John Morley by nearly 50 points in the 2016 Democratic primary, which was his most recent reelection bid. 

HD-155: State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten (D-Chester) announced on Twitter Wednesday night that she will be seeking reelection in the state House. She bested state Rep. Becky Corbin (R-Chester) in 2018 by 9 points to win the seat.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania lawmaker charged with stealing from nonprofit
Billy Penn: With West Philly state rep, 60 public officials have been arrested by PA attorney general
Morning Call: Who are the Pennsylvania lawmakers on the House panel overseeing impeachment?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Facing embezzlement charges, Pa. Rep. Johnson-Harrell will resign
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘NAFTA 2.0’ trade deal presents political conundrum for Pa. Dems Cartwright and Lamb
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Abuse of power, bribery, obstruction: Democrats’ impeachment plan takes shape
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fraud, Transparency and Sexual Harassment Under Review As AG DePasquale Announces Department of Revenue/Pa. Lottery Audit
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘A complete breakdown’: Pittsburgh charter school’s case is still stuck before state appeals board
Patriot News: Trump visits central Pa. as the impeachment process heats up | Battleground Pa. podcast
Patriot News: Criminal charges filed against Pa. lawmaker ‘beyond disturbing’ 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker facing theft, perjury charges and plans to plead guilty
PLSReporter: Attorney General says Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell expected to resign, plead guilty after criminal theft charges
PLSReporter: DePasquale announces audit into whether frequent winners exploit PA Lottery
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Radar bill controversy turns on dispute over freezing out PT cops
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Auditor probing state efforts to safeguard against Lottery cheats  
Inquirer: Democrats move Trump impeachment inquiry into new phase with sweeping accusations likely to make up formal charges 
Inquirer: In Pennsylvania’s conservative heartland, a historic cloister explores the immigrant struggle
Post-Gazette: Three of four Constitutional lawyers say they had no doubt Trump committed impeachable offenses
Beaver County Times: Auditor general says PA Lottery audit launched ‘to prevent fraud by winners and retailers’
KDKA: Michael Bloomberg Senior Advisor Says New York Billionaire Is Not Trying To Buy The Democratic Presidency
KDKA: House Judiciary Committee Begins Hearings With Experts On Impeachment
The Hill: Advocacy group: Naturalized citizens could swing battleground states in 2020

Billy Penn: With West Philly state rep, 60 public officials have been arrested by PA attorney general
Billy Penn: Reform Philly’s police union contract now, activists and lawmakers demand of Mayor Kenney
Inquirer: Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, charged with stealing more than $500,000 from her own charity, will resign
Inquirer: Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s career-closing rezoning bills advance, despite successor’s objections
Inquirer: Why Mayor Kenney could threaten to pull a water bill discount for Philly’s ‘eds and meds’
Inquirer: Developers may soon be required to give back to Philly neighborhoods where they build 
Inquirer: Trump administration changes food stamp rule, eliminating benefits for hundreds of thousands
Inquirer: Behind the cargo ships and tugboat captains that make billions of dollars on Philadelphia’s waterways
Inquirer: Shuttered Philly refinery carves out a 23-acre parcel for a renewable gas producer
Inquirer: Trump impeachment hearing: Start time, witnesses, how to watch and stream
Philadelphia Tribune: Johnson-Harrell case trips up Dems in the 190th District — again
Philadelphia Tribune: Tax-abatement reforms on track for final Council vote by year’s end
Philadelphia Tribune: Program aims to bolster number of minority teachers
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council passes tax abatement reform, but Kenney administration says not so fast 
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council committee advances bill that would make sure neighbors benefit from certain big developments
KYW Newsradio: Trump administration tightens requirements on who can keep food stamp benefits 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s farm chief kicks off plan to save endangered edible gardens — and create more on vacant city lots
PLSReporter: Philadelphia tax abatement reform clears first hurdle in City Council
Philadelphia Magazine: Facing Charges, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell Says She Will Resign
Philadelphia Business Journal: Do I hear $1,000? Auction of Hahnemann University Hospital equipment begins 
Philadelphia Citizen: Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2019: Growing the pie, not cutting the pieces

Delco Daily Times: D.A.-elect Stollsteimer clears house as he prepares to take office
Delco Daily Times: Aston taps Devuono as assistant township manager
Bucks Courier Times: Bucks County commissioners OK $5.2M purchase of new voting machines
Bucks Courier Times: Bucks farm zoning fight in PA spurs “agritourism” bill 
Bucks Courier Times: 1 vacancy down, 1 to go in Yardley 
Daily Local News: Phoenixville-area water systems sold for $3.5M to Aqua Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Chester County officials ask public to help them end homelessness
Daily Local News: Oxford mayor resigns; council seeks replacement
Inquirer: In cost-cutting, FedLoan student loan call center in Chester closing next year
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough Council appoints Ryan Berry to vacant council seat
Bucks Local News: PHRC official says Neshaminy should stop using ‘Redskin’ altogether; school board vows to fight decision limiting its use
Pottstown Mercury: Montco DA Steele, 2 others recognized for work with crime victims

City Paper: Where do Allegheny County’s elected officials stand on the fight over fracking and cracker plants? 
Post-Gazette: City to tighten tax collection on contractors
Post-Gazette: Raised Shadyside bridge would allow double-stacked trains
Post-Gazette: VisitPittsburgh CEO leaving to take Dallas job
KDKA: House Judiciary Committee Begins Hearings With Experts On Impeachment 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny Conference sets goal to create 75,000 new jobs in next 10 years
Pittsburgh Business Times: VisitPittsburgh CEO steps down
Pittsburgh Business Times: URA deputy director hints at new approaches for authority at Urban Land Institute breakfast event

Observer-Reporter: Bartolotta introduce bill to preserve access to ventilator services
Beaver County Times: Camp, Amadio propose subsidy increases for Beaver County organizations
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Young Republicans to meet in Somerset
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns: Job training grants available

Times-Tribune: Scranton’s state-appointed financial overseer recommends small tax increase in 2020 city budget
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County sued over use of prisoners at recycling center
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District to receive one-time boost in state funds
Times-Tribune: Minora’s departure means new solicitor for Scranton City Council
Citizens Voice: County council approves 911 upgrade, new voting machines
Citizens Voice: 3 candidates seek county’s open elections director job
Citizens Voice: Union has safety concerns at SCI-Dallas
Citizens Voice: W-B council will consider projects for gaming grant applications
The Times Leader: After mixed ruling by appellate court, free speech case against Arena sent back to federal judge
The Times Leader: Should Luzerne County make insurance broker switch? 

South Central 
Patriot News: Trump probably won’t get billed for Hershey rally, but town might charge campaigns for future events 
Patriot News: Trump visits central Pa. as the impeachment process heats up | Battleground Pa. podcast
LNP | LancasterOnline: Millennial moment: In 2020, City Council will welcome 3 newcomers under age 40 
York Dispatch: York City Council pulls Given confirmation, OKs Ray as business admin
York Dispatch: Heidelberg Twp. to leave Southwestern Regional Police, chooses Northern Regional

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Bethlehem councilman stripped of role over ‘unequivocally inappropriate’ behavior
Morning Call: Allentown City Council adopts $119 million spending plan for 2020 with no tax hikes
Morning Call: Callahan resigns parking post ahead of Bethlehem council vote to dismiss him
Morning Call: The Morning Call Podcast: What’s been happening with the opioid crisis?
Reading Eagle: Wernersville’s $1.48 million budget would keep tax rate steady

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Public safety officials give budgets to city council
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council-elect contribute to budget work sessions
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Muncy council OKs 2020 budget — no tax increase
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper vetoes legal fees line item for community college
Erie Times-News: Misplaced votes mean new rules for Erie County poll workers, officials 
Erie Times-News: $5 fee funds bridge repairs throughout Erie County

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A looming cliff: It’s time to fund our roads right
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Restrict ‘junk plans’: Search engine fixes don’t solve the problem
Inquirer Editorial Board: Another day in Pennsylvania, another indicted politician. Why it’s important to not shrug this off.
Mike Newall: As New Jersey acts, Pennsylvania continues to fail our state’s victims of sexual abuse 
John L. Micek: Report: Most states have the reserves to handle a recession. Pa. is not one of them | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Colin A. Hanna: Pa. Attorney General should withdraw from T-Mobile-Sprint lawsuit 
Post-Gazette Commentary: Will Trump derail the NATO summit?
Paul Muschick: What Lehigh Valley victims of priest sex abuse want to see happen next  
Albert Eisenberg: On school choice, Democrats are the hypocrites 
Michael J. Cozzillio and Craig N. Moore: The impeachment evidence is plain as day. When will Republicans stop defending the indefensible?
Bruce Ledewitz: Calif. Supreme Court right to strike down law requiring Trump to release tax returns to get on the ballot 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: China embraces freedom
Beverly Anaele: DNA testing detained immigrants would be dangerous and unethical 
Trudy Rubin: Why the laughter at Trump at the NATO conference wasn’t funny

One Response

  1. President Trump has used his charity to line his pockets for decades – it even got shut down the corruption was so bad! Yet he didn’t have to resign. Talk about a double standard again for the GOP.

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