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January 14th Playbook

The FBI raids Scranton City Hall and their Mayor’s home, while the PA HDCC names a new Interim Executive Director. Here is the Playbook.

January 11th Ups & Downs: Two Philadelphia Democrats land spots on a powerful House committee, a Luzerne County Republican will now chair the state Senate Judiciary Committee, and a Bucks County Republican will lead the Heroin Task Force in Congress. All of that and more in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Frank Burdell Named Interim HDCC Executive Director: Burdell was previously the Political Director of the PA HDCC.

McGarrigle Unanimously Selected as New Delco GOP Chair: The former state Senator said that he’s aware that they are “going through tough times” but believes the greatest times are still ahead of them.

Harrisburg & DC
WITF: Pa. readies for the start of Wolf’s second term
WITF: As Pa. prison population falls, GOP coalition for corrections reform appears stronger
Inquirer: A majority of Pa. voters thought John Fetterman was big enough for the state’s No. 2 job — but will it be big enough for him?  
AP: Pennsylvania state inmate population fell again last year
AP: Firm to shut down Pennsylvania plant, affecting 210 jobs
Philly Voice: TSA workers given one day’s pay, $500 bonus amid government shutdown
Post-Gazette: For a new lieutenant governor, John Fetterman looks unconventional. His life story might be more unusual.  
Post-Gazette: More than 2,000 Pa. federal employees ask for unemployment benefits
PLSReporter: State reps discuss environmental issues in Philadelphia
PLSReporter: Legislators try to combat youth vaping epidemic
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – January 7, 2018
Philadelphia Business Journal: See the PA-made food and drinks on the menu at Gov. Wolf’s inauguration
Harrisburg Patriot News: John Fetterman: Pa. lieutenant governor’s appearance vs. reality might surprise you
Harrisburg Patriot News: Heads up Pa: Delaware lawmakers are working on a new measure to legalize marijuana, report | Friday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Butterscotch Krimpets vs. king cake: The governors’ bet is on
Harrisburg Patriot News: What Pa. wines, beers will they be drinking at Gov. Wolf’s inauguration?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, at halftime of an 8-year tenure, says he’ll focus on achievable goals
Morning Call: Map: See where federal workers in Pennsylvania live, what they earn without a shutdown
Reading Eagle: Punishing addicted mothers a complex problem
Erie Times-News: Sen. Toomey: President has misused tariffs
KYW Newsradio: A little something extra in city’s internship program — a paycheck
KYW Newsradio: Philly TSA agents, air traffic controllers feel sting of government shutdown
KYW Newsradio: Philly Archdiocesan students preparing to take part in March for Life rally in D.C.
KYW Newsradio: Some clergy abuse victims being denied access to church compensation funds
KYW Newsradio: Philly School District working to reduce backlog of pay owed to retirees   
KYW Newsradio: Leaders of Mummers meet with members of Pa. Legislative Black Caucus
KYW Newsradio: FLASHPOINT: Brown’s ShopRite CEO responds to strong rebuke from mayor over soda tax
KYW Newsradio: Farmers feeling impact as federal government shutdown drags on
KYW Newsradio: Franklin Institute offers free admission for government employees this weekend
Billy Penn: What we know about the KKK’s latest effort to spread hate in Philly
Billy Penn: Philly government is only 35 percent female, versus 53 percent of the city’s population  
Northeast Times: Violence, drugs among top concerns for Frankford and Northwood residents
Inquirer: ‘We can only go so long’: Thousands of Philly federal workers just missed their paycheck  
Inquirer: Given the Mummers’ history, will they ever manage to not offend?

Bucks County Courier Times: Casey, Toomey, Fitzpatrick talk shutdown
Bucks County Courier Times: Attorney announces candidacy for Bucks County judge
Bucks County Courier Times: New Hope councilwoman’s cafe scrutinized at zoning meeting
Bucks County Courier Times: Ed Burns, Bensalem’s first mayor, dead at 87
Delco Daily Times: New state Sen. Kearney named Dem chair of local government committee
Delco Daily Times: New Dem challenger enters fray for county council
Inquirer: Federal shutdown ties up new voting machines for Montgomery County
Philly Voice: Boyertown votes to allow use of guns, ‘deadly force’ in school buildings
Pottstown Mercury: House Democrats clean Valley Forge Park amid shutdown
Pottstown Mercury: Trade wars putting a hurt on local charity that gives away coats to children living in poverty
Daily Local News: No tax hike for Upper Chi residents  
Daily Local News: Dinniman announces $150,000 for technical career programs

Post-Gazette: Six still in running for state Senate seat  
Post-Gazette: Subsidized housing complexes in Squirrel Hill, elsewhere, feel the pinch of shutdown
Post-Gazette: For a new lieutenant governor, John Fetterman looks unconventional. His life story might be more unusual.
Post-Gazette: As shutdown drags on, Loretto prison workers worry about feeding families, paying bills
Post-Gazette: Civil rights leaders seek investigation into Greyhound bus incident
Post-Gazette: ‘Take a deep breath,’ judge tells both sides in Antwon Rose shooting case  
WESA: Chief Public Defender Elliot Howsie Enters Race For Judge
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s $3.5B OnePGH to launch this year, mayor says
Tribune Review: Will Fetterman’s legacy set Braddock on a path to renewal?
Tribune Review: Anderson’s planned retirement to make it tough for GOP to regain power among Westmoreland commissioners
Tribune Review: Armstrong County commissioners chairman, Pat Fabian, seeking re-election
Tribune Review: Peters named Hampton council president again for 2019
PLSReporter: Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Beaver County Times: Potter Twp. native tapped as interim executive director of Allegheny County Democratic Committee
Beaver County Times: County to outsource financial administrator position for 2019
Beaver County Times: Lamb offering mobile office hours at courthouse this month
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Elections 2019: Parties seeking ‘best people’ for local offices
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County Commissioner Walker will seek second term in office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Federal workers: ‘We just want paid’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Judges approve Franklin Township earned income tax hike
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Company withdraws interest in windmill project on Laurel Ridge
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg woman announces candidacy
Altoona Mirror: GOP calls for border wall as payday dries up
Altoona Mirror: Meth use adds new wrinkle to opioid crisis
Observer-Reporter: Monessen council rebukes mayor, names acting mayor  
Observer-Reporter: Conduct case dismissed against district judge
Observer-Reporter: O’Neal to hold discussion event

Citizens Voice: Scranton officials remain quiet after FBI raids at City Hall, mayor’s house
Citizens Voice: Scranton mayor: I’m not resigning
The Times Leader: WB Councilwoman Gilbert says ex-employer tried to influence her vote
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: ‘It’s On Us PA’ fighting against campus sexual assault
Times-Tribune: No municipal property tax increases in Lackawanna County this year

South Central   
Harrisburg Patriot News: Inauguration 2019: 13 ways it will differ from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first one
Harrisburg Patriot News: Appointment of new Harrisburg School District board member expected Wednesday
Harrisburg Patriot News: Cumberland County official to fill vacancy on the Capital Area Transit Board of Directors
Harrisburg Patriot News: What Pa. wines, beers will they be drinking at Gov. Wolf’s inauguration?
York Daily Record: Pa. priest abuse: Bishop Gainer says children will be taught to report suspicious actions
York Dispatch: New map, new issue: Many congressional district offices delayed across Pa.
York Dispatch: Investigation Discovery show episode focuses on York City race riot homicides
LNP | LancasterOnline: Government shutdown: How it’s affecting some federal employees, services in Lancaster County
Carlisle Sentinel: Taking the Lead: Women hold presidency at all four Cumberland County colleges, universities  
Carlisle Sentinel: Jaime Keating announces run for district attorney  

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: 5 Berks lawmakers take leadership roles  
Reading Eagle: The Briefing: A good week for Ryan Costello
Reading Eagle: Pottstown man runs regularly … for president
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council Vice President John Slifko dies
Morning Call: Leewright resigns from Saucon Valley school board
Morning Call: After discussion leader’s shooting death, Allentown community gathers to talk gun violence
AP: Terry Rang named editor-in-chief of The Morning Call
Express Times: For safety’s sake, Easton Area schools may close on Election Day
Express Times: Ken Brown will run for re-election to Easton City Council  
Express Times: Northampton County’s public defender announces she’ll run for district attorney  
Express Times: ‘Lehigh County will be in good hands,’ coroner says as he calls it a career after 26 years

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week  
Erie Times-News: Federal shutdown hits home in Erie
Erie Times-News: Erie lawyer Sala announces for judge
Erie Times-News: Erie applies for state’s Early Intervention Program
Erie Times-News: Longtime east Erie district judge to retire
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Businessman seeks council seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Prison may add another mental health professional
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Prison may add another mental health professional

Inquirer Editorial Board: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators should work together to enact pension commission recommendations
Inquirer Editorial Board: Ending the shutdown would be easy, if Congress did its job.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Collateral damage: Federal workers face test of professionalism, resolve
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Caving to the Saudis: Netflix sets a poor example for U.S. companies
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What she said: Rashida Tlaib should be talking about issues
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Trashing the parks: If visitors can’t behave, national sites should close
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pharma disrupter: Nonprofit drugmaker targets supply, costs
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Banning boycotts?: Free speech trumps sympathy for an ally
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Revisit suicide policies: Jail has seen too many deaths to keep status quo
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The future of re-use: Recycling is costly, but it shouldn’t be curtailed
Joseph Torsella: Student debt crisis is a moral failing
Will Bunch: Bernie Sanders is the leader America needs now. Just NOT by running for president in 2020
Trudy Rubin: Spoiler alert: 2019′s real global security threats don’t include a border crisis
Alexis Foster: Meek Mill’s champion activism signals an important shift
Amy Janke: Insurance system blocks comprehensive pain treatment
Alex Berenson: What we should really be talking about when we consider legalizing marijuana
Stan McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, and Jason Mangone: As 2020 approaches, eight ways to consider the question of who should lead
Ronnie Polaneczky: Neshaminy, it’s time. Ditch the ‘Redskins’ name already.
Jonathan Zimmerman: The ‘Redskin’ defenders in Neshaminy have the right to use the shameful name
Mike Newall: Around Independence Mall, empty tables and thoughts full of worry
Helen Ubiñas: As Trump marches on with border demands, a Philly photographer’s view of the migrant caravan stuck in Mexico
Ruth Ann Dailey: Of race and grace
David M. Shribman: Outsiders vs. insiders
Keith C. Burris: In praise of elders
Brian O’Neill: One man’s answer to why the Chevy Volt died

One Response

  1. McGarrigle talks of the Republican Party going through “tough times” in Pa. I guess that is true. You lose by big numbers for Governor in a centerist state–the numbers reflect California’s Dem vs Rep spread for Gov. Of course, Republicans can console themselves with their latest copy of the recently reheated golden oldie “Contract Against Pennsylvania.” Get your copy now as they are selling out fast! Nothing like a good leftover!

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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