January 23rd Playbook

Former Sen. Harris Wofford dies at 92. Sabato’s Crystal Ball releases their initial 2020 House ratings. Here is the Playbook.

Sabato Releases Initial 2020 Congressional Ratings: The election analyst sees Rep. Fitzpatrick’s seat as a toss-up.

Former Sen. Harris Wofford Dies at 92: The former Senator died last last night of complications from a fall in his apartment.

PA12: Marc Friedenberg Announces Bid for Dem Primary: The Democratic candidate in 2018 wants another chance at the seat. He has jobs, healthcare, kids education, and environment as priorities.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Harris Wofford, rights activist and senator, dies at 92
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sen. Rich Alloway talks about his impending resignation
Politico: Embattled GOP chief in Pennsylvania presents plan to save Trump in 2020
ABC27: Pennsylvania Democrats propose new voting, registration bills
PLSReporter: State Democrats announce candidates for March special elections
PLSReporter: Legislators introduce property tax protection program
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny)
WESA: Central PA Food Bank Feeding Hundreds Of Furloughed Federal Employees
City Paper: Pittsburgh politicians and constituents call on Sen. Pat Toomey to reopen federal government     
StateImpactPA: Sunoco to ‘purge’ part of Mariner East 1 after new sinkhole opens at Lisa Drive
StateImpactPA: Freshwater mussel hatchery at Bartram’s Gardens aims to provide natural filter for Pennsylvania rivers and streams
Morning Call: Bob Casey, Susan Wild: Shutdown threatens food programs and those who rely on them  

Philadelphia
Billy Penn: The ‘soft corruption’ of City Hall’s secret $2 million grant fund
Inquirer: Watered-down ‘good cause’ eviction bill now Philly law
Inquirer: How the Hebrew Israelites who preach on Philly sidewalks are connected to the MAGA confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial
Inquirer: Philly DA’s Office: Mumia Abu-Jamal case not affected by recently discovered files
Inquirer: This family took sanctuary in a Philly church. Now, how do they get out — and stay in America?
Inquirer: Independence Visitor Center cuts days due to government shutdown
WHYY Newsworks: Philabundance sets up weekly food provisions for U.S. workers missing paychecks  
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Housing Authority officially opens new headquarters
WHYY Newsworks: Philly region members of Congress losing patience with shutdown
Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Nicetown: Activists Continue To Fight Against SEPTA’s Gas Plant
PLSReporter: Philadelphia releases “Roadmap to Safer Communities”
KYW Newsradio: Sustainability office looks to reach new audience with its annual magazine
KYW Newsradio: Resource fair held in Philly for furloughed workers

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Senator urges pipeline be shut down in wake of latest sinkhole
Delco Daily Times: Union members rally for furloughed fed workers
KYW Newsradio: Judicial candidate uses personal experience with domestic violence to reach out to others
KYW Newsradio: More scrutiny of Sunoco, security as Mariner East investigation continues
KYW Newsradio: Mariner East 1 still shut down in Chesco after sinkhole exposes pipeline
Daily Local News: Chesco D.A. accuses Sunoco of hiring armed, out-of-county ‘muscle’
Daily Local News: Rep. Sappey to host public forums on bridging political division
Pittsburgh
WESA: New Legislation Would Offer Tax Relief For Longtime Residents Of Gentrifying Neighborhoods
WTAE: Jury in homicide trial for East Pittsburgh officer charged in Antwon Rose shooting will come from Dauphin County
The Incline: Post-Gazette newsroom union blasts ‘misogynistic editorial cartoons’
City Paper: Pittsburgh politicians and constituents call on Sen. Pat Toomey to reopen federal government   
City Paper: Pittsburgh’s self-driving cars were supposed to revolutionize mobility and transit. But their future isn’t what you think.
Tribune Review: Greater Latrobe limits any tax hike to 2.36 mills   
Tribune Review: Apollo ready to fill secretary, solicitor vacancies   
Tribune Review: Mizgorski appointed to fill Shaler Board of Commissioners vacancy   
Tribune Review: Challenge to Murrysville fracking ordinance will continue Thursday   
Tribune Review: Ross holding public hearing on smoking, vaping ban in 23 parks   
PhillyVoice: John Fetterman’s Pennsylvania hometown is holding auditions to hire his replacement as mayor
KDKA: McCandless Council Votes To Suspend Police Chief Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
KDKA: Local Service Member Affected By Transgender Ban In Military
KDKA: Real Estate Boom Taking Over Strip District
KDKA: ‘Arrest Me:’ Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Criticizes DA’s Letter On Proposed Gun Ban
Post-Gazette: Proposed gun bills in Pittsburgh bring sparks ahead of Thursday hearing  
Post-Gazette: ‘We weren’t told’: Clairton residents demand action after Coke Works fire caused dangerous emissions  
Post-Gazette: DA to Pittsburgh Council: You can’t make gun rules

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Committee assignments announced for local representatives
Observer-Reporter: Kail named to five House committees
Observer-Reporter: Snyder named chair of Southwest Delegation
Observer-Reporter: Private consultant from Washington casts bid for county treasurer job
Observer-Reporter: District attorney seeks third term
Beaver County Times: Commissioners chairman seeks nomination for second term
Beaver County Times: Assistant District Attorney Steve Necaster running for county judge seat
Beaver County Times: County pension fully funded despite 2018 losses
Altoona Mirror: Beam to seek third term
Altoona Mirror: Bedford commissioner Dallara seeks to retain seat
Altoona Mirror: Ross seeks sixth coroner term
Altoona Mirror: Baughman sets her sights on Bedford County seat
Altoona Mirror: Counting of US homeless scheduled for Wednesday
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Joyce: ‘Health care is No. 1’ issue  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Dozens gather for annual pro-life march at St. Francis University

NEPA
The Times Leader: Luzerne County settles litigation with former budget/finance deputy
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre council to vote on resolutions, ordinances
The Times Leader: Diocese of Scranton launches compensation program for sex-abuse survivors
The Times Leader: WB General nurses set one-day strike date of Feb. 13 if no new deal reached
Times-Tribune: Rothschild in Scranton council race  
Times-Tribune: Tax lawsuit against Scranton promises long road ahead  

South Central   
The Record Herald: Doug Mastriano announces bid for state Senate
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sen. Rich Alloway talks about his impending resignation
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg’s school board pushes appointment of new member to court
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hartwick, Bowman announce team Democratic bid for Dauphin County commissioner seats
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg City unveils new efforts to make bill pay easier
York Dispatch: Rep. Saylor announces $35K grants to York County schools for computer science education
York Dispatch: Commissioner Chris Reilly will seek sixth term in York County government
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace’s State of the City address   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former County Commissioner Richard Shellenberger dies at age 72   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster mayor sets benchmarks for progress in ‘State of the City’ address   

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bob Casey, Susan Wild: Shutdown threatens food programs and those who rely on them
Morning Call: Northampton County Council to review plans for $21 million trail through 14 municipalities
Morning Call: Starved by shutdown? Allentown food bank encourages federal workers to stop in
Morning Call: How much would you pay for a liquor license in the Lehigh Valley?
Morning Call: Catasauqua schools must be reimbursed for defunct charter school’s pension obligations, court rules
Reading Eagle: Sheeler seeking another term as Berks County recorder of deeds
Reading Eagle: Reading Housing authority promotes deputy to director
Reading Eagle: Union for social workers in Berks calls for end to shutdown

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Should Centre County increase its hotel tax? An ordinance is moving forward
Erie Times-News: Public meetings part of Erie’s early intervention plan
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council grants easement, approves software purchase

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pennsylvania lawmakers should calculate the high cost of low wages
Inquirer Editorial Board: Good news for casinos, bad news for us
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: It can’t come too soon: Police given more help to combat domestic violence
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Achilles’ heel: Bad air quality requires more attention
Pa. Sen. Jake Corman & Pa. Sen. Joe Scarnati: Bob Casey must work with Republicans to provide border security
Jan Jarrett: Metcalfe’s new committee post is a gift to Big Energy, but a threat to the environment
John Baer: Trump gets new ammo in his ongoing war with media
Will Bunch: The moral case against even $1 for Trump’s wall
Rich Garella: High-stakes voting machine decision deserves more scrutiny
Rev. James S. Hall Jr.: Beverage tax provides resources for Philadelphians who need it most
Helen Ubiñas: Because of a gun . . . On MLK Day, Philadelphia students share how guns impacted their lives
Tony Norman: ‘Rashomon’ on the National Mall
Franklin L. Kury: Gerrymandering reform nationally could be in for a rocky road in 2019
John L. Micek: PA12 special election: Could Tom Marino’s seat actually flip? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

2 Responses

  1. Everyone should read the Rich Garella op-ed “High-Stakes Voting Machine…” linked above. Why do the Philly City Commissioners want to buy the absolutely most expensive voting machine now made anywhere, especially since that machine is also the least secure and least verifiable?? This high-stakes voting machine decision in Philly (and all counties) has only one choice that makes sense — the majority of voters should hand-mark their paper ballots, with assistive devices available for voters who need them. Putting a $7000 touchscreen in front of every voter is an insane waste of taxpayer dollars, may not comply with pending federal law, and these touchscreens are no more secure or verifiable that what the state has now. How do we know the barcodes that this new machine uses to count matches what the voter selected and read on the thermal paper-under-glass print out? Answer: WE DON’T. The voter could choose anything and the barcode could count the exact opposite of what the paper says — and no one would ever know. Every county should GET REAL PAPER BALLOTS and have the majority of voters mark them with a fifty-cent pen, not a $7000 (apiece!) touchscreen. Anything else is an irresponsible waste of taxpayer money!

  2. Dems should have cruised to victory against Fitzpatrick but instead they nominated the only candidate Fitzpatrick could defeat among many other choice who would easily have won. Dems cannot drop the ball against Fitzpatrick again in 2020 as this election with the Trump antics is making the Fitzpatrick race a lay up for the Dems.

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