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January 29th Playbook

State Sen. Daylin Leach files a defamation suit against a woman accusing him of sexual assault in 1991. Here is the Playbook.

SD-37: Dems Select Iovino, GOP Picks Raja: Both candidates won their party’s nomination on the first ballot.

Leach Files Defamation Suit Against 1991 Sexual Assault Accuser Plus Two Others: Leach describes the allegations as an injustice; Taylor, the accuser, says he coerced her to perform oral sex while she was 17 years old.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Nominees picked for open Pennsylvania state Senate seat
AP: Church abuse victims wait to see if Legislature will act  
Inquirer: Sen. Daylin Leach sues woman accusing him of sexual assault, and two #MeToo activists
Inquirer: Scammers targeting former Sanford-Brown students, Pa. Attorney General warns
Roll Call: How one Democrat threads the needle on border security
WITF: Cost of shutdown in Pa. shows potential impact if it happens again
WESA: Calling PA Laws ‘Antiquated,’ Bipartisan Group Pushes Parole Reform
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf proposes converting assistance program into housing
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court rules UPMC — and all employers — must protect workers’ data. Doing so is harder.
PLSReporter: House Republicans call on Rep. Ellis to resign over sexual assault allegation
PLSReporter: Philly Dems select new candidate for 190th special election
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Sen Lindsey Williams
PLSReporter: Sen. Daylin Leach files suit against women accusing him of sexual assault, two others
PLSReporter: Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines
StateImpactPA: Gov. Wolf just set a lofty climate goal. What will it take to get there?
StateImpactPA: After some awkward moments, kids dressed as the Lorax got to meet Gov. Wolf — and make their point
York Dispatch: Pa. becomes second state to submit plan for commercial hemp growth
Harrisburg Patriot News: Senate Republicans name former newspaper owner to help oversee Harrisburg’s finances
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rescued canine helps puppy mill legislation, coalition urges environmental action: Today at the Pa. Capitol
Morning Call: Probation reforms pushed by Pennsylvania senators seeking savings, fairness

Philadelphia Magazine: Movita Johnson-Harrell Might Become the First Muslim Woman Elected to Pa. House
Philadelphia Magazine: This Philly Pastor Wants to Become Pa.’s First Out Lesbian State Rep
Philadelphia Magazine: Asa Khalif Is Running for Philadelphia City Council. Is City Council Ready for Him?
KYW Newsradio: Officials expand medication-assisted treatment as they tackle opioid epidemic
KYW Newsradio: As government reopens, food help still available for federal workers
Inquirer: Philly City Council president to intervene in controversy over St. Laurentius site in Fishtown
Inquirer: New Democratic nominee in state 190th District vetted by Philly ward leaders for financial woes
Inquirer: First charges revealed in feds’ Local 98 probe, with contractor’s guilty plea

WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach sues woman who accused him of sexual assault
Pottstown Mercury: Lawmaker calls on officials to investigate pipeline players
Pottstown Mercury: Killion introduces pair of bills aimed at saving lives
Delco Daily Times: Trash-disposal crisis means consumers will pay more

WESA: Iovino, Raja Chosen As Nominees In Special Election For State Senate  
WESA: The Government Is Open, But People Are Still Suffering—And Hungry, Pittsburgh Food Bank Says
WESA: Mattress Factory Names Haley Haldeman As New Interim Executive Director
City Paper: A small group of Pittsburghers want to impeach Mayor Peduto, but the effort is almost certainly unconstitutional
KDKA: Pitt Waives $5,546 Security Fee Assessed To College Republicans Over Ben Shapiro Appearance    
KDKA: Hate Crimes On Rise In Lawrenceville, Prompting FBI Response
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh political convener Morton Coleman dies   
Post-Gazette: Debate and amendments ahead for Pittsburgh’s proposed gun laws   
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court rules UPMC — and all employers — must protect workers’ data. Doing so is harder.   
Post-Gazette: State conducting criminal investigation of shale gas production     
Tribune Review: Gina Cerilli to seek another term as Westmoreland County commissioner
Tribune Review: Peoples Gas wants to raise rates by 14 to 19 percent to pump $95M into replacing pipelines  
Tribune Review: Challenge to Murrysville fracking ordinance will continue in February
Tribune Review: Penn Hills real estate taxes expected to go up to help balance the district’s 2019-20 budget
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa’s Olivia Benson drops state Senate bid for possible run at state auditor general
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Bartolotta co-sponsors probation reform bill  
Beaver County Times: Former state Rep. candidate Michael Rossi vies for prothonatary nomination
Beaver County Times: Law firm partner, former prosecutor Laura Tocci running for county judge
Altoona Mirror: Stickel plans bid for re-election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘A loss for all of us’: Somerset County Commissioner John P. Vatavuk dies
Observer-Reporter: Hazing reports released by area colleges under new state law

Citizens Voice: Report: Spending for W-B fire, police departments exceeded budgets in 2018
The Times Leader: Democrat Gilbert to run for a second term on Wilkes-Barre city council
Times-Tribune: Scranton council passes stricter ethics code; next comes seating an ethics board
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s longtime economic development director retiring  

South Central   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Do you support legalizing recreational marijuana? Question draws mixed response in Lancaster County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Toxic lead in drinking water: 10 Lancaster County schools find contamination; others must test this year
York Dispatch: Upcoming Grove bill to improve budget transparency: Does it go far enough?  
Carlisle Sentinel: State’s largest medical marijuana clinic expands in Carlisle, eyes further growth
Carlisle Sentinel: Crampsie announces run for Carlisle Borough Council
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg lawyer announces candidacy for county judge
Harrisburg Patriot News: Senate Republicans name former newspaper owner to help oversee Harrisburg’s finances  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawmaker wants to expand list of crimes that could cost public employees, officials their pensions   
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg residents file court petitions citing why they’re qualified to fill vacant school board seat  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Derek Clepper enters race for Cumberland County judge  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawyer Ron Tomasko announces run for Cumberland County judge  

Lehigh Valley  
Morning Call: Probation reforms pushed by Pennsylvania senators seeking savings, fairness
Morning Call: Northampton Area School Board approves tax increase
Morning Call: Reynolds announces bid for reelection to Bethlehem City Council
Reading Eagle: Reading’s overseer says city’s not yet ready to handle its own finances
Reading Eagle: Reading auditor retires over disagreement about pay raise
Reading Eagle: Exeter officials nix medical marijuana dispensary site OK’d by state
Reading Eagle: Fleetwood council works to correct overpayment to fire company
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers from Berks take their seats on Pa. legislative committees
Express Times: GOP incumbents for local, state offices to launch 2019 re-election campaigns in Warren County  

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State Rep. Wheeland eyes open Congressional spot
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Benson seeks nomination for commissioner
Erie Times-News: Voting systems expo set for Tuesday in Erie  
Erie Times-News: County ranks deficient bridges eligible for vehicle registration revenue

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Maintain our empathy: We are growing desensitized to mass shootings
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ideas going nowhere: A high-tech city should support its inventors
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Beyond punishment: Restorative practices pay off for Pittsburgh schools
Inquirer Editorial Board: PUC takes a step toward helping more people afford to heat their homes
David M. Stone: Harris Wofford followed the question where it leads
Ashley Nellis: Pennsylvania is poised for much-needed criminal justice reform, but can we abolish life without parole?
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: A $15 minimum wage hurts workers
Abraham Gutman: The ‘beer test’ for candidates exposes our hypocrisy on drugs
Thomas Eveslage: Intolerance should not be students’ citizenship lesson
John L. Micek: In statehouses nationwide, the push is on to expand voting rights | Monday Morning Coffee

One Response

  1. What John Micek calls “voting rights” is more accurately described as “voter fraud,” or ballot harvesting, as was done in California last November.

    Count on an unapologetic liberal like Micek, though, to try to put lipstick on a pig as long as it helps his team win.

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