January 3rd Playbook

The Pennsylvania State House GOP announces the new committee chairs for the 2019-2020 session. Here is the Playbook.

House GOP Announce Committee Chairs: There’s new committee chairs for Judiciary, Transportation, Consumer Affairs, Environmental Resources and Energy and more.

Reader Poll: Lindsey Williams Should Be Seated: Our readers agree with the decision to seat Williams.

Harrisburg & DC
WITF: Amid swearing-in, Pa. lawmakers add significant updates to chamber rules
PLSReporter: Following wave of vacancies, House GOP chairmanships face shake up
PLSReporter: PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media
PLSReporter: Gov. Wolf introduces program to help navigate the Clean Slate law
AP: Bruised GOP considers Trump’s Pennsylvania chances in 2020
AP: Special elections scheduled to fill 2 state House vacancies
AP: Maryland board votes against natural gas pipeline project
AP: Farm Show’s celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture to open
AP: Mayor removed over decades-old felony conviction
PA Post: Pennsylvania and the push to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour, explained
StateImpactPA: Mariner East startup renews safety fears for some residents in Delaware County    
StateImpactPA: Pa. researcher helps document deforestation, ‘mass extinction’ in Haiti
Harrisburg Patriot News: Will Pa. workers see a minimum wage hike in 2019? Workers in 20 other states already have | Thursday Morning Coffee  
Express Times: More DUIs, alcohol-related crashes over New Year holiday, Pennsylvania State Police say
Morning Call: Meet Pennsylvania’s newest members of Congress being sworn in Tuesday
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House’s powerful new ‘oversight committee’ triggers legal and political questions

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly City Council president inaccurately accuses Mummers troupe of wearing blackface
Inquirer: Philly City Council members promote private company’s water- and sewer-line warranty
Inquirer: Jeff Brown to close West Philly ShopRite, blames soda tax
Inquirer: A judge’s odd analogy could overturn a dozen old Philly murder convictions
Inquirer: Eleven minutes into the new year, Philly records first homicide of 2019
WHYY Newsworks: Philly City Hall adds metal detectors for visitors in the new year

SEPA
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick will back House spending bill
WHYY Newsworks: Delco poised for political showdown in 2019
Pottstown Mercury: Lawmakers introduce comprehensive pipeline legislative package
Delco Daily Times: Judge gives Morton mayor the boot   
Delco Daily Times: Lawmakers introduce comprehensive pipeline legislative package  
Delco Daily Times: State lawmakers take their oaths of office
Delco Daily Times: Wallingford-Swarthmore appeals for calm in wake of racist incidents
Bucks Local News: Steve Santarsiero sworn in to represent Bucks County’s 10th Senatorial District
Daily Local News: Barrar sworn in to 12th term in House of Representatives
Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police commanders’ private business raises ethics questions
Tribune Review: The Housing Authority of Pittsburgh helped 21 families purchase homes in 2018   
Tribune Review: Murrysville council appoints new FTMSA, planning commission members
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County announces new call center, app for services
WESA: When Will Braddock Get A New Mayor?  
WESA: PA’s National Parks Sites Are Open During The Shutdown, But Don’t Expect To Use The Bathroom
KDKA: Police Department Scandal Rocking McCandless

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: New year brings new legislators. incumbents to Harrisburg; Reschenthaler resigns from Pa. Senate
Observer-Reporter: Mariner East 2 enters service
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Judge approves 2019 millage rate for Cambria County; no tax increase
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Judges hear arguments for taxes in Johnstown, Franklin
Altoona Mirror: Bedford board OKs tax anticipation note

NEPA
Times-Tribune: House special election for Kavulich’s seat set for March 12
Times-Tribune: Once a staffer, Kyle Mullins now takes oath as legislator
The Times Leader: Luzerne County overdose deaths break another record
The Times Leader: WB Mayor Tony George highlights 2018 accomplishments
The Times Leader: Requests rising for Luzerne County Court interpreters
Citizens Voice: Councilwoman selected to serve as Nanticoke’s mayor  
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Council to choose replacement for Brominski soon

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Will Pa. workers see a minimum wage hike in 2019? Workers in 20 other states already have | Thursday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. House committee chair assignments include seven midstate lawmakers
Harrisburg Patriot News: New program helps low-level criminal offenders navigate their way to a clean slate
Harrisburg Patriot News: Jeff Haste, Mike Pries announce re-election campaign for Dauphin County commissioner
Harrisburg Patriot News: Nonprofit works to keep Gettysburg park open despite government shutdown
Harrisburg Patriot News: Many municipalities hold line on taxes, space out major projects
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former inmate sues Lancaster County Prison over alleged civil rights abuses

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: 2 who will represent Berks County in Congress among women being sworn in today
Express Times: Northampton County DA announces he’ll run for county judge
Express Times: Tom Carroll announces he’ll run for Northampton County district attorney
Express Times: Supervisors vote to install township-wide emergency call system
Express Times: New Warren County freeholder, Pennsylvania lawmakers sworn-in New Year’s Day
Express Times: Longtime Easton controller seeks election to Northampton County office
Morning Call: Ex-Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski joins prison band, hopes to teach government class to inmates
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House Republicans pick committee bosses
Morning Call: Meet Pennsylvania’s newest members of Congress being sworn in Tuesday
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House’s powerful new ‘oversight committee’ triggers legal and political questions

North by Northwest
Altoona Mirror: CNN probes hazing at PSU
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Expansion of business district on council agenda  
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City worker contract gets finance committee advance approval
Erie Times-News: David Ridge to enter race for Erie County judge   
Erie Times-News: Judge sets hearing over Erie marina’s tax fight
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council shows support for Early Intervention Program
Erie Times-News: New Erie radio station starts broadcasting Wednesday

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Sloppy facts about Mummer’s Jay-Z skit distract from important conversation
Inquirer Editorial Board: In 2018, Philadelphia received a lot of recommendations. In 2019, it’s all about implementation.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Bad police work: Missteps warrant dismissal of homicide case
PennLive Editorial Board: Pa. House Republicans must not play politics with new executive branch oversight committee
Christine Flowers: Pa. Supreme Court’s dehumanizing decision puts children at risk
Darrel Young: Jay-Z Mummer: ‘There was no blackface. I am black.’
Claire Shubik-Richards: In 2019, let’s make sure incarcerated Pennsylvanians have the family contact they need and deserve
William McSwain: The feds are focused on ending modern-day slavery in the U.S.
Dan Hendee: Veterans Affairs has made real progress in Philadelphia
Jan Zauzmer: How the Philadelphia region should navigate its troubled waters
Jonathan Fried: Young invincibles like me should pay our fair share for health care

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