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January 6th Playbook

Reps. Chrissy Houlahan and Conor Lamb endorse former VP Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Here is the Playbook. 

2019 Ups & Downs: Elections at the local level changed the makeup of various counties throughout the state as Pennsylvania gears up for the pivotal 2020 presidential election. Here’s the annual Ups & Downs.

HD190: G. Roni Green Selected as Dem Candidate for Special Election: The business agent for SEIU Local 668 will be the Democratic Party nominee for the special election on February 25.

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: Two Pa. reps in battleground districts – Chrissy Houlahan and Conor Lamb – endorse Joe Biden 
WITF: Pa.’s congressional delegation reacts along party lines to strike on an Iranian General
WITF: Despite GOP’s attempts to compromise, Wolf says he’s not abandoning overtime plan
WITF: Governor Wolf promises action on mental health, but doesn’t say how it will be funded
KDKA: ‘The World Is A Better Place Now That He Is Dead’: Pa. Senators React To Killing Of Qassem Soleimani
The Caucus: Five political storylines in Pennsylvania to watch for in 2020, according to E-Town College professor Kyle Kopko
AP: Pipeline company fined $30M but can resume construction
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa. lawmakers responded to Trump’s airstrike that killed a top Iranian military leader
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey, eight GOP U.S. House lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Protesters take to Capitol steps to oppose Iran escalation
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Mariner East 2 owner fined $30.6 million for western Pa. pipeline explosion
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Turnpike Crash: Multi-vehicle accident, with fatalities, shuts down highway in W. Pa.
PLSReporter: As Pennsylvania counties ring in the new year with new voting machines, pressure from election security advocates remains
PLSReporter: With key legislation passed, state announces new participants in rural health program
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Tax credit reforms, state agency consolidation and voting opportunities for inmates
PA Post: Three Mile Island wants to end siren tests, radiation monitoring as part of reduced emergency planning role 
KYW Newsradio: Changes in Pennsylvania’s voting laws in the new year
StateImpactPA: State levels record $30M fine against pipeline company responsible for Beaver County blast 
StateImpactPA: Three Mile Island wants to end siren tests, radiation monitoring as part of reduced emergency planning role  
The Hill: 5 dead, dozens hurt in crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike
Politico: Biden secures backing from several swing-state Democrats
Beaver County Times: Toomey praises Iran attack; Casey says ‘world is safer’ but has concerns
CNN: A pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike kills 5 people and injures about 60 others
Patriot News: Pa.’s Lt. Gov. reportedly greased the way for Gritty to be part of butter sculpture
Patriot News: Pa. Turnpike toll prices go up this weekend
Fox News: Rep. Reschenthaler: Laughable to say Iran acted better under Obama
Huffington Post: 5 Dead, Dozens Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash On Pennsylvania Turnpike  

Philadelphia Citizen: Who’s On Philadelphia City Council? 
Inquirer: Philly’s new police commissioner has both defended and ended ICE partnerships
Inquirer: Protesters rally and march against U.S. war with Iran in Philly and throughout Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Big business in Philly campaigned for ‘real change.’ Change came — but not the kind it wanted.
Inquirer: 3 big challenges as Philly’s new police commissioner takes over a beleaguered department
Inquirer: A necessary strike, or a dangerous escalation: Philly-area lawmakers are divided after U.S. kills top Iranian military leader
Inquirer: Hundreds march in Center City to protest U.S. involvement in Iran
Inquirer: Embattled leader of Philly’s Office of Property Assessment resigns
Inquirer: More women were shot and killed in Philly last year than in at least 12 years
Inquirer: Local Methodists react to proposed split over LGBTQ issues
Inquirer: Flyers condemn blackface Mummers skit involving Gritty
Billy Penn: ‘Cowboy behavior’ vs. ‘better dead’: Philly lawmakers divided over U.S. airstrike in Iran
Billy Penn: As Philly clears homeless encampments, Convention Center and businesses work to fund permanent housing
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly homicides rose again in 2019; Blacks made up majority of the victims, data shows
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Mayor Kenney nixes six City Council bills, giving legislators no time to respond
Philadelphia Tribune: New leader seeks to reform Philly D.A.’s Victim Services Unit
KYW Newsradio: Krasner reacts to rising number of shootings and homicides in 2019, talks new approaches
KYW Newsradio: New director of Kenney’s ‘Rebuild’ initiative promises action
KYW Newsradio: Hundreds protest potential Iran conflict at City Hall
KYW Newsradio: As Judge Ben Lerner retires after 21 years on the bench, a look at his impact on Philly’s criminal justice system
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s chief tax assessor, often criticized for uneven assessments, resigns
Philadelphia Magazine: 10 Bold Predictions for Philly Politics in 2020
Philadelphia Magazine: Exit Interview: City Council Veteran Blondell Reynolds Brown

Daily Local News: PA Congressional delegation reacts to US killing of top Iranian general 
Daily Local News: Democrats celebrate ‘historic day’ in county leadership
Daily Local News: Deb Ryan promises new direction in D.A.’s office
Daily Local News: Killion pipeline legislation highlighted in PUC decision 
Daily Local News: LeBold retires from West Chester council and reflects on the past
Daily Local News: Mayor Herrin to recommend new West Chester police chief
Delco Daily Times: New Era arrives in Delco as Dems take control of county government 
Delco Daily Times: Rashid makes history as four new Delco judges take oath 
Delco Daily Times: Keffer, Dems take over key posts in Upper Darby 
Delco Daily Times: Nether Pro man tells of work for refugees
Inquirer: Two Pa. reps in battleground districts – Chrissy Houlahan and Conor Lamb – endorse Joe Biden 
Inquirer: Most mobile homes are overtaxed. Chester County owners are getting relief. 
Bucks Courier Times: Road to 2020: North Penn students cast their votes for Democratic presidential nominee
Bucks Courier Times: PA lawmakers fall on party lines in response to Iran airstrike, Trump action
Bucks Courier Times: Drug overdoses in Bucks on downward trend
Bucks Courier Times: Air Force pays $2.8M toward Willow Grove PFAS filter
Pottstown Mercury: Judy Schwank announces bid for third term in state Senate 
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township supervisor resigns to become Bucks County’s next Register of Wills 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners Loughery, Martin and Marseglia preside over final meeting together
Montgomery Media: Three lawyers installed as Montgomery County judges during emotional ceremony 
Montgomery Media: ‘Yang Gang’ tops North Penn student-run mock convention 

Post-Gazette: Rep. Conor Lamb endorses Joe Biden for president
Post-Gazette: Conservative group warns county to clean up voter rolls
Post-Gazette: Democratic delegates warming up for their candidates, July convention
Post-Gazette: America’s automation is at the core of Andrew Yang’s message 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh campaign rules curb contributions, but punish some candidates
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools board member proposes more participatory process on budget
Post-Gazette: Protesters rally in Pittsburgh, other cities against possible war with Iran 
Post-Gazette: Plan on gay marriage, ordination of LGBT persons would split United Methodist Church
WESA: The Last Costa Standing Draws A Political Challenger Of His Own
WESA: County Enters 2020 With Familiar Faces, New Dynamics 
KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Endorses Former Vice President Joe Biden For President 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Holds Protest To Condemn Trump Administration’s Policies in Iran and Iraq 
KDKA: Local Experts Predict 2020 Will Be A Big Year For Development In Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Conor Lamb, 2 other Democrats in competitive House districts endorse Joe Biden 
Tribune Review: Fight breaks out at Iran anti-war protest in Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: State Rep. Valerie Gaydos introduces bill to shrink state legislature 
City Paper: More than 200 gather in Oakland to protest potential escalated war in the Middle East

Beaver County Times: Revolution pipeline owners fined $30 million in historic settlement; permit hold lifted
Beaver County Times: Lamb releases progress report on 2019 work 
Beaver County Times: Three longtime courthouse personalities retire 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. officials react to air strike that resulted in death of Iran general
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County officials take oaths of office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Scott Hunt swearing in
Observer-Reporter: Longtime Greene County commissioners say goodbye 
Observer-Reporter: Some 150 call for no more war in Pittsburgh protest 
Observer-Reporter: Officials swear to ‘discharge the duties of my office with fidelity’ 
Observer-Reporter: Drug overdose deaths level off in Washington County 
Observer-Reporter: Washington’s jobless rate dips, Greene’s jumps again 
Observer-Reporter: Shober bids farewell to Washington County commissioners’ office
Altoona Mirror: Blair commissioners to get straight to work after oaths
Altoona Mirror: 2020 census could shrink Pa.’s power in US House

Times-Tribune: A different path to Scranton mayor’s office
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s switch to payroll tax remains in limbo
Citizens Voice: County council might reopen budget after all
The Times Leader: Pa. lawmakers react to Baghdad air strike that killed Iranian general
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council majority can opt to vote on more than chair/vice chair Monday night
The Times Leader: DCED year in review: Investing in jobs/communities for a prosperous PA
The Times Leader: Cartwright presents medals to four Korean War veterans in Scranton

South Central 
Patriot News: Special election to fill Pa. Senate seat pits a district attorney against a history professor
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools progress report: State takeover brings changes, but much remains to be done
Patriot News: Longtime GOP leader, farmer announces candidacy for Pa. House seat
Carlisle Sentinel: Casey, Toomey, Perry, Joyce respond to the U.S. airstrike in Iraq
York Dispatch: Pa. Republicans applaud, Casey criticizes killing of top Iranian general
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf files appeal, argues judicial applications should not be made public 
LNP | LancasterOnline: District Attorney Craig Stedman sworn in to seat on Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
York Daily Record: York County officials take oath of office during swearing-in ceremony

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Restoring ‘deterrence’ or ‘a reckless act’? Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Susan Wild react to killing of top Iranian general 
Morning Call: Interest surges in certain Lehigh Valley state House seats 
Morning Call: What does 2020 have in store for the Lehigh Valley? A key role in the presidential race, some big trials and a giant wild card. 
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf’s mental health plan offers hope of more counselors, social workers for schools 
Morning Call: Easton to discuss plans for affordable housing, more at Stewart Silk Mill, during public forum
Reading Eagle: Judy Schwank announces bid for third term in state Senate
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor-elect Eddie Moran distributes hundreds of toys for Three Kings Day
Reading Eagle: $3.5 billion in unclaimed property waiting to be claimed
Reading Eagle: Reading’s managing director ruled qualified for the job
Reading Eagle: Investigators dismiss complaint filed in Berks County recorder of deeds race
Express Times: 5 of the Lehigh Valley’s 15 biggest towns raised taxes for 2020 
Express Times: Easton and P’burg just swore-in their mayors. Here’s what they had to say.
Express Times: Anti-war protest held in Bethlehem while local lawmakers respond to escalating tension with Iran
Express Times: Social media? New technology? New goals for the Northampton County district attorney’s office.
Express Times: As mental health woes widen, getting care can mean waiting in crisis, Allentown panel says

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Slaughter eager to tackle challenging Williamsport issues
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Judges, commissioners, municipal officers sworn in
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Slaughter takes oath
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Protesters disrupt event inside CAC 
Erie Times-News: Winarski could lead Erie City Council again in 2020 
Erie Times-News: Parks plan aims to improve Erie’s east side, not displace residents 
Erie Times-News: Pa. lawmakers join call for Supreme Court to review abortion 
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council’s 4 new members bring enthusiasm

LNP Editorial Board: Pennsylvania lawmakers must pass a red flag law in 2020 
LNP Editorial Board: In Pennsylvania, judges seem to be judged more leniently than others 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Streamlining plan 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: FDA course reversal
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Emissions testing: Time for some needed adjustments
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pres­sur­ing North Korea
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Anti-Semitism lives: The hate that will not die
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Time to move on
Inquirer Editorial Board: 2020′s editorials will have a new ingredient: Your input
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Impulse is not foreign policy
Selena Zito: Tone-deaf Democrats risk handing western Pennsylvania to Trump
Jennifer Stefano: Don’t forget the ‘forgotten Americans’ in 2020
Simon F. Haeder: Obamacare Lawsuit: Why Pa. needs to prepare for the worst
Chris Woods: In 2019, thousands of Pa. workers lost their jobs with little notice. Our lawmakers can fix that. 
Mike Newall: The differences between Oakland and Philly might be eye-opening for our new police commissioner 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philly Mummers hang on to blackface
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Fireworks for Philadelphia’s new police commissioner
Ron Goldwyn: The Mummers parade is redeemable 
John L. Micek: Get an electric car for Christmas? Here’s how many places Pa. has to charge it | Friday Morning Coffee
John L. Micek: Trump’s Iran attack is a reminder Congress has to reclaim its war-making authority 
Tim Hartman: How the Pa. Turnpike celebrates the New Year | Editorial Cartoon
Maria Panaritis: Pa. Turnpike toll hikes are pitting Philly suburban commuters against the state. End this now. 
Bruce Ledewitz: This is the Notre Dame speech that Bill Barr should have given — and didn’t 
Abraham Gutman: Antiracist solidarity, not political exploitation, is the way to end the surge of anti-Semitic attacks 
Pam Greenblatt and Nicole Pugliese: Common Core school standards keep failing, but they don’t have to 
Michael J. Cozzillio and Craig N. Moore: If the Dems want to win the White House in 2020, they need to nominate Mitch Landrieu. This is why
William Bentley: I am proof that children shouldn’t be prosecuted in adult court 
JD Mullane: Let young people smoke ’em if they got ’em
Keith C. Burris: How Bernie hangs in
David M. Shribman: It’s officially the presidential election year
Tony Norman: Pope Francis’ Vatican City smackdown
Gene Therapy: I’m leaving Twitter. Soon. Promise. No seriously.
Ruth Ann Dailey: Saying good bye to Outrage Guy
Dana Max: A friendly neighborhood fix for food waste in Philly and beyond 
Trudy Rubin: After Qassem Soleimani’s killing, how does this Iran war end? 
Will Bunch: The folks who lied about Iraq and Afghanistan are lying about Iran. We must stop a new war 
Jay Bookman: Why doesn’t the threat of global climate change get that Y2K apocalyptic urgency?

One Response

  1. Two frauds united behind quid pro quo Joe.
    Chrissy is a disaster. She refused to condemn the anti semitism of the Gang of Four. She supported impeachment- I don’t like Trump- but there was more cause with Obama and his ruling by
    unlawful executive orders. Finally, Chrissy the hypocrite hasnt
    condemned the Gang of Four for their support of the Butchers of
    Tehran. When a brave young girl was shot and died on the streets of Tehran- and Obama said nothing- where the hell were
    these Democrats. As a lifelong Democrat- let’s hope we have an alternative- either in a primary of the general election.

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