January 7th Playbook

The special election date for SD-37 is set, while Val DiGiorgio calls for a ‘new contract with America’ in an op-ed. Here is the Playbook.

January 4th Ups & Downs: A state Senator is seated after a residency dispute, a Mayor is being forced to vacate his office just one day after his term begins, and a controversy ensues between Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council president after this year’s Mummers New Years Day Parade. All of the and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC
WITF: New Pa. government oversight committee raises eyebrows
Post-Gazette: In Pa. delegation, shutdown draws pressure, spurs charges — but no sign of an end
AP: Wolf ’s inaugural celebration to feature music by The Roots
AP: Parents sue over district’s policy to arm teachers at school
AP: Illinois, Pennsylvania governors wager on wild-card game
AP: Hundreds temporarily lose natural gas service Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Stack schedules Reschenthaler replacement election for April 2
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – January 1, 2019  
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Harrisburg Patriot News: Environmental issues in Pennsylvania just got more prominence; here’s why  
Harrisburg Patriot News: As shutdown drags into 3rd week, Pa. GOP boss calls for ‘new contract with America’ | Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: House Republicans name developer to help oversee Harrisburg’s finances
StateImpactPA: Chester County DA names former federal prosecutor to beef up pipeline probe
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s federal workers feel financial effects of government funding impasse   

Philadelphia Magazine: Jim Kenney Is the Most Ambitious Mayor Philly Has Ever Had. Why Doesn’t Anyone Know That?
Philadelphia Magazine: Audit Claims City Botched Latest Property Tax Assessments
Philadelphia Magazine: The Opioid Epidemic Is Slashing Philly’s Overall Life Expectancy
Inquirer: Two years in, what’s the state of Kenney’s soda-tax funded pre-K program?
WHYY Newsworks: Philly area Sudanese community protests in solidarity with demonstrators in Khartoum  
Philly Voice: Steve Bannon to visit Philly this month for World Affairs Council talk
KYW Newsradio: Protesters gather to defend MOVE shrine denouncing ‘W. Wilson Goode, Sr. Way’
KYW Newsradio: Philly expected to play key role in state’s plans for new hemp industry
KYW Newsradio: Youth organization helps clean Independence National Historical Park during shutdown
KYW Newsradio: Government shutdown not causing security problems at Philly International…yet
KYW Newsradio: Youths to pick up trash at shutdown-affected national parks, including Independence
PLSReporter: Philadelphia celebrates two years of pre-K

Pottstown Mercury: Federal prosecutor joins team for pipeline investigation
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montco lawmakers to lead state House committees
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury board puts ceiling on 2019-20 tax increase
Delco Daily Times: Group holds rally at courthouse to laud Scanlon joining Congress
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon settles into her new job in Washington
Daily Local News: Sappey makes history; says she will ‘hit ground running’

Post-Gazette: Special election set for April 2 to fill Pa. Senate seat left vacant by Guy Reschenthaler
Post-Gazette: City officials don’t expect gun rally to cause major disruptions
Post-Gazette: Gun rights advocate has wrangled with a city before — and won  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools optimistic about reducing student suspensions
Tribune Review: Stock market volatility belies strength of U.S. economy, experts say
Tribune Review: Brooks takes House seat as Murrysville police add first female officer
WESA: Peduto Sees Progress, But Urges Patience On OnePGH Initiative
KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Ties The Knot
KDKA: Thousands Of Students To Get Total Loan Forgiveness In New Settlement
KDKA: Pa. Superior Court Upholds Ruling In Western Psych Shooting Rampage
KDKA: Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Set To Launch Compensation Fund, Considering Sale Of Some Properties

Beaver County Times: Marshall appointed chairman of gaming committee
Observer-Reporter: Drug overdose deaths drop sharply in the region
Observer-Reporter: Lt. Gov. schedules special election for 37th District for Reschenthaler’s seat
Observer-Reporter: Nuclear power advocate asks commissioners for resolution of support
Observer-Reporter: Coroner plans to run for eighth term
Altoona Mirror: New GOP representatives seek to stop funding bill  
Altoona Mirror: Logan officer plans run for district judge
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Freshman rep Joyce forgoes pay during shutdown   
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown council members Stanton, Williams call for manager’s ouster over vacation

Times-Tribune: Scavo throws hat in the ring for vacant 114th seat
The Times Leader: Latest Luzerne County government hirings, promotions reported
The Times Leader: Data: Local ‘underperforming’ students faring better than Pa. rate
Citizens Voice: So, you want to be a county council member?

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: As shutdown drags into 3rd week, Pa. GOP boss calls for ‘new contract with America’ | Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: House Republicans name developer to help oversee Harrisburg’s finances
Harrisburg Patriot News: PennLive Opinion Editor John Micek is leaving
Harrisburg Patriot News: Environmental issues in Pennsylvania just got more prominence; here’s why
Harrisburg Patriot News: Former teacher, municipal leader announces bid for commissioner seat
Carlisle Sentinel: Council considers changes to rental housing ordinance in Carlisle
York Dispatch: Redistricting: York County now has two congressmen — and neither has opened a local office
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Mayor Sorace’s work building senior city staff continues in 2019   

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: State Rep. Jim Cox the only committee chairman from Berks County
Reading Eagle: Reading Police Department pledges data-driven strategy to combat crime
Reading Eagle: Reading developer questions Mayor Wally Scott’s performance through billboards
Reading Eagle: Berks County Elections Board picks new voting machines
Reading Eagle: Former Exeter School Board member, township supervisor left legacy of service
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley teacher unions have dodged political blow from Janus decision
Morning Call: Tamaqua Area School families file lawsuit over district’s armed staff policy
Morning Call: Former Reading official sentenced to 18 months in bribery case with ties to Allentown pay-to-play probe
Morning Call: Emmaus taps retired health care executive for council seat
Morning Call: Longtime Easton controller seeks county controller spot
Express Times: Sen. Lisa Boscola closes Whitehall office, sets community hours  

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Elections chief: Erie could be voting on paper ballots in 2020
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week
Erie Times-News: Races to watch across Erie County in 2019
Erie Times-News: 3 announce candidacy for Harborcreek supervisor
Erie Times-News: Erie legislator appointed committee’s Democratic chairman
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Budget, severance tax, opioid issues on lawmakers’ agendas
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State grants to help neighboring county with work on streams
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Miller resigns from WASD; has option to return to force
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Clinton County eyes changes in salary board’s hiring, promotion procedures

Val DiGiorgio: Republican Party needs a new contract with America
Inquirer Editorial Board: New ideas needed to attack Philadelphia’s relentless gun violence
PennLive Editorial Board: Pa’s new ‘clean slate’ law is an important step to reducing recidivism
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Read the policy: Court decides case without looking at the evidence
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The new urban bullies: Tech companies need to learn public engagement
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Terror in Morocco: Travelers must be vigilant wherever they go  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An incredible breakthrough: Cocktail of germs may cure childhood leukemia
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Losing score: Study finds food safety fouls at sports venues
Colin McNickle: Here’s what a new poll tells us about Pa’s business climate and what government can do about it
Keith C. Burris: Promise keepers
David M. Shribman: New Hampshire prepares for 2020
Diana Nelson Jones: Civilians should share, not be spared, veterans’ grief
Fabiola Cineas: The Fact That a Black Mummer Played Jay-Z Isn’t Better. It’s Worse.
Ptah Gabrie: Soda tax is a convenient excuse for ShopRite closures
Darryl Williams and Rachel Valletta: We need to courageously confront climate change in 2019
Bill Keller: What would Benjamin Franklin think of today’s criminal justice?
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno: Legalize marijuana to beat Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis
Abraham Gutman: For racial justice, legalized marijuana must be taxed correctly
Will Bunch: The crazy new evidence that Trump’s Russia problem is far worse than we all thought

2 Responses

  1. I am runnings to be elected for the SD-37. Make sure to vote for me when its the election.

  2. Val DiGiorgio needs to get his contracts correct. It is a “Contract Against Pennsylvania” he is talking about. His buddy Trump has been nothing but unhelpful to northeastern states and with the regular attacks on the Affordable Care Act it seems comical for Val “D” to suddenly dust off the old Newt Gingrich Playbook and come up with yet another trite and worn out slogan that means little to anyone other than paid staffers for the Republican Party. You would think after the Scott Wagner debacle that there would be a moment of silence to reflect upon what has happened and how to go forward after such an exhausting defeat. NOPE! It’s a quick fall back to the same old same old and so it all goes for Pa Republicans!

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  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?

    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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