January 9th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf sets goals for PA to cut greenhouse gases, while former GOP Rep. Costello takes a new gig with Americans for Carbon Dividends. Here is the Playbook.

Costello Joins Americans for Carbon Dividends As Managing Director: The former GOP representative believes the Republican Party will never earn the votes of millennials unless it addresses climate change.

Senate GOP Name Committee Chairs: Some of the new committee chairs include Judiciary, Education, and Transportation.

Senate Dems Announce Committee Chairs: All five of the newly elected Senators are going to chair a committee this session.

SD37: Special Election Set For April 2: The seat was vacated by Guy Reschenthaler, who was sworn into Congress last week.

Dean Browning Announces Bid for PA7: According to the Allentown Morning Call, Browning believes that Rep. Wild is too liberal for the district.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Governor sets goals for Pennsylvania to cut greenhouse gases
WITF: Some top Pa. Senate committees see turnover after many years
WITF: Pa. Safe Harbor law fines helping human trafficking victims  
StateImpactPA: Peoples Gas unveils high-tech methane leak detection system  
StateImpactPA: Wolf sets goal for Pa. to cut greenhouse gas emissions
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Joe Ciresi
PLSReporter: Wolf issues executive order curbing state carbon emissions
WHYY Newsworks: Congressman Scott Perry sees no clear end to shutdown   
WHYY Newsworks: Principal turnover highest in Pa. cities, study says, and school leaders may be getting whiter, too
Inquirer: There’s a yoga room in the state Capitol. Guess who paid for it?
Inquirer: Federal workers not getting paid spur jump in Pennsylvania unemployment benefits, auditor general says
WESA: ‘We Have To Focus People’s Attention.’ Casey, Democrats To Block Legislation In Shutdown Fight
Harrisburg Patriot News: Going to Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration? Here’s some things you will want to know
Harrisburg Patriot News: It’s a good thing Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration is happening outside the Capitol East Wing and not inside it
Express Times: Pa. counties with the most, least criminal charges dropped

WHYY Newsworks: Furloughed federal workers protest shutdown near Liberty Bell   
WHYY Newsworks: Philly-area congressional reps refuse pay during shutdown
WHYY Newsworks: Principal turnover highest in Pa. cities, study says, and school leaders may be getting whiter, too
Philadelphia Magazine: Sad Day for Philly Package Thieves: Amazon Opens Center City Pickup Location
Billy Penn: Philly police still arrest way more Black people for pot than anyone else
KYW Newsradio: Conflict over a memorial shrine near Wilson Goode Way heats up
KYW Newsradio: Boost to Philly economy expected after low-cost airline service expansion
Inquirer: Philly to scale back assessment plans as it improves practices, mayor’s office announces

Delco Daily Times: Former state senator Ted Erickson dies at 80
Bucks County Courier Times: Galloway named Democratic chair of House Commerce Committee
Bucks County Courier Times: New Hope zoners to review councilwoman’s cafe following citations
WHYY Newsworks: Neshaminy teacher: ‘Redskins’ nickname ‘clearly is not’ a ‘term of honor’
Bucks Local News: Grenier elected chairman of the Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors
Daily Local News: West Chester’s earned income tax suit dropped  
Daily Local News: Amid shutdown, Houlahan visits Food Bank
Post-Gazette: Rich Fitzgerald is running for third term as Allegheny County executive
Post-Gazette: In Pennsylvania, support for border wall follows party lines
Post-Gazette: Divided council narrowly approves building spending
Post-Gazette: City to hire ‘STOP the violence’ coordinator
Post-Gazette: Gun rights rally in Pittsburgh foretells battle over bill
Post-Gazette: McKeesport police chief Washowich to retire at end of month
Tribune Review: Braddock council postpones vote to appoint interim mayor
Tribune Review: Candidates sought to fill Tarentum Council vacancy
Tribune Review: Sharpsburg holds line on property taxes; eyes major Main Street upgrades
Tribune Review: Delmont council balks at instituting sewage rate hike
Tribune Review: Delmont officials work to recover money allegedly taken by former secretary
Tribune Review: Demolitions in Penn Hills halted due to partial government shutdown
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh recommends designation of 3 additional ‘community schools’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peoples announces commitment to reduce methane emissions by 50 percent in Pittsburgh
PLSReporter: Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State senators named chairmen of committees
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Windber seeking state approval to raise taxes beyond index
Altoona Mirror: Shapiro: Serious drug ring shut down
Beaver County Times: Democratic attorney Ted Knafelc seeking district attorney seat  
Beaver County Times: Ellwood City Medical Center workers still not paid
Citizens Voice: City council to consider insurance coverage plan
Citizens Voice: County council declares vacancy, approves lawsuit settlements
Citizens Voice: Hanover Area board won’t raise property taxes above state index
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council settles litigation involving prison-elevator deaths
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre council questions payment for golf-course netting
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County government’s new home in the Globe

South Central
WHYY Newsworks: Congressman Scott Perry sees no clear end to shutdown
Harrisburg Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, other Pa., members of Congress, aren’t taking a paycheck during the shutdown | Tuesday Morning Coffee  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg, Central Dauphin schools could lose millions to railroad in tax dispute
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sen. Toomey moving Harrisburg office next week
Harrisburg Patriot News: ’We have acted responsibly’: Columbia Borough council president defends 21 percent tax hike
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Area Chamber discusses growing price tag of I-81 expansion
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg Area School District responds to accusations of banning Bibles ahead of school board meeting
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley won’t seek re-election
York Dispatch: York countian Michael Newsome now Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Administration  
York Dispatch: York County government safe from shutdown — for now — but some federal services shuttered
York Dispatch: Government shutdown stalls new craft beers in York City
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Mayor Sorace’s work building senior city staff continues in 2019  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Ex-public works director Katzenmoyer agrees to $32,567 severance payment from Lancaster  
LNP | LancasterOnline: U.S. Rep. Smucker reacts to border security debate: Democrats are ‘putting politics over people’

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Ryan Costello takes job promoting carbon tax, dividends plan
Reading Eagle: Reading’s first strategic planning meeting of year goes off topic, often
Reading Eagle: Robesonia votes to pull out of joint police force
Express Times: Easton Councilman David O’Connell is running for re-election
Morning Call: Which of Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers won’t accept paychecks for the shutdown?
Morning Call: With a Democratic House, is there a path through Congress for a gun background check bill?
Morning Call: Easton City Council incumbents announce plans to run for reelection
Morning Call: Easton considers closing schools on Election Day
Morning Call: Petition asks Allentown officials to reopen budget, lower tax rate

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Stacy Parks Miller asks court to end ‘living nightmare,’ reject yearlong suspension
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Seat opens on Montgomery Borough Council  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport attorney seeking open spot on county bench
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners may shift Block Grant funding to Hill Road reconstruction
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Montoursville set to consider budget issues
Erie Times-News: Educator to run for Harborcreek Township supervisor  
Erie Times-News: Schember puts Erie Parking Authority board seats in play
Erie Times-News: Rep. Kelly shows support for Trump’s televised address   
Erie Times-News: State awards $482,000 for clean water efforts in Erie County

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Attacking climate change: Cap and trade in Pa. is a good place to start
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Schools stuck waiting:  Enforce or change federal law on medical weed
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mitt’s bad faith
Inquirer Editorial Board: Democracy depends on voter access, so why is it so hard in Pa. and N.J.?
York Dispatch Editorial Board: York City Council right to put hiring of new business administrator on hold
Dan Simpson: Trump is wreaking havoc and needs to leave
Stu Bykofsky: City’s attack on ShopRite owner fails to fizz
Will Bunch: U.S. ‘national emergency’ law a disaster waiting for a demagogue like Trump
Ernest Owens: City’s New Leadership Pipeline Program Is an Affront to Real Diversity
Imran Siddiquee: How the East Passyunk logo misrepresents Philadelphia’s past
Steve Malanga: Making porch pirates walk the plank

4 Responses

  1. Saw the article about counties most dropping criminal charges. Mercer County DA, Miles Karson, tried that, but the presiding judge reminded him that he is the criminal defendant and could not do that.

  2. Costello is a fraud. One needs to look no further than his actual votes in Congress. He is doing this to build a brand for MSNBC. He will do whatever it takes to make money. I am a Dem who has followed this fraud for quite a while.

  3. Former Rep Costello is only “keeping it real” by focusing the reluctance of the Republican Party on climate change to say it’s an impediment to reaching younger voters. He is clearly stating the obvious but doing so rightly and with sincerity. We recently saw the release of Val D’s “Contract Against Pennsylvania” where he passes off as wisdom warmed up left overs from the Newt Gingrich era. You would think a centerist state like Pa that saw a thumping of the Republican candidate for governor by a Democrat that equaled more liberal leaning states would cause Republican chieftains to pause but nope! Trot out the golden oldies greatest hits from the Newt Gingrich era and off we go to the next election we go!

    1. As for the overall direction of the GOP in PA, they are caught in between. Like the rest of the GOP, they are now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trump organization but when they use their brains, they know it will not end well. Thus, trying to weave in the messaging from 94. BTW – back then the GOP was still sane.

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