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November 12th Playbook

CNN ranks Pennsylvania as the #1 Senate seat most likely to flip in 2022, according to their latest ratings update. Here is the Playbook. 


‘The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022’: Pennsylvania remains the #1 Senate seat most likely to flip in 2022, according to the latest ratings update from CNN

‘A landmark case that could change school funding across Pa. is going to trial’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “a landmark case challenging how Pennsylvania pays for public education and highlighting deep disparities between wealthy and poor districts goes to trial Friday, with the potential to affect every student, school, and taxpayer throughout the state.”

‘PSERS board has renewed its outside contract for investment advice as FBI and SEC probes grind on’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Pennsylvania’s school pension plan trustees voted Wednesday to extend a six-month contract for Seattle-based Verus Advisory Inc. to help oversee $73 billion in public investments, as federal investigators probe PSERS’s exaggerated financial returns, its Harrisburg land deals, and the gifts its staff may have exchanged with Wall Street firms.”

‘W.Pa. municipalities sue state to block PennDOT bridge tolling plan’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “three municipalities in Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs are suing the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation over a $2 billion plan to pay for the replacement of nine bridges with future toll revenue.”

‘Laughlin considering bid for senate president, exiting governor’s race if successful’: The Erie Times-News reports that “State Sen. Dan Laughlin would end his not-yet-official campaign for Pennsylvania governor in favor of a winning bid for the second-highest political office in the state: Senate president pro tempore.”

‘Bill McSwain picks a social media fight about his daughter’s delayed mail ballot’: Philly Clout reports that “a mail ballot arrived after last week’s general election. Bill McSwain blames Philadelphia Democrats. Clout dug into the spat to see what really happened.”

‘Pa. is poised to get billions from the Biden-backed infrastructure bill’: WITF reports that “billions of dollars in new federal infrastructure money are in store for Pennsylvania under the deal that is awaiting President Biden’s signature.”

City & State PA’s Biggest Winners & Losers This Week: City & State PA highlights the three winners and losers in Pennsylvania politics this week.

‘$1.9 million renovations to courtyard of Governor’s Residence aims to make it ‘more welcoming to all’’: PennLive reports that “the $1.9 million courtyard redesign project at the official residence of Pennsylvania’s governor began in June and is expected to be competed in the first quarter of 2022.”

‘Scott Wagner talks about crash, says he doesn’t know why he fell asleep driving: report’: PennLive reports that “in an interview with a WGAL News 8 reporter, Scott Wagner, a former York County state senator and 2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee, explained that the his head-on crash this spring had been purely an accident.”

‘Infrastructure bill promises ‘unprecedented’ funding to clean up Pa.’s abandoned mine lands’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Pennsylvania, which has more mine land problem areas than any other state, stands to be the largest beneficiary, followed by West Virginia.”

‘Candidate Dave White talks business, pandemic, Republican gubernatorial field’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat talks with Dave White about his GOP bid for Governor. 

‘State Senate approves loan program for veteran-owned businesses’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “legislation sponsored by State Sen. John Yudichak that would create a $5 million guaranteed loan program for veteran-owned businesses passed the Senate by a unanimous vote Wednesday.”

‘Jurors are deliberating in the John Dougherty and Bobby Henon trial. Here are the key issues they’re weighing.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer provides a “review of the evidence jurors are considering from the six-week trial of the labor leader and city councilmember.”

‘U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean talks prison education at SCI Phoenix in Skippack’: The Pottstown Mercury reports that “U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th Dist., visited SCI Phoenix Monday to discuss educational services in Pennsylvania prison systems and the re-introduction of her legislation, the Promoting Reentry through Education in Prisons (PREP) Act.”

‘Lawmakers, some local parents, at odds over school mask mandate’: The Daily Local News reports that “some parents in Chester County are ready for the masks to come off their children while in school.”

‘Pittsburgh-area leaders join forces to make the most of Biden’s infrastructure bill’: WESA reports that “with President Biden just days away from signing his $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into law, Pittsburgh-area leaders are already crafting their pitch in an effort to maximize the region’s share of the money.”

‘Plans for major immigrant detention center near Philipsburg move forward after ACLU drops lawsuit’: The Centre Daily Times reports that “a civil rights organization withdrew its lawsuit that challenged whether a former private federal prison in Clearfield County could reopen as a major immigrant detention center, a spokesperson wrote in an email Wednesday.”

‘Pittsburgh and Glasgow finalize sister-city partnership; city wins second in climate competition’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Pittsburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, finalized their partnership as sister cities in-person Wednesday, following a virtual signing last year.”

‘Election analysis, surging Republicans, striking teachers, rigged elections, Arora’s future, and the train to NYC’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “in the latest News Engine podcast, Scranton Times-Tribune political and investigative reporter Borys Krawczeniuk offers his take on Nisha Arora’s future and breaks down the increase in Republican voter registration and the impact it could have on the 8th Congressional District race in 2022.”

‘Mayor Schember Administration outlines proposal for ARP fund distribution’: WJET reports that “the Schember administration and small business owners are hoping Erie City Council approves $20 million in ARP funds. They believe the money will move Erie forward by helping businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

‘Scranton seeks proposals for collecting a new payroll tax’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “the city of Scranton and the Scranton School District might use an outside firm to collect a payroll tax, if either or both implement the new levy next year, officials said.”

‘Johnstown renews search for next city manager with no city residency requirement’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “the search for Johnstown’s next city manager is under way. City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to advertise the position. A deadline of Dec. 3 was set for applications to be submitted with the goal of having a person hired by January.”

‘Sanguedolce makes first budget presentation as DA’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “fresh off his win as the top vote-getter in Luzerne County races, District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce briefed council on work performed by his office this week as part of his first budget presentation.”

‘Lancaster continues through write-in votes, as it now prepares for the statewide Commonwealth Court recount’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “the Lancaster County Board of Elections is about a day ahead of schedule in counting the record-breaking number of write-in votes cast in last week’s election, but a mandatory recount of results in a statewide appellate court race could slow completion.”

‘COVID-19 update: Nearly 5,300 new positive cases statewide’: WNEP reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,293 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,613,315 on Thursday, November 11.”

John Baer: Pa.’s GOP faces quandary over its 2022 candidates, including perceived frontrunners and (maybe) Dr. Oz 
Paul Muschick: Why I reluctantly agree Gov. Wolf must appeal ruling overturning state’s school mask mandate
Isaiah Thomas: Philadelphia has led the way on driving equality. Harrisburg and D.C. need to do the same 
Gabriella Limon: How rigged election districts limit Latinos’ political power
Paul Muschick: ‘There are only three of us left.’ WWII veteran from Forks wants the USS Heermann to be remembered
John L. Micek: Legislature approves days honoring Gulf War, War on Terror vets | Thursday Morning Coffee
Alex Rivera: I survived the devastating impact of youth incarceration. It’s time for Pa. to end it 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly needs more affordable housing, not cumbersome changes to zoning rules  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Honoring our veterans
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Houston’s concert tragedy was preventable
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Thank you, veterans, for your many sacrifices on behalf of this nation
Jenice Armstrong: Pennsylvania families deserve a place to gather and honor the dead from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq 
Faye M. Anderson: Let’s reimagine Marconi Plaza as a monument to Native and Black Americans 
Charles D. Allen: On being a veteran in 2021, and how we can help the veterans of tomorrow 
John L. Micek: Veterans Day 2021: Dulce et Decorum Est 
Will Bunch: ‘Anti-woke’ University of Austin is right that college is ‘broken,’ but its founders are wrong about everything else 
Bethany Watson-Ostrowski: I wasn’t sure about getting my kids COVID vaccines — until they exposed Grandma to the virus 
William Lambers: On Veterans Day, let’s dedicate ourselves to feeding the hungry 
Helen Ubiñas: On a North Philadelphia corner, a show of a column-turned-community 
Jay Coen Gilbert: “What Do You Think We Should Do?”
Larry Platt: The Problem With Aaron Rodgers 
Stephanie Bruneau: Even after vaccines, there is no ‘return to normal’ for my family 
Titus Scarpelli: I’m 10 and I can’t wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19 
Trudy Rubin: Secretary Blinken, don’t betray Afghan partners and the U.S. vets trying to rescue them

7 Responses

  1. Working for Bognet is great. He gives us plenty of time off to sleep with dudes. Even my girlfriend is cool with it.

  2. Governor Wolf is rightly concerned about respiratory illness cause by Covid but he supports and does nothing about the cancer causing cigarette smoke in the Casinos. The rotten stink when you walk in the door of the WB casino is bad enough but then the secondhand smoke destroys the respiratory system. Maybe the Governor will explain his pandering to the casinos while pushing masks on healthy people?

  3. I wish the gubernatorial candidates detailed their plans for Pennsylvania on their website like Jason Richey did. I can’t decide if I will support them or not if their website has limited information.

  4. Corman who is a 2nd generation of sucking on the Harrisburg teet is blocking the bill that would block lobbyists from showering PA political officials with money and gifts – THATS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.

  5. Lou is a lot better than most R’s for Senate. Corman has himself convinced of his own brilliance but that confidence comes from the life of a Harrisburg insider. Dems are up in the air. The 2021 vote made it clear Pa is a centrist state. Too left too right and you lose. No one knows what is going to happen in 2022 so making bold predictions is nonsense.

    1. Corman is an idiot and he should absolutely not run. Barletta is head and shoulders above him. I hope the Republican doesn’t endorse anyone in the Primary, but let the voters decide. The sheepish committee people are a total joke.

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