November 12th Playbook

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush were honored by receiving the Liberty Medal award in Philadelphia. Here is the Playbook.

Midterm Election Ups & Downs: The Democrats big night would not have happened without the impact of women on and off the ballot. One Republican Congressman weathered the blue wave and a Democratic Congressman has even more to celebrate than a re-election victory. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Best Midterm Election Tweets: Some are funny, some are serious, all are worth a Like.

Harrisburg & DC
WHYY Newsworks: George W. and Laura Bush honored for their work with returning veterans
Inquirer: Election results in Pa., Rust Belt hint at cracks in Trump’s coalition
AP: Former mayor won’t face charges for shooting man in pharmacy
AP: Appeals court holding off decision on Lehigh County seal
AP: Federal judge Conaboy dies in Pennsylvania at age 93
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!  
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – November 5, 2018

WHYY Newsworks: George W. and Laura Bush honored for their work with returning veterans
WHYY Newsworks: Changing Philly neighborhood rallies behind family after racist threat
WHYY Newsworks: From trucks to trails, Philly’s new $181 million bond will pay for improvements citywide
WHYY Newsworks: 5 smart lessons about investing to end poverty in Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Interesting analyses of Philly’s high voter turnout
Inquirer: To bolster academics, Philly schools turning to the outdoors
Inquirer: Philly’s Khepera Charter School loses appeal, plans to close next year
Inquirer: Gritty gets write-in votes on Election Day
Philadelphia Magazine: The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Our Raucous Caucus
Philadelphia Magazine: How One of the Largest Marine Corps Birthday Parties Wound Up in South Philly
KYW Newsradio: Cops, PPA issue more tickets in Center City, see minor improvement in transit flow
KYW Newsradio: Catholic agency argues in court to refer same-sex couples to city’s other foster care agencies
KYW Newsradio: Anti-Fascism group holds post-election protest at Independence Mall
KYW Newsradio: People living with HIV/AIDS share their journey of survival, resilience in Center City
PhillyVoice: These are the safest — and least-safe — hospitals in the Philadelphia area

Daily Local News: Rep. Harry Lewis named 2018 Citizen of Year; tells officials to do more for Coatesville
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County’s blue wave was more purple
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks the last GOP foothold in Southeast
Bucks County Courier Times: Despite record number of candidates, no gains for Bucks women in 2018
Bucks County Courier Times: Final results pending in Davis-Tomlinson Senate race
Bucks County Courier Times: Yardley councilman’s statements spur adoption of ‘bully-free’ resolution
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown can be next Phoenixville, says developer
Pottstown Mercury: Council to vote on renewing downtown promotion group
Pottstown Mercury: With second 12% tax hike looming, council makes no changes to budget
Delco Daily Times: Sunoco plans to put ‘hybrid’ pipeline online by end of year
Delco Daily Times: Archdiocese sets up fund to pay victims of abuse

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh eyeing gun legislation in wake of synagogue massacre
Post-Gazette: How Robert Bowers went from conservative to white nationalist
Post-Gazette: In Pittsburgh and beyond, the bells toll for veterans, Armistice Day
Post-Gazette: On anniversary of police shooting, Leon Ford launches city council campaign
Post-Gazette: What’s next after Allegheny County voters sunk a measure to fund children’s programs?
Post-Gazette: Rick Saccone at odds with Republicans after criticizing party’s candidate for his House seat
Tribune Review: Straight party voting at all-time high in Westmoreland County
Tribune Review: Women comprise a growing part of combat veterans in Western Pennsylvania, America
WESA: Jeff Sessions Resignation Prompts Protests In Pittsburgh And Across The Nation
WESA: Days After Election Win, Lindsey Williams May Still Face Fight For Her Senate Seat
KDKA: City Leaders Hope To Bring More Clean Energy Jobs To Area
City Paper: Local leaders, celebrities and Pittsburghers converge to rally for Tree of Life victims

Observer-Reporter: Staff raise alarm on ‘toxic’ workplace at county jail
Observer-Reporter: City officials mull 2019 budget
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi Council appoints new member
Beaver County Times: A celebration of freedom: Parade pays tribute to area veterans for their service, patriotism and love of country
Altoona Mirror: Dems win, but state still split
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone board to review contract with K-9 unit
Altoona Mirror: Schools to receive $25,000 grants  
Altoona Mirror: Blair County leaders debate home rule charter
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Altoona-Johnstown diocese trims 9 positions, addis 7
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘A good time to get fresh ideas’: Geistown has new council president, VP, mayor

The Times Leader: Pa. treasurer wants families of veterans to search for military decorations
The Times Leader: Luzerne County sheriff outlines budget challenges
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Coroner Lisman discusses his retirement plans
Times-Tribune: Archbald to consider ban on all tobacco products in parks, playgrounds
Citizens Voice: Haas suggests expense cuts as budget talks move forward

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: How Lebanon legislators plan to reform gov’t
LancasterOnline | LNP: Animal cruelty charge filed against Lancaster city officer accussed of assaulting woman
LancasterOnline | LNP: Here’s how Lancaster County is counting and certifying the last few votes from Election Day
Carlisle Sentinel: Former Lancaster mayor won’t face charges in shooting
Carlisle Sentinel: Solar farm, connector road discussed in South Middletown Township
York Dispatch: York County considers buying building for coroner, other departments
York Dispatch: Pa. Human Relations Commission to hold racism town hall in W. Manchester
York Daily Record: After audit reveals parties, some seek resignation
York Daily Record: York County solicitor no longer an employee

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Lehigh County election official: Election Day technology problem confined to one location
WFMZ: Quakertown school board ponders meeting changes
Express Times: Parents oppose Pa. school district policy to arm teachers
Morning Call: Investigation under way over Lehigh County voting irregularity
Morning Call: Easton investigating harassment complaint against officer
Morning Call: Bethlehem could see a tax hike next year
Morning Call: Here’s what Bethlehem’s proposed $5 million bond would go toward
Morning Call: Another 400 acres from Northampton County in the works for Cherry Valley Wildlife Refuge
Reading Eagle: Latinos encouraged by election turnout in Reading
Reading Eagle: Spring Township Democrat wants to be Berks County Commissioner
Reading Eagle: Berks crowd protests Trump’s attorney general appointment

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Prison inmate numbers, county caseloads on the rise
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City financial plan includes staff cuts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: First step toward expanding growth areas approved
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State Appropriations chairman talks spending
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Water, sewer authority mulls rate hikes, no change at Beaver Lake
Erie Times-News: Erie County officials reflect after incidents in prison
Erie Times-News: Erie faces budget challenges in 2019, beyond
Erie Times-News: Tax, fee hikes proposed for 2019 Erie budget

Inquirer Editorial Board: Why can’t we get it right when serving veterans?
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa.’s legislature has one easy step to save children: tougher gun laws
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No right is absolute: It is time for common sense and common sense rules on guns
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: At arm’s length: U.S. must not be too cozy with murderous prince
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Vanishing wildlife: Humans must be stewards for other creatures
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Getting their due: Pittsburgh sports teams want respect but could do more to earn it
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Give thanks and reflect: When duty called, our veterans answered
Ronnie Polaneczky: This Philly high school lost 64 grads in Vietnam. Now it will have a new life
Jessie Fields: Political empowerment starts with open primaries
John Baer: Two of my readers offer thought-provoking insight into our politics and our rights
Keith C. Burris: Recalibration
Ruth Ann Dailey: The fake news of World War I
Jonathan Smith: Mental health care for veterans takes on the Warrior Ethos
Will Woldenberg: On Veterans Day, do more than say thanks
George Parry: Note to Trump’s lawyer: Do not cooperate with Mueller lynch mob
Trudy Rubin: ‘Nationalist’ Trump attends WWI centennial in France meant to warn ‘never again’
Helen Ubiñas: After mass shootings, seek comfort but don’t get comfortable
Will Bunch: Can ‘Minnesota Nice’ trump Manhattan mean? The case for Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2020
Maria Panaritis: Inside the room that houses the unclaimed dead at the Chester County coroner’s office
Monica Weymouth: Rib donation, bubble wrap, and whatever it takes to get Ruth Bader Ginsburg to 2020

One Response

  1. The Trump effect had a big impact on Pa politics including the “mini me” Trumpers–Wagner and Barletta. It is tempting to wonder had Hillary won what would the political landscape have been for Wolf and Casey? For sure the races would have been closer and, perhaps, stronger candidates who weren’t “mini Trumps” may have emerged but whatever the case the Trump era made life much easier for Wolf and Casey. Scott Wagner clearly has been a great success in business but simply misjudged politics and missed the nuances that having experience in the political arena teach. In a sense, everybody thinks they are an expert on politics but the reality of success in politics is much different than business and, perhaps, this has occurred to Wagner.

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