November 15th Playbook

The first Republican announces a bid for Auditor General, while another Democrat joins the race against state Sen. Daylin Leach. Here is the Playbook. 

 

McCaffery, King Apparent Winners in Superior Court Race As Green-Hawkins Concedes: Amanda Green-Hawkins conceded on Wednesday although unofficial results showed her within the margin of requiring a state-mandated recount.

Amanda Cappelletti Joins Primary Race Against Daylin Leach: Cappelletti, Vice-Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors, is at least the fifth Democrat to announce a primary bid against state Sen. Daylin Leach. She touts standing for “progressive values,” and promises to “restore a level of dignity and respect” to the office she is seeking.

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-37: Devlin Robinson, a businessman and Marine veteran, announced that he is seeking the Republican Party nomination for the seat held by state Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny). Robinson sought his party’s nomination for the special election earlier this year, but ultimately fell short when Raja was selected as the Republican candidate. 

HD-158: Former state Rep. Eric Roe (R-Chester) announced that he is launching a GOP bid against state Rep. Christina Sappey (D-Chester). Roe lost to Sappey in 2018 by 7 points. 

HD-147: Jill Dennin, a Boyertown School Board member, announced that she is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the state House seat held by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), according to the Pottstown Mercury. Toepel, who has held the seat since 2010, won her most recent reelection by in 2018 against Josh Camson by 13 points. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Morning Call: Most Pennsylvania voters have dim view of Trump, new poll shows. His Democratic foes have work to do, too. 
Morning Call: Projection: Pennsylvania deficit to exceed $1 billion but smaller than previous forecast 
AP: Lawyer seeks GOP nomination in 2020 attorney general race 
AP: Gas company to appeal pipeline rejection to Supreme Court
Spotlight PA: Criticized for cutting campus mental health counseling, Pa.’s largest community college adds new services
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Rural Pa.’s immigrant workforce is growing, new study finds
Inquirer: 2020 election votes are at stake as a Pennsylvania county plays a game of chicken with Gov. Tom Wolf
Inquirer: Pennsylvania has 500 million pieces of litter on roads, and it’s costing taxpayers 
WITF: State Auditor General: Climate change could be costing Pa. hundreds of millions 
PLSReporter: IFO: General Fund structural deficits to continue over next five years
PLSReporter: Wait for community college system in Erie County set to continue as state board delays vote
PA Post: Campaign for a new community college in Pa. hits another delay
StateImpactPA: Wolf says he’s unaware of any wrongdoing in Mariner East pipeline permitting process 
StateImpactPA: State Auditor General: Climate change could be costing Pa. hundreds of millions 
StateImpactPA: Timeline: Mariner East 2 pipeline project’s permit problems and investigations
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania looks to help food banks trim food waste in state
The Hill: Poll: Top 2020 Democrats all lead Trump in Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Pennsylvania recognized for education excellence for students with disabilities
City Paper: Report: Pennsylvania spent $261 million in 2018 on costs related to climate change

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Maj Toure exits the Libertarian Party in controversy after a failed bid for City Council
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council approves bill to get guns out of dangerous hands, another to give renters lawyer in eviction court
KYW Newsradio: Fire officials confirm gas-like odor came from PES refinery, incident under control
Inquirer: Another employee sues outgoing Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams
Inquirer: Philly Council passes Right to Counsel, giving free legal representation to tenants who are evicted 
Inquirer: Odor came from South Philly refinery site, Fire Department says
Inquirer: City of Philadelphia will get a seat at the table at auction for city’s bankrupt refinery
Inquirer: 2,000 crashes & $4.8 million later: Philly’s trash truck drivers are wreaking havoc on city streets
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council votes unanimously to provide free lawyers for tenants facing eviction
WHYY Newsworks: Future owner of PES refinery could be decided as soon as January
Philadelphia Tribune: Stretch of Broad Street to be renamed after Rev. Leon Sullivan 
PLSReporter: City Council passes red flag law, tenant representation guarantee
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s What You Missed at ThinkFest 2019
Billy Penn: Half a billion dollars: PA medical marijuana sales skyrocket 500% in year two
Billy Penn: Planet Fitness and other gyms are violating Philly’s cashless ban

 

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown School Board member to challenge Toepel for 147th House Dist.
Bucks Courier Times: Chemical contamination remains a problem in BucksMont. Here’s what lawmakers are doing about it.
Bucks Courier Times: Quakertown district sues vaping products maker JUUL
Delco Daily Times: Community Briefs: Quinn announces three grants approved for Delaware County transportation projects
Inquirer: Philly man may get clemency after 25 years in prison. Now, Delaware County’s prosecuting him on a ’92 theft.
Daily Local News: Chesco gets $400,000 to improve parks, trails, outdoor recreation

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Devlin Robinson Announces Bid To Challenge Iovino In 37th District
Post-Gazette: Elevator confrontation at center of Wagner trial
Post-Gazette: Republican business owner Devlin Robinson launches repeat bid for Pa. Senate seat
Post-Gazette: URA announces new executive director
Post-Gazette: New members of Swissvale council anxious to get started
Tribune Review: Pa. climate-related costs estimated at $261 million, according to auditor general 
Tribune Review: Witness: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner grappled with Detroit cop 
Tribune Review: Commonwealth Court upholds Penn Township fracking rules 
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania looks to help food banks trim food waste in state
KDKA: Kansas City Economic Development Leader Tapped As New Executive Director Of Pittsburgh URA
KDKA: Chelsa Wagner Goes On Trial For Resisting, Obstructing Charges She Faces In Detroit
KDKA: Lawmakers Announce $700,000 In State Funding For Grandview Ave. Project
City Paper: New paper details how Pittsburgh is no longer a post-industrial city
Pittsburgh Business Times: U.S. Steel says it will cut greenhouse gases by 20% over next decade
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto names new director of URA
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburghers who filed lawsuit against Uber will be heard in federal court

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Lamb tapped to fill vacancy on prominent House Transportation Committee 
Beaver County Times: Tax increase unlikely for Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to finish the year up $2M 
Beaver County Times: Candy nixed from Beaver parade 
Beaver County Times: Kissick named Beaver County Chamber of Commerce executive director
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATE: Michael Capriotti wins Johnstown City Council seat by 3 votes 

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: After decades as Scranton controller, Roseann Novembrino resigns 
Times-Tribune: Scranton teachers say district offer ‘attacks’ class sizes, freezes pay 
Times-Tribune: Judge hears case involving drug treatment center proposed near Lake Scranton 
The Times Leader: Legislators announce $2.1M in funding for area projects 

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Republican Stuckey joins auditor general race; two Lancastrians now seek DePasquale’s office
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program surpasses $500 million in sales in first 2 years
York Dispatch: ‘You should be pretty worried’: Fixing York County’s election system before 2020 votes 
York Dispatch: Dauphin resists Pennsylvania’s push for new voting machines 
Patriot News: New stormwater fee, rate increases included in Capital Region Water budget 
Patriot News: Company that plans to open Harrisburg medical marijuana dispensary is also planning to open a West Shore location 
Patriot News: It’s too cold inside Dauphin County Prison, inmates say, but officials disagree
York Daily Record: York County has plenty to fix by 2020 election 
York Daily Record: 6 York County park projects get $1.1M in grants

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Most Pennsylvania voters have dim view of Trump, new poll shows. His Democratic foes have work to do, too. 
Morning Call: Projection: Pennsylvania deficit to exceed $1 billion but smaller than previous forecast 
Morning Call: Allentown EMS, fire forces lobby for added staff in 2020 budget 
Morning Call: Lehigh County commissioners hear concerns about polling places: cellphones and privacy
Morning Call: Quakertown approves new policy that sends lunch debt to collection agency, prohibits students from attending dances, graduation ceremony
Reading Eagle: Berks County, Reading secure $300,000 in recreation funds 
Reading Eagle: Renaissance of housing construction in southeastern Pa. bypassing Berks 
Reading Eagle: Reading’s historic districts could lose funding 
Reading Eagle: 2 arrested protesting detention of families in Berks County
Express Times: Taxes might not be rising in Bethlehem, but sewer rates are about to 
Express Times: There’s an ‘imbalance’ in the Lehigh Valley housing market and prices are up as result

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State delays Erie County community college vote 
Erie Times-News: Erie Mayor Schember scraps tax hike plans 
Erie Times-News: Erie, Crawford municipalities get state funding 
Erie Times-News: Discuss 2020 city budget with Erie Mayor Friday 

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Safe disposal: Special bags for unused opioid pills will help many
John L. Micek: Daryl Metcalfe responded to DePasquale’s climate change report in the most Daryl Metcalfe way ever | Thursday Morning Coffee
Brian O’Neill: City and schools in a fight over money
Emma Jesch: Philadelphia’s soda tax should include 100% fruit juice 
Will Bunch: Trump’s worst moral crimes aren’t the ones he’s getting impeached for 
George Parry: Removing DA Krasner from Mumia Abu-Jamal case would be a step forward for victims and their families 
John L. Micek: Impeachment witnesses George Kent and Bill Taylor are exactly the heroes we need right now 
Craig Lang: 3 misperceptions about the State Department sure to surface this week 
Jenice Armstrong: The government isn’t going to save us. So, we have to take control of our streets and save ourselves 
Lawrence Lessig: How Twitter just might save democracy in America
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Medalling in the impeachment hearings
Reid Hopkins: Penn Law changing name to ‘Carey Law’ reflects an attempt to buy a legacy 
Christine Flowers: Disney+ ruins classics with new trigger warnings 
Eric Dale: The sticky problem with the Navy Yard’s tape ‘Cocoon’ installation 
Jessica Press: Business For Good: Quil Health

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