November 16th Playbook

Susan Wild edges out Marty Nothstein to win the special election in the old 15th District. Here is the Playbook.

PA Leaders Put Upbeat Spin on Amazon HQ2 Defeat: The potential jobs are gone, but the critiques of the states generous giveaway offers will remain.

Casey Floats Presidential Bid in NBC News Interview: In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Casey said “we’ll see” when asked about a Presidential run in 2020.

Susan Wild Wins Special Election in Old 15th District: The Democrat narrowly edged out Republican Marty Nothstein to complete the term for the seat vacated by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh).

Harrisburg & DC
WHYY Newsworks: New lawsuit against Pa. Catholic dioceses demand more secrets be revealed
The Incline: John Fetterman asked Braddock council to appoint his wife interim mayor, members say
PLSReporter: Davis campaign plans lawsuit to challenge state absentee law, count late arriving ballots
PLSReporter: Senator-elect Williams may not be seated as chamber Republicans question residency
PLSReporter: In Philadelphia, City Council passes job reporting bill, marks anniversary of The Links charitable organization
PLSReporter: Mayor Kenney defends Philadelphia immigration policy
WESA: Should the accused Tree of Life shooter be executed? It depends on who you ask
StateImpactPA: New plan calls for 10 percent solar power in Pa. by 2030
StateImpactPA: ME2 12-inch pipe passed safety inspections, PUC tells school superintendents
Inquirer: Bob Brady aide ‘deliberately flouted’ campaign laws, prosecutor says as trial opens  
Inquirer: Democrats have a majority and wave of new members from Pa. and N.J. What will they do with it?
Inquirer: How does your district measure up? Pa. issues new tool to evaluate schools
WITF: Senate Republicans, Democrats re-elect leaders with little fanfare in Pa.
Billy Penn: Will Pennsylvania gun reform get a boost after the Pittsburgh massacre?
Billy Penn: Obligatory freshman class photo at the PA House
KYW Newsradio: Wolf on US House Dems’ leadership election: Need to ‘do this right’
Philly Voice: Is Sen. Bob Casey considering running for president? He says ‘we’ll see’     
Bucks County Courier Times: Democratic challenger in 6th Senate race to file absentee ballot lawsuit

Philadelphia
Inquirer: It’s official: Alan Butkovitz is running for mayor of Philadelphia
Inquirer: Bob Brady aide ‘deliberately flouted’ campaign laws, prosecutor says as trial opens  
Inquirer: Democrats have a majority and wave of new members from Pa. and N.J. What will they do with it?
Inquirer: How does your district measure up? Pa. issues new tool to evaluate schools
Inquirer: GoFundMe scam leads to charges against Johnny Bobbitt, Kate McClure, Mark D’Amico
Philadelphia Magazine: Owners of 21 Chinese Restaurants Sue Philly for Racial Discrimination
WHYY Newsworks: Proud Boys? Maybe. Counterprotesters? Definitely. What we know ahead of Saturday’s ‘We the People’ rally
Billy Penn: A trash can outside every rowhome? Philly is trying it
Philadelphia Weekly: Tastes like gentrification: Play ‘SALT PEPPER KETCHUP’ examines food injustice in South Philly
The Appeal: Is a Philadelphia Agency’s Seizure of Vehicles a New Form of Civil Asset Forfeiture?
KYW Newsradio: Philly launches program to build region’s workforce from the ground up     
KYW Newsradio: City Council members introduce several health, safety-related bills
Philadelphia Business Journal: FROM THE EDITOR: Amazon got tons of valuable info from its HQ2 circus. Philadelphia got zilch.
Philly Voice: Gritty scored write-in votes all across Philly

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Sources: Reilly likely stepping down as Delco GOP chief
Bucks County Courier Times: Democratic challenger in 6th Senate race to file absentee ballot lawsuit
Bucks Local News: Congressman Fitzpatrick urges Congress to act on Puerto Rico; supports measure to aid hurricane recovery efforts
Daily Local News: West Chester man will be helping out in Florida recount

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: See what Pittsburgh offered in its failed Amazon HQ2 bid
Tribune Review: Amazon offered Pittsburgh’s best development sites — for free
Tribune Review: Councilman headed to trial on charges of driving through Antwon Rose protesters
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County proposed 2019 budget again avoids tax increase
Tribune Review: Proposed Latrobe budget avoids tax increase
Tribune Review: Franklin Park taking applications until Dec. 3 to fill vacant Ward 2 borough council seat
AP: Senate GOP Wants Democrat Lindsey Williams To Prove She Meets Residency Rule
The Incline: John Fetterman asked Braddock council to appoint his wife interim mayor, members say
Post-Gazette: Community organizers call for support in push for countywide police oversight
Post-Gazette: PWSA looks to build on system improvements over the next 12 years
Post-Gazette: Twelve suits alleging sexual abuse in Pittsburgh Diocese include 4 priests not previously named
Post-Gazette: Flood damage helps lead to tax hike in Bethel Park
Pittsburgh Business Times: Amazon reveals the reason it passed on Pittsburgh for HQ2
WESA: Judge Says Post-Gazette Must Adhere To Expired Union Contract. The Company Is Appealing
KDKA: Peduto Aimed To Make Administration Smarter And More Efficient, Has He Done It?  

SWPA
Observer-Reporter:  Cook appears to have insurmountable lead in 49th District race
Observer-Reporter: South Strabane approves preliminary 2019 budget
Observer-Reporter: Expert panel offers analysis of midterm election at Cal U.
Beaver County Times: $2.7M grant to combat substance abuse, mental health issues
Altoona Mirror: Bedford commissioners hear salary arguments
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County commissioners expect to hold line on 2019 budget  

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Wyoming manager cites hostile work environment for her exit
Citizens Voice: Parties vote on top PA Legislature jobs  
Citizens Voice: Geisinger surgeons want to speed up recovery, lessen reliance on opioids
Times-Tribune: State launches new assessment tool for schools
Times-Tribune: Salary schedule holding up raises for Abington Heights teachers
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna Trail to give railway nearly $122,000 to settle tax dispute
The Times Leader: Late Luzerne County absentee ballots add up; 458 could not be counted

South Central
York Dispatch: AG targets local car dealers claiming online to be private sellers
York DIspatch: PA Human Relations Commission postpones town hall because of snow
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Auditor General plans to review nursing home oversight
Harrisburg Patriot News: Kill newspaper’s free speech lawsuit against us, Middletown officials ask U.S. judge
Harrisburg Patriot News: Eichelberger, DiFilippo to make team run for re-election as Cumberland County commissioners in 2019
LancasterOnline | LNP: Lancaster County elected officials likely to keep same pay for next term
LancasterOnline | LNP: Lancaster County municipalities get over $2.7 million in state funding for volunteer fire companies

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Susan Wild announces victory in 15th district special election
Express Times: How Easton plans to $30M commitment to Da Vinci Science City
Morning Call: Prosecutor launches bid for Lehigh County judge seat
Morning Call: Voter turnout in some Pennsylvania counties neared presidential election levels
Morning Call: Twice the size of the Alpha building? Easton officials balk at proposal to allow 20-story buildings in downtown district
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners expect no change in taxes in 2019
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Attorney General takes action against 20 auto dealers, including 4 in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council divided on proposal to fill vacancies
Reading Eagle: Christian Leinbach, Michael Rivera to run as team for Berks County commissioner

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper: County Council hiring will erode public confidence
Erie Times-News: Erie County to form day reporting center for nonviolent offenders
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Budget talks ongoing: Reassessment, library highlighted
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City mayor: Tax increase likely for 2019 budget

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The farce is over: Amazon played everyone
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Rick Saccone showed spine by saying no to quid pro quo
Inquirer Editorial Board: Doctors, you are in your lane on gun violence. Keep driving it home.
Ernest Owens: Philadelphia Dodged a Major Bullet by Not Getting Amazon HQ2
John Fry: Losing Amazon HQ2 underscores where Philly falls short
Mike Newall: Pharmacists are on the front lines of the opioid crisis. So why don’t more fight?
Joyce Wilkerson: A year after SRC abolished itself, Philly’s new school board is moving forward
Michael Smerconish: I violated Pa. election law — and I’m not ashamed
Daniel R. Taylor: This is my lane: Philly doctor on why advocating against gun violence is part of the job
Brianna Westbrooks: If Philadelphia wants to protect kids from lead, it should join lawsuits against paint companies
Keith Leaphart: Gerry Lenfest, Philly’s greatest philanthropist of all time
Tony Norman: Springtime for Hitler in Wisconsin

One Response

  1. Congratulations to Cong-Elect Susan Wild and Cong Scanlon! It is an achievement winning a seat in Congress and it is even better getting the special election victories so you can get a start on seniority which is pivotal in Congress. Best of luck!

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