November 20th Playbook

Two PA Dems are seeking a seat in the DPCC, while voter turnout in this year’s election was up in every county compared to 2014’s midterm. Here is the Playbook.

2 PA Dems Push For DPCC Co-Chair: Rep. Matt Cartwright and member-elect Chrissy Houlahan are both seeking a seat on the three member leadership team.

HD-49: Bud Cook Appears To Edge Out Toprani: The first term Republican looks to narrowly hold onto the seat representing parts of Fayette and Washington Counties.

2018 Voter Turnout Map in PA: WITF details a map that shows the voter turnout was up in every Pennsylvania county this year compared to the 2014 midterm.

See Which PA Dems Announced Support For Pelosi: Lamb is the only Democrat in the PA Congressional Delegation who has said he would not support Pelosi, but he was not among the Representatives who signed the opposition letter.  

Harrisburg & DC
Morning Call: Where do Pennsylvania’s congressional Democrats stand on Nancy Pelosi as House speaker?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro talks clergy abuse probe, restored office integrity
WITF:  Voter turnout up in every Pa. county compared to 2014 midterm
WITF: State IFO projects Pa.’s smooth budget year is coming to an end
AP: Tight state Senate race in Philly suburb may head to court
PLSReporter: Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon
PLSReporter: Philadelphia City Council committee forwards plan to source solar power from Adams County
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Department of Corrections to provide costly hepatitis C treatment to nearly 5,000 inmates
WHYY Newsworks: Science, technology, math, engineering and now Congress
WHYY Newsworks: Deadline looms on U.S. bill that could affect thousands of low-income Pa. residents
Inquirer: Rotting From Within
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania could transition to more solar power
PennLive: Midterm voter turnout in Pa. keeps up with historic national levels
PennLive: Judge reimposes $19K restitution on ex-Rep. Mike Veon for corruption conviction

Billy Penn: No opponent, no problem: How Philly Dems spent more than a million bucks against no one
Billy Penn: What Philly banks can and can’t say about removing head coverings
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA says he’s striving for justice not harshest sentence in homicide cases
WHYY Newsworks: Philly doctors join national debate with NRA over gun safety  
Inquirer: Glenside man, 23, charged with assaulting Philly police captain at rally
Inquirer: Youth voter turnout was higher in midterms. But hardly ‘historic’ for youth vote.
Inquirer: Amy Gutmann: Penn’s long-serving president seeks to bridge the divide | Industry Icons  
Inquirer: Why the Gritty meme has such resilience
Philadelphia Magazine: Meet the Philadelphians on Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2019
KYW Newsradio: Kraser talks progress, reform within legal system for LGBTQ communities
KYW Newsradio: Philly holds up its end of settlement with two men arrested at Starbucks last spring  

AP: Tight state Senate race in Philly suburb may head to court
WHYY Newsworks: Science, technology, math, engineering and now Congress
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors approve preliminary $12.98M operating budget for 2019; holds the line on taxes
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners to reopen Perkasie’s Walnut Street Bridge
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioners hear proposed 2019 budget with no tax increase
Pottstown Mercury: Lower Frederick Township government expanding
Pottstown Mercury: Houlahan won’t commit to Pelosi as speaker…yet
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton board to interview supervisor candidates
KYW Newsradio: Delco officials hope to save lives by putting Narcan in government offices

Post-Gazette: A tale of two states on clergy abuse prosecutions
Post-Gazette: How Trump’s immigration policies are affecting one of Pittsburgh’s busiest restaurants
KDKA: Disbursement Committee Formed As Donations For Tree Of Life Synagogue Top $4M
KDKA: Johnstown Opioid Treatment Facility Doctor Pleads Guilty To Distributing Illegal Prescriptions
Tribune Review: State auditor general to begin audit of Delmont Volunteer Fire Department finances
Tribune Review: Man to stand trial for threatening to ‘shoot up’ Washington polling place
Tribune Review: Plum council to donate $160,000 toward school district security efforts

Observer-Reporter: ‘It’s all about voter fraud,’ man charged with election day threat says
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Homeless for the holidays | Winter means fewer options for those seeking shelter; region sees growing transient population       
Altoona Mirror: Convention center revenue recovering
Beaver County Times: PA health secretary warns about Hepatitis A outbreak
Beaver County Times: Tourism to seek external audit of hotel tax
Beaver County Times: Shell, union workers donate $41,000 to local food bank

Standard-Speaker: Where your tax dollars are going in Hazleton
Times-Tribune: Hearing set in lawsuit aiming to force Lackawanna County tax reassessment
Times-Tribune: Commissioners plan to vote on county budget Wednesday
Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania Democrats upbeat about 2020
Times-Tribune: Forest City school district debuts $11.5 million renovation
Times Leader: New hire’s past troubles not an issue for Wilkes-Barre

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Judge reimposes $19K restitution on ex-Rep. Mike Veon for corruption conviction
Harrisburg Patriot News: Susquehanna Township School District to save in bond refinancing, considering cuts to close budget gap
LNP | LancasterOnline: York-based energy firm to pay $100K to settle suit by Worley & Obetz trustee
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania’s Sunday deer hunting ban is in the crosshairs: Could it change?
York Daily Record: Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale enjoying role with Dallastown football   

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Where do Pennsylvania’s congressional Democrats stand on Nancy Pelosi as House speaker?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro talks clergy abuse probe, restored office integrity
Morning Call: John Morganelli won’t seek re-election as Northampton County district attorney; at least one interested in job
Morning Call: Northampton school district to spend up to $5 million on repairs
Morning Call: Former bar association president announces run for Lehigh County judge
Morning Call: Boyertown students ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal of transgender bathroom challenge
Reading Eagle: Conservative groups ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt Boyertown’s transgender policy

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Youth task force named Rural Health Program of the Year
Erie Times-News: Schember readies LERTA plan for Erie
Erie Times-News: New EMTA board rejects contract with Lift drivers
Erie Times-News: Erie land bank gets $414,000 to combat blight
Erie Times-News: Erie Refocused conversations spur action on east side

Inquirer Editorial Board: Another church scandal: Bishops meet and fail to address abuse
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sensible prison reform: Easing some penalties helps felons and taxpayers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Call for change: A study raises new concerns about cell phone use
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Return the pacifier: A prosecutor oversteps after losing homicide case
Chris Coons and Bob Corker: American leadership abroad means prosperity and security at home
Robert Engel: After HQ2, Philadelphia should know not to cave to companies like Amazon
Sheri K. Cole: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can both struggle to pay her rent and have a nice jacket
Lance Haver: The SEPTA Key system punishes poor commuters
Keya Sadeghipour: Attracting more international students to U.S. colleges requires a global approach
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Seedlings and babies, growing up together
Bill White: Why increasing taxes is sometimes the right action

2 Responses

  1. When is someone gonna fire known grifter Yesenia Bane? How much have her and her husband taken in freebies over the last 4 years. Anyone that’s been to PA Society knows they are the best grifters around!

  2. The Pelosi matter is so inside baseball that the only people who care are those in congress and those watching cable news shows let it be Fox, CNN or MSNBC. No one else cares. Period. Pelosi is an old pro and raises money in an era where money is the fuel the runs the electoral engines. Plus, she counts votes and gets things accomplished. Actually, I would say she is perfect for this congress because they got to get points up on the board and are against a skilled media personality, Trump. Pelosi can handle his routine and is a good short term answer. Long term–others in the wings will soon enough get their turn.

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