November 22nd Playbook

President Donald Trump’s campaign announces that he will be holding a rally in Hershey in December, while a Democrat joins the race for the 13th Congressional District. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Trump To Rally in Hershey: The rally on December 10th will be at the Giant Center.

PA13: Retired FBI Agent Launches Dem Bid Against Joyce: Rowley emphasizes unity in his campaign announcement for the GOP friendly seat.

For Our Future PA Launches Digital Ad Campaign About Philly Schools: The Pennsylvania operation of the nation’s “largest super PAC devoted to grassroots Democratic turnout,” launched a digital ad campaign in Philadelphia aimed at “raising awareness and garnering thousands of petition signatures” to “hold Harrisburg Republicans accountable for their inaction on Philadelphia’s public school safety crisis.”

Shira Goodman Steps Down as CeaseFirePA Executive Director: In a press release on Thursday, Goodman announced that she will be stepping down at the end of the year from the group known as the state’s “leading gun violence prevention organization.” Goodman, who was at the helm of the group since 2012, will take over the role of Regional Director, Philadelphia Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-45: Nicole Ziccarelli, a lawyer and former clerk for a Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas judge, announced that she is launching a GOP bid for the seat held by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny). 

HD-167: State Rep. Kristen Howard (D-Chester) sent out an email on Wednesday announcing her intentions to seek re-election. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: Trump to hold rally Dec. 10 at Hershey’s Giant Center
Patriot News: After years of defeat, two measures to overhaul child sex crimes laws are bound for governor’s desk
Patriot News: Bill raising purchase age for tobacco products, e-cigs to 21 passes Pa. House and Senate  
Patriot News: Pa. court ruling could give GM $739K state tax refund, allow refunds for other big corporations as well 
AP: Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome
AP: Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits
AP: Pennsylvania moves to raise cigarettes, tobacco age to 21
AP: Mini-casino in western Pennsylvania rejected by regulators
AP: Ex-police chief who stole heroin sentenced to probation
Spotlight PA: Wolf’s pick of top GOP aide for judgeship renews scrutiny of process rife with secrecy, deal-making
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf vetoes Down syndrome abortion ban
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate passes long-sought lawsuit reforms for clergy sexual abuse victims
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House, Senate approve bill upping the tobacco purchase age to 21 for most Pa. residents
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republicans, small biz leaders plug tax-cut package
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s how Pa. lawmakers are waging a multifront war against PFAS contamination
WITF: After years of internal fights, Pa. legislature passes statute of limitations overhaul 
PLSReporter: Despite push from Republican lawmakers, Wolf vetoes Down syndrome abortion ban 
PLSReporter: Auditor General DePasquale admonishes Pittsburgh Public Schools for its travel spending
PLSReporter: House reception to minimum wage proposal frosty, as governor pulls overtime regulations from IRRC
Inquirer: In historic move, Pa. legislature passed clergy abuse reforms. Here’s why they’ll have to do part of it again. 
Inquirer: Doctor with Penn, Temple roots is Trump’s choice for FDA top job
National Journal: Lawmakers Aim to Quash Flood Insurance-Rate Hikes
KDKA: Campaign 2020: Former Politicians Discuss The Impact Of Last Night’s Democratic Debate
The Hill: Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month
The Hill: Pennsylvania governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome
The Hill: DHS cyber agency invests in election auditing tool to secure 2020 elections
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania farmers must adapt to survive, advocates say 
Fox News: Pennsylvania governor nixes Down syndrome abortion bill

 

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Philadelphia developers just killed a bill to cap the city’s controversial tax abatement. Will City Hall now reduce the tax break?
Inquirer: Philadelphia wants to ban guns in parks and rec centers. Harrisburg probably won’t let it.
Inquirer: ‘Enough is enough’: at Philly school board meeting, community demands action
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner says ‘I stand with Malcolm Jenkins’ on police reform
Inquirer: Hahnemann closure puts $51 million in Medicaid funds in play. Will the money stay in Philly?
Inquirer: Philly Council sends a message: ‘Sustainable’ bidders welcome for bankrupt oil refinery 
Inquirer: Graffiti Pier one step closer to becoming public park after state kicks in $1 million 
Inquirer: SEPTA appoints PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards as general manager   
Inquirer: ‘I knew I was in big trouble’: After 28 years in Philly classrooms, this teacher is in a fight for her life
Inquirer: Sean ’Diddy’ Combs denounces Comcast’s efforts on diversity, says its Supreme Court case could weaken civil rights
WHYY Newsworks: Is Philly City Council doing a good job? We analyzed 15k bills to find out 
WHYY Newsworks: City Council takes stance supporting a cleaner use for PES refinery site 
WHYY Newsworks: PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards to lead SEPTA 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA names office’s first ever artist-in-residence, James Hough
Philadelphia Tribune: Hahnemann sale expected to trigger more oversight for hospital closures
PLSReporter: City Council introduces phasing out of real estate tax abatement
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council gets bill to phase out 10-year tax abatement by 2030
KYW Newsradio: Philly election officials trained on new method to audit results 
KYW Newsradio: Jenkins doubles down on community policing stance
Philadelphia Business Journal: City Council pushes to curb 10-year tax abatement
Philadelphia Citizen: Ideas We Should Steal: Using Civic Leaders To Make Government Smarter

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Delco pols back child sex abuse reform bills; Vitali votes no
Delco Daily Times: Hundreds pack meeting in Norwood on landfill; EPA says no risk 
Delco Daily Times: Chitwood honored by students, meets new mayor to discuss successor
Daily Local News: Hennessey backs task force to tackle infrastructure problems 
Daily Local News: Senate passes bill to raise minimum wage
Daily Local News: Wolf welcomes title-winning Devon Prep to the Capitol
Bucks Courier Times: PA House passes Matzie bill making pharmacy benefit managers’ practices more transparent 
Bucks Courier Times: Stephens PFAS bill awaits Wolf’s signature 
Inquirer: ‘What if it was your family?’ Hundreds of Delaware County town’s residents pack EPA landfill meeting
Bucks Local News: Bucks County releases preliminary 2020 budget; $16.3 million deficit projected
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioners review 2020 budget with no tax hike
Pottstown Mercury: Affordable Care Act signup event Friday in Muhlenberg Twp.

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Western PA GOP Vets Back President Trump’s Controversial Military Pardons
Post-Gazette: Lower Burrell lawyer to run against Brewster in Senate’s 45th district 
Post-Gazette: State investigative grand jury hears from DEP employees on shale gas crimes 
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Could Fracking Be To Blame For Spike In Childhood Cancer? 
KDKA: Campaign 2020: Former Politicians Discuss The Impact Of Last Night’s Democratic Debate
Tribune Review: Jefferson Hills Council race comes down to 1 vote
PLSReporter: Auditor General DePasquale admonishes Pittsburgh Public Schools for its travel spending
City Paper: Pre-natal Down syndrome abortion bill, mandated fetal burial law clear Pa. legislature
Pittsburgh Business Times: County leaders send letter of support to region’s natural gas, petrochemical industries 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Bankruptcy filings by Pittsburgh businesses surge 35% in 3Q

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Markie’s Law passes state House committee 
Beaver County Times: PA House passes Matzie bill making pharmacy benefit managers’ practices more transparent 
Observer-Reporter: Commissioner-elect’s travel to conference slated for approval; future chairman plans pow-wow
Observer-Reporter: Senate approves bills reforming statute of limitations, mandatory reporting in abuse cases
Observer-Reporter: City discusses dissatisfaction, options with trash service 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill approved for military family in-state tuition rates 

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: At second hearing, officials and residents rally against SCI-Retreat closure
The Times Leader: Council fails to advance Wilkes-Barre’s proposed 2020 budget to a vote, new mayor to submit his plan
The Times Leader: Luzerne County reviewing detoxification needs in light of CHOICES rehab closure
Citizens Voice: W-B earns praise in LGBTQ equality index report
Times-Tribune: Scranton Sewer Authority requests auditor general’s review of 2016 sewer system sale
Times-Tribune: Proposed Scranton School District 2020 budget calls for 3.4% tax increase 
Times-Tribune: Pike County DA asks U.S. Supreme Court to deny Frein petition

 

South Central 
Patriot News: Trump to hold rally Dec. 10 at Hershey’s Giant Center
Patriot News: After years of defeat, two measures to overhaul child sex crimes laws are bound for governor’s desk
Patriot News: Bill raising purchase age for tobacco products, e-cigs to 21 passes Pa. House and Senate  
Patriot News: PennLive reader panel voices strong reactions to organ donation revelations in special report
York Daily Record: Trump will be in Pennsylvania in December. Here’s what to know about tickets and the schedule. 
York Daily Record: Who won in the York County 2019 election? Here is the latest list.
York Daily Record: North York residents demand council member resign after alleged homophobic slur 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Trump to hold December campaign rally at Giant Center in Hershey
LNP | LancasterOnline: NPR podcast explores how refugees and immigrants help power Lancaster County’s economy
York Dispatch: UPDATE: Election bill aimed at fixing York County elections heads to Wolf’s desk 
York Dispatch: Closer Look: Gentrification ‘isn’t a real thing,’ York City official says
Lebanon Daily News: Why a Lebanon County community elected a new township supervisor by way of write-in votes

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: A third Republican now says he’s running to try to unseat Rep. Susan Wild 
Morning Call: Republican Dean Browning rolls out campaign for chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Susan Wild
Morning Call: ‘This feels so wrong’: South Whitehall Commissioners hurriedly fill resigning commissioner’s seat
Reading Eagle: Mark Rozzi’s bills to aid child sex abuse victims on the way to governor
ReadingEagle: PennDOT to slash $700 million in scheduled upgrades in Berks
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners expect no change in taxes in 2020

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Write-in votes give Montgomery councilwoman mayoral seat 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Campana presents no-tax hike budget
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Woodward supers publicize no-tax increase budget 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County commissioners act on personnel
Erie Times-News: Officials push for January meeting on community college

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Settling it right: $48 billion deal must help victims of opioid crisis 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Data deluge is no excuse: Informed citizens are vital to our nation’s survival
Inquirer Editorial Board: Council reached consensus on ten-year-tax abatement reform. They should show their work to the public.
Inquirer Editorial Board: Preventing suicide on the rails — and trauma later 
John Baer: Pennsylvania is crawling into the 21st century but more reform is needed 
John L. Micek: The Senate’s minimum wage bill isn’t great. But it’s a start 
John L. Micek: Pa’s capital city has some work to do on LGBTQ equality, accommodation, report | Thursday Morning Coffee
Ernest Owens: Philly Dems Should Take Note of the GOP’s Bold Choice for Party Leader
Antoinette Kraus: Pa. families can’t wait any longer for relief from surprise medical bills
Adrienne Standley: Pa. needs to expand access to this life-saving drug that fights opioid abuse — not restrict it
Christine Flowers: In progressive Philly, there’s respect for all minorities — except conservatives 
Sara Goldrick-Rab: Fighting student poverty requires help from an imperfect ally: The private sector 
Mark Kelly Tyler: Attacking black athletes who dare to think and speak for themselves has become a sport of its own 
Joseph Bubman: An urban-rural alliance builds criminal justice reform across political divides 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: The Impeachment Jury
Trudy Rubin: Hong Kong crisis has become a crucial test of future U.S.-China relations 
Paul Muschick: Ridge Farm development won’t ‘ruin’ South Whitehall

November 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “November 22nd Playbook”

  1. FormerGOPer says:

    Trump supporters are going to be on the wrong side of history, too bad many of them are so old and poor that they will be dead long before they will realize that they have done.

  2. Dennis says:

    Yes! We’re there! 🇺🇸 Thank you Mr. President!

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