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November 24th Playbook

Drew Crompton conceded to Lori Dumas in the race for a seat on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court. Here is the Playbook. 


‘GOP candidate for state court seat concedes after recount’: The Associated Press reports that “the Republican candidate trailing in a statewide recount for an open seat on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court conceded the race on Tuesday to Democrat Lori Dumas.”

‘After Parnell exit, former Pa. CEO with ties to Bush and Trump eyes U.S. Senate run’: USA Today reports that “with beleaguered candidate Sean Parnell out of the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, Republicans are looking for a replacement to take on Democrats. A name that is coming up a lot is David McCormick, according to three GOP sources in Pennsylvania.”

*There will be no Playbook on Thanksgiving and Friday*

‘Sean Parnell is out. What’s next for Republicans in Pa.’s 2022 Senate race?’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “none of the remaining GOP contenders has stood out or mounted a strong enough campaign to scare off new rivals, and some new hopefuls appear to be getting closer to joining the contest.”

‘Confusion, uncertainty, and conflict: Here’s what’s happening in the fight over Pa.’s election system’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “in the legislature, before courts, in local governments, and on the campaign trail, Republicans are continuing to push an election law overhaul and raise doubts about the process.”

‘Pa. lawmakers on break: Here’s what the Legislature didn’t do before Thanksgiving’: USA Today reports that “there’s something Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Tom Wolf agree on: Pennsylvania lawmakers left for Thanksgiving break with unfinished business.”

‘Company heading Pa. election audit vows to protect voters’ information. But how?’: USA Today reports that “the president of the company contracted by state Senate Republicans for $270,000 in taxpayer money to lead their elections investigation pledged Tuesday to be fair and protect voters’ sensitive information, but declined to discuss his firm’s procedures.”

‘A guide to the PSERS scandal, and why the FBI is interested in the big pension fund’: The Philadelphia Inquirer provides a “guide to the controversies surrounding the $73 billion pension plan for retired public school teachers.”

‘Pennsylvania’s jobless rate drops for 8th straight month’: The Associated Press reports that “Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell for the eighth month in a row in October, according to new state figures, as payrolls grew but the labor force shrank amid an ongoing struggle for employers struggle to find workers.”

‘A staffing crisis at Pa. child care centers is upending family routines and slowing the economic recovery’: Spotlight PA reports that “the shortages, caused by low wages and razor-thin profit margins, have ripple effects that reach far beyond the classroom and affect everyone.”

‘State Sen. Dan Laughlin cosponsors bill to permit home cultivation of medical marijuana’: The Erie Times-News reports that “State Sen. Dan Laughlin, of Millcreek, R-49th Dist., and state Sen. Sharif Street, of Philadelphia, D-3rd Dist., who earlier this year proposed legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis for recreational purposes, have again joined forces by proposing what will be known as the Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation Bill.”

‘Cindy Chung sworn in as new U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Cindy K. Chung was sworn in on Tuesday to become U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.”

‘Wolf administration calls for statewide participation in new Litter Action Plan’: WFMZ reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the state’s first-ever Litter Action Plan.”

‘Wild, Casey highlight potential impact of Build Back Better Act on Lehigh Valley’: WFMZ reports that “two Democratic lawmakers from Pennsylvania are celebrating the recent passage of President Joe Biden’s sweeping Build Back Better Act in the House. Congresswoman Susan Wild and Sen. Bob Casey held virtual meetings Tuesday with local officials.”

‘In first in-person town hall, Pa.’s Dean touts infrastructure law, Biden’s domestic agenda’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “in her first in-person town hall since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean brought constituents up to date on the state-level impact of the Biden administration’s  American Rescue Plan, the recently signed infrastructure law, and the still-unfinished Build Back Better Act.”

‘Pa. deer-hunting season set to begin early Saturday: Here’s everything you need to know’: PennLive reports that “the biggest day on the hunting calendar, the first day of the firearms hunting season for deer, is Saturday.”

‘Pa. Health Department orders second approval for vaporized cannabis: report’: PennLive reports that “hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana products might be at risk after the Pennsylvania Department of Health ordered a secondary review of vaporized cannabis products last week, according to reports.”

‘More concerns raised over proposal to give Pittsburgh City Council more power over development’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the City of Pittsburgh’s law department and some planning officials are raising big concerns over a proposal that would give council members more power over development projects in their districts.”

‘Peduto’s 2022 budget proposal includes more supervisory positions — and more funding — for police bureau’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “amid calls for police reform and restructuring, Mayor Bill Peduto has proposed creating five new high-level positions within the police bureau and devoting more than $600,000 annually to fund their salaries.”

‘Judge rules on challenge to renaming of Scranton streets in honor of President Biden’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “a Lackawanna County judge denied Scranton businessman Bob Bolus’ challenge to the city’s renaming of two streets after President Joe Biden.”

‘Council members blast proposed Scranton budget’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “frustrated by late revisions, errors and “moving numbers,” Scranton City Council members resoundingly blasted the 2022 budget proposed by Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti’s administration.”

‘State representatives discuss impact of redrawing voting districts in Chester County’: The Daily Local News reports that “state Rep. Kristine Howard, D-167th, of Malvern, announced last week her intention to run for re-election to the state House of Representatives, where she has served since 2018, noting her past endorsements by the state’s major environmental advocacy organizations, women’s organizations supporting reproductive rights and equal rights, labor unions, educators, healthcare professionals, animal protection groups and more… The question remains, however, whether Howard’s current district will survive that legislative redistricting process, and whether the place she now calls home will be part of any district that resembles the one she now represents.”

‘This is how the Lehigh Valley cities plan to spend their American Rescue Plan money’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “the Lehigh Valley’s three cities are deciding how to spend a combined $112 million in American Rescue Plan money, but they must juggle fiscal priorities with financial relief for their most vulnerable residents.”

‘Reading mayor decides not to buy a car with taxpayer money’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Mayor Eddie Moran decided he will not buy a car to replace the one he has been using to travel for public appearances.”

‘Montgomery County OKs $150 ‘incentive’ for vaccinated employees’: Montgomery Media reports that “Montgomery County’s top officials authorized a financial “incentive” for county employees to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.”

‘Local lawmakers at odds over Biden’s $2 trillion spending bill’: WFMZ reports that “as the president focuses on energy prices, Congress is taking action on his nearly $2 trillion spending bill. Two local members of Congress are at odds over the plan, which the House passed last week, mostly along party lines.”

‘Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper announces how the American Rescue Plans will be distributed throughout the county’: WJET reports that “Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper announced how the American Rescue Plans will be distributed throughout the county.”

‘Proposal would make it illegal to park in Pittsburgh’s bike lanes’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “legislation being considered by Pittsburgh City Council would make it illegal to park in bike lanes.”

‘Wilkes-Barre’s 2022 budget moves toward approval’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “City Council Tuesday passed the first of two readings of Mayor George Brown’s proposed $54.4 million budget for 2022.”

‘Stimulus funds will help Lancaster city avoid tax increase for 2022’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “an infusion of federal stimulus funds and savings from a bond refinancing are helping to prevent a real estate tax increase for city residents in 2022.”

‘Fayette DA sends over son’s DUI case to state AG’s office’: The Observer-Reporter reports that “the Fayette County district attorney has handed over his son’s DUI case to the state Attorney General’s office for prosecution.”

‘Washington County experienced higher than usual election turnout’: The Observer-Reporter reports that “Washington County experienced a better turnout that usual for an off-year election, which was expected with the government study commission question being placed on the ballot.”

‘Crocamo: Luzerne County must address aging bridges’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Luzerne County must address two aging bridges over the Susquehanna River — the Nanticoke/West Nanticoke Bridge and the Firefighters’ Memorial Bridge on Water Street linking Pittston and West Pittston, Acting County Manager Romilda Crocamo told council Tuesday.”

‘Eight apply for Luzerne County election director position’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Luzerne County received eight resumes for the vacant election director position by Sunday’s application deadline, said county Interim Administrative Services Division Head Angela Gavlick.”

‘Pittsburghers mourn traffic fatalities during a spike locally and nationally’: Pittsburgh City Paper reports that “on Nov. 21, advocates and Pittsburgh neighbors held a memorial in Oakland to honor lives lost to traffic deaths. The memorial coincided with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, an international event to commemorate the lives of people killed in traffic crashes.”

‘Libertarian Party official found not guilty of breaking election-related crime’: The Express-Times reports that “a Northampton County Libertarian party official was acquitted of an election-related crime Monday.”

‘Pa. surpasses 33,000 COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations rise’: PennLive reports that “Pennsylvania reported 5,186 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday and 72 new deaths, bringing its pandemic toll to 33,003.”

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Scott Wallace: Brian Fitzpatrick’s infrastructure vote was cold calculation, not courage
Chris Kelly: Scavo/Bannon connections must be investigated
Michael A. MacDowell: Will Build Back Better move the U.S. toward a European economic model?
USA Today Editorial: Compromise a lost art in Harrisburg
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Nurturing international students
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pittsburgh’s stand against HIV
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: The postmaster general has purposely slowed down mail delivery. The Postal Service, and Americans, deserve better. 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Traveling by car this Thanksgiving? Please slow down and watch for pedestrians. 
Tony Norman: The Exoneration Club of America welcomes a new member
Dom Giordano: Progressive Politics Promote Attacks on Asian-American Girls
Michael Coard: Celebrating Thanksgiving is celebrating racist genocide
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7 Responses

  1. In the Republican Senate sweepstakes,one wonders if all this talk of David McCormick is just him being used as a stalking horse for former Secretary of the Navy Ken Braithwaite.

    Think about it, why import a top notch,heavy duty pick up truck from out of state when there’s one in the dealer lot just like it right off your back yard??

    If you like McCormick, you’ll love Braithwaite. Just convince him to sharpen up and get in the game!!

  2. The Wolf new “Litter Action Plan” is long overdo. Many want to point to and take action against industry as polluters, but all persons can change habits/behaviors. Pollution and environmental degradation is the responsible of all citizens. Plastic, be it a straw, water bottle or a lid to a coffee cup dropped on a street can eventually end up is our waterways and harm fish. As a boy scout decades ago and in the Army, we were taught to clean up after ourselves. The dictum of “pack it in, pack it out” is important. We all need to take responsibility.

  3. Huge victory for Dumas which bodes well for Atty Gen Shapiro. Dems can win in a tough political climate. R’s with Turzai are way out of zinc with typical Pa voter.

  4. Before concluding that “none of the non-Parnell candidates has stood-out,” perhaps attention should be paid to Kathy Barnette.

    1. She’s a Trump loving loser who spends half her money on fundraising.

      She is unelectable. She needs to purge her Facebook and social media posts from last election.

      1. If she is a Trump lover and is running, does that mean Mr. Trump will be visiting in Pa? I want to know, so I can go to all his visits. I hope he talks about himself 99.9% of the time. I hope these visits will be next to a huge coal pile. It brings that warm back home feeling for me in Bumpkinville, WV.

        1. Yeah I can’t wait for the coal industry to make a comeback. It might be ruining the Earth’s climate, but the coal barons’ profits are more important than that.

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