November 30th Playbook

A pair of Pennsylvania Democrats are on the whip team for a candidate in the race for DCCC Chair. Here is the Playbook. 

Boyle and Wild Whip Votes for Cárdenas in DCCC Race: Reps. Brendan Boyle and Susan Wild are on the whip team for Rep. Tony Cárdenas in his bid for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair.

As of Monday morning, we still are waiting for a call in a state Senate race and multiple congressional candidates have also yet to concede. 

Congressional Races 

All incumbents have secured another term in Congress, although a few challengers have yet to concede in their races. 

PA7: Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) has defeated GOP challenger Lisa Scheller. The AP called the race for Wild on Nov. 6. As of Monday morning, Wild leads by 16,163 votes (or by 4.2 points) with 98% of estimated votes reported. Scheller has not conceded in the race.

PA8: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) has defeated GOP challenger Jim Bognet. The AP called the race for Cartwright on Nov. 6. As of Monday morning, Cartwright leads by 12,213 votes (or by 3.6 points) with 95% of estimated votes reported. Bognet has not conceded in the race.

PA17: Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) has defeated GOP challenger Sean Parnell. The AP called the race for Lamb on Nov. 7. As of Wednesday morning, Lamb leads by 2.2 points (9,963 votes) with 97% of estimated votes reported. Parnell has not conceded in the race.

State Senate and House

Republicans have flipped four state House seats, (HD-33), (HD-55), (HD-123), and (HD-143), most notably unseating House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). Democrats have flipped one seat in the Philly suburbs (HD-152). For the state Senate, Republicans have flipped one seat in western PA (SD-37), while Democrats have flipped one seat in the Philly suburbs (SD-9), and another race in western PA has not been called yet. 


State Senate 

SD-45: Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) leads GOP challenger Nicole Ziccarelli by 89 votes, as of Monday morning, according to DOS

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Source: Pa. lawmaker gets a positive test at Trump meeting 
AP: Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election 
AP: Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race 
AP: Key question in Cosby appeal: Does defendant’s past matter?
Inquirer: The Philadelphia suburbs were the key to Joe Biden’s Pennsylvania victory. Here are the numbers.
Inquirer: With the vote count now over, here’s how Pennsylvania broke for Joe Biden
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses GOP congressman’s suit seeking to throw out all ballots cast by mail
Inquirer: Biden’s faith made history without much fanfare. His Catholic supporters say that’s a good thing. 
Spotlight PA: Pa. counties reported no major issues with Dominion voting machines, a target of Trump and his campaign 
Spotlight PA: President Trump invited Pa. lawmakers to the White House. Then everyone went silent. 
Spotlight PA: Trump campaign takes its complaints over Pa. election before GOP lawmakers, after string of court losses 
Spotlight PA: Last-minute assignments, lack of training left Pittsburgh-area poll workers unprepared on Election Day
WHYY Newsworks: The next big thing in the Pa. legislature? Another fight over congressional maps
WHYY Newsworks: After record lows, Pa. refugee resettlement agencies welcome a new presidential agenda 
York Dispatch: Mastriano says Legislature should overturn Trump loss 
Patriot News: Last gasp effort by Pa. House Republicans to involve state Legislature in recall of presidential election results fizzle
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court shoots down another Trump campaign effort to invalidate presidential election results
Patriot News: 26 Pa. House Republicans call for withdrawing certification of presidential electors
Patriot News: Trump loses again as U.S. appeals court rejects bid to block Pa. from making Biden’s win official
Patriot News: Pa. state university system ready to sell its Harrisburg headquarters
Patriot News: Claiming victory, Trump wants Pa. lawmakers to consider a special election; leaders say that’s unlikely
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Pa. Sen. Mastriano tested positive for COVID-19 at White House meeting with Trump 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: The most and least equitable schools in Pa. | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former Casey aide named to new Biden/Harris inaugural committee 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court throws out GOP challenge to 2.5M mail-in ballots, report 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House Republicans strike out on last-minute push to pressure Wolf to rescind election results, report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As Pa. waits, U.S. Senate Dems urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump spent four years hammering the courts. Pa. judges showed the independent judiciary is alive and well | Monday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-related deaths pass 10,000 in Pa.
Erie Times-News: 26 in Pa. House GOP target election certification 
WITF: PA Supreme Court Throws Out Lawsuit Seeking To Invalidate Mail-In Ballots And Overturn Biden’s Win
KDKA: ‘If The President’s Campaign Doesn’t Stop Losing, The Cleveland Browns Are Gonna Sue For Trademark Infringement.’; Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Posts Commentary Following GOP Lawsuit Dismissal 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Republican Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Disputing 2020 Election Results
PLSReporter: Weeks after Election Day, most legal challenges wrapping up
Fox News: Pennsylvania Republicans to ask Supreme Court to review case after dismissal: candidate
Fox News: Pa. Supreme Court dismisses Republican congressman’s bid to toss mail-in ballots, halt certification
Fox News: Pa. poll watcher, a Navy vet, alleges missing USB cards, up to 120,000 questionable votes
StateImpactPA: Central Pa. counties get $6M to help reduce pollution headed to the Chesapeake Bay 
StateImpactPA: Dimock residents worry about planned fracking waste well
Washington Post: Federal appeals court panel rejects Trump request to block certification of Pennsylvania’s election results
New York Times: How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America 
National Journal: Millions of dollars later, the makeup of state legislatures remains nearly identical
The Hill: Lieutenant governor: Trump campaign would get its ‘clock cleaned’ if it appeals Pennsylvania ruling to Supreme Court 
The Hill: Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification 
The Hill: Trump calls into Pennsylvania meeting to renew election claims 
The Hill: 18 dead in COVID-19 outbreak in 2 Pittsburgh-area nursing homes
Express Times: Coronavirus in Pa.: November was the state’s worst month for COVID-19 cases, by far
Express Times: Change in how Pa. funds child care businesses is compounding COVID-19 woes, operators say
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Supreme Court dismisses GOP challenge to mail-in voting law, lifts injunction
KYW Newsradio: As federal help ends, Pennsylvania labor department trying to help those who still need it
Politico: Pennsylvania high court tosses lawmaker’s petition to halt election certification
Politico: ‘Voters, not lawyers, choose the president’: Appeals court shoots down Trump suit in Pennsylvania
Politico: Why the next Congress is unlikely to legalize marijuana
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will borrow $550 million to cover overdue transit payments
Philly Voice: Pa. lawmaker forced to leave White House meeting with President Trump after positive COVID-19 test
CNN: Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses another election case brought by Republicans
CNN: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov.: No matter what GOP pulls, it’s not going to end differently
CNN: Federal appeals court slams Trump campaign efforts to turn tide in Pennsylvania ruling, saying ‘claims have no merit’ 
Delaware Valley Journal: PA Health Department Uses Skype Loophole to Hide Call Logs

KYW Newsradio: Philly health officials prepare for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
KYW Newsradio: City Council extends Eviction Diversion Program through March 2021
KYW Newsradio: Federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia rejects Trump election case
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s top attorney, Marcel Pratt, returns to Ballard Spahr as managing partner 
Inquirer: As Oregon decriminalizes drugs, Philly officials are paying close attention 
Inquirer: Can Philadelphia transform its police force from ‘warriors’ to ‘guardians’? This de-escalation training could help.
Inquirer: From galvanizing the Black vote to fighting hair discrimination, this Temple grad’s mission is racial equity 
Inquirer: From Philly to Germany, thousands participated in the virtual Fraud Street Run, inspired by the Four Seasons Total Landscaping news conference 
Inquirer: A look at new police tactics expected in Philly | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: Giuliani v. Philadelphia: A recap of the former NYC mayor’s losing battle against Philly 
Billy Penn: These maps track updated COVID case counts by Philadelphia ZIP code
WHYY Newsworks: City launches ‘collaborative dialogue’ series to strengthen police-community relations 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly-area school district’s commitment to in-person classes put to the test by COVID surge
Philadelphia Tribune: Business owners express optimism about this holiday season
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia City Council advances bills aimed at retaining jobs for thousands of hospitality employees  
Philly Voice: Mummers still planning to march on New Year’s Day despite Philly COVID-19 restrictions
Philadelphia Citizen: How To Help During The Pandemic Right Now 

Daily Local News: As Dinniman nears retirement, he sets sight on forming PAC for transformative education 
Daily Local News: Dinniman recognizes 125th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ last lecture 
Delco Daily Times: Report claims CWA makes $6.5M profit on Chester water rates
Inquirer: Montgomery County parents stage another COVID-19 school-closing protest, this time with a road rally 
Inquirer: Sunoco Pipeline’s plans to cut Mariner East through a Delco apartment complex arouses protests
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioners approve nearly $60K in justice center contracts 

Post-Gazette: Attorney: Ziccarelli campaign to continue legal fight over disputed ballots 
Post-Gazette: Rep. Mike Doyle, entering 14th term in Congress, sees partisan divisions as early test for President-Elect Biden 
Post-Gazette: PPS keeps funding options open as it seeks approval for 2021 budget 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania reports more than 8,000 new COVID-19 cases, 41 more deaths
City Paper: Ziccarrelli continues to say certain mail-in ballots shouldn’t be counted, even after courts disagree
City Paper: Pittsburgh politicians, industry workers implore state legislature to aid the decimated service industry
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
KDKA: Pa. Supreme Court Dismisses Request From Mike Kelly And Sean Parnell To Declare Mail-In Voting Unconstitutional In State, Deny Results From 2020 Election Mail-In Ballots 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Health Dept. Reports 663 New Coronavirus Cases
Pittsburgh Business Times: County changes way it does case investigations as Covid rates skyrocket 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County Health Director ‘extremely concerned’ following record number of Covid-19 cases in county, throughout Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Allegheny County posts 663 new coronavirus cases, 1 death 
WESA: How The Pandemic Has Exacerbated The Drug Crisis

Beaver County Times: GOP Chair Christiana asks DA to review mail-in ballot envelopes, requests from nursing homes 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County unveils ‘pretty tight’ $55.6M budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria adds 402 COVID-19 cases over weekend, 117 new deaths statewide
Altoona Mirror: State’s COVID-19 positives top 8K
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County posts record 284 covid-19 cases; 5 deaths
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners OK $350K in technology upgrades
Observer-Reporter: Court of Judicial Discipline moves back conference date in Toothman case 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County bringing in more property tax revenue due to growth 
Observer-Reporter: County vacates former bridge sites 
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 cases spike in state, region

The Times Leader: Most Luzerne County voters cast ballots in person 
The Times Leader: Bar apologizes for ad depicting Wolf and Levine as Hitler and Mussolini 
The Times Leader: More Luzerne County coronavirus-infected residents hospitalized and on ventilators, latest state update shows 
The Times Leader: Former Luzerne County Councilman Edward Brominski dies at 81
The Times Leader: 221 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s required contribution to pensions increases by $1.2 million for 2021 
Times-Tribune: Scranton pitches possible switch to payroll tax 
Times-Tribune: Area healthcare providers get millions in federal funds, but say more is needed 
Times-Tribune: Region adds nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths
Citizens Voice: Debate over election continues at election board meeting 
Citizens Voice: County budget work sessions continue Tuesday 
Citizens Voice: NAACP W-B sets election of new officers 
Citizens Voice: Edward Brominski, former county commissioner and councilman, dies
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Head Start gets nearly $4.9 million in federal funds
Citizens Voice: 211 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Sunday 

South Central 
York Dispatch: Mastriano says Legislature should overturn Trump loss 
York Dispatch: Saturday COVID update: 202 new cases in York County, no new deaths
Patriot News: Pa. state university system ready to sell its Harrisburg headquarters
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County government offices move to appointment only
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 147 cases of COVID-19, 2 additional deaths in Saturday’s report
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city council unanimously approves mayor’s pick for interim police chief

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Berks County makes 2020 election results official: Trump narrowly beats Biden
Reading Eagle: Berks adds 180 coronavirus cases
Morning Call: At 21 years old, Councilman Cameron Smith is one of the youngest ever elected to office in the Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh County poised to add Juneteenth as an official paid holiday
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: One-fourth of accumulated cases added in last 14 days; hospitalizations rise
Express Times: Change in how Pa. funds child care businesses is compounding COVID-19 woes, operators say
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 8K new cases reported statewide Saturday; Lehigh Valley hits 20K total cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (11/28/20)
Express Times: Coronavirus in Pa.: November was the state’s worst month for COVID-19 cases, by far 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pa. Supreme Court dismisses Mike Kelly-led lawsuit that sought to invalidate mail-in votes
Erie Times-News: State reports 146 COVID cases in Erie County
Erie Times-News: Erie County has record 242 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: A year of work, 21 recommendations: What’s next for a report on Centre County’s mental health system?
Centre Daily Times: 10 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Centre County, with 9 from long-term care facilities 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Judge’s ruling affirmed in election case
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 93 new COVID-19 cases

John Baer: Be thankful Pa. politics isn’t (always) the nation’s worst 
Mark S. Singel: Pandemic and divisive politics stymie legislature achievements 
Charlie Gerow: Gov. Wolf’s obstinance made a difficult year even worse
Brad Bumsted: Pennsylvania senators try to have it both ways in Gettysburg hearing
Mary Beth O’Connor: I was a federal judge, and I support Safehouse. Here’s why. 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Ongoing GOP vote claims do real damage
Inquirer Editorial Board: Guns missing from sheriff’s office is yet another reason to eliminate the office 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Disarm Philly’s police union from the weapon of secret arbitration
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly’s bright art scene gets dimmer amid COVID-19 shutdowns 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Canceling the court 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Merger makes sense 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Maintaining our highways 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The professionals 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Reimagining policing 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Caring for those in need 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Someone has to win
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A break from politics on Thanksgiving 
Joel Berg: Devastating poverty is the bridge that joins Pa.’s rural counties and urban cities 
Robin E. Best and Steve Lem: Republicans didn’t just win Legislatures, they won the power to influence elections for years to come| Analysis
Salena Zito: After 31 years, moving from a home is much more than leaving a structure
George Heitmann: What students lose when college education goes remote
Keith C. Burris: Empathy as patriotism
Tony Norman: The annual White House Festival of Death
John L. Micek: As Pa. crosses a grim COVID-19 milestone, Republicans throw a taxpayer-funded campaign rally
Kimberlee Josephson: Here’s how to combat politically charged office watercooler chat
Patricia Henwood: ER doctor: I fear healthcare worker shortages as COVID-19 surges this winter | Expert Opinion
David M. Shribman: Modern generation gap goes beyond age group
Dan Simpson: Where does America go from here?
Will Bunch: From Terre Haute to Tehran to your grandma, Trumpism is revealed as a death cult in the end 
Mighty Writers: So many ‘maybes’: A look into pandemic life from Philly teens 
Jim Friedlich: In 2020, give thanks for local journalism 
The Angry Grammarian: The life and death of a bogus political narrative, by the numbers 
Matthew Steinhauser: Older people take longer to heal. This is why — and why it’s important
Randy Bish: Trump’s weapon of choice for fighting COVID-19, revealed. | Editorial Cartoon
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Post-Thanksgiving thoughts and prayers for frontline workers

3 Responses

  1. Devout Trumper GOP Congressional candidates refuse to concede, despite being hopelessly behind. The cult follows their insane leader.

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