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October 19th Playbook

Rep. Summer Lee launches her bid for Congress. Here is the Playbook.


‘U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle is retiring from Congress after more than a quarter-century in office’: WESA reports that “Mike Doyle, who has represented western Pennsylvania in Congress for more than a quarter-century and became the dean of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, announced Monday that he will not run again for re-election.”

‘’We don’t have time anymore to wait’: Summer Lee announces Congressional bid’: WESA reports that “State Rep. Summer Lee, a champion of the progressive movement that has remade the face of western Pennsylvania politics in just a few election cycles, hopes to carry out a similar transformation at the federal level. She is announcing her campaign for Congress today, seeking the seat that outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle will vacate after 14 terms.”

‘Biden visiting Scranton on Wednesday’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “as President Joe Biden visits the city of his birth Wednesday for the first time as president, he will arrive at a pivotal time for him and one of Scranton’s long-term goals.”

‘Jim Bognet schedules announcement for Tuesday’: The Standard Speaker reports that “Jim Bognet plans to announce Tuesday morning that he will again campaign for Congress.”

‘Pa. election 2021: Registration deadline, mail ballot details, and more things to know about Nov. 2’: Spotlight PA “answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the voting process and this fall’s races.”

‘Pa. Senate panel advances bill requiring schools to post course information online’: PennLive reports that “legislation billed as an effort to make it easier for parents to find out what is being taught to their children in schools is moving toward full state Senate consideration.”

‘Wolf announces four bills aimed at expanding Pa.’s ‘It’s On Us’ initiative’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “joined by students, advocates and state lawmakers on Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new four-bill package to build on Pennsylvania’s “It’s On Us PA” sexual assault prevention initiatives.”

‘Pa. House Democratic leader says voting rights bill tops her wish list’: PennLive reports that “House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton of Philadelphia spoke about issues and her background at Monday’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg.”

‘With increase in polysubstance use, state agency will ‘expand’ focus from opioid epidemic’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the state agency tasked with fighting the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania said that it will now focus on substance abuse disorders as a whole, as the agency tries to combat a rise in people combining such dangerous drugs as fentanyl and heroin.”

‘Pink pig returns to Pa. Capitol to protest GOP election review’: PennLive reports that “it’s been four years since political activist Gene Stilp has brought his hefty, inflatable pink pig to the Pennsylvania Capitol. But Stilp brought his 25-foot prop to protest Republican lawmakers and their investigation of the 2020 presidential election. Stilp characterizes the election review as a waste of time and money.”

‘Pa. home energy assistance program begins for 2021-22 winter season’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “on a blustery October Monday, state officials announced the beginning of the home energy assistance program for the 2021-22 winter season.”

‘Sen. Bob Casey promotes Child Tax Credit at the Community YMCA’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., made a stop at the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County Monday morning to promote the expansion of the monthly Child Tax Credit payments families are  presently receiving, as well as his Five Freedoms for American’s Children policy plan.”

‘Eradicate Hate Global Summit’s Opening Day Features Keynote Speakers George W. Bush And Tom Ridge’: KDKA reports that “nearly three years after America’s deadliest anti-Semitic attack in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh is hosting the inaugural Eradicate Hate Global Summit this week.”

‘’You don’t show the [expletive] up’: More wiretapped calls in Dougherty, Henon trial’: KYW Newsradio reports that “the jury heard more tape-recorded phone calls Monday in the federal corruption trial of Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon and electricians union leader John Dougherty.”

‘Republican group is behind billboards with message: ‘Trump lost’’: PennLive reports that “a group called Republicans for Voting Rights is financing the billboards, which are popping up in some locations across the country, including the Harrisburg area. A billboard is positioned on the interchange of Route 581 and Interstate 83.”

‘New ‘Joe Biden highway’ in Pa. defaced by vulgar graffiti: ‘We can do better’’: PennLive reports that “it’s no surprise the president who garnered the most votes in history now has a highway named after him near his native Pa. city. What’s unusual is the vulgar graffiti aimed at the president that surfaced last week, embarrassing some in Joe Biden’s home town of Scranton.”

‘MAP: Pennsylvania voter registration by party in every county’: The Allentown Morning Call provides a map that “shows current registration information in all 67 counties as of Oct. 11.”

‘Senate report: Perry, Mastriano stoked fears of election fraud’: City & State PA details the “three major takeaways from the committee’s staff report.”

‘Shapiro makes campaign stop in Greensburg on ‘Big Fights’ bus tour’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro made a stop in Westmoreland County on Monday evening, the 15th of 18 counties he’ll visit during a six-day bus tour following his announcement last week that he is running for governor.”

‘Pennsylvania governor hopeful Josh Shapiro makes Centre County campaign stop’: The Centre Daily Times reports that “less than a week after announcing his campaign for Pennsylvania governor, Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro brought his “Big Fights Bus Tour” to Centre County.”

‘In his last budget, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell tries to keep taxes steady for third year in a row’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “for the third year in a row, Allentown residents won’t have property taxes increased, if Mayor Ray O’Connell’s last spending plan is approved.”

‘Pennsylvania court allows lawsuit to decertify Northampton County voting machines to move forward’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “a Pennsylvania judge ruled a lawsuit to block the use of electronic voting machines used in Northampton County and elsewhere can move forward.”

‘Five Lehigh County commissioner seats are up for grabs. At least three new faces will join the board’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “there are five races for seats on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners. At least three new faces will join the board; the two other races will decide if the incumbents remain.”

‘College towns plan to challenge results of 2020 census’: The Associated Press reports that “college communities such as Bloomington, Indiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and State College, Pennsylvania, are exploring their options for contesting the population counts, which they say do not accurately reflect how many people live there.”

‘Philly’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping is getting its own documentary, a year after that infamous press conference’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “a documentary on ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping,’ where Rudy Giuliani held a press conference four days after the 2020 presidential election, is coming to MSNBC in November.”

‘GOP Delaware County Council candidates decry possible take over of local health inspections’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “Republican candidates for Delaware County Council are questioning a proposal to have the new county health department take over health inspections and licensing responsibilities of restaurants and bars from local municipalities.”

‘Area lawmaker opposes proposed Aqua Pennsylvania rate hike’: The Daily Local News reports that “State Sen. Carolyn Comitta this week voiced her opposition to Aqua Pennsylvania’s proposed rate increase, which would increase average monthly residential water bills by up to 17 percent and average monthly wastewater bills by nearly 33 percent.”

‘Allegheny County police union files suit over vaccine mandate’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “the union that represents the Allegheny County Police Department is suing the county over a mandate that all executive branch employees be vaccinated against covid-19, alleging that it is a mandatory subject of collective bargaining.”

‘Peduto administration releases financial cash reserves data’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “on Monday, the Peduto administration released data regarding its 2021 financial cash reserves, also known as a “rainy day fund.””

‘Leaders in Pittsburgh’s Black community remember Colin Powell’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Leader. Courageous. Man of integrity. These are some of the ways Colin Powell, who died at age 84 on Monday morning, was described by leaders in Pittsburgh’s Black community.”

‘In contested county races, voters have choice between new and familiar’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “Lackawanna County voters next month have a choice when deciding both the next register of wills/clerk of the orphans’ court and sheriff: a two-term incumbent or a political newcomer.”

‘Voters’ guide: Meet the candidates on the ballot in the Nov. 2 election’: PennLive provides a “voters’ guide to Pennsylvania’s 2021 municipal election.

‘Here are contested borough council races in Lancaster County for the 2021 election’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “eight of Lancaster County’s 18 boroughs feature contested races for borough council, with more candidates than seats available.”

‘Reading residents will need to vote on two referendums during General Election’: WFMZ reports that “voters in Reading will notice two referendums on the General Election ballot. Both have to do with the governing document, the Home Rule Charter.”

‘Uniontown tow company sues ex-mayor, city on political retaliation claim’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “a Uniontown towing company owner says the former mayor and the city council reduced his business with that city by entering into contracts with other towers because he didn’t support the mayor’s 2019 election campaign.”

‘Legislative Notebook: Labor takes spotlight nationwide amid ‘Striketober’’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “with strikes already underway in Pennsylvania and tens of thousands more workers preparing to walk off across the country, organized labor is drawing renewed attention — including in Washington and Harrisburg.”

‘Pa. Dept. of Health: More than 11K new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; More than 2,900 hospitalized’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 11,208 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth between 12 a.m. on Saturday and 12 a.m. on Monday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.51 million cases since the start of the pandemic.”

Scott Martin: Blame pandemic school closures for surge in common childhood viruses 
Jeff Bartos: Democrat Spending Policies Fail Pennsylvania Families
Michael A. MacDowell: Anti-vaxxers neglect the costs they impose on society
Jon Geeting: How Deliberate Planning Can Make Housing Fairer In Philly
Inquirer Editorial Board: It’s long past time for PSERS to embrace transparency, accountability 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Farewell to quiet, competent Rep. Doyle
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The death of American greatness?
Jenny DeHuff: Why the role of a good mentor is so important
George de Lama: ‘I didn’t know men like him existed’: Colin Powell’s legacy with Philly youth 
Trudy Rubin: Colin Powell should be remembered for promoting honesty, civility and patriotism above divisive politics 
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: Who Are Philly’s Next Integrity Icons? 
Mireille Rebeiz, PhD: What we choose to remember depends on who’s calling the shots 
The Rev. Mitch Hescox and Melissa Ostroff: Gov. Wolf, defend our children, please

3 Responses

  1. The fragile egos of GOP man-childs cannot withstand the emotional trauma of admitted they LOST an election. Delusional morons continue to believe they are victims of voter fraud.

  2. The Bognut is back for another doomed attempt at PA-8, although he still hasn’t conceded his last loss.

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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