October 8th Playbook
Pennsylvania and three other states have teamed up in a new effort to combat gun violence. Here is the Playbook.
‘Pa. joins multi-state effort to share gun crime data: ‘We’re stronger if we move as a region’’: PennLive reports that “pointing to the uptick in gun-related crimes, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday entered into an agreement with his counterparts in three other states to share information about crime guns in an effort to enhance public safety and reduce gun violence.”
‘A report by Senate Democrats targeted Pa. Republicans Scott Perry, Doug Mastriano for aiding Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “an investigation by U.S. Senate Democrats has singled out two Pennsylvania Republicans — U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and State Sen. Doug Mastriano — as key figures who used false and debunked theories to pressure the country’s top law enforcement officials to investigate the state’s 2020 presidential election results.”
‘Report: State Rep. Matt Dowling hurt in crash’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “State Rep. Matt Dowling, whose 51st District covers part of Fayette and Somerset counties, was reported in serious but stable condition Thursday as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident Wednesday night, a Republican Party official said.”
‘PSERS, in a sweeping shift, agrees to buy more U.S. stocks and dump costly hedge funds’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “in a dramatic turnaround for Pennsylvania’s beleaguered public schools pension fund, the PSERS board agreed Thursday to sell all of the plan’s hedge funds and nearly double investment in U.S. stocks.”
‘Success or stalling? Pa. House leaders have differing views on start of fall legislative session’: PennLive reports that “leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives left on Wednesday following a three-week session with divergent views about what was accomplished.”
‘These Pa. legislative districts have the highest, lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star provides a breakdown of the highest and lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates for legislative districts in the state.
‘Health Department responds to ‘bullying’ accusation, says lawmaker took information out of context’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “already under fire for its school mask mandate, the Wolf administration is now accused of “bullying” students with a letter outlining the consequences of failing to comply with a COVID-related quarantine. The Department of Health says the document was taken out of context for “political gain.””
‘Pa. prison population reaches lowest point in 20 years’: PennLive reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Thursday the state’s prison population has dropped to 36,743, the lowest level since 2001.”
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‘’We’re beginning to see the collapse of the system’: agencies that serve people with disabilities call for more funds to pay staff’: WESA reports that “as the economy continues to reemerge from the pandemic, many employers say they are having a hard time hiring enough workers for all their open positions. But one sector was already facing major staffing shortages prior to the coronavirus – providers for home and community-based services for people with disabilities.”
‘Pennsylvania is keeping more foster kids with their families and out of group homes’: WESA reports that “more Pennsylvania children in foster care are being placed with family members or someone they know. At a press conference on Thursday, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said in 2019, 38.7% of kids in foster care were placed in “kinship care.””
‘Complaint accuses Mike Kelly of using $100k of campaign funds at luxury resorts in alleged ethics violation’: Pittsburgh City Paper reports that “on Oct. 6, the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog group, requested an ethics investigation into U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) for allegedly violating the personal use ban on campaign funds after Kelly allegedly spent more than $100,000 from his leadership PAC on luxury trips, transportation, and dining, including a trip to a five-star resort in Utah.”
‘Pennsylvania Democrat hits Biden on border crisis, reconciliation bill ‘zero cost’ claim’: Fox News reports that “Rep. Susan Wild, D-Penn., on Tuesday night said she was “disappointed” in the Biden administration for the lack of results in handling the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.”
‘Why Democrats See 3 Governor’s Races as a Sea Wall for Fair Elections’: The New York Times reports that “Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania all have Democratic governors and G.O.P.-led legislatures. And in all three battlegrounds, Republicans are pushing hard to rewrite election laws.”
‘Women’s Group Supermajority Aims To Push Women’s Issues And More Women Into Office In Pennsylvania’: KDKA reports that “a full-page advertisement in the local newspaper was headlined “Women Are The Supermajority.” KDKA political editor Jon Delano checked out the group behind the ad and what their mission is all about.”
‘Mike Stack is back and hankering for his old Northeast Philly seat in the Pa. Senate’: Philly Clout reports that “Pennsylvania’s former lieutenant governor has been spending time in California, looking for a big break in acting or comedy. But now he’s back in Philly.”
‘‘Do it because it helps me’: FBI drills into alleged Dougherty-Henon corruption’: WHYY reports that “federal prosecutors and defense attorneys tussled in court over who was actually in charge when Councilmember Bobby Henon allegedly took orders from union leader Johnny “Doc” Dougherty.”
‘Everything you need to know about Philly City Council redistricting’: WHYY reports that “Philadelphia City Council is about to start its once-a-decade process for redrawing the lines of its district map. Although redistricting has been tumultuous in the past — and one year, ended with a five-month impasse and a council member going to prison — this time around, the process is expected to be relatively chill.”
‘County council candidates in Pittsburgh’s east suburbs debate what council has the power to do’: WESA reports that “some of Pittsburgh’s east suburbs will choose a new Allegheny County councilor in the Nov. 2 election. And while the candidates agree on some things — like the need for more investment and health services in parts of County Council District 8 — they disagree about how council should use its power.”
‘Lawrence, Gale address mail-in ballot error during Montgomery County Commissioners meeting’: Montgomery Media reports that “two Montgomery County Commissioners began Thursday’s meeting by acknowledging an error involving 16,000 mail-in ballots just weeks before the general election.”
‘Coalition of Black Pittsburgh officials looking to stem rising violence and create ‘a city of peace’’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “in an effort to curb rising rates of violent crime, a working group of Black lawmakers who represent Pittsburgh and Allegheny County will embark on a series of community events to promote peace in the streets.”
‘Olympic gold medalist and ex-congressional candidate Marty Nothstein ends lawsuit against The Morning Call over story on misconduct allegation’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “former congressional candidate and Olympic gold medalist Marty Nothstein has voluntarily ended his claims against The Morning Call and others that the publication of a report on his suspension amid an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations damaged his reputation and invaded his privacy.”
‘Philadelphia streeteries may have tougher road to make outdoor dining permanent’: KYW Newsradio reports that “the effort to make Philadelphia’s pandemic-inspired outdoor dining spaces permanent ran into a roadblock in City Council on Thursday. Council President Darrell Clarke wants district councilmembers to retain control of the process.”
‘Chester County Commissioners adopt new Climate Action Plan’: The Daily Local News reports that “the Chester County Board of Commissioners on Thursday adopted the county’s new Climate Action Plan with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in Chester County by 2050.”
‘Philly schools just borrowed nearly $400 million to pay for new schools and other building improvements’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the Philadelphia school board on Thursday authorized issuing nearly $400 million in bonds to pay for new school buildings and other capital improvements in city schools.”
‘Delaware County Council appoints Solid Waste Authority member in contentious vote’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “in a decision one community member called “gutless,” Delaware County Council appointed James McLaughlin from a field of eight candidates to fill a vacancy on the county Solid Waste Authority, eschewing one applicant who had more than 500 signatures of support.”
‘Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board reviews de-escalation training, upcoming bans on inmate restriction and confinement’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board met Thursday for the first time following its September vote to veto a contract that sought controversial training for corrections officers.”
‘Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown to present 2022 budget’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Mayor George Brown will present his 2022 budget at 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 in City Council Chambers on the fourth floor of City Hall, 40 E. Market St.”
‘Luzerne County Council, DA cite reasons for election appeal’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “as requested, Luzerne County Council and county District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce filed a brief court statement Thursday on why they are appealing a visiting judge’s decision in DA election timing litigation.”
‘Wilkes-Barre NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet set for Oct. 15’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “the Wilkes-Barre NAACP Branch #2306 will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet Friday, Oct. 15, at Gus Genetti’s Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The keynote speaker will be State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia, and the theme for this year’s banquet is “Always Fighting Forward.””
‘Carlisle picks up discussions on proposed rental ordinance amendment after nearly 18-month hiatus due to pandemic’: The Carlisle Sentinel reports that “Carlisle’s much-discussed amendment to its rental ordinance is back on track after a delay of more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
‘Allentown wanted to use $36,000 set aside for homeless on Lights in the Parkway ornaments. City Council said no.’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “concerned about the optics, Allentown City Council voted to remove a money transfer that would have taken $36,000 from an account designated to help the homeless population to purchase ornaments for Allentown’s Lights in the Parkway.”
‘Luzerne County’s Manager Search Committee advances plans’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Luzerne County’s Manager Search Committee painstakingly revised a job description and made other plans to find the county’s next top manager Thursday.”
‘Titus joins Ironworker strike at Erie Strayer’: WJET reports that “it’s been four days since ironworkers from Erie Strayer began their strike, and Democratic nominee for County Executive Dr. Tyler Titus stood side by side with them on Thursday.
‘Locks changed at Luzerne County’s voting machine warehouse’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Luzerne County’s administration recently changed the locks at the building that houses voting equipment “out of an abundance of caution,” county Acting Manager Romilda Crocamo said Thursday.”
‘Pennsylvania ratchets up COVID vaccination efforts’: WESA reports that “though COVID-19 vaccines have been widely available for months, Pennsylvania health authorities are still pushing to get more people vaccinated.”
‘Pa. Health Dept: More than 5,800 new COVID-19 cases; 3K hospitalized’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 5,819 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania on Thursday, up from 5,058 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases statewide to more than 1.46 million since the start of the pandemic.”
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