September 21st Playbook
Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry President Guy Ciarrocchi has joined the GOP race for Governor. Here is the Playbook.
‘Chester County chamber CEO Guy Ciarrocchi is running for Pennsylvania governor’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Guy Ciarrocchi, a onetime top official in the administration of former Gov. Tom Corbett who has served as CEO of the main trade group for Chester County businesses, is running for governor of Pennsylvania.”
‘Barletta signs anti-tax pledge in GOP campaign for governor’: The Associated Press reports that “Lou Barletta, the former congressman seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania, has signed a pledge from a conservative anti-tax Washington-based group that commits him to oppose tax increases.”
‘Appeals court judge candidates talk temperament, not cases’: The Associated Press reports that “eight candidates for four seats on Pennsylvania’s statewide appeals court endured an hour of lightning round questions during an online campaign forum on Monday, but the verdict on their performance will have to wait for voters on Nov. 2.”
‘Gov. Wolf to York County: ‘Getting vaccinated is how we end this pandemic’’: The York Dispatch reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf visited York City Monday morning to encourage Pennsylvanians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
‘In GOP Race For Senate Nomination, Jeff Bartos Calls Sean Parnell ‘Unelectable,’ Bringing Tough Response From Parnell’: KDKA reports that “the race for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is heating up, as Republican Jeff Bartos accuses fellow Republican Sean Parnell of being “unelectable.” In an interview seen only on KDKA, political editor Jon Delano questioned Bartos about this claim and his own candidacy.”
‘U.S. Senate Candidates Strut Their Stuff for Chester County Dems’: The Delaware Valley Journal reports that “more than 150 Chester County Democrats warmly applauded speeches by four candidates for the U.S. Senate at a Senate Spotlight Soiree–U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, Dr. Val Arkoosh, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.”
‘Victims of child sex crimes demand Pa. Senate act on statute of limitations reform bill: ‘We have had enough’’: PennLive reports that “victims of child sex abuse and their advocates said they have waited long enough to see Pennsylvania create a two-year window for child sex abuse survivors to take their abusers to court. A crowd of more than 50 people holding signs that carried messages such as “Justice for Survivors” and “Why are we still here” converged on the state Capitol steps in Harrisburg on Monday. They implored the state Senate to vote on a bill that has already passed the state House of Representatives.”
‘Gun rights advocates call on Pa. Senate to act on bills to advance Second Amendment rights’: PennLive reports that “gun rights advocates have their aim focused on the Senate to advance legislation that would free up government restrictions on their right to carry a firearm. About 50 members of Gun Owners of America gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday for a lobby day to pressure senators to pass three separate bills that are awaiting action in that chamber.”
‘3 reasons why PA Democrats are suing their Republican colleagues’: City & State PA reports that “Democratic members of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee have framed the election investigation as a “gross misuse of taxpayer resources” and are now looking to block the recent subpoenas using three main arguments…”
‘With return to session, the PA GOP outlines its fall agenda’: City & State PA reports that “as both chambers of the General Assembly returned to session this week, Republican leaders on Monday outlined their leading priorities for the fall, with the state’s school mask mandate and expiring COVID-19 waivers topping the list.”
‘Ward rebuffs calls for action on bill to allow lawsuits by adult survivors of child sex abuse’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “hours after Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined abuse survivors for a rally outside the Capitol on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said there are no plans to move legislation to allow survivors of child sex abuse to sue organizations that cover up for child predators.”
‘It’s session week in Harrisburg. Here is what to watch.’: City & State PA details what to watch “for legislators’ first week back in Harrisburg since June.”
‘GOP vs. Wolf: The 5 biggest fights in Pa. as lawmakers return to challenge governor’: USA Today provides “a look at the key issues to watch as lawmakers return to Harrisburg for their fall session.”
‘Judge dismisses lawsuit that alleged former AG Kathleen Kane filed bogus charges’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the owner of a defunct environmental company who alleged former state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane used her office to file bogus charges against him to benefit her political supporters.”
‘Study shows significant health benefits from Pa. joining RGGI, but some harms for neighboring states’: StateImpactPA reports that “a new study from Penn State shows Pennsylvania could avoid billions of dollars in health damages by joining a regional cap and trade program targeting power plant emissions.”
‘Hundreds expected to testify at kids-for-cash damages hearing’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “hundreds of people affected by the notorious kids-for-cash scandal will testify during a weekslong civil damages hearing against disgraced Judges Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael Conahan.”
‘Pa. Health Dept: More than 12,686 new COVID cases; 2,337 hospitalized’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 12,686 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.”
‘Pennsylvania casino revenue grows in August as internet gaming continues to expand’: The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that “Pennsylvania casinos posted record August revenue last month on the heels of significant growth across slots and internet gaming.”
‘Jail Oversight Board Votes To End Contract With Controversial Trainer’: WESA reports that “after nearly three hours of debate Monday night, members of the Jail Oversight Board voted to end the Allegheny County Jail’s relationship with Corrections Special Application Unit (C-SAU) and its controversial top trainer, Joseph Garcia.”
‘Philly DA’s office running out of city funding to help relocate witnesses’: WHYY reports that “the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is seeking more money from the city for witness and victim relocations, after spending nearly half its allocation for the year in just two months.”
‘How Philly will spend $42M on ‘housing first’ approach to help homeless’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Philadelphia is one of 22 cities to join a national effort to end homelessness. Mayor Jim Kenney joined HUD secretary Marcia Fudge Monday for the announcement of what she called an “all hands on deck” effort to house 100,000 people who are currently without permanent housing.”
‘Christian Nascimento: First Generation American Wants To Challenge Dem Dean in 4th CD’: The Delaware Valley Journal talked with Christian Nascimento about his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District.
‘Central York School District reverses book ban after growing protests’: ABC27 reports that “after weeks of protest, the Central York School District has decided to reverse a controversial book ban.”
‘Lebanon County’s new elections director withdraws before even starting the job’: The Lebanon Daily News reports that “just weeks ahead of the general election, Lebanon County still needs someone to manage the election process because the man just hired to fill the post withdrew on Friday.”
‘U.S. Transportation Secretary announces Port Authority of Allegheny County will receive $216.9 million grant for Covid-19 recovery’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced on Monday that the Port Authority of Allegheny County will be receiving $216.9 million in grant funds from The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).”
‘Allegheny County focusing on hiring more poll workers for Nov. 2’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the Allegheny County Board of Elections on Monday discussed preparations for the Nov. 2 Municipal Election, focusing mostly on hiring more poll workers and election expenses.”
‘’You’re stuck between Tom Wolf and us’: Lancaster County parents still polarized over school mask mandate’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s school mask order remains a contentious topic at school board meetings across Lancaster County.”
‘Police chief says social media, gang disputes to blame for increased violence in Reading’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Reading has seen a recent increase in gun violence that left several people injured and one dead. The uptick in shootings can be attributed to gang disputes and disputes on social media, Police Chief Richard Tornielli told City Council at its committee of the whole meeting Monday night.”
‘Here’s how the lawmakers who represent Centre County in Congress voted Sept. 10-16’: The Centre Daily Times provides “a look at how the state’s U.S. senators voted over the previous week. There were no key votes in the House.”
‘Rep. Webster town hall to focus on personal health during a pandemic’: The Pottstown Mercury reports that “personal health during a pandemic is the focus of Rep. Joe Webster’s virtual town hall slated for this Tuesday.”
Meuser to Host Telephone Town Hall: Congressman Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne) will be hosting a telephone town hall on Tuesday evening, according to a press release from his office.
PA4: Mensch Endorses Nascimento: State Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) has endorsed Christian Nascimento for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District.
Barletta To Campaign in Allegheny County: Former Congressman Lou Barletta, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Governor, will be campaigning in Allegheny County today, according to a press release from his campaign.
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