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September 27th Playbook

State Rep. Kevin Boyle was arrested on Friday for allegedly violating a protection from abuse order. Here is the Playbook. 


‘State Rep. Kevin Boyle arrested for violating protection from abuse order’: WHYY reports that “State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia) was arrested Friday, allegedly for violating a protection from abuse order, and for harassment.”

‘Pa. House Democratic leaders hope lawmaker will overcome ‘mental health challenges’ after arrest’: PennLive reports that “leaders of Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus on Saturday afternoon released a statement following the Friday arrest of one of their members, Rep. Kevin Boyle, on harassment and violation of a protection from abuse order.”

‘Pa. House GOP leaders find Rep. Boyle’s arrest troubling, call for his resignation’: PennLive reports that “leaders of Pennsylvania’s House of Representative call the news of six-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Kevin Boyle’s arrest for harassment and violating a protection from abuse order “troubling” and say he needs to resign.”

‘Embattled Pa. teacher pension fund subpoenaed by SEC over ‘compensation and gifts’ to staff’: Spotlight PA reports that “the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has joined the FBI in the investigation of Pennsylvania’s biggest pension fund, subpoenaing records about its board’s adoption of a false figure for its financial performance — and about improper “compensation and gifts” possibly offered staff.”

‘All eyes turn to Pennsylvania after Arizona’s ‘audit’ affirmed Biden’s presidential victory’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Pennsylvania now stands to become ground zero in the movement to “audit” the election after former President Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit the 2020 election results failed in Arizona.”

‘Why Pa. moderates and progressives are clashing over how to advance Biden’s agenda’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “at stake are some of Democrats’ top policy goals, and the political capital they hope to build for next year’s midterms. Failure could raise serious questions about their ability to govern.”

‘Capital-Star Q+A: Lou Barletta thinks second time’s the charm in GOP governor’s run’: Former Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) talks with The Pennsylvania Capital-Star for a Q&A about his campaign for Governor. 

‘GOP senator says he ‘will certainly be voting no’ on Democrats’ plan to combine debt ceiling suspension with government funding bill’: CNN reports that “Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said Sunday that he opposes a Democratic plan to combine a temporary government funding bill with a suspension of the debt ceiling.”

‘Pa. school choice advocates use desire for in-person instruction to press their agenda’: PennLive reports that “school choice advocates are using pandemic-related school closures and quarantines to make a full-court press for Pennsylvania to launch a taxpayer-funded tuition grant program.”

‘Pa. county officials say bipartisan election reform bill is a step toward ‘badly-needed relief’’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “Pennsylvania elections aren’t perfect, and while a bipartisan election integrity bill introduced in the state Senate doesn’t aim to solve everything, county elections officials say it’s a start to much-needed relief.”

‘McClinton, Dent to discuss civility in politics at Philly festival’: City & State PA reports that “Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton and former U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent will convene for a panel on “Civility in Politics” moderated by Independence Blue Cross Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Steve Fera,” this week for “B. PHL, a three-day festival focused on innovation, unity and collaboration.”

‘Pennsylvania Senate Committee Approves Bill To Ban Smoking In Vehicles With Young Children’: KDKA reports that “smoking in a vehicle with young children could soon be against the law in Pennsylvania. The Senate Transportation Committee has approved a bill to do just that.”

‘Eugene DePasquale is ‘preparing’ for another 10th Congressional District run; but he’s not running yet’: PennLive reports that “Former Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Friday that he is preparing for another run for Congress in 2022, but added that the gun won’t finally go off on his bid for the Democratic Party nomination until the new Congressional district map for Pennsylvania has been finalized.”

‘Biden selects Kingston native to serve in U.S. Department of Energy’: The Citizens Voice reports that “Kingston native Maria Duaime Robinson is in line to join the U.S. Department of Energy.”

‘City’s Dems unify around Gainey as Nov. looms’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the tunnels and bridges that Democratic mayoral nominee Ed Gainey talks about — those that should unite Pittsburgh, not divide it — may be a metaphor for the current state of Democratic politics here, and it was on display Saturday in the city’s West End.”

‘Gainey has big fundraising lead over Moreno in mayor’s race’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Democratic mayoral nominee Ed Gainey has raised almost as much money since May’s primary as he did during the crucial opening months of 2020 when he was running against the incumbent mayor.”

‘Treasurer of PAC charged with failing to report contributions; Group had ties to Ed Gainey’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the treasurer of a political action committee that has ties to Democratic mayoral nominee Ed Gainey was charged this week with a misdemeanor for failing to report contributions in excess of $250, Allegheny County officials said.”

‘Somerset judge grants protection order against DA Thomas’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “a Windber woman was granted a protection order against Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, the Somerset County district attorney charged with raping a woman on Sept. 18.”

‘Senate approves measure to require confirmation of PEMA director’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “on Wednesday, the state Senate approved legislation, requiring Senate confirmation of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director, according to Sen. Baker, R-Lehman Township, who sponsored the bill.”

‘Helfrich, Hameed spar in York City mayoral debate at Appell Center’: The York Daily Record reports that “York Mayor Michael Helfrich and his challenger Shareef Hameed met on the debate stage, and both agreed that the city’s biggest problems come down to one underlying issue: trauma.”

‘City Council urges Congress to end forced labor in prisons’: The Philadelphia Tribune reports that Philadelphia “City Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday urging Congress to strike the slavery clause from the U.S. Constitution.”

‘Mullins add new committee assignment’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that state Rep. Kyle Mullins (D-Lackawanna) “has been appointed to the House Appropriations Committee.”

‘Study reveals effect Philly sweetened beverage tax has had on city, economy’: KYW Newsradio reports that “A new study from Rutgers economists shows the Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax created at least as many jobs as it cost in the four-and-a-half years since it passed.”

‘Jeff Pyle feted at groundbreaking of new BC3 college in Ford City’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “as a line of public officials spoke at the groundbreaking of the new Butler County Community College (BC3) in Ford City on Friday, most of them uttered the same name: Jeff Pyle.”

‘Only a third of Philly city employees and half of Pa. state health workers have reported being vaccinated’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “most city and state employees who were asked to get vaccinated against the coronavirus have not yet reported doing so, according to numbers released this week.”

‘PHL is now the main hub for Afghan evacuees to the U.S.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Philadelphia International Airport is now the main U.S. hub for receiving evacuees from Afghanistan, top Biden administration officials said Friday.”

‘Philly surpasses 400 homicides this year’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “two fatal shootings Saturday night brought Philadelphia’s total number of homicides this year to beyond 400, a milestone reached only twice in the last two decades.”

‘’We’re not going to stop’: Civic leaders support Philly activist after arson attempt on her home’: KYW Newsradio reports that “neighbors from the Harrowgate community of Northeast Philadelphia, along with councilmembers and Philadelphia police, came out in support of a local activist who was recently the target of an alleged arson attempt.”

‘Jobs are rebounding in the Philadelphia region. The labor force? Not so much, and it might get worse.’: The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that “in the Philadelphia region, the employment level has recovered 10.1% since April 2020, gaining over 261,100 jobs in that span. Among the 103 metros with population more than 250,000, Philadelphia ranked 84th for employment recovery.”

‘Taking the next step: Port Authority approves $3.8 billion, 25-year plan to overhaul Pittsburgh transit’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Port Authority approved a long-range plan Friday that projects $3.8 billion in transit changes that over the next 25 years will aim to reshape the landscape of public transportation in the Pittsburgh region.”

‘Johnstown leaders make plans to court U.S. Steel’s $3B mini-mill project’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “Johnstown appears to be in competition with a lot of cities nationwide to be the answer to U.S. Steel Corp.’s search for a place to invest in a $3 billion mini-mill.”

‘Tougher DUI penalties urged in Deana’s name’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer joined the parents of a woman killed by an impaired driver in 2019 during testimony before the state Senate Transportation Committee last week on proposed legislation to increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders.”

‘Greater Reading Chamber Alliance opposes $3.5 trillion federal economic measure’: The Reading Eagle reports that “The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance has come out against a $3.5 trillion economic plan from U.S. Senate Democratic leaders that would increase safety net programs, cut taxes for families and increase taxes for wealthy individuals and corporations.”

‘FBI Pittsburgh encourages Pennsylvanians to report hate crimes, launches awareness campaign on social media’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the FBI Pittsburgh field office is encouraging Western Pennsylvanians to report hate crimes — and has launched a public awareness campaign to do so.”

‘4 members of Mayor Bill Peduto’s office announce departures’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “four members of the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto announced on Friday their departures for new positions.”

‘About 200 march for Sunrise Movement Pittsburgh’s Strike for Climate Justice’: Pittsburgh City Paper reports that “hundreds gathered in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood on Sept. 24 at noon for Sunrise Movement Pittsburgh’s Strike for Climate Justice to protest for more action to combat climate change.”

‘Public pressure mounts against Chester incinerator as environmental racism claims pile up’: WHYY reports that “residents in the city of Chester see a window of opportunity to force Delaware County officials to cancel a contract with a controversial waste incineration company, or have the facility face stronger state regulations.”

‘Reading City Council and Mayor Eddie Moran meet to discuss city priorities’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Reading Mayor Eddie Moran met with City Council to discuss his priorities.”

‘Montgomery County polling places relocated ahead of general election’: Montgomery Media reports that “with less than two months until the Nov. 2 general election, the Montgomery County Board of Elections unanimously authorized the relocation of 26 polling places.”

‘Westmoreland County commissioner plans virtual town-hall meeting series’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Westmoreland County Commissioner Doug Chew plans to start a series of virtual “town hall” meetings to engage more county residents with local government.”

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Johnstown Tribune-Democrat Editorial: Charged with rape, Thomas must step down as Somerset DA or be removed
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5 Responses

  1. Wait until the drunken text messages he’s been sending his wife with racial slurs comes out. He will cost his brother his congress seat. The FBI should get the phone records of the brothers. I was told from a family member alot of people were getting late night calls to get this swept under the carpet. Seth had a PFA now Kevin has PFA. See the abuse that office produces. What don’t we know about???

  2. Unless the bumbling State Senate Democratic Leadership messes up, Sen Corman is giving them a bouquet of election possibilities with this “forensic audit” nonsense. The R’s wanted to stop straight party voting so they agreed to mail in if the Dems agreed to stop straight party voting. The R’s get two row offices but lose to Biden and now they want a do-over with the election. Atty Gen Shapiro can easily challenge this dimwitted Rep ploy in the courts and score super big in the major cities and suburbs were this dumb political tactic will go over poorly. This goofy Republican tactic will elect a Dem Gov and a Dem in US Senate.

  3. Even the “Cyber Ninjas” admit Biden won, but Trump continues to tell his rally attendees that he won. What morons attend his rallies?

      1. Dave- obviously you haven’t looked at pictures of Obama , Pelosi and Biden having lunch. Talk about filth Dave- but that picture shows what it looks like. Why don’t u take down your autographed art from Hunter Biden and put up real art- Donald taking the oath of office Again. Enjoy winter Dave????????

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    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
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