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September 28th Playbook

Craig Snyder ended his campaign for U.S. Senate. Here is the Playbook. 


‘Anti-Trump Republican drops bid for Pennsylvania Senate seat’: The Associated Press reports that “an anti-Trump candidate said Monday he is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Craig Snyder, a longtime lobbyist and political consultant from Philadelphia, said he has been unable to generate enough support.”

‘To avoid Wolf’s veto, Pa. GOP proposes giving voters final say on stricter ID rules, other election changes’: Spotlight PA reports that “Republicans in the state House are advancing a proposal that would give Pennsylvania voters the opportunity to significantly change how elections are run here while bypassing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and his veto pen.”

‘At Pennsylvania’s first March for Life, thousands rally to oppose abortion: ‘We know that’s life’’: PennLive reports that “anti-abortion activists and supporters – some carrying signs “I am the Pro-Life Generation” and “Take my hand not my life” – converged on the Pennsylvania Capitol on Monday to urge state lawmakers to pass laws to further restrict abortion.”

‘Wolf calls on Rep. Boyle to resign following arrest and reports of mental health struggles’: WHYY reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for Democratic State Rep. Kevin Boyle to resign from the state Legislature, following his arrest Friday night for violating a protection from abuse order and harassment.”

‘Garrity questions extent of Pennsylvania election subpoena’: The Center Square reports that “State Treasurer Stacy Garrity said Monday she’s unsure why legislative Republicans need driver’s license numbers for up to 9 million registered voters as part of their election subpoena.”

‘PA’s Lt. Governor thinks the PA GOP audit is ‘beyond lunatic fringe’’: MSNBC reports that “John Fetterman, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Democratic Senate candidate, believes that his state’s Republican-backed 2020 election audit is a waste of time and money as well as a security risk for his constituents.”

‘Measure on masking in youth sports clears House committee’: The Associated Press reports that “legislation that cleared a House committee on Monday would give Pennsylvania school districts the authority to decide whether student-athletes must wear masks while playing, as GOP lawmakers continue looking at a more aggressive move against the governor’s universal mask mandate in schools.”

‘Counties are caught in between as Wolf, GOP once again try to negotiate election reform’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “counties want to count mail ballots before election day, but House Republicans need new restrictions to back it — which Wolf opposes.”

‘Progressive, centrist, Trumper? These Pa. 2022 candidates could change the balance of power in the U.S. Senate’: WHYY reports that “more than any other state, Pennsylvania has a good shot at changing the balance of power in the U.S. Senate after the 2022 midterm election.”

‘From voter ID to charter school reform, here’s what to watch this week’: City & State PA reports on “what to watch this week” in Harrisburg. 

‘Hotline’s Redistricting Profiles: Central and Northeast Pennsylvania’: National Journal Hotline previews upcoming redistricting in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania. 

‘Pa. Senate moves to bolster constitutional amendment process with increased training, transparency’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “wanting to avoid another state-level mishap that leaves voters waiting, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation to bolster the constitutional amendment process.”

‘Pa. ‘Kids for Cash’ scandal back in court as hundreds testify in civil hearing’: PennLive reports that “more than 300 people are expected to testify during a hearing that may go on for weeks as part of a class-action suit against the two judges convicted in the “Kids for Cash” scandal.”

‘Wolf announces $655 million for child care providers’: City & State PA reports that “more American Rescue Plan dollars are being allocated for the kids. The Department of Human Services is distributing about $655 million in funding to the child care industry in the commonwealth, Acting Secretary Meg Snead announced at a press conference Monday afternoon.”

‘Pa. lawmakers move to help more small diverse, veteran-owned businesses land government contracts’: PennLive reports that “legislation to improve small diverse and veteran-owned businesses’ opportunities to land state and local government contracts got a push from Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday.”

‘Medical marijuana patients in Pa. risk arrest for DUI when they get behind the wheel’: PennLive reports that “medical marijuana patients face a risk of arrest in Pennsylvania if they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

‘PennEast cancels pipeline project — months after winning its case at the U.S. Supreme Court’: StateImpactPA reports that “after years of battling New Jersey over permits to build a natural gas pipeline from Northeast Pennsylvania to Mercer County — a fight that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — PennEast has canceled its 116-mile project.”

‘Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 12,223 weekend cases with 2,713 hospitalized; ICUs near 8-month high’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 12,223 additional coronavirus cases over the weekend: 4,966 Saturday, 4,247 Sunday and 3,010 Monday. The seven-day moving average of newly reported cases was 4,588 cases per day, unchanged from a week ago.”  

‘How one Philly-area Democrat is trying to break the political divide: Listening to Republicans’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Deb Ciamacca, a Delaware County Democrat, hopes her listening tour is a small antidote to the malaise of polarization and tribalism infecting American life.”

‘Two women file for protection orders against Somerset County DA’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “Somerset County’s district attorney now faces protection-from-abuse orders involving two different women — one of whom he is accused of raping.”

‘Luzerne County election director leaving for new position’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “after just under six months on the job, Luzerne County Election Director Bob Morgan has resigned to accept another position outside county government, county Acting Manager Romilda Crocamo told council by email Monday.”

‘With high stakes, state representatives remain divided on debt ceiling’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “with Pennsylvania’s lawmakers in Washington sharply divided, the Senate is set for a showdown that could end in an unprecedented debt default or a government shutdown.”

‘Berks County leaders learn about what it will take to revitalize downtown Reading’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Berks County leaders got a glimpse at what it would take to the revitalize Reading’s downtown. The Berks Alliance hosted a virtual forum on Thursday morning for about 120 people to listen to and ask questions about Reading’s downtown-plus plan.”

‘Elizabethtown school board, county row offices: Races you should watch in the 2021 municipal election’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “more than 130 candidates are running for offices across Lancaster County in the Nov. 2 municipal elections. Countywide, there are nine contested school board races, nine township contests and eight borough council contests.”

‘In the upcoming Manheim Twp. commissioners race, development is still the No. 1 issue’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “Manheim Township voters will soon decide who will lead Lancaster County’s largest municipality outside the city for the next four years, in what may become the most expensive municipal race in county history.”

‘Philly Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. says he’s leaving at the end of the school year’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “William R. Hite Jr., for nearly a decade the superintendent of city schools, announced his tenure in Philadelphia is coming to a close.”

‘Philly neighborhoods plagued by illegal auto work could find relief in City Council bills’: WHYY reports that “a Northeast Philly City Councilperson wants to crack down on the polarizing tradition of parking on Philadelphia sidewalks — with a particular focus on businesses blocking the right-of-way with cars for sale or repair work.”

‘With homicides at a record high in Philadelphia, city leaders voice frustration’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Philadelphia city leaders have said they are frustrated and saddened by the total number of homicides which was at 406 early Monday evening, the highest-ever total at this point in the year.”

Josh Shapiro and Andrew Bruck: Stepping up an interstate effort to curb ‘ghost’ guns 
Jack McGregor and Franklin Kury: The PA Senate has lost its way 
Al Schmidt and Matthew Weil: ‘Deranged logic’ of Pa. Senate’s election ‘audit’ puts 9 million voters in jeopardy
Kevin Dellicker: Ground rules to follow after exit from Afghanistan
Ron Klink: ‘Build back better’ must include aluminum and steel workers
Bruce Ledewitz: The 2020 race for Pa. Supreme Court: The questions the candidates have to answer 
Jon Geeting: Is Ranked-Choice Voting in Philly’s Future? 
Marty Marks: When baseball is like economics: A wealth tax is a home run 
Inquirer Editorial Board: For Philly’s parking agency, recent leadership changes may mean new possibilities  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Health care waiver needs to be extended
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Broken immigration policy needs reforming
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Groceries for the Hill
John L. Micek: Philly lawmaker will sue to block release of personal info in GOP probe | Monday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: A Woodstock for the Democratic (and democratic) spirit
Jen Devor: It’s time to de-emphasize the ‘registration’ in voter registration efforts 
Thomas Kelly, David Bobb, and Jeffrey Sikkenga: Here’s how conservatives can actually battle critical race theory 
Zachary Wright: Blue Ribbon winners are a reminder of how Philly-area schools remain segregated
Anthony Carter: We must take action to stop gun violence before another tragedy happens

3 Responses

  1. The more important story is the Republican tyrants in the PA House and Senate trying to manipulate the voters into allowing them to take over our elections. Read the entire bill folks, they are trying to remove all control from your local level county election offices and give the legislature total say and control over certifying election results. This is Corman’s Beer Hall Putch.

    1. Sounds good to me. Right now Philly lets illegal votes happen.

      This will protect the integrity of our elections. But if you are on the left, that’s bad, because they left loves to steal elections.

  2. An anti-Trump Republican must find his world a lonely place. Should he just become a Democrat?

  • 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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