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September 8th Playbook

Sen. Pat Toomey is calling on Republicans not to nominate Donald Trump for president in 2024. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Toomey Calls on Republicans Not to Nominate Trump in 2024: Sen. Pat Toomey cited former President Donald Trump’s behavior following the 2020 presidential election as the reason the party should nominate a different candidate in 2024. Trump fired back in a statement on Monday afternoon blasting the outgoing GOP Senator, while boosting Sean Parnell’s candidacy.

‘Top Pa. Senate Republican expects subpoenas will be necessary for election investigation’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “saying he’s doubtful the state agency responsible for election oversight will cooperate with a taxpayer-funded investigation into Pennsylvania’s two most recent elections, the top Senate Republican expects subpoenas will be the next step.”

‘Sean Parnell’s wife sought protective orders against him. A Pa. Senate race rival says that’s ‘disqualifying.’’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Jeff Bartos launched a charged personal attack against a leading GOP opponent Tuesday, arguing that Sean Parnell is “unelectable” because of protective orders Parnell’s wife sought against him as their marriage splintered.”

‘Republican Lou Barletta marched in Philly’s Labor Day parade as he courts union workers’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “on Monday, Barletta did something unusual for a Republican seeking statewide office in Pennsylvania: He marched in the city’s annual Labor Day parade. Supporters held “Barletta for Labor” signs.”

‘As masked kids return to class, Pa. House plots early return to challenge Wolf order’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is coming back early from its summer recess to challenge the Wolf administration’s new school mask mandate.”

‘Many of Pa.’s GOP gubernatorial hopefuls see a blueprint in Texas abortion law’: WHYY reports that “with a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy now in effect in Texas, and rampant speculation that a conservative U.S. Supreme Court might be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade to usher in abortion restrictions more broadly, the issue is being freshly debated in statehouses across the country… in the Republican field, nearly all the major candidates say they’d support following Texas’s lead.”

‘What we learned about voting in Pennsylvania jails from a new report’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “most inmates in Pennsylvania jails are allowed to vote, but they do so at low rates and a new report finds that the ease of casting a ballot varies widely by county.”

‘U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits Montgomery County Community College’: The Pottstown Mercury reports that “U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was in Montgomery County Tuesday afternoon touring the community college — and he liked what he saw.”

‘Yaw angry over Greenhouse Gas compact vote’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, spoke out this week against Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandate for the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”

‘Energy storage is seen as crucial to meeting renewable energy goals’: City & State PA reports that “Pennsylvania should expand its energy storage capacity to help the state transition to a “cleaner, more resilient electric grid,” according to a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) report.”

‘PAC Giving School Board Slates $10,000 Checks To Keep Classes In-Person’: KDKA reports that “a group called Back to School PA has already given $300,000 to school board candidates, including some in this region. And they have $200,000 more to go.”

‘Day one of Pa. school masking order: Many complied, some didn’t’: PennLive reports that “day One of the Pennsylvania’s mask mandate for schools and child care centers met with pockets of resistance at some school districts across the southcentral region.”

‘Pittsburgh Receives A $50 Million Infusion For Development In Low-Income Neighborhoods’: WESA reports that “the federal government has allocated $50 million for Pittsburgh to invest in low-income neighborhoods. The money will help “address pressing community needs,” Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle said in a release.”

‘Pittsburgh City Council Introduces Legislation To Regulate Electric Scooters’: WESA reports that “Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced legislation that would regulate the speed and age of electric scooter users.”

‘As shootings increase, Pittsburgh proposes $9 million for four-year gun violence intervention program’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “as Pittsburgh confronts rising gun violence, city officials are proposing a $9 million contract with a Hill District-based nonprofit to stem street violence.”

‘Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union finalize staff vaccine mandate’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the union that represents its staff have finalized an agreement that will require district employees to get vaccinated against or be tested weekly for COVID-19.”

‘Black Political Organization Supports City Schools Superintendent As Board Reviews Ethics Violations’: WESA reports that “as the Pittsburgh Public Schools board evaluates a report detailing how the district’s leader violated state ethics requirements, a group of Black political leaders said Tuesday that they supported Superintendent Anthony Hamlet and that he was the target of racist attacks.”

‘Flipping the Big House: Pennsylvania renewing efforts to sell the closed Western Penitentiary on the North Side’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “another move is afoot to try to sell the closed State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh on the North Side, two years after Manchester Bidwell Corp. backed out of a deal to buy it. State Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, has advanced legislation that would set up a competitive process to accept proposals for the sale of the 20.2-acre property in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood.”

‘Reading City Council asked to step up release of American Rescue Plan dollars’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Reading is starting to spend the $61 million it received from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan.”

‘Passenger rail authority would keep momentum for Reading-to-Philly train, officials say’: The Reading Eagle reports that “the tri-county committee formed early this year to diagram the way forward for the restoration of passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia is proposing formation of an authority that would receive federal funding and employ staff to develop plans.”

‘How many people moved to the Lehigh Valley from N.J., N.Y., elsewhere? New numbers are out.’: Lehigh Valley Live reports that “even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, driving many city dwellers to less crowded places, the Lehigh Valley was experiencing a large influx of new residents from New York. That’s according to U.S. Census data released last week.”

‘Scranton will seek to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips in city’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti said Tuesday her administration will submit legislation to council this month decriminalizing fentanyl test strips in the city, hoping to save lives from a drug that is behind more and more deaths.”

‘Election Board: Council, DA’s office have no standing to sue’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “Luzerne County’s Election Board is arguing county council and the district attorney don’t have authority or standing to file litigation over the board’s placement of the DA race on the Nov. 2 general election ballot, according to a Tuesday court filing.”

‘University of Pennsylvania names search committee to find next president’: The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that “the University of Pennsylvania named the members of the search committee tasked with getting input from the school’s community on what they want from their next president.”

‘Philly City Council will continue meeting online as the delta variant spreads’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “City Council has abandoned its plan to return to in-person meetings next week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Philadelphia.”

‘Protest planned at Rep. Reschenthaler Hempfield office’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “a citizens activist group is planning a rally Wednesday afternoon outside Republican Rep. Guy Reschenthaler’s Hempfield office to seek his support for the $3.5 trillion relief package supported by House Democrats but opposed by the GOP members.”

‘York County school districts defy and delay Gov. Wolf’s mask mandate’: The York Dispatch reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide mask mandate for schools and child care centers took effect Tuesday, but not all York County schools were quick to embrace the order.”

‘Hamburg schools defy Pa. mask mandate on first day’: WFMZ reports that “masks were optional in the Hamburg Area School District on Tuesday, despite the Pennsylvania health secretary’s new order requiring students and staff in K-12 schools and day care centers to mask up.”

‘Tensions flare as Lancaster County schools begin enforcing state mask order’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “emotions ran high Tuesday as Lancaster County school districts began adhering to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s order requiring all individuals wear masks in schools. Some school districts saw protests from parents and heated debate at school board meetings packed with hundreds of passionate residents.”

‘Students, parents protest state school mask mandate’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “students at several area school districts walked out of classes Tuesday in protest of the state’s mask mandate.”

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Statewide mask mandate for Pennsylvania schools takes effect 
Inquirer: What we learned about voting in Pennsylvania jails from a new report 
Inquirer: Sean Parnell’s wife sought protective orders against him. A Pa. Senate race rival says that’s ‘disqualifying.’
Inquirer: Republican Lou Barletta marched in Philly’s Labor Day parade as he courts union workers
Inquirer: In Pa., assessing damage from Ida, county by county
WHYY Newsworks: Many of Pa.’s GOP gubernatorial hopefuls see a blueprint in Texas abortion law
USA Today: Pa. school mask mandate faces 1st lawsuit from parents and Sen. Jake Corman
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top Pa. Senate Republican expects subpoenas will be necessary for election investigation
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As masked kids return to class, Pa. House plots early return to challenge Wolf order 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: States, including Pa., that borrowed from feds to cover unemployment checks now owe interest
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: More than 2k Pa. residents hospitalized as COVID cases climb, Health Department says
Patriot News: Day one of Pa. school masking order: Many complied, some didn’t 
Patriot News: More than 2,000 in hospitals across Pa. due to COVID-19
Morning Call: Trump blasts fellow Republican Toomey as ‘a terrible representative’ after Toomey says Trump should not lead GOP ticket in ‘24 presidential race
WITF: For Some People Living With Food Insecurity In Pennsylvania, A Meal Is The First Step Toward Getting Help
WITF: Educating A Post 9/11 Generation: The Effort To Keep The Story Alive
City & State PA: Energy storage is seen as crucial to meeting renewable energy goals 
Post-Gazette: ‘COVID is nasty’: Pa.’s case count soars over 2020, but vax rate may be impacting death toll
The Hill: Trump blasts GOP Sen. Pat Toomey 
The Hill: Exclusive: Pro-Biden group launches Hispanic ad campaign 
The Hill: Cosby accuser Andrea Constand says his release ‘made me sick’
Delaware Valley Journal: Trump Picks Parnell in PA Senate Primary
Politico: State GOP leaders push new 2020 election reviews as Arizona report looms
KDKA: Pennsylvania State Education Association Says Schools Across State Have Teacher Shortages 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Cases And Hospitalizations Continue To Rise

 

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Republican Lou Barletta marched in Philly’s Labor Day parade as he courts union workers
Inquirer: SEPTA proposes renaming its city rail lines to help everyone get around 
Inquirer: Philly City Council will continue meeting online as the delta variant spreads
Inquirer: Remembering Shanksville | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council says no to live meetings, will return virtually next week 
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA Metro: New plan to rename trolleys, subways and elevated rail lines
KYW Newsradio: ‘Commitment that we would love the same’: Multi-faith effort to help Afghan evacuees in Philly
Philadelphia Business Journal: University of Pennsylvania names search committee to find next president
Billy Penn: SEPTA is testing out a new name for its rail network: the Metro 
NBC10: SEPTA looks to rename city subway, trolley lines as ‘Metro’ to help riders better navigate system

 

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits Montgomery County Community College
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County officials recommend masking outdoors 
Bucks County Courier Times: FEMA to begin damage assessments in Bucks, Montco to determine aid
Bucks County Courier Times: Heading outdoors in Montgomery County? Bring your mask
KYW Newsradio: Republicans, parents push back on Pa. school mask mandate now in effect
Delaware Valley Journal: Closing Chester’s Covanta Plant Would Take $8 Million Revenue Bite

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Pittsburgh City Council Introduces Legislation To Regulate Electric Scooters
WESA: Black Political Organization Supports City Schools Superintendent As Board Reviews Ethics Violations
WESA: Pittsburgh Receives A $50 Million Infusion For Development In Low-Income Neighborhoods
WESA: Expect The Inspector: Unlike Pittsburgh, The State’s No. 3 City Examines Every Rental Home — Eventually.
WESA: U.S. Labor Secretary Says Employment Rates, Workforce Protections ‘Still Have A Ways To Go’
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council to consider traffic rules for electric scooters, which have generated hundreds of complaints 
Post-Gazette: Black political group says outrage over Hamlet ethical violations amplified by racism 
Post-Gazette: As shootings increase, Pittsburgh proposes $9 million for four-year gun violence intervention program
Post-Gazette: Flipping the Big House: Pennsylvania renewing efforts to sell the closed Western Penitentiary on the North Side 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union finalize staff vaccine mandate   
KDKA: PAC Giving School Board Slates $10,000 Checks To Keep Classes In-Person 
KDKA: Report: Pittsburgh Considering Adopting New Traffic Rules For Electric Scooters 
KDKA: Western Pennsylvania Black Political Assembly Backs PPS Superintendent Anthony Hamlet After State Ethics Report 
KDKA: 20 Years After 9/11: Commemorations, Ceremonies And Memorials Planned Across Western Pa.
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Health Department Reports 245 New Cases, 1 Additional Death
City Paper: Portrait project in Downtown Pittsburgh brings awareness to the immigrant experience 
WTAE: Group supports Superintendent Hamlet after ethics investigation results released

 

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Schools reinstate mask mandate as GOP lawmakers plan response
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Coordinator quits; another setback for Somerset County’s efforts to revive recycling program
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: More than 200 COVID-19 cases found in area school-aged children in one week
Tribune Review: Protest planned at Rep. Reschenthaler Hempfield office
Tribune Review: Students, parents protest state school mask mandate
Beaver County Times: Beaver County’s COVID cases up 28.3%; Pennsylvania cases surge 12.8%
Beaver County Times: Beaver County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 44% of people fully vaccinated
Post-Gazette: Anti-mask protests held at Hempfield, Penn-Trafford districts as Pennsylvania mandate takes effect
Post-Gazette: Broadband companies need workers for high-speed internet projects. Military veterans could be a perfect match.
KDKA: Students Protest State’s School Mask Mandate
KDKA: Canon-McMillan School Board Meeting Adjourned After Some People Refused To Wear Masks
WTAE: Vice President Kamala Harris and former President George W. Bush to attend 9/11 observance at Flight 93 memorial
WTAE: Greater Latrobe students walk out over mask mandate
WTAE: Penn-Trafford parents hold protest over Pennsylvania’s mask mandate for schools
WTAE: Canon-McMillan school board meeting ends early after some refuse to wear masks

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton will seek to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips in city 
Times-Tribune: Teachers return for fifth year without a new contract in Scranton 
Times-Tribune: Scranton students return to full in-person classes for first time in 18 months, cyber academy grows 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 cases push past new milestone in NEPA
Citizens Voice: Board argues council, DA lack standing in election lawsuit 
Citizens Voice: Mayor: Flooding in Wilkes-Barre ‘closer than people realized’ 
Citizens Voice: 48 new COVID-19 cases reported in county
The Times Leader: Election Board: Council, DA’s office have no standing to sue 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown updates Council on anniversary plans and storm damage 
The Times Leader: 48 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Tuesday; 2,536 statewide

 

South Central 
York Dispatch: York County school districts defy and delay Gov. Wolf’s mask mandate 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tensions flare as Lancaster County schools begin enforcing state mask order
Patriot News: Here are 9/11 memorial services and events in central Pa. for the 20th anniversary of the attacks 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 76 new COVID-19 cases for Cumberland County Tuesday 

 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council asked to step up release of American Rescue Plan dollars 
Reading Eagle: Passenger rail authority would keep momentum for Reading-to-Philly train, officials say 
Reading Eagle: Police investigating online threat against Oley Valley School District over Pa. mask mandate 
Reading Eagle: Berks coroner reports 11 COVID deaths in a week
WFMZ: Hamburg schools defy Pa. mask mandate on first day 
WFMZ: School mask mandate takes effect as students head back to the classroom 
WFMZ: Pa. Senate subcommittee looking for sworn testimony about election problems 
Express Times: How many people moved to the Lehigh Valley from N.J., N.Y., elsewhere? New numbers are out.
Express Times: Trump attacks Lehigh Valley’s Pat Toomey as ‘not the sharpest tool in the shed’ 
Express Times: Protest at Nazareth schools against Pa. mask mandate draws rebuke over alleged profanity 
Morning Call: ‘There was everything that came before 9/11, and everything that came after’: Lehigh Valley millennials reflect on growing up after the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 13,000 additional cases over weekend with more than 2,000 hospitalized

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Yaw angry over Greenhouse Gas compact vote
Centre Daily Times: Centre County allocates $500,000 to organizations working to distribute COVID-19 vaccines
Erie Times-News: Erie’s second COVID-19 surge shows no signs of slowing

 

Opinion  
Kevin Baumlin: Public officials must take action to confront delta surge
Martina White: Progressive Politics Have Made Philadelphia the Nation’s Murder Capital
Tara Murtha and Susan J. Frietsche: A governor’s veto pen is the only thing standing between Pa. and Texas-style abortion laws 
Jonathan Lovitz: Loving Philadelphia means standing with unions
Lewis Jones and Amy Withrow: HACC faculty are demanding the right to unionize like other community colleges in PA
John L. Micek: Our autumn of discontent: Three Pa. politics storylines to track this fall | Tuesday Morning Coffee 
John L. Micek: ​​Wolf, Chesapeake Guvs. want $737M to help farmers to fight climate change | Wednesday Coffee
Jon Geeting: Want to Grow Philly’s Economy? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Legislative Reapportionment Commission made right decision on how to count prison populations 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Is Anthony Hamlet right for PPS?
Morning Call: ‘Vaccine passports are tyranny’: Readers react on whether we should require proof of vaccination for public gatherings
Felicia Parker-Cox: Philly doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel to reduce homicides
Owen Franklin: “More Than Just Blacktop” 
Theresa Pierno: A new East Coast Maglev train project would butcher natural lands 
Jon Myerow: Tria founder: I’ve borrowed $2 million to keep my restaurants afloat. It’s not enough. 
Will Bunch Newsletter: If this was 1979, Biden would be wildly popular 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Social Security is running out of money. Here’s how to fix it.
Dr. Joseph Bavaria: Healthcare is in crisis, and cutting Medicare will only make it worse 
Jules Lipoff: Should doctors insist on being called ‘doctor’? | Expert Opinion
Charles D. Allen: 9/11 20th Anniversary: How will you honor their memory? 
Joe Luciano: Scientists should develop a vaccine to eradicate irresponsible politicians 
Chris Freind: 9/11’s message: Don’t live in fear
Gene Therapy: Fox News is getting people killed, but you knew that

September 8th, 2021 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “September 8th Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    If GOP nominates Trump again, then GOP deserves to lose again.

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