1/11 PoliticsPA Playbook

Bloom announces he is bringing $200k into 2018, the PA-11 candidate forum is cancelled after boycott because of the invitation of a white nationalist candidate, and Leach says he is “truly sorry” in an op-ed.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Bloom Announces $200k on Hand to End 2017: State Rep. Steve Bloom announced he carried over $200,000 from 2017 after raising $252,000 during the year for his bid to replace Congressman Lou Barletta in the 11th Congressional district.

PA11 Candidate Forum Cancelled Due to “Unforeseeable” Views of Candidates: The Dauphin County Council of Republican Women announced they are cancelling the candidate’s forum after Andrew Lewis withdrew his RSVP because of the invitation of Sean Donahue to the event.

Leach: “Truly Sorry” for Making People Uncomfortable: In an op-ed, state Sen. Daylin Leach apologized for conduct that made people uncomfortable, and said he was “sometimes impulsive and thoughtless.”

Legislative Election Update
City & State: Philly Deputy Mayor Rich Lazer eyes US Rep. Bob Brady’s seat
City & State: Community activist Dan Martino jumps into crowded 177th PA House race
Tribune Review: Trio of Washington County Republicans seek nomination for vacant state House seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Need for high-speed internet tops lawmakers’ agriculture agenda
StateImpact: Podcast on Mariner East 2 shutdown: What we know, and what might be next
City & State: First Category 4 license goes for $50.1 million, to be in York County
City & State: Sources: Philly DA Krasner to name new heads of two key units
Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf declares opioid disaster emergency in PA.
Capitolwire: Penn National submits winning mini-casino bid.

Philadelphia
WCAU: Gov. Tom Wolf Declares Disaster Emergency for Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania to Reduce Barriers for Help
WHYY: Gov. Tom Wolf declares ‘state of emergency’ in Pa. opioid epidemic
WHYY: Redistricting reform proponents make last ditch arguments ahead of Pa. Supreme Court proceedings
Inquirer: Federal judges rule in favor of Pennsylvania Republicans in gerrymandering case
Inquirer: Pigs. Honey. Cow dung: Why and how the campaign trail runs through the Pa. Farm Show
Inquirer: Pa. charter schools struggling; more oversight needed, report says
Inquirer: Calling opioid crisis a disaster, Wolf trims red tape to speed aid to patients

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Veterans organizations exempt from realty tax in Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courier Times: Penn National sues over Pennsylvania’s casino expansion
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf turns to disaster emergency to deal with opioid crisis
Delco Times: Opioid-related deaths continue to rise in Delco as Gov. Wolf declares statewide disaster

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Special March Congressional Election Heats Up
Post-Gazette: Wolf’s opioid declaration a step forward, but more help needed, some say
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Health Board makes polluting more expensive
Post-Gazette: County executive comfortable with keeping region’s Amazon HQ2 bid a secret
WPXI: First mini-casino license in Pennsylvania awarded to Penn National
WPXI: Gov. Wolf declares opioid epidemic statewide emergency
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declares opioid crisis a public health disaster
Tribune Review: Judges rule Pennsylvania can retain congressional map

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Wolf declares opioid crisis a disaster
Altoona Mirror: Penn National wins right to casino in York County
Altoona Mirror: Blair County becomes regional leader in farmland preservation

NEPA
Times Leader: Governor declares heroin and opioid epidemic a statewide disaster emergency
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre police union leaders sue city, allege retaliation
Times-Tribune: Cummings votes against Fringe Festival grant funding
Times-Tribune: Susquehanna DA dispute before state Supreme Court

South Central
York Daily Record: Opioid epidemic: Pennsylvania declares state of emergency to clear hurdles and save lives
WGAL: Governor declares statewide ‘disaster emergency’ for Pa.’s heroin, opioid epidemic
LNP: Lancaster County reacts to governor’s declaration of ‘state of emergency’ in fight against heroin, opioid overdoses
LNP: GOP straw polls favor Scott Wagner in Pennsylvania governor race
Patriot News: Pa. launches attack on opioids crisis in response to one of the nation’s highest fatal OD rates
Patriot News: Federal court panel upholds current Pennsylvania Congressional maps
Patriot News: ‘Its not ready for prime time:’ Harrisburg mayor, residents, unhappy with draft of plan for city’s future
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s next casino opportunity goes to York County
Patriot News: Pa. Senate leader Scarnati applauds ruling in federal redistricting case
Patriot News: Pa. GOP chairman not taking no for an answer to a request for LG investigation findings
Patriot News: State of emergency: Pa. officials commend, criticize governor’s opioid declaration
Patriot News: Citing safety concerns, Dauphin Co. Republicans cancel Congressional forum that would have included white nationalist
Patriot News: Sexual harassment reports by state employees are kept quiet ‘to avoid discouraging anyone’

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declares disaster emergency over ‘opioid and heroin epidemic’
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf proclaims disaster emergency for state opioid crisis
WFMZ: Pa. opioid ‘disaster emergency’ plans to help Berks facility
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf declares opioid crisis a statewide emergency
Express Times: Pennsylvania awards first mini-casino license, amid lawsuits

North by Northwest
WJET: Governor Wolf Declares State of Emergency for Growing Opioid Epidemic
Erie Times-News: Officials: Opioid declaration could help Erie
Erie Times-News: Erie planning director: ‘Everyone has to own this’
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania issues disaster declaration over opioid crisis

Opinion
Inquirer: Note to Philly City Council: Stop micro-managing our land | Editorial
Philly Mag: Larry Krasner’s Social Justice Warrior Pass Is Hereby Revoked
Tribune Review: Trib Thursday wrap editorial: ‘Fairness’ exposed in state employee compensation
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: New study charts’ opioids’ legacy of death
Post-Gazette: Help for vets: Trump deploys more firepower against suicides
Patriot News: W. Pa. lawmaker’s hometown feud with his local electric company should stay that way | Editorial

January 11th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments