1/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

Eichelberger jumps in the race to replace Congressman Bill Shuster, Joe Gale enters the race for Lieutenant Governor despite being too young to hold the office, and Barletta announces $1 million on hand to start 2018.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Eichelberger Announces for PA-9: State Sen. John Eichelberger officially entered the race to replace retiring Congressman Bill Shuster, joining a crowded primary field.

Gale Enters Race for LG: Montgomery County Republican Commissioner Joe Gale announced he is entering the race for Lieutenant Governor.

Barletta Enters Election Year With $1 Million on Hand: Congressman Lou Barletta announced his U.S. Senate campaign is starting 2018 with just over $1 million on hand.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: Lamb gets first endorsement from big-ticket national group
Centre Daily Times: Mill Hall man to run for 5th District congressional seat
Reading Eagle: State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone is running for re-election
Post-Gazette: Democrat dominates fundraising as Mon Valley special election nears
Times Leader: Bartoli will run for state House

State House Sound Bites: PA National Guard facility breaks ground on new multi-million building
State House Sound Bites: SCOTUS to consider a case that could net states sales revenue
StateImpact: Hearing will scrutinize use of money in special environmental funds
StateImpact: DEP fines natural gas company $1.7M for drilling violations
City & State: Republican lawmakers introduce regulatory reform report, bill package

Inquirer: 28-year-old Trump supporter jumps into Pa. Lt. Gov race. The only problem: He has to be 30 to take office
Inquirer: Kenney names 13 to help pick Philly’s new school board
Inquirer: Some say Women’s March pink hats aren’t inclusive. Philly organizers say wear what you want
Inquirer: Nuns want religious freedom trial over Lancaster pipeline on their land
Inquirer: At Free Library, Wolff discusses the firestorm around ‘Fire and Fury’
Inquirer: Adelphia’s 84-mile pipeline is the latest Philly-area project for Pa.’s natural gas gusher
WCAU: Not Old Enough to Hold the Office, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale Announces Run For Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Anyway
WHYY: Outrage over Trump is helping Democrats win elections
WHYY: Kenney names nominating panel for new Philly school board
Billy Penn: What Philly needs to know about REAL ID

Pottstown Mercury: Montco Commissioner Gale announces run for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov.
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County bench welcomes 2 new judges
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf pleads for more federal support to fight opioid epidemic
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township poised to pass 1-mill tax increase covering ambulance services, fire hydrants
Delco Times: DNC deputy chair visits local Dems in Haverford
Delco Times: Swarthmore welcomes two newcomers to borough council
Delco Times: Newly Democratic Rose Valley Council pledges bipartisanship

Tribune Review: Betsy DeVos green-lights Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan
Tribune Review: Peduto says Pittsburgh ‘clearly needs to do a much better job’ removing snow
Tribune Review: Pat Toomey endorses Lou Barletta in Pa. Senate race
Tribune Review: Penn Hills school officials refuse to address business manager’s apparent absence
Post-Gazette: Shale gas driller penalized
Post-Gazette: President Donald Trump to visit North Fayette, tout tax reform bill
KDKA: President Trump’s Visit On Thursday A Mix Of Policy, Politics

Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf pleads for more federal support to fight opioid epidemic
Beaver County Times: Nonunion county employees to get 3 percent pay raise
Beaver County Times: GOP field grows to 4 to run for lieutenant governor
Altoona Mirror: Halvorson again sets sights on Shuster’s congressional seat
Altoona Mirror: Bedford revises county budget

Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke mull cooperation on blight
Times-Tribune: Powell hires top assistant DAs
Standard-Speaker: Hazleton’s woes mounting over finances, fuel

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Fort Indiantown Gap Training Center breaks ground on Training Support Center building
Patriot News: 25 Pa. Republicans tell Wolf he can’t list mothers and fathers as ‘parents’ on birth certificates
Patriot News: Lieutenant governor race on GOP side increases to four candidates
Patriot News: Why letting Nestle’s candy get away may be the best thing for Hershey
Patriot News: Trump to visit suburban Pittsburgh heavy equipment maker Thursday
Patriot News: Gerrymandering case sows doubt in big year for House races
LNP: Lancaster County deputy sheriff who sued sheriff, county over sexual harassment to be paid $125,000
LNP: 10 candidates are in the running to replace Lancaster County Judge Hoberg
LNP: Hempfield school board’s cell tower vote delayed a week due to weather
LNP: Jury selected for Allentown mayor’s trial

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pat Toomey endorses Lou Barletta in Pa. Senate race
Morning Call: Wolf asks Trump for more money to fight opioid epidemic
Morning Call: Jury selected to decide government’s corruption case against Ed Pawlowski
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski trial: Potential witnesses for the defense revealed
Morning Call: The 9 schemes alleged in Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s pay-to-play case

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News:2018 election races take shape
Erie Times-News: Blue Zones to present health, well-being proposal to Erie
Centre Daily Times: State College leaders condemn Trump for ‘s—hole’ comment

Observer-Reporter: EDITORIAL Don’t settle sexual harassment cases with taxpayer dollars
Inquirer: Opioids and guns don’t – and shouldn’t – mix in Pa.’s emergency declaration | Editorial
Inquirer: 4 vital transformations Larry Krasner can make in his first year as Philly’s DA | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Ruling puts pot facilities in proper perspective
Patriot News: A year in, Trump has a list of accomplishments, but he’s still his own worst enemy | Analysis
LNP: It’s time for the state Legislature to downsize and reduce the number of House seats

January 17th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments