1/18 PoliticsPA Playbook

Radio host Michele Lawrence jumps into the primary to challenge Brady, Toomey endorses Barletta’s Senate bid,and Trump to visit Allegheny County Thursday.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Radio Host Enters Race to Challenge Brady: Radio Host Michele Lawrence announced she is entering the race to challenge Congressman Bob Brady.

Toomey Endorses Barletta in Senate Bid: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey endorsed Congressman Lou Barletta’s Senate bid to challenge Democratic Senator Bob Casey.

Trump to PA Thursday: President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit North Fayette in Allegheny County on Thursday to talk about tax reform.

Legislative Election Update
CD-11: Republican candidate Dan Meuser announced the endorsement of Wyoming County GOP Chairman Davis Haire.  “Dan Meuser is committed to our Republican Party and holds the conservative values and principles that are important to our District and I am proud to support his candidacy,” Haire said.  
CD-7: Democratic candidate Dan Muroff announced the endorsement of Plumbers Union 690.  “The men and women of local 690 are proud to put our strong support behind a Delaware county native and a strong supporter of organized labor, Dan Muroff.  Dan’s record of service speaks for itself. He has a deep understanding of the important role unions have played in making our nation strong and he is dedicated to protecting the right to organize when many in DC want to strip that right away,” John Kane, the Union’s Business manager said.
Pottstown Mercury: Rafferty to seek fifth term in Pa. Senate
Altoona Mirror: Ward to announce 30th District bid
Carlisle Sentinel: State representative announces campaign for seat in 30th senatorial district
Post-Gazette: Bethel Park man seeks to hold 39th state House district for GOP
Altoona Mirror: Burke seeks 80th District seat
Patriot News: Candidate announces for 105th state House seat
Morning Call: State Rep. Kathy Watson will not seek re-election

New York Times: With Trump’s Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat

City & State: Gov. Wolf moves to change overtime rules
Capitolwire: Comprehensive state education plan wins Washington approval.

KYW: Pa. Justices Hear Arguments On Congressional Redistricting
WCAU: Pennsylvania Opens State’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary in the Lehigh Valley
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court considers ordering new congressional map before 2018 elections
Inquirer: Larry Wittig, ousted as state education honcho over sexual misconduct claims, still in charge in Tamaqua
Inquirer: With prison on hold, former Pa. AG Kathleen Kane appeals perjury conviction
Inquirer: Philadelphia sues opioid drugmakers over role in ‘public health nightmare’
Inquirer: Planners of second Philadelphia casino to prep site near sports stadiums
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens
WHYY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court weighing decision on fast-tracked gerrymandering case
WHYY: DOJ appeals decision in Philadelphia’s win in ‘sanctuary city’ case
WHYY: With move to expand open-records law pending, most Pa. agencies get few requests
Billy Penn: Michael Wolff in Philly: Everyone in the White House feels Trump is ‘appallingly stupid’
Philly Mag: Philly Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Says They’re to Blame in Overdose Crisis

Delco Times: Pa. Supreme Court justices mull fate of congressional map
Delco Times: Pa. Supreme Court weighs partisan congressional map
Intelligencer: Former governors Rendell, Schweiker urge more funding for pre-kindergarten
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Meehan rallies for fix for the CHIP children’s health program
Bucks County Courier Times: Trump to visit Pennsylvania, appear with candidate for House seat
Bucks County Courier Times: AG Shapiro backs suit to reverse net neutrality repeal

Tribune Review: Pat Toomey throws support behind Lou Barletta in U.S. Senate race
Tribune Review: Baldwin firefighters offered local tax break
Tribune Review: Wolf proposes controversial overhaul of Pennsylvania’s overtime rules
Tribune Review: EPA names Beaver County Superfund site as promising for redevelopment
Pittsburgh Business Times: Governor proposes overtime reform
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf taking steps to expand who gets OT pay in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Trump to tout tax-cut plan, local firm in Pittsburgh visit that will also feature congressional candidate
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments in gerrymandering case
Post-Gazette: Lamb airs first Democratic TV buy of 18th District special election
KDKA: Trump To Visit North Fayette Company That Says His Policies Have Boosted Business

Beaver County Times: Bernstine, mayors use New Castle fee to lure businesses to 10th Legislative District
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners supportive of ‘ban the box’ initiative
Altoona Mirror: B-A School Board recommends not raising taxes

Times Leader: Pa. Supreme Court gets redistricting case
Times Leader: Hazleton looks prepared to approve big tax hike
Times Leader: Baker takes views and concerns to the White House
Times-Tribune: Scranton seeks court approval to again triple the annual Local Services Tax, from $52 to $156 per worker
Times-Tribune: Lawyer for ex-AG Kane: Investigator had too much power
Standard-Speaker: In Hazleton, taxes will go even higher

South Central
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court takes on Pennsylvania’s Congressional maps case
Patriot News: Former Gov. Tom Corbett’s fingerprints are on Pa. birth certificate change from mother, father to parent
Patriot News: In Hazleton, taxes will go even higher
Patriot News: Look inside Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana dispensary
Patriot News: Concerned citizens group hosts Harrisburg town hall
Patriot News: State universities seek ‘high-energy’ visionary for its high-paid CEO post
WHTM: Biz group warns OT expansion could hurt workers
LNP: Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana dispensary holds grand opening, isn’t selling yet
LNP: DeVos approves Pennsylvania’s revised ESSA plan one month after seeking clarification

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Wolf overtime proposal gets mixed reaction
Reading Eagle: Application deadline nears for Pennsylvania’s Industrial Hemp Research Program
Morning Call: Bethlehem medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears congressional gerrymandering case

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Wolf taking steps to expand who gets OT pay in Pennsylvania
Centre Daily Times: Poor water quality plagues Mountaintop residents
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council OK’s reduced marijuana possession penalties
Erie Times-News: Erie School Board limits tax hike

Patriot News: State representative announces campaign for seat in 30th senatorial district
Inquirer: What’s at stake as first day of new school board begins | Editorial
Inquirer: How the first Women’s March inspired me to run for office in Pennsylvania | Perspective
Post-Gazette: Weathering the storms: Peduto pushes sensible cleanup improvements
LNP: Sens. Aument and Martin: Name the candidates seeking to be Common Pleas judge [opinion]

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