1/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

Majority Leader Dave Reed is getting set to run for Congress, Lamb launches his first ad of the special election, Dan David enters the race for the 15th Congressional district, the state Supreme Court hears a redistricting case, and two of Mango’s ads hit snags.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Reed to Run for Congress: According to GOP sources, state House Majority Leader Dave Reed will soon announce a bid for Congress in the race to replace retiring Congressman Bill Shuster.

Lamb Launches Introductory Ad in PA-18 Special Election: Democratic candidate Conor Lamb launched his first ad of the special election to replace retired Congressman Tim Murphy.

Republican Businessman Enters Crowded Field for PA-15: Republican Businessman Dan David announced he is joining a crowded field of Republican candidates running to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent in the 15th Congressional district.

Supreme Court Hears Redistricting Case: The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the state’s Congressional maps to try to determine if they violate the state’s Constitution free speech and free and fair elections protections.

Mango Ads Hit Snag: Two ads from Paul Mango’s Gubernatorial campaign are caught up in issues. One used stock video from Washington in an ad, and caught flak for his joke about raising five daughters in the other.

Legislative Election Update
Altoona Mirror: Schooley announces run for Shuster’s seat
Altoona Mirror: Schmitt seeking 79th District seat
Altoona Mirror: Gregory announces bid for 80th District House seat
Pottstown Mercury: Democratic activist to seek 167th District state House seat
Patriot News: State Rep. Ron Marsico plans to retire after nearly 30 years

Statewide
City & State: Krasner’s softened rhetoric on death penalty worries supporters
City & State: Year of uncertainty sees top Philly DA staffers flee to AG Shapiro
State House Sound Bites: Caltagirone will run again, but without some of his usual supporters
State House Sound Bites: Some heads shake as PA education overhaul is approved
Capitolwire: Lawmakers hears proposals to put PA fiscal house in order.

Philadelphia
Philly Mag: Watch This Cringeworthy Video of PA Lawmakers Doing the Eagles Chant
WHYY: Wolf proposes lifting cap on overtime pay for low-wage earners
WHYY: In next round of Amazon HQ2 competition, Philly’s strong pharma industry may give the city an edge
WHYY: Fattah’s lawyer says juror was wrongly dismissed
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia makes Amazon’s top 20 list for HQ2
Philadelphia Weekly: Candidate Larry Krasner said “never” on the death penalty. DA Krasner is less emphatic.
Inquirer: Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown
Inquirer: Is WIP sports radio host Glen Macnow running for Congress?
Inquirer: GOP Congressman Costello accuses his opponent’s allies of trespassing, but police say there was ‘no crime’
Inquirer: Amazon names Philadelphia in final 20 for new HQ2
Inquirer: Calls grow for protest of Philly Women’s March over security measures
Billy Penn: Philly’s on Amazon’s HQ2 finalist list. Now what?

SEPA
Daily Local: Local student is appointed to the Board of Governors
Times Herald: Upper Providence supervisors unanimously adopt resolution for gerrymandering reform
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County Sheriff Bunny Welsh receives prestigious public service award

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: PUC adopts preliminary plan for overseeing PWSA
Post-Gazette: President Trump stumps for Saccone during visit to
Post-Gazette: Amazon narrows list of cities for second headquarters — and Pittsburgh’s on it
Post-Gazette: State, county, city weigh approaches to opioid lawsuits
WPXI: Pittsburgh makes cut: Amazon announces final 20 cities in running for second headquarters
Tribune Review: As finalist for Amazon’s HQ2, tough questions remain for Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission adopts plan to oversee troubled PWSA
Tribune Review: Trump lauded by nearly 150 supporters as Air Force One arrives in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Trump says tax plan ‘at the center of America’s resurgence’ in Pennsylvania stop
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s abortion clinic buffer zone upheld, but activists keep appealing
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Leaders address Amazon announcement: ‘Our proposal is built in a way where it can be very flexible’
WESA: Pittsburgh Among Top 20 Amazon HQ2 Finalists
WESA: Wolf Heads Into Re-Election Year With $11M Campaign Account

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Trump promotes tax plan in visit to area business
Beaver County Times: Freedom per capita tax, registration notices
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers hear state tax proposals

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County office shuffle proposed
Times Leader: Mayor ‘happy’: Wilkes-Barre draft report shows cash on hand at year’s end
Times-Tribune: Councilman: Scranton meters made inoperable, parts sent for maintenance
Times-Tribune: Panel weighs in on Trump’s first year in office at Keystone College forum

South Central
Patriot News: U.S. Sen. Toomey on-board with House GOP plan to avert a gov’t shutdown
Patriot News: These Pa. lawmakers tried to do an Eagles chant. They failed.
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf: ‘Praying for officers’ involved in Harrisburg shooting
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf wants to change overtime pay rules to make more salaried workers eligible
Patriot News: Fatal deputy U.S. marshal shooting in Harrisburg: Updates on what happened
Patriot News: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh named top-20 finalists for Amazon HQ2
Patriot News: With Rep. Ron Marsico’s not seeking re-election, a Dauphin County House seat is up for grabs
Patriot News: President Trump comes to Greater Pittsburgh for Rick Saccone, tax law
WHTM: Deputy marshal, gunman killed in Harrisburg
LNP: State Republicans challenge last year’s removal of gender labels on PA birth certificates
York Dispatch: Former York City mayor Bracey hired by Gov. Wolf
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf heads into re-election year with $11M campaign account

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: 11-year US marshal identified as officer slain in Harrisburg
WFMZ: Silver lining in Amazon headquarters’ disinterest in Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Leaders in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia hail Amazon decision
Morning Call: As federal spending deadline looms, local lawmakers weigh in on latest short-term bill
Morning Call: Trump visits Pennsylvania to sell tax law — and to try to save a House seat for Republicans
Morning Call: Trump wades into Pennsylvania race seen as test of Republican strength
Morning Call: Northampton County Council approves 8 cabinet nominees

North by Northwest
WJET: Amazon thinking of opening new headquarters in Pennsyvlania
Centre Daily Times: Here’s what you need to know about the Central Pa. Women’s March
Erie Times-News: County expected to form land bank Tuesday
Erie Times-News: Erie Parking Authority takes financial hit from record snowstorm

Opinion
Inquirer: Hey, Ma! I’m on the cover of Time! 3 Philly-area women Democrats land on magazine’s ‘Avengers’ cover | Maria Panaritis
Inquirer: A sensible path for development in Philadelphia | Kenyatta Johnson
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: School district audit shows why taxpayers need more say
Post-Gazette: The Donald in Davos: Going straight to the heart of the globalist gang
Patriot News: As shutdown looms, ‘This is very frustrating,’ Rep. Charlie Dent says of Congress’ endless budget dance
Patriot News: With shutdown looming, I’m a ‘No’ on GOP short-term funding bill, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says
Patriot News: Here’s why Pa. needs a drug czar to lead the fight against opioid abuse | Opinion

January 19th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments