1/2 PoliticsPA Playbook

Happy New Year Politicos! The Commonwealth Court says Congressional districts do not violate the state Constitution, Voit enters the race for Lieutenant Governor, Public Policy Polling finds GOP tax plan doing poorly in PA-8 and 15, and the ups & downs from ahead of the holidays.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Commonwealth Court Says Pa’s Congressional Lines Do Not Violate State Constitution: Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson said that Pennsylvania’s Congressional map does not violate the state’s Constitution, setting up a showdown before the state’s Supreme Court.

Voit Enters Race For LG: Republican businessman Otto Voit, who ran for Treasurer in 2016, is entering the race for Lieutenant Governor in 2018.

PPP: PA-8 and PA-15 Voters Do Not Approve of GOP Tax Plan: In Public Policy Polling polls from earlier this month voters in PA-8 do not approve of the Republican tax plan, and in a separate poll from early October found similar results in PA-15.

12/22 Ups & Downs: Leach and Caltagirone both have sexual harassment allegations leveled against them, Wolf takes a strong stance, Inquirer reporters show their hard work and dedication, Toomey achieves a long term goal, and Senate Bill 3 creates divisions within each party. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Every Lancaster municipality opts out of gambling expansion
State House Sound Bites: PA judge says congressional maps aren’t unconstitutional
State House Sound Bites: Medical marijuana program entering final stages of rollout
StateImpact: Pennsylvania’s gas fields ramp up for more drilling in 2018
StateImpact: CNX Gas fined more than $400,000 for drilling violations in Greene County
StateImpact: Energy in 2017: Regulatory rollback and environmentalist angst
City & State: Two state senators seek to boost volunteer firefighter numbers
City & State: Senate tries again on implementing statewide emergency radio network
City & State: Lawmaker continues quest to regulate tattoo parlors, tongue splitting

Philadelphia
WHYY: Wolf administration greenlights returning Philly schools to local control
WHYY: Pennsylvania, other Northeast states sue EPA over Midwest pollution
WHYY: The numbers are in: Here’s how ACA open enrollment went in Pa., N.J., and Del.
WCAU: 4 Republicans Want to be PA Governor, and That’s Got the Party in an Interesting Spot
Inquirer: DA-elect Krasner vowed to change the system. First he’ll have to change the office
Inquirer: One year later, Philly soda tax still controversial
Inquirer: In gerrymandering case, judge recommends Pa. Supreme Court uphold congressional map
Inquirer: Two-plus hours on a school bus: How a Chester charter taps Philly kids to grow
Philly Mag: Coming to Philly in 2018: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Training

SEPA
Daily Local: Year in review 2017: Twists and turns complicate pipeline construction
Intelligencer: After tough year, environmentalists seek wins in 2018
Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Dinniman: 6 Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline questions that need answers
Bucks County Courier Times: New Philadelphia district attorney breaks the mold

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Pa. Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay Resigns As Harassment Complaint Resurfaces
KDKA: Will Pa. Gun Owners Have To Give Up Their Firearms To Get Medical Marijuana?
Post-Gazette: State fire commissioner resigns amid harassment allegations
Post-Gazette: Two seeking to replace Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh City Council
Post-Gazette: State System colleges could offer more student aid
Post-Gazette: Patients in Pennsylvania must choose: Medical marijuana or gun ownership
Post-Gazette: 4-way gubernatorial primary tests GOP’s endorsement mettle
WTAE: How 2011 allegation resurfaced and Pa. Fire Commissioner Solobay resigned
Tribune Review: What to expect for your personal finances in 2018
Tribune Review: Southwestern Pa. lost thousands of manufacturing jobs in 2017
Tribune Review: Pleasant Hills residents won’t see property tax hike in 2018

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Solobay out as fire commissioner
Beaver County Times: 2017 By the numbers
Beaver County Times: Commissioners ‘exploring legal possibilities’ after reassessment ruling
Beaver County Times: New county judges, magistrate sworn in
Altoona Mirror: Judge Kopriva on retirement: ‘I’ve had a wonderful ride’

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Expect a busy 2018 in local Congress races
Standard-Speaker: Carbon commissioners shape priorities
Times Leader: Year-end report: PennDOT says it’s delivering transportation value
Citizens Voice: Changes to Local Tax Collection Law go into effect today

South Central
Patriot News: Mummer skit criticizes Sen. Toomey, calls for free healthcare
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay abruptly resigns state post
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker charged in fatal hit-and-run to terror attack: Ed Marsico as DA ‘best of the best’
Patriot News: Soda tax? This Philly Mummers club isn’t a fan
Patriot News: Ex-state fire commissioner’s former staffer goes public with 2011 harassment complaint
Patriot News: Laid-off state employees being called back to staff unemployment compensation centers
Patriot News: Former Pa. State System chancellor nominated for U.S. Department of Education post
Patriot News: Ex-GOP treasurer candidate to run for lieutenant governor
Patriot News: No taxpayer-paid sexual harassment settlements from Pa. Senate in last 10 years
LNP: More than 10,000 Pennsylvania patients register for medical marijuana program
LNP: Civic leaders praise Lancaster city mayor Rick Gray, call him visionary leader
WHTM: State Fire Commissioner resigns after harassment claims

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: More than half of Berks County’s towns don’t want a casino
Reading Eagle: Many Berks employers still evaluating impact of tax overhaul
Morning Call: Five things you need to know about Real IDs
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski sworn in for fourth term as mayor, days ahead of criminal trial

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Key state, federal offices up for election in November ’18
Meadville Tribune: Crowded field seeks to challenge Wolf in 2018
Daily Item: Pa. House Speaker: Health care solution is in private sector
Daily Item: Potenial Casey, Barletta showdown on tap?

Opinion
Patriot News: If you thought 2017 was rough politically, wait until 2018 | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: In 2018, women and men need to keep working together to fight harassment and sexism | Kirstin Snow
Express Times: Next up for GOP: Predatory lending for everyone | Editorial
Post-Gazette: Parking projects: City authority gets OK to try something new
Post-Gazette: License check: The state must balance worker, consumer needs
Delco Times: Editorial: A resolution for Pennsylvania voters in 2018
Inquirer: From Boyertown to bonuses, from corruption to contraception: The 2017 issues that mattered to us | Editorial
Inquirer: The Philly politician who should inspire voters to say ‘enough is enough’ | Editorial
Inquirer: The big issues Philadelphians should watch in 2018 | Editorial
Delco Times: Editorial: Secrecy surrounding harassment claims is an outrage
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Is CFPB realistic — or rabid?
LNP: The LNP Editorial Board offers New Year’s resolutions for our elected officials
Reading Eagle: Editorial: It’s time to put an end to annual toll hikes

January 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments