1/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

Straw poll results from the Southeast caucus meeting for Governor and Senate, Reed officially enters the race for PA-9, Pence to campaign for Saccone in February, and an ethics investigation is opened into Meehan over secual harassment allegations.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

GOP Caucus Meeting Straw Poll Results: Governor: State Sen. Scott Wagner won the Southeast straw poll, increasing his lead in the straw polls.  

GOP Caucus Meeting Straw Poll Results: Senate: Congressman Lou Barletta won his fourth straw poll in a row, winning the Southeast Caucus straw poll.

Reed Officially Enters Race to Replace Shuster: State House Majority Leader Dave Reed officially announced his run to replace retiring Congressman Bill Shuster.

Pence to Campaign for Saccone Feb. 2nd: Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for state Rep. Rick Saccone’s Congressional campaign in the special election to replace former Congressman Tim Murphy.

Ethics Investigation Opened into Meehan Over Sexual Harassment Claims: The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Congressman Pat Meehan over sexual harassment claims against him, and his office’s handling of the allegations.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: Pa. House Majority Leader Dave Reed announces congressional run
WHYY: Sixth Democrat enters race to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan
Tribune Review: Democrat Austin Davis wins state House special election in Mon Valley
Post-Gazette: College student hopes to challenge Hal English in Pa. House’s 30th District
Beaver County Times: Democrat Michele Knoll running for Mark Mustio’s state House seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Reed joins congressional race amid redistricting chaos
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers pushing toward amendment to shrink PA legislature
StateImpact: Tariff could hurt PA solar, but won’t ‘slam the door shut’
City & State: Bill to reduce size of PA House becomes redistricting reform proxy war
Capitolwire: House approves narrower anti-porn resolution.
Capitolwire: House panel reports out controversial Workers’ Comp drug formulary bill.
Capitolwire: Senate panel recommends L&I nominee.
Capitolwire: Bill to reduce the size of the PA House, from 203 to 151, gets closer to a decision by state voters.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: PennDot CIO steps down amid consolidation of IT contracts
Inquirer: Safe injection sites to fight opioid overdose deaths get green light from Philadelphia officials
Inquirer: Pat Meehan says he saw younger aide as ‘a soul mate’ but denies harassment
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans ask state Supreme Court to stay its own gerrymandering order
Inquirer: Top Pa. Republicans give Pat Meehan benefit of the doubt
Inquirer: House Majority Leader Dave Reed announces congressional run, recuses himself from district map redrawing
Inquirer: Will Trump administration, law enforcement challenge safe injection site plans?
WCAU: Rep. Meehan Says He’s ‘Hurt’ By Sexual Harassment Allegation, Denies Crossing a Line With Aide
Philly Mag: Philly Just Announced Plans for the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site
Philly Mag: How Pa.’s Gerrymandering Decision Could Affect the 2018 Primary Election
WHYY: Meehan admits ‘deep affection’ for accuser, but denies sexual harassment

SEPA
Daily Local: Anti-gerrymandering advocate: Chesco could benefit from redistricting decision
Bucks Local News: Congressional and state legislative candidates to speak at Newtown Rally for Democrats 2018
Delco Times: Wolf backs court’s decision to strike down congressional map
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Meehan tells his side of harassment claim by ex-staffer
Bucks County Courier Times: Governor backs court’s move to strike down congressional map

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: 4 candidates for Pittsburgh City Council set to debate Sunday
Tribune Review: Proposal to shrink Legislature moves forward
Tribune Review: Voter registration deadline for 18th District special election is Feb. 12
Post-Gazette: Republicans ask state Supreme Court justices to reconsider gerrymander ruling
Post-Gazette: Democrat Austin Davis wins Pa. House’s 35th District
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh council plans public meetings on PWSA’s future
Post-Gazette: Trump endorses Rick Saccone in special election for 18th District seat
KDKA: Voters To Get Chance To Reduce Size Of Pa. House In November
KDKA: Some Say It’s Time For ‘Pennsylvania Promise’ To Help Students Afford Higher Education

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Number of prescriptions written for controlled substances drop
Beaver County Times: Bill to trim about quarter of state House districts advances
Beaver County Times: Christiana finishes distant second to Barletta in caucus vote
Altoona Mirror: Legislation to trim House advances

NEPA
Times Leader: Republicans, Democrats split over court’s ruling
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre wants to take another look at lease or sale of parking assets
Times-Tribune: Scranton council plans ‘idea sessions’ to improve city

South Central
WPMT: State health department launches interactive database in effort to curb opioid abuse
Patriot News: Can Pennsylvania’s policy-makers really build a better Congressional map in 17 days?
Patriot News: Pa. opioid emergency allows ‘real-time’ look at overdoses, hotbeds of painkiller over-prescribing
Patriot News: Reducing size of Pa. House by a quarter seen as ‘a foot in the door’ leading to more reforms
Patriot News: Governor backs court’s move to strike down congressional map
LNP: Lancaster County taxpayers share opinions on US Rep. Meehan, accused of using public funds to settle sexual harassment complaint
LNP: Report: Meehan called aide ‘a soul mate,’ says he’s running for re-election

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House panel votes to cut Legislature’s size
Morning Call: The ABCs of congressional redistricting
Morning Call: Pawlowski ordered staff to create contract for key donor, top aide testifies
Morning Call: Trump’s core supporters in Pennsylvania cheer ‘unprecedented’ president as he begins year two
Reading Eagle: Bill to shrink size of Legislature advances to full state House
Reading Eagle: Boyertown School Board blocks move to limit tax hikes

North by Northwest
Clearfield Progress: Wolf administration issues statement on CHIP re-authorization
Centre Daily Times: Thompson, other GOP representatives respond to redistricting ruling
Centre Daily Times: $2.5 million pipeline project to ‘save jobs’ in Centre Hall
Erie Times-News: DePasquale: Pa. cannot afford to lose out on marijuana legalization benefits

Opinion
Daily Local: Editorial: State court ruling is win for voter rights
Delco Times: Editorial: Pa. High court strikes blow for basic democratic rights
Inquirer: Philadelphia safe injection sites: The right move to save lives now | Editorial
Inquirer: About that court ruling that could change the face of Pennsylvania politics | John Baer
Inquirer: Without transparency, it’s hard to be enthusiastic about Philly’s new school board | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Gov. Wolf’s overtime proposal another counterproductive diktat
Post-Gazette: Congressional do-over: Pa. Supreme Court offers hope for fair districts
Post-Gazette: Buoying PWSA: Oversight and new board promise needed change

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