1/26 PoliticsPA Playbook

Cook Political shifts PA-7 to ‘toss up’ amid sexual harassment allegations, the NRCC launches its first digital ad in the PA-18 special election, and Scott Wallace announces for PA-8.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Cook Political Shifts PA-7 to ‘Toss Up’ After Meehan’s Sexual Harassment Allegations: The Cook Political Report shifted its rating of Congressman Pat Meehan’s seat from ‘lean Republican’ to ‘toss up’ after allegations surface that Meehan sexually harassed a staffer.

NRCC Launches First Web Ad of PA-18 Special Election: The National Republican Campaign Committee is launching its first web ad in the special election to replace former Congressman Tim Murphy, targeting Democrat Conor Lamb by pushing to tie him with Nancy Pelosi.

Wallace Announces for PA-8: Scott Wallace, the grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Vice President Henry Wallace, announced he is running in the Democratic primary to challenge Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

Legislative Election Update
Inquirer: Rep. Pat Meehan will not seek reelection after sexual harassment furor
Tribune Review: Former UN Ambassador Bolton endorses Saccone for Congress
Times-Tribune: EXCLUSIVE: State Rep. Kevin Haggerty won’t seek re-election

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: State making more than expected on casino auctions–so far
State House Sound Bites: Death row inmates sue over PA solitary confinement policy
State House Sound Bites: Concerns over conflicts of interest arise over move to redraw Pa. maps
StateImpact: Delaware River Basin fracking ban hearings center on environment, economy
StateImpact: Lawmakers question agencies’ use of special funds
City & State: Philly School board appointment legislation stalls in City Council
City & State: PA House, Wolf administration seek to clear the air on special funds

Philadelphia
Philly Tribune: State GOP seeks delay in imposing redistricting ruling
KYW: Philly Lawyer Slams Congressman Meehan’s Romantic Overtures Toward Former Staffer
Inquirer: Alcohol sales are up in Philly. Is the soda tax driving us to drink?
Inquirer: Philly GOP’s black ward leaders: Why are our votes worth less? | Clout
Inquirer: Speed cameras for Roosevelt Blvd. face hard road in Pa. legislature
Inquirer: Police union opposes using civilian workers for traffic enforcement in Philly
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt redistricting order
Philly Mag: DA Larry Krasner Hires Staffer to Protect Immigrants’ Rights
WHYY: Meehan won’t seek re-election after furor over payment to aide claiming harassment
WHYY: Fulfilling campaign vow, Philly DA adds position to focus on immigrant issues

SEPA
Delco Times: Meehan case: Aide will cooperate with ethics probe
Delco Times: Potential rivals line up for shot at Meehan’s seat
Bucks County Herald: Schweiker, Rendell visit Bucks to advocate for state pre-K education funding
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressman who settled complaint won’t seek re-election

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Restrictions on opioid prescriptions fall short, senators say
Post-Gazette: Pa. Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt redistricting order
Post-Gazette: Likely court fight looms for Pittsburgh’s Amazon HQ2 proposal
Post-Gazette: Sharpsburg council joins with neighboring communities to regionalize police departments
WPXI: 4 laws that take effect in 2018 and their impact on you
Tribune Review: Financial advisers should help clients with opioid problems, state agency says
Tribune Review: Team behind Pittsburgh’s Amazon bid lobbies to keep details secret
Tribune Review: Casey: Health center funding shouldn’t wait for ‘misery on the streets’
Tribune Review: Beaver County ‘bans the box,’ won’t ask for criminal history on job applications

Southwest
Beaver County Times: GOP politicians blast court for throwing out Pennsylvania’s congressional districts map
Beaver County Times: Shell pipeline could travel under a dozen local waterways
Beaver County Times: Christiana claims a ‘library full’ of allegation await Barletta after report tying him to Holocaust deniers
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Aaron Bernstine uses own money to fund teacher scholarships
Altoona Mirror: GOP appeals redistricting ruling

NEPA
Times Leader: First phase of $45K parking study approved by Wilkes-Barre council
Times-Tribune: Cartwright: Let Mueller do his job
Standard-Speaker: House passes drug bills sponsored by Toohil, Doyle

South Central
York Dispatch: York-area business leaders urge candidates to support pre-K push
LNP: Pennsylvania GOP take gerrymandering case to US high court
LNP: Here are the applications for 10 candidates vying for a Lancaster County judge appointment
Patriot News: Gubernatorial candidates fault Meehan’s use of taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claim
Patriot News: Corbett: ‘Why didn’t Penn State set off alarms’ for Michigan State in sex abuse cases?
Patriot News: Pa. legislative leaders take redistricting case to U.S. Supreme Court
Patriot News: Pa. Capitol to be lit in blue in honor of slain deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court rejects stay request in redistricting case; new maps now rest in U.S. Supremes’ hands
Patriot News: State System of Higher Education board approves $19.7 million in faculty raises
WPMT: Redrawing the map: Possible congressional election impacts in Harrisburg

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmaker’s measure for workers’ comp system targets opioid abuse
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmaker’s measure for workers’ comp system targets opioid abuse
Morning Call: Opportunity or monkey wrench? Candidates react to gerrymandering decision
Morning Call: Candidates undeterred by congressional map redraw; VP Pence heading to PA-18 next week
Morning Call: Pawlowski attorney introduces meatball theory amid contract-rigging testimony

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Sen. Casey urges Congress to fully fund community health centers
Erie Times-News: Thompson talks Trump, farm bill, immigration reform
Erie Times-News: Meadville government earns gold ranking

Opinion
Delco Times: Editorial: Bring on the pipeline risk assessment study
Daily News: The Year of Whatevs: Why Trump Fatigue makes 2018 so dangerous | Will Bunch
Inquirer: If you want to ‘Make America Great Again,’ demand redistricting reform | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Education savings accounts, where competition’s needed
Post-Gazette: Trade tactics: Seeking fairness for U.S. workers is practical policy
Patriot News: #MeToo is a beginning – here’s why we can’t turn back now | Judy Schwank
Patriot News: #MeToo, yes. But here’s what happens next | Leanne Krueger-Braneky
Patriot News: Here’s the problem with chain migration | Lou Barletta

January 26th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments