1/29 PoliticsPA Playbook

State Reps. Mustio and Taylor think Barletta could cost the GOP seats in the southeast, our open thread of state Senate and House retirements, Meehan announces he won’t run for re-election, and the ups & downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

GOP Insiders: Barletta Could Lose Republican Seats in Southeast: Retiring state Rep. John Taylor and HRCC Chair Mark Mustio are worried about the consequences of the state Republican Party endorsing Congressman Lou Barletta’s Senate campaign could have on down ticket races.

State Senate and House Open Seats Thread: 2018 has seen large numbers of retirements and candidates seeking higher office in both the state Senate and House, so we are compiling them all into one thread that will be updated as new retirements are announced.

Meehan Will Not Run for Re-Election: Congressman Pat Meehan announced he will not run for re-election this year after allegations he sexually harassed a staffer and paid a settlement out of his office budget. Meehan’s announcement creates another open Congressional seat in Pennsylvania this year.

1/26 Ups & Downs: Meehan is accused of sexual harassment and mishandles the fall out, the League of Women Voters and Democrats see positives with the Supreme Court’s redistricting decision, Saccone gets a lot of support, and more. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Legislative Election Update
Pottstown Mercury: Man who was once homeless seeks Congressional seat
Observer-Reporter: Republicans choose O’Neal as special election candidate in 48th District

Statewide
StateImpact: Coal company, watershed group reach settlement over new mine
StateImpact: Gov. Wolf doesn’t recall campaign pledge to join climate initiative
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending January 26

Philadelphia
WHYY: Changing course, Gov. Wolf asks courts to rule on Pa. education funding lawsuit
WHYY: Republicans seeing lion’s share of turnover in Pa. Legislature
KYW: With Medical Marijuana Done, Supporters Eye Recreational Pot For Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Pat Meehan’s district: A trippin’ road trip through Pennsylvania’s most gerrymandered Land of Make Believe | Maria Panaritis
Inquirer: Before ‘soul mate’ comment, Rep. Pat Meehan ignored advice against interviews
Inquirer: New Philly Controller Rhynhart staffs up, reshapes office
Inquirer: Retiring area GOP lawmakers could mean more Dems (and less clout) in Harrisburg – thanks to Donald Trump
Philly Mag: Pa. Could Be the Next State to Force Net Neutrality by Executive Order

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: It’s turmoil in the 7th District after Meehan’s exit
Bucks County Courier Times: Republican retirements leave open state seats for Democratic candidates
Bucks County Courier Times: Longtime CB Regional chief looks back on his career in law enforcement
Delco Times: Ridley Park mayor touts borough’s success story

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: House passes Toomey bill to help victims of child pornography get restitution
Post-Gazette: Work begins on new congressional maps as Pa. Supreme Court appoints adviser
Post-Gazette: Civility reigns at debate for District 8 City Council seat
Post-Gazette: The state of our region: What’s changed in Western Pa. after Trump’s first year?
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh teachers union seeks strike vote
Tribune Review: Democrats criticize Paul Mango for ‘homophobic and extremist’ interview
Tribune Review: State Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court for help in redistricting fight
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers’ union set to vote on strike option, would be first since 1975
Tribune Review: After Trump’s first year, coal, steel, manufacturing still struggling in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: After resident reaction, Scott Township commissioners find tax collector compromise
Pittsburgh Business Times: DEP wants to more than double well permit fees
WPXI: New directive for overdose reversal drug naloxone

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Toomey introduces earmark ban bill, sees bill helping child porn victims pass Senate
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to appeal reassessment ruling
Altoona Mirror: City Redevelopment Authority looking to flex muscles

NEPA
Times Leader: Breathe Deep NEPA raises funds to fight lung cancer
Times-Tribune: Seven school districts vote to cap tax increases
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County awards $174K contract to rehab trolley line
Standard-Speaker: Times Leader sells its headquarters

South Central
WPMT: Gov. Wolf to enlist mathematician to evaluate redistricting maps for fairness
Patriot News: New Pa. court order adds further definition to 11th-hour redistricting process
Patriot News: The 8 hottest races in 2018 Pennsylvania elections
Patriot News: Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser accused of sexual harassment during 2008 campaign
Patriot News: Loser in Pa. Senate race blocked from suing the winner over petition challenge
Patriot News: Can Pa. Democrats turn anti-Trump momentum into actual votes in 2018 elections?
WHTM: Midstate Pollster: Bad timing for Republicans with Rep. Meehan not seeking another term
LNP: Pennsylvania GOP take gerrymandering case to US high court
LNP: Here again: 6 things to know as hemp fields return to Lancaster County
LNP: Lancaster Republicans call Meehan’s decision not to seek re-election ‘right move,’ and his behavior ‘disturbing’

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Jonathan Peri appointed Chairman of Higher Education Council
Morning Call: Day 5 of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s trial: Here’s what you need to know.
Morning Call: U.S. Supreme Court online sales tax case may impact Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: How redistricting could affect Berks County’s districts

North by Northwest
Meadville Tribune: Lawmakers consider whether they can police college free speech controls
Centre Daily Times: Pa. had fewer inmates in 2017. Did central Pa?
Sharon Herald: Governor calls for applications for Mercer County judge vacancies
Erie Times-News: Erie leaders take revitalization cues from Canton

Opinion
Patriot News: Trump has a chance to flip the script with State of the Union. Will he take it? | Kirstin Snow
Patriot News: Trump needs to do these three things for a successful State of the Union | Charlie Gerow
Daily Local: Editorial: Pa. Supreme Court ruling sets stage for redistricting reform
Bucks County Courier Times: Our View: Redistricting ruling was right call
LNP: Gerrymandering is unfair and undemocratic, but the answer to ending it doesn’t lie in the courts
Delco Times: Editorial: Time to put one more dagger in heart of gerrymandering
Inquirer: Meehan must go now, not 11 months from now | Editorial
Post-Gazette: Of public interest: Shielding the Amazon bid sets a bad precedent
Post-Gazette: No role model: Rep. Patrick Meehan betrayed a boss’ responsibility

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