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Mango releases the names of his campaign senior advisors, Shuster announces he will not seek re-election in 2018, and Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay resigns over sexual harassment allegations.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Mango Announces Campaign Senior Advisors: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango announced his campaign’s senior advisors.

Shuster Will Not Seek Re-Election: Congressman Bill Shuster announced today he will not seek re-election to Congress in 2018.

Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations: Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay resigned over the weekend amid sexual harassment allegations from a former staffer in 2011.

Legislative Election Update
CD-11: Dan Meuser announced endorsements from state Sens. Lisa Baker, John DiSanto, and John Gordner in his bid for the open Congressional seat.  “Our campaign is honored to have the support of State Senators Lisa Baker, John DiSanto and John Gordner. They are strong and effective voices for their constituents in Harrisburg and we are excited that they have put their faith in our campaign to represent the people of the 11th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.,” Meuser said.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: State judge lets budget constitutionality case proceed
State House Sound Bites: State lawmakers set agendas for 2018
StateImpact: Environmental lawyer asks state Supreme Court to back up its order to Commonwealth Court
StateImpact: Environmental lawyer asks state Supreme Court to back up its order to Commonwealth Court
City & State: PA House Republicans to prioritize welfare reform in 2018

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Grand jury hits Pennsylvania State Police on probes of fatal shootings
WPVI: Grand jury to state police: Give up trooper shooting probes
Inquirer: Krasner becomes Philly DA: ‘A movement was sworn in today’
Inquirer: Comcast increases triple-play packages $5 a month; special fees also to rise
Inquirer: WURD radio hosts leave morning show
Inquirer: Grand jury to state police: Give up trooper shooting probes
Philly Mag: The Larry Krasner Experiment Starts Now
Philly Mag: WATCH: Mayor Kenney Responds to Your Mean Tweets
WHYY: Dems vow more transparency in historic Delco swearing-in ceremony
WHYY: Philly city controllers — going places?
WHYY: Pa. Rep. Bill Shuster, transportation panel chairman, to retire
WHYY: Krasner takes oath as very different kind of DA for Philly

SEPA
Delco Times: 2 Pennsylvania officials resign amid misconduct complaints
Delco Times: ‘There will be no turning back’ as 2 Dems take oath, join Delaware County Council
Pottstown Mercury: New Chester County Controller Margaret Reif: ‘I am up to the challenge’
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania agencies fielded hundreds of sex misconduct complaints
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County starts new year with row office inauguration ceremony

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: New Pennsylvania laws for 2018 expand gambling, allow golf carts on roads
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants to focus on development, not politics in 2nd term
Tribune Review: High costs for refusing breathalyzer test among new Pennsylvania laws for 2018
Tribune Review: Unity supervisors keep Mylant as chairman, name Poponick vice chair
Tribune Review: Two new Allegheny County Council members to be sworn in Tuesday
WESA: Two Pennsylvania Officials Resign Amid Misconduct Complaints
Post-Gazette: Details set for Mayor Peduto’s second inauguration
Post-Gazette: Congressman Bill Shuster to retire
Post-Gazette: PA Turnpike tolls to increase 6 percent on Jan. 7
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate security chief resigns after harassment complaints
KDKA: Cold Temperatures Mean Higher Home Heating Bills This Winter

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Gun permits up by 7 percent in 2017
Beaver County Times: GOP Rep. Shuster, transportation panel chairman, to retire
Altoona Mirror: With seat open, candidates line up
Altoona Mirror: Infrastructure bill to be focal point

NEPA
Times Leader: Brooks named new leader of Wilkes-Barre city council for 2018
Times Leader: Laflin appoints new mayor and she doesn’t want police regionalization
Times Leader: Tim McGinley appointed new Luzerne County Council chair
Times-Tribune: Powell sworn in as new Lackawanna County DA
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna officials clash on new post
Times-Tribune: Population gains in Pennsylvania unlikely to save congressional seat in 2020

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. governor’s race presents a wide field
WGAL: ‘If you can work, you will work’ – lawmakers pitch welfare reform
Patriot News: ‘These safety nets are now being abused’: Pa. House GOP members make a push for welfare reforms
Patriot News: Pa. state agencies fielded hundreds of sex misconduct complaints: report
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Senate’s security director resigns; reports tie action to harassment complaints
Patriot News: Grand jury to ‘arrogant’ Pa. state police: Give up trooper shooting probes
Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster will not seek re-election in 2018
Patriot News: Mayor Eric Papenfuse has high hopes for Harrisburg in his second term
Patriot News: Dauphin County gets 3 new judges, a new prothonotary and a familiar coroner
Patriot News: Allentown mayor takes oath 2 weeks before pay-to-play trial
Patriot News: December tax collections far and away better than what Pa. took in last December
LNP: Settlement conference scheduled in sexual harassment suit against county, ex-sheriff Mark Reese
LNP: Turnpike tolls increase again Jan. 7; Here’s how much it’ll cost to get around the state from Lancaster County
LNP: Feds employ data-driven early warning system in opioid fight

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: State agencies fielded hundreds of sex misconduct complaints
Morning Call: 2 Pennsylvania officials resign amid misconduct complaints
Morning Call: Allentown councilman Roger MacLean elected council president; now in line to be acting mayor
Morning Call: Guns or medical marijuana? In Pennsylvania, patients will have to choose
Reading Eagle: Reading council members sworn in

North by Northwest
Daily Item: 2018 marks a big year in Harrisburg
Centre Daily Times: ‘Native son of State College’ Don Hahn sworn in as mayor
Centre Daily Times: Don Hahn has a lot of pride in being new mayor
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Thompson the most frequent House speaker in 2017
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper vetoes ECGRA land bank ordinances
Erie Times-News: Four new Erie County district judges take oaths

Opinion
Inquirer: Philadelphia must hold Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart to the change they promised | Editorial
Inquirer: Now that Larry Krasner is in office, the black community has some demands | Solomon Jones
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: A free-speech report card
Post-Gazette: Getting Real: To get a Real ID driver’s license, prepare soon
Patriot News: These are the five things we’ll be arguing about in 2018 | Opinion
LNP: Municipalities do the right thing in opting out of consideration for casinos

January 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments