1/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

The straw poll vote totals from the three PA GOP regional caucus meetings over the weekend for the Gubernatorial and Senate endorsement process, the date is set for the special elections in the 48th and 178th House districts, Joe Peters jumps in the race for the 11th Congressional district, and John Morganelli enters the race for the 15th Congressional district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

GOP Caucus Meeting Straw Poll Results: Governor: Regional straw polls are beginning to paint a picture of who has the inside track for the Gubernatorial endorsement ahead of the state party’s endorsement meeting.

Special Election Dates Set for HD-48 & HD-178: House Speaker Mike Turzai announced the special elections to replace resigned state Reps. Brandon Neuman and Scott Petri will be held on primary day.

GOP Caucus Meeting Straw Poll Results: Senate: Regional straw polls are beginning to paint a clear picture of who has the inside track for the Senate endorsement ahead of the state party’s endorsement meeting.

Peters Enters Race for PA-11: Former Federal prosecutor Joe Peters announced he is officially entering the race to replace Congressman Lou Barletta, who is running for Senate.

Morganelli Joins Race for PA-15: Northampton County Democratic District Attorney John Morganelli announced he is running to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: Conor Lamb, citing need for new leadership, will not support Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader
Times-Tribune: Peters gets into Congress race
Patriot News: Longtime prosecutor to seek Democrats’ nod in U.S. House race
WJAC: Bream to seek McGinnis’ Pennsylvania House seat
Patriot News: Rep. Tom Mehaffie announces plan to seek re-election to a second term

Statewide
City & State: What’s next for PA politics in 2018
City & State: Lawmaker floats proposal to lower state’s personal income tax rate
State House Sound Bites: Corbett looks back at Sandusky scandal, fallout
State House Sound Bites: Auditor general renews calls for expanded authority
StateImpact: Federal commission kills Trump’s plan to save coal plants

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Four Philly-area congressmen demand action on SSI backlog
Inquirer: Will Trump’s culture wars trickle down to Pa.? 2018 races may answer
Inquirer: Pa. attorney general to review Penn State frat death
Inquirer: Krasner firings stir fallout in court: Cases stalled, criticism emerges
Inquirer: Bensalem seeks ICE immigration partnership amid opposition
Inquirer: $900,000 paid to settle Pa. sex-harassment suit
Philly Mag: Bob Brady, Meet the Black Former Bank Exec About to Go After Your Seat
WHYY: FERC rejects Trump bid to boost coal, nuclear power

SEPA
Daily Local: Mango campaign says it has $5.5M in cash, TV ad about to air
Daily Local: Gov. Wolf, others help Turn5 open new Paoli area headquarters
Delco Times: Pennsylvania paid $900K in sex misconduct case
Delco Times: Report: Pipeline will be a boon to region’s economy and add hundreds of jobs
Bucks County Courier Times: Special election date set for Scott Petri’s seat

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Doctors are prescribing fewer opioids following measures by state, insurers
Post-Gazette: Pa.’s state university system eyes changes to tuition plans
Post-Gazette: Candidates for Gergely’s old state House seat square off in debate
Post-Gazette: Special election date set to replace state Rep. Brandon Neuman
Post-Gazette: Mini-casino bidding approaches with 1,000-plus municipalities saying no
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh poised to pay more than $150,000 in lawsuit settlements
Tribune Review: Candidates for 35th House seat tackle crime, other issues in Homestead debate
Tribune Review: Hampton council swears in new members
KDKA: Could Oprah Winfrey Or Other Celebrities Be The Ticket For Democrats To Defeat Trump In 2020?

Southwest
WJAC: Changes to state Bingo Law to benefit nonprofit organizations
Beaver County Times: Beaver County asks court to reconsider reassessment order
Altoona Mirror: More hint at run for Shuster’s 9th seat

NEPA
Times Leader: AG outlines plans to improve accountability, transparency
Times-Tribune: Kids-for-cash judge has some convictions tossed
Times-Tribune: Button takes office in West Abington despite guilty plea
Standard-Speaker: ABCs of county government to be filled out this evening

South Central
LNP: Pennsylvania paid $900K in 2016 sex misconduct case involving Revenue Department supervisor
LNP: New Mayor Danene Sorace joined LNP to discuss plans for Lancaster city
LNP: New police chief takes over in Quarryville, former top cop stays on as borough manager
Patriot News: Harrisburgers can speak out about future development Wednesday
Patriot News: Ready. Set. Bid. Does Pennsylvania still have room for more casinos?
Patriot News: Court challenge against York mayor Michael Helfrich is withdrawn
Patriot News: New tuition plans in the works at some Pa. state universities

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania paid $900K in sex misconduct case
Morning Call: Pennsylvania tax delinquents hit with 5% interest penalty
Morning Call: Bob Casey talks re-election, legislative deadlines at The Morning Call
Reading Eagle: GOP candidates share views at PA Farm Show
Express Times: John Morganelli says he’s filed paperwork in run for Congress

North by Northwest
Clearfield Progress: Wolf announces expansion of services to disabled to reduce waiting list
Daily Item: REAL ID will cost more than $60
Centre Daily Times: SCASD delays vote on changes to elementary homework and recess policies
Erie Times-News: McKean Township supervisors take auditors to court again
Erie Times-News: Eight Erie County municipalities ban mini-casinos

Opinion
Inquirer: DA Krasner’s silence sparks conspiracy theories | Stu Bykofsky
Inquirer: Daylin Leach: What I’ve learned | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib Tuesday take editorial: New faces on local boards
Tribune Review: Keith Rothfus: A new/old plan for growth
Post-Gazette: Out of the shadows: Senate’s secret security squad seems senseless
Patriot News: The other thing to dread besides Farm Show cold? The 2018 Pa. guv. candidates | Analysis
Patriot News: With his treatment of the Justice Department, Trump goes after another Democratic norm | Editorial

January 9th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments