10/3 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Wagner pushes against the severance tax saying it would ensure Wolf’s re-election, and a potential GOP Gubernatorial hopeful gave money to Democrats.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wagner: If The Severance Tax is Passed “The Governor is Going to Get Reelected”: A Democratic tracker recorded audio of Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner saying he pushed for the severance tax to fail in the state House to help his campaign against Governor Tom Wolf.

Potential GOP Guv Hopeful Gave to Dems: Businesswoman Laura Ellsworth, who is considering a run for Governor as a Republican in 2018, donated over $10,000 to state and federal Democrats since 2007.

Legislative Election Update
City & State: Sources: Sen. Greenleaf to retire – Son, Rep. Stephens eyeing seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers back to full-time budget talks; no agreements yet
State House Sound Bites: Controversy over Wagner’s severance tax remarks
StateImpact: Police, protesters prepare for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline construction
StateImpact: Pipeline critics say blog post seeks to discredit them with ‘fake news’
Capitolwire: On budget talks, Senate leader says ‘we’re as close as we’ve been in some time.’
Capitolwire: Three months in, PA revenue collections performing better than expected.

Philadelphia
Philly Mag: Bob Casey Urges Stricter Gun Control in Wake of Vegas Massacre
Philly Tribune: Michelle Obama set to speak at Pa. Conference for Women
Philly Tribune: State budget talks still in idle despite frenzy in Harrisburg
Inquirer: Michelle Obama headlines Pa. Conference for Women Oct. 3 in Philly
Inquirer: Sen. Bob Casey calls for tougher gun laws after Las Vegas shooting
Inquirer: Former judge admits concealing payments he got from Brady campaign
WHYY: Michelle Obama visits Philly to kick off Pa. Conference for Women
WHYY: Lawyer in Brady case: There are FBI recordings

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania to light Capitol as gesture in wake of Las Vegas massacre
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Tina Davis’ bill would put municipal authorities under state control
Delco Times: Protest at Rep. Pat Meehan’s office calls for federal action on guns

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Shippensburg coach among victims in Las Vegas massacre; condition unknown
Post-Gazette: Las Vegas mass shooting will influence responder training in southwestern Pa., Pittsburgh safety director says
Post-Gazette: Pittsburg gasoline prices drift lower to $2.80 a gallon
Post-Gazette: Donations for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico accepted at PNC park
Tribune Review: No action on latest bid to end 3-month Pennsylvania budget stalemate
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania residents describe fear, uncertainty around Las Vegas shooting
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania allows more types of electronic hunting gadgets
Tribune Review: State revenue up 3.5 percent in September
KDKA: Pittsburgh-Area Natives Caught In Chaos Of Las Vegas Shooting
KDKA: Equifax Says 2.5 Million Additional Americans May Be Affected By Hack
KDKA: Pennsylvania Officials Offer Condolences To Las Vegas Mass Shooting Victims

Southwest
WTAJ: Governor Wolf issues statement on Las Vegas shooting
Beaver County Times: Beaver County native among those critically hurt in Las Vegas shooting, family says
Beaver County Times: Bill expanding options for poll watchers passes state House
Beaver County Times:  High-rise sniper kills at least 58 at Las Vegas concert
WJAC: Pennsylvania to light Capitol as gesture in wake of massacre
WJAC: Giffords to Congress: ‘The nation is counting on you’ to curb gun violence
Observer-Reporter: Wagner urged blocking shale tax to deny Wolf re-election

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County 2018 budget proposal release nearing
Times-Tribune: In interview, Powell says he would bring change of leadership to county DA
Times-Tribune: Scranton board approves calendar change for staff
Standard-Speaker: Hazleton officials may go after drugmakers

South Central
Patriot News: ‘Right to try’ bill giving terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments advances
Patriot News: A new Pa. state budget flashpoint: Whether to tax commercial storage
Patriot News: Harrisburg hires new business administrator
Patriot News: Pressure mounting on lawmakers to identify a long-term unemployment compensation funding solution
Patriot News: How much money has the NRA given to Pennsylvania lawmakers: report
Patriot News: Here’s what some Pa. lawmakers said about the Las Vegas massacre
Patriot News: Pa. state Capitol fountain dyed pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
York Daily Record: Pennsylvanians among concertgoers at fatal Las Vegas shooting
York Dispatch: State court to weigh gerrymandering lawsuit delay Wednesday
WHTM: Casey, Toomey issue statements on Las Vegas shooting
LNP: Faculty look to start union at HACC, the only Pennsylvania community college without one
LNP: Aging Lancaster County Prison limps along as commissioners divide on need for new jail

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown’s nuisance abatement law challenged in court
Morning Call: ‘I’m going to die’: Gunman in high rise kills at least 59 in Las Vegas
Morning Call: Pa. Legislature may be coming to palatable budget compromise
Morning Call: Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley react to Las Vegas shooting: ‘You should be able to come home from a concert
Reading Eagle: Republican who wants to be governor makes stop in Wyomissing
Reading Eagle: No tax increase in Reading mayor’s budget
Reading Eagle: Department of Health gets four months to release medical marijuana applications

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: PSSA, Keystone test results released by state
Centre Daily Times: Public input sought for stormwater runoff plan
Erie Times-News: 95 days without a complete state budget

Opinion
Inquirer: Mass shooting in Vegas is a Nixon in China moment for Trump | Editorial
Inquirer: PennDot voter registration issue the tip of the iceberg on election integrity in Philly
Tribune Review: An expectation of transparency
Tribune Review: Fighting opioid addiction
Post-Gazette: David M. Shribman: First responders
Patriot News: Working together, businesses, city kept Second Street safe | Editorial
Patriot News: History frowns on partisan gerrymandering – this is why | Opinion
LNP: Even as Sunday night’s massacre unfolded, people reacted heroically to save others
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Las Vegas massacre requires courage, unity
Erie Times-News: Our view: Watershed election nears; register to vote

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments