10/31 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14We update our Congressional vulnerability rankings in the wake of resignations and retirements, four charged with interference in the special election in the 197th state House district, Fetterman is reportedly close to a run for LG, and a  PA-18 Candidate Sues Westmoreland County Democratic Party.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PoliticsPA’s 2018 Congressional Vulnerability Ranking, October Update: Since our last ranking, Rep. Tim Murphy resigned, and Congressman Charlie Dent announced his retirement at the end of the term. We are taking the opportunity to update our rankings of the delegation.

Four Charged With Interference in the 197th House District Special Election: Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges against four election officers for interference in the 197th state House district last March.

Fetterman Reportedly Close to an LG Run: Former Senate candidate and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman is reportedly in the final stages of deciding if he will run for Lieutenant Governor next year, becoming the third primary challenger to current Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack.

Democratic PA-18 Candidate Sues Westmoreland County Democratic Party: Westmoreland County Commissioner and candidate for the 18th Congressional district Gina Cerilli is suing the Westmoreland Democratic Party ahead of the party meeting to send its recommendation for who should be the party’s candidate in the 18th district’s special election.

Judicial Election Update
Post-Gazette: For Commonwealth Court: Judge Ellen Ceisler and Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Still not definite where Gov. Wolf will borrow money to finish budget
State House Sound Bites: Governor Wolf signs most of legislature-passed revenue plan
StateImpact: Plaintiffs ask judge to revoke ‘illegal’ Mariner East 2 permits
City & State: Pork-barrel provisions in gaming bill pit DelCo pols against one other
Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf sounds like candidate Wolf during PA Press Club luncheon appearance.

Philadelphia
Inquirer:  Voters Guide: 2017 Pennsylvania and New Jersey general elections
Inquirer: One year after our investigation, is SEPTA more reliable?
Inquirer: Wolf signs bill to balance Pa. budget with gambling and borrowing, may veto education bill
Inquirer: As Puerto Ricans flock to Philly, a Katrina transplant remembers
Inquirer: Election fraud charges filed in 197th District special election
Inquirer: Philly launches ad blitz – in Seattle – to woo Amazon HQ2
WHYY: Pa. revamps policy for casino payments to host communities as it expands gambling opportunities
WHYY:  Pennsylvania gears up for health insurance open enrollment with campaign of its own
WHYY: Biden targets gun violence at education conference
WHYY: 4 charged with vote manipulation in Philadelphia  
WHYY: New law gives Pa. Liquor Control Board more power to crack down on ‘stop-and-gos’
Philly Tribune: Housing and job fairs offers ‘HOPE’ for northwest philly  
WCAU: ‘American People Deserve the Truth’: Local Officials React to Paul Manafort Indictment
KYW: Wolf Signs Bill To Allow Online Gambling, Betting In Airports And Truck Stops

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: 8 candidates seek 4 seats on Perkiomen Valley School Board
Pottstown Mercury: 7 seek 4 open seats on Trappe Borough Council
Delco Times: 4 election workers charged with fraud, voter intimidation in Philly

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: After indictments, Sen. Casey pledges to fight for investigation into Russian election meddling
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania approves gambling expansion — betting not just in casinos anymore
Post-Gazette: Wolf signs some budget bills, slams GOP majority
Post-Gazette: Tim Murphy’s vacant seat stirs heated contest between Democratic candidate, party
Tribune Review: Highlights of Pennsylvania’s casino gambling expansion law
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania OKs betting online, in airports, at truck stops
Tribune Review: Allegheny General Hospital reaches contract with its 1,300 nurses
Tribune Review: Freeport residents split on $11.6 million sewage treatment plan

Southwest
WJAC: Governor Oks online gambling, more casinos in Pennsylvania
WJAC: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree selected from State College  
WTAJ: PennDot applying for major grant
WTAJ: Patients register for medical marijuana  
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania Oks betting online, in airports, at truck stops
Beaver County Times:  Budget bills are ugly but Wolf has little choice but to sign
Altoona Mirror:  Billions sought in opioid fight
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone Oks pension funds  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf OK’s gaming expansion, still wants drilling tax

NEPA
Times Leader: ACA open-enrollment period begins Wednesday; officials concerned
Times Leader: Rise in Luzerne County female inmates impacting budget
Times-Tribune: School districts consider reassessment question
Standard-Speaker: Few attend as Hazle Twp. hosts Luzerne 2018 budget hearing

South Central
Patriot News: ‘I have nothing to apologize for,’ Camp Hill’s Jeffrey Lord tells Perry County Republicans
Patriot News: 4 election workers charged with fraud, voter intimidation
Patriot News: Court revives Pa. prisoners $2 trillion lawsuit against President Donald Trump
Patriot News: Gambling, deficit borrowing are in as Pennsylvania closes book on $32.0 billion state budget
Patriot News: Eight observations gleaned from Pa.’s 2017 school report cards
LNP: Elizabethtown insulation company denies allegations of racial discrimination filed by former employee
LNP: Mayoral candidates Sorace, Stewart, Dastra, Nesbitt to debate tonight at Ware Center forum
LNP:  Penn State Health makes another big move in Lancaster County
WHTM: Gov. Wolf says he’ll keep fighting for extraction tax

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s new gambling law includes $20 million for Easton’s planned science center
Morning Call: WATCH: The Allentown mayoral candidates’ management style and experience
Morning Call: Down ballot: What Allentown voters should look for on election day
Express-Times: What Gov. Tom Wolf was doing in the Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Locals react to passed legislation on gambling, more taxes
Reading Eagle: Penn National official says gambling bill will have punitive impact on business
Reading Eagle: Voters Guide: Here’s what you need to know for Election Day
Reading Eagle: Voters Guide: Pennsylvania voters decide state judicial contests

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: PennDOT seeks federal help funding I-99/I-80 interchange project
Centre Daily Times: 4 judges are up for retention on Centre County ballots. What does that mean?
Centre Daily News: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will come from State College
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council 1st District race pits Fatica against Yates
Erie Times-News: Erie County councilman proposes revitalization fund
Erie Times-News: Mercyhurst poll indicates Erie County voters disapprove of Trump

Opinion
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Rushed-through gambling bill itself a gamble for Pa.
Inquirer: Russian probe charges move nation closer to the truth about Trump | Editorial
Inquirer: After Manafort indictment: What you need to know about impeachment | Perspective
Inquirer: Endorsement Guide: 2017 Pennsylvania and New Jersey general elections
Inquirer: With less local news coverage, who’ll keep an eye on government officials?
Bucks County Courier Times: Prudent tax reform is not just a matter of ‘cuts’
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates charges gravely serious
Patriot News: Are you voting on Election Day, Nov. 7? Here’s why you should. | Opinion
Patriot News: Here’s one Trump tax idea that might do some good | Editorial
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Make an informed choice in important local elections

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