11/1 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer sentenced to probation, community service and a fine, Meuser announces a “Government for the People” plan, and Trump is underwater in Erie County, a county he won in 2016, according to a Mercyhurst poll.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Hafer Fined $50K, Gets 3 Years Probation For Lying During Corruption Investigation: Former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer was sentenced to three years probation, a $50,000 fine, and to complete 500 hours of community service by a federal judge today.

Meuser Announces “Government for the People” Plan: 11th Congressional candidate Dan Meuser announced his first detailed policy plan in a three-page document called his “Government for the People” plan.

Mercyhurst Poll: Trump, Congress, and News Media Underwater in Erie County: In a new Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics poll of Erie County voters, President Trump, who won the county last year, Congress and the news media are all underwater.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: 15 statewide court seats open in upcoming election
State House Sound Bites: Voters could take step toward property tax elimination Tuesday
City & State: Outspent 2-1, PA Dems launch last-minute judicial ad blitz

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Ex-Pa. Treasurer sentenced to probation for lying to feds
Inquirer: Here’s help voting in Pa.’s hapless judicial elections
Inquirer: Wolf criticizes GOP targeting state, local tax deduction
Inquirer: Bribery definition in play as Bob Menendez closing approach
WHYY:  Kenney to give major speech on future of Philly schools
WHYY: Black Lives Matter activist crash another City Hall event, slamming ‘poverty simulation’
WHYY:  Time in maximum-security prisons helps nurses learn non-biased, compassionate care
Philly Tribune:  Minority-led accounting firm opens in Phila.
Philly Tribune: Penn announces Calvin Bland fellows
KYW: 2 PA Democratic Leaders Criticize GOP Tax Plan: ‘This Is Just Rolling A Problem Downhill’

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Thursday forum will focus on Pa. property tax referendum
Pottstown Mercury: Former Montgomery County Commissioner honored with lifetime achievement award
Bucks County Courier Times: Democratic incumbent faces challenge from Republican newcomer in Morrisville mayor’s race
Bucks County Courier Times: Richland voters to decide on number of supervisors on Nov. 7
Bucks County Courier Times: Middletown’s earned income tax the fuel for candidates’ fire
Delco Times: Protesters to Meehan: Stop the tricks, and no treats for wealthy

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Sen. Casey, Gov. Wolf Say GOP Tax Plan Will Take Deductions From Pennsylvanians
Tribune Review: They can vote, but do 18-year-olds have any idea how government works?
Tribune Review: Fawn supervisors budget to keep police force and pave Donnellville Road
Tribune Review: As gambling grows in Pennsylvania, what’s legal now and what’s next?
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area unemployment hits nine-year low at 4.8 percent
Post-Gazette: Former Pennsylvania treasurer Barbara Hafer sentenced for lying to FBI
Post-Gazette: $1.7 million a year allocated to attract major sporting events to Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: On national issues, District 4 candidates say City Council should throttle back

Southwest
WJAC: Pennsylvania ex-treasurer sentenced for lying about payments
WJAC: No tax increase in proposed 2018 Johnstown budget
WTAJ: Some PA residents to pay less for health insurance
WTAJ: Medical marijuana registry to launch
WTAJ:   Fraternity charged after furnishing alcohol to minors
Beaver County Times: Casey, Wolf say GOP tax plan kills middle-class deduction
Altoona Mirror: Blair budget under review
Altoona Mirror: Residents could get free health insurance
Observer-Reporter: Wait and see: Full effect of Pa.’s expanded gaming unknown

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: White Haven firm gets OK to grow medical marijuana
WNEP: Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Pocono Fracking
Times Leader: Cipriani visits W-B Area CTC on “Jobs that Pay” tour
Times Leader: Casey, Wolf fear GOP tax plan will hurt middle class
Times Leader: White Haven medical marijuana facility approved by state to begin production

South Central
Patriot News: ‘Ashamed and heart-sick’: Ex-Pa. Treasurer Barbara Hafer gets probation, $50K fine for lying to the feds
Patriot News: Mail tampering at Penn State prompts federal investigation
Patriot News: Judge narrows false prosecution, unjustly fired suit of ex-medical director of SCI Muncy
Patriot News: Carlisle gets $700K grant as host school  
Patriot News: Injunction request to stop Wolf’s borrowing plan withdrawn
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf criticizes GOP targeting state, local tax deductions
Carlisle Sentinel: Highlights of Pennsylvania’s casino gambling expansion law
WHTM: Roll call: Several lawmakers absent for budget bill votes
WHTM: New law reforms local tax collections
WHTM: Pa. budget revenue package legalizes, taxes consumer fireworks
WITF: Lancaster’s proposed lead ordinance could make it toughest in midstate
LNP: What happens when there are more open seats than candidates?
LNP: Gov. Wolf approves late budget, gambling expansion

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: John Brown’s successes, miscues at center of Northampton County executive race
Morning Call: Diesel. Convenience store. Slots? New law permits gambling terminals at truck stops
Morning Call: Election to give East Penn majority in favor of kindergarten, but it’s no guarantee of a new vote
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor tells governor he’s against marijuana decriminalization
Reading Eagle: In Berks County judge race, there’s a big gap in spending
Reading Eagle: Make the Road Pennsylvania rallies against Trump tax reform
Reading Eagle: Message from Berks Democratic Committee: Vote local
Express Times: Monstrous or MAGA: Lehigh Valley views on tax cut plan

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Travelers might one day bet online at Erie airport
Erie Times-News: Newcomers vie for Erie County Council 4th District seat
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to host hearings on bayfront projects
Centre Daily Times: PennDOT seeks federal help funding I-99/I-80 interchange project

Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Gambling on Pennsylvania’s future
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Philly’s fizzling soda tax
Inquirer: Here’s help voting in Pa.’s hapless judicial elections
Inquirer: Philly beverage tax hurting small-business owners and working-class communities
Delco Times: Editorial: For those saved from opioid OD, a chance to say thanks
Patriot News: Electing judges is no way to balance the scales of justice | Opinion
LNP: Please do your homework before the Nov. 7 municipal election; the LNP voters’ guide will help
Erie Times-News: Our view: It’s too early for conclusions in Russia probe

November 1st, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments