11/16 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Wagner releases the endorsement of 64 state party members, Simmons missed 500 votes as a state legislator, Stedman concedes in the Superior Court election, Houlahan is named to the DCCC’s ‘Red to Blue’ program, and the SDCC brings on a finance director.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wagner Announces Endorsements from 64 State Party Members: State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner announce the endorsements from 64 state party members.

Simmons Reportedly Missed 500 Votes in State House: State Representative Justin Simmons reportedly missed over 500 votes since joining the state House in 2011.

Stedman Concedes Superior Court Race, Calls for Changes in Appellate Court Process: Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman announced today he would not call for a statewide recount, clearing the way for fellow Republican Judge Mary Murray to win the last remaining seat on the Superior Court. Stedman also called for the legislature to examine the way the state selects appellate court judges.

Houlahan Named to DCCC’s ‘Red to Blue’ Program: Chrissy Houlahan was named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s ‘Red to Blue’ program, a program that highlights Democratic candidates.

SDCC Brings On Finance Director: The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee hired Myles Koven as its new Finance Director for the 2018 cycle.

Legislative Election Update
Tribune Review: Ross commissioner Shaffer challenging Vulakovich for state Senate seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Audit shows the PA legislature has a $95 million surplus
StateImpact: Marketplace report: Documents show EPA has approved fracking chemicals despite health concerns
City & State: Fetterman runs for Lt. Gov. with eye on beating Toomey in 2022
City & State: New bill aims to ban sexual misconduct non-disclosure agreements in PA
Capitolwire: Months after PASSHE review, discussions of how to move forward continue.
Capitolwire: Lawmakers sitting on nearly $95M surplus.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Tax plan backed by most house Republicans in Pa., N.J
Inquirer: For Philly’s socialists, election wins signal momentum
Inquirer: A Kutztown professor tweeted about toxic masculinity- then experienced it firsthand
Inquirer:  Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai: ‘We’re lacking a leader in the governor’s office’
Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers push ban on non disclosure agreements in cases of sexual harassment, assault   
Inquirer: Alums give $5M gift to Bucks Catholic school
Inquirer: Philly SRC to vote to disband, restore local school control
Philly Tribune: Aaron Walton now president of Cheyney
WHYY:  Pew Report: Philly’s poor have been stuck in inner city, separated from suburban job growth
WHYY: Fetterman in race for Pa. lieutenant governor
WHYY: Dem Party will ‘wait and see’ on sex harassment claims against Philly sheriff  
KYW: Wolf To Sign Bill Requiring Access To Privately-Owned Cemeteries

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Hellbender gets Senate OK as official Pennsylvania amphibian
Pottstown Mercury: Services for Dem activist Adam Swope changed for Saturday
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem Masjid reschedules meeting with planning commission
Bucks County Courier Times: Protestors call for fracking ban at DRBC meeting
Bucks County Courier Times: Casey: Senate Republican tax bill ‘a thief in the night’ that takes away health care, raises taxes
Delco Times: Meehan, Costello back GOP tax overhaul plan
Delco Times: U.D. school board opposes property tax, graduation resolutions

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Turzai Runs For Governor, Criticizing Wolf, But Hedges Bets By Running For State House Too
Post-Gazette: Turzai outlines plans for gubernatorial run
Post-Gazette: State lawmakers seek to ban nondisclosure agreements in sexual harassment settlements
Post-Gazette: New report finds diabetes increasing among younger Pennsylvanians
Tribune Review: Penn Hills tiny homes project for veterans gets $50K boost from state

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Shell to pay for cost of acquiring buffer property near cracker site
Beaver County Times: Casey says Senate Republican tax bill is ‘a thief in the night’ that takes away health care, raises taxes
Beaver County Times: PA Auditor General DePasquale launching special report on reducing gun violence
Altoona Mirror: Cambria Township supervisors OK prelim budget

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Re-elected Scranton mayor looks forward to second term
Times-Tribune: Old Forge interviews candidates for school director, doesn’t make decision  
Times- Tribune: Tropiak wins Throop mayoral race with write-ins
Standard-Speaker: Senator admits to protecting Mount Airy in gambling bill
Times Leader: Lackawanna County launches ‘Let’s Stop Suicide’ initiative

South Central
LNP: Former Lt. Govs. Cawley, Jubelirer, Singel: Change the way lieutenant governors are elected in Pennsylvania
LNP: Fetterman plans to run for lieutenant governor
LNP: Lancaster County Commissioners don’t foresee tax hike for 2018
LNP: 5 Lancaster County write-in candidates win seats on borough councils and school boards
Patriot News: Mike Turzai kick-off tour hits Harrisburg; the newest gubernatorial candidate sits with PennLive
Patriot News: U.S. Senate confirms David Freed as U.S. Attorney for Pa.’s Middle District
Patriot News: Pa. bill would ban non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment claims
Patriot News: Who is Tom Steyer and why does he want to impeach President Trump?
Patriot News: Fox News anchor Shepard Smith debunks Uranium One, Hillary Clinton allegation
Patriot News: Lancaster DA didn’t seek recount in superior court race
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed confirmed as U.S attorney
WHTM: Turzai tells why he’s running for Pennsylvania governor

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Move to cut health care mandate fires up Senate war of words
Express Times: Troopers’ use of force in Route 33 shootout to be subject of DA news conference
Morning Call: Feds: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s ‘pay-to-play intent crystal clear’
Morning Call: Northampton County DA to hold news conference in state trooper shooting
Reading Eagle: Schwank: End silence about sexual misconduct
Reading Eagle: Write-in candidates have 5 days to claim their votes

North by Northwest
Sunbury Daily Item: Auditor general plans review of state’s gun laws
Erie Times-News: 2 Erie school directors say goodbye
Erie Times-News: No tax hike in city of Erie’s 2018 budget proposal
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council supports marijuana decriminalization resolution
Centre Daily Times: State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham reflects on time in office

Opinion
Inquirer: PA. Gambling expansion is a losing bet. | Editorial
Inquirer: Despite Trump tweets, Pa. surgeon treats transgender people in the military | Michael Smerconish
Inquirer: Three lessons from the SRC for the next Philly school board | Bill Green
York Daily Record: I’m focused on protecting taxpayers, growing economy and Veterans (column)
Post-Gazette: Tax fantasies: Don’t move toward eliminating property taxes
Post-Gazette: Keith Rothfus: Why tax cuts? Why tax reform? Why now?
Tribune Review: Trib Thursday wrap editorial: A fundraising injustice for firefighters
Patriot News: The last to get into the Governor’s race, Mike Turzai says he’s right on time
Patriot News: If they’re serious about healthcare reform, lawmakers should set nurse practitioners free | Editorial
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers should do all they can to save Three Mile Island | Opinion

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