11/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14The latest Politically Uncorrected column, Cortes was reportedly forced out of his role as Secretary of State, and Congressman Bob Brady’s email searched by the FBI for evidence of a criminal conspiracy to hide $90,000 in payments to a political opponent.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Politically Uncorrected: Tax Reform: The Ultimate Zero Sum Game: With tax reform being pushed at the federal level, is it really a tax cut, or is it a tax shift? And does that mean we should give up on tax reform?

Report: Cortes Forced Out as Secretary of State: According to newly released emails, former Secretary of State Pedro Cortes was forced out of his role, though the emails did not specify why he was forced out. Cortes abruptly resigned in early October.

Inquirer: U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s emails searched as FBI probe nears critical point: In their clearest language to date, federal authorities have accused U.S. Rep. Robert Brady of leading a criminal conspiracy to hide a $90,000 payment they say he made to persuade a 2012 primary opponent to drop out of the race, newly unsealed court records show.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House passes “clean” CHIP renewal, without ban on transgender coverage
State House Sound Bites: House begins debating natural gas drilling tax
City & State: FBI seeks warrant for Brady emails, records show
Capitolwire: House lawmakers approve additional changes to severance tax bill, abruptly adjourn until early December.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania business groups to Toomey and Casey: Pass the tax bill
Inquirer: Conservative talker Mark Levin getting his own show on Fox News
Inquirer: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, dogged by controversy, announces reelection bid
Philly Mag: The Feds Think Bob Brady’s Email Likely Contains “Evidence of Crimes”
Philly Mag: Comcast Rejoices as FCC Moves to Ditch Net Neutrality Rules
Philly Mag: Pa. Legislators Want to Declare Pornography a Public Health Crisis
WHYY: FBI searches Congressman Bob Brady’s emails in probe of $90K paid to rival
WHYY: Why Harrisburg’s silence on demise of Philly’s School Reform Commission speaks volumes
WHYY: Pa. Lt. Gov. feels comfortable with his re-election odds
WHYY: Surveying Pa.’s 11th congressional district, solidly Republican and regions apart
Billy Penn: PA congressman’s bad math on middle class tax break

SEPA
Daily Local: DEP cites Sunoco Pipeline for causing sinkhole while drilling in Chester County
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania House leaves Marcellus Shale tax up in the air
Pottstown Mercury: $300K in grants help Pottstown and Royersford parks and trails
Bucks County Courier Times: DUI patrols planned for Thanksgiving Eve in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Warminster supervisors approve preliminary budget with significant deficit

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania House leaves Marcellus Shale tax up in the air
Tribune Review: Thousands of pounds of chocolate spill onto Washington County road in crash
Tribune Review: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, dogged by controversy, announces reelection bid
Tribune Review:  Conor Lamb, Rick Saccone ramping up campaigns in special U.S. House race
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County work to end veterans homelessness
Tribune Review: John Fetterman raises $100,000 in first week of lt. governor’s campaign
KDKA: County Controller Uses ‘Cheesy’ Video To Criticize Higher Prices At Airmall
KDKA: NWS Confirms EF1 Tornado In Western Pennsylvania
KDKA: DA-Elect Wants State To Prosecute In Penn State Frat Death
Post-Gazette: Uber concealed cyberattack that exposed 57 million people’s data
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh and Allegheny county ‘effectively’ end veterans homelessness
Post-Gazette: Local DISH Network viewers lose KDKA, CW programs

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Center Township man receives kidney with help of fellow parishioner
Altoona Mirror: ‘Bud’ George wins one last election
Altoona Mirror: UPMC Altoona, county revise payment deal
Altoona Mirror: Edensburg rescinds vote to remove fluoride

NEPA
Times Leader: Community turns out to ask questions of three Wolf cabinet members
Times Leader: Luzerne County manager makes case for new positions
Times Leader: Procedural issue delays Wilkes-Barre budget vote until next month
Standard-Speaker: Mayor’s spending plan morphing before first read
Times-Tribune: Casciano takes over as Scranton business administrator
Times-Tribune: Mulligan asks for recount in mayor’s race
Citizens Voice: Wolf’s cabinet hosts town-hall meeting at LCCC

South Central
WHTM: Senator Toomey pitches tax reform bill to local business leaders
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers getting a boost in their salary, starting in December
Patriot News: Mike Stack makes his bid for a second term as lieutenant governor official
Patriot News: Lancaster County commissioner announces candidacy for lieutenant governor
Patriot News: Legislators leave for the holiday without voting on Marcellus Shale tax proposal
Patriot News: Western Pa. lawmaker hospitalized after suffering stroke
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania House leaves Marcellus Shale tax up in the air
LNP: Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman announces candidacy for lieutenant governor
LNP: If there were a Lancaster-Reading public bus, where should it stop?
LNP: No tax hike in proposed Lancaster County 2018 budget, but property tax bills can still vary

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlem passings home sharing regulations
Morning Call: Former Emmaus teacher jailed for sex talk with student, collapses in courtroom
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers to hold hearing on ADAPPT halfway house in Reading

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: DA-elect Cantorna steps aside in Beta Theta Pi, brothers prosecution
Centre Daily Times: PennDOT looks to improve dangerous intersection
Erie Times-News: SEC renews push to ban Erie businessman
Erie Times-News: Offices around Erie closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Opinion
York Daily Record: Act now to sign up for health insurance for 2018 (column)
Inquirer: Some stuff Pa. pols should be grateful for this Thanksgiving | John Baer
Inquirer: Modern family gets behind judicial candidate | Michael Smerconish
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Pittsburgh’s proposed minimum-wage boost won’t float all boats
Tribune Review: Lowman Henry: Frederick W. Anton III, R.I.P.
Patriot News: Here’s how new rail technology is helping first responders | Opinion
LNP: Less is more when it comes to the Pennsylvania Legislature

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