12/1 PoliticsPA Playbook

Santorum endorses in PA-15, Nothstein gets the Lehigh County DA endorsement, the DGA starts running ads for Wolf, Marino gets a primary challenger, and the Philly Deputy Mayor challenges launches a primary challenge of Brady.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Santorum Endorses Mackenzie in PA-15 Bid: Former U.S. Senator and former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum endorsed state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie in his bid for the 15th Congressional district.

Nothstein Endorsed by Lehigh County DA in Bid for PA-15: Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein announced the endorsement of Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin in his bid to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent.

DGA Kicks off Two Ads Touting Wolf’s Term: The Democratic Governor’s Association launched two new ads touting Governor Wolf over the holiday weekend.

Marino Gets Primary Challenger: Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko announced he will challenge Congressman Tom Marino in next year’s Republican primary. McLinko cites the opioid crisis and Marino’s role in a bill detailed by 60 Minutes that made the crisis worse as a main reason he is entering the race.

Philly Deputy Mayor to Challenge Brady: Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad announced she will be challenging Congressman Bob Brady in next year’s Democratic primary.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: In eastern PA senate districts, incumbents feel safe, but many voters feel out of the loop
StateImpact: Fracking ban proposed for Delaware River basin; ‘significant risks’ cited
StateImpact: Pa. wants to cut methane emissions, but plans moving slowly
City & State: Solving the affordable housing quandary in one Philly neighborhood

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Provocative police critic on DA-elect Krasner’s transition team
Inquirer: F&M president, a national leader in expanding college access, takes new post
Inquirer: Barrier windows in Philly beer delis: Symbols of safety or distrust?
Inquirer: Bob Brady gets primary challenge from Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad
Philly Mag: Hillary Clinton Wants to Tell Philly “What Happened”
WHYY: ‘You gotta tune the car first’: Philly’s incoming DA prepares for day one
WHYY: Political newcomer resigns Philly post, clearing way to challenge U.S. Rep. Brady
WHYY: Pa. lawmakers make bipartisan push for criminal justice reform
WHYY: In Pennsylvania’s 16th district, urban centers grapple with dominant outside interests

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Former New Hanover candidate charged in disputes
Pottstown Mercury: $1.7M in casino money benefits Montco nonprofits, parks
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmakers get dose of opioid reality at Bucks County hearing on epidemic
Delco Times: Delco moves ahead with reassessment plans
Delco Times: Upland council prez sues former top cop and councilman

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Senate adjourns after tumultuous debates, maneuvering on GOP tax bill
Post-Gazette: State AG Josh Shapiro wants answers about Uber’s massive data breach
Post-Gazette: Race in 35th special election set: It’s Austin Davis versus Fawn Walker-Montgomery
Post-Gazette: Gov. Tom Wolf urges Pa. Senators not to vote for federal tax plan
Post-Gazette: DEP releases final methane permits for shale gas sites
Tribune Review: Somerset County gas well fire triggers precautionary evacuations
Tribune Review: South Fayette names Avonworth administrator as new superintendent

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Tax plans threaten graduatestudents
Altoona Mirror: Consumers urged to shop for health care
Beaver County Times: Gov. Tom Wolf: ‘Large corporations and the wealthy’ win in Senate Republican tax plan
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Humane Society makes plea for subsidy

NEPA
Times Leader: Dallas board waiting on analysis before setting new negotiation sessions
Times-Tribune: Scranton council adopts mayor’s 2018 budget
Times-Tribune: Thirteen apply for vacant Scranton School Board seat
Standard-Speaker: Barletta out to reform disaster assistance

South Central
Public Opinion: Prime job market could boost wages in Franklin County area
Patriot News: Once unopposed, Pittsburgh-area lawmaker now in a political fight
Patriot News: Beyond roundabouts, PennDOT plans diverging diamond interchanges
Patriot News: Pa. inspector general charges 127 with welfare fraud
Patriot News: This LG candidate is choosing to volunteer instead of going to PA Society this weekend
Patriot News: The pink pig returns to the Capitol to protest legislative pay raise, per diems
Carlisle Sentinel: Casey to propose tying tax cuts to worker compensation
LNP: F&M College president Daniel Porterfield leaving to become head of Aspen Institute
LNP: Authority may ask that some —or all— of nearly $1M remaining CRIZ money go to improving Clipper Magazine Stadium
LNP: Medical-marijuana grower eyes site in Mount Joy for $10M facility with up to 90 jobs

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Politicians divided over GOP tax plan
Morning Call: Graduate students say proposed tax bill could cost them thousands
Morning Call: Public funds have paid for Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s satellite radio subscription
Morning Call: Proposed Allentown budget amendments rollback stormwater fee, cut land value tax
Reading Eagle: City Council holds the line on 2018 taxes
Reading Eagle: Campaign-finance reports on local Berks County races could soon go online

North by Northwest
Clearfield Progress: Wolf administration taking lead on health enrollment after Trump administration cutbacks
Centre Daily Times: Casey on tax bill: ‘This is just a giveaway to the super-rich’
Centre Daily Times: Wolf pushes for reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program

Opinion
Inquirer: Kellyanne Conway will now lead the fight against opioids – God help us all | Mike Newall
Inquirer: Why Trump wants a government shutdown, and why he shouldn’t | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Off year for Pa. Society in NYC, but schmooze they will
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf’s toughest opponent? His own record | Opinion
Patriot News: Improving local water quality doesn’t require a corporate bailout | Opinion

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