12/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

The latest Politically Uncorrected column, Governor Wolf’s campaign launches a new web ad on abortion, and Gergely sentenced to 18 months house arrest and three years probation for his role in an illegal gambling ring.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Politically Uncorrected: Wolf’s Chances: Will Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf win a second term in the rapidly approaching 2018 statewide election? Or will he become another “one term Tom,” losing his bid for a second term, as did his immediate predecessor, Republican Tom Corbett.

Wolf Campaign Launches Web Ad On Abortion: Governor Tom Wolf’s campaign launched a new web ad today, telling the story of a woman who had an abortion at 21 weeks after learning her child had a lethal disease, which would be banned under SB 3 that is currently moving through the House.

Gergely Sentenced to 18 Months House Arrest: Former state Rep. Marc Gergely was sentenced to 18 months house arrest and three years of probation after pleading guilty to his role in an illegal gambling ring.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Abortion-restricting bill heads for governor’s veto pen
State House Sound Bites: Wolf won’t release report on alleged mistreatment of Stack’s staff
State House Sound Bites: Late-night bid to force severance tax onto House floor fails narrowly
City & State: As Wolf holds IG report, Senate works to change how Lt. Gov. is chosen
StateImpact: Cabot Oil wants money from homeowner for critical claims following settled lawsuit
StateImpact: Time running out to save Three Mile Island from early closure
Capitolwire: Paycheck protection bill defeated in PA House.
Capitolwire: Budget process bills win House approval, head to the Senate.
Capitolwire: Abortion bill heads to Gov. Wolf for veto.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philadelphia Parking Authority honcho Richard Dickson set to snag record $655K retirement perk
Inquirer: Feds: Fake tutor defrauded Philly schools of nearly $100K
Inquirer: Ex-Center City real-estate agent held for trial in death of boyfriend  
Inquirer: FCC’s net neutrality record is plagued by bots, bogus comments and a reporter’s home address
Inquirer: Abortion bill heads to Gov. Wolf for veto
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf will not release report on Mike Stack
WHYY: Wolf vows to veto Pa. measure restricting abortion rights
WHYY: Council panel passes City Charter change to pave way for Philly school board  
WHYY: Last Pa. legislative push of 2017: Abortion restriction, budget overhaul proposals
Philly Tribune: Former Eagles’ QB Donovan McNabb named in sexual harassment lawsuit
Philly Tribune: Phila.’s largest minority-owned vendor seeks continued commitment for services  
Philly Voice: Wolf, 11 other governors urge Congress to fund children’s health program

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: East Norriton heroin courier claims life sentence is ‘harsh, unjust’
Pottstown Mercury: Assault is most reported crime in Pottstown over past week
Delco Times: No explanation after exit of Wallingford Elementary principal
Delco Times: Radnor commissioners pick replacement for board member charged with child porn
Delco Times: Area legislators have mixed views on abortion-limiting SB3
Bucks County Courier Times: PA House passes bill on ‘presumed eligibility’ for seniors seeking in home care  

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf will not release internal report on Lt. Gov. Stack’s treatment of state employees
Post-Gazette: Senate Democrats announce presser to endorse Lt. Gov. Stack
Post-Gazette: Bill restricting abortion rights heads to Gov. Wolf
Post-Gazette: ‘This is a gerrymandered map,’ West Chester professor says in redistricting trial
Post-Gazette: State committee would study rising maternal mortality rate in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh DSA declines to endorse Fetterman, other Democratic hopefuls vying for its support
Tribune Review: Most police recruits in Pittsburgh’s latest class don’t live in city
Tribune Review: Harrisburg: House votes to restrict abortions; Wolf promises veto
Tribune Review: Proposed coal mine in Somerset County has residents questioning water quality impact

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Wolf signs onto bipartisan letter urging Congress to reauthorize CHIP
Beaver County Times: State House approves abortion bill limiting them to 20-week timeline
Altoona Mirror: Ideas to cut Blair budget lack support

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council approves budget, rejects slot machines in truck stops
Times Leader: Ex-Lackawanna commissioner’s latest appeal rejected; will stay behind bars
Times-Tribune: Mullery backs Carroll, objects to Haggerty absence
Standard-Speaker: Hazle Twp. passes $5M budget; bids farewell to supervisor

South Central
York Daily Record: Lawmakers send Gov. Tom Wolf abortion restrictions he plans to veto
Patriot News: Harrisburg gets some good news in wide-ranging budget hearing
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf not interested in ‘piling on’ by releasing report from probe into LG’s staff mistreatment
Patriot News: Wolf calls abortion bill ‘an assault on the doctor-patient relationship by politicians’
Patriot News: Bill banning late-term abortions on its way to governor despite his threatened veto
Patriot News: Protesters want Rep. Daryl Metcalfe out of committee leadership post but he’s not going anywhere
Patriot News: Ex-GOP power player Brian Preski freed from $1M restitution bill for corruption conviction
Patriot News: Citing seniority, existing districts, legislative lawyers say map-making can’t be academic exercise
York Dispatch: Credit card skimming legislation passes in the House
Carlisle Sentinel: A casino deadline nears for Cumberland County municipalities
WHTM: Protesters, lawmaker, Wolf call on Metcalfe to step down as committee chair
WHTM: Governor Wolf won’t release report detailing Lt. Governor Stack’s behavior
LNP: Audit reveals $1M in ‘questioned costs’ to taxpayers for maintenance of Pa.’s statewide radio network
LNP: Number of homeless declines in Lancaster County and statewide

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania abortion bill heads to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for veto
Reading Eagle: Argall bill targets shady household movers
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House rejects bill targeting unions’ political activity
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Legislature OKs abortion bill Gov. Tom Wolf will veto
Morning Call: James Hickey, co-defendant of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, pleads guilty to fraud charges
WFMZ: Berks DA leads push for tougher sentences in fentanyl cases

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Fate of school choice bill hinges, for now, on Erie’s Laughlin
Erie Times-News: Erie County bans gaming terminals at truck stops
Centre Daily Times: If you go to jail, should Pennsylvania pay for retirement?

Opinion
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Congress, it’s past time to fund CHIP
Inquirer: Debunking the false narrative against PSSA tests | Opinion
Inquirer: A pension outrage: ex-con lawmaker brings home big bucks | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: AHN Hempfield provides more options, but at what price?
Patriot News: What was behind the appalling political cynicism of that House abortion vote? | John L. Micek
Patriot News: State lawmakers can’t let the lights go out on Three Mile Island | Opinion
LNP: Lancaster County Judge Jay Hoberg will be tough to replace

December 13th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments