12/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

End Citizens United withdraws its endorsement of Leach and asks for its money back, our readers don’t think the parties should push for women candidates to replace legislators who resign because of sexual harassment allegations, and Wolf and others call for Caltagirone’s resignation.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

End Citizens United Withdraws Endorsement of Leach, Asks for Money Back: The End Citizens United PAC sent a letter this week to state Senator Daylin Leach informing him it is withdrawing its endorsement of his bid for the 7th Congressional district and asking for its money back.

Reader Poll: Parties Should Not Pressure Locals to Nominate Women to Replace Legislators Who Resign After Sexual Harassment Claims: The results are in, and a majority of our readers don’t think parties should pressure locals to nominate women in special elections to replace legislators who resign amid sexual harassment claims.

Wolf, Others Call for Caltagirone’s Resignation: Governor Tom Wolf called for state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone’s resignation after it was reported House Democrats paid $250k to settle a sexual harassment claim against him. Others have begun adding their calls for his resignation as well.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: PA officials scrambling to plan for possible CHIP shutdown
StateImpact: Coke plant agrees to $1.5 million penalty for air pollution in western Pa. community
Capitolwire: Wolf signs UC funding bill.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Chairman of Pennsylvania Board of Education pursued us sexually as teens, women say
Inquirer: ‘I’ve wanted to do this for 20 years’: GOP tax bill a landmark for Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey
Inquirer: Philly rebuffs calls to speed street safety efforts after cycling accidents
Inquirer: Fueled by drug crisis, US life expectancy declines for a second straight year
Inquirer: Pa. Rep. Caltagirone denies sexual harassment, says he will not resign
Inquirer: Trump picks Center City lawyer William McSwain for U.S. attorney slot in Philly
WHYY: Wolf signs law to regulate recovery homes in Pa.
WHYY: Kenney: Protected bike lanes needed, but so is funding to pay for them

SEPA
Times Herald: Judge Walsh calls stint on Montgomery County bench ‘amazing’
Daily Local: Chesco lawmakers call on governor to halt pipeline construction
Delco News Network: Krueger-Braneky joins chorus calling for Leach to resign
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf orders changes to insurance for sexual harassment cases
Bucks County Courier Times: Christiana gets endorsed by PA House, Senate majority leaders in U.S. Senate bid
Pottstown Mercury: Democratic Pa. lawmaker refuses to quit over sex claim payout to ex-aide

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania resumes status as fifth-largest state
Post-Gazette: Darlene Harris against city’s campaign finance report ordinance
Post-Gazette: Lawsuit alleges inadequate treatment for mentally ill children in state care
Post-Gazette: GOP’s tax bill cripples Obamacare and may result in young patients skipping coverage
Post-Gazette: Caltagirone says he won’t resign state House seat
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania closes liquor store that sits atop unstable mine in Monroeville
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf joins bipartisan group of governors urging Congress to act on DACA
Tribune Review: GOP candidates for governor criticize Wolf for vetoing abortion bill
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh closer to decision on ending state fiscal oversight
KDKA: GOP Tax Bill Clears Congress, President Trump Praises Overhaul  
KDKA: Tax Expert: Everyone Will Be Impacted By GOP’s New Tax Law

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Toomey hails GOP tax plan as transformational; Casey says it’s a ‘raw deal’
Beaver County Times: Appalachian software training program sued
Beaver County Times: Tarasi says Rothfus should ‘come clean’ on how Republican tax plan helps him  
Altoona Mirror: Wolf signs unemployment compensation funding bill

NEPA
Citizens Voice: State green-lights Scranton medical marijuana grower
Times Leader: Pedri reviews 2017 achievements at public forum
Times Leader: Pittston raises earned income tax as part of 2018 budget approval
Times-Tribune: Commissioners vote 2-1 to adopt 2018 budget has $1.5M opperating deficit, no tax increase

South Central
Patriot News: Pa.’s unemployment compensation system now on the clock to find way to live on federal dollars alone
Patriot News: ‘I wanted my day in court but counsel implored the parties to settle’: Pa. lawmaker
Patriot News: Harrisburg terrorist gets more than 13 years in prison for supporting ISIS
Patriot News: AT&T to give workers a $1,000 bonus to celebrate the tax bill
Patriot News: Pennsylvania gains population, moves to No. 5 in census estimate
Patriot News: Closed-door meeting and dozens of police officers raise questions in Lower Paxton Township
WITF: Republican, Democratic governors urge Congress to save DACA
LNP: Lancaster city fined $135K, will end decades of polluting Conestoga, Chesapeake Bay
LNP: Medical marijuana: Lancaster County’s up to 3 participating doctors, and other news
LNP: Lawmaker says he won’t quit over payout for ex-aide’s claim

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: State watchdog: End taxpayer payouts in sex-misconduct cases
WFMZ: Berks Pa. Rep: Tom Caltagirone: ‘I will not resign
WFMZ: 4-year funding plan for unemployment compensation signed into law
WFMZ: Caltagirone digs in, the people respond
Reading Eagle: Ex-Republican state lawmaker to run for lieutenant governor
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers fume over use of taxpayer money for Caltagirone settlement
Reading Eagle: Reading, Berks County officials want answers from Caltagirone
Morning Call: Wolf orders changes to insurance for sexual harassment cases
Morning Call: Berks lawmaker says he won’t quit over payout for ex-aide’s claim
Morning Call: Pat Toomey’s play-by-play on his pivotal role in getting tax bill passed

North by Northwest
Erie Times News: Ex-Mercyhurst official appears in court in visa fraud case
Erie Times-News: City Council approves budget without raising taxes
Erie Times-News: Erie County vehicle registration fee going up
Centre Daily Times: Local municipalities support redistricting reform

Opinion
Inquirer: Are Sen. Daylin Leach, Rep. Tom Caltagirone the first #metoo dominoes to fall in Pennsylvania? | Maria Panaritis
Inquirer: At HHS, battling opioids, the crisis of our lifetime
Inquirer: Why give a pass to so many delinquent taxpayers? | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Advance better ballot access
Post-Gazette: Water woes, chapter 3: Major pipe break shows need for PWSA overhaul
Patriot News: No, Three Mile Island doesn’t deserve a government bail out | Opinion
Patriot News: Seven dirty words, according to the Trump administration | Editorial

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