12/5 PoliticsPA Playbook

Emily’s List endorses Hartman’s bid in the 16th Congressional district, Rendell endorses Fetterman for LG, Lewis announces his retirement from the state House, and our recap of the PA Society weekend.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Emily’s List Endorses Hartman in PA-16: Emily’s List announced its endorsement of Democratic candidate Christina Hartman’s bid for the 16th Congressional District.

Rendell Endorses Fetterman for LG: Former Governor Ed Rendell endorsed Braddock Mayor John Fetterman’s bid for Lieutenant Governor.

Lewis to Retire State House Seat: Republican state House member Harry Lewis announced he will retire his seat in 2018.

PA Society Weekend Recap: Attendance Still Strong, Despite Venue and Date Change: The weekend has come and gone, and we are recapping the top rumors and stories coming out of the receptions.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Abortion restriction bill picks up traction in House
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers start weighing child welfare reforms
City & State: Despite certain veto, House committee advances abortion bill
StateImpact: Cabot Oil and Gas to pay $99,000 for air quality violations in Susquehanna County
Capitolwire: House lawmakers revive abortion debate.
Capitolwire: Wolf administration announces changes for special event state grants in wake of 2016 DNC grant situation.

Philadelphia
KYW: Toomey Plays Key Role In Crafting GOP Tax Bill In Senate
KYW: Gov. Tom Wolf Eyes Anonymous Reporting System For Sexual Misconduct
KYW: Court Denies Bill Green’s Bid Challenging His Removal As SRC Chair
Inquirer: Pa.’s political map rigged for GOP, says lawyer in gerrymandering case
Inquirer: Pennsylvania to restrict special event grants after DNC bonus fiasco
Inquirer: Ex-Philadelphia district attorney sent to prison in Oklahoma
Inquirer: Beer deli owners unhappy as amended bill on windows moves forward
Inquirer: With SRC on way out, Bill Green gets handed a loss by state court
Inquirer: Bill restricting abortions resurfaces in Pa. legislature
Inquirer: Pennsylvania to restrict special event grants after DNC bonus fiasco
WCAU: United States Senator Pat Toomey Talks ‘Tremendous’ Tax Bill in Philadelphia
WHYY: Rendell backs Fetterman campaign for Pa. lieutenant governor
WHYY: Plan targeting bullet-proof barriers at Philly stop and gos fiercely opposed, pushed back

SEPA
Delco Times: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf eyes anonymous reporting system for sexual misconduct
Daily Local: Rep. Lewis announces retirement from state Legislature after more than 50 years of public service
Times Herald: Abortion limits advance in Pennsylvania House in party line vote
Pottstown Mercury: U.S. Chamber official: Tri-county region has the ingredients to be part of the next wave
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem’s 2018 budget increases grant to homeowners, project spending
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawyer: ‘Voter-proof’ state congressional map favors the GOP

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Protesters chain themselves to Pittsburgh building where U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has office
Post-Gazette: First trial challenging gerrymandered congressional districts begins in Philadelphia
Post-Gazette: Ed Rendell endorses John Fetterman
Post-Gazette: Restrictive abortion bill passes key state House committee  
Post-Gazette: The Supreme Court has just allowed the full enforcement of Trump’s travel ban
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor, council members propose free child care at public meetings, on school holidays
Tribune Review: In Western Pa., Senate tax plan elicits strong reactions, and a touch of willful ignorance
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls going up again in January
City Paper: Protesters block entrance to Sen. Pat Toomey’s Pittsburgh office, hope to inspire more action against proposed tax bill

Southwest
Beaver County Times: North Sewickley light display raising money for Women’s Center
Beaver County Times: Beaver County humane society makes plea for subsidy
Altoona Mirror: Three months later, Houston still in need
WJAC: Gov. Wolf plans to add more accountability to grant programs

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council debates employee health care contributions
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council approves $49.4 million balanced budget for 2018
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County’s tentative 2018 budget includes no employee pension fund allocation
Standard-Speaker: Area coal fields could prove to be a gold mine

South Central
York Dispatch: Rep. Keefer proposes eliminating lieutenant governor position
LNP: Wolf administration announces opioid prescribing guidelines for children and adolescents
Patriot News: Wolf Administration adopts changes in grant-making after Philly convention bonus fiasco
Patriot News: Commissioners adopt budget without tax hike
Patriot News: Truckers want to hit the brakes on mandate they say will make roads less safe, drive up prices
Patriot News: Lawyer says Pa.’s U.S. House map is legal during first day of redistricting trial
WHTM: Governor Wolf speaks out against sexual misconduct at the Capitol

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wolf seeks anonymous reporting system for sexual misconduct
Morning Call: Ed Pawlowski adviser wore wire after FBI confronted him in 2014 with evidence of theft
Reading Eagle: City Council: We want a casino in Reading  
Reading Eagle: Abortion limits advance in state House In party line vote
Reading Eagle: Bernie Sanders rally against GOP tax plan draws over 1,600 to venue in Reading
WFMZ: Albright College economics professor talks Senate tax bill
WFMZ: Tax bill to encourage investment or give tax breaks to rich?

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania officials address sexual harassment in Capitol
Erie Times-News: Group protests to save Erie’s McBride Viaduct
Erie Times-News: Could state courts resolve gerrymandering dispute?

Opinion
Inquirer: Why the Republicans are passing a tax plan they know is flawed | Editorial
Inquirer: Pa. should keep allowing automatic paycheck deductions for union dues | Opinion
Delco Times: Another View: Sen. Toomey’s office offers response to editorial
City & State: State government must take action against sexual harassment
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: More reform needed to curb outrageous state-pension payouts
Post-Gazette: Unopen to all: Another perversion of the open-records law
Patriot News: Trump’s crusade against immigrants is an attack on America | Editorial
Patriot News: Welcome to the culture wars: Pa. House panel approves restrictive abortion ban | Analysis
LNP: Lancaster County municipalities are right to reject the minicasino gamble

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