2/1 PoliticsPA Playbook

Fundraising totals begin to come out for Lieutenant Governor candidates, Pa.’s elected official react to the State of the Union, Wagner-Bartos announce their fundraising totals, and Brady announces his retirement after 20 years in Congress.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Stack Starts 2018 With $232K on Hand: Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack’s re-election campaign announced they finished 2017 with $232,000 on hand.

Pennsylvania’s Elected Officials React to the State of the Union: Pennsylvania’s elected officials are reacting to Trump’s first State of the Union address, so we are compiling them and handing out the ‘party warrior award.’

Wagner-Bartos Finish 2017 with $7 Million on Hand: Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and Lieutenant Governor candidate Jeff Bartos, who have joined together to make a ticket, finished 2017 with a combined $7 million on hand.

Brady Not Running For Re-Election: Congressman Bob Brady, the head of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, announced he will not run for re-election to his seat in Congress.

Dean Raises $270K For LG Bid: State Rep. Madeleine Dean has raised $270,000 in her bid for Lieutenant Governor, almost as much as current Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack raised for his run in 2014 at this point.

Legislative Election Update
City & State: OIC CEO Kevin Johnson jumps into PA-1 race on eve of Brady retirement
Altoona Mirror: Baughman seeks 78th District seat
Beaver County Times: North Fayette Supervisor Bob Doddato announces run for 44th Legislative District seat
Patriot News: Rep. Susan Helm announces bid for 7th term in Pa. House
Patriot News: Rep. Greg Rothman announces re-election bid for state House seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: GOP Sen. Scarnati pledges to ignore court order in gerrymandering case
State House Sound Bites: Wealthy gubernatorial candidates take significant fundraising lead
StateImpact: Natural gas impact fee revenue expected to rise this year
StateImpact: Trump’s speech light on energy specifics. Here’s the lowdown behind mentions of coal, exports.
StateImpact: Activist groups want more time to review Shell Falcon pipeline permits
City & State: PA Rep. McClinton to reportedly launch PA-1 bid following Brady exit
City & State: Boyle poised to impact midterms – on his own terms
City & State: Brady’s resignation could alter US Rep. Boyle’s district in redraw
Capitolwire: Gaming Board moves ahead with truck stop VGT licensing.
Capitolwire: Senators hear conflicting testimony on hotel tax bill.

Philadelphia
Philly Mag: Rep. Bob Brady will not run for re-election
WHYY: Uncertainties abound in Pennsylvania redistricting
WHYY: Major Pennsylvania pipeline project halted
Inquirer: Two Pennsylvania Republicans invest $10 million in Governor’s race
Inquirer: Sen. Scarnati defies Pennsylvania Supreme Court order to turn over map data
Inquirer:  Trump’s talk on infrastructure leaves big questions for Pennsylvania, N.J. projects
Inquirer: Pa. paid at least $3.2M to settle sex harassment claims against state workers
Inquirer: President Trump’s State of the Union Address: Eight takeaways
KYW: Gov. Wolf Hears Feedback From Pennsylvania Residents On Redistricting

SEPA
Daily Local: Democratic State Representative speaks to Chester County gun safety advocates
Bucks County Courier Times: Train carrying GOP representatives involved in accident
Montgomery Times: Democrat Leon Angelichio announces candidacy for 53rd District State Representative
Montgomery News: Fair Districts PA makes its case for new legislative map
Delco Times: Delco council tables risk assessment study for pipeline

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Train carrying GOP lawmakers to policy retreat hits truck
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh medical marijuana dispensary offers glimpse behind the scenes
Tribune Review: Scarnati refuses court order to turn over map data
Post-Gazette: Environmental groups seek more time to review Shell Falcon pipeline impact
Post-Gazette: Sen. Scarnati refuses Pa. Supreme Court order to turn over map data in gerrymander case
Post-Gazette: Pa.’s shale gas impact fee revenue to rise $46 million this year, IFO reports
Post-Gazette: Campaign finance reports due in state, federal races today
Post-Gazette: Wolf’s campaign war chest drawfs those of his GOP opponents
Post-Gazette: Taxpayers’ bill for settling Pa. sexual harassment claims is at least $3.2 million over 8 years

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Court upholds parental ruling
Daily American: Somerset County man named Game Commission president
Beaver County Times: Rothfus uninjured in fatal train crash in Virginia

NEPA
Pike County Courier: Task force reveals three-year battle plan to end overdoses in Pike
Times Leader: Medical marijuana dispensary in Edwardsville approved to accept patients
Times-Tribune: Fewer than a third of NEPA school districts meet SAT average
Standard-Speaker: Sewer rate increase may be scaled back thanks to $11M boost

South Central
LNP: Smucker, Toomey react to Trump’s first State of the Union speech
LNP: Senators pick District Attorney Craig Stedman to recommend for Lancaster County court vacancy
LNP: Pennsylvania legislators say they’re unharmed after Amtrak crash in Virginia
LNP: State panel rejects challenge to air-quality permit issued to $60M Perdue soybean plant
York Daily Record: One of Scott Wagner’s biggest donors has ties to a 2015 campaign donation violation case
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers among those on train that crashed into truck, killing at least 1 person
Patriot News: ‘Do no harm’: Dauphin County commissioners sue opioid manufacturers, doctors
Patriot News: Pa. congressman felt ‘one heck of a jolt’ when train hit truck in Virginia

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Who is leading the money race in the contest to replace Charlie Dent?
Morning Call: Paul Mango, Scott Wagner invest millions in Pennsylvania gubernatorial run
Morning Call: Legal fight over Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered congressional map intensifies
Morning Call: Paul Mango does Q&A with gun-wielding minister who insists teachers push pro-gay political agenda
Morning Call: Developer hired Pawlowski campaign advisers to gain access to the mayor
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor optimistic about city
Reading Eagle: Draft report on Pa. drug abuse supports questionable tool

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie legislators not on GOP-chartered train involved in accident
Erie Times-News: What Erie-area legislators said about Trump’s speech
Erie Times-News: State officials talk workforce diversity, inclusion in Erie
Ellwood City Ledger: Rothfus uninjured in fatal train crash in Virginia
Centre Daily Times: Here’s why Trump’s infrastructure plan might not mean more projects in Centre County

Opinion
Patriot News: Pa. Senate takes the right step forward with tougher pension forfeiture bill | Editorial
Patriot News: As Pa. gaming growth slows, questions arise | Colin McNickle
Inquirer: Expose Philly City Hall harassers, and maybe others in government, too | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: State of the Union & disconnection
LNP: The state of our economy is strong, but the state of our union is unsettled

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