2/12 PoliticsPA Playbook

We break down how every district would change under the GOP proposed Congressional map, recaps of the Democratic and Republican state Committee meetings, Turzai exits the race for Governor, and the ups & downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Here’s How Every District Would Change Under the Scarnati-Turzai Map: How would the Scarnati-Turzai map change the competitive balance of PA’s congressional districts? We looked at 8 years of district-specific election results to find out.

Pa. Dems Elect Wolf’s Slate for Leadership, Endorse Wolf and Casey: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party elected Governor Wolf’s picks for leadership, and endorsed Wolf and Senator Bob Casey’s re-election bids. The Party did not endorse for Lieutenant Governor.

PA GOP Endorses Barletta, Wagner, and Bartos: At the PA GOP’s Winter meeting, the state party voted to endorse Congressman Lou Barletta’s Senate bid, and the state Sen, Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos ticket for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Turzai Exits Governor Race: State House speaker Mike Turzai announced to the Republican State Committee that he is no longer running for Governor.

GOP Releases Redrawn Maps: The state Senate and House GOP released the redrawn Congressional map they are submitting to the Governor for his approval or as a starting point for negotiations ahead of the February 15th deadline.

Wolf Puts Support behind Slate of Candidates for Pa. Dems Leadership: Governor Tom Wolf sent an email to Democratic State Party members putting his support behind Jack Hanna for Chair, Nancy Patton Mills for Vice Chair, and Lisa Rhodes for Treasurer.

Pro-Trump Super PAC Launches $50k Digital ad Campaign in PA-18: The pro-Trump super PAC Committee to Defend the President is getting involved in the special election in PA-18, launching a $50,000 digital ad campaign.

2/9 Ups & Downs: The Supreme Court’s decision is allowed to continue, Stack polls low but most people don’t know about the investigation into his treatment of staff, Bartos completes a sweep of the six GOP regional caucus straw polls, and the Eagle win. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Legislative Election Update
CD-15: Democratic candidate Susan Wild announced the endorsements of Lehigh County Democrats Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer.  “Susan Wild is an incredibly hardworking, talented, smart, and tough woman who will go to Washington and stand up for the Lehigh Valley and progressive values. I couldn’t be more proud to call her my friend and our next congresswoman,” Schweyer said.
New Hope Free Press: Marguerite Quinn Announces Run For State Senate
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania race to test how tax law plays with voters
Post-Gazette: State Rep. John Maher announces he won’t run for re-election
Post-Gazette: Markosek’s son seeking endorsement for 25th district seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: State GOP endorses Wagner for governor; Turzai bows out
State House Sound Bites: House and Senate Republicans submit redrawn congressional map
StateImpact: Pittsburgh suburbs decide as fracking comes near: Welcome it, or resist?
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending February 9

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Here’s what the new Pa. congressional map could look like
Philly Tribune: State GOP reaches deal to revise legislative districts
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans have proposed a new congressional map. Democrats say it’s still gerrymandered.
Inquirer: Top Republicans in Pa. House, Senate submit congressional map to Gov. Wolf
Inquirer: Power in Pa. Democratic Party shifts to the west
Inquirer: Despite funding increases under Wolf, Pa. school districts still ‘treading water’
WHYY: GRAPHIC: Pa. Republican leaders propose new congressional map on eve of deadline
WHYY: Philly-area Democratic congressional hopefuls struggle to raise cash

SEPA
Delco Times: GOP leaders unveil revamped Pa. congressional map
Delco Times: Court rulings won’t end gerrymandering fight
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania to require voting machines with paper backup
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget would charge fee for towns without local police
Pottstown Mercury: 10 Republicans express interest in U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan’s 7th Dist. seat

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai exits GOP governor’s race
Tribune Review: Republicans’ congressional redistricting plan seen as negotiations’ starting point
Tribune Review: Scott Wagner wins Republican endorsement for Pennsylvania governor
Tribune Review: Gov. Tom Wolf expected to end state oversight of Pittsburgh’s finances Monday
Tribune Review: Minimum wage earners struggle more in Pennsylvania than in neighboring states
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Dems to hold open primary for lieutenant governor
Tribune Review: Gerrymandering: 5 things voters in Western Pennsylvania should know
WESA: Wagner Nabs GOP Gubernatorial Endorsement As Turzai Suspends Campaign
WTAE: GOP leaders unveil revamped map of Pennsylvania congressional districts
Post-Gazette: Wagner wins Republican state committee endorsement for Gov., Turzai suspends campaign
Post-Gazette: PennDOT ‘chiseling away’ at structurally deficient bridges but still has second most in the country
Post-Gazette: New congressional map would kick Conor Lamb out of 18th District
Post-Gazette: Donald Trump endorses Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Lou Barletta
Post-Gazette: Peduto looking beyond city hall as policy goals take shape
Post-Gazette: State Democrats criticize latest redistricting map as another pro-GOP gerrymander
Post-Gazette: Trump expected to campaign for Saccone in Pittsburgh

Southwest
Beaver County Times: GOP leaders reveal revamped state congressional map
Beaver County Times: Gov. Tom Wolf wants counties that replace voting machines to have paper backup
Daily American: Republicans release revised map, 12th drawn out of Somerset County
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania Republicans: We’ve revised gerrymandered map
Tribune-Democrat: State issues voting directive for county election officials
Tribune-Democrat: Redrawn maps would result in new legislator for Cambria, Somerset counties

NEPA
Times Leader: NEPA’s congressional delegation reacts to federal budget deal
Time Leader: State political parties endorse Barletta, Casey in U.S. Senate race
Times-Tribune: State Republican Party backs Barletta for Casey’s Senate seat
Times-Tribune: Proposed changes to congressional district boundaries could shake things up locally, if approved
WBRE: President Donald Trump Tweets Endorsement of Lou Barletta for U.S. Senate

South Central
WITF: Pennsylvania to require voting machines with paper backup
Public Opinion: Pennsylvania redistricting: Here’s what the proposed new map looks like
York Dispatch: Pennsylvania redistricting battle heads into final stretch
York Dispatch: GOP endorses Wagner for governor, Turzai drops out of race
Gettysburg Times: Wolf’s cabinet comes to town
WHTM: GOP leaders say they’re submitting congressional map
WHTM: PA Dems endorse Wolf, Casey but stay silent in race for lieutenant governor
Patriot News: Pa. Republican Party throws its backing to Scott Wagner, Jeff Bartos for governor/lt. Governor
Patriot News: Pa. Democrats coronate Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey, but leave Lt. Gov. Stack to fend for himself
Patriot News: $100,000 Club: Number of Pa. state government’s big-buck earners is on the rise
Patriot News: Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner: Winning GOP endorsement ‘is a big first step’
Patriot News: Lou Barletta wins state GOP backing in U.S. Senate race
Patriot News: Would you live in the same Congressional district? A look at the Pa. GOP’s proposed lines
Patriot News: Pa. legislative leaders submit proposed Congressional map to Gov. Tom Wolf, Supreme Court
WPMT: Sen. Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos earn Republican Committee endorsement
LNP: Pennsylvania lieutenant governor race update: Lehman’s staying in, Denlinger’s considering

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey pushes ‘Eric’s Law’
Reading Eagle: Pa. Republicans say they’ve revised gerrymandered district map
Reading Eagle: Voters who challenged congressional map fault GOP proposal
WFMZ: Governor Tom Wolf wants paper trail for Pa. votes
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Republicans have drawn a new congressional map that is just as gerrymandered as the old one
Morning Call: What are likeliest impacts from Pennsylvania’s new congressional map?

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie’s legislators voted
Erie Times-News: Erie-area lawmakers praise, pan redrawn map
Erie Times-News: Erie School District’s anxiety eases though wait continues
WJET: Redistricting Map Proposed to Governor Tom Wolf
WJET: Voters react to proposed congressional map

Opinion
Patriot News: Lawmakers are out of excuses: Pass the severance tax | Kirstin Snow
Patriot News: Wolf’s vanilla budget might be just the thing for this election year | Charlie Gerow
Delco Times: Editorial: Slaying the gerrymandering monster – & getting it right
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Wolf budget proposal holds potential for compromises
Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania politics of stagnation
LNP: Looming election just may inspire our state elected officials to cooperate, even on the thorny issue of the budget
Express Times: Shale gas tax must be part of Pa. budget fix | Editorial
Daily News: Donald Trump became president of the United States of Men today | Will Bunch
Inquirer: Pa. retirement savings plan can keep workers from retiring into poverty | Editorial
Inquirer: Pennsylvania slow to reform charter-school laws | Editorial
Inquirer: Republicans robbed no one, especially Democrats | Opinion
Tribune Review: Sunday pops: Filling state Democratic Party chair’s vacancy
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Misguided marijuana ‘bust’ for hibiscus must be last of its kind
Post-Gazette: Serving until 70?: Consider higher mandatory retirement age for cops

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