2/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

Two more state Reps. announce their retirements, state Democrats react to the GOP Congressional map, and former Congressman Jon Fox passes away.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

State Democrats React to GOP Congressional Map: Governor Tom Wolf and Democratic leaders are responding to the GOP Congressional map that House and Senate Republican leadership submitted to Wolf hours ahead of Friday’s deadline.

State Senate and House Open Seats Thread: State Reps. Joe Markosek and John Maher announce their retirements.  

Inquirer: Former GOP Congressman Jon Fox dead at age 70: Jon D. Fox, 70, of Abington, a former congressman, state representative, and county commissioner in the Philadelphia suburbs, died from complications associated with cancer at his home on Sunday, Feb. 11, his family said.

Legislative Election Update
Altoona Mirror: Topper seeks to retain seat
Altoona Mirror: Farmer advocate joins race for 30th District
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Mike Hanna will not seek re-election
Centre Daily Times: Politician announces candidacy for father’s seat in office

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Retiring state lawmakers look to keep seats in the family
City & State: Sources: State Rep. Bill Keller mulling retirement in 184th District
City & State: Turzai defends GOP’s redrawn congressional map

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia transportation projects get $7.3M in funding
KYW: Pennsylvania GOP endorses candidates affiliated with Trump
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans propose new congressional map, Democrats say it’s still gerrymandered
Inquirer: AG Sessions talks Lincoln and justice at Philly’s Union League
Inquirer:  Philadelphia’s DA office keeps secret list of suspect police
Inquirer: Philly beer deli owners, nervous about new licensing rules, look to state bill for protection
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania GOP’s redrawn map a middle finger to Supreme Court, democracy
WHYY: Pittsburgh sheds distressed city status as fiscal health improves
WHYY: Interactive map: GOP proposal for new Pa. congressional map sparks debate about fairness, partisanship
WCAU: Pa. Democrats Propose New Election Redistricting Plan

SEPA
Delco Times: Pennsylvania Democrats prepare to take turn at drawing US House districts
Delco Times: GOP hopefuls outline credentials in 7th District race for Congress
Pottstown Mercury: Costello applauds funding to stop spotted lanternfly
Bucks County Courier Times: Tom Wolf poised to sign bill mandating probation, continued registration for sex offenders

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: GOP congressional map smooths district lines but still is tough for Democrats, critics say
Post-Gazette: President nominates Peter Phipps as judge for Pa.’s Western District
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh teachers union authorizes leaders to call strike
Post-Gazette: ‘Pittsburgh is back’: City officially drops its financially distressed status
Post-Gazette: Donald Trump scheduled to hold campaign rally in Ambridge
Post-Gazette: Ivanka Trump to visit Mt. Lebanon for small business roundtable
WESA: Wolf Says He’ll Send The PA Supreme Court A Fair Congressional Map, Even If He Has To Draw His Own
KDKA: As Deadlines Loom, Lawmakers Exchange Words On Congressional Redistricting
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh teachers union members vote to authorize strike
Tribune Review: Voter numbers inch up slightly ahead of special election to replace Tim Murphy
Tribune Review: Trump nominates Duquesne adjunct professor to federal bench

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: New congressional map ‘not good enough’ for group that brought challenge
Beaver County Times: President Trump returning to Ambridge for campaign rally next week
Beaver County Times: Christiana says losing state GOP endorsement won’t affect Senate campaign

NEPA
News-Item: Bill to clean up coal refuse
Citizen’s Voice: 12 local towns would switch Congressional districts under GOP plan
Times-Tribune: Medical marijuana industry growing in NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Budget, pensions, redistricting top agenda
Standard-Speaker: Toomey, Casey applaud nomination of new federal judge

South Central
LNP: Democrats prepare to take turn at drawing US House districts
LNP: Atlantic Sunrise pipeline path through Lancaster County includes 70 roads, 67 streams
LNP: Proposed GOP redistricting puts all of Lancaster County and part of Berks County into 16th congressional district
WPMT: Pennsylvania’s proposed congressional district map prompts reaction
Patriot News: Democrats want turn at drawing U.S. House districts, urge Gov. Wolf to reject GOP map
Patriot News: The top 100 earners in Pa. state government in 2017: $100,000 Club
Patriot News: Trump announces Pittsburgh-area campaign rally on Feb. 21
Patriot News: $100,000 Club: Number of Pa. state government’s big-buck earners is on the rise

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Democrats prepare to take turn at drawing house districts
WFMZ: Trump announces Pittsburgh-area rally on Feb. 21
WFMZ: Prosecutors ask if Allentown Parking Authority Solicitor job was part of pay-to-play scheme
Morning Call: Proven right before, Amanda Holt weighs in with her own map in Pennsylvania gerrymandering case
Morning Call: Where’s the map? Who’s the candidate? A post-gerrymandering primer for Pennsylvania voters
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski trial dips into pool, other alleged schemes

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Three chosen as possible Erie schools financial administrators
WICU: Governor Wolf Considering Three Recommendations for Financial Monitor of Erie’s Public Schools
WJET: Democrats urge Wolf to turn down first submitted remapping draft
Centre Daily Times: Is there a manufacturing renaissance in Centre County?

Opinion
Inquirer: ‘Dreamers’ don’t know whom to trust on immigration | Editorial
Inquirer: Rebuild roads, yes, but what about our schools? | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib Tuesday take: The state police protection question
Tribune Review: Colin McNickle: Pittsburgh Promise’s broken promises
Post-Gazette: Reeling them in: Arway rightly presses lawmakers on fishing fees
Patriot news: This surprising loophole is hobbling the fight against the overdose epidemic. Lawmakers need to close it | Editorial
Patriot News: Access to retirement plans: That’s part of a better financial future in Pennsylvania
LNP: Another lesson in social media use to which we should all pay close attention

February 13th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

One thought on “2/13 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Rick Thompson says:

    According to sources Greg Vitali has bailed on his congressional run. There will be a primary for his State Rep race that he’s jumped back into. People in the 166th are sick of having a State Rep that’s doesn’t do anything for them.

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