2/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

The state Democratic Party gets into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a video, state Rep. Mike Hanna retires, and third parties will have an easier time getting on the ballot.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. Dems Get in Valentine’s Day Spirit in New Video: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party got in the Valentine’s Day spirit with a new web video on the “bromance” between Barletta and Trump.

State Senate and House Open Seats Thread: State Rep. Mike Hanna’s retirement adds to the list of open seats in the state.  

Third Party Ballot Access Gets Easier: In a settlement approved by the federal courts, third parties will have easier time getting on Pennsylvania’s ballots.

Legislative Election Update
Beaver County Times: Christiana endorses Kail in race to replace him
Post-Gazette: Field to replace retiring state Rep. Mustio grows
Daily Local: Comitta announces reelection bid
Morning Call: Mackenzie hedges election bet during Pennsylvania’s ongoing legal fight over congressional map

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Compromise unlikely between Wolf, GOP as redistricting deadline nears
State House Sound Bites: New group asks, can PA citizens play their way to better district maps?
StateImpact: 13,500 PA homes still without safe heating source this winter
City & State: Wolf debates submitting a redrawn map of his own to PA Supreme Court
Capitolwire: Wolf signs lobbying disclosure law.

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Toomey targets Philadelphia and other sanctuary cities amid Senate immigration debate
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘Just cause’ eviction bill clears City Council committee
Inquirer: Protesters decry Philly district’s ‘overreach’ with charters
Inquirer: In an ICE lobby in Center City, a microcosm of immigration battles
Inquirer: Civil service board protests bill on state hiring plan
Inquirer: Police: Delco Rep. Margo Davidson crashed state vehicle, was charged twice with driving with suspended license
Philly Mag: Pennsylvania’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open This Week
KYW: Toomey Seeks To Tie ‘Sanctuary City’ Penalties To DACA Bill

SEPA
Delco Times: Swarthmore to guv: Kill GOP map
Bucks County Courier Times: Sellersville marijuana dispensary open, first doses available Saturday
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Lower Southampton solicitor expected to admit lying to FBI
Pottstown Mercury: Perkiomen School Board picks Kolar to replace Flynn

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Paper: Pittsburgh Dreamers urge Sen. Bob Casey to fight for a clean Dream Act
Post-Gazette: The long wait is almost over: Medical marijuana sales scheduled to start Thursday
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council gives preliminary OK for extending retirement age for police
Post-Gazette: New Plum superintendent faces questions on lawsuit stemming from bullying incident
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf signs bill to strengthen lobbying laws
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Senate candidate has known homelessness, sorrow of opioid crisis
Tribune Review: Plum school budget draft would cut some positions, foreign language classes

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Irey Vaughan mounts bid for lieutenant governor
Tribune-Democrat: GOP leaders defend map to Pennsylvania governor
Beaver County Times: Wolf signs law increasing penalties for filing lobbying disclosure reports late
Altoona Mirror: Housing authority adopts smoke-free rule

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Preliminary Crestwood budget approved with tax increase
Citizens Voice: ANALYSIS: With new map, Wolf says GOP did it again
Standard-Speaker: Some taxes slated to rise if Hazleton Area budget passes
Times Leader: Sales tax adds cost to arena paving project, bill to be split three ways
Times-Tribune: Who is the Stanford professor tapped to redraw Pa.’s congressional districts?

South Central
Patriot News: Lobbyists trying to influence Pa. state government will have to pay more if they break the rules
Patriot News: How much does medical marijuana cost in Pa.? Hard to say …
Patriot News: Borough manager back on job, ‘humbled’ by DUI arrest
Patriot News: Union leaders voice safety concerns after 200 jobs cut at federal prisons in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania mandates electronic filing of lobbying reports
York Daily Record: Medical marijuana goes on sale in Pennsylvania
LNP: Lancaster accepting applications through Friday for new ‘Director of Neighborhood Engagement’ job
LNP: Court ruling may place new obligation on Lancaster County officials to protect environment
LNP: PUC chairman anticipates significant growth in utilities field, will speak Thursday at Thaddeus Stevens job fair

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Wolf rejects GOP map of U.S. House districts in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Medical marijuana goes on sale this week, but not in Berks
Morning Call: Five takeaways from Gov. Wolf’s rejection of GOP’s map in Pennsylvania gerrymandering case
Morning Call: Mackenzie hedges election bet during Pennsylvania’s ongoing legal fight over congressional map
Morning Call: Pat Toomey’s sanctuary cities plan blocked as Senate sought to begin immigration debate
Morning Call: Easton introduces ordinance to decriminalize marijuana; vote likely next month
Morning Call: Lehigh County extends protections to LGBTQ employees
Express Times: Where is Phillipsburg’s mayor? His reason for skipping town meetings

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Could new tax plan help Erie projects?
Erie Times-News: Funding sought for Erie’s Blue Zones Project
Erie Times-News: Could new tax plan help Erie projects?
Centre Daily Times: Centre County flu numbers’ shocking rise causes worry

Opinion
LNP: With Russia set to attack our elections again, Pennsylvania needs to replace aging voting machines so people can have faith in the vote
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf right to reject GOP’s partisan, gerrymandered map | Opinion
Inquirer: Good behavior and bad on pols’ Super Bowl tickets | Editorial
Inquirer: For Pa. Democrats, family feud threatens gerrymandering joy | Maria Panaritis
Post-Gazette: Act 47’s value: Oversight is lifted, but city structure hasn’t changed
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Opioid-prescription reductions show Pa.’s monitoring program off to promising start
Patriot News: Drawing its own map – that’s the Supreme Court’s nuclear option | Franklin Kury
Patriot News: The government shouldn’t hang up on 911 funding | Editorial

February 15th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments