2/16 PoliticsPA Playbook

Governor Wolf, state Senate Dems, and state House Dems submit separate maps the the Supreme Court, Saccone holds a slim lead in the PA-18 special election, and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney enters the race to replace Meehan.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Democrats Submit Maps to Supreme Court: With the deadline for Governor Wolf to approve of a map ahead of the state Supreme Court’s deadline state Democrats are submitting proposed maps to the Supreme Court.

Monmouth University Poll: Saccone 49, Lamb 46 in PA-18 Special Election: In a newly release Monmouth University poll, Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone holds a small lead over Democratic candidate Conor Lamb.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Enters PA-7 Race: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Putnam Pozos announced she is entering the Republican primary to replace retiring Congressman Pat Meehan.

State House Sound Bites: PA lawmakers submit new congressional maps, but no compromise to be found
StateImpact: Environmental group: Methane pollution higher than PA thinks
StateImpact: Sierra Club, Brunner Island agree: Plant will move from coal to natural gas
City & State: Philly City Council, Mayor clash over school board dismissal policy
Capitolwire: ‘The governor has chosen chaos,’ says Senate Majority Leader Corman about congressional map mess.

Inquirer: Pa. Democrats, others send Congressional redistrict plans to Supreme Court
Inquirer: Bass proposes alternative plan to safe injection sites, expungement of drug records
Inquirer: Krasner, feds announce initiatives to combat opioid crisis
Inquirer: Pa. Democrats, others send congressional redistrict plans to Supreme Court
Inquirer: Are Kenney, Council in a power struggle over Philly’s new school board?
Philly Mag: Kenney and Krasner: Criminalizing Crack Addiction Was a Mistake
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia District Attorney takes ‘unique approach’ with lawsuit against opioid makers
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania teen is running for governor of Kansas
Philly Voice: Philly D.A.’s lawsuit tries new tack against opioid drug makers
WHYY: Midnight deadline looms for new Pennsylvania congressional maps
KYW: USDA To Spend $17.5 Million In Pennsylvania To Eradicate Invasive Insect

Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioners deliver ‘State of the county’ remarks
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County school officials express sorrow over shootings, stress security measures
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks homeless count drops more than 20 percent
Delco Times: It’ll be deja vu for voters in the 161st District this fall

Tribune Review: NRA gave more than $210,000 to Pa. Congress members, records show
Tribune Review: New poll shows Saccone holds slight edge over Lamb in congressional race
Tribune Review: Trump cancels Beaver County rally in wake of Florida shooting
Tribune Review: In ‘historic day,’ Western Pennsylvanians buy medical marijuana for first time
Tribune Review: Committee recommends confirmation for two Western Pa. judicial nominees
Post-Gazette: Poll: Rick Saccone appears to hold narrow edge over Conor Lamb in PA-18 race
Post-Gazette: More maps in the mix: Democrats, others submit redrawn congressional districts to Pa. Supreme Court
Post-Gazette: Trump rally in Ambridge postponed after Florida school shooting
Post-Gazette: Western Pennsylvania judicial nominees advance toward confirmation

WJAC: House Democrats propose map; Corman says court likely to draw lines
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf recommending $2 million for drug courts
Beaver County Times: Trump rally in Ambridge postponed ‘out of respect and sympathy’ for Florida school shooting victims, survivors
Beaver County Times: Losing mother, brother to opioid epidemic prompts Democrat James Craig to challenge Bartolotta
Altoona Mirror: State finishes report on Blair prison

Times Leader: Pa. treasurer issues reminder about unclaimed property
News Item: Kulpmont approves revised budget
Standard-Speaker: Analysis: Wolf’s thinking for rejecting new districts
Standard-Speaker Preliminary Crestwood budget approved with 3% tax increase
Citizens Voice: George: Plan to merge jobs will save city $100K
Citizens Voice: Agreement outlines job classifications for City Hall workers

South Central
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania Democrats submit Congressional map in gerrymandering case
Patriot News: Pa. redistricting is in the court’s hands now, after Gov. Wolf rebuffs last pitch for delay
Patriot News: Pick your map: Submissions start rolling in to Pa. Supreme Court
Patriot News: Trump postpones campaign rally in Pa. in wake of school shootings
Patriot News: School safety planning ‘dominates just about everything we do,’ school official says
Patriot News: Take a look at Harrisburg-area medical marijuana dispensary expected to open Friday
Patriot News: Eight Pennsylvanias: Pa. Supreme Court gets a lot of ideas for new Congressional district lines
LNP: The Latest: Wolf submits map in gerrymandering case
WHTM: Wolf submits map in gerrymandering case

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s defense turns to FBI’s suspicions about Mike Fleck and the NIZ
Morning Call: Pick your congressional map: Pennsylvania Democrats, GOP activists send proposals to state Supreme Court
WFMZ: Pa. Democrats submit map in state gerrymandering case
Reading Eagle: Four members of City Council want ‘File Gate’ probe
Reading Eagle: Patriots press Wagner on social issues

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Senate committee OKs Erie federal judgeship nominee\
Erie Times-News: New maps pour in on Pa. redistricting deadline
Erie Times-News: Erie Mayor Joe Schember hires business development officer
Centre Daily Times: Jake Corman blasts Governor Wolf’s redistricting decision, calling it a ‘constitutional crisis’

York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: It’s time to study mass shootings
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Crisis over district maps shows need for change
Inquirer: Criminalizing crack addiction was a mistake. Philly’s approach to opioids must be different | Jim Kenney and Larry Krasner
Inquirer: To stop mass shootings, first fix campaign finance and gerrymandering | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: In the aftermath of another school shooting, it’s time to find solutions
Post-Gazette: American carnage: Another school massacre, another lack of answers
Patriot News: Wolf’s career and technical education plan is an investment in Pa’s future | Opinion
Patriot News: Sen. Mike Regan tweeted that school superintendents are ‘clueless’ about security – then changed his mind
Patriot News: Heat your home with gas? You’ll pay for Gov. Wolf’s severance tax | Opinion
LNP: Why do we continue to endure school shootings that terrify our children and shatter lives?

February 16th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments