2/2 PoliticsPA Playbook

We break down the fundraising totals for the GOP Gubernatorial primary, Reverend Dr. Johnson announces his bid to replace retiring Congressman Brady, and Scarnati says he won’t give data to the Supreme Court for redistricting.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Republican Gubernatorial Fundraising Breakdown: The reports are in and we are breaking down the fundraising for the four GOP Gubernatorial candidates.

Reverend Enters Race to Replace Brady: Reverend Dr. Kevin Johnson announced his candidacy to replace retiring Congressman Bob Brady.

Scarnati Won’t Give Supreme Court Congressional District Data: Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said he will not give the state Supreme Court the Congressional district data the court ruled he was required to hand over.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Democrats hope to capitalize on GOP exits from state legislature
StateImpact: Wolf’s campaign website has misleading claims about his environmental record
StateImpact: What Trump’s tariff on solar panels means for Pennsylvania
City & State: Philly Council President to become adviser to Brady on City Committee

Philadelphia
WHYY: Wealthy gubernatorial candidates take fundraising lead in Governor’s race
WHYY: GOP leaders vow to ignore Pennsylvania Supreme Court order in gerrymandering case
Inquirer: Pat Meehan’s sexual harassment settlement: nearly $40,000
Inquirer: Top Democrat on House intelligence committee blasts Trump on Russian investigation
Inquirer: Amazon should avoid Pennsylvania due to lack of LGBT protections, according to new ad campaign
Inquirer: Philadelphia legislator calls for marijuana convictions to be erased for registered patients
Inquirer:  Two Pa. Republicans have invested $10M in governor’s race
Inquirer: Bob Brady’s greatest hits: The 7 weirdest, funniest, most quintessentially Philly things our congressman did | Clout

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: GOP tax bill beginning to deliver paychecks to workers
Pottstown Mercury: Sexual misconduct suits against Pennsylvania reveal litany of abuse
Bucks County Courier Times: State Sen. Robert Tomlinson to run for re-election
Bucks County Courier Times: Local politicos offer mixed reviews of Trump’s State of the Union address
Delco Times: Delco council tables risk assessment study for pipeline
Montgomery News: State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf will not seek re-election
Daily Local: VP Mike Pence coming to Pennsylvania to raise money for U.S. House race

Pittsburgh
WESA: Mango, Wagner Put Millions In Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Run
Pittsburgh Business Times: Impact fee forecast shows increase for 2017
Tribune Review: State hits jackpot with mini-casino license auctions
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has fundraising edge over GOP rivals
Tribune Review: Panel discusses how to redraw state’s congressional districts so races are more competitive
Tribune Review: Washington County officials warn of carfentanil overdoses
Tribune Review: Outside money pours into U.S. House race between Saccone, Lamb
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Hears Input From Pittsburgh Voters On Redrawing Of State’s Congressional Map
Post-Gazette: Democrat Lamb takes early fundraising lead over Saccone in race to fill Tim Murphy’s congressional seat
Post-Gazette: National Democrats air first attack spot in Congressional special election
Post-Gazette: After Friday Saccone rally, VP Pence to speak to Trump backers at Heinz History Center
Post-Gazette: Bill Peduto: City’s opioid efforts changing, may include safe injection sites
Post-Gazette: Wolf’s campaign war chest dwarfs those of his GOP opponents

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Duncansville Borough Council chooses mayor
Altoona Mirror: Federal magistrate suggests rejecting conviction review
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf hears pleas for fair Congressional districts
Observer-Reporter: Masontown Council president accuses police of illegally searching home

NEPA
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor George: Run for second term ‘more than likely’
Times-Tribune: State Supreme Court refuses to name Susquehanna DA
Times-Tribune: Cartwright, Barletta differ on intel memo release

South Central
Patriot News: People do better when they keep money in their pocket, not government’s, GOP lawmakers say
Patriot News: Six challengers to face embattled Lt. Gov. during debate in downtown Harrisburg
Patriot News: Pence heading to SW Pa. to raise cash in U.S. House race
Patriot News: Former State System chancellor’s role with U.S. Department of Education shifts while waiting confirmation
WHTM: Lawmaker urges governor to sign executive order on net neutrality
LNP: Democrats Jess King, Christina Hartman outraise incumbent Republican Lloyd Smucker in final months of 2017
LNP: Pennsylvania State Police asking for donations of horses for mounted patrol unit

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Trump draft plan shifts tax burden on transportation projects
Morning Call: Northampton County Council introduces bill to strip Da Vinci Science Center of $10 million grant
Morning Call: Mayor Ed Pawlowski was ‘paranoid,’ thought he was being recorded, campaign aide testifies
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf invites public comment on congressional redistricting
Reading Eagle: Looking ahead at Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Here’s why Trump’s infrastructure plan might not mean more projects in Centre County
Clearfield Progress: Wolf holds redistricting listening session in Western Pa.
Erie Times-News: Erie pilots national community policing program
Erie Times-News: Filippi, Breneman, Merski consider run for Fabrizio’s seat

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Of rules and law: Cut the confusion in state gerrymandering case
Inquirer: Bucks County Judge Clyde W. Waite was nearly arrested at his own home for being black. That’s not OK. | Maria Panaritis
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Briefly omitted territory data bolster case for exiting Afghanistan
Patriot News: Court’s call on Congressional districts – chaos on the Susquehanna | G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young

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