2/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

The GOP plans to challenge the new Congressional maps in court, the latest Politically Uncorrected column, Lamb and Saccone meet for their first debate, and we break down how every district changes in the new map.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

GOP to Challenge New Congressional Maps in Court: The GOP is planning to challenge the new Congressional map drawn by the state Supreme Court.

Politically Uncorrected: Casey vs Barletta: the Probabilities: Who will win between Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Lou Barletta? Trying to figure that out takes you down a path of historical and political antecedents.

Lamb & Saccone Debate for First Time: Monday night on KDKA Conor Lamb and Rick Saccone debated for the first time ahead of the March special election.

Here’s How Every District Changes Under the Supreme Court’s Map: How does the new Congressional map change the competitive balance of PA’s congressional districts? We looked at 8 years of district-specific election results to find out.

Legislative Election Update
Carlisle Sentinel: Activist announces run for new 10th Congressional District

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Some worry PA court’s congressional map dilutes black votes
StateImpact: Mariner East 2: Sunoco’s public utility status trumps local regulation, court says
StateImpact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions: A giant polluter looms over the lives — and health — of its neighbors
City & State: Philly Dems OK new candidate after scandal-plagued special election
Capitolwire: Common Cause PA suggests the state Supreme Court’s new congressional district map could be challenged for violating minority voting rights.
Capitolwire: Revenue prepares for iLottery rollout in May.

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: The gun-control battle comes to Toomey’s Philly office door
Philly Tribune: Pa. high court unveils new district map
Philly Mag: Court-Imposed Congressional Map Could Benefit Pa. Democrats
KYW: Toomey Criticizes Pa. Supreme Court For Redistricting Ruling
Inquirer: Trump on Pa. gerrymandering case: Fight those maps!
Inquirer: Pushing gerrymandering fight, Republicans prepare lawsuits challenging Pa. congressional map
Inquirer: In Pa.’s new congressional map, this Republican’s ‘bad dream’ turns into ‘a nightmare’
Inquirer: PPA proposes new fee on Uber, Lyft and taxi rides
Inquirer: Dems jockey over new Montco congressional seat
Inquirer: Brands trying to make a buck off of #MeToo
WHYY: Toomey visits DelCo factory to tout GOP tax overhaul

SEPA
Delco News Network: Wolf tries again to get state police-covered towns to pay up
Times Herald: Trump urges GOP to fight Pennsylvania’s congressional map
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania’s new congressional map could boost Democrats
Daily Local: Rep. Costello: Map decision ‘corrupt;’ impeach justices
Delco Times: Delco GOP mulls next move on congressional map challenge
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey calls for ‘sustained debate’ on guns, support for Trump on North Korea
Bucks County Courier Times: Analysis shows despite new maps, Bucks congressional district remains competitive

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Senators Toomey and Manchin renew effort to expand background checks on firearms buyers
Post-Gazette: New congressional map would have major changes for Pittsburgh, Western Pa.
Post-Gazette: Council raises mandatory retirement age for Pittsburgh police
Post-Gazette: Eugene DePasquale announces audit for state Game Commission
KDKA: 3rd Party Candidate In Special Congressional Election: ‘I’m Fiscally Conservative But Socially Inclusive’
KDKA: State Supreme Court’s Congressional Redistricting Map Mixes It Up For Voters, Candidates
Tribune Review: 5 things to know: Pennsylvania’s latest congressional district map
Tribune Review: Trump urges Pa. Republicans to fight new congressional districts
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania readies for redistricting overhaul amid GOP opposition

Southwest
Daily American: Trump to Pennsylvania GOP: Reject state Supreme Court maps
WJAC: Trump urges state GOP leaders to challenge ‘pushed’ congressional map
Beaver County Times: Rothfus: Law-abiding Americans need semi-automatic guns because ‘the bad guys are going to get these guns’
Beaver County Times: Riverside School Board forming safety committee

NEPA
Times Leader: Area legislators react to newly-drawn Congressional District map
Times-Tribune: HAZLETON Auditor general targets PGC
Times-Tribune: Local education professionals oppose arming teachers after Florida school shooting
Standard-Speaker: State Game Commission facing 3-year audit

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Perry’s seat more competitive under new map
WHTM: PA Inspector General weighs in on efforts to make state investigations public
WHTM: Midstate voters weigh in on PA redistricting battle
Patriot News: National GOP vows to sue over Pennsylvania map
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Game Commission target of audit by Pennsylvania Auditor General
Patriot News: Pa. court sinks Riverkeeper Network’s bid to stop Mariner East 2 pipeline
Patriot News: State universities’ leader: $15 million in Wolf’s budget is good. But not enough.

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers unveil bills aimed at curbing mass shootings
Morning Call: Pat Toomey to reintroduce gun background check bill
Morning Call: Trump jumps into Pennsylvania gerrymandering case with a morning tweet
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski expected to testify Wednesday; issue with evidence slowed trial Tuesday
Morning Call: New Pennsylvania congressional map could boost Democrats. Can they capitalize?
Reading Eagle: Berks still carved up under Pennsylvania Supreme Court map
Reading Eagle: Ryan Costello, Republicans seethe over new map
WFMZ: Plaintiff in redistricting case speaks out

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: What does the new congressional map mean for Centre County?
Centre Daily Times: President Trump rallies Pennsylvania GOP against new congressional map
Erie Times-News: Trump urges GOP to fight Pa.’s congressional map

Opinion
Post-Gazette: I won’t buy a sidekick: Governors in Pa. don’t have ‘running mates’
Post-Gazette: Map of confusion: The Supreme Court moved too fast on new districts
Erie Times-News: Our view: Pa. redistricting case creates more division
Inquirer: Oh, the things we learn from Pa.’s gerrymander fight | John Baer
Inquirer: If there was no collusion why doesn’t Trump confront Putin? | Editorial
Daily News: Pols blocking citizens on Facebook, Twitter is our Orwellian present | Will Bunch
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Actions must be taken on school shootings while politicians talk
Patriot News: Constitutional crisis? The Republicans manufactured that | Opinion

February 21st, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments