2/28 PoliticsPA Playbook

An AAN poll shows tax reform gaining traction in the 8th Congressional district, Lamb raises $3.2 million so far this year, Soloman announces for the 14th district, and Wolf launches his first TV ad of his re-election.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

AAN Poll: GOP Tax Reform Gaining Traction in PA-8: According to a poll of Congressional districts by the American Action Network, the perception of the GOP’s tax reform bill has improved in multiple of the polled districts including Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional district.

Lamb Announces $3.2 Million Raised in Special Election Campaign: Democratic Congressional candidate Conor Lamb raised over $3.2 million in the first 52 days of the year, the FEC filing period for the special election on March 13th.

Solomon Announces for New PA-14: Dr. Bob Solomon, who was running for the Democratic nomination in the 18th Congressional district, announced he will run in the newly drawn 14th district this year.

Wolf Launches First TV Ad of Re-Election: Governor Tom Wolf’s campaign launched the first ad of the Gubernatorial campaign highlighting his pushes to reform state government.

Legislative Election Update
CD-6: Democratic candidate Chrissy Houlahan announced the endorsement of U.S. Senator Bob Casey in her bid to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello.  “I’m proud to endorse Chrissy Houlahan for Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district.  Chrissy is an Air Force Veteran who has served our nation and dedicated her life to improving economic and educational opportunity in southeastern Pennsylvania. From her time as a high school teacher in Philadelphia to her work on improving childhood literacy in underserved communities, Chrissy has proven to be an effective, passionate advocate for our children. On top of that, she’s a business leader who’s created hundreds of jobs in her community. Chrissy’s background, record of results, and passion for service will give her the ability to get things done in Congress, and she has my support,” Casey said.  
LNP: Christina Hartman stuns Lancaster Democrats by withdrawing; comittee endorses Jess King for Congress
Post-Gazette: Field narrows in race against Vulakovich for 38th District Senate seat
Bradford Era: Bradford man running for 67th legislative district

Statewide
City & State: Wagner cuts ties with campaign staff after attack mailer imbroglio
City & State: Complaints show Philly police escape discipline for violent misconduct
State House Sound Bites: PA lawmakers rack up bills as redistricting battle rages on
State House Sound Bites: GOP lawmakers confront Supreme Court justices in hearing
Capitolwire: A now-consolidated corrections system continues to look for ways to reduce its inmate population and recidivism, control its costs.

Philadelphia
Inquirer:This Republican is bucking his party in the fight over Pa.’s new congressional map
Inquirer: Lawmakers vote to form investigative panel in Meehan case
Inquirer: GOP congressmen hit ground in districts they hope to block
Inquirer: This Republican is bucking his party in the fight over Pa.’s new congressional map
Inquirer: Lawmakers vote to form investigative panel in Meehan case
WHYY: Pa. GOP lose bid to get state court to halt district map
WHYY: – GOP gubernatorial hopeful calls for mandatory death penalties for school shooters in Pa.
WHYY: Casey backs Houlahan for Congress
Philly Mag: Good News for PPA Scofflaws: Parking-Ticket Amnesty Begins on Thursday

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Welfare reform proponents worry Pennsylvania food stamp waiver will foster dependency
Delco Times: Congressional hopefuls hit the road with petitions
Delco Times: Leach: ‘Attacks’ on family led to his decision to nix bid for Congress
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Democrats endorse Wallace for Congress
The Intelligencer: Toomey, Fitzpatrick, Santarsiero call for tougher gun laws
Pottstown Mercury:  Ciresi announces second bid for 146th Dist. House seat
Daily Local: Local organization seeks permanent solution to gerrymandering problem

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pa. governor hopeful Scott Wagner wants death penalty for school shooters
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools thwarts teacher strike; schools will not close Friday
Tribune Review: $1.5M upgrade to Hampton pump station presents unique challenge
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools and teachers union reach tentative deal, avert strike
Post-Gazette: As city’s District 8 special election approaches, candidates’ differences become more apparent
Post-Gazette: Rep. Mike Doyle introduces legislation to preserve net neutrality
Post-Gazette: In new ad, at least, GOP Pittsburgh City Council candidate is running even
KDKA: Wide-Open Congressional Races Kick Off Across Western Pa.

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Toomey bill would ban gun purchases for those on nation’s No-Fly List
Altoona Mirror: Blair to get portion of payout
Altoona Mirror: IRC not happy with Tyrone’s plan

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County government on ‘solid ground,’ manager says in address
Times-Tribune: Congress candidates warily circulate petitions
Standard-Speaker: HASD notes funding disparity

South Central
LNP: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner: School shooters should get mandatory death penalty
Carlisle Sentinel: Students plan walkouts at Carlisle, Boiling Springs high schools
Carlisle Sentinel: State Treasurer announces new program to save for college
Patriot News: Lehigh University faculty wants President Trump’s honorary degree revoked
Patriot News: Greenwood Gaming says it has no site yet for new casino in Cumberland or Franklin counties
Patriot News: Pa. has great health care access and public safety, but we’re worst in higher ed, corrections: report
Patriot News: Harrisburg vote on free parking after 5 p.m. postponed
Patriot News: Gene Stilp says he’ll stage ‘educational’ Nazi/Confederate flag burning at York County courthouse
Patriot News: Which Pa. congressmen took money from the NRA and how they voted on gun legislation
WHTM: Senators introduce ‘Blue Alert’ bill

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Senator Toomey, others introduce proposal to keep guns from terrorists
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Supreme Court denies bid to stop new congressional map
Morning Call: Attorneys paint Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski as seasoned liar, victim of ‘con men’ in closing arguments
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Supreme Court denies bid to stop new congressional map
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania drug overdose deaths outpacing all other states
Reading Eagle: Congressional musical chairs: Time to step up or sit out

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: City, county officials applaud EDDC choice
Erie Times-News: Millcreek School Board, supervisors OK LECOM tax deal
Erie Times-News: Persinger named CEO of Erie Downtown Development Corp.

Opinion
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: A DePasquale-Perry showdown would have been welcome change
Inquirer: Wagner and Wolf reach back to push forward | John Baer
Inquirer: How Hurricane Maria is stressing Philadelphia | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Tougher Pa. lobbyist disclosure law boosts transparency
Post-Gazette: Cabal of silence: Mocking open-records standards in Amazon bid
Patriot News: So … about that redistricting decision. Senate panel grills Pa. Supreme Court justices
Patriot News: The state Supreme Court must respect our constitution | Mike Folmer

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