2/5 PoliticsPA Playbook

Democrat Drew McGinty exits the race for the 7h Congressional district citing fundraising issues, the ups & downs from the week, and Pa. Dems chair Marcel Groen resigns.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

McGinty Drops Out of PA-7 Primary: Democrat Drew McGinty announced Friday he is withdrawing from the 7th Congressional district primary, citing the amount of money needed to run a Congressional race as the main reason.

2/2 Ups & Downs: Groen takes heat for his response to sexual harassment allegations in the state, Wolf gets positive coverage for his stance on gerrymandering and leads all challengers in cash on hand, Wagner leads the GOP primary in cash on hand, the state Supreme Court is slow with the majority opinion, and spell check gets highlighted. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Groen Resigns As Pa. Dems Chair: Marcel Groen announced he is resigning as chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party after being asked by Governor Tom Wolf after an interview with the Daily News.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: PA Democratic Party chair steps down at behest of Gov. Wolf
City & State: Groen’s forced exit sets off scramble to find next leader of PA Dems
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending February 2
City & State: PA-11 candidate Andrew Lewis was months delinquent on ethics report
City & State: With Brady support, Lazer launches exploratory committee for PA-1 run

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to ban protests at funerals
WHYY: Republicans say Pa. justice’s campaign rhetoric taints redistricting ruling
WHYY: Democratic Party chair resigns under pressure from Wolf
WHYY: Democrats hope to capitalize on GOP exits from state legislature
Inquirer: List of Democrats running for 1st Congressional District House seat grows
Inquirer: Meet the Philly-born minister now heading Common Cause Pa.
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court justice was biased in gerrymandering case, Republicans say
Inquirer: You’ll likely get more money in your paycheck this month, thanks to tax changes
Inquirer: Amazon should avoid Pennsylvania due to lack of LGBT protections, ad campaign says

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Pence stumps for Pa. GOP candidate
Daily Local: Meehan’s harassment suit payout reported to be $40,000
Daily Local: Delco Democrats call for risk assessment on Mariner East 2
Daily Local: Opinion: Pa. budget follies to continue
Delco Times: Pa. Democratic Party chair resigns under pressure from Wolf
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. Gov. Wolf aims for smooth landing for election-year budget

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Former Gov. Tom Corbett joins law firm
Post-Gazette: Wolf aims for smooth landing for election-year budget
Post-Gazette: Peduto has harsh words for Pittsburgh superintendent as strike vote looms
Post-Gazette: State Senate orders study of combining some PennDOT, turnpike services
Post-Gazette: VP Pence talks tax overhaul, ‘America First’ policies during lunch at Heinz History Center
Post-Gazette: Joe Kennedy campaigns quietly for Conor Lamb
Post-Gazette: Vice President Pence says Rick Saccone will help ‘make America safe again’
Post-Gazette: Two Pittsburgh council candidates missed deadline for campaign finance reports
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Pennsylvania’s former governor joins Pittsburgh law office
WESA: Energy Advocates And Environmentalists Agree PA Needs More DEP Inspectors, But Not Why
Tribune Review: Republican lawmakers distance themselves from Trump on memo
Tribune Review: 6 congressmen from Pennsylvania not seeking re-election
Tribune Review: Redistricting, withdrawals put Pennsylvania at center of battle for House

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Students offer ideas to combat violence in Johnstown
Altoona Mirror: Blair planning for chaos
Observer-Reporter: U.S. Steel seeks dismissal of Donora Zinc Works lawsuit
Beaver County Times: Wolf to release state budget Tuesday

NEPA
Times Leader: Wolf to reaffirm commitment to education, skills training in new budget
Times Leader: Toomey: Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will have long-term positive effects
WBRE: Sen. Toomey responds to secret memo released by Trump
WNEP: Senator Toomey in Scranton, Talks Tax Cuts and “The Memo”
Times-Tribune: Barletta trails in fundraising
Times-Tribune: Scranton council may take stand backing gerrymandering reforms

South Central
Patriot News: Stack talks rift with Wolf, women ask Leach to resign during fiery lieutenant governor debate
Patriot News: Who is the real frontrunner in the GOP governor’s race?
Patriot News: Donald Trump’s Super Bowl statement praises military, mentions standing for national anthem
Patriot News: Auditor general finds no fault with Pa. Lottery, but unusual wins remain unexplained
LNP: Lancaster woman bemused by mention in viral Paul Ryan tweet
LNP: On Politics: Meehan’s seat up for grabs; changes in the 16th district race; and bills make moves in the statehouse

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Democratic Party chair resigns under pressure from Wolf
Reading Eagle: Pa. GOP accuses justice of bias in bid to save 2011 election map
Reading Eagle: Casey, Toomey and Dent react to release of controversial memo
Morning Call: Redistricting supporters ask U.S. Supreme Court to honor state ruling
Morning Call: Wolf to seek more education money in new budget
Morning Call: It’s Day 9 of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s trial. Here’s what you need to know.
Morning Call: Final recording shows damage control, suspicion as FBI closed in

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie’s legislators voted
Erie Times-News: Erie School District awaits additional funding
Sun-Gazette: Consulting firm gets new city contract

Opinion
Patriot News: ‘Our institutions are under fire’ – Is Democratic AG Josh Shapiro looking to bigger things?
Patriot News: Trump’s speech highlighted the Dems’ disconnect from the average voter | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News:A presidential pivot? Please | Kirstin Snow
Patriot News: ‘This should be a relatively easy budget,’ Gov. Wolf says ahead of his annual budget address to lawmakers | John L. Micek
LNP: We need to change the way we fill judicial vacancies in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Next battlefield in the Soda Wars: PA Supreme Court | Editorial
Daily News: Pa. Republicans are learning from Donald Trump. Be very afraid | Will Bunch
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Proposal no answer for tuition hikes
Post-Gazette: Put away the whipsaw: The Amazon bid frenzy shows a need for control

February 5th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments