2/6 PoliticsPA Playbook

Barletta wins the last two PA GOP regional caucus straw polls ahead of the party’s endorsement meeting, the U.S. Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania Republican request for a stay, and Vice President Pence campaigns in the 18th.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

GOP Caucus Meeting Straw Poll Results: Senate: Congressman Lou Barletta completes the sweep of the six GOP regional caucuses.

U.S Supreme Court Denies Republican Request for Stay: The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal for a stay of the state Supreme Court’s decision forcing a redraw of Pennsylvania’s Congressional maps.

Pence Visits Southwest Pa.: Vice President Mike Pence visited Bethel Park to help campaign for state Rep. Rick Saccone’s Congressional bid in the special election to replace Congressman Tim Murphy.

Legislative Election Update
Patriot News: Attorney seeking 199th District state House seat
Patriot News: Attorney announces candidacy in 105th District to succeed Rep. Ron Marsico
Erie Times-News: Erie businessman considers run for Republican 2nd District nod

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Legislature’s plan remains hazy in Pa. congressional map-redrawing
State House Sound Bites: What to expect from the governor’s budget address
StateImpact: Audio: Governor Wolf wants faster permitting for oil and gas
City & State: Lawmakers press their priorities in advance of Wolf budget address

Philadelphia
WHYY: UPDATE: Pa. Supreme Court Justices defend themselves against conflict claims in gerrymandering lawsuit
WHYY: Decades after fight to stop refinery, Delaware Wild Lands protects more than 30,000 acres
WHYY: U.S. Supreme Court will let Pennsylvania ruling stand in gerrymandering case
Inquirer: SCOTUS denies Pa. GOP lawmakers’ attempt to delay drawing new congressional map
Inquirer: Thousands of Pennsylvania sex offenders no longer have to register. Should lawmakers put them back on a list for life?
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf to call for more education spending, tax on shale in new Pa. budget Tuesday
Philly Voice: City Council asks Pa. to eliminate cash bail in Philly

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. Gov. Wolf aims for smooth landing for election-year budget
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioners hail 2040 comprehensive plan, approve One Montgomery Plaza renovation contracts
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf to deliver final first-term budget plan to Legislature
Delco Times: State Reps. Davidson, Miccarelli push gun safety measure

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Voters may have chance to shrink Pa. house of representatives in November
WESA: Supreme Court won’t block Pa. redistricting
WESA: Wolf aims for smooth landing for election-year budget
WESA: Revision Of Firearm Sentencing Law Would Change How Violent Offenders Serve Prison Time
WPXI: Court allows Pennsylvania to redraw GOP-favored district map
Tribune Review: Tim Murphy directs campaign donation to Rick Saccone
Tribune Review: Democrat Susan Boser announces candidacy for 12th District State House seat
Tribune Review: ‘No Gay? No Way!’ campaign asks Amazon to skip Pennsylvania in HQ2 search
Post-Gazette: State Senate orders study of combining some PennDOT, turnpike services
Post-Gazette: DEP proposes to double drilling fees to pay for Pa.’s oil and gas regulators
Post-Gazette: In blow to GOP, U.S. Supreme Court to allow Pennsylvania redistricting
Post-Gazette: Wolf expected to seek boost in minimum wage, tax gas drillers in budget proposal
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf again will propose Health, Human Services merger

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Republican Jim Gregory to announce candidacy for 80th District House seat
Observer-Reporter: Court allows Pa. to redraw GOP-favored district map
Observer-Reporter: Rep. Snyder to host town hall by phone Thursday
Beaver County Times: Study will analyze potential consolidation of turnpike, PennDOT services

NEPA
WBRE: Education and job training to be focus of PA budget address
WBRE: Supreme Court won’t stop Pennsylvania redistricting process
Standard-Speaker: Wolf budget to push education, severance tax
Times Leader: Hazleton council approves 30 percent tax hike

South Central
Public Opinion: Watchdog opposes reducing the size of Pa. legislature
Patriot News: A surprising U.S. Supreme Court action lands Pa. Congressional districts back in legislature’s laps
Patriot News: A surprising U.S. Supreme Court action lands Pa. Congressional districts back in legislature’s laps
Patriot News: Supreme Court Justice Alito denies stay in Pa. redistricting case
Patriot News: Cumberland County to make sure all polling places are accessible
Patriot News: Fed official leaves Super Bowl anti-terrorism plan on airplane
Patriot News: Residents say they’ll continue challenge of new mayor’s eligibility: Report
LNP: Sales surge in 2016-17 at Lancaster County liquor stores; 5.7% increase is among biggest jumps statewide
LNP: Court allows Pennsylvania to redraw GOP-favored district map
LNP: Medical marijuana dispensary in Chester County gets green light, expects product mid-February

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Leaders want Berks County to have one congressman
Reading Eagle: Rep. Mark Rozzi pushes measure to protect children
Morning Call: Corruption trial testimony turns to case against Pawlowski co-defendant
Morning Call: U.S. Supreme Court rejects GOP request to block redrawing of Pennsylvania congressional map
Morning Call: Recordings: Pawlowski courted wealthy donor as no-bid contract was finalized

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: So now what? Wolf, Thompson’s offices talk next steps on gerrymandering
Erie Times-News: Schember, Dahlkemper head to Harrisburg
Erie Times-News: Erie councilman seeks county funding for city land bank
Erie Times-News: City to OK funds for micro-grant program

Opinion
Inquirer: Substantive changes need to end ‘toxic sexism’ in Pa. Democratic party | Opinion
Tribune Review: Colin McNickle: More hurdles for homestead exemption
Post-Gazette: Better together? Explore joining PennDOT and turnpike services
Patriot News: In an election year, Wolf, Legislature need to put politics aside on 2018 budget | Editorial
Patriot News: Shrinking the Legislature without stopping gerrymandering solves nothing | Opinion
Patriot News: Trump says he wants better-educated immigrants; his plan does the opposite | Editorial
Patriot News: #PaBudget 2018: Wolf should prioritize improving performance over spending | Lisa Baker
Patriot News: #PaBudget 2018: It’s time for Pa. to put families first | Vincent Hughes

February 6th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments