2/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

Rep, Matt Baker announces his retirement, Casey and Wolf are slated to speak at the Pa. Democratic Party’s Keystone Dinner, and the Supreme Court releases its majority opinion.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

State Senate and House Open Seats Thread: State Rep. Matt Baker announced his retirement.  

Casey, Wolf to Speak at Pa. Dem State Committee Dinner: U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Governor Tom Wolf, who are both running for re-election, will speak at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s Keystone Dinner.

Supreme Court Releases Majority Opinion in Redistricting Case: Two days ahead of the deadline for the state legislature the state Supreme Court released the majority opinion detailing its new standard for Congressional maps in the state.

Legislative Election Update
CD-11: Blue Dog PAC endorsed former Agriculture Secretary Denny Wolff’s bid in the 11th Congressional district.  “Denny Wolff has an extremely impressive resume of qualifications and accomplishments in both the public sector as PA’s former Agriculture Secretary and the private sector as the owner and operator of Pen-Col Farms.  Denny will make an outstanding Congressman who will think independently and put his constituents’ interests first.  The Blue Dog PAC proudly endorses Denny Wolff for Congress,” Congressman and Blue Dog Kurt Schrader said.
LNP: Democrat Sue Walker looks to challenge state Rep. Lawrence in southeastern Lancaster County

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: PA legislature will miss redistricting deadline, but negotiations may continue
StateImpact: Mariner East 2 critics don’t trust DEP, Sunoco agreement to improve company’s record
StateImpact: Sunoco to resume work, pay $12.6 million for Mariner East 2 pipeline violations
StateImpact: PennEast pipeline seeks eminent domain, plus U.S. marshals to protect workers
Capitolwire: It doesnít appear the General Assembly will meet the PA Supreme Courtís Feb. 9 deadline for a new congressional map … or will it?  

Philadelphia
WHYY: Pa. legislature will miss redistricting deadline, but negotiations may continue
WHYY: State government standoff: Pennsylvania’s ‘constitutional crisis’ over court’s redistricting decision
Inquirer: As deadline looms, Republicans consider new strategy for Pa. congressional maps
Inquirer: Why Pa.’s gerrymandered map went too far, acccording to state Supreme Court
Inquirer: DEP fines Sunoco $12.6M, lifts construction suspension on Mariner East 2 pipeline
Inquirer: Mini-casino headed for Lawrence County, along Ohio border

SEPA
Daily Local: Sunoco to pay $12M fine, gets green light to restart construction on Mariner East 2 pipeline
Bucks County Courier Times: Businesspeople in the news in Bucks and Montgomery counties
Delco Times: Pa. redistricting battle heads into final stretch

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County projects will benefit from PennDOT’s multimodal spending
Post-Gazette: Senate panel narrowly advances CMU professor’s nomination for Federal Reserve post
Post-Gazette: No new Pa. congressional map by court-mandated deadline
WTAE Investigation finds thousands of Pennsylvanians owed $10,000 or more in unclaimed money and property
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania to fund 8 Allegheny County transportation projects
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmakers won’t meet deadline to vote on congressional map
Tribune Review: Resignation leaves Penn Hills School District seeking fourth business manager in 3 years
Tribune Review: Lawrence County to be site of Pennsylvania’s third mini-casino
WESA: Lawmakers Won’t Meet Deadline To Vote On Congressional Map

Southwest
Johnstown Trib-Dem: Legislature will miss gerrymander fix deadline, what now?
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers work on Congressional map
Observer-Reporter: GOP running out of ways to block fair redistricting
Observer-Reporter: Sunoco penalized $12.6M for violations, cleared to resume pipeline work
Beaver County Times: Lawmakers face redistricting deadline

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Wolf budget proposal emphasizes opioid treatment, prevention
Times-Tribune: DA refers Scranton School District investigation to state attorney general
Times-Tribune: PA Attorney General: no fraud found in Scranton sewer sale’s $5.3 million in professional fees
Times-Leader: Rice Township supervisors discuss Ice Lakes and road repairs

South Central
Patriot News: As clock ticks down to redraw Congressional map, Pa. lawmakers mull limited options
Patriot News: Eight views of Pennsylvania: A visual dive into Congressional redistricting and gerrymandering
Patriot News: Sunoco fined $12M, but allowed to resume work on Pa. pipeline
Patriot News: Firm wins right to put casino in Lawrence County, near Ohio
Patriot News: State launches new “One-Stop Shop” website for future and current entrepreneurs
LNP: State fines Sunoco Pipeline $12.7M, allows construction to continue
LNP: Watch: PennDOT representative answers questions about Lancaster County roads

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf urges president to fund state’s infrastructure needs
Express Times: Video gaming law aids casinos, hurts small businesses
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania commission releases report on addiction treatment
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s gerrymandering opinion seen as ‘groundbreaking,’ model for other states

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Senate committee postpones Erie federal judgeship vote
Erie Times-News: Schember proposes expanded LERTA in Erie
WJET: Deadline looms for new PA congressional map
Centre Daily Times: Philipsburg physician assistant may be a ‘danger’ to public health, so the state is taking action

Opinion
Pottstown Mercury: GUEST COLUMN: Pa. Gov. Wolf offers more of the same tax-and-spend policies
City & State: Criminal justice reform starts with rethinking probation and parole
Inquirer: What Gov. Wolf was really thinking during his (yawn) budget address | John Baer
Inquirer: Jobs picture looks good for many, but not everyone is invited to the party | Editorial
Inquirer: Ad claims that Philly isn’t LGBT-friendly enough for Amazon. Huh? | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Voters’ verdict on Korns, Kline & Murphy’s money rightly matters most
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania legislators let down small businesses
Patriot News: Trump needs to bring home a NAFTA win for Pa’s farmers | Opinion
LNP: Lancaster County needs a strategy to keep people from leaving

February 9th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments