2/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14A new reader poll, a majority dissapprove of Wolf’s Budget, and Peduto gets a challenge for the endorsement.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Reader Poll: Who Should the Democrats Nominate for Commonwealth Court?: There are seven Democrats running for the two open spots on the ballot for Commonwealth Court in the Fall. Which two should the Democrats nominate?

Reader Poll: Majority Disapprove of Wolf Budget: The majority of our readers disapprove of Wolf’s budget proposal.

Peduto and Harris Vie for Dem Endorsement: Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris filed a challenge current Mayor Bill Peduto for the Allegheny County Democratic Party’s endorsement.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Business advocates say Wolf’s budget still has too many taxes
State House Sound Bites: Wolf angling to change how PA’s two biggest funds are managed
StateImpact: Mariner East 2 critics appeal new permits to Environmental Hearing Board
StateImpact: Lawmaker calls DEP methane strategy a ‘blatant disregard’ of the law

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Ethics office says Kellyanne Conway likely broke federal rules
Inquirer: Philly’s Joseph Clancy to step down as Secret Service director
Inquirer: Vets group frustrated by the way the city treats their fallen friends
Inquirer: Restaurants, stores urged to close for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ protest
Inquirer: Toomey on Flynn uproar : ‘Where did these leaks come from?’

SEPA
Delco Times: Environmental groups appeal PA pipeline as approval for its construction is underway
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Republican Committee set to hold screening and petition meeting
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf campaigns for Bristol in small business contest
Bucks County Courier Times: Neshaminy school board approves $188.2 million preliminary budget

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Senator Pat Toomey set to vote for Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch
Tribune Review: Appeals court rejects Trump’s travel ban causing many holds
Tribune Review: President Trump’s aide will not say if Trump has confidence in Michael Flynn
Post-Gazette: President Trump aides found to have repeated contracts with Russian intelligence
Post-Gazette: GOP lawmakers from Western Pa. have little to say about Flynn investigation

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Casey says Trump-Russia ties warrant investigation; Republicans question leaks
Beaver County Times: Trombetta’s attorney wants prosecutors held in contempt
Beaver County Times: Former Steel City Flooring customer thankful for support, donations
Beaver County Times: Conway says Flynn quit because he’d become ‘lightning rod’
Observer-Reporter: DEP green-lights Mariner East 2 pipeline project
Observer-Reporter: Mon Valley Initiative charts growth in Charleroi, Monessen
Observer-Reporter: Sheriff running in May Democratic primary
Altoona Mirror: Superior Court adopts Sullivan’s opinion as its own
Altoona Mirror: City revises pension ordinance
Altoona Mirror: DeAntonio seeks district judge post
Altoona Mirror: Area veteran programs receiving grant funds
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria coroner again ‘sounding the alarm’ as OD deaths accelerate
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Funding spat continues to slow unemployment claims

NEPA
The Times Leader: What’s next for Boscov’s after retail titan’s death
Times-Tribune: DEP: Leachate from landfill polluted creek
Times-Tribune: Mulligan enters mayral race, citing economic concerns
Times-Tribune: Wechsler, Rogan announce council re-election bids
Times-Tribune: Federal judge Edwin Kosik will no longer hear cases because of health issues
Times-Tribune: Throop mayor resigns, is appointed to vacant council seat
Times-Tribune: North Pocono OKs new energy company
Times-Tribune: Wolf proposes cut in private college grants
Pocono Record: East Stroudsburg School District teachers contract under discussion
Pocono Record: Wolf makes case for big boost in early childhood school aid
Pocono Record: Quaker school suspends 2 teachers over Palestinian speaker
Pocono Record: Environmentalists oppose permits for Pennsylvania pipeline

South Central
Patriot News: Joe Biden lands new role in Philadelphia
Patriot News: Toomey meets with Gorsuch; says Trump’s nominee will apply the law neutrally
Patriot News: Pa.’s first privately owned state liquor store preparing to open
Patriot News: Lancaster City Democrats endorse Danene Sorace for mayor, 9 others for open positions
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf’s new budget is a page out of the Bill Clinton playbook: E. Fletcher McClellan
Carlisle Sentinel: Proposal would allow Game Commission to set its own license fees
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg School Board ties on reconfiguration vote
York Dispatch: Lawmakers hear local thoughts on PlanCon
York Dispatch: Deb Kalina announces bid for Southern York school board
Lancaster Intelligencer: House Freedom Caucus call for quick Obamacare repeal vote could stall progress
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster city Democrats endorse Danene Sorace for mayor
Lancaster Intelligencer: Open forum on Affordable Care Act set for Feb. 20 in Lancaster

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Toomey pressured over his availability
Morning Call: Northampton schools fear decrease in state transportation subsidy
Morning Call: Bryan Callahan announces bid for reelection
Reading Eagle: Deputy sheriff seeks to be district judge

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Gov. Wolf covers entrepreneurship, higher education during visit to State College
Erie Times-News: Auditors raise alarm about Erie schools’ finances
Erie Times-News: Erie area sees Obamacare enrollment spike
Erie Times-News: Democrat Freda Tepfer to run for Erie City Council
Sun-Gazette: Kilgus files ethics complaint against DA; disciplinary investigation still ongoing

Opinion
Tribune Review: The DeVos protest: Shrill & empty
Delco Times: Editorial: Score one for Sunoco Logistics in pipeline war
Patriot News: Will Republicans buy into ‘We did that’ and work with Wolf on his budget?: Tony May
Inquirer: Commentary: Gorsuch worthy of Democrats’ backing
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Flynn’s departure leaves questions about Trump ties to Russia
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Keep protecting children of undocumented immigrants

February 15th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments