3/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14The Pa. Dems push Wagner for an answer on the AHCA, Sabato rates Congressional seats, southeast Republicans take on climate change, and Corman officially stays out of the Governors race.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. Dems Pressure Wagner to Comment on AHCA: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is pushing to tie Gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner to the GOP health care bill.

Sabato: PA Incumbents Generally Solid, Fitzpatrick Most Vulnerable: Sabato’s Crystal Ball put out its rating on 2018 House races including five Pennsylvania races.

Costello, Fitzpatrick, and Meehan Sign onto Climate Change Resolution: The three southeast Congressmen signed onto a resolution to battle climate change with 14 other Republican Congressmen.

Pa-Gov: Corman Rules Out Gov Bid: Majority Leader Jake Corman revealed he will not seek the Governor’s Office in 2018.

Statewide
Capitolwire: It’s baaaack – GOP lawmakers hope to pass pension reform plan that failed to get a vote late last session.
State House Sound Bites: Senate GOP readies for another assault on the pension problem
StateImpact: Trump’s EPA cuts would endanger Pennsylvanians, says environmental chief

Philadelphia
City & State: Rep. Grove continues charge against Philadelphia Beverage Tax
City & State: FOP endorsement of DA candidate Negrín draws criticism
City & State: Council tightens reporting requirements for tax incentives
Inquirer: PA’s PUC explores a touchy subject: How much should poor families pay for heat?
Inquirer: Candidates for DA in Philly agree on policy, but still clash in person
Inquirer: Local winners and losers of Trump’s proposed budget
Daily News: Philly Clout: Soda tax war expands to Snapchat

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Temple University looks to increase meal plan due to soda tax
Bucks County Courier Times: Hiring freeze causes Declaration of Independence site to close
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury budget gap slightly smaller than expected
Delco Times: Montgomery County DA, police announce creation of website for victims to find stolen jewelry

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone To Take On Sen. Bob Casey
KDKA: New App Makes It Easy To Connect With Lawmakers
KDKA: Pa. Lawmakers: Trump Budget Will Cost Southwestern Pennsylvania Millions
Tribune Review: Proposed HUD cuts would hit close to home in Western Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Allegheny County DA unveils model policy for police chases
Tribune Review: Ellenbogen faces challenger in only Allegheny County Council primary race
Post-Gazette: As Mon-Fayette Expressway faces critical vote, Peduto, Fitzgerald voice concerns
Post-Gazette: Former Pa. treasurer McCord: After FBI arrived, ‘I wanted to cooperate completely’
Post-Gazette: City Councilman Lavelle has not complied with financial reporting requirements
Post-Gazette: Mayoral candidate Darlene Harris still not complying with finance reporting law, Ethics Board says

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Toomey ‘encouraged’ by Trump budget proposal, Casey calls it ‘a series of broken promises’
Altoona Mirror: Opioids focus of Wolf meeting
Altoona Mirror: Petitions challenge five Blair candidates
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO: ‘Take back our community’: Wolf, local leaders discuss opioid crisis
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Fair redistricting procedure to be topic of speech

NEPA
Times-Leader: Toomey, Casey continue agreement for federal court vacancies
Standard-Speaker: NEPA unemployment rate continues downward trend
Times-Tribune: Fire chief: Snow removal at hydrants slow process
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Courthouse plays catch-up after a two-day shutdown
Times-Tribune: In Republican race for Scranton mayor, Piccolino challenges Mulligan’s election petition

South Central
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf: Many Pennsylvanians will be hurt by Donald Trump’s budget
Patriot News: Corman’s out. So what does that mean for the rest of the GOP gubernatorial field?
Patriot News: Ralliers put pressure on local legislators to denounce Trump’s health care plans
Patriot News: How will Pa.’s medical marijuana permits be doled out?
Patriot News: The Trump budget: President proposes zeros for key local revenue sharing programs
Patriot News: Drink water in Pennsylvania? Trump’s budget puts your health at risk, regulator says
Patriot News: President Trump’s budget: What it could mean for Pennsylvania
Patriot News: State AG intends to closely scrutinize PinnacleHealth hospital purchases, affiliation with UPMC
Patriot News: Trump’s budget and what it could mean for transportation in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle School Board appoints acting principal for Mount Holly Springs Elementary
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill tracker: Curbing distracted fuel pumping
Carlisle Sentinel: Dauphin County anticipates rise in homelessness
York Daily Record: Dallastown’s Gay-Straight Alliance going to school board
York Daily Record: Hanover council candidates bring ‘fresh perspective’ for downtown
York Dispatch: Rep. Perry’s town hall fills quickly
York Dispatch: Five-Leaf Remedies granted zoning approval
York Dispatch: York College students reach out to Hispanic community
Lancaster Intelligencer: Tony Dastra, 20, enters Lancaster mayoral race as independent
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County commissioners approve tax break for developer

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Trump budget would deliver “huge blow” to Lehigh Valley art, education and social programs
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley winners and losers in Trump budget
Morning Call: Trump budget would hit Lehigh Valley’s urban school districts
Morning Call: Legal challenges question Salisbury district judge, Alburtis mayoral candidate nominating petitions
Reading Eagle: President Trump’s budget blueprint draws bipartisan criticism
Reading Eagle: Ag Department OKs Berks hemp research projects
Reading Eagle: David Mekeel: Property-tax talk as heated as ever in Berks
WFMZ: Northampton Council hears another neglected property complaint
WFMZ: Northampton County Council approves DA Morganelli’s urgent request for 2 full-time prosecutors
Express Times: Dewey Fire Co. treasurer admits to charges in $395K theft

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: PennDOT to construct retaining wall in Bellefonte
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania’s state, federal legislators weigh in on Trump budget
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Health insurance issues discussed at city forum
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Ball park construction contracts authorized
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioner schedule town hall
Erie Times-News: What Trump’s budget proposal could mean for the Erie region
Erie Times-News: Petition challenges filed in Erie-area district judge races
Erie Times-News: Erie School District holds public hearing on reconfiguration plan
Erie Times-News: PennDOT opens road work season

Opinion
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: On St. Patrick’s Day, not all Irish eyes are smiling
Inquirer: Commentary: Let’s make Pa. government more accessible
Daily News: Now America knows what a tinhorn dictator budget looks like
Tribune Review: Citizens’ cellphones at U.S. borders: Get a warrant!
Bucks County Courier Times: Putting function in government
Patriot News: Will these three Pa. Republicans put their jobs on the line for TrumpCare?: Nick Field
Patriot News: Lawmakers should decriminalize Sunshine Act penalties: Craig J. Staudenmaier and Joshua D. Bonn

March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “3/17 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Seneca says:

    Soros-funded organizations such as Indivisible and his more established shell companies provide funding and other backup for the pseudo-grassroots activism we have seen in Williamsport and around the region. Their strategic objective is to isolate congressmen, elected state officials, and other public officials having anything to do with the country’s health sector policy, from the general public and its input. Their main tactics in doing this focus on using fake populist measures at public meetings, packing the attendees with trained agitators and shills, as well as holding demonstrations and publicity events such as the one the Sun-Gazette discussed in its 17 March article.

    The Sun-Gazette did not discuss the sponsorship and attendee support of the 16 March meeting. The Lycoming County Progressives are committed to “local actions … for getting our congressman to have a town hall, free speech, the ACA and trans rights.” The organization’s own website links to the Soros-funded Indivisible network. Most of the attendees quoted in the Sun-Gazette article are well-known in the Williamsport area as advocates for big-government control of health care and other leftist (“progressive”) issues.

  2. Lycoming County resident says:

    The linked Williamsport Sun-Gazette story is interesting. The tone of the meeting was very anti-Trump and anti-ACA reform. It was not intended to provide any helpful input for our local congressman with regard to the AHCA. One of the meeting’s main purposes was to pressure Rep. Marino to have a public meeting where they could repeat their demands. They did not seem interested in debating any alternatives to keeping the ACA or putting in a single-payer system.

    Readers might like to know that it is not possible to submit comments to Sun-Gazette articles any more. The same goes for letters to the editor. Their new system for comments doesn’t work.

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