3/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Reed dodges on 2018 plans, PA GOP pushes unity, and Congressmen come out against the AHCA.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Reed Dodges on Possible Gov, Senate Bids: The House Majority Leader says he is focusing on 2017 elections.

PA GOP Pushes Unity During Judicial Elections: State Legislative leaders and the Party’s endorsed statewide judicial candidates spoke of unity for the 2017 elections.

PA GOP Congressmen Break Ranks on AHCA: Congressmen Thompson and Fitzpatrick have come out against the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Capitolwire: Less expenses, less commitments produce $18 million increase in Legislature’s surplus.
Capitolwire: PA General Assembly wrap-up for Monday March 20, 2017.
State House Sound Bites: Long-awaited Spanier trial begins with lengthy jury selection
StateImpact: Philadelphia schools announce plan to cut energy bills in half

Inquirer: Nutter, Peterkin Bell go on the attack over Mayor’s Fund story
Inquirer: Fearing raid on immigrants, organizers cancel Cinco de Mayo festival
Inquirer: Ex-sergeant must hand over passwords
Inquirer: Lawsuit: Philly guy wearing Trump hat says NY bar refused to serve him
Inquirer: Pa. House OKs bill protecting police IDs after officer-involved shootings
Inquirer: Comcast’s Smit steps down as cable division CEO, replaced by No. 2 Watson
Inquirer: Vanguard fires smaller firms, adds ClearBridge to boost Explorer fund
Inquirer: Explainer: Michael Nutter’s attack on Mayor’s Fund director Ashley Del Bianco
Inquirer: Tuesday’s topsy-turvy special election for 197th upends politics as usual
Inquirer: Energy savings could yield $600M for Philly schools
Inquirer: News Literacy Project: Teaching students to tell the true from the fake
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s What’s Behind the Sharp Left Turn in Philly’s District Attorney Race
Philadelphia Magazine: The City Wants to Put an End to Philly’s Electric Vehicle Parking Program
Philadelphia Magazine: State Rep From Philly Wants to Drug-Test His Peers
WHYY Newsworks: Philly schools announce plan to fund repairs while cutting energy bills in half
WHYY Newsworks: Strange special election today in North Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Op-ed: Conflict of interest in FOP endorsement of Philly DA candidate
Billy Penn: North Philly’s Cheri Honkala says she’s got a plan to end homelessness
KYW Newsradio: Lawyers Could Ease Philadelphia ‘Eviction Crisis,’ Council Members Hear
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia CEO: How to engage and retain your millennial workforce
Philadelphia Business Journal: Are student loan repayments the next top job perk? One local startup says so
Philly Voice: Philly restaurants to participate in another day of closings to support U.S. immigrants

Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville council OKs affordable units
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco D.A. Hogan, DEA chief named to head Regional Drug Strike Force
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks and Montgomery County nonprofits could lose millions under Trump budget proposal
Bucks County Courier Times: Calendar of Bucks meetings today – Tuesday, March 21
Bucks County Courier Times: New Hope council holds hearings on leash laws Tuesday; new council member appointment possible
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township school board approves new contract with secretaries, other workers
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmaker says plan to replace school property taxes on the way
Delco Daily Times: Chester called most dangerous city in Pa.

Post-Gazette: Pa. House again approves measure to restrict ID of police officers involved in shootings
Post-Gazette: Pa. Republicans torn over whether to support health care bill
Post-Gazette: Commission tables vote on extending Mon-Fayette Expressway
Tribune Review: Beechview could be the answer to Pittsburgh’s affordable housing problem
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette nixes newspaper home delivery it deems ‘too costly’

Altoona Mirror: Doyle weighs candidates’ challenges
Altoona Mirror: Senator: Families want choices
Beaver County Times:  A sneak peek at upcoming projects, politics page
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Adams police chief challenges incumbent in sheriff’s race

Citizens Voice: State lawmakers sit on $118M surplus
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne ready to upgrade 911
Times-Tribune: Mulligan remains on GOP ballot for Scranton mayor
Times-Leader: Luzerne County solicitors reviewing outstanding community development loans
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority mulls selling rail from train tracks
Times-Leader: Barletta requests update on law to help opioid-addicted babies

South Central
Patriot News: Pa. Republican lawmaker suggests God is a polluter
Patriot News: Magisterial district judge candidate in Harrisburg withdraws from ballot
Patriot News: ‘They were going to hear from us,’ say Pa. doctors who’d be made criminals under proposed abortion-ban bill
Patriot News: Posting bail for a relative? This bill could make you think twice about that
Lancaster Online: Local media representatives, scholars discuss trust, transparency and ‘fake news’ at Elizabethtown panel
Lancaster Online: Pennsylvania among 4 states where Trump and Clinton spent the most time and ad money

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: What the Allentown mayor candidates would do to combat corruption
Morning Call: Susan Brown kicked off Alburtis mayoral ballot; challenge against Salisbury judge dismissed
Morning Call: Lou Barletta opposes GOP Obamacare repeal bill
Morning Call: Charlie Dent, ‘Tuesday Group’ head to White House
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate Luiz Garcia survives challenge, remains on ballot
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Republicans trying for unity in state judicial elections
Morning Call: SCOTUS hearing: where do Pa.’s senators stand on Neil Gorsuch?
Morning Call: Republican ‘no’ votes mount on Obamacare repeal
Reading Eagle: Lack of trash pickup during storm debated in Reading

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Wolf administration provides flood insurance, grant funding information
Centre Daily Times: Ferguson Township supervisors mull flood plain conservation variances for new water treatment plant
Sun-Gazette: Wolf promises to work with House and Senate for state pension reform
Erie Times-News: The race for mayor | Jay Breneman sees chance to serve, lead

Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: PPA interim chief has tarnished her ‘reformer’ badge
Inquirer: Commentary: Trump’s budget is bad for America’s poor
Tribune Review: Paycheck protection: Tough to swallow
Bucks County Courier Times: Fighting poverty with education
Patriot News: Trump should heed Churchill’s warning not to escalate arms races: Editorial
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Worthy House bill gives boost to vocational education

March 21st, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

One thought on “3/21 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Lycoming County resident says:

    My comment on the linked story in the Sun-Gazette, which still does not allow comments on its articles:

    Jeff Wheeland has the most practical approach to Pennsylvania’s financial problems. They are not only here and now, but in the future. There are real future problems with the shortfall for retirement systems. The article in today’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette say that state and school retirement has almost 57 billion dollars in shortfall. I’ve read other articles, such as those linked on this site, and comments to them, that have 63.7 billion dollars or even 74 billion dollars. Which is correct? Is the state willing to say how much it really owes?

    Wheeland is right in saying we must get pension reform in place, because every time we pass up the chance what is owed grows. The best solution is the Federal retirement system, or FERS. Using this as a model for a new system would be in line with Mr. Wheeland’s remarks.

    To get out of the hole, we first have to stop digging.

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