3/31 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14CVA target Casey, PA GOP goes to court, and Wozniak nominated to the Turnpike Commission.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

CVA Targets Casey with Direct Mail Campaign: Concerned Veterans for America are targeting Senator Bob Casey for his opposition to SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

PA GOP to File Federal Lawsuit Over 197th District Special Election: The PA GOP is filing a Federal lawsuit to have the special election in the 197th House district invalidated.

Wolf Nominates Wozniak to Turnpike Commission: Governor Tom Wolf announced he is nominating former State Senator John Wozniak to the Turnpike Commission.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Senate panel moves bill to make raising property taxes harder
State House Sound Bites: GOP proposes a UC funding stopgap; Wolf says it’s not enough
StateImpact: PJM says more natural gas power generation would not hurt reliability
StateImpact: DRBC considers new fish rule to mark gains in water quality

Philadelphia
Inquirer: City, state GOP to join lawsuit challenging special election results
Inquirer: Butkovitz picks up AFL-CIO endorsement in controller’s race
Inquirer: How will Kenney’s $40M community schools plan move forward?
Inquirer: Newspaper Guild, Philadelphia Media Network reach tentative contract pact
Inquirer: Old phone booths to the rescue: Philly weighs turning eyesores into safe havens
Inquirer: Lt. governor: Here’s how to get a pardon
Daily News: City GOP shake-up could reopen old wounds

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Narcotic-dependent newborns growing along with drug epidemic
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressman Tom Murt to unveil memorial for local fallen Iraq War veteran
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County towns looking into giving first-responder volunteers tax breaks
Bucks County Courier Times: Fifth candidate seeking Lower Southampton district judge seat
Delco Times: Indicted Philly D.A. faces deadline for hiring lawyer
Pottsville Republican Herald: Gov. Wolf extends deadline for home energy assistance
West Chester Daily Local: Restaurants raise money for charity
West Chester Daily Local: Rep. Lewis commends Coatesville students for positivity

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Mayor demands bulletproof glass at Hazelwood fire station
Tribune Review: Former PWSA management company lambastes city audit
Tribune Review: Keystone Oaks teacher strike averted
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh learning from mistakes of Silicon Valley to build a diverse tech hub
Tribune Review: Manufacturers share gameplan for Southwestern Pennsylvania ‘renaissance’ at shale summit
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners OK Adelphoi USA project
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners renew medical care contract for jail inmates, lower costs
Tribune Review: Unity to host town hall meeting for veterans
Tribune Review: Pa. announces rate cut in workers’ compensation insurance premiums
Tribune Review: ID bill passes Senate, heads to House
Tribune Review: Freeport Brick Co. to end century-long run, blames aluminum industry woes
Tribune Review: Struggling ATI cut CEO’s compensation nearly 30 percent
Tribune Review: Townships gearing up for summer by hiring seasonal employees
Post-Gazette: Report: regional power grid can handle much more gas and renewables
Post-Gazette: Scott approves contracts for new recreation facilities
Post-Gazette: McCandless OKs museum plan, but not without controversy
Post-Gazette: Allentown coffee shop bombarded with backlash after controversy brews over political punch card
Post-Gazette: Washington County district judge charged by conduct board
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh, PWSA look to move forward on fixing water issues
Early Returns: Gubernatorial candidate, panned for suggesting bodies cause global warming
Pittsburgh Business Times: Doctors launch medical consultancy firm poised to advise on cannabis
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania receiving $30.4M as part of Volkswagen settlement
WESA: Allegheny County Beats Philadelphia (Again) When It Comes To Health Expectations
WESA: How To Get Lead Out Of Your Water: Flushing, Filters And Lead Line Replacement
KDKA: Debate Rages Over How To Handle High Levels Of Lead In Pittsburgh Water
KDKA: State Senate Moves Bill To Fix Unemployment Compensation Mess
KDKA: Missing Judge, 91, Found Alive In Wooded Area
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Warns Against Tax Season Scams
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Names Ex-Senator To Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
KDKA: Peduto: County Controller’s Plan To Fix Lead Problem Is Too Expensive & Illegal

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Bill to end ‘ghost teaching’ passes key state Senate committee
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners working to define, fill solicitor’s position as actions backlog
Observer-Reporter: Mt. Pleasant zoning rules withstand challenge, for now
Observer-Reporter: Judicial conduct board files complaint against Monongahela district judge
Observer-Reporter: Rostraver Township to adopt Marcellus Shale ordinance
Altoona Mirror: Public hearing on pipeline set
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Police learn nonviolent intervention for handling those with mental illness

NEPA
The Times Leader: Consultant warns Wilkes-Barre is heading into financial trouble, offers ways out
The Times Leader: Luzerne leaders brainstorm with lawmakers on scaring up more funding
The Times Leader: Judge rules Walter Griffith can remain on election ballot in Luzerne County controller race
Citizens Voice: Commonwealth Financing Authority approves dozens of grants for county
Citizens Voice: Community leaders urge gaming control board to renew casino’s license
Wayne Independent: Business Partner Campaign successful

South Central
Patriot News: Propery tax increases could become harder for school boards to pass
Patriot News: His wife and tie-breaking vote put spotlight on Vice President Mike Pence
Patriot News: Penn State trustee ‘running out of sympathy’ for ‘so-called’ Sandusky abuse victims: report
Patriot News: Capitol Police ticket office in ‘disarray,’ has lost at least $7,400: Pa. auditor general
Lancaster Online: State Sen. Scott Wagner lists earth moving closer to sun, body heat as possible climate change factors
Lancaster Online: Rep. Lloyd Smucker begins office hours for Berks constituents

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: In Allentown, immigrants get lesson on the right —and need — to remain silent
Morning Call: Charlie Dent to hold Lehigh Valley town hall Friday
Morning Call: Pennsylvania to get $30.4 million in settlement with Volkswagen over emissions scandal
Morning Call: Affordable housing requirement is bad fit for Allentown, city administrators say
Reading Eagle: Two Reading School Board candidates removed from ballot
Reading Eagle: Congress votes to let states block some Planned Parenthood money

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Harrisburg watchdogs set up Centre County Accountability Project
Centre Daily Times: Parks Miller consulted with Pa. secretary of state on recusal issue
Erie Times-News: Curlett touts government experience in Erie County Executive bid
Erie Times-News: Overdose reversals by Erie County law enforcement top 100

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Leave it to the reps: Why tax reform should start in the House
Tribune Review: Separation of powers: Obama’s overreach rebuked
Tribune Review: Pa.’s troubled State System schools
Bucks County Courier Times: GIANFICARO: Vote to repeal citizens’ internet privacy giving some fits
Bucks County Courier Times: School districts face financial challenges
Delco Times: Editorial: Time to ‘reassess’ education funding in Pa.
Patriot News: Trump just declared war on the Freedom Caucus. How do you like him now, conservatives?: Jennifer Rubin
Patriot News: Trump, the ‘deal-artist’ has been unmasked: Nick Field
Lancaster Online: Pennsylvania lawmakers should look somewhere other than video gaming to raise revenue
Daily News: Giordano: Seth Williams case another problem arising from a city run by Democrats
Daily News: Philly’s Comcast spent $1.5 mil to buy pols who stole your internet privacy
Inquirer: Commentary: A disruptive health-care alternative

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