4/12 PoliticsPA Playbook

Mango launches another ad targeting Wagner, the state House GOP pushes to give the legislature more power in redistricting, and Addis is removed from the ballot in the 5th Congressional district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Mango Launches Radio Ad Targeting Wagner on Veterans: Paul Mango’s Gubernatorial campaign launched a new radio ad targeting Scott Wagner’s comments about Mango’s military service.

State House GOP Pushes to Give Legislature More Power in Redistricting: State House Republicans moved to give the majority party a larger role in the redistricting process, a move the Governor Wolf opposes.

Addis Removed From PA-5 Ballot: Republican Congressional candidate Paul Addis was ordered off the 5th district primary ballot by the Commonwealth Court for not having enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.

Legislative Election Update
The Daily Beast: Disgraced Ex-Jack Abramoff Associate Inches Back Into National Politics
Morning Call: With cotton candy and beer, NextGen America seeks to flip Lehigh Valley congressional seat

Statewide
City & State: PA House Republicans gut and replace redistricting bill
City & State: Philadelphia City Council to mull ‘construction tax’ for developers
State House Sound Bites: Amid allegations, House GOP proposes studying workplace harassment
State House Sound Bites: Despite conflicting claims, it’s unclear who’s really ahead in GOP primary
Capitolwire: House GOP approves new proposal for redistricting process changes.
Capitolwire: Marsico sees action on four safety bills.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Veterans wary of Pa. plan to trim Civil Service Commission
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney visits Meek Mill in prison
Inquirer: Paul Ryan’s retirement echoes GOP departures from Philadelphia region
Inquirer: Testing parolees for marijuana must end, says Philly councilman
Inquirer: House GOP backs plan to give majority more districting power
Philly Mag: Bill Introduced in State House Would Kill Philly’s Soda Tax
WHYY: City Council set to release sweeping new affordable housing bills
WHYY: New test scores suggest little academic progress for Philly, region
WHYY: GOP guts bill proposing independent redistricting commission
WHYY: Ellsworth tries to break through noise in Pennsylvania governor’s race

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Legislature roiled by sex misconduct claims
Pottstown Mercury: Despite objections West Norriton commissioners appoint Montco Sheriff Kilkenny as solicitor
Bucks County Courier Times: Judge agrees to push back trial in Lower Southampton corruption case
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick’s cyberstalking bill passes U.S. House
Delco Times: Some question Dems’ use of Upper Darby High auditorium as meeting site

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Citizen board gutted from House bill on Pennsylvania electoral maps
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh-area students, citizens travel to Harrisburg, advocate for gun control laws
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools to pay new teachers more, scrap performance-based pay
Tribune Review: Tribune-Review wins 16 awards for journalistic excellence
Post-Gazette: Activists call on officials to release Pittsburgh’s Amazon bid
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania House GOP backs plan to give majority more districting power
Post-Gazette: Teachers union ratifies contracts with city school district
Post-Gazette: Woodland Hills students take their case for gun control to Harrisburg
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania bill to ban abortions keeps Down syndrome in the spotlight
KDKA: Protesters Want Officials To Come Clean On Deal To Attract Amazon

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Former Beaver County Commissioner Dan Donatella dies at 81
Beaver County Times: Ambridge wins state award
Altoona Mirror: Altoona police to get body cams

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Barletta, Cartwright react to Ryan’s departure
Times-Tribune: State to fund filling in of mine voids under Lackawanna College building in downtown Scranton
Times-Tribune: Medical marijuana dispensary to open next week

South Central
Public Opinion: Rep. Bill Shuster recognizes retiring Speaker Paul Ryan’s “capable leadership”
Carlisle Sentinel: GOP on House panel backs plan to give majority more districting power
Patriot News: #MeToo cases at Pa. Capitol leads to House GOP’s call to study harassment, sexual misconduct
Patriot News: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t seek re-election
Patriot News: House GOP backs plan to remove ‘unaccountable judges’ from districting process
Patriot News: Could $6B court battle over Pa. Turnpike tolls end with a compromise?
Patriot News: Gun reform advocates deliver message to Pa. lawmakers: ‘We demand a vote’
LNP: City Council postpones decision on Water Street Mission warehouse demolition

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmakers react to Paul Ryan retirement
Reading Eagle: Berks Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt receives public service award
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s state senators seek legislative review of Clean and Green law
Morning Call: GOP lawmakers booed for gutting a bill creating ‘independent’ commission to draw Pennsylvania’s congressional map

North by Northwest
Oil City Derrick: PennVEST role in forestry project raises some concerns
Centre Daily Times: ‘To say he will be missed is an understatement,’ Rep. Thompson says of Speaker Ryan’s retirement
Centre Daily Times: Here is what the Centre County DA had to say about the opioid crisis
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s population slide continues

Opinion
Inquirer: Pa. horses are making hay, while the race industry falters | Editorial
Inquirer: Pa. legislators trying to kill soda tax in Philly and elsewhere | Editorial
Inquirer: Darrell Clarke: Put brakes on Temple stadium | Opinion
Inquirer: Voters in Pa. don’t know enough about candidates running to become prosecutors | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Government’s response to landslides must be clear, focused & expedited
Post-Gazette: Giving up: Paul Ryan has good reasons for abandoning ship
Post-Gazette: Data rights: After grilling Facebook CEO, Congress must act
Patriot News: Upset about the Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling? Use the ballot box – not impeachment | Opinion
Patriot News: The CBO has sounded the alarm on a crisis Congress created | Editorial
Patriot News: The Zuckerberg Effect: The kind of online privacy we want isn’t the privacy we have | John L. Micek
Patriot News: That Facebook data breach? It’s partly your fault | Opinion
LNP: Keystone Exams aren’t the only barometer of students’ academic success, and this state Senate Bill wisely recognizes that

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