4/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

Joyce launches three new ads in the 13th Congressional district, Wolf and Casey continue to lead challengers in the latest Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll, and Lamb’s last primary opponent drops out.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Joyce Launches Three New Ads in PA-13 Primary: Republican John Joyce launched three new ads in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional district featuring the mother of one of his patients, touting his pro-life position, and his 2nd Amendment support.

Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Poll: Wolf, Casey Lead All Republicans: In the latest Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey lead all possible Republican challengers, and Democrats lead Republicans in a generic Congressional ballot.

Linsenmayer Drops Out of PA-17 Primary, Endorses Lamb: Congressman Conor Lamb’s final primary opponent, Ray Linsenmayer, suspended his campaign and put his support behind Lamb.

Legislative Election Update
Tribune Review: Lamb, Rothfus have more than $3m between them to spend on fall election
PA-1: The Congressional Leadership Fund announced a $1.4 million TV ad reservation in district as part of a $38 million national reservation to support Republican candidates.
Emily’s List announced it is endorsing Carolyn Comitta (HD156), Christa Caceres (HD189), Elizabeth Fiedler (HD184), Danielle Friel Otten (HD155), Leanne Krueger-Braneky (HD161), Maggie R. Borski (HD177), Kristin Seale (HD168), and Helen Tai (HD 178 special election) in the May primary.  “EMILY’s List has been committed for decades to recruiting and changing the number of women elected in Pennsylvania, but this cycle we doubled down. We have been on the ground in Pennsylvania since last year working to ensure that women have the resources to run and win – and these initial eight endorsements are the first step toward an exciting slate of strong women candidates for the state legislature,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Down syndrome abortion ban passes state House
State House Sound Bites: Medical marijuana rule change will let patients vape
StateImpact: Five takeaways from StateImpact’s forum on gas royalties
StateImpact: After alert on Russian hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid
Capitolwire: School trauma kit bill outlined at Judiciary hearing.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: House passes bill banning abortions based on Down Syndrome
Inquirer: Pa. approves sale of marijuana ‘flower,’ and will allow cannabis to treat opioid addiction
Inquirer: In Starbucks incident, Philly cops and employees acted ‘in accordance with the law,’ says police watchdog group
Inquirer: Arrests at Starbucks in Philadelphia: Highlights from the fallout and protests Monday
WHYY: Fifty years after King speech, John Lewis honors his mentor at St. Joe’s
WHYY: Arkoosh to Hoeffel: hang it up

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: After a 475% property tax hike, residents plan protest
Pottstown Mercury: Mercury staffers win 6 journalism awards
Bucks County Courier Times: Harrisburg rally inspires hope amid setback in redistricting fight
Bucks County Courier Times: Concealed carry reciprocity agreement review complete

Pittsburgh
WESA: Attacks In Pennsylvania Governor’s Race Getting Personal
WESA: GOP Candidates Disagree Over Attack Ads, Unions And Wage Law
WESA: House Votes To Ban Abortions Over Down Syndrome Diagnosis
WESA: Conor Lamb’s Remaining Primary Opponent Decides To Back Him
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf signs Tierne’s Law, a domestic-violence bill named for slain Washington County woman
Post-Gazette: House passes bill banning abortions in cases of Down syndrome
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania will receive funding to upgrade voting machines, but will it be enough?
Post-Gazette: Words matter in Legislature’s Medicaid work-requirement debate
KDKA: Pa. Senator Ordered To Pay $29K In Gerrymandering Case Legal Costs
WTAE: Gov. Wolf signs domestic violence law named for Washington county woman
WPXI: State to allow sales of medical marijuana in dry-leaf form
Tribune Review: Medical marijuana expands to leaf form in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Teens lead forum on school safety at Westmoreland college
Tribune Review: Billboards blast Republican tax benefits

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Wolf signs Bartolotta’s ‘Tierne’s Law’ to protect domestic abuse victims
Beaver County Times: New Brighton receives Governor’s Award
Altoona Mirror: Bedford DA fires three staffers

NEPA
WBRE: Governor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law
Times Leader: Nanticoke pulls together for leukemia-stricken mayor, Richie Wiaterowski
Times-Tribune: Manufacturer bringing 200 jobs to Scranton

South Central
Patriot News: Aborting Down syndrome fetuses banned under bill passing Pa. House
Patriot News: Can I carry a concealed gun here? AG launches new list of states that recognize Pa.’s permits
Patriot News: Maximum tax hikes possible in Harrisburg schools, won’t be enough to fix finances
Patriot News: Pa. legislature approves changes in worker’s comp prescriptions
Carlisle Sentinel: United Way shares gubernatorial candidate responses to survey
York Dispatch: DA’s office drops tampering case against Penn Twp. constable
York Daily Record: Watch Scott Wagner’s closing statement in Pa. governor race forum
WITF: House votes to ban abortions over Down syndrome diagnosis
WITF: State medical marijuana program expands to include dry leaf

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania patients will be able to buy dry leaf medical marijuana this summer
Morning Call: Nazareth Area proposal of 2.35 percent tax hike gets preliminary OK
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council gets update on status under state distressed municipalities program

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Court filing seeks audit of Breneman campaign finances
Sun Gazette: Opinion: Court did its job
Centre Daily Times: Pa. lawmakers push for ‘radical’ change at Penn State
WJET: New bill signed by Wolf requires risk assessment for domestic violence offenders’ bail

Opinion
Inquirer: An iceberg on the voyage to fairer Pa. elections | John Baer
Inquirer: Philly Starbucks brews a bitter cup over police action |Editorial
Inquirer: Education savings accounts will help more Pa. children attend the best schools for them | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Add dried leaf to Pa.’s legal medical marijuana for better supply, demand, cost
Post-Gazette: Comey’s tell all: The former FBI director does not act with honor
Patriot News: Congressional Republicans are spineless. They’re not going to save Mueller | Opinion
Patriot News: I’m the daughter of a veteran. Daryl Metcalfe knows nothing about my love for the U.S. flag | Opinion

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