4/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

Philly says it won’t replace voting machines before 2020 Presidential election, state Rep. Chris Rabb files a complaint against fellow state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe over a confrontation, and Miccarelli reportedly violated House policy on retaliation.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Philly Says It Won’t Update Voting Machines By 2020: Philadelphia Commissioners said they will not update the voting machines used for the 2020 Presidential election to ones with a paper trail.

Rabb Files Complaint Against Metcalfe Following Committee Exchange: State Rep. Chris Rabb filed a complaint against fellow state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe after an exchange the two had following a State Government Committee hearing in which Rabb said Metcalfe threatened him.

Post-Gazette: State Rep. Miccarelli violated House policy on retaliation when he outed one of his accusers: State Rep. Nick Miccarelli violated a House policy on retaliation when he outed on Facebook a woman who has accused him of sexual assault, according to previously undisclosed portions of a House report obtained by The Inquirer and The Caucus. Despite the finding, House leaders have not sanctioned the Delaware County Republican – and there are no plans to do so.

Legislative Election Update
The AFL-CIO released its list of endorsed candidates ahead of the May primary.  They endorsed Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, for Congress they endorsed Brendan Boyle, Dwight Evans, Madeleine Dean, Rich Lazer, Laura Quick, Conor Lamb, and Mike Doyle; for state Senate they endorsed Lindsey WIlliams; and for state House they endorsed Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Dom Costa, Ed Gainey, Anthony Deluca, Paul Costa, Edward Eichenlaub, Michael O’Brien, Sean Kilkenny, jason Dawkins, Malcolm Kenyatta, Jonathan Rowan, James Roebuck, Rosita Youngblood, and Chris Rabb.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: After state House’s marathon gun hearing, fundamental differences remain
State House Sound Bites: Sunoco says Mariner East 1 is safe; state officials say slow down
StateImpact: Proposed bill takes ‘principled position’: By 2050, Pennsylvania should use only renewable energy
StateImpact: Dynamite disappears from Atlantic Sunrise worksite; ATF is trying to find it
City & State: Amid shrinking prison population, Philly to close oldest jail by 2020
Capitolwire: PA General Assembly floor action recap for Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Capitolwire: Gaming Board faces decision with no bids in latest mini-casino auction.

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: No, Pennsylvania students won’t have to pass a citizenship test to graduate
Inquirer: Pa. House report: Lawmaker retaliated against his accuser
Inquirer: Prosecutors: Cohen raid materials to be shared by May 11
Inquirer: ‘Sheetz Vs. Wawa’ documentary claims it will settle Pennsylvania’s great convenience store debate
Inquirer: Why 1 in 14 Philly renters faces eviction every year
Philly Mag: Mayor Kenney: Philly’s Oldest Prison to Close by 2020
Philly Mag: Philly Area Flunks in Lung Association’s Latest Smog Report
WHYY: On tap for Philadelphia: higher water bills and unhappy home, biz owners
WHYY: Philadelphia to shutter century-old jail by 2020

SEPA
Delco Times: Pa. Senate OKs bill targeting repeat DUI offenders
Delco Times: Delco council to study health needs of county
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Providence lays out 5-year plan for fire, emergency medical services
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown sludge dryer already $1.3M over budget
Bucks County Courier Times: SEPTA touts economic growth in Bucks County

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf says he will sign anti-hazing measure
Tribune Review: Lamb to help name Petrosky “Woman of the Year” May 1
WESA: Senate Passes Legislation To Impose Stiffer Punishments For Repeat DUI Offenders
WESA: Sen. Scarnati’s Lawyers Appeal Decision Ordering Him To Pay $29K
WESA: State House Passes Medicaid Work Requirements; Wolf Opposes
WTAE: Pittsburgh police prepare for protest if President Trump fires Robert Mueller
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate approves anti-hazing bill drafted after PSU pledge Tim Piazza death
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh orders plainclothes detectives to prep for problems if Trump fires Mueller:
Post-Gazette: Auction for Pennsylvania casino licenses lacks bidders

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Ellsworth running for governor ‘to get things done for … Pennsylvania’
Beaver County Times: Senate OKs anti-hazing bill drafted after Penn State death
Beaver County Times: Report: Beaver County’s air still among worst in the nation
Altoona Mirror: Pipeline fines to fund clean water program

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton receives governor’s award for environmental excellence
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County residents won’t have to pay $5 vehicle registration fee
Times-Tribune: NEPA can breathe in relief from air report
Times Leader: Pittston council awards $110K contract to resurface some city streets

South Central
Patriot News: Future job possibilities drove Pa. Rep. Charlie Dent’s decision to retire early
Patriot News: Anti-hazing bill borne out of Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s death passes Pa. Senate
Patriot News: Bills setting 100 percent renewable energy goal for Pa. draws bi-partisan support
Patriot News: Pa. Gaming Board deciding on another auction round for Category 4 casinos
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf orders flags lowered in tribute to Barbara Bush
Patriot News: Assault weapons, semi-automatic rifles and the AR-15: Defining the debate
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg borough council OKs plans for Hess Farms tract development
LNP: Lancaster County air pollution puts about half of its population at risk, among worst air quality in nation
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon VA tops region for lowest wait times

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: GOP gubernatorial candidate outlines his agenda
Morning Call: Q&A: Why replace the Lehigh Valley’s voting machines?
Morning Call: What Charlie Dent wants to do before he resigns from Congress
Morning Call: Allentown Council OKs nearly $1 million for computer virus fix

North by Northwest
Sun- Gazette: Reductions in staff still a county goal
Centre Daily Times: Pa. Senate unanimously passes Piazza anti-hazing legislation
State College News: State Senate Unanimously Passes Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Bill

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Crime victims deserve protection, but not this way
Patriot News: The Pa. House should approve Greenleaf criminal justice reform bills | Editorial
Patriot News: Here’s what to expect at the next Senate redistricting hearing | Mike Folmer
Patriot News: Here’s what Gov. Tom Wolf is doing to fight the opioid epidemic | Opinion
Patriot News: Here’s how a midstate business benefited from the Trump tax cut | Linda McMahon
Inquirer: Police Commissioner Ross did a good job in handling the Starbucks incident | Dom Giordano
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney never should have met with Meek Mill | Ronnie Polaneczky
Inquirer: Broke in Philly? Nearly half of us are; a new series will offer solutions | Opinion
Inquirer: Harrisburg’s GOP thugs want to kick voters out of redistricting process | Editorial
Post-Gazette: Policing themselves: Good signs from inside city force on discipline
Post-Gazette: She knew who she was: First lady Barbara Bush had grit and wit

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