4/2 PoliticsPA Playbook

Former Allentown Council President Ray O’Connell named new Mayor, the Ups & Downs from the week, and Reschenthaler calls Saccone an embarrassment.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Former Allentown Council President Selected as Mayor: Former Allentown Council President Ray O’Connell was selected as Allentown’s Mayor to take over for former Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

3/30 Ups & Downs: Costello quits the PA-6 primary in spectacular fashion, Casey and Wolf gets good news from F&M poll, and Allentown can’t quite move forward from Pawlowski smoothly. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

KDKA: Reschenthaler Calls Saccone An ‘Embarrassment’ To GOP In May Primary Battle For Congress: He lost narrowly, but Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Rick Saccone is now a household name. But that doesn’t mean he’s a shoo-in to win the new 14th Congressional District, his Republican challenger state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler told KDKA political editor Jon Delano.

Legislative Election Update
Tribune Review: Saccone unfazed by Toomey’s endorsement of GOP primary rival Reschenthaler

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: What would downsizing Pennsylvania’s legislature actually do?
StateImpact: Environmental regulators seeking public input on new shale permits
City & State: WInners and Losers for the week ending March 30

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Most Pa. voting machines are old, hackable, and will likely be used to count the 2020 votes
Inquirer: Pa.’s gambling expansion is high-stakes for towns such as Bensalem, host to Parx Casino
Inquirer: Philadelphia bans smoking in all public housing units starting Monday
Billy Penn: Is PA is the ‘only state in the country’ without a tax on gas drillers?
Philly Mag: Bucks County Businessman Who Bribed Seth Williams Gets Jail Time
Philly Mag: Joe Biden Will Speak at Temple University This Spring
WHYY: Philadephia’s new DA wants prosecutors to talk cost of incarceration while in court
Philly Voice: These Pa. news stations are required to read a Trump-esque warning about ‘false news’

SEPA
Unionville Times: Costello’s withdrawal leaves GOP in a tough spot
Pottstown Mercury: PECO files for $82M electricity delivery rate increase
Bucks County Courier Times: Area school districts continue looking for ways to improve security
Delco Times: Group raises $50K for pipeline risk assessment study

Pittsburgh
The Incline: Wolf ad: Pa. is the ‘only state in the country’ without a tax on gas drillers. Is that true?
Tribune Review: Drivers claim Pennsylvania Turnpike toll hikes are ‘highway robbery’
Tribune Review: Drivers hit with higher gas prices at the pump
Tribune Review: Emergency order sought to keep nuclear plant open in Beaver County
Post-Gazette: Finding a buyer in a dry market: Pa. dairy farms roiled by Dean Foods pullout
Post-Gazette: Edinboro presidents — turnover has stepped up in recent years
Post-Gazette: State Rep. John Maher’s DUI case closed, expunged

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Indiana County seeing rise in drug-addicted newborns
Beaver County Times: Pew study: Pittsburgh region has faith but not religion
Beaver County Times: Panel to discuss Beaver County’s future during event at the Fez
Altoona Mirror: Search for Hollidaysburg chief leads to turmoil

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Open records office denies request for police shooting video
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Commissioners to meet in Jermyn Wednesday
Times Leader: County council debates reviving Commission for Women

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Sen. Toomey honors veterans at Lebanon VA Medical Center
York Daily Record: Is Pa. is the ‘only state in the country’ without a tax on gas drillers?
LNP: Lancaster County overdose deaths drop in first three months of 2018
LNP: Is Pa.’s new Congressional district map fairer? This report says yes
LNP: On Politics: Hartman’s exit has ripple effects; Lt. Gov. candidates drop; and senators make moves in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Here are some of the fresh faces running in 2018 Pa. primary
Patriot News: ‘Year of the Woman 2’: Pa. primary drawing historic numbers
Patriot News: Sinclair gave Pa. anchors script about ‘one-sided news’
Patriot News: Volunteers place blue flags at Capitol to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month
Patriot News: After rules fight, deadlock, ex-councilman is new Allentown mayor
Patriot News: Pa. treasurer Torsella joins effort to help marijuana businesses obtain banking services

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Candidate Dan Meuser a strong backer of Trump agenda
Reading Eagle: Eliminating school property taxes remains an elusive goal
Reading Eagle: Reading routinely violates state open records law, agency says
Reading Eagle: Reading’s former human resources manager alleges gender pay discrimination
Morning Call: Legislators racing clock to reform redistricting
Morning Call: Northampton Judge Giordano returning to private practice: ‘I’ve always been adventurous’
Morning Call: After a long night, mayorship sinking in for Ray O’Connell

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State extends Opportunity Zone request period
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council could OK police testing change
Centre County Times: Are media outlets reporting ‘fake stories?’ WJAC anchors said exactly that
Centre County Times: How to make it as a maverick from Trump country

Opinion
Carlisle Sentinel: Guest Editorial: Newsprint tariff bad for local newspapers
Erie Times-News: First quarter 2018: How Erie is moving forward
Time-Tribune: Miccarelli case mocks Legislature
Inquirer: Four changes we need from Harrisburg lawmakers | Editorial
Inquirer: Fracking and the environment shouldn’t be afterthoughts in Pa. governor race | Editorial
Inquirer: Ryan Costello on the real reason he’s retiring: Working with Trump is no fun | Opinion
Inquirer: PPA executive director: Adding 50-cent surcharge to Ubers will send more money to the School District | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Expand Pa.’s legal medical marijuana program
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Restoring customers’ trust begins with Facebook
Post-Gazette: Get real on infrastructure: The Trump plan remains far from a serious effort
Patriot News: The soda tax was a disaster for Philly. It will be for Harrisburg, too | Opinion
Patriot News: Immigrant or not – an accurate census count affects us all | Kirstin Snow
Patriot News: There’s nothing to fear from a citizenship question on the census | Charlie Gerow

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments