4/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

9th Congressional candidate Scott Uehlinger left the CIA under a cloud according to reports, political consultant Bill Miller pled guilty to tax evasion, and the push to impeach four state Supreme Court Justices is on hold, but not finished.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Uehlinger Left CIA Under Cloud: Report: Republican 9th Congressional district candidate and former CIA Officer Scott Uehlinger left the CIA under a cloud according to a new report.

Political Consultant Bill Miller Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion: Bill Miller, a Philadelphia based political operative close to former District Attorney Seth Williams, pled guilty to tax evasion charges.

Movement to Impeach Supreme Court Justices On Hold, Sponsors Still Hopeful: State Rep. Cris Dush is hopeful his bill to impeach four Democratic Supreme Court Justices will move forward in the coming weeks.

Legislative Election Update
Delco Times: Two Dems pick up support, another exits race in 5th
WHYY: Bucks County Democrats battle to take on Fitzpatrick

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Wolf pushes GOP lawmakers to extend gun sale background checks
StateImpact: FERC, called a ‘rubber stamp’ by critics, begins policy review for approval of natural gas pipelines
Capitolwire: PA Senate floor action recap for Monday, April 23, 2018.
Capitolwire: Senate Appropriations reports out budget, tax deduction and other bills Monday.
Capitolwire: Of the many public safety bills out there, PFA restrictions bill appears to have the best shot of legislative passage.

Philadelphia
WHYY: Amid licensing limbo, immigration advocates push to shut down Pa. detention center
WHYY: Philadelphia social workers honored at City Hall
Inquirer: Wolf pushes to end ‘gun show’ exception to background checks
Inquirer: Why patients still can’t buy medical marijuana in Philadelphia months after the new law kicked off
Inquirer: Judge, state question quick renewal for Chester charter school
Philly Mag: Daryl Metcalfe Rants About “Liberal Loser” Dems, Calls Rep. Sims a “Lying Homosexual”
Philly Mag: Gov. Wolf Seeks More “Commonsense” Gun Legislation in Pennsylvania

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Gov. Wolf pushes to end ‘gun show’ loophole in Pa.
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks congressional candidates to talk environment at sold out forum
Bucks County Courier Times: Gas prices on the rise in Bucks, Montco

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Pa. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe goes on social media tirade
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Feds highlight growing natural gas production in Pennsylvania
WESA: Wolf Pushes To End Gun Show Exception To Background Checks
Tribune Review: Penn Hills school officials eye staff, program cuts
Tribune Review: Wolf pushes to end ‘gun show’ exception to background checks
Tribune Review: Aryanna Berringer launches PAC to support progessive candidates
Tribune Review: Gas prices continue to rise as outlook remains ‘ominous,’ analyst says
Post-Gazette: Gateway appoints new board member
Post-Gazette: Democrats react angrily to Daryl Metcalfe’s ‘lying homosexual’ Facebook tirade

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law case
Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County solicitor: Siehl must prove wrongful imprisonment
Altoona Mirror: Education bills near house vote
Observer-Reporter: Housing to be improved, constructed through state’s PHARE program
WTAJ: Governor Wolf pushes for universal background checks in Pennsylvania.
Beaver County Times: Scott Wagner says business, government background make him ‘ready to go’ if elected governor

NEPA
Times Leader: Report: Luzerne County teachers were on strike 127 days in 20 years
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District approves borrowing up to $16.5 million
Times-Tribune: Newspaper honored with 22 more awards
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne council could kill $5 car fee

South Central
WGAL: Governor, state police call for expansion of background checks for gun purchases
Patriot News: Pa. House investigators say lawmaker violated policy against retaliation. So why wasn’t he punished?
Patriot News: Former district attorney admits violations for email, text messages to judges
Patriot News: What did the House report on claims against Delaware County state rep say? Read it here
Patriot News: Fact Check: GOP guv candidate Paul Mango’s claim that he opposes Obamacare
LNP: Lancaster County woman is among 12 finalists for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year
LNP: 3 nonprofits end services for inmates as Lancaster County considers for-profit Geo Group

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call : Gov. Tom Wolf calls on Legislature to pass firearms-safety bills to protect domestic abuse victims
Morning Call: Waffle House shooting sheds light on Pennsylvania gun law loopholes
Reading Eagle: Berks County employers say tough immigration policy shrinks their workforces
Reading Eagle: Reading moves closer to end of Act 47
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf works toward stricter gun background checks

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Williamsport a nominee for investment program
Erie Times-News: Erie County school districts oppose voucher bill
Centre Daily Times: ‘Devastating’ accusations: Stacy Parks Miller’s fate to be decided by disciplinary board
Centre Daily Times: Former district attorney says she respects board, will respect any discipline handed down for misconduct

Opinion
Patriot News: Want to fix Harrisburg? Start by approving these campaign finance reform bills | Editorial
Patriot News: Want to fix Harrisburg? Start by approving these campaign finance reform bills | Editorial
Patriot News: Net neutrality protects consumers, access to the Internet | Larry Farnese
City & State: To protect workers’ health care rights, Senate Bill 936 must be vetoed
Inquirer: What’s that smell? It’s Harrisburg’s political air | John Baer
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney: We cannot allow the Starbucks incident to define Philadelphia | Opinion
Inquirer: Small businesses suffer when Trump and Congress play politics with migrant workers | Editorial
Tribune Review: Allegheny Health Network’s plan for small hospital in Harmar seen as beneficial
Post-Gazette: Nanny state at Penn State: Outing Club gets grounded by lawyerly caution

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