4/25 PoliticsPA Playbook

Cutler is interested in becoming the new Republican Leader in the state House next session, the latest Politically Uncorrected column, and LG candidate Jeff Bartos launches his first ad of the primary election.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Cutler “Certainly Interested” In Majority Leader Position: State Rep. Bryan is interested in replacing current Majority Leader Dave Reed, who is not running for re-election to the state House, and may have the inside track to the position.

Politically Uncorrected: Why the GOP Gubernatorial Primary seems so crazy: Republican Gubernatorial candidates Paul Mango and Scott Wagner are attacking each other in vicious ads and messaging, but what is actually going on in the primary.

Bartos Launches First Statewide Ad in LG Run: Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate and Jeff Bartos launched his first statewide ad three weeks ahead of the primary election.

Legislative Election Update
Reading Eagle: Lebanon woman seeks Berks-area congressional seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Scott Wallace, Brian Fitzpatrick lead fundraising in 1st District primaries
Bucks County Courier Times: Democrats in 143rd race want strong gun laws, better state school funding

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House GOP continues sexual misconduct study with public hearing
StateImpact: Following spills, DEP stops Mariner East 2 work at Delaware County site
StateImpact: Judges OK Consol plan to mine beneath Greene County stream
StateImpact: PA gasoline prices creep toward $3 per gallon ahead of summer travel season
City & State: Meek Mill released, but study shows PA parole rate highest in US
Capitolwire: PA Senate floor action recap for Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
Capitolwire: Lawmakers urged to be cautious in banning sexual harassment non-disclosure agreements, taxpayer-funded settlements.
Capitolwire: Folmer cites concerns with citizens redistricting bill.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Taxes in Philly? La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael wants to pay more
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner asks City Council for 13% funding increase
Inquirer: Another Pa. congressional candidate gets a super PAC, but who is behind it?
Philly Mag: CCD’s Paul Levy: “Obsolete” Tax Structure Is Holding Philly Back
Philly Mag: Here’s When (and Where) Philly’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Will Open
WHYY: Philly overdose deaths surged past 1,200 in 2017. The reason? Fentanyl
WHYY: Philly DA says more money needed for restorative justice programs

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick Generating Station returns to full power
Pottstown Mercury: YMCA closing dominates Montco commissioners’ visit to Pottstown
Bucks County Courier Times: Expert: Pennsylvania ‘would get an F’ on voting machine security
Delco Times: New proposal would give addicts more access to treatment

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Fetterman, Ahmad garner local endorsements in Lt. Gov. race
Tribune Review: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale sidesteps question about 2022 governor run
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania meets federal rail safety oversight requirements
Post-Gazette: Bill to create school threat reporting system passes Pa. Senate committee
Post-Gazette: Pa. Turnpike delays switch to cashless tolling on Findlay Connector
Post-Gazette: Strassburger McKenna firm to help Pittsburgh with tax policies
Post-Gazette: Bill to create school threat reporting system passes Pa. Senate committee
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Citizens giving $112,000 to seven nonprofits via financial literacy program
WPXI: Gov. Wolf pushes to end ‘gun show’ exception to background checks
KDKA: Legislative Candidate’s Wife Arrested For Allegedly Disrupting Earth Day Event

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Mango says he will bring ‘change leadership’ to governor’s office
Beaver County Times: Wolf pushes to end ‘gun show’ exception to background checks
Tribune-Democrat: Congressional hopeful Bloom touts experience as legislator
Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | GOP gubernatorial candidate Mango hopes to bring ‘winning’ to Pennsylvania

NEPA
WBRE: Republican Candidates for Governor Set to Debate Wednesday Evening
Times Leader: $5 vehicle fee receives majority support to advance to public hearing
Times Leader: WB council won’t vote on police resignations; delays sale of parking garage
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County sells 69 additional properties at continued 2018 judicial tax sale
Times-Tribune: Sinclair to sell local TV stations

South Central
Patriot News: Township officials urge Gov. Wolf to call special session to tackle fire, EMS volunteer shortages
Patriot News: Game commissioners increase doe hunting licenses by 34,000
Patriot News: Penn State graduate students lose in effort to unionize\
Patriot News: DePasquale denies 2022 guv bid – which means he’s totally running
LNP: Scott Wagner, Laura Ellsworth and Paul Mango to debate Wednesday night in Lancaster County
LNP: Republican forum for the 11th Congressional District to be held Monday night

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Slate Belt borough nixes long-time practice on how it elects council
Reading Eagle: Dan Kelly: Why did Reading’s mayor pick 2 special assistants from Wyomissing?
Reading Eagle: Fentanyl driving opioid crisis in Berks, nearby counties
Morning Call: Which Democrat fired the first shot in the crowded race to replace Rep. Charlie Dent?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Senate panel passes school violence hotline bill

North by Northwest
WJET: GOP governors debate to take place tomorrow night
Clearfield Progress: Clearfield, DuBois and Sandy Twp. approved for opportunity zones
Centre Daily Times: Did Penn State graduate assistants vote to unionize? The results are in
Erie Times-News: Former Erie mayoral candidate: Arrington should resign

Opinion
Inquirer: Philly should balance property tax abatement adjustments with growth | Editorial
Delco Times: Editorial: Metcalfe redistricting amendment offers more of the same
Tribune Review: Awareness vital in war on drug abuse
Tribune Review: Former S.C.I. Greensburg plans raise questions
Post-Gazette: City school pride: Accentuate the positive, but don’t ignore weaknesses
Patriot News: Wolf needs to veto ‘drug formulary’ bill | Jay Costa and Frank Dermody
LNP: Eleventh-hour request to Congressman Smucker: Don’t miss this opportunity to face the voters
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Taxpayers deserve a look at lawmakers’ expenses

April 25th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments