4/3 PoliticsPA Playbook

We updated our Congressional vulnerability rankings, Reschenthaler and Saccone go back and forth in PA-14 primary, and Lamb is officially certified as the winner of the 18th district special election.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PoliticsPA’s 2018 Congressional Vulnerability Ranking, April Update: Since October we got a new Congressional map, more retirement announcements, and had a special election, so we are updating our ratings ahead of the May primary.

Reschenthaler, Saccone Take Shots in PA-14 Primary: State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler called state Rep. Rick Saccone an ‘embarrassment’ while Saccone said Reschenthaler is buying into a ‘false narrative’ about him.

Post-Gazette: Finally official: Conor Lamb certified winner of congressional seat: The last county left to certify its election results for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District did so Monday morning, leaving no more obstacles separating Conor Lamb and his seat in the U.S. House.

Legislative Election Update
City & State: Last-minute petition challenges fly in Philly-area congressional races

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Pa. unions make game plans for upcoming elections
State House Sound Bites: Treasurers seek clarity on federal marijuana policies
StateImpact: FirstEnergy Solutions files for bankruptcy
StateImpact: Sunoco to residents near sinkholes: We’ll pay to relocate you during investigation
Capitolwire: PA’s General Fund revenue total remains in the black despite March collections being $274 million short of estimates.
Capitolwire: Gaming Board moves ahead with internet gambling plans.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Councilman David Oh phones into Philly radio show to slam man acquitted in his stabbing
Inquirer: Wolf fundraising in 2018 leaves him with $14.7M cash on hand
Inquirer: The FBI says Bob Brady and Marjorie Margolies conspired to violate election laws. Why weren’t they charged?
Inquirer: Pa.’s booming hog industry could be hit by China’s retaliatory tariff
Philly Mag: Councilman Derek Green Holds Hearing on Diversity at Philly Nonprofits
Philly Mag: A ballot challenge among friends in Montco congressional race
KYW: Trump’s DACA Comments Receive Lukewarm Response From Philly Advocates
Philadelphia Business Journal: What would downsizing Pennsylvania’s Legislature actually do?
WHYY: Is Pennsylvania swarming with illegal voters?
WHYY: A ballot challenge among friends in Montco congressional race

SEPA
Daily Local: Young farmers may get huge boost from Costello bill
Bucks County Courier Times: Deadline to register to vote in primary election nears
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville swears in Dave Nay as new councilman, filling vacancy
Delco Times: Sunoco offers to relocate residents affected by pipeline construction

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey talks accomplishments, missed opportunities with Tribune-Review
Tribune Review: Plum and Oakmont officials examine offering tax breaks for firefighters
Tribune Review: State seeks voting machines with paper trails
Post-Gazette: Why are some banned Pa. educators still collecting pensions?
Post-Gazette: Why the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office is experiencing high turnover
Post-Gazette: Can a Democrat pull off another Conor Lamb-esque upset in bright red 14th Congressional District?
KDKA: Saccone Says Reschenthaler’s Attack Is Just Sour Grapes

Southwest
Beaver County Times: FirstEnergy subsidiary files for bankruptcy protection
Beaver County Times: Panel to discuss Beaver County’s future during event at the Fez
Altoona Mirror: Duncansville council soothed about AMED

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County municipalities addressing confusing addresses
Times-Tribune: Coordinated Health affiliate buys more land in Dickson City
Standard-Speaker: Mayor names his choice for city administrator

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf fundraising in 2018 leaves him with $14.7M cash on hand
LNP: Gov’t, US Steel reach consent decree over chemical spill
Lebanon Daily News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election campaign has raised nearly $5 million so far in 2018
Patriot News: Groups ask U.S. judge to block Pa. Turnpike Commission from transferring money to PennDOT
Patriot News: See where Harrisburg’s new federal courthouse will start rising in 2019
Patriot News: Construction slated to begin in January on new federal courthouse in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Fact Check: Wagner, Mango hammer each other in campaign ads

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Allentown council to vote on resolution to thank FBI
Morning Call: Allentown’s new mayor on the job at City Hall
Morning Call: Allentown Councilwoman voted 11 times for candidate who hired her
Reading Eagle: Democratic congressional candidates tackle issues at Kutztown University forum
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: With Ryan Costello’s exit, Berks County will have no incumbents

North by Northwest
Bradford Era: Pennsylvania gives $183K to businesses, nonprofits to improve building fronts
Centre Daily Times: What local neighborhood was named the No. 2 place to buy a house in America?
Erie Times-News: Erie corner store program helps with healthy choices

Opinion
Inquirer: Repeal the Second Amendment? No, let’s enact the 28th | Opinion
Inquirer: Kudos to Krasner for cost-conscious prosecution, but criminal justice is about more than money | Opinion
Inquirer: Four changes we need from Harrisburg lawmakers | Editorial
Inquirer: Ryan Costello on the real reason he’s retiring: Working with Trump is no fun | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Common sense in gun laws
Post-Gazette: Forfeiture for good reason: Diminish pensions for disgraced public servants
Patriot News: The push for common sense gun laws lacks common sense | Kim Stolfer

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

One thought on “4/3 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. from the burg says:

    Am proud to say I am one of the 700 voters who carried this election by sending an absentee ballot while I was down south for winter break since early December to the present time. “We want Carter Lamb!”

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