4/30 PoliticsPA Playbook

Meehan resigns from Congress and pays back the money for his sexual harassment settlement, new voting machines are put on display, and the Ups & Downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Meehan Resigns From Congress, Will Pay Back $39k to Treasury: Congressman Pat Meehan announced he is resigning his seat in Congress and will pay back the $39,000 the Treasury paid to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.

New Voting Machines Put on Display for Counties & Voters: State and county elections officials got the chance to look at the next generation of voting systems as the Department of State ordered all voting machines to have paper back ups following 2020.

4/27 Ups & Downs: Emily’s List invests in Wild ahead of the primary, federal resources come in to fight the opioid epidemic, the state GOP staffing and fundraising issues become public, and Pennsylvania’s vote security is questioned.  See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Legislative Election Update
Times-Tribune: Three vie for Republican nod to face Cartwright
Morning Call: Allentown fire union endorses Morganelli for Congress
Morning Call: Here’s Bernie Sanders’ pick in PA-7 race

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Judge stays decision ordering Scarnati to personally pay 29K
State House Sound Bites: Veto from Wolf kills contentious opioid-prescribing bill
StateImpact: Penn State researchers join international effort to study Antarctic ‘doomsday’ glacier
StateImpact: Listen: Gas reached $3 per gallon in PA this week. Why is it getting so expensive?
StateImpact: As nuclear power loses ground to natural gas, environmentalists are torn: Are the risks worth saving it for climate’s sake?
StateImpact: State senator files complaint asking PUC to halt Mariner East pipeline construction
StateImpact: Wolf joins major donor at Sixers game, skips environmental awards ceremony
City & State: Philly construction tax draws mixed reactions from housing analysts
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending April 27
City & State: PA GOP chair blasts report on turmoil at state committee

Philadelphia
WHYY: Inter-party sniping, a last-minute executive order over opioid prescribing in Pa.
WHYY: Philadelphia ordered to release details of Amazon HQ2 bid
WHYY: Pa. Congressman Pat Meehan resigns after sexual harassment charge
WPVI: Rep. Pat Meehan resigns from office, pledges to pay back $39,000
Philly Tribune: Report: City still lags in employing teachers of color
Inquirer: Pa. Turnpike pays $4.2M to whistleblower it fired and gets back just $2M from software firm he warned about
Inquirer: Pa. gerrymandering’s surprise co-conspirators: Democrats
Inquirer: Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams cited for operating illegal triplex | Clout
Inquirer: Rep. Pat Meehan resigns, will pay back $39,000 used for harassment settlement

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Tax bill could hold economic boon for Pottstown
Bucks County Courier Times: Open seat up for grabs in redrawn 4th Congressional District
Buck County Courier Times: State of Emergency: Opioid crisis response includes opening more pathways to treatment
Delco Times: Rose Tree Media dismisses idea to arm district staff

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Drug ‘Take Back Day’ aims to get unused medications out of homes
Post-Gazette: Incumbent state representatives battle challenges in May primary
Post-Gazette: Billions with a ‘B’: Peduto talks up $3 billion vision for Pittsburgh over 12 years
Tribune Review: Senators ask Wolf to press for relief from ‘summer gas’ mandate
Tribune Review: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes bill to adopt workers’ comp drug formulary
Tribune Review: With new map, Pennsylvania fields busy U.S. House primaries
WESA: Veto From Wolf Kills Contentious Opioid-Prescribing Bill
WPXI: Ex-lawmaker headed to prison for 3rd drunken driving offense

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Report calls for various changes to SSHE
Daily American: Bipartisan bill would replace Pennsylvania’s property taxes with income tax hike
Altoona Mirror: Distracted driving citations drop in Blair
Altoona Mirror: Wolf vetoes workers’ comp drug formulary bill
Beaver County Times: Lawmaker promotes broadband internet for rural areas
Beaver County Times: Conor Lamb tackles audience questions in first town hall as congressman

NEPA
Times Leader: Wolf: More than 600 miles of roadway to be resurfaced in NEPA this year
Times Leader: Barletta: Government regulation killing refineries
Times-Tribune: County opioid overdose coalition seeks public input via surveys

South Central
York Dispatch: Drug formulary bill for injured workers draws support and opposition
York Dispatch: Wolf vetoes GOP bill to create guide for treatment of workplace injuries
York Dispatch: Democrats vying for Wagner’s Senate seat debate education, budgets
Patriot News: Wolf, midstate GOP congressman spar over tougher food stamps work requirement in new Farm Bill
Patriot News: Hershey native headlines White House Correspondents Dinner
Patriot News: Marino files suit over political email that accuses him of taking $100,000 kickback
Patriot News: Man says email intended for his mother led to congressman’s defamation lawsuit
Patriot News: What lies ahead for the State System of Higher Education and its universities?
LNP: 5 takeaways from meeting with state Treasurer Joe Torsella
LNP: New report suggests state system university mergers, which interim chancellor calls ‘cowardly’
LNP: Lancaster County will try to avoid replacing voting machines that already have paper trails
Lebanon Daily News: Dem. candidates court Lebanon in chaotic Congressional, controversial Lieut. Gov. races
WITF: Agency orders Philadelphia to release Amazon HQ2 bid details
Public Opinion: Bills to bolster Pa.’s sexual harassment laws stack up in legislature

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wolf vetoes workers comp prescription drug bill
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf touts benefits of Medicaid expansion during visit to St. Luke’s Friday afternoon
Morning Call: Struggling Lehigh County Authority eyes raising Allentown rates as a large bond payment looms
Reading Eagle: Candidates for newly formed 9th Congressional District quarrel along party lines
Reading Eagle: Candidates who want to represent the 4th Congressional District speak out in Pottstown
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Democrats get something new this year

North by Northwest
Clearfield Progress: The month of April brings awareness to distracted driving
Gant: Governor Wolf: Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Sun-Gazette: Williamsport and Towanda may have a new ‘opportunity’

Opinion
Patriot News: Before they go home for the summer, lawmakers need to fix first responders shortage | Editorial
Patriot News: Counties will need state help to purchase new voting machines | Opinion
Patriot News: What to do about the GOP’s self-inflicted wounds? | Lowman S. Henry
Patriot News: Why won’t PennLive give Nick Miccarelli a fair hearing? | Frank Keel
Inquirer: Pa. schools need more money; so why aren’t its teachers protesting like in other states | Editorial
Inquirer: Impeach state Supreme Court? Not happening. But watch for GOP payback | John Baer
Tribune Review: Townships talk volunteer crisis, costly mandates on local government
Tribune Review: Expanding powers of sheriffs potentially troublesome
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Volunteer fire companies’ call for help
Post-Gazette: Smart on crime: Important state reforms earn bipartisan support
Post-Gazette: State school realities: RAND study is the latest in tough love for the system

April 30th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments