4/4 PoliticsPA Playbook

Casey’s campaign names its communications director, Reschenthaler launches his first ad in the PA-14 primary, and Dean challenges Daley’s petitions in the PA-4 primary.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Casey Campaign Names Communications Director: U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s re-election campaign named former Pennsylvania Democratic Party senior communications advisor Max Steele as its Communications director.

Reschenthaler Launches TV Ad in PA-14 Primary: State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler is launching his first TV ad of the Republican primary in the 14th Congressional district, introducing him to voters in the district.

Dean Challenges Daley’s Petitions in PA-4 Primary: State Rep. Madeleine Dean filed a petition challenge against fellow state Rep. Mary Jo Daley to try to get Daley off the May primary ballot.

Statewide
StateImpact: Poll: Public concern grows over natural gas industry’s environmental impact
StateImpact: While legislation stalls in Pennsylvania, West Virginia acts on natural gas royalties
Capitolwire: New proposal seeks to further chip away at Keystone Exam graduation requirement, offer multiple graduation options.
Capitolwire: House hearing focuses on distracted driving.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Former Philly Sheriff John Green beats every charge in federal bribery-conspiracy trial
Inquirer: Pennsylvania joins 17 states in suing Trump to block Census citizenship question
Inquirer: Who will run Philly schools? Kenney to name 9 to new school board Wednesday
Inquirer: Pennsylvania joins 17 states in suing Trump to block Census citizenship question
Inquirer: Philly cops waiting to testify in court cost city millions in OT
Philadelphia Business Journal: Casey, Hughes call on DOJ to conduct federal investigation into alleged redlining
WHYY: Former Philly Sheriff John Green beats charges in federal corruption case

SEPA
Delco Times: Delco to consider resolution to end gerrymandering
Daily Times: New sinkholes open up near pipeline construction in Edgmont
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf extends fundraising lead over 3 Republicans in primary
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia join suit over census citizenship question

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Tie vote postpones quarterly distribution of gambling revenue to Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Deadline for Pennsylvanians to apply for home heating aid extended to April 13
Tribune Review: Most residents at Monaca hearing question Shell’s planned pipeline
Tribune Review: New Congressional districts please, worry officials
Post-Gazette: Mayor Bill Peduto: ‘Safe leave’ order will assist victims of domestic violence
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania joins 17 states in suing Trump to block Census citizenship question
KDKA: Trump: ‘We’re Going To Be Guarding Our Border With The Military’ Until Wall Is Complete
WESA: Peduto Orders Paid ‘Safe’ Leave For City Employees Facing Domestic Violence

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Distracted driving citations increase in Beaver, Allegheny counties
Beaver County Times: Election officials ‘moving forward’ with Tarasi’s name on Democratic ballot
Altoona Mirror: AASD seeks dismissal of lawsuit

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Troubling finances will top Crestwood’s agenda
Standard-Speaker: Locals air concerns, questions with Pa. officials in Tamaqua
Citizens Voice: Ciavarella gets OK to file appeal
Times-Tribune: Local fracking suit could have statewide impact

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Toomey touts new tax law at Carlisle round table
York Daily Record: Pa. governor’s race: Tom Wolf extends fundraising lead over 3 Republicans in primary
Lebanon Daily News: Pipeline builder faulted for unauthorized form of drilling, spill in Lebanon County
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Franklin County business leaders talk I-81, taxes with Sen. Toomey
WGAL: Sen. Pat Toomey pushes for tougher animal cruelty laws
Patriot News: Wolf extends fundraising lead over 3 Republicans in primary
Patriot News: Cumberland County, needing space for new judge and more, buys former offices, warehouse

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Emmaus Council discusses ordinance regulating portable storage containers
WFMZ : Democratic candidates jockey for 7th congressional district
Express Times: The orange cones are coming: PennDOT’s construction projects for the Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Democrats make their case in congressional debate
Morning Call: After years of double-digit growth, NIZ revenues flatten
Reading Eagle: Berks County unemployment rate remains at 4.4%
Reading Eagle: Right-to-work laws focus of civil discussion at event in Reading

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Federal prison job cuts affect area facilities
Centre Daily Times: This is how Centre County is looking after older residents
Erie Times-News: Erie Refocused community meetings begin
Erie Times-News: Erie could see more medical marijuana dispensaries

Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Pa.’s toll-jacking deserves another look
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Dip in fatal overdoses a hopeful sign
Pottstown Mercury: LOWMAN S. HENRY: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s election deception
Inquirer: Truth the first casualty every time Trump opens his mouth about DACA and immigrants| Editorial
Inquirer: Trump’s EPA rollbacks to dirtier cars means dirtier air to breathe | Editorial
Inquirer: What it means to be a committee person in Philadelphia | Perspective
Post-Gazette: Trade and patriotism: It’s past time to confront China and save U.S. jobs
Patriot News: Here’s what’s really wrong with that creepy Sinclair Broadcasting video | John L. Micek
Patriot News: This solution to gerrymandering is worse than the problem | Charles Lane

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments