4/6 PoliticsPA Playbook

Mango targets Wagner in new attack ad, Sabato shifts the Governor race, and Wolf extends the state’s opioid emergency.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Mango Goes After Wagner’s History in New Attack Ad: Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango is going after state Sen. Scott Wagner in a new attack ad pushing to dirty Wagner as a potential general election candidate.

Sabato Shifts Governor Race to ‘Likely Democratic’: Sabato’s Crystal Ball shifted its rating for the Gubernatorial race from ‘lean Democratic’ to ‘likely Democratic’ following polls showing Governor Tom Wolf’s approval across the state and his fundraising totals.

Wolf Extends Opioid Emergency, Costa Proposes New Authority to Declare Emergencies: Governor Tom Wolf announced he is extending the state’s emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, and Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa announced a new bill to expand the authority of the state secretary of health.

Legislative Election Update
Delco Times: Williams, others back Philly Dem in 5th District race

Statewide
StateImpact: Vandals damage Mariner East equipment in Chester County, Sunoco says
StateImpact: Poll: Climate change causing problems for significant number of Pennsylvanians

Philadelphia
WHYY: Wolf backs bills to fight workplace sexual harassment
WHYY: Rural Pa. demands broadband access; providers cite logistical difficulties
Inquirer: Philly judges block DA Krasner’s deals for juvenile lifers
Inquirer: After controversial firings, Philly immigrant-rights group to ‘pause,’ rebuild
Inquirer: Pa. prosecutor accused of corruption once a standout Philly student
Inquirer: Mom has Lt. Gov. Stack’s back
Philly Mag: Fired Philly CIO Says He Was Told City IT Department Was “Too White”

SEPA
The Intelligencer: Fitzpatrick bill eases education grant eligibility for children of fallen first responders
The Intelligencer: TV ad opens up new line of attack in Pa. GOP gubernatorial race
Levittown Now: Congressman Touts New Legislation That Helps Kids Of Fallen Emergency Responders
Times Herald: Area brewers, distillers share impact of liquor law changes at meeting in Phoenixville
Delco Times: Local pols demand a vote on gun safety measures

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: State lawmakers to meet with Westmoreland sheriff over possible impeachment
Tribune Review: Rick Saccone website linked to Twitter account laden with conspiracy theories
Tribune Review: Tarentum Council backs off plan to raise dock access fee by 15 percent
WESA: TV Ad Opens Up New Line Of Attack In GOP Gubernatorial Race
Post-Gazette: A first look at Lamb, Linsenmayer as candidates in new 17th
Post-Gazette: Newest Pittsburgh councilmember Erika Strassburger pledges collaboration
KDKA: Wolf Backs Bills To Fight Workplace Sexual Harassment

Southwest
WJAC: Gov. Wolf announces nearly 300 jobs coming to Blair County
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf, Democratic legislators champion reforms to curtail sexual harassment, protect victims
Beaver County Times: Fair Districts PA chapter hosting gerrymandering discussion Saturday in Chippewa
Beaver County Times: Beaver County celebrated during event, but questions remain about future
Altoona Mirror: Head running for GOP committee

NEPA
Times Leader: Crestwood superintendent outlines district’s financial woes
Times Leader: Luzerne County mortgage foreclosures declining
Times-Tribune: Rural internet access discussed at state legislator meeting
Times-Tribune: The Times-Tribune and its staffers win 13 state journalism awards

South Central
Patriot News: In increasingly nasty race, GOP governor candidate gets personal in new ad
Patriot News: GOP guv candidate Wagner: ‘We need somebody who can lead the charge … I want to be that leader’
Patriot News: Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer launches $3.5M campaign in Pa
Patriot News: Millersville University’s next president comes from Washington and Lee University
Patriot News: Country deeply divided on impact of #MeToo movement, Bucknell survey shows
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Cumberland County buys Carlisle property for more office space
York Daily Record: Watch: Attack ad calls Pa. governor candidate Scott Wagner ‘slumlord,’ ‘toxic,’ deadbeat’
LNP: Pennsylvania lawmakers look at dozens of bills to improve school safety after Parkland
LNP: Opioid crisis: Top doctor urges access to overdose antidote
LNP: PSSHE board of governors unanimously selects Millersville University’s next president
LNP: Here are the school safety bills introduced or on the move in Harrisburg since Parkland

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial fight goes big ugly
Morning Call: Skulduggery creeps into publicly civil Lehigh Valley congressional race
Morning Call: 2 Republicans to face off in low-profile U.S. Senate race to take on Democrat Bob Casey
Reading Eagle: State treasurer brings financial services help to Berks
Reading Eagle: Pike supervisors approve roadwork contract

North by Northwest
Gant Daily: Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Northcentral Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects
Centre Daily Times: Centre County leaders kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Centre Daily Times: Centre Daily Times staff nets 8 state awards
Erie Times-News: League of Women Voters to hold voter registration Sunday
Erie Times-News: ‘My favorite hour:’ Schember eats, listens with Erie residents

Opinion
York Daily Record: Dawn Keefer: Why I’m working to impeach 4 Pa. Supreme Court justices
Inquirer: State of the City 2018: How Philly is faring, by the numbers
Inquirer: More corporations should put gun makers in the crosshairs | Editorial
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: Strip pensions from disgraced Pa. public servants
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: South Butler’s teachers strike underscores futility
Post-Gazette: Keep the pressure on: Pursuit of Bedford DA was no small feat
Patriot News: Nuke plant shutdowns will have ripples across Pa. economy | Opinion

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