4/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Meehan gets two new challengers, McGinty joins Militia Hill Ventures, and NRSC runs ads during Casey’s town hall.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

McGinty Joins Militia Hill Ventures: Former U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty has been named a Partner at Militia Hill Ventures, a company that helps life science companies grow.

NRSC Targets Casey Town Hall with Digital Ads: The National Republican Senatorial Committee is targeting Senator Bob Casey with geotargeted ads during his town hall in Harrisburg tonight.

IT Professional Looks to Challenge Meehan: Democratic IT professional Andrew McGinty is jumping in the race to challenge Congressman Pat Meehan in 2018.

Real Estate Agent to Challenge Meehan: Democrat Elizabeth Moro announced she is running to challenge Congressman Pat Meehan in 2018.

Statewide
Capitolwire: House lawmakers amend charter school reform bill.
Capitolwire: House lawmakers aim to expand drug treatment options.
Capitolwire: Bill to allow teachers to carry guns in school reported out of Senate committee.
Capitolwire: ‘Sanctuary campuses’ penalties among bills reported out of Senate Education Committee.
State House Sound Bites: Senate committee advances bill to allow guns in schools
State House Sound Bites: UC stopgap solution heads to Wolf’s desk; he promises a signature
StateImpact: Regulators to seek ways of boosting natural gas service in rural communities

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Records raise questions about Stack’s Philly hotel stays
Inquirer: Like Daytona, race for Philly DA keeps turning left
Inquirer: Rep. Vanessa Brown’s trial postponed again; Philly DA’s legal troubles at issue
Inquirer: Pa. Senate leader balks at using gaming and booze revenue to close state budget gap
Inquirer: Chester County called ‘poster child for partisanship’ under Trump
Inquirer: It’s revolutionary: A solemn start, celebratory finish as new museum opens
Inquirer: City agrees to hold off on enforcing wage equity law, in light of lawsuit
WHYY Newsworks: MacArthur: GOP a couple of weeks away from having an Obamacare replacement plan
WHYY Newsworks:  Candidate for Philly DA fined $1,500 for late campaign filing
WHYY Newsworks: N.J. chief justice seeks halt to courthouse immigration arrests

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf to sign temporary fix for unemployment comp system
Bucks County Courier Times: 3 pupils join transgender suit against Boyertown Area School District
Bucks County Courier Times: Neshaminy school board candidates discuss issues at forum
Delco Times: Nurses, techs reach new deal at Delaware County Memorial Hospital

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Mayor, 2 challengers debate Pittsburgh’s progress and future
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh might buy ‘smart’ garbage cans that signal when they’re full
Tribune Review: Aspinwall water advisory: Boil until Thursday afternoon
Tribune Review: Funeral arrangements updated for Henry L. Hillman
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County commissioners accused of bid rigging with project labor agreement
Tribune Review: Westmoreland leaders OK raises for grant-funded child welfare workers
Tribune Review: Expert: Opioid epidemic response ‘woefully inadequate’
Tribune Review: Activists plan legal challenge to Penn Township fracking
Tribune Review: Industrial hemp crop to sprout in Westmoreland business park
Tribune Review: Highway fatalities drop in Pennsylvania, Westmoreland County, bucking U.S. trend
Tribune Review: Allegheny Valley School Board debate taping restrictions
Tribune Review: Residents of all ages shaping vision of Sharpsburg’s future
Post-Gazette: GOP crafting new health care plan for retired unionized miners
Post-Gazette: Big money from FCC auction means end of some TV stations
Post-Gazette: Elizabeth officials consider new spot for proposed gas power plant
Post-Gazette: Wolf plans to sign short-term funding bill for unemployment services
Post-Gazette: Pa. lawmakers ponder whether teachers should be allowed to carry guns
Post-Gazette: Peduto pledges city hiring efforts similar to ‘Rooney Rule’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Alcoa Corp. moving headquarters back to Pittsburgh
Early Returns: First debate among Pittsburgh’s mayoral candidates is a low-key affair
Pittsburgh Business Times: PNC’s Larrimer now chairing United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Business Times: Limited postrecession homebuilding means low inventory, high demand
Pittsburgh Business Times: New liquor privatization bills introduced in state Legislature
Pittsburgh Business Times: US Steel plant restarted, no elevated chemical levels found
KDKA: Pittsburgh Musician Teams With Bruce Springsteen For Anti-Trump Song
KDKA: School Board Approves Principal As Football Coach, Despite Parent Protests
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Sources Say Union Head Entering Plea Agreement For Misuse Of Funds
KDKA: City-Approved North Side Homeless Camp Upsetting Neighbors
KDKA: Pittsburgh Area To Play Host To Several Upcoming NCAA Championships

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Bartolotta’s nurse practitioner bill passes committee, heads to Senate floor
Beaver County Times: House passes bill to clarify minors’ consent for mental health treatment
Beaver County Times: Greene County lawmaker proposes language tweak to save impact fees on certain wells
Beaver County Times: Senate bill requires school districts post contract terms before hiring superintendents
Observer-Reporter: South Fayette residents fill public hearing on UPMC request in Newbury development
Observer-Reporter: Snyder plans legislation to clarify impact fees on ‘stripper wells’
Observer-Reporter: Saccone’s poll watcher bill clears committee
Altoona Mirror: Call center funding bill heading to Wolf
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg district OKs contract for AFSCME workers
Altoona Mirror: Spring Cove budget may have tax hike
Altoona Mirror: Judge orders forfeiture of confiscated store items
Altoona Mirror: Pipeline drilling plan draws concerns
Altoona Mirror: Shuster pressed for meetings
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey talks job creation, opioid epidemic at town hall
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Critics: Charter bill shortchanges school districts
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PennDOT projects in Cambria County include Ghost Town Trail, several bridges

NEPA
The Times Leader: Residents voice concerns over approval of parking ordinances at Pittston City Council meeting
The Times Leader: Taxpayers face expense to reduce Susquehanna River pollutants
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre police union boss unaware of internal probe into Facebook post
Times-Tribune: Commissioners vote to approve Live Nation agreement that increases fees paid to county
Times-Tribune: Marijuana advocates rally in Harrisburg
Pocono Record: Frein convicted of all charges
Pocono Record: Pocono drug rehab project clears hurdle
Pocono Record: Stroudsburg students to host school board candidate forum

South Central
WHTM: Pa. panel votes to expand grocery store wine sales
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. Stack’s state residence got less crowded as staff complaints surfaced
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. Stack’s Philadelphia hotel expense come into question
Patriot News: Bob Casey dodges the angry townhall; gets a civil, friendly audience
Patriot News: AG Shapiro touts busts in multimillion dollar ‘Operation Car Wash’ fraud
Patriot News: Head of Dauphin County GOP blasts Bob Casey ahead of townhall
Patriot News: Joe Biden: ‘Politics has become too negative’
Patriot News: Former state budget secretary pleads guilty to harassment charge
Lancaster Online: NHS plans to open school for students with autism in Lancaster County this fall
Lancaster Online: Smucker raises $204k in his first 3 months in Congress
Lancaster Online: Report: Lancaster’s air quality improves, soot pollution still ranks as one of nation’s worst

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Frein guilty of murder, DA says he wanted to ‘kill many’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania says it busted up fraudulent license plate ring
Morning Call: Allentown Council passes law creating point system for nuisance businesses
Morning Call: Pennsylvania teachers could carry guns under Senate bill
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidates address race and social justice
Reading Eagle: Reading District Judge Kyley Scott won’t handle DUI cases
Reading Eagle: Berks County judge won’t recuse self from child porn case
Reading Eagle: West Reading council continues hearing on proposed cell tower

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won’t run for re-election
Centre Daily Times: Japan and Australia to deepen ties amid North Korea tension
Centre Daily Times: Sanders urges Democrats to reach out to Trump supporters
Erie Times-News: Erie School District to move ahead with full consolidation plan
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council approves rental contract extension, zoning changes

Opinion
Patriot News: A border adjustment tax would be bad news for Pa.: Nathan Nascimento
Patriot News: The furor over Mike Stack confirms voters’ worst fears about government: Andrew Lewis
Tribune Review: Anger’s outcome
Bucks County Courier Times: Don’t withhold police video
Delco Times: Editorial: Georgia on our minds: Make your voice count
Erie Times-News: Our view: Public, police stop fugitive’s flight
Lancaster Online: Yet another reminder that Pennsylvania needs to get serious about expanding and enforcing animal cruelty laws
Inquirer: Trump’s tainted presidency
Inquirer: A new health-care first in Philadelphia
Daily News: Trump family’s worst scandal may be China, not Russia
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Muhlenberg School Board right to offer summer meals

April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment