4/25 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Gym wins the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award, Wagner releases an internal poll, Casey gets a new challenger, Erie’s Mayoral race has a new internal poll, and Trump is coming to Harrisburg.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Helen Gym Wins 2017 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award: Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym won Emily’s List’s 2017 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Wagner Poll: Wagner 38, Turzai 10, Mango 8: Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner released his first internal poll of Republican primary for 2018.

Bartos Jumps into Senate Race: Republican Jeff Bartos announced he is running for the Senate in 2018.

Breneman Poll: Breneman 29, Merski 25, Schember 20: Erie County Council Chairman Jay Breneman released his first internal poll of the open Democratic primary.

Trump Coming to Harrisburg: President Trump is making his first visit to Pennsylvania since being sworn into office to hold a rally at the Farm Show Complex.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Differences emerge over who should fund student safety
State House Sound Bites: Wolf, Torsella urge pension funds to cut costs
StateImpact: Study: Fracking didn’t impact West Virginia groundwater, but wastewater spills pollute streams

Philadelphia
Inquirer: With lawyers as witnesses, police shooting victim prevailed
Inquirer: Neo-Nazi fliers raise concern at Penn
Inquirer: Philly charter officials call for charters for 20 schools but not Laboratory
Inquirer: Proposed SEPTA hikes draw fire
Inquirer: Insults and accusations fly before Philly GOP elects Michael Meehan as its new leader
Inquirer: Kenney: Pa. should legalize marijuana like Colorado
Inquirer: Amid questions, officers cleared of shooting innocent deliveryman
Inquirer: A plan afoot to sell city rec centers? Kenney says no, others not so sure
Inquirer: Main Line Republican Jeff Bartos declares run for U.S. Senate, aiming to challenge Bob Casey
Inquirer: Mayor questions police resources used in pot party bust; L&I to issue citations
Philadelphia Magazine: NA Poe Arrest Shows the War on Drugs Is Alive and Well in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: I Was at N.A. Poe’s Pot Party Saturday Night Right Before It Got Raided
WHYY Newsworks: Q&A with Frank DiCicco, former councilman turned new zoning board chair
Billy Penn: Mike Stack’s terrible, horrible April: All the bad headlines plaguing the Lt. Gov of PA
Billy Penn: Philly soda tax revenue way up in March
KYW Newsradio: Pot Party’ Warehouse In Frankford Closed Due To Fire Code Violations
KYW Newsradio: Convicted Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Has Hearing In Hopes To Overturn Previously Denied Appeals
KYW Newsradio: ACLU Of Pennsylvania Launching Its First Ever Get Out The Vote Campaign
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Lawmakers Mull Expanded Access To Post-Conviction DNA Testing
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philly Pretzel Factory moves HQ, puts international expansion on hold to focus on aggressive U.S. growth
Philadelphia Business Journal: Sen. Bob Casey: Stakes are high for Pennsylvania when it comes to H-1B visas
Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila. business organizations take sides in wage tax showdown
Philly Voice: Mazzoni Center CEO, board president resign amid controversy

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Several Council Rock school board members favor making school closing decision by June 13
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville district judge dies at age 55
Bucks County Courier Times: State liquor board distributes more than $140,000 to Bucks and Eastern Montgomery counties
Delco Times: Bill to control sex offender benefits passes state Pa. House
Delco Times: Vacant lot purchase sparks debate in Media
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf, treasurer push pension agencies to cut investment fees

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Allegheny County to launch lead task force
Tribune Review: Pa. licenses to be rejected at airports, federal facilities starting Jan. 22
Tribune Review: Penn Hills School Board rejects independent audit critical of practices
Tribune Review: Federal judge rejects Orie Melvin’s latest legal claim
Post-Gazette: Philadelphia-area real estate executive running for U.S. Senate against Casey
Post-Gazette: AG Shapiro declines to join challenge to revised Trump travel ban
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Republican expected to announce gubernatorial candidacy
Post-Gazette: Rep. Murphy blasts Trump’s pick for mental health post

Southwest
WJAC: Wolf signs unemployment compensation law; Altoona service center to reopen in May
Altoona Mirror: Wolf signs unemployment center bill
Altoona Mirror: Blair prison warden to retire
Beaver County Times: Shell secures another 10 easements for ethane pipeline
Beaver County Times: Marshall bill would name Chippewa Twp. bridge for state trooper killed in 2012
Beaver County Times: Bernstine’s bill targeting lottery winners who owe taxes unanimously passes House

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Air Force veteran targets Barletta’s Washington seat
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne County Council to vote on death settlement
Times-Tribune: Scranton council candidates debate
Times Leader: It’s official: Griffith is on ballot in Luzerne County controller race
Times Leader: Dixon announces run for Luzerne County Council

South Central
Patriot News: Pa. stores closing as retail ‘death spiral’ continues
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf signs unemployment compensation bill into law; 200 workers expected to be called back
Patriot News: ‘I failed Eric as a father:’ Eric Frein’s parents take witness stand as defense argues against death penalty
Patriot News: Pa. House passes bill that would stiffen child endangerment penalties in certain circumstances
Patriot News: Need an absentee ballot? Pennsylvanians urged to request one soon
Patriot News: ‘Free the wine’ and other liquor bills poised for final Pa. House vote
Carlisle Sentinel: West Shore School District seeks public comment on facilities options
York Daily Record: Breaking tradition, Trump will rally in Pa. to snub press dinner
York Dispatch: House Dems tackling charter school reform
Lancaster Intelligencer: Quake raises new concerns about Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, but builders say safeguards built in
Lancaster Intelligencer: More earthquakes hit Lancaster County than any other place in Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Officials hope federal funding comes through for 3,371-acres in Cherry Valley Wildlife Refuge
Morning Call: Small Southern Lehigh property tax hike in preliminary budget
Morning Call: Nazareth Area schools budget to include property tax hike
Morning Call: Ex-congressional aide avoids punishment in sex assault
Morning Call: LVHN moving 500 workers to downtown Allentown
Reading Eagle: Why Berks County is poster child for gerrymandering
WFMZ: BASD seeks several grants
WFMZ: New Allentown police chief says focus will be community engagement
Express Times: 2 local high schools named tops by U.S. News & World Report
Express Times: Community backs a Phillipsburg ‘lifer’ for superintendent
Express Times: Allentown swears in its newest police chief

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: COG General Forum hears UAJA annual update
Erie Times-News: Erie County planner offers glimpse of ‘war room’
Erie Times-News: Erie nonprofit hosts entrepreneurs’ caucus

Opinion
Bucks County Courier Times: MULLANE: In the Land of Giants, a rebuke for Dapper Mike
Bucks County Courier Times: Unequal funding, unequal justice
Tribune Review: A leader in ‘economic development’: Pa.’s poor record
Delco Times: Editorial: Stand with newspapers, ‘Demand Facts’
Patriot News: Ignore the critics, Mr. President. You’re doing just fine: Marc Thiessen
Patriot News: Trump’s broken promise could end up breaking another promise: Dick Polman
Patriot News: Ivanka Trump’s foreign entanglements put America’s credibility on the line: Editorial
Inquirer: Wolf should reconsider veto of school gun bill
Inquirer: Rhynhart would bring a different perspective to controller’s job
Inquirer: Proposed cuts to NIH will be a devastating blow to medicine
Inquirer: State DHS shares blame for teen’s death
Daily News: The selling of the presidency 2017
Post-Gazette: A smack for Stack: The lieutenant governor deserves the rebuke

April 25th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments