5/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14House GOP leaders call for a refund from the DNC Host Committee, and Wagner hits Mango on his campaign message.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

House GOP Leaders Call For DNC Host Committee to Refund PA: House Speaker Mike Turzai, Majority Leader Dave Reed, and the House Republican leadership sent a letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez, and DHC Host Committee Chair and former Governor Ed Rendell calling on them to refund the $4 million surplus from the Democratic National Convention last year to Pennsylvania.

Wagner Hits Mango on Campaign Launch Message: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is going on the offensive against newly announced Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango over his message that he will “fix Harrisburg.”

Statewide
Capitolwire: Auditor General says he’ll review $10 million state grant to 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Capitolwire: Trash recycling program faces potential renewal.
State House Sound Bites: Mango stakes out conservative outsider territory
State House Sound Bites: Audit launched into DNC spending of state dollars
StateImpact: Gas production increased in 2016, as number of new shale gas wells decreased

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Clout: In DA’s race, one candidate paid $104 per vote … and finished fifth
Inquirer: Delinquent homeowners could have tax debt deferred under Council plan
Inquirer: Judge tosses Lynne Abraham’s suit to boot DA Seth Williams from office
Inquirer: LGBT Affairs Commission ousts chair for ‘attacks’ on members
Inquirer: Pa. auditor general to audit DNC host committee grant
Philly Mag: The Biggest Winners and Losers in Philadelphia’s 2017 Primary Election
Philly Mag: “Stop Lighting Money on Fire”: DA Nominee Larry Krasner on His Plans for the Office
Newsworks: Most of the cash raised in DA’s race exceeds city donor limits
Newsworks: Auditor looks into DNC spending of Pa. funds
Billy Penn: What every PA Senator and Congressman said about the latest Trump scandals
KYW: ‘Boyz II Men Boulevard’ Approved by Philadelphia City Council
Philly Voice: Philly LGBT commission chair forced out for ‘attacks’ on fellow members

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: NRC to hold open house for Limerick nuclear plant
Pottstown Mercury: November contest for two Montgomery County bench seats is 3-way race
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville School District gets $1 million state grant
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners OK state award of $2 million for Pa. Biotechnology Center expansion
Delco Times: Chester Water Authority board rejects $250M offer from Aqua

Pittsburgh
WESA: Furloughed State Employees Start Getting Back To Work
WESA: Paul Mango Kicks Off Gubernatorial Campaign With Military-Heavy Event
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County voter turnout for primary races among lowest in a decade
Post-Gazette: Port Authority says it will restore service to Mifflin Estates, use part surplus to balance proposed budget
Post-Gazette: Police, DA candidate spar after Philadelphia primary
Post-Gazette: Studies estimate impact of AHCA on health insurance
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County communities get nearly $1M in state funding

Southwest
Beaver County Times: More than 40 steelworkers strike at PTC Alliance in Darlington Twp.
Beaver County Times: Casey says GOP’s Medicaid cuts would devastate Pennsylvania schools
Beaver County Times: It’s time to build our state’s infrastructure
Observer-Reporter: Casey slams proposed cuts to Medicaid
Altoona Mirror: Authority considering parking deal with hotel
Altoona Mirror: Risk assessment proposal open for comment
Altoona Mirror: Logan gives waivers to developer

NEPA
Citizen’s Voice: Dallas School Board advances $16M elementary school plan
Citizen’s Voice: Tenures of 2 mayors in jeopardy after primary election
Citizen’s Voice: Freeland mayoral candidate gets second chance after arrest
The Times Leader: Sen. Casey: Medicaid cuts would hurt special education students
The Times Leader: Bomb scare at West Side CTC interrupts legislative hearing
The Times Leader: Harveys Lake councilman to face DUI charge in county court
The Times Leader: Barletta testifies at hearing on unfair trade practices and the coal industry
Times-Tribune: Jermyn plans resolution urging countywide reassessment
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor: Sewer sale aboveboard
Times-Tribune: Primary Election Analysis: Bad day for incumbents
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County explores buying building, moving central court
Times-Tribune: Talerico crushes Scanlon in DA race
Times-Tribune: State pauses water company’s rate increase request for investigation
News Item: NEW: County gets $200,000 blight grant
News Item: Brown had strong write-in showing, too, on Democratic side
News Item: Bozza ‘surprised’ by Kulpmont turnout
News Item: MCT, MCMA spar over street opening permit fee
News Item: Borough mayor takes both nominations
Standard Speaker: Hazle Twp. approves medical marijuana facility
Standard Speaker: 3 win school board nods
Standard Speaker: Youth Summit: Students float ideas for changes in county
Standard Speaker: Chamber leads way on transportation
Standard Speaker: Chamber’s mission unwavering in 125 years
Pocono Record: ‘Epi-pen’ bill signed into law
Pocono Record: Smithfield icon resigns
Pocono Record: PMSD retirees honored

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill tracker: Ending elections of appellate court judges
York Dispatch: Recorder of deeds, common pleas judge openings still up for grabs
York Dispatch: Carlisle mayoral candidate arrested on election night
Patriot News: Pa. House Republican leaders on Democratic National Convention bonuses: We want state money back
Patriot News: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paul Mango: ‘I am now ready to serve and serve you’
Patriot News: Pa. Auditor General to check use of state money during Democratic National Convention
York Daily Record: Dave Sunday shares his first thought after winning Tuesday’s primary
York Daily Record: 19 year old wins GOP primary for mayor in Pa. town
Lancaster Online: Zac Nesbitt, Lancaster Pride Fest co-chair, announces independent candidacy for mayor

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley receives nearly $170K in state grants for community improvements
Morning Call: Democratic auditor probing Democratic convention bonuses
Lehigh Valley Live: Unused voting machine to blame for delayed results in Palmer Township
Reading Eagle: Berks pols react to appointment of Robert Mueller as special council
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council primary winner runs in wrong district
Reading Eagle: County judge hopefuls to work hard for votes
WFMZ: 19-year-old poised to be Tamaqua’s next mayor

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Political newbie seeks GOP nod in race for gov.
Erie Times-News: Oligeri not surprised by tight race for Erie County Executive
Erie Times-News: Erie’s 5th, 6th wards key to Schember win
Erie Times-News: Write-in count pending in race for Erie School Board

Opinion
Bucks County Courier Times: Another View: A welcome special counsel
Patriot News: We’re long past ‘how did we get here’ on pensions – now it’s time for real fixes: Barry Shutt
Patriot News: Dear Pa. Democrats – have you forgotten the last time there was a ‘bonus’ scandal?: John L. Micek
Patriot News: ‘In the throes of this crisis, what we desperately need is treatment beds,’ Cumberland County DA Freed says
York Daily Record: Which regs would Scott Wagner whack? (editorial)
York Daily Record: Apathy rules again in 2017 primary (editorial)
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Your vote matters
Lehigh Valley Live: Pa. budget would shortchange public health | Letter
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Amid embarrassing turnout, voters make important decisions
Erie Times-News: Pat Howard: Inspiring Erie mayoral race undercut by voters staying home
Erie Times-News: Our view: Erie voter turnout abysmal in pivotal primary
Daily News: Primary shows ineffectiveness of Philly’s Democratic organization
Inquirer: Philly right to fight discriminatory lending that kills neighborhoods
Tribune Review: The Pa. exodus continues: Perception vs. reality
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Appointment of special counsel is most welcome news

May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment