5/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Houlahan gets an early endorsement, and Turzai says he would keep Speaker position if he runs for Governor.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

VoteVets endorses Houlahan in PA-6: VoteVets, a PAC that helps elect veterans, endorsed Chrissy Houlahan in her bid to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello.

Inquirer: Turzai says he would stay on as Pa. House speaker if he runs for governor: While he hasn’t announced officially that he will run for governor, Mike Turzai said Monday that if he does, he won’t step down as Pennsylvania House speaker. The Allegheny County Republican was taking questions at a luncheon of the Pennsylvania Press Club when the moderator asked if he would keep his legislative leadership post while campaigning to unseat Democratic Gov. Wolf.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Health Secretary Karen Murphy leaves Wolf administration for private sector
StateImpact: Senate advances controversial coal mining bill
Capitolwire: Protesters rallying for government reforms arrested.
Capitolwire: Lawmakers tackle gambling bills ahead of Friday court deadline.
State House Sound Bites: After 100-mile walk, protesters to arrive in Harrisburg today

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Nearly two dozen arrested in Pa. Capitol protest
Inquirer: PA state Sen. Daylin Leach may run for Pat Meehan’s congressional seat
Inquirer: Beth Grossman, Philly GOP nominee for DA: ‘Not stepping down’ from ballot
Inquirer: Proposed bill could put corporate names on Pa. state buildings
Inquirer: Pa. may seal criminal records on non-violent misdemeanor convictions
Philadelphia Business Journal: Proposed bill could put corporate names on Pennsylvania state buildings
Philadelphia Tribune: Gov. Wolf, focused on governing, ready for re-election battle

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton officials, county talking lease for district court that is closing
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery school leaders say House bill could cost districts millions in tax revenue
Bucks County Courier Times: State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf hopeful on body camera bill despite concerns about restricting public access to footage
Bucks County Courier Times: Capitol Police in Harrisburg say 23 arrested in protests over reform bills

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Trump budget promises economic growth by cutting entitlement programs  
Post-Gazette: Mike Turazi says he’ll keep speakers job if he runs for governor
Pittsburgh Business Times: Steep cuts ahead in Trump Budget
WESA: Gun Rights Rally Puts Concealed Weapons Rules in Crosshairs
Tribune Review: Spike in Ohio’s synthetic opioid ODs offers grave warning to Western Pa.
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Supreme Court nixes residency requirement for Pittsburgh police

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: 23 arrested in state Capitol in protests over gift-ban bill
Observer-Reporter: Turzai says he’ll keep speaker’s job if he runs for governor
Observer-Reporter: First woman elected to lead Waynesburg U. Board of Trustees
Observer-Reporter: Capitol Police say 23 arrested in protests over reform bills
Beaver County Times: Beaver considering social media policy for borough employees
Altoona Mirror: District court move to begin

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Wife of state Rep. Kevin Haggerty says he attacked her
Citizens’ Voice: Activists stage rally to bring attention back to health care
Standard-Speaker: Carbon County certifies election results
Pocono Record: Governor Wolf honors Bureau of Forestry wildlife fighters for excellence in combating 16 Mile Fire
Times Leader: Ex-Trump advisor Flynn declines to hand over Russia-related papers to panel

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland Valley board finalizes budget, tax hike
Carlisle Sentinel: Turzai says he’ll keep speaker’s job if he runs for governor
Carlisle Sentinel: Gun rights rally puts concealed weapons rules in crosshairs
Patriot News: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai discusses potential bid for governor at Press Club luncheon
Patriot News: ‘Key figure in fight against heroin, opioid epidemic’ leaving Wolf administration
Patriot News: Trump administration saves Harrisburg’s plan to transform sinkhole-ravaged block
Patriot News: Is CBS21’s owner poised to become the next Fox News?: Analysis
York Dispatch: York Suburban raises taxes for 2017-18 budget
York Daily Record: Who gets all that hotel tax money?
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Rep. Brett Miller plans June 1 town hall on reassessment, other issues

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania gun rights rally targets concealed weapons
Morning Call: If Pennsylvania lawmakers toughen criminal sentences, costs go up
WFMZ: DA criticizes state police investigation of shooting by troopers

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Everett town hall Thursday in Unityville
Williamsport Sun Gazette: 3 local school districts looking to raise taxes
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County plan topic of hearings
Erie Times-News: House committee passes Harkins bill to fix casino host fees

Opinion
Delco Daily Times: Guest Column: Tide turning rapidly in Pa. in support for legalizing pot
Observer-Reporter: Pollution regulations needed
Observer-Reporter: Township auditors are an endangered species
Post-Gazette: Keeping straight: A wise new effort to fight criminal recidivism
Tribune Review: Film tax credits: No time to double down
Bucks County Courier Times: End free ride for frackers
Erie Times-News: Our view: Congress must stand up to Sessions
Patriot News: Here’s how lawmakers are trying to ‘rebrand’ school vouchers: Susan Spicka
Lancaster Online: Danger to first responders adds a new dimension and a sense of urgency to the opioid crisis
Inquirer: Philly’s ‘undocumented’ live in fear of deportation under Trump
Inquirer: For good of the country, Trump should resign
Inquirer: The good journalism of PBS and NPR vital to democracy
Inquirer: No reason for taxpayers to fund PBS and NPR
Inquirer: Can defense lawyer Krasner switch sides and be a good DA?
Post-Gazette: Keeping straight: A wise new effort to fight criminal recidivism

May 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments