5/30 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14We all hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend.  Brimmeier cannot be reimbursed for legal expenses, and the Ups & Downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Supreme Court Rules Brimmeier on The Hook For Legal Fees: The state Supreme Court ruled that former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joseph Brimmeier cannot be reimbursed by the commission for his legal fees while he was fighting charges during the pay to play scandal.

5/26 Ups & Downs: Teresa Miller eyes a promotion, Karen Murphy moves to the private sector, Pennsylvanians will be able to fly again, and the DNC Host Committee continues to see fallout from the surplus spending. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: State treasurer warns of unclaimed property scam
State House Sound Bites: For Pennsylvania lawmakers, 2016 just kept on giving
State House Sound Bites: Allegheny County is 3rd worst in Pa. in number of women running for office

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Claiming ‘Taco Bell’ tastes, Philly DA Williams drew questions early on with elaborate campaign spending
Inquirer: DNC host committee spends more in salaries, bonuses than previous conventions
Inquirer: PSEG shuts down its last coal plants: `It’s just economics’
Inquirer: Lancaster County went for the president, but Republican farmers remain apprehensive
Billy Penn: Philly export: The United States actually has more than 50 Liberty Bells
Billy Penn: Municipal IDs 101: What you need to know about Philly’s plan
Philly Voice: Councilman takes aim at wacky wavy inflatable tube men in Philly
Philly Voice: Wolf: REAL ID-compliant driver licenses coming to Pennsylvania in 2019
NBC10: Disabled Activists Stage ‘Die-In’ at Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia Office

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Pa. needs to ban gifts for pols
Montgomery Media: TOPPER & DAVIN: Tell your congressman not to hurt small businesses
Bucks Local News: Eighteen township streets to be milled, repaved in Northampton Township; supervisor announces details for ‘Sights and Sounds of Summer’ series
Daily Local News: Bill to reimburse ambulance companies advances to Senate
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock school board member: System for running schools is dysfunctional
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Courier Times’ 2016 Award-Winning Content
Bucks County Courier Times: With six more detectives, Bucks DA says he could create an opioid task force

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Wolf Signs Real ID Law, Expects New Licenses In 2019
Tribune Review: For Pa. lawmakers, 2016 just kept on giving
Tribune Review: Wolf signs off to make Pennsylvania licenses compliant with federal Real ID rules
Post-Gazette: Merger of prisons, parole agencies hits opposition in Pa. House
Post-Gazette: Lack of gift ban for Pa.’s legislators continues to miff critics
Post-Gazette: For Pa. lawmakers, 2016 just kept on giving

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township Council ‘between a rock and hard place’ on gas lease
Observer-Reporter: State Rep. Bud Cook supports saving crumbling Marianna dam
Observer-Reporter:  Ortitay introduces school property tax bill
Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvania Democrats challenge Trump health threat

NEPA
Pocono Record: Pa. Supreme Court makes it harder for the D.A. to seize your home
Pocono Record: Wolf proclaims Amusement Ride Safety Week
Pocono Record: For Pennsylvania lawmakers, 2016 just kept on giving
Times-Tribune: Dems hoping Carney runs for Congress
Times-Tribune: Some Lackawanna County Democratic losers are Republican winners in final count
Citizens Voice: Experts examine why so few are running for public office
Citizens Voice: Dems hoping Carney makes comeback run
The Times Leader: Court battle continues over release of Powell’s financial information

South Central
Patriot News: For Pennsylvania lawmakers, 2016 just kept on giving
Patriot News: Feds investigate dozens of thefts of opioids, other drugs at VA facilities
Patriot News: What gifts did local Pa. lawmakers accept in 2016?
York Daily Record: Allie’s distance themselves from U.S. after Trump’s first foreign trip
York Daily Record: Protest sparks Texas lawmaker threats of gun violence
York Daily Record: Trump returns to political challenges, from Russia inquiry to healthcare
York Dispatch: AP FACT CHECK: A rash of Trump statements under scrutiny
Lancaster Intelligencer: McConnell juggling diverse demands on Republican health bill

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call – Capitol Ideas: Politics as Usual: Cartwright to hold Lehigh Valley town hall
Morning Call – Capitol Ideas: Federal Medicaid decisions will roll down to states
Reading Eagle: How President Trump’s budget could harm medical research
Reading Eagle: Bill would bar photo or video in or near Pennsylvania courtrooms
Reading Eagle: Selling naming rights for state-owned buildings

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Residents plan to appeal to Pa. Supreme Court in Toll Brothers case
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners OK White Deer purchases
Erie Times-News: Outgoing Erie County councilmen intend to keep busy

Opinion
Patriot News: Trump’s 3 percent solution to kick-starting the economy: Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: A closer look at Trump’s ‘reverse Robin Hood’ budget: Tony May
Patriot News: The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is a path to prosperity for Pa.: Mike Turzai
Patriot News: Zippo lights the way on pension reform
Tribune Review: Bad for teachers, too: Better pension options
Tribune Review: The fracking-crew shortage: Good problem to have
Post-Gazette: The short term of a small-town mayor
Post-Gazette: Right on Real ID: Pa. finds good middle ground on ID mandate
The Times Leader: Our view: Kudos to Luzerne County Council for keeping residency rule
York Daily Record: Reinventing Pennsylvania while protecting taxpayers
Express Times: The gerrymander clock continues to tick
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘A baby step’ on pension fees
Lancaster Online: Serving on a local school board is difficult and thankless, but still necessary
Inquirer: Let’s experiment with open primaries in Philadelphia

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