5/5 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Pennsylvania leans Democratic in a Clinton/Trump contest, Wolf picks a PUC nominee and Mackenzie endorses Trump. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

CNN: Pennsylvania “Leans Democrat” in Clinton-Trump Battle (VIDEO): The network unveils their first electoral map projections.

PA-Gov: Wolf Nominates Sweet for PUC: The Governor names David Sweet as his nominee for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Clinton Pivots to General Election Campaign: The presumptive Democratic nominee is already building infrastructure in several swing states, including Pennsylvania.

HD-134: Mackenzie Endorses Trump: The State Representative publicly supports the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

PSCOA Endorses Rafferty for AG: The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers are supporting GOP nominee John Rafferty for Attorney General.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Advocates for the deaf raise awareness with Capitol rally
Capitolwire: Wolf Chief of Staff Isenhour ‘is the one negotiating this budget’
Capitolwire: Charter schools look to turn school choice conversation to facilities funding
Capitolwire: PA will end the current fiscal year with more revenue than expected, but not much more

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Should Phila. Let its illegal wage tax die?
Inquirer: Three council members come out against sugary drink tax.
Big Tent: Cruz doomed by contradiction
WHYY Newsworks: Soda tax opponents organize, send clear message to Philly councils
WHYY Newsworks: New coalition revives effort to revamp Philly elections office
WHYY Newsworks: City Council members renew call for dismissing 3 Philly prosecutors linked to ‘porngate’
WHYY Newsworks: Alliance of moms, religious groups criticize efforts to block new oil and gas rules in Pa.
KYW: Cable News Host: Trump Appeals To Men Who Feel Left Behind
KYW: Civic Groups Take On Philadelphia’s Elections Commissioners
Philadelphia Business Journal: 5 things to know about Donald Trump and small business

SEPA
Delco Times: State Rep rips rewrite of fracking regulation
Delco Times: Beverly Wolfe ousted as vice president of Penndel Council
Delco Times: Hillicans? As Trump wins, Clinton explores how to woo GOPers
Montgomery Media: Councilman David Oh brings heroin community meeting series to Manyunk
Daily Local News: Former West Chester mayor Dick Yoder dies

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Study: Pennsylvania had backlog of 1,850 untested rape kits
WTAE: Possible flaw in weld coating cited in pipeline blast
City Paper: Pittsburgh schools’ proposed policies to protect transgender students go beyond the bathroom debate
City Paper: What’s holding up Pennsylvania’s LGBT Fairness Act?
KDKA: City Councilman’s Proposal Would Ban Wild Animal Performances In Pittsburgh
Business Times: Pittsburgh may have 80,000 worker shortage by 2025
Post-Gazette: Lawsuit seeks stronger regulation by EPA on how drillers handle, dispose of fracking waste
Post-Gazette: County health board taking up issue of e-cigarette, vaporizer regulation

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf hosts opioid discussion, plans to tour the state
Beaver County Times: House committee approves bill regulating ride-sharing companies such as Uber, Lyft
Altoona Mirror: Auditor: Too much spent to transport
Tribune-Democrat: Nurses, anesthetists authorize strike at Indiana Regional

NEPA
Times Tribune: SSD directors: Board president endorsed Globe Store purchase without OK
Standard Speaker: City council says no to $1 million loan
Standard Speaker: Non-negotiable deal offered to Beaver Brook

South Central
Patriot News: Ignition interlocks have been mandated in Pa. for 16 years: How’d that work out?
Patriot News: Deaf protesters ‘make some noise’ at Pa. Capitol as part of national rally for deaf rights
Patriot News: Pa. Health Department report finds nearly 2,000 backlogged rape evidence kits statewide
Patriot News: Campaign letter stirs up debate, calls into question a 30-year-old ethics ruling
Carlisle Sentinel: On Capitol Hill, GOP muted a day after Trump’s ascension
Roxbury News: Dauphin County Commissioners Meeting May 4, 2016

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Catholic hero with Lehigh Valley ties is another step closer to sainthood
Morning Call: Tower 6 to ‘redefine’ downtown Allentown skyline
Morning Call: Jury finds Bethlehem attempted murder defendant guilty
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, health officials discuss opioid addiction
WFMZ: Trump interested in Kasich as potential VP

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre Gives tops $1 million
Sun Gazette: WASD is considering appeals of assessments
Sun Gazette: Officials: PSP funding coming at expense of roads  

Opinion
Times Tribune: Senate puts energy into pandering
Beaver Times: Blackhawk may only be delaying the inevitable
Post-Gazette:  David M. Shribman: Battle of opposites
WHYY Newsworks: Worried about a Trump presidency? America has seen worse men in the White House
York Dispatch: Pennsylvania Senate race gets nasty quickly
York Dispatch: Will Toomey play the ‘woman card’ in Pennsylvania?  
Delco Times: Chris Freind: Indict Hillary now — or clear her
Bucks Local News: Guest Opinion: Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget aims to close Pennsylvania’s 160 brick-and-mortar charter schools
Centre Daily Times: Community awareness can protect children’s mental health
Centre Daily Times: Some hard questions now that Trump is the nominee  
Inquirer: The feds’ corruption fight is in danger
Daily News: The pitfalls of politicians and nonprofits
Patriot News: Has Donald Trump defeated Conservatism?
Patriot News: The Pa. Senate should reject ‘In God We Trust’ bill

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Half of Pa. municipalities rely fully on state police
Commonwealth Foundation: The Consequences of Concentrated Power
Citified: Better Elections Coalition Calls for End of City Commissioners

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