6/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Regan endorses Wagner, Costello missed the Congressional baseball practice by two minutes, and budget negotiations begin.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Regan Endorses Wagner for Governor: State Senator Mike Regan announced his endorsement of fellow state Senator and Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner.

Inquirer: ‘I was supposed to be there’: Pa. Congressman says of Alexandria shooting: Rep. Ryan Costello (R., Pa.) was supposed to be at the GOP baseball practice where a shooter opened fire Wednesday morning — but he missed his ride by two minutes.

State House Sound Bites: Behind closed doors, budget negotiations are underway: With a little over two weeks until the state budget is due, House and Senate Republicans have been holding closed meetings to hash out details. Few concrete plans are available, but GOP leaders say they’re on roughly the same page on spending.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Anti-bag tax bill passes legislature, awaits potential veto
State Impact: Citizen lobbyists make progress with Republicans on climate
PLS Reporter: GOP leadership holds high-level budget planning pow-wow
PLS Reporter: Commonwealth Court upholds Philadelphia’s soda tax
PLS Reporter: Pittsburgh turns to unconventional ally in the fight against invasive vegetation in city parks
Capitolwire: Sanctuary city bill produces blow-up in House committee.
Capitolwire: House takes up DNA testing expansion bill, Wolf opposes

Philadelphia
KYW: Kenney’s Plan To Renovate City Facilities Set For Preliminary Vote In City Council
KYW: Embattled Philly DA Faces Judge Days Before Trial Is Set To Begin
KYW: Bill To Prohibit Bans And Taxes On Plastic Bags Goes To Governor
KYW: Appeals Court Upholds Philadelphia’s Tax On Sweetened Drinks
Philly Mag: Philly Soda Tax Upheld by Commonwealth Court
Inquirer: Philly beverage tax upheld by Commonwealth Court
Inquirer: Pa. legislature moves to protect plastic bags from local governments
Inquirer: Chamber files new suit, leaving city’s wage equity law on hold
Inquirer: Judge sets Monday for Seth Williams trial jury selection
Philly Voice: NYT op-ed on infrastructure suggests ‘Trump can look to Philadelphia for inspiration’
Philly Voice: Why did potential congressional candidate from Philly like Alexandria shooter’s Facebook photo?
Philly Voice: U.S. Rep. Costello: Shooting of congressman ‘hits home like nothing really ever has’
Philly Voice: City finance director answers controller’s doubts about soda tax revenue
WHYY: Rebuild’s workforce diversity remains sticking point for Council
WHYY: Local members on congressional baseball teams stunned by shooting
WHYY: Commonwealth Court: Philly beverage tax is legal
WHYY: Pa. Dems push to get voter registration bills out of committee
WHYY: Bill to give legislature extra regulatory power moves forward in Pa.
WHYY: Air Management argues against proposed regulation to curb pollution from tire cutting
Billy Penn: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upholds Philly soda tax
Philadelphia Business Journal: Bill to give legislature extra regulatory power moves forward in Pa.
Philadelphia Business Journal: Court again rules in favor of city in Philadelphia Beverage Tax suit

SEPA
Daily Local News: Costello, Meehan avoided baseball practice shooting by stroke of fate
Pottstown Mercury: Deadline looms on state tax amnesty program
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council to repeal law banning backyard fires
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville council calls for end to gerrymandering
Bucks County Courier Times: Time running out for Pennsylvania tax amnesty program
Bucks County Courier Times: Centennial school directors blame state lawmakers for another tax increase
Bucks Local News: Aryanna Berringer will challenge Lt. Gov. Mike Stack
Bucks Local News: Senator wants to change how lieutenant governors are elected
Bucks Local News: Reps. Meehan and Costello play on GOP baseball team, weren’t at practice today

Pittsburgh
KDKA: The Ballgame Goes On: Local Members Of Congress React To Shooting Attack
Tribune Review: Trump: Health bill ‘mean’
Tribune Review: Congressional Democrats to file emoluments lawsuit against Trump
Tribune Review: Senate OK’s bill that protects plastic bags
WESA: Bill to Change Lt. Gov. Election Process to Be Introduced
City Paper: Advocates are concerned Port Authority’s new fare-check policy could lead to deportation of undocumented immigrants
WTAE: Fed hikes key rate and unveils bond trimming plans
Post-Gazette: Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate sends bill to Wolf prohibiting local government from banning, taxing plastic bags
Post-Gazette: Unlike Trump, Pittsburgh-area Republicans say help needed now for dams

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: City Council fires Starr
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone council works on parking
Beaver County Times: Report: Pennsylvania could lose 85000 jobs by 2026 under House GOP health-care plan
Beaver County Times: Matzie bill would have state implement voting by mail
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Big hurdles remain two weeks before state budget deadline
Observer-Reporter: Shober showcases Washington County to visiting colleagues
Observer-Reporter: Bartolotta holding telephone town hall

NEPA
Times Tribune: Wolf, state secretaries talk strategies to protect seniors from financial fraud
Citizens Voice: Local politicians reflect on shooting of their friend Rep. Scalise
Citizens Voice: County manager proposes $3.6M in capital projects
News Item: SCA 2017-18 budget is passed
Standard Speaker: The sad duty now his, Trump calls for unity after shooting
Pocono Record: Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice

South Central
Patriot News: Alexandria, Va., shooting gives Pa. lawmakers pause, making them question how secure they are
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf and Legislature poised for rematch over inspector general post
Patriot News: Who owes back taxes and penalties to Pennsylvania?: Use the database
Patriot News: New pension overhaul law is a win for Pa.: Dennis Yablonsky, Rob Wonderling and Gene Barr
Patriot News: TrumpCare would cost Pa. 85k jobs, report: Wednesday Morning Coffee
Patriot News: Tax liens offer a glimpse behind $1.2B+ in lost Pa. revenue
Patriot News: Who are the biggest tax scofflaws in Pennsylvania?
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. Stack’s treatment of staff inspires re-election challenge
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Toomey: Health care bill draft could come next week, Comey testimony is a ‘big sideshow’
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Aryanna Berringer will challenge Lt. Gov. Mike Stack

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Before baseball shooting, Pennsylvania congressmen had seen growing security concerns
Morning Call: PA congressmen not at baseball practice where lawmaker shot
Morning Call: On Twitter, Pennsylvania lawmakers react to shooting at congressional baseball practice
Reading Eagle: Berks-area congressmen respond to baseball field shooting
Reading Eagle: Pottstown hospital sale could cut tax revenue

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie school reorganization is work in progress
Erie Times-News: City Mission to hold groundbreaking ceremony Thursday
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wolf signs new state pension bill
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: South Williamsport council contributes to tennis courts

Opinion
Inquirer: Don’t let expanded gaming jeopardize property-tax relief
Inquirer: Six hours not enough time to study gambling bill
Inquirer: Ban fraternity pledging and there wouldn’t be an excuse for hazing
Daily News: After a bloody baseball practice, guns remain king, but the culture is changing
Bucks County Courier Times: The rarely mentioned organization that wastes your money
Altoona Mirror: New voting machines welcome
Tribune Review: Fighting cybercrime: A dilemma
Post-Gazette: An attack on all: The gravity of an attack on members of Congress
Times Tribune: Dark money in local politics
Citizens Voice: Real reform is urgent
Pocono Record: Comey flunks The New York Times
Patriot News: New pension overhaul law is a win for Pa.: Dennis Yablonsky, Rob Wonderling and Gene Barr
Lancaster Online: After Wednesday’s horrific shooting, lawmakers make a pitch for unity that ought to be heeded
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Angry politics that drove ballfield shooter must end

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

One thought on “6/15 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Chuckie Porter the rat says:

    Costello missed his shot at the Republicans big photo op and the party missed their biggest promotion by not taking their guns and carry permits onto the field with them. Why is Anne Coulter not crying?

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