6/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14DCCC Chair sees gains in Pennsylvania, Woodruff’s campaign inflated its fundraising by a quarter million dollars, and reader poll results.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

DCCC Chair Says House is in Play, Sees Gains in Pa.: DCCC Chair Ben Ray Luján released a memo saying for the first time saying the House is in play for Democrats in 2018, and sees Pennsylvania as a place to gain seats.

Woodruff Campaign Inflated Fundraising by a Quarter Million Dollars: Woodruff’s family and the Rooney family account for the since-removed donations, dropping the Supreme Court hopeful’s cash on hand from $282K down to $17K.

Reader Poll: Pennsylvania Should Abolish the Lt. Governor Position: A plurality of our respondents think Pennsylvania should abolish the Lieutenant Governor position.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: After nearly a year of attempts, Libre’s Law passes
PLS Reporter: Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs bill that creates an alternate pathway for career and technical education
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: DePasquale discusses concerns about Commonwealth’s General Fund
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Speaker Mike Turzai talks about the need for the state to take over the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
City and State: Ethics board sues Philly ward PAC over campaign finance reports
City and State: Scarnati on budget: ‘How we close this out is yet to be seen’
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: House GOP lawmaker proposes redirecting casino local share assessment to General Fund.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: While legislators consider cutting tax credits, House panel moves to consolidate some existing credits.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Senate committee passes bill to strip welfare benefits from certain drug, sex offenders
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Senate approves opioid, “Right-To-Try” bills
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf plans to suffocate anti-plastic bag tax, ban bill.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Worried about cuts, federal employees to protest in Philly
Inquirer: Days from the deadline, budget indecision in Pa.
Inquirer: Even before GOP health care bill is introduced, battle lines clear in PA, NJ
Inquirer: At DA Seth Williams’ trial, prosecutors zero in on alleged theft from mother
Inquirer: New law: Career or technical students could earn high school diploma without Keystone exams
Philadelphia Magazine: Wolf Urges Toomey Against Medicaid Cuts
Philadelphia Magazine: Pa. to Establish Felony Statute for Animal Cruelty
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Fair Chance’ will reimburse employers for hiring Philly ex-offenders
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia health commissioner pushes back against newspaper story on lead dangers
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Housing Authority relocating headquarters to North Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Philly joins 99 other cities pledging to fight climate change

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery school officials challenge plan to have districts live on sales, incomes taxes
Montgomery Media: Proposed zoning change would permit apartment building on Virginia Drive
Daily Local News: Area veterinarians, lawmakers, rally for bill to protect pets left in hot vehicles
Daily Local News: Pennsylvania Supreme Court releases 55-page opinion on Kardon Park development

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: In Greene County, community welcomes medical marijuana facility
Post-Gazette: 5 things to know: Pa. votes to strengthen animal cruelty laws
Post-Gazette: Shuster re-introduces bill to privatize air-traffic control
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Supreme court rules in favor of access to police videos
Post-Gazette: Move of state attorney general’s office to the Strip District no bargain for taxpayers?
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers consider workers’ comp as a way to tackle opioid epidemic
Post-Gazette: Wolf takes dim view of GOP’s budget-balancing strategies
KDKA: Keystone Exam Requirement Repealed For Certain Students
KDKA: Gov. Wolf To Sign Animal Protection Bill
KDKA: Medical Marijuana Facility Approved For Carmichaels Area
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Senate passes plan to help fund lead-line replacements
WESA: After Nearly A Year Of Attempts, Animal Protection Bill Passes
WESA: Lawmakers Considering Borrowing Money To Balance Budget
WESA: Allegheny County Council Considers Mandatory Lead Testing Legislation, Again

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf receives bill prohibiting lying about military service, decorations for profit
Beaver County Times: Christiana’s bill creating plumber licensing passes House
Beaver County Times: Beaver County looking to add $15 fee to deeds/mortgages to reduce blight
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials set to pick firm to do county financial plan
Observer-Reporter: Crowd gives Monessen School Board an earful about proposed tax increase, furloughs
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Animal cruelty bill heads to Wolf
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PC board OKs budget with $900K deficit
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Council parks off-street change
Altoona Mirror: Animal cruelty bill heads to Wolf

NEPA
Citizen’s Voice: County will develop a truancy court for upcoming school year
Standard Speaker: Many pleased with medical marijuana announcement
The Times Leader: White Haven residents OK with medical-pot site if no ‘riff-raff’
Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania animal welfare group fetes 150 years of helping
Times-Tribune: 2 more plead guilty in Allentown corruption probe

South Central
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf to ban state ban on plastic bag bans. Got that?
Patriot News: Senate GOP health care bill would end Obamacare penalties and taxes, sources say
Patriot News: Proposed legislation called ‘gamechanger for children with parents in Pa. prisons’
Patriot News: Is the US doing enough to hold cops accountable?
Patriot News: Pennsylvania patients would be shielded from surprise ‘balance bills’
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate BP Conserve energy, save money with HVAC
York Dispatch: Amid GOP silence, Pa. health care groups worry over Senate bill
York Dispatch: Analysis: Dem loss in Georgia underscores party challenges
LNP: House pases Lloyd Smucker bill smoothing the way for foster children to be placed with relatives
LNP: Here’s why your Pennsylvania driver’s license will look different the next time you renew it
LNP: House passes Lloyd Smucker bill smoothing the way for foster children to be placed with relatives

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown Council overrides veto on mayoral term limit referendum
Morning Call: Pennsylvania rolls out license redesign, but it doesn’t meet pending federal ID requirements
Morning Call: Two executives with Allentown contracts plead guilty in FBI corruption investigation
Morning Call: Morganelli advises against Bethlehem forming ethics board
Morning Call: Pennsylvania workers comp opioid bill tanks
Reading Eagle: Two Berks County applicants chosen to grow medical marijuana
Reading Eagle: 2 more plead guilty in pay-to-play probe in Allentown, Reading
Reading Eagle: Conrad Weiser School Board adopts budget with 3.2 percent tax hike

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Planned Parenthood advocates rally against AHCA
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wolf takes dim view of GOP’s budget-balancing strategy
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Plea made to increase state tourism funds
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council may finalize question of city charter
Erie Times: Erie City Council OKs urban farming zoning changes

Opinion
Patriot News: Pa. needs to clear the smoke around medical marijuana permitting process
Patriot News: Democrats may have lost the in Georgia. But they haven’t lost the war
Patriot News: Pa. can’t afford to roll the dice on another gambling expansion: Scott Petri
Carlisle Sentinel: Missing compassionate legislators
York Dispatch: Voting systems need vote of confidence
LNP: A budget by microwave does Pennsylvania no good
LNP: Even after a scathing audit, the Manheim Township school board still doesn’t get it
Reading Eagle: Secretive crafting of health bill raises bipartisan concerns
Reading Eagle: Legislature doesn’t deserve any praise
Express Times: A climate scientist’s promise to her son
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Political tardiness limits the impact of pension reform
Delco Times: Editorial: One more step toward medical marijuana use in Pa.
Erie Times-News: Our view: GOP senators failing public with secrecy
Inquirer: Philly should take the lead to protect its children from lead
Inquirer: How Democrats can win again
Bucks County Courier Times: Saving democracy
Tribune Review: Ghost teachers: Exorcise them
Reading Eagle: Sen. Judy Schwank: Unifying health agencies good for state
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Secretive crafting of health bill raises bipartisan concerns

June 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

One thought on “6/22 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Tim says:

    Filtahadelphia a bastion of anti-American sentiment. The cradle of Liberty has been taken over by ANTIFA thugs!
    Democrat Candidate for District Attorney in Philadelphia Openly Anti-Police, Pro-Black Lives Matter (Supporters Chanted “F–k the Police” at his Victory Party)
    Accelerationism.

    There are no brakes to what’s coming.

    We can’t stop it, nor should we.

    But we can survive it.

    In so doing, we win.

    Case in point, majority-minority Philadelphia (43 percent black, 38 percent white), where the Democrat Party has just nominated as virulently anti-cop, pro-Black Lives Matter candidate for district attorney.

    A man who, as the New York Times reported, has labeled law enforcement “systemically racist.” [FOP prez calls vulgar chanters at Krasner victory party ‘parasites of the city’, Philly.com, May 17, 2017]:
    The head of the city’s police union said the supporters of Larry Krasner for district attorney who chanted a profane slogan about the Fraternal Order of Police and also chanted “No good cops in a racist system” at Krasner’s Democratic primary victory party Tuesday are “the parasites of the city.”
    “That’s what the campaign surrounded itself with,” said John McNesby, president of FOP Lodge 5. “That’s what we’ll have to deal with until the campaign is over.”
    Officer Eddie Lopez Sr., president of the city’s Spanish American Law Enforcement Association, called the chants “disgusting.”
    “It’s disheartening and it’s disgusting because whether anybody wants to believe it or not, they’re going to take this win as ‘Now we have somebody on our side, not the police’s side,’ ” Lopez said.
    In an emailed statement Wednesday, Val DiGiorgio, chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, said Democrats who selected Krasner “have added to a dangerous anti-police atmosphere in our country.”
    “The chants at Larry Krasner’s victory party attacking our brave police officers are disgusting and despicable, and frankly scary,” DiGiorgio wrote.
    “Their profanity ridden chants show the current state of Philadelphia’s Democrat Party — a party that lacks a more compass and has zero respect for law enforcement.”
    Krasner, 56, is a defense attorney who has represented many civil rights cases and has sued police and the government more than 75 times, defending everyone from Occupy Philly protesters to Black Lives Matter activists.
    Ben Waxman, a spokesman for Krasner’s campaign, said in an emailed statement that Krasner has the “highest regard for the vast majority” of Philadelphia police officers.
    “He will have their back,” Waxman wrote. “But he has also been clear that he has zero tolerance for public misconduct, brutality, or corruption. It’s ludicrous to suggest that those things can’t coexist.”
    The FOP had endorsed Rich Negrin, the city’s former managing director, for district attorney, as had the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association and the Guardian Civic League, which represents the city’s black police officers.
    It’s well documented almost all violent crime in Philadelphia has a black suspect/offender, which means Krasner’s anti-police/criminal justice reform stance can be better interpreted as pro-black criminal.

    Why not just make it illegal for the Philadelphia Police Department to arrest blacks?

    Wouldn’t this be a winning campaign promise?

    There are no brakes to what’s coming.

    We can’t stop it and we can’t reform it.

    But we can survive it.

    Accelerationism.

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