February 5th Playbook

Sen. Leach steps down from his role as Judiciary Chair, while Gov. Wolf is set to deliver his budget address today. Here is the Playbook.

Leach Steps Down As Judiciary Chair: In a statement, the Democratic state Senator stated he made the decision to “avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Leach was recently accused of a sexual misconduct from 1991 with a 17 year-old. He has denied these claims.

Rothman Named New HRCC Chair: Speaker Turzai says that Rothman is a problem-solving conservative and is confident he will help them maintain their majority in the House.

James Announces Bid For PA Superior Court: The Allegheny County criminal trial and appellate lawyer is the second Democrat to enter the race.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: 5 things to watch for in Pennsylvania governor’s budget plan
AP: Push resumes to recognize official Pennsylvania amphibian
Inquirer: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf to unveil budget with familiar call for a tax on natural gas drillers, but with a twist
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach withdraws from leadership role on Judiciary Committee
Inquirer: Hershey School’s law firm was arguing two cases before a federal judge — and then hired his son
Pa Post: In budget address, how ambitious will Gov. Tom Wolf be?
WITF: People With Serious Mental Illnesses Are Waiting Months, Up To ‘A Year Or More’ To Get Treatment
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers set expectations ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address  
Morning Call: Who are Pennsylvania lawmakers bringing to the State of the Union address?  
Morning Call: How will the VA’s new rule on private health care work?    
PLSReporter: Senate advances bill expanding pension forfeiture requirement
PLSReporter: Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA
PLSReporter: Wheatley proposes legalizing adult use cannabis
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Joe Hohenstein
Daily Local News: Killion calls for boost to state’s film and TV industry
StateImpactPA: 20 Pa. counties, including several near Clairton Coke Works, on code orange air quality alert
StateImpactPA: N.J. DEP says feds didn’t consider several health risks before approving PFAs substitutes

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Why Johnny Doc’s indictment is a problem for all Philly unions
Inquirer: Philadelphia is considering banning cashless stores. Now’s your chance to be heard
Inquirer: In Philly, most armed robbers remain beyond the long arm of the law
Philadelphia Magazine: Johnny Doc’s People Told Us to Reach Out to His “Friends” for “Fairness.” So We Did.  
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s Why Jamie Gauthier Thinks She Can Defeat Longtime Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
WHYY Newsworks: With Kensington’s encampments gone, work to end opioid-related homelessness is just beginning
Billy Penn: Who’s got power, the mayor or City Council? This free voter education class has answers
KYW Newsradio: City Council to vote on bill regulating pharma marketing
Philadelphia Business Journal: The map to making Philadelphia a ‘smart city’ is here

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Sen. Leach steps down as minority chair of Judiciary Committee
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon urging defense secretary not to implement trans ban
Daily Local News: Killion calls for boost to state’s film and TV industry
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers introduce pediatric cancer bills
Daily Local News: Dinniman tells students free press crucial to America’s freedom
Pottstown Mercury: Fair Districts PA holding anti-gerrymandering forums in Montco

 

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Gun for Bill Peduto on Twitter, and he’ll fire back — but should he?
WESA: PWSA Board Votes To Terminate Cooperation Agreement With The City
WESA: Who Gets A Break On Property Taxes And Why?
WESA: Southwestern Pennsylvania Counties On Code Orange Air Quality Alert
KDKA: Penn Hills Woman To Hear State Of The Union Up Close After Special Invitation
KDKA: Beaver Co. Transit Riders Oppose Proposed Service Cuts To Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Southwestern Pennsylvania leads the state when it comes to new shale gas wells drilled
Tribune Review: Tree of Life congregant, wounded officer invited to State of the Union    
Tribune Review: Hempfield consultant announces GOP bid for Westmoreland County commissioner     

 

SWPA
Altoona Mirror: Topper named to 5 committees in House
Altoona Mirror: City native running for mayor
Altoona Mirror: Deputy eyeing sheriff position
Altoona Mirror: Deer culling to be delayed
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voices against clergy sex abuse plan visit to Vatican
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Bernstine introduces bill on disclosing terms in publicly funded construction projects  
Beaver County Times: Shell to build innovation center at Potter Township cracker plant site

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Voter registration deadline is Monday for 114th District special election
Times-Tribune: Amid lack of transparency, resident calls for new Scranton school director to resign  
The Times Leader: UPDATED: Luzerne County DA Salavantis seeking third term
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre seeks Community Survey input
Citizens Voice: State game commission buys 99 acres in county
Citizens Voice: Merit-based raises for county non-unionized workers explained

 

South Central   
Carlisle Sentinel: First stops on ‘listening tour’ for marijuana legalization to be in Perry, Dauphin counties
Carlisle Sentinel: Rental ordinance on Carlisle council’s workshop agenda for Wednesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania legislators make their move to save Three Mile Island and another nuke plant from closing
LNP | LancasterOnline: Manor Township to discuss proposed marijuana decriminalization ordinance Tuesday
York Dispatch: Wm. Lee Smallwood, York City’s first African-American city council president, dies at 73
York Dispatch: Keuerleber seeks fourth term as York County sheriff
York Daily Record: York College of Pennsylvania faces scrutiny for photoshopped billboard, college responds
Patriot News: York County sheriff announces re-election bid  
Patriot News: Lawmakers who commit crimes would lose pensions under bill approved by Pa. Senate   

 

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: State of the Union guests reflect issues of interest
Reading Eagle: Reading leaders planning for city’s future
Reading Eagle: Boyertown council asked to consider formation of historic district
Reading Eagle: Reading’s Kyley Scott handled nearly 12,000 nontraffic citations in 2017 — 3 times more than any other district judge in Pa.
Reading Eagle: Reading Council to appoint District 6 representative
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s first medical marijuana dispensary to open second location in Dorneyville  
Morning Call: Mark Jobes appointed to panel overseeing Bethlehem’s tax incentive district  

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State lawmaker eyes U.S. House seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City opens bids to work on Brandon Park improvements
Erie Times-News: Report: Inclusion necessary in downtown Erie improvement plan
Erie Times-News: State Senate committee to consider Sunday hunting at Tuesday hearing

 

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Where will they turn?: Don’t cut cash program for poorest of the poor
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Respect state parks: A new reports cites urgent need for improvements
Charlie Dent: Pennsylvania needs paper ballots to secure our elections
John Baer: Why not build the wall (with other people’s money)?
Joseph N. DiStefano: Philadelphia Mayor Kenney, business leaders talk past Johnny Doc’s indictment
Michael J. Iafrate and Jeannie Kirkhope: West Virginia Catholics want to ‘follow the truth wherever it leads,’ including to Philadelphia
Abraham Gutman: Being an immigrant is hard. 21 Savage is a reminder that being a black immigrant is even harder.
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Do we have the fortitude to end our violent ways?
Keith C. Burris: Sherrod Brown’s long-shot quest
Rev. Sandra L. Strauss and Sister Mary Scullion: Pa.’s most vulnerable requires the continuation of the General Assistance program
John L. Micek: Kamala Harris wins Pa. progressives’ straw poll | Monday Morning Coffee

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