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1/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

Former CIA CIA Counter-Intelligence Officer Shelly Chauncey enters the race for the 7th Congressional district, the Pa. Supreme Court throws out the current Congressional map and orders a new one, state Sen. Greenleaf announces his retirement, and Wolf starts the election year with $11 million on hand.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Former CIA Counter-Intelligence Officer Enters PA-7 Race: Former CIA Counter-Intelligence Officer Shelly Chauncey announced her bid Monday for the Democratic nomination in the 7th Congressional district.

Pa. Supreme Court Throws Out Congressional Maps: The state Supreme Court in a 4-3 vote ruled the current Congressional maps are unconstitutional and need to be redrawn by February 9th.

Greenleaf to Retire: State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf will announce Monday that he is retiring at the end of this year, creating another open seat in the southeast.

Wolf Ends 2017 With $11 Million on Hand: Governor Tom Wolf’s re-election campaign announced it ended 2017 with $11 million on hand, without any contributions by Wolf.

Legislative Election Update
Pa. Sen: Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) announced the endorsement of over 100 members of the Republican State Committee.  “Put simply, Lou is one of us.  We are excited to give our time, our energy, and our votes to make sure that Lou becomes our next United States Senator,” the endorsement letter read.  
PA-9: State Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) announced a slate of endorsements in his bid for the seat including Senator Rich Alloway, Senator Pat Stefano, Senator Wayne Langerholc, Senator Kim Ward, Rep. Paul Schemel, Rep. John McGinnis, Rep. Rob Kauffman, and Rep. Rich Irvin. “I’m gratified to have the support of men and women who’ve worked with me as county commissioner and state senator.  These are principled, reform-minded Republicans who’ve been in the thick of the battles to protect life, restrain government, and advance the freedom agenda. I’m honored to have them on our team,” Eichelberger said.

State House Sound Bites: Mango holds conservative line, hits out at “insiders”
StateImpact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions files Chapter 11, citing renewable fuels program
StateImpact: FERC approves PennEast, saying it would supply needed natural gas
StateImpact: TMI’s future, federal policy in spotlight on Smart Talk program
StateImpact: Hearings for proposed ban on fracking in the Delaware basin start this week
City & State: Campaigns brace for disarray after snap gerrymandering redraw order
Capitolwire: PA Supreme Court rules state’s congressional district map unconstitutional and orders redraw, Senate GOP to ask for U.S. Supreme Court stay.
Capitolwire: Bipartisan municipal pension proposal emerges at hearing.

Philly Voice: Pa. Supreme Court deems congressional lines unconstitutional
Inquirer: Crowd protests Bensalem ICE-police alliance
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court strikes down congressional map as unconstitutional, orders change before May primary
Inquirer: Pa. could eliminate property taxes this year, senators say
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, longtime Montco legislator, won’t seek reelection
Philly Mag: U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan Under Fire After Sexual Harassment Report
WHYY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down congressional district map
WHYY: Mayor Pawlowski’s federal corruption trial begins in Allentown
WHYY: Prosecutor: Pennsylvania mayor ‘sold his office’ to donors

Delco Times: Protesters to Meehan: Pay up and step down
Delco Times: Ex-CIA officer jumps into race in the 7th Congressional District
Delco Times: GOP: Keep an open mind on Meehan scandal allegations
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries
Bucks County Courier Times: Crowd urges Bensalem to opt out of proposed immigration program
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

Post-Gazette: Casey reluctantly joins in spending vote plan to end shutdown
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court rules Pennsylvania congressional map is illegal
Post-Gazette: Government shutdown becomes campaign issue in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Special election for 35th state House district set for Tuesday
Post-Gazette: Peduto forges ahead to restructure PWSA leadership
City Paper: Pennsylvania Supreme Court throws out state’s partisan gerrymandered Congressional districts
Tribune Review: GOP will seek to stop Pennsylvania court from forcing Congressional redistricting before 2018 election
Tribune Review: Hempfield supervisors call a ‘time out’ on township’s fire bureau
Tribune Review: Pa. Supreme Court rules state’s congressional districts are unconstitutional
KDKA: State Supreme Court Tosses Congressional District Map, Orders New One To Be Drawn
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Stands Up For State’s Medical Marijuana Law

Tribune-Democrat: Casey, Toomey vote to end shutdown, continue to blame each other’s parties
Observer-Reporter: Local party officials react to decision to toss congressional map
Beaver County Times: PA Supreme Court tosses current map, orders new congressional districts be drawn for 2018 elections
Altoona Mirror: Water Authority hires firm to handle its legal business

Times Leader: Pennsylvania tax filing season opens for tax year 2017
Times Leader: Final Luzerne County drug overdose death count revealed
Times-Tribune: Haggerty shows up in Harrsiburg

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. court throws out congressional boundaries
WPMT: PA Supreme Court throws out state’s congressional district map, rules it is gerrymandered
WPMT: Reaction following PA Supreme Court decision to strike congressional district maps
WGAL: PA Supreme Court strikes down congressional maps, rules gerrymandering unconstitutional
Patriot News: If it stands, redistricting order means it’s back to square one for Pa.’s Congressional map
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court strikes down state’s Congressional district map
Patriot News: Second Street, crime and just how well does city council get along with mayor?: Questions posed at Harrisburg town hall
Patriot News: Activist Gene Stilp says county is violating his right to burn Nazi, Confederate flags
Patriot News: Were Pa.’s congressional maps drawn to benefit politicians or voters?
Patriot News: Pa. Revenue Dept. computer glitch impacts processing of $15.3 million in business tax refunds
LNP: Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Advocates cheer ruling on Pa. congressional map
Reading Eagle: Berks representatives, senators react to budget vote
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Supreme Court throws out state’s congressional map
Reading Eagle: Leaders react to Pa. Supreme Court order on redistricting
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s trial entering day two; Get up to speed here
Morning Call: Pawlowski’s actions were ‘blatant, amateurish and sad,’ prosecution witness testifies
Morning Call: Who rules? Pennsylvania Supreme Court, federal court differ on congressional map

North by Northwest
Clearfield Progress: Wolf: Inmate population drops for fourth consecutive year
Erie Times-News: State’s Congressional districts ruled unconstitutional

Daily News: Time’s up, Rep. Pat Meehan. Without ethics, you are nothing | Will Bunch
Inquirer: Lawmakers to the unemployed: You don’t deserve health care | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Government shutdown underscores Congress’ failure
Tribune Review: U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster: Trump’s tax reform works
Post-Gazette: Buoying PWSA: Oversight and new board promise needed change
LNP: If Rep. Meehan used taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim, he needs to accept consequences

2 Responses

  1. I keep wondering if PA 9 gets rid of Altoona in the redistricting and give it to PA 5, giving Eichelberger’s area to Thompson and making a seat for Dave Reed.

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