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1/30 PoliticsPA Playbook

More state House seats open up through retirements, the latest Politically Uncorrected column, the NRCC adds two more PA candidates to its “On the Radar” list, Vitali runs for the 7th Congressional district, and Wolf says he won’t approve partisan Congressional maps.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

State Senate and House Open Seats Thread: State Reps. Mark Mustio and Flo Fabrizio both announced their retirements from the legislature.  

Politically Uncorrected: Chaos on the Susquehanna: The state Supreme Court decision to toss the existing Congressional map and impose the tightened timeline to draw a new map righted one wrong, but created another.

NRCC Adds Lewis and Pries to “On the Radar” Program: The NRCC added Andrew Lewis and Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries to its “On the Radar” program.

Vitali Enters Race for PA-7: Democratic state Rep. Greg Vitali announced he is entering the race to replace Congressman Pat Meehan, citing climate change as his main reason for entering the race.

Wolf Won’t Approve Partisan Gerrymandered Maps: After the state Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania’s current Congressional map, Governor Tom Wolf said he will not approve any partisan gerrymandered maps.

Legislative Election Update
CD-11: Republican Dan Meuser was endorsed by the Dauphin County GOP over the weekend.  “This endorsement is a huge boost for our campaign and I am honored to have received the support of the members of the Dauphin County Republican Committee,” Meuser said.  
CD-15: Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries was endorsed by the Dauphin County GOP over the weekend.  “As County Commissioner and a local Township Supervisor, Mike has over a decade of experience balancing complex budgets and overseeing hundreds of employees. Each and every year, Mike has found ways to provide taxpayers with excellent public services while holding the line on taxes. In fact, Mike Pries has never raised taxes,” Dauphin County GOP Chair David Feidt said.  
WHYY: State lawmaker Vitali to run for Meehan congressional seat
Daily Local: Pastor Dan Williams announces candidacy for 74th District
Observer-Reporter: Former DA seeks Mon Valley seat in state House
Tribune Review: Erin Vecchio announces bid to challenge longtime state Rep. Tony DeLuca
Patriot News: Attorney, former township supervisor, running for state house

State House Sound Bites: Command center opens to coordinate PA opioid relief efforts
State House Sound Bites: IFO: federal tax breaks might mean good news for PA’s bottom line
City & State: PA Senate, Gov. Wolf, secretaries of state jockey over redistricting
Capitolwire: IFO says PA revenues remain on track, and could get an extra boost from federal tax reform in FY2018-19.
Capitolwire: Pension forfeiture bill clears Senate panel.
Capitolwire: Foreclosure bill gains traction in the Senate.
Capitolwire: Senate committee reports out legislative vehcile for potential new congressional district map.

KYW: Montgomery County Sheriff Testifies In Corruption Trial Of Allentown Mayor
Inquirer: Defying ICE: Undocumented mother in Philly sanctuary church sends her children to school
Inquirer: ‘State of the Uniom’: Misspelled tickets to President Trump’s first address require a reprint
Inquirer: House committee votes to release ‘secret memo’ that pits Sean Hannity against Shepard Smith
WHYY: Casey to support abortion limits in U.S. Senate vote

Daily Local: Drawing new congressional districts in Pennsylvania gets off to slow start
Bucks Local News: ‘THERE’S A NEW DAY DAWNING’: Former State Rep. Steve Santarsiero announces candidacy for State Senate in Bucks County
The Intelligencer: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick invites Bucks ALS patient to State of the Union
Delco Times: Upper Darby schools to start branding campaign

Tribune Review: Pro-choice groups protest Casey’s support for bill restricting abortions
Tribune Review: Gov. Tom Wolf to pay his own way to the Super Bowl
Tribune Review: Gateway Health Plan sues after Pittsburgh commission investigates discrimination claims
Post-Gazette: PA opioid command center up and running
Post-Gazette: Jeff Sessions says Pittsburgh’s ‘Darknet’ expertise to be employed in opioid battle
Post-Gazette: Annual audits would examine Pittsburgh’s tax abatement programs
Post-Gazette: PWSA will pay for public, private water line replacement
Post-Gazette: Rep. Mark Mustio announces retirement
City Paper: Pittsburghers call on Sen. Bob Casey to oppose 20-week abortion-ban bill

Beaver County Times: State Rep. Mark Mustio says he will not seek re-election this year
Beaver County Times: Assessing a reassessment: A look south to Washington County
Beaver County Times: Officials formally act to ‘ban the box’

Times Leader: Luzerne County Courthouse to be featured in historic building series
Times Leader: Real estate tax increases set for 11 Luzerne County municipalities this year
Times-Tribune: Scranton council backs grant for pre-arrest drug treatment
Standard-Speaker: Hazleton Area may seek a tax increase

South Central
York Daily Record: Pa. is surrounded by states that have raised the minimum wage, but it’s still $7.25 here
Patriot News: Quietly, U.S. Senate plans vote on 20-week abortion ban
Patriot News: Former union head becomes Pa.’s labor & industry secretary in unprecedented way
Patriot News: Red states, incumbent GOP Congressmen all take rooting interest in Pa. redistricting case
Patriot News: Federal funds for Harrisburg programs limited, city seeks public input
Patriot News: Medical marijuana patients shouldn’t have to choose between their drugs and guns, Pa. senators say
WPMT: PEMA serves as opioid crisis command center
LNP: PennDOT monitoring use of road salt, funding research amid environmental concerns

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Toomey promotes tax reform at Palmer Twp. manufacturing plant
Morning Call: Bob Casey takes heat from both sides on Senate abortion vote
Morning Call: FBI agent details start of Allentown probe in Pawlowski trial
Morning Call: How wealthy or poor are your candidates for 15th congressional district?
Morning Call: Listen to the wiretaps from the Allentown City Hall corruption case
Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf steps up efforts to curb opioid crisis

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Opioid crisis exacerbating child abuse issues in Pennsylvania, DePasquale tells CDT
Erie Times-News: Rep. Fabrizio, battling cancer, won’t seek re-election
Erie Times-News: Sessions: New team will target illegal online opioid sales

Altoona Mirror: Time’s right for downsizing of Legislature
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Encouraging development in gerrymandering fight
Inquirer: Donald Trump’s State of the Union: Let’s hope for a lasting message and not a fleeting tweet | Editorial
Delco Times: Editorial: Meehan should resign 7th seat now
Tribune Review: Trib Tuesday take editorial: Winter’s toll on public works budgets
Tribune Review: Colin McNickle: Gaming revenue trends worrisome
Post-Gazette: Cracked nest eggs: Pennsylvanians need to start saving for retirement
Patriot News: For Trump, 5 steps to a successful State of the Union | Editorial

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