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1/31 PoliticsPA Playbook

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party targets Mango over an interview with the leader of a Christian Sect, the state Senate and House open thread is updated, and Wagner launches a statewide ad.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. Dems Target Mango Over “Homophobic and Racist” Interview: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is targeting Republican Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango over his interview with Hyung Jin Moon, the leader of a Christian Sect based in Eastern Pennsylvania where Mango agrees children are “indoctrinated into the homosexual political agenda.”

State Senate and House Open Seats Thread: State Sen. Scott Wagner’s seat, and state Rep. Steve Bloom’s seat are added to the list.  

Wagner Launches New TV Ad: Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner launched a new TV ad, introducing his plan for Pennsylvania and touting his business experience.

Legislative Election Update
Beaver County Times: Matzie endorses Tarasi in 12th District Democratic primary
Altoona Mirror: Baughman seeks 78th District seat

State House Sound Bites: Unknowns abound as PA begins to redraw congressional maps
State House Sound Bites: Audit: many PA bus drivers don’t meet basic qualifications
StateImpact: Environmentalists want more action from Tom Wolf. More talk would be nice, too
City & State: Five state Senate races to watch in 2018
City & State: PA Supreme Court to take up appeal in Philadelphia Soda Tax case

WCAU: Medicaid, Immigration Take Center Stage at State of the Union
WHYY: Pennsylvania congressional candidates in limbo after Pa. Supreme Court throws out district map
WHYY: As SRC nears end, Philly charter schools turn up the heat on City Hall
WHYY: Pennsylvania’s high court to hear appeal of Philly soda tax
Inquirer: Judge rules Philadelphia Parking Authority not liable for taxi cab losses inflicted by Uber and Lyft
Inquirer: Philadelphia enlisting mega-consultant McKinsey in quest for Amazon HQ2
Inquirer: State of the Union 2018: Recap, reaction and fact checks from Donald Trump’s speech
Inquirer: Amid a standoff with Philly schools, hundreds rally for charters
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court to hear soda tax case

Pottstown Mercury: ‘Problem Solvers’ in Congress push for DACA fix
Pottstown Mercury: $3.2B waiting to be claimed by rightful Pa. owners
Bucks County Courier Times: President Donald Trump calls for ‘new American moment’
Bucks County Courier Times: Senate OKs bill to expand state’s pension forfeiture law
Delco Times: Protesters at Meehan’s office blast Trump’s State of the Union

Tribune Review: Take a look at who requested Pittsburgh’s Amazon HQ2 bid be made public
Tribune Review: Large numbers of Pennsylvania dairy farmers may sell cows soon
Tribune Review: Harley-Davidson moving Kansas City operations to Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s Latino community uninspired by president’s address
Post-Gazette: Plum school board taking
Post-Gazette: State senators push for more gas leasing in state forests
Post-Gazette: Judge leaves Republican on City Council ballot after hearing offers little clarity on residency

WTAJ: Gov. Wolf asks for feedback on redistricting state during Town Hall in State College
Beaver County Times: Vogel’s telemedicine bill passes state Senate committee
Beaver County Times: DePasquale frustrated at school districts hiring bus drivers with criminal convictions

Times-Tribune: Bob Casey takes heat from both sides on Senate abortion vote
Times-Tribune: Young Republicans host State of the Union watch party at county GOP HQ
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre garbage bid under review amid ongoing DPW contract talks

South Central
WITF: Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators lay out expectations for SOTU
WHTM: Accused of sexual harassment, Sen. Leach says he’s changed
Patriot News: Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach says he was ‘frankly oblivious’ to how his jokes, behavior affected others
Patriot News: Pa. public officials convicted of crimes will have a harder time getting pensions in Senate-passed bill
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court agrees to jump into fight over Philly’s ‘soda tax’
Patriot News: Marsy’s Law would bring more rights to crime victims
LNP: Senators say political ties to Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas candidates won’t affect their decision
LNP: How much can school property taxes increase in your area in 2018-19? [graphic]

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Pa. senators anxiously await topics of president’s address
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmakers react to State of the Union
Morning Call: Day 7: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s trial will continue today with testimony from IT director
Morning Call: Allentown workers stunned by push to rig bid, feared for jobs, witness says
Morning Call: Pa. lawmakers react to Trump’s State of the Union address

North by Northwest
WICU: President Trump outlines “New American Moment” in State of the Union Address
Meadville Tribune: Thousands dial for help as state grapples with opioid emergency
Centre Daily Times: DEP proposals offer opportunity
Centre Daily Times: Gov. Wolf visits State College to seek voter reform input

Daily Local: Editorial: Fed standards have refineries over a barrel
Daily News: Silence makers: Why did Pa. Democratic Party go MIA on sex harassment? | Will Bunch
Daily News: Trump and his teleprompter assure America that the State of the Union is strong. No, really | Will Bunch
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: More cause for climate skepticism
Post-Gazette: Get moving, justices: Gerrymandering decision needs an opinion, pronto
Patriot News: Here’s why a worker’s comp reform bill will help fight the opioid crisis | Opinion
Patriot News: In first State of the Union, Trump, a divisive president, calls for unity | Analysis

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