10/10 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Wolf starts process to lease the Farm Show Complex to close the budget gap, Fitzpatrick gets a Democratic challenger, and Saccone switches from the Senate race to the race to replace Murphy.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Takes Second Unilateral Step In Budget Stalemate, Leases Farm Show Complex: Governor Tom Wolf announced today he is taking another unilateral step to fill the state’s budget gap by leasing the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

Veteran Enters Race to Challenge Fitzpatrick: Navy veteran Rachel Reddick announced her campaign to challenge Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick next year.

Saccone Suspends Senate Campaign, Enters Race to Replace Murphy: State Rep. Rick Saccone announced he is suspending his campaign for U.S. Senate to enter the race to replace Congressman Tim Murphy in the special election.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Questions persist about PA’s short-term financial plan
State House Sound Bites: Republicans petition Wolf to distribute education tax credits
StateImpact: Revoking clean power plan could have big PA impact
StateImpact: Protesters park cars to blockade Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline work site
City & State: Delco DA Whelan used office funds for campaign-style billboards
Capitolwire: Education chairman slams education plan in letter to U.S. government.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf’s scary fairy tale, but it’s for real
Inquirer: Gerrymandering, ‘Political laser surgery,’ stokes fresh ire, legal fights
Inquirer: WHYY says goodbye to Newsworks website
Inquirer: A new domestic market opens for Marcellus ethane, via Marcus Hook
Inquirer: CNN host Smerconish: Bob Corker building case for removing Trump from office
WHYY: State-related universities fearful of becoming casualties of P.a.’s ongoing budget impasse
WHYY: Coons, Carper denounce Trump tax plan
WHYY: Trump ties immigration demands to DACA deal, including border wall
Philly Voice: No charges for man who asked if Pat Toomey’s child kidnapped
Philly Voice: Smerconish: Corker planting seeds to challenge Trump’s mental fitness for office
Philly Tribune: Bodycam footage shows Utah police shoot Black man as he runs away
Philly Tribune:  Trump administration to terminate Obama’s climate plan

SEPA
Delco Times: Refinery workers to Trump: Save our jobs
Delco Times: Haverford police first in county to use body cams
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County announces $15 million bond sale; credit rating may improve
Pottstown Mercury: Gov. Tom Wolf to pursue Farm Show borrowing plan to plug deficit
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County housing department seeks comments on homeless grant application
Bucks County Courier Times: Opposition to construction code bills strong in Bucks County

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: No charges for man who asked about Pat Toomey’s daughter at town hall
Post-Gazette: Gasoline prices decline in Pittsburgh area
Post-Gazette: Market forces reducing Pa emissions, but decision to kill Obama climate plan will reverse that
Post-Gazette: Gaining PACE: Energy efficiency loan bill gathers support in Harrisburg
Post-Gazette: Slippery Rock’s search for new president called into question
Post-Gazette: ‘Not unexpected,’ Mayor Peduto says of councilwoman’s Facebook action
Post-Gazette: Rick Saccone formally announces he will seek Tim Murphy’s 18th District seat
Tribune Review: No charges for man who asked if Toomey’s child kidnapped
Tribune Review: Wolf announces plan to maintain funding for schools, human service providers
WESA: Tim Murphy’s Open Congressional Seat Is Already Highly Contested

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Third state lawmaker to run for Murphy’s congressional seat
Beaver County Times: Decision to scrap Clean Power Plan could have big ramifications for coal plants
Beaver County Times: Local municipalities consider tax breaks for firefighters, EMTs
Altoona Mirror: Central Cambria selects acting superintendent

NEPA
Times Leader: Dallas School District taxpayers demand a resolution to contract dispute
Times Leader: Governors vote for fracking ban in Delaware River Basin
Times-Tribune: Today is last day to register to vote in Nov. 7 election

South Central
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Wolf seeks Pa. birth control insurance mandate
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Wolf still betting on the farm show to patch budget
WHTM: New polling numbers dismal for Wolf, Trump, Casey
WITF: Wolf calls on state lawmakers to protect access to birth control
Patriot News: No charges for man who asked if US senator’s child kidnapped
Patriot News: Trump in Harrisburg: What we know about time, location, tickets and format
Patriot News: Protesters block access to work entrance Atlantic Sunrise pipeline
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf to lease Pa. Farm Show Complex to help plug budget deficit
LNP: Trump’s visit to Harrisburg on Wednesday, to promote tax plan, will be invitation-only event, officials say
LNP: US Rep. Lloyd Smucker gets bird’s-eye view of devastation wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, lauds relief efforts
LNP: Wolf asks Pennsylvania legislature to mandate birth control coverage

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Gauging support for Trump’s tax plan ahead of Pennsylvania visit
Morning Call: What you need to know about the Wells Fargo fake account $142 million settlement
Morning Call: Sacred Heart hospital to stop delivering babies
Morning Call: Nate marches down East Coast dumping heavy rains
Reading Eagle: Trump administration to terminate Obama’s climate plan
Reading Eagle: Wolf Administration announces loan approvals
Express Times:Where Morganelli stands on Toomey questioner’s 1st Amendment rights
WFMZ: Details on: No Charges Against Man Ejected from Toomey Town Hall and Body Found in Berks
WFMZ: Trump’s demands in return for DACA leads to local debate

North by Northwest
Erie-Times News: Wolf to pursue Farm Show borrowing plan to plug deficit
Erie-Times News: State to get public input on Erie County community college plan  Centre Daily Times: Drug addiction prevention efforts starts with kids
Centre Daily Times: Your vote for judge matters

Opinion
Inquirer: Temple president: In-state tuition discount ends if Pa. doesn’t pass budget | Opinion
Inquirer: If Trump breaks off Iran deal, severe military and economic consequences follow | Opinion
Inquirer: Continue federal drug-assistance program that aids Pa. hospitals
Tribune Review: GOP base beyond Trump’s control
Post-Gazette: State of distress: The inexcusable failure to fund the state budget
Patriot News: Trump’s contraception mandate rollback: Two steps backwards on women’s health | Editorial

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