10/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

Meuser announces $275k on hand, former Ag Secretary Wolff enters the race for the 11th district, Trump visits Harrisburg, and Cortes resigns.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Meuser Reports $275K Cash On Hand at the End of Third Quarter: Former state Revenue Secretary and 11th Congressional district candidate Dan Meuser reportedly ended the third quarter with $275,000 on hand.

Former Ag Secretary Wolff Enters Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District Race: Former state Agriculture Secretary Denny Wolff announced his bid for the 11th Congressional district in a video released this morning.

Trump Visits Harrisburg; Discusses Tax Plan: President Donald Trump visited Harrisburg for an invitation only event to discuss his tax reform plan.

Cortes Resigns as Secretary of State: Governor Wolf’s office announced that Secretary of State Pedro Cortes is resigning.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Treasury announces loan; Republicans call hypocrisy
StateImpact: Water problems persist along Mariner East pipeline route despite court intervention
City & State: La Colombe CEO gets political, begins roasting Republicans
Capitolwire: Treasurer Torsella says Wolf’s claim he can balance the budget is enough to warrant another General Fund loan.
Capitolwire: Auditor General survey says schools, towns need more money for cybersecurity.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Pa. couple, Taliban hostages, released after nearly five years in captivity
Inquirer: Will U.S withdrawal from UNESCO affect Philly’s World Heritage status?
Inquirer: ‘We will get through Donald Trump.’ Companies at Philly conference vow to protect LGBT employees
Inquirer: Pennsylvania must do better cyber security job, watchdog says
Inquirer: Pa. congressman gets into heated argument with CNN host over Puerto Rico
Inquirer: DOJ: Philly’s sanctuary city policies violate federal law
WHYY: Pennsylvania woman and family freed after 5 years in captivity in Afghanistan
Philly Tribune: FBI director: Motive in Las Vegas shooting still unclear
Philly Voice: Pa. lawmaker calls response to Puerto Rico a ‘success story’ during heated CNN interview
Philly Voice: Joe Biden slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘disgusting behavior’ amid sexual assault scandal
Philly Voice: Delco elected official arrested on child porn charges

SEPA
Times Herald: Pennsylvania gets 2nd treasury loan to make payments on time
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania must do better cybersecurity job, watchdog says
Pottstown Mercury: Costello takes Equifax to task; consumers urged to stay on guard
Bucks County Courier Times: Trump’s health care end run reflects frustrations
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County deputy sheriff resigns after indecent exposure charges

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania enacts ‘right to try’ law for terminally ill
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania gets 2nd treasury loan to make payments on time
Tribune Review: Voter registration figures dip in Western Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: PWSA to vote in 2 weeks on proposed moratorium on service shutoffs
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners approve pay raises for some department heads
Post-Gazette: Wolf says he can’t ease Pitt financial problems without House GOP help
Post-Gazette: Wolf nominations indicate plan to merge state agencies has been tabled
Post-Gazette: Environmental groups map well sites and schools, claim risk to children
Post-Gazette: Voters ask state’s highest court to settle gerrymandering case before 2018 primary
Post-Gazette: East Allegheny schools to publish names of delinquent taxpayers
Post-Gazette: No tax increase expected in Monroeville
Post-Gazette: Westmoreland commissioner Gina Cerilli to seek Tim Murphy’s seat
KDKA: Google Announces New Initiative To Increase Digital Skills For The Future

Southwest
WJAC: Pennsylvania secretary of state resigns
Beaver County Times: Christiana tops $100k in contributions for latest U.S. Senate campaign finance reports
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania must do better cybersecurity job, watchdog says
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to file lawsuit against opioid drugmakers
Altoona Mirror: Board suggests $4M for Blair County pension

NEPA
Times Leader: Democrat, Republican enter 11th Congressional District race
Times-Tribune: Volpe plans to challenge Nov. 7 reassessment ballot question
Times-Tribune: Trump stumps for Barletta on national TV
Standard-Speaker: Energy secretary defends using charter to Hazleton
Standard-Speaker: The Trump bump: Barletta gets boost for Senate run

South Central
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Wolf wants acting heads of four agencies to serve permanently
Patriot News: Wolf nominates health, human services secretaries amid stalled merger plan
Patriot News: Pa. treasurer authorizes another loan to keep state’s general fund afloat
Patriot News: Plaintiffs in Pa. redistricting case ask Supreme Court to intervene
Patriot News: Trump picks PSU grad and AccuWeather CEO to head weather agency
Patriot News: Pa. congressman says Puerto Rico hurricane victims aren’t dying
Patriot News: 8 things we know about Trump after 8 visits to the Harrisburg area
Patriot News: State lawmakers go to the White House; ‘I wasn’t sure what to expect but came away glad I went’
Patriot News: Talladega lawmen prepared for ‘Nazi-Confederate’ flag burner from Pa. at weekend race
Patriot News: Wolf nominates health, human services secretaries amid stalled merger plan
York Dispatch: Gov. Wolf backs Bracey for third term as York City mayor
LNP: Governor: Pennsylvania’s top election official has resigned

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Taliban releases Pennsylvania family held captive for 5 years
Morning Call: Lehigh Count will appeal ruling that cross on county seal is unconstitutional
Morning Call: Eleven days and counting: Why hasn’t Congress renewed the health insurance program for 9 million children already?
Reading Eagle: Plan to scrap state and local tax deduction hits resistance
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council examines $92.7 million budge proposal
Reading Eagle: Berks-based council looks forward to letting girls join Boy Scouts
Reading Eagle: Lots of tax talk at town hall meeting hosted by lawmaker in Cumru Township
WFMZ: Tembo outlines list of priorities if elected Allentown mayor
WFMZ: Mnchin: Trump hopes to announce Fed chair within a month

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: NOAA nomination not first political foray for Myers, AccuWeather
Centre Daily Times: Centre County judge candidates engage with voters, discuss opioid epidemic
Centre Daily Times: Auditor general’s report highlights concern for school, local government cybersecurity
Erie-Times News: President George W. Bush’s chief of staff to speak in Erie
Erie Times-News: Wolf stumps in Erie for ‘common-sense’ Marcellus Shale tax
Bradford Era: Wolf administration announces start of improvement project in Cameron Co.

Opinion
Inquirer: 5 questions with the Philly DA candidates | Editorial Board
Inquirer: Bump stocks and background checks: Where Pa. and NJ legislators stand on guns | Editorial
Post-Gazette: Pressing on: The president’s latest salvo against news media
Altoona Mirror: Newburg situation troubling
Patriot News: Trump is right – tax cuts will make the economy great again | Lou Barletta
LNP: We cannot abandon Puerto Rico, now or in the future

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