10/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

jumps into the race to replace Murphy, the Washington Post and 60 Minutes detail Marino’s ties to drug distributors and his role in passing a law ‘undermining’ the DEA, and Conor Lamb jumps into the race to be the Democratic nominee to replace Murphy.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Ortitay Tosses His Hat into the Race for PA-18: State Representative Jason Ortitay announced he is putting his name forward for the special election to replace Congressman Tim Murphy.

Washington Post & 60 Minutes Detail Marino’s Role in the ‘Undermining’ the DEA: The Washington Post and 60 Minutes detailed the role Congressman Tom Marino, President Trump’s nominee to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, played in a law that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Enters Race to Replace Murphy: Former assistant U.S. attorney Conor Lamb announced he is running as a Democrat to replace resigning Congressman Tim Murphy.

Legislative Election Update
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania legislator Jason Ortitay to run for Congressman Tim Murphy’s seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: No budget progress, but lawmakers say talks aren’t over
State House Sound Bites: Once again, Democrats and moderate Republicans push a shale tax
StateImpact: Nearly 30 arrested protesting Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
City & State: Sources: PA Rep. Thomas may step down, back Malcolm Kenyatta in 181st
Capitolwire: Budget breakthrough seems unlikely this week, based on comments from Legislature’s majority Republicans.
Capitolwire: State police’s municipal coverage to be examined by Senate subcommittee.
Capitolwire: Work continues on natural gas severance tax amendment.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Candidate falls for hoax, proposes drug-sniffing police bunnies
Inquirer: How many sexual-assault hash tags does it take to end sexual assault?
Inquirer: Joshua Boyle, held by Taliban for five years, didn’t believe Trump was president
Inquirer: John McCain to receive Liberty Medal at Philadelphia ceremony
Inquirer: Pennsylvania GOP leaders seek delay in redistricting lawsuit
Inquirer: Rebuked, ex-Wolf adviser suspends sale of Marijuana Company
Inquirer: Pa. approves steep 2018 ACA exchange percentage increases, hopes to minimize impact
WHYY: Ending shipping restricting for Puerto Rico would help the U.S island, Pennsylvania
WHYY: Philly PAC hit with record find for failing to report $160,000 in campaign spending
Philly Voice:  Chester County candidate touts apparent hoax idea of drug-sniffing bunnies
Philly Voice: ACLU: Marijuana arrests on the rise in Pennsylvania
KWY: Sen. John McCain To Be Awarded Liberty Medal  

SEPA
Daily Local: Pa. politicians unite for Amazon pitch
Bucks County Courier Times: ACA coverage will cost some people more next year; State officials say Trump administration, Congress to blame
Bucks County Courier Times: Internet giants contest proposed privacy laws
Bucks County Courier Times: Table game money in Sept. up nearly 10 percent from last year, state says
Bucks County Courier Times: Video gaming jams progress on casino fix
Delco Times: Candidates clash in Delaware County Council debate
Pottstown Mercury: Perkiomen voters to decide on selling open space tract

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania explores new territory in budget fight
Tribune Review: As Amazon deadline nears, Mayor Bill Peduto to meet with agency working on bid
Tribune Review: Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee
Tribune Review: First Pittsburgh-area county sues drug companies to recoup opioid crisis costs
Post-Gazette: Pa. insurance department says Obamacare rates to rise 30.6 percent
Post-Gazette: Democrats hoping message — not money — will upend Rothfus in 12th District
Post-Gazette: Moody’s ranks Pittsburgh, Philadelphia high on their potential to deliver Amazon HQ2
Post-Gazette: Beaver County suing opioid painkiller firms, doctors
Post-Gazette: For public university students, state budget fight potentially as real as their wallets
KDKA: Could Opioid Lawsuit Against Pharma Lead To Tobacco-Like Court Settlement?

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Washington County attorney enters Republican primary field in 15th legislative District race
Beaver County Times: Wolf blames Trump, Congress for spiking health coverage cost
Altoona Mirror: White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts
Altoona Mirror: Wolf: Health costs will spike
Altoona Mirror: Council approves $24M capital plan

NEPA
Daily Item: Trump ‘looking into’ drug report, might consider withdrawing Marino nomination
Standard-Speaker: Reports: Marino bill aided opioid epidemic
WNEP: Rep. Marino’s Drug Czar Job in Question After Drug Bill
Times Leader: Trump mulls withdrawing Marino nomination
Times Leader: Second time around for two proposed new Luzerne County positions

South Central
Patriot News: In-state tuition discounts could be nixed for students at four state-funded universities
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf: ‘I have serious doubts’ about Pa. Congressman’s nomination as Trump’s drug czar
Patriot News: Pa. student charters plane to bring supplies to Puerto Rico
Patriot News: Man freed from Taliban captivity along with York County wife describes five-year ordeal
Patriot News: Wolf blames Trump, Congress for spiking health coverage cost
Patriot News: Lawsuit challenging GOP maps to get quick hearing
York Dispatch:  ACLU: 18-year U.S resident deported by ‘heartless, ruthless’ Trump administration
York Dispatch: Brother of slain Pennsylvania man describes Vegas shooting  
LNP: Pennsylvania regulators: Washington vastly increased 2018 Obamacare rate hikes  
LNP: 23 protesters arrested after blocking start of construction of Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline on property of nuns
WPMT: Governor Wolf Calls on House to Approve ‘Overdue’ University Funding
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. explores new territory in budget fight

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf blames Trump for spiking Obamacare prices
Morning Call: West Virginia senator calls for Tom Marino’s drug czar nomination to be withdrawn
Morning Call: Northampton County Council eyes process to reshape government
Morning Call: Pennsylvania GOP leaders seek delay in redistricting lawsuit
Reading Eagle: Liquor-privatization fans smell a rat in Wolf’s $1.25 billion solution
Reading Eagle: Local representative denied PennDOT Real ID report
Reading Eagle: Council members’ bid to bounce write-in candidate called a long shot

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: No tax increase in proposed State College 2018 budget
Centre Daily Times: SCASD seeks more help with the extended school day proposal
Erie Times-News: Cost of Obamacare plans spike in Erie, Crawford counties
Erie Times-News: 109 days without a complete state budget

Opinion
Inquirer: Meet the latest entry in Pa.’s 2018 race for governor
Inquirer: Trump’s art-of-the-deal style of governing doesn’t put America first | Editorial
Inquirer: Kenney should commit to vote ending SRC before year is out
Inquirer: Pa. civil justice system in need of reform | Opinion
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Political hypocrisy erodes confidence
Patriot News: All government assistance should come with a work requirement | Opinion
Patriot News: From a voice of hard-won experience, a simple argument for early childhood education | Editorial
Post-Gazette: No idle threats: State-related universities need state funding
Post-Gazette: Google’s drive: Pittsburgh is an apt spot to launch its job accelerator
Bucks County Courier Times: Opinion: Hate has no place here
Tribune Review: Clean Power Plan’s demise: Innovation, competition clear the air
Tribune Review: Don’t bank on Gov. Wolf”s PLCB loan

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