10/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

All three declared Republican candidates for Governor participated in a the first gubernatorial forum last night, Turzai withdrew from attending the forum, Barletta rolls out endorsements, and Olympic gold medalist Marty Nothstein enters the race for the 15th.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

First PA GOP Gubernatorial Forum: Three Businesspeople Push to Decrease Regulations: Businesswoman Laura Ellsworth, businessman Paul Mango, and state Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) all appeared on the same stage for the first time to discuss what they would do as Governor.

Barletta Rolls Out Endorsements for Senate Bid: Congressman Lou Barletta announced a slate of endorsements from former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and state Senate and House members.

Olympic Gold Medalist Enters Race to Replace Dent: Olympic gold medalist and County Commissioner Marty Nothstein announced he is running to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent.

Turzai Pulls Out of Gubernatorial Forum: State House Speaker Mike Turzai withdrew from a Gubernatorial forum he was scheduled to attend tonight in Montgomery county.

Judicial Election Update
Former Vice-President Joe Biden endorsed Judge Geoff Moulton in his bid for Superior Court.  Moulton was the only Pennsylvanian candidate on Biden’s list of candidates.  
“Geoff has devoted his career to teaching and public service. I’ve known him for years. Back in 1995, he testified before me in the Senate Judiciary Committee about his excellent report reviewing the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms raid on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas. His investigation and report made a real difference in how law enforcement has handled similar cases ever since. One thing we’ve learned these last nine months is that judges matter. And we need more strong, independent judges like Geoff, especially at the state level,” Biden said.

Statewide
City & State: A state ill-prepared for the next budget, let alone fiscal crisis
Capitolwire: Wolf pursues DOC, BPP consolidation without legislative approval.
Capitolwire: As promised, Wolf vetoes Human Service Code bill.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Gerrymandering and the 2018 elections: Advocates ask Pa. Supreme Court to use rare power
Inquirer: Penn State officials sued for rejecting Richard Spencer talk
Inquirer: Pa. teacher hit in the face with brick after dispute, police say
Inquirer: Could latest Pa. budget plan be as good as it gets?
Inquirer: Candidates for Philly D.A. clash in debate
Inquirer: Former Philly DA Seth Williams disbarred
Inquirer: Philly’s SRC could call dissolution vote by year’s end
WHYY: Was Thursday the beginning of the end for Philly’s SRC?
WHYY: Soda tax foes lead honking protest outside Philly City Hall
WHYY: ‘Trump effect’ emerges in N/J. gubernatorial contest
Philly Voice:  Obama returns to campaign trail in New Jersey for governor’s race
Philly Voice: Philadelphia should reject taxpayer-funded political campaigns
KYW: CHOP Sets World Record In Genetic Research
BillyPenn: 5 details from Philly’s pitch to Amazon
Philadelphia Business Journal: Deadline today: Philadelphia, Camden, other communities submit to Amazon HQ2 proposal

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes bill to impose work requirements for Medicaid
Daily Local: Residents appeal zoning ruling in pipeline case
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania GOP governor hopefuls face off for first time
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville council candidates explore issues during forum
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown launches campaign to attract new business

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Philly business group head: Pa. tax break offer for Amazon to top $1B
Post-Gazette: Homeland Security grants Pa. extension on federal ID law til fall 2018
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh region invested between $300,000 and $400,000 in assembling its Amazon bid
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh wants Amazon, sure. But the other cities want it just as bad.
Post-Gazette: Experts say Trump’s shutdown of health care subsidies could lead to free insurance — even in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: State System ponders ‘redesign,’ approves new degrees at Clarion, Slippery Rock
Tribune Review: State Senate to consider bill that would eliminate teacher seniority, delay graduation exam
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania GOP governor hopefuls face off for 1st time
Tribune Review: What the end of Tim Murphy’s 15 years in Congress means for constituents
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s employee medical benefits will now cover sex change surgery

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Penn State officials sued for rejecting Richard Spencer talk
Beaver County Times: Commissioners punt until next week on unresolved Beaver County budget issues
WJAC: Wolf to move forward with consolidating corrections, parole departments
Observer-Reporter: Trump backs GOP budget as step toward massive tax cuts
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania GOP governor hopefuls face off for first time

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council contenders air views at forum
Times-Tribune: Mulligan: City government needs an ‘overhaul’
Times-Tribune: Candidate to attempt write-in for Throop mayor
Standard-Speaker: Cartwright legislation would protect veterans from predatory practices

South Central
Patriot News: Helicopter flying over Harrisburg part of ‘proactive policing’ measures, officials say
Patriot News: Injunction sought so white nationalist Richard Spencer can speak at Penn State  
Patriot News: Penn State Harrisburg chancellor to retire next year
Patriot News: Protesters upset by Pa. Congresswoman’s Puerto Rico comments stack water bottles at his office
Patriot News: $1 billion tax break offered to bring Amazon to Pa.
Patriot News: State universities’ enrollment on the decline but their next year funding needs increase
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s Amazon proposal for old state hospital site unveiled
LNP: Pennsylvania GOP governor hopefuls face off for first time
LNP: Wolf vetoes bill to impose work requirements for Medicaid
WPMT: Dept. of Homeland Security grants Pennsylvania another REAL ID extension
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Pa. to combine some corrections department, parole board functions
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Wagner takes aim at severance tax during energy industry support rally
WHTM: House-approved school bill would end lunch shaming, seniority-based layoffs

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wolf to combine Pennsylvania prison, parole systems short of full merger
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf combining parts of state prison and probation systems
Morning Call: What’s the Lehigh Valley’s pitch for Amazon HQ2?
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania granted one-year Real ID extension
Reading Eagle: Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County judge facing DUI charges
Centre Daily Times: Constituents send message to Sen. Corman in support of redistricting reform
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council candidates talk issues
Erie Times-News: Erie schools seeking buyers for buildings

Opinion
Inquirer: How serious is Trump about opioids after Marino DEA disaster? | Editorial
Daily News: Why are Pa.’s congressmen a national joke? Just look at the map | Will Bunch
Bucks County Courier Times: Guest Opinion: Betting on small towns like Bristol
Tribune Review: Restoring power of Congress
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers need to get behind this free-market plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay | Opinion
LNP: Railroad bridge project, key to regional trail system, is smart investment
Erie Times-News: Our view: Erie offers Amazon a twofer

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