10/4 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Reports show Murphy pushed for an abortion, state Senator Greenleaf is reportedly set to retire, the Democratic party announced its candidate for the 133rd House district special election, and the Allentown solicitor is entering the race to replace Congressman Charlie Dent.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Bombshell Reports Reveals Murphy Pushed For an Abortion: Newly revealed documents show that Congressman Tim Murphy asked the woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion, and details what some called a “hostile work environment” in his office.

Report: Greenleaf to Retire: Sources tell City & State that state Senator Stewart Greenleaf will retire instead of running for re-election next year.

Pa. Dems Announce Candidate for 133rd House District Special Election: The Pennsylvania Democratic announced Jeanne McNeill will be its candidate for the special election in the 133rd state House district to replace deceased state Rep. Dan McNeill.

Allentown Solicitor to Run for 15th Congressional District: Susan Ellis Wild, the Allentown solicitor, announced she will be entering the race to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Pa. House pushes a new hotel tax into budget discussions
State House Sound Bites: Harrisburg looks to amend laws in wake of Equifax breach
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers back to full-time budget talks; no agreements yet
StateImpact: Enviro group names names in new anti-pollution campaign
StateImpact: Former DEP official tapped to lead EPA regional office
City & State: ‘Uncharted territory‘ – Rep. Murphy abortion scandal upends 2018 race
City & State: Liquor reform potentially looms large for ongoing budget process
Capitolwire: New hotel tax could be solution to PA’s budget stalemate.
Capitolwire: Equifax breach spurs bipartisan consumer protection legislation.

Philadelphia
WHYY: New gerrymandering suit challenges Pa. maps in federal court
WHYY: Harrisburg looks to amend laws in wake of Equifax breach
Philadelphia Business Journal: Wagner: If severance tax is passed, Gov. Wolf ‘is going to get reelected’
Inquirer: Several hundred, including Wolf and Kenney, attend Phila. vigil for Las Vegas victims
Inquirer: Want to grow marijuana? Company selling permit for $20M
Inquirer: House Republicans in Harrisburg consider increasing hotel tax by 5 percent
Inquirer: From Norway, Pennsylvania’s prisons appear cruel and unusual
Philly Voice: Report: Pro-life Pennsylvania rep. urged abortion in extramarital affair

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Court to weigh delay in lawsuit over Pennsylvania congressional districts
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County receives federal support for combatting drug trafficking
Bucks County Courier Times: PA, NJ AGs join group advocating for lifting Medicaid drug treatment rule
Bucks County Courier Times: New program getting overdose patients into recovery in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Money from slot machines up 1.7 percent last month, state says
Delco Times: Thornbury delays pipeline neighbors’ appeal
Delco Times: Critics hit Meehan for record on the environment

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: With Trump’s backing, House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Post-Gazette: Rep. Tim Murphy, popular with pro-life movement, urged abortion in affair, texts suggest
Post-Gazette: The Latest: Wolf mum on support for higher state hotel tax
Post-Gazette: Legislators consider hotel tax to balance Pa. budget
Post-Gazette: PWSA donates thousands of gallons for disaster relief in Puerto Rico
Post-Gazette As DACA deadline nears, Dreamers hope for long-term solution
Tribune Review: Shippensburg youth wrestling coach dies in Las Vegas shooting
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Art Commission seeks public comment on Stephen Foster statue
Tribune Review: How a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin could affect elections in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmakers eye higher hotel tax in budget fight
KDKA: Family Of Beaver Co. Native Shot In Las Vegas Says Retired Firefighter Was Her Guardian Angel
KDKA: Report: Rep. Murphy Urged Mistress To Get Abortion During Pregnancy Scare
WESA: Lawmakers Back To Full-Time Budget Talks, No Agreements Yet

Southwest
WTAJ: Court starts new substance abuse program
WTAJ: Companies failing to fill open positions due to the drug epidemic
Beaver County Times: Shell Pipeline secures more easements for ethane pipeline
Beaver County Times: Environmental group launches advertising campaign attacking Shell
WJAC: New details emerge about National Guardsman accused of threatening VP

NEPA
WBRE: Warehouse Tax Faces Opposition in the Commonwealth
Times Leader: ‘Kids for Cash’ plaintiffs seek status of Powell’s net worth calculation
Times Leader: Vote coming Thursday on Wilkes-Barre police probe
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s cannabis grower says workforce was big draw
Standard-Speaker: Standardized test results just don’t add up for many students
Standard-Speaker: Council considers doubling cost for property registry

South Central
WPMT: Governor urges Congressional reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program
York Dispatch: Rep. Saylor denies Sen. Wagner’s influence on shale tax
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Pa. lawmakers back off warehouse tax as revenue plan remains elusive
Patriot News: Could a hotel tax be the linchpin to ending Pa.’s budget stalemate?
Patriot News: Harrisburg councilwoman resigns
Patriot News: UPMC pulls two more central Pa. hospitals under its umbrella
Patriot News: Information on candidates sought for voters guide to Nov. 7 election
Patriot News: Equifax data breach prompts Pa. lawmakers to call for stronger protections of consumer information
LNP: GOP pushes late-term abortion ban toward House passage
LNP: Proposed cuts to Fish & Boat Commission would mean less trout for Lancaster County anglers

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Pat Toomey renews call for firearms background checks, after Vegas massacre
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf urges Congress to reauthorize children’s health insurance
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House poised to vote on 5 percent state hotel tax to close budget
Morning Call: Report: Anti-abortion US rep asked girlfriend to get one
Reading Eagle: Jefferson Township auditors set hourly rate for working supervisor

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Shippensburg youth wrestling coach among Las Vegas victims
Centre Daily Times: Federal grant will help Centre County drug court get ‘off the ground’
Erie Times-News: 96 days without a complete state budget
Erie Times-News: PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers to close for Columbus Day holiday

Opinion
Inquirer: Rhynhart a smart choice to become Philly’s first female controller | Endorsement
Inquirer: Our well-rehearsed response to gun violence
Tribune Review: Score one for charter schools
Post-Gazette: Havana intrigue: Cuba must solve the attacks on U.S. personnel
Post-Gazette: Murder mystery: No answers in Vegas mass shooting, only despair
Beaver County Times: Parental liability: On the hook for a child’s conduct
Altoona Mirror: Las Vegas massacre chilling
Patriot News: Natural gas fuels manufacturing in Pa. | Opinion
LNP: Even as Sunday night’s massacre unfolded, people reacted heroically to save others [opinion]
Erie Times-News: Our view: Amid horror, people turned to helping others

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