10/5 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Congressman Tim Murphy announces he will not run for re-election, Wolf threatens unilateral action on budget, Mackenzie raising $100k in his first three weeks, and the House and Senate were reportedly considering a statewide hotel tax to close the state’s budget gap.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Murphy Announces He Will Not Run For Re-Election Amidst Affair Scandal: Congressman Tim Murphy announced he will not be running for re-election next year amid a scandal involving an extra-marital affair, accusations he pushed for an abortion, and claims of a hostile work environment.

Wolf Threatens Unilateral Action on Budget if Compromise Solution is Not Passed: Governor Tom Wolf threatened to take unilateral action with the state’s finances unless the House and Senate send him a compromise revenue package that includes a severance tax.

Mackenzie Raises $100k in First Three Weeks: State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie who is running to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent reportedly raised over $100,000 in his first three weeks in the campaign.

House and Senate Look to Possible Hotel Tax Increase to Close Budget Gap: As the budget stalemate continues into October, House and Senate members are reportedly looking into increasing the state’s hotel tax to close the current budget gap.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: Reschenthaler announces bid for Murphy’s seat

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House assigns blame as budget talks crash; Wolf draws “line in the sand”
State House Sound Bites: Pa. House pushes a new hotel tax into budget discussions
StateImpact: Q&A: Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy discusses Pruitt, WOTUS, and Clean Power Plan
City & State: After legislators fail on revenue deal, Wolf will manage PA finances
Capitolwire: Wolf says enough is enough, as blame-game for continued budget stalemate reaches new heights.
Capitolwire: House resolution to discharge severance tax bill fails.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf on House Republicans: ‘I’m not going to play their games anymore’
Inquirer: It’s getting harder to sign up for ACA health insurance. Here are 9 things to do about it.
KYW: Pennsylvania Budget Chaos Continues
WHYY: At Pa. conference, keynoter Michelle Obama encourages women to speak up
WHYY: Pa. court weighs delaying gerrymander lawsuit similar to case before U.S. Supreme Court
WHYY: Pa. hotel tax hike could kill smaller Philly levy for promoting tourism
WHYY: Drawing attention to domestic violence, activists offer support at Philly City Hall
Philly Mag: Obama Crashes Philly Conference With Anniversary Video for Michelle
Philly Mag: Harrisburg Apparently Wants to Kill Philly’s Hotel Industry
Philly Mag: Analysts Say Philly’s Among the Top 10 Amazon Contenders
BillyPenn: Where Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation stands on gun control

SEPA
Times Herald: Pennsylvania judge: Congressional map lawsuit may be too late for 2018 elections
Delco Times: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf blasts House GOP in budget standoff, says he’ll borrow to patch deficit
Bucks County Courier Times: Residents, officials discuss school funding problems
Bucks County Courier Times: New program getting overdose patients into recovery in Bucks County

Pittsburgh
The Incline: Where Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation stands on gun control
Post-Gazette: Senate Dems push to outlaw ‘bump stocks’
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf on House GOP: ‘I’m not going to play their games anymore’
Post-Gazette: State budget talks collapse in Harrisburg
Post-Gazette: Report: 2 arrested in protest outside Pa. House speaker Mike Turzai’s Pittsburgh office
Post-Gazette: Report: Murphy talked to Paul Ryan before announcing he would not run again
Post-Gazette: Murphy political opponents and GOP colleagues had plenty to say in wake of texts on abortion
Tribune Review: Scandal-plagued Congressman Tim Murphy won’t seek another term
Tribune Review: Bob Casey changed his mind on guns, voters get their say next year
WESA: Murphy Won’t Seek Reelection Following Reports He Asked Woman He Had Affair With To Get Abortion
KDKA: Pro-Life Rep. Tim Murphy Will Not Seek Re-Election After Reports Of Urging Abortion

Southwest
WJAC: Wolf blasts House Republicans for ‘failing to deliver on budget’
Daily American: Local reps. respond to Wolf
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Frustrated by House inaction, Wolf moves to balance books
Beaver County Times: As state prepares to scale back, more local students pass standardized tests

NEPA
Times Leader: Shapiro, Casey call on FCC to allow blocking of robocalls
Times Leader: Suggested state hotel-tax increase blasted
Times-Tribune: Voter registration deadline Tuesday
Times-Tribune: Cummings critical of county reassessment expert, video and timing of information sessions

South Central
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, angry about budget deadlocks, will turn to liquor stores to close deficit
Patriot News: State House passes medical assistance reforms; Gov. Tom Wolf threatens a veto
Patriot News: Bill giving terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments heading to governor
Patriot News: Congress claims to support children’s health coverage, but let it lapse over Obamacare
Patriot News: Is 2017-18 the year Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities become fully private?
Patriot News: State House passes medical assistance reforms; Gov. Tom Wolf threatens a veto
Patriot News: Timing of liquor borrowing plan draws scrutiny of House GOP leader
Patriot News: Pa. Republican co-sponsor of ‘silencer’ bill says gun control is not the solution
Patriot News: Sen. Bob Casey, other lawmakers introduce legislation to outlaw bump stocks, similar devices
Patriot News: Dubious distinction: Pa. Congressional district gets singled out for crazy shape
LNP: Republican Committee of Lancaster County rejects ‘alt-right’ attempts to associate with it
LNP: Pennsylvania regulators to examine spraying power lines with poison after complaints
LNP: Can you send beer and wine to Pennsylvania homes? A Q&A about new liquor laws

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Budget talks blow up in Capitol blame game, jeopardizing univerisities’ public funding
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House poised to vote on 5 percent state hotel tax to close budget
Morning Call: U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy to retire next year amid reports of affair, abortion request
Morning Call: Hyman leads Pawlowski in Allentown mayoral race, new poll shows
Reading Eagle: Judge to study financial transactions of drug-treatment nonprofit with ties to Berks

North by Northwest
WJET: Wolf takes budget crisis into his own hands
Erie Times-News: Erie officials relieved as hotel tax hike falters
Erie Times-News: Voter registration deadline approaching

Opinion
Erie Times-News: Our view: Delay in Erie blight program reflects need
Inquirer: Gerrymandering only one way U.S. divided – we’re self-segregating politically too | Michael Smerconish
Inquirer: Panel looks to prevent overdoses and deaths from prescribed opioids
Post-Gazette: For unsafe seats: The high court should curtail gerrymandering
Tribune Review: Better enforcement vs. more gun control
Patriot News: Approve a pointless abortion ban? Sure. Pay for health coverage for kids? Not so fast | Editorial
Patriot News: Here’s how property tax reform will hit ordinary Pennsylvanians where they live | Mike Folmer
LNP: Lawmakers in Washington: Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and do it stat

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