Turzai officially enters the race for Governor, the latest Politically Uncorrected column about the GOP’s three options for 2018 and how they likely are not great options, Bloom is endorsed by the House Freedom Fund and Lewis is endorsed by the MAGA Coalition in their bids for the 11th Congressional district, and Fetterman officially enters the race for Lieutenant Governor. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!
Turzai Running For Governor: State House Speaker Mike Turzai is reportedly entering the race for Governor.
Politically Uncorrected: The GOP’s Terrible Trilemma: In the aftermath of this month’s off-year election, it appears national Republicans are confronting such a challenge as they prepare for the 2018 midterm elections, now some 11 months away.
Bloom Endorsed by House Freedom Fund: State Representative Steve Bloom announced he was endorsed by the House Freedom Fund in his bid for the 11th Congressional district.
MAGA Coalition Endorses Lewis in PA-11: MAGA Coalition, a pro-Trump Super PAC founded by Adam Gingrich, announced it is endorsing businessman Andrew Lewis in his bid to replace Congressman Lou Barletta.
Fetterman Officially Enters Race for LG: Braddock Mayor John Fetterman officially announced he is running for Lieutenant Governor in a video released on his Facebook and Twitter pages.
Legislative Election Update
Katie Muth, an adjunct professor Philadelphia university announced her bid to challenge state Senator John Rafferty next year. Muth, a Democrat, said “As a healthcare provider, I make challenging, evidenced-based decisions regarding student athletes’ health and well-being every day. We need advocates in Harrisburg developing evidenced-based legislation focused on the health and well-being of all Pennsylvanians.”
State House Sound Bites: It’s confirmed: Turzai is running for governor
State House Sound Bites: State to fill budget holes by borrowing against tobacco fund
StateImpact: Philadelphia explains how it would make deep cut in carbon emissions
City & State: Speaker Turzai announces gubernatorial bid
Capitolwire: CFA authorizes Tobacco Fund borrowing to proceed.
Capitolwire: Lawmakers hear reasons for changing the method of selecting PA’s lieutenant governor.
Inquirer: Senate GOP to add repeal of ACA insurance mandate into tax bill
Inquirer: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai to run for governor
Inquirer: Pa. police to waive citations, ask for donations
Inquirer: Feds: Philly officer sold drugs stolen by corrupt Baltimore police squad
Inquirer: Meek Mill appeals sentence, asks city judge Brinkley to step down
Philly Tribune: Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams faces new sex allegations
Philly Tribune: Local summit to stress trade partnerships with Africa and Caribbean
Philly Tribune: Kinsey hopes resolution will bring awareness to bullying problem
WHYY: First female DuPont CEO gets real on gender inequality
WHYY: After sexual harassment accusations, Congress moves toward mandatory training
WHYY: Philadelphia explains how it would make deep cut in carbon emissions
WHYY: Philadelphia area refineries urge EPA to reform biofuels credit program
WHYY: Republican senators add repeal of individual health care mandate to tax bill
WHYY: Two fact-tracked court cases could change the political face of Pennsylvania
Philly Voice: Senate Republicans insisting on ‘Obamacare’ repeal for tax overhaul
Pottstown Mercury: House Speaker Turzai to run for Pennsylvania governor
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Senate OKs bill to let local police enforce speed with radar
Bucks County Courier Times: Residents question how closed Bristol Township schools will be used
Bucks County Courier Times: Braddock Mayor John Fetterman plans to run for lieutenant governor
Delco Times: Former prosecutor and Sestak opponent seeks Delco D.A.’s post
WPXI: State Rep. Turzai declares bid for governor
Tribune Review: John Fetterman aims to take progressive agenda to state’s 2nd-highest office
Tribune Review: ACLU tells Pittsburgh councilwoman to unblock residents on Facebook or else
Tribune Review: Campaigns bring rare attention to Pennsylvania lieutenant governor’s office
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania congressmen spend thousands at Trump hotel, restaurant
Post-Gazette: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai confirms run against Gov. Tom Wolf
Post-Gazette: Trump administration puts out message: passing tax reform is more important than details of legislation
Post-Gazette: Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, cargo shorts and all, is aiming for the suit-and-tie job of Lt. Gov.
Post-Gazette: ACLU presses Pittsburgh councilwoman to unblock people on Facebook
KDKA: With Peduto’s Support, Braddock’s Mayor Announces Run For Lieutenant Governor
Beaver County Times: Citing link to mass shootings, Gov. Wolf urges Legislature to pass bills addressing domestic violence
Beaver County Times: Mike Turzai, Republican house speaker, announces he’s running for governor
Altoona Mirror: Blair ranked last in pension funding
Times-Tribune: Fear turns to outrage at Scranton School Board meeting
Times-Tribune: Former Taylor councilman faces charges for assault and witness intimidation
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton School District superintendent gets top job at Lakeland
Times Leader: Dallas teachers to file unfair labor complaint; another strike seems inevitable
Times Leader: Over $3M in state grants awarded for area infrastructure and park projects
Times Leader: Pennsylvania fire chief removed after allegedly having sex with teenage girl
Patriot News: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai joins 2018 gubernatorial race
Patriot News: As Penn State pledge was rushed to hospital; frat brothers began talk of ‘erasing the cameras’
Patriot News: 5 shooting deaths in 2 days in central Pa.: What we know
Patriot News: Female exec fired after making pro-Trump tweet hits back against employer in U.S court
Patriot News: Senate sends bill reforming teacher furlough system, banning lunch shaming and more to the governor
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Senate approves major expansion of legal gambling
Patriot News: State authority approves borrowing against Pennsylvania tobacco settlement funds
Patriot News: Fetterman plans to run for lieutenant governor
LNP: Sheriff denies accusations of sexual harassment by employees
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Law expected to boost Pa. solar projects
WITF: Pennsylvania U.S. senators weigh in on GOP plan that cuts Obamacare rule
WPMT: Changing the way PA elects Lt. Governor?
Reading Eagle: Will the state lease the Farm Show complex?
Reading Eagle: Governor and lieutenant governor should be a team, Berks lawmaker says
Morning Call: Senate tax bill to include repeal of Obamacare individual mandate
Morning Call: Candidate for Congress missed 500 votes as state lawmaker
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Edinboro University to cut, rework degree programs
Erie Times-News: Erie Zoning Hearing Board upholds original Airbnb ruling
Centre Daily Times: New evidence shows Timothy Piazza was given at least 18 drinks in 1 hour and 22 minutes, DA says
Inquirer: Why it’s not OK for the Parking Authority to surprise boot cars for ancient tickets | Editorial
Daily News: A confederacy of dunces: How the Trump campaign got criminally stupid | Will Bunch
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Gambling gold in Westmoreland County no sure bet
Post-Gazette: Stay in Act 47: Preserve the city’s progress by keeping oversight
Patriot News: Report: Superior Court hopefuls have until Wednesday to waive recount in whisker-thin race
LNP: A needed and important step toward ending partisan gerrymandering