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11/29 PoliticsPA Playbook

A former CIA officer enters the race to replace Congressman Dent, Mackenzie announces endorsements from state House colleagues, and Democrat Ray Linsenmayer announces his entrance into the race for PA-12.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Former CIA Officer Enters Republican Race for PA-15: Former CIA officer Scott Uehlinger announced he is entering the race to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent next year.

Mackenzie Endorsed by Nine State House Members From Within the 15th Congressional District: 15th Congressional district candidate Ryan Mackenzie announced the endorsements of nine fellow state house members in his bid to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent.

Linsenmayer to Run for the 12th Congressional District: Democrat Ray Linsenmayer announced he is entering the race to challenge Congressman Keith Rothfus next year.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: State senator Randy Vulakovich seeks re-election amid challengers
Pittsburgh Courier: Aerion Abney wants another shot at the 19th District, announces campaign run

State House Sound Bites: PA’s highest court considering governor’s appeal in home care case
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers floating stringent budgeting bill to save money
StateImpact: Q&A: Law change expected to boost Pennsylvania’s solar industry
StateImpact: Sunoco proposes construction change for Mariner East 2, but meets fresh resistance
StateImpact: FERC sued over alleged ‘unconstitutional’ granting of pipeline certificates
City & State: Seven floor amendments adopted to natural gas severance tax bill
Capitolwire: Lancaster municipalities lead way on mini-casino opt out.
Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf urges federal lawmakers to reauthorize CHIP funding, state House lawmakers to pass a severance tax.

Inquirer: Pennsylvania state officials will see a pay raise in 2018
Inquirer: 2 charged in ‘horrible’ Pennsylvania human trafficking case  
Inquirer: Is the FBI’s investigation of Rep. Bob Brady over?
Inquirer:  Philadelphia cab firms plan to merge fleets in partnership
Inquirer: Will anti-marijuana Democrats hold back legalization in New Jersey and Pennsylvania? | Philly 420
Inquirer: Feds raid offices, home of Philly nonprofit CEO
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf, IBC announce new campaign to fight stigma surrounding opioid addiction
WHYY:  NPR Chief News Editor departs after harassment allegations
WHYY: Fake news flameout: Exposing a crackpot conservative plot
WHYY: Federal judge hints he won’t toss charges against Allentown mayor
WHYY: Wolf backs opioid-prescribing limits health insurer says are effective
WCAU: How Much Will Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Lawmakers Be Making After Modest Pay Raise?
WPVI: Gov. Tom Wolf highlights state’s progress on opioid epidemic

Bucks County Courier Times: Lifequest receives USDA loan for assisted living facilities at Milford Village  
Pottstown Mercury: Mavrick Laxton, 12, appointed ‘mayor’ of Amity Township for a day
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Council adopts land bank law
Times Herald: Pennsylvania state officials will see a pay raise in 2018

Tribune Review: Sens. Casey, Toomey demand answers from Uber on data breach
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh moves closer to release from state financial oversight
Tribune Review: Key state Republicans come out to support Sen. Vulakovich’s re-election bid
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s Amazon HQ2 team won’t release details, denies record requests
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court hears health care worker case
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh refuses to release details on Amazon bid
Post-Gazette: In the heart of coal country, EPA hears worries about the climate

WTAJ: Wolf announces grants to keep schools safe
WTAJ: Centre County prepares to distribute Narcan kits from state
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania reports record gun sales Thanksgiving weekend
Beaver County Times: No raises coming for Beaver County’s nonunion employees
Beaver County Times: Ambridge Council unlikely to raise property tax in Dec. 12 meeting
Altoona Mirror: Blair leaders in agreement on tax hike

Times Leader: No Luzerne County tax hike in 2018
Times-Tribune: Board orders partial recount in city mayor race
Times-Tribune: Election Day city voting required translator
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne County Council rescinds 2% tax increase

South Central
WHTM: One-on-one with brand new US Attorney Dave Freed
LNP: Lancaster attorney named chairman of Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board
LNP: Treasurer-elect Chris Ballentine to replace Councilwoman Barbara Wilson
LNP: Lancaster plans millage adjustment due to reassessment, but no tax hike, in 2018 budget
LNP: Study: Three Mile Island nuclear plant safe from extreme flooding
Patriot News: Harrisburg eyes budget without tax increases – and hires lobbyist to keep it that way
Patriot News: Pa. congressman introduces bill to ban taxpayer-funded settlement of sex harassment claims
Patriot News: Pa. unemployment compensation system’s phone service is out; online services still available

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: How to contact Pennsylvania lawmakers about the Republican tax overhaul
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s lawyer says feds misled grand jury in city hall case
Morning Call: Allentown budget amendments taking shape as council, mayor spar over managing director
Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf revives the Rural Development Council
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania towns face deadline on gambling expansion

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania state officials will see a pay raise in 2018
Erie-Time News: Region basks in nearly record-high temps
Centre Daily Times: Proposed 2018 Centre County budget doesn’t raise real estate taxes

Inquirer: A new Pa. debate on a natural gas tax smells a little fishy | John Baer
Inquirer: Why the cost of alleged Philly police misconduct is too high | Editorial
Daily News: Censure Trump for his Oval Office racism, or admit nothing matters anymore | Will Bunch
Tribune Review: A wake-up call for unions
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania nonprofits oppose the tax bills
Post-Gazette: The people’s business: Lawmakers cannot get free pass on harassment
Patriot News: Tax reform is the ultimate zero-sum game | Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young
Patriot News: Improving retirement savings is good for Pa. taxpayers – here’s why | Opinion
Patriot News: Fifty years after the last Constitutional Convention, are Pa. voters ready for change? | Opinion
LNP: List of state’s top pension earners should be read as a cautionary tale by lawmakers

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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