1/18 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Shapiro reveals his staff, Williams is hit with a fine and Democratic Congressmen boycott Trump’s inauguration. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Shapiro Announces Top Staff Members: The new Attorney General reveals his team.

BREAKING: Philly DA Fined $62,000 for Ethics Violation: Seth Williams earns a record fine from the city’s board of ethics.

PA Reps to Boycott Trump Inauguration: The Philadelphia Congressmen will not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Reader Poll: What Do You Think of Obamacare?: We ask what should happen to the Affordable Care Act.

Reader Poll: Tabas To Be Next PA GOP Chair: The underdog delivers an impressive performance in our reader survey.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Medical marijuana grower, dispensary applications available today
Capitolwire: Restoring integrity to government key for the well-being of all Pennsylvanians, say newly-minted state row officers
StateImpactPA: Gov. Wolf says Mariner East 2 pipeline permits could be approved
StateImpactPA: Art installation interprets water pollution with sound
State House Sound Bites: Row officers inaugurated; Shapiro pledges to stand up to Trump
State House Sound Bites: PA getting nearly $20 mil in credit rating settlement

Philadelphia
Inquirer: DA Seth Williams fined for $62,0000 over ethics violations
Inquirer: Philadelphia plans to skip the inauguration, the only city to do so
Inquirer: Casey questions Trump’s nominee for education secretary
Inquirer: Kenney: Progressive reforms will continue in Philly under Trump administration
WHYY Newsworks: Josh Shapiro pledges to stand up to President elect Trump
WHYY Newsworks: PA running out of time to comply with the  REAL ID Act

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks County detective taking on 30-year Middletown district judge in primary election
Bucks County Courier-Times: Montgomery County DA’s Office steps out of prosecution in Grace Packer case
Delco Daily Times: Drug overdose deaths on the rise in Delco

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Rethinking health care while repealing Affordable Care Act
Post-Gazette: Doyle, other Democrats won’t attend inauguration
Post-Gazette: Faith, labor leaders in city endorse safeguards for immigrants, refugees
Post-Gazette: Peduto to face challenger in May primary
Tribune-Review: Applying to grow, dispense medical marijuana in Pa. will cost you
Tribune-Review: Amazon opens ‘machine translation’ office in Pittsburgh

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Beer distributors tap into new rules
Altoona Mirror: Event to help local residents learn about seeking pardons
Beaver County Times: Bridgewater officials to lien Dunlap property for fines, demolition costs
Beaver County Times: CCBC, Geneva ink transfer agreement
Beaver County Times: For beer lovers, less is more with new Pennsylvania alcohol law

NEPA
Times Leader: State Sen. John Blake more time needed to study prison closures
Times Leader: Figures on Luzerne County’s cut of tax-break program debated
Times Leader: Pittston Township residents voice concerns about police coverage
Times-Tribune: COLTS drivers union complains of forced overtime
Times-Tribune: School director to run for city council

South Central
Patriot-News: Prosecutors trying to hide ‘shoddy’ investigation of ex-Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed, his lawyers say
Patriot-News: Fair housing manager announces bid for magisterial district judge seat in Harrisburg
Patriot-News: ‘I won’t be afraid to stand up to anyone,’ says Pa.’s new attorney general
Patriot-News: Search for fix to ‘crippled’ unemployment compensation system leaves jobless waiting
Patriot-News: Why is Pennsylvania’s budget out of whack?
York Dispatch: York County coroner seeks re-election
York Dispatch: Support for decriminalization grows in West York

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Medical marijuana dispensary wants to set up shop in Emmaus
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski running again
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate Charlie Thiel: Stop “destructive bickering”
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Water Authority votes to end meter reading contract
Reading Eagle: Cost of raising children averages $233,610, USDA says

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Millcreek native takes command of township police force
Sun-Gazette: WASD faces early $2.6M budget deficit
Sun-Gazette: Trump’s America: Switching sides in struggling Pennsylvania county

Opinion
Inquirer: Cyber security too important to give Giuliani the job
Daily News: What’s the best way to reform our prisons?
Patriot-News: PennLive’s editorial board meeting with Corrections Secretary John Wetzel
Patriot-News: The one, very simple thing that Josh Shapiro and Joe Torsella need to remember today
Post-Gazette: Polygraphs for all: Don’t remove lie tests for all state police recruits
Post-Gazette: Mideast chat in Paris: The two-state solution is aired without players
Post-Gazette: The Davos stage: At economic forum, China argues for free trade
Post-Gazette: Thwarting terrorism: Pitt professors track nuclear smuggling

Blogs
Billy Penn: Success! The Rittenhouse Square wall-sitting ban is over
Billy Penn: One big Trump change for Philly: His picks for our presidential appointees
Keystone Crossroads: Assessing Trump’s pick to lead Department of Education
Keystone Crossroads: U.S. Senator Bob Casey is in the zone

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