12/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

The DSCC launches digital ads targeting Barletta over Moore, Casey calls for Trump to resign amid sexual harassment allegations against the President, Wagner launches a statewide TV ad, and Dent reportedly considering leaving office before his term expires.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

DSCC Targets Barletta on Moore in Digital Ads: The DSCC is launching a digital ad buy tying Congressman Lou Barletta’s Senatorial campaign Roy Moore after Moore’s loss in the Alabama Senate special election.

Casey Calls For Trump To Step Down: Amid sexual assault allegations, a small group of politicians are calling for President Donald Trump to resign. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) is now a part of that group including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley.

Wagner Launches Statewide TV Ad Buy: State Senator Scott Wagner’s Gubernatorial campaign launched a new statewide ad campaign introducing Wagner voters.

Dent Possibly to Retire Early, Setting Up Special Election: Congressman Charlie Dent is reportedly considering leaving office early to begin a new career, sparking off another special election in Pennsylvania.

Legislative Election Update
CD-11: Republican businessman Andrew Lewis announced the endorsement of Gun Owners of America in his bid for the seat.  “Gun Owners of America is proud to endorse Andrew for Congress in the 11th District, the seat held by now-Senate candidate Lou Barletta. A successful small business owner and decorated combat veteran, Andrew is a constitutional conservative who will not sell out on gun rights,” Gun Owners of America Chairman Tim Macy said.  
CD-18: CatholicVote.org announced their endorsement of state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) in the special election in the 18th Congressional district.  “It’s time to send a message across the state, and in every election, that voters have had enough of the assault on their faith. That’s why it’s critical to elect Rick Saccone to Congress on March 13. Rick Saccone has been a tireless champion of religious liberty, and he has fought the radical left’s attempts to sanitize all religious expression in public life,” CatholicVote.org President Brian Burch said.  

State House Sound Bites: Wolf admin reports fiscal turnaround, contradicts IFO projections
State House Sound Bites: How six House bills could change the way Pa. budgets
StateImpact: Congressman Meehan seeks pipeline risk assessment for Mariner East 2
City & State: Sources: Kenney spokesperson to leave next month for Wisconsin race
City & State: Fiery Philly City Council meeting ends with stop-and-go bill passage

Inquirer: Undocumented immigrant mother, four children claim sanctuary in North Philly
Inquirer: Philly puts aside $3.4M more for Sharswood properties
Inquirer: New Sanctuary Movement has been on a dead run since Trump’s election
Inquirer: SRC votes to shut a troubled Philly charter, starts process for 2 more
Inquirer: City Council OKs bill that could force beer deli owners to remove safety windows
Inquirer: Largest Wawa ever opens in D.C., but chain still has big plans for Philly
Inquirer: City paid out $1.25 million to resolve sexual harassment claims against Philly Police
WHYY: FCC repeals ‘net neutrality’ rules for internet providers
WHYY: LGBT businesses seek share of contracts Philly awards to minorities  
WHYY: Philadelphia City Council approves stop and go legislation, which could remove bulletproof glass from stores 
Philly Mag: Now’s Your Chance to Tell Philly How to Run Our Schools
Billy Penn: Philly’s stop-and-go bill comes up for a vote as the alt-right targets Councilwoman Cindy Bass

Delco Times: Meehan calls for pipeline risk assessment study
Delco Times: FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’
Delco Times: Local pols react to net-neutrality ruling
Delco Times: Senate panel OKs tough new DUI standards, targets repeat offenders
Bucks County Courier Times: Cosmo DiNardo, Sean Kratz enter not-guilty pleas
Intelligencer: Republicans knock Gov. Tom Wolf decision not to release Lt. Gov. Mike Stack report
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. Gov. Wolf refuses to release report on embattled Lt. Gov. Stack

Post-Gazette: Senate confirms Scott Brady as U.S. attorney
Post-Gazette: Grass-roots progressive Aryanna Berringer seeking lieutenant governor post
Post-Gazette: Event to rally South Pittsburgh against opioid epidemic
Post-Gazette: Jefferson Hills Borough passes 2018 budget, police contract
Post-Gazette: Monroeville balances budget without tax increase
WTAE: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County reveal reasons for keeping Amazon HQ2 bid secret
Tribune Review: Appeals court sends third-party ballot access challenge back to Philadelphia
Tribune Review: Exiting Arnold Councilman Charlton charged after spat with Mayor Peroni-Biricocchi
Tribune Review: D’Loss recognized for time on Carnegie Council

Beaver County Times: Bill stopping political deductions from government paychecks fails in state House
Beaver County Times: Legislators want more uniform overdose reporting
Beaver County Times: Commissioners adopt final 2018 Beaver County budget
Beaver County Times: House approves bill setting time limits on collection, testing of rape kits
Altoona Mirror: State government ends year with flurry of votes

Times Leader: WB firefighters’ pay hike cost city less than legal fees in arbitration process
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District may lay off 89 teachers
Times-Tribune: Public transportation fares in Luzerne County to rise next year
Standard-Speaker: No tax increase in W. Hazleton
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne budget: You can’t always get what you want

South Central
WHTM: Bill to update bingo law headed to governor
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton Township opts out of minicasinos
Carlisle Sentinel: Senators endorse embattled Lt. Gov. Stack for re-election
Patriot News: What will happen to Camp Hill’s police chief? DUI doesn’t always mean job loss for law enforcement
Patriot News: Scott Wagner missed 109 votes, doesn’t deserve pay, GOP gov rival says
Patriot News: Does the Harrisburg School District superintendent deserve a new contract?
Patriot News: Pa. hits casino with record fines after 3 steal more than $420K
LNP: Marilyn Ware, 74, business chair, GOP fund-raiser, philanthropist, died Thursday, family says
LNP: FCC decision to gut net neutrality will face ‘serious legal challenges’ from Pennsylvania attorney general
LNP: City Council bans casinos in Lancaster

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania could run rare surplus if assumptions hold
Morning Call: Bob Casey joins calls for Donald Trump to resign
Morning Call: Will Charlie Dent leave Congress early to become a TV analyst?
Express Times: Easton moves ahead on marijuana, with lots of questions
Reading Eagle: Montgomery County government won’t hike taxes for 2018

North by Northwest
WICU: Next U.S. Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania Confirmed by Senate
Erie Times-News: State committee to ask for more information on Erie community college
Erie Times-News: Erie School District starts recruitment efforts for teachers
Centre Daily Times: Strano Taylor announces run for Rep. Glenn Thompson’s seat

Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Governor, lieutenant governor should be teammates
York Daily Record: I am going after credit card skimmers (column)
Inquirer: Gerrymandering case is a glimmer of hope for Pa. voters | Editorial
Inquirer: My response to those who oppose the Pa. abortion bill: Bring it on. | Christine Flowers
Philly Mag: Mayor Kenney Should Embrace the Republican Tax Plan
Post-Gazette: A local election: Alabama voters wisely rejected a horrible candidate
Patriot News: Support this plan that puts Pennsylvanians first | Opinion
Patriot News: The Pa. Agenda for Women’s Health is a positive alternative in Harrisburg | Opinion

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