12/1 PoliticsPA Playbook

pa-state-flag6Barletta weighs whether to become Secretary of Labor and we examine what happens to his Congressional seat if he leaves while a Philly solicitor gets in some unusual hot water. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-11: What Happens if Barletta Leaves?: A look at a possible special election.

Barletta Ponders Labor Secretary Offer: The Congressman is reportedly considering joining Trump’s cabinet.

Philly Official Identified as Well-Dressed Anti-Trump Vandal (VIDEO): An assistant city solicitor is being investigated in a graffiti case.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Wolf, Senate GOP trade letters, accusations about UC funding situation
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Spending details, and some more accountability, would get Wolf some additional UC funding
StateImpactPA: Marketplace: EPA’s last minute changes to fracking report downplayed risks
StateImpactPA: Two decades of competitive electricity in Pennsylvania
State House Sound Bites: Report shows drop in PA workers’ comp costs in national context

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Sprague hired Castille to monitor courtroom manners in Center City collapse civil trial
Inquirer: City attorney identified in connection with anti-Trump graffiti
Inquirer: Dems from Philly, South Jersey call for new message – but stick with Pelosi
Inquirer: Controller: Streets Department not paving fast enough
Inquirer: Dissatisfied with contract proposal, Philly principals choose new union chief
WHYY Newsworks: Toomey calls on Trump to cut funds to Philly, other sanctuary cities
WHYY Newsworks: Montco judge shuts down presidential vote recounts
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council panel OKs regulations on medical marijuana locations

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks County court to review election recount petitions
Bucks County Courier-Times: After DEP notice of violations, BrightFarms holding open house in Lower Makefield
Bucks County Courier-Times: Armstrong students get a slick lesson on science and math from Flyers players
Pottstown Mercury: SEPTA suspends rail services after fatality near Strafford Station
Pottstown Mercury: Portraits of four new judges unveiled at Montgomery County Courthouse

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Kaufmann’s returning to Downtown — but in name only
Post-Gazette: State Republicans seek to prevent recount in some precincts
Post-Gazette: New study links Pa. charter school growth with loss of district resources
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council eyes alternatives to finance affordable housing
Tribune-Review: How Uber built self-driving cars in Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Hepatitis C cases in Southwestern Pennsylvania skyrocket over 10 years

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Tax hike seems inevitable in Beaver County’s 2017 budget
Beaver County Times: State district attorneys association offers guidelines for handling police shootings
Tribune-Democrat: Paint Township lowering taxes for 2017; Windber, Scalp Level unchanged
Tribune-Democrat: Greater Johnstown School District board votes to carry Narcan

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council may start making decisions on 2017 budget next week
Times Leader: Some Dallas teachers volunteering in community during strike
Times Leader: NRC approves Riverstone Holdings acquisition of Talen Energy
Times-Tribune: Marywood to cut programs, staff in restructuring
Times-Tribune: PennDOT hopes interstate barrier will stop crossover crashes

South Central
Patriot-News: Judge rules against Penn State on Mike McQueary whistleblower claim; $5 million in additional damages ordered
Patriot-News: State Rep. Patty Kim condemns hate mail sent to local mosque
Patriot-News: State police warn of law enforcement phone scam
Carlisle Sentinel: Local businesses to occupy downtown Carlisle property
Carlisle Sentinel: DA association offers guidelines on investigating police-involved shootings
Lancaster Online: Millersville University to host forum on community-police relations

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks prosecutors use new human trafficking charge for first time
Reading Eagle: Beer distributors prepare to sell six-packs
Morning Call: Lehigh County recount turns up few discrepancies
WFMZ: Berks DA’s office celebrates prestigious accreditation

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State College attorney to challenge Parks Miller for DA position
Centre Daily Times: Centre County votes to approve Nov. 8 election results
Sun-Gazette: Commissioner open to tax hike if certain items cut
Erie Times-News: City, authority debate Erie Sheraton’s tax status

Opinion
Patriot-News: State lawmakers should adopt these easy fixes to Pa.’s Open Records law
Patriot-News: The other Pa. recount – 18 votes up, a state House candidate heads to court, report
Erie Times-News: Pelosi and company should go
Post-Gazette: Cutting the chase: A crash highlights need for police alternatives
Post-Gazette: Leftover Turkey: Snub by EU is making matters more complex
Inquirer: Philly teachers union should allow members to consider district’s contract offer
Daily News: Jill Stein’s recount campaign could poison democratic process

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Meanwhile Outside…
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. congressman says he’s mulling post as Trump Labor secretary
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Nov 30: Trump’s Education Pick .@BetsyDeVos: Privatization Without Accountability

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