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12/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

pa-state-flag6Meehan inches towards a Senate race, Abbott replaces Sheridan and Biden plans to reside in Philly. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Sen: Lots of Rich People Want Meehan to Run: The Congressman describes the effort to draft him into the 2018 Senate contest.

PA-Gov: Wolf Selects New Press Secretary: J.J. Abbott will be taking over for Jeffrey Sheridan.

Torsella Picks Chief of Staff: Gwen Camp will be the top aide to the incoming State Treasurer.

Biden to Set Up Office at Penn: The Vice President will be heading to the Ivy League School in 2017.

State House Sound Bites: Cook Political Report: the presidential vote came down to three counties
State House Sound Bites: PA’s medical marijuana program to be up and running by mid-2018
StateImpactPA: Pa. investing $300 million into Philadelphia ports

Inquirer: $300M for Philly’s port will create 2,000 jobs but it’s ‘bittersweet’ for Rep. Bob Brady
Inquirer: Judge: Philly district’s ‘scorched earth’ legal tactics cost it millions
Inquirer: City leases out mayor’s box at Wells Fargo Center for $100K
WHYY Newsworks: Casey, other Senate Dems again push for release of immigrants detained in Berks
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia aiming to achieve zero waste goal by 2035

Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks agrees to deal with Parx, Bensalem for host fees
Bucks County Courier-Times: Water filters certified for PFOA and PFOS by independent organization
Delco Daily Times: Lived in West Chester as a college student? You may be due a refund

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board approves a new budget with no tax increase
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County’s Sheriff Mullen will run for re-election
Post-Gazette: Transfer permit could allow Shell to avoid pollution limits
Post-Gazette: Antonio Brown donating $100,000 to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Trump will meet with security advisor after attacks abroad

Altoona Mirror: Blair County commissioners approve ten percent real estate tax increase
Altoona Mirror: Magisterial District Judge Craig Ormsby set to retire while Andy Blattenberger works towards taking his place
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners approve 3.8 million dollar tax increase

Times Leader: Harvey Lake budget passes with a 5-2 vote
Times-Tribune: Local businessman helps Dunmore School District out during holidays
Times-Tribune: Citizens rally in support of Affordable Care Act

South Central
Patriot-News: Guilty conscience or kind gesture? You decide Sen. Scott Wagner’s motive
Patriot-News: Personnel change signifies Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to seek a second term
Patriot-News: Pa. will soon accept applications for growing, dispensing medical marijuana
York Dispatch: Coding school accepting applications for first class
York Dispatch: York City School police to use body cameras

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: State sets medical marijuana dispensary/grower quotas for Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Emails between Allentown mayor, council members reveal depth of city rift
Morning Call: Overdue and over budget, Allentown’s Cedar Beach Pool renovation hits another snag
Reading Eagle: VF Outlet Center sold to Philadelphia developer
Reading Eagle: State police reopen probe into 1974 killing of man from Exeter Township

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council approves $74.9 million budget for 2017
Erie Times-News: Trustee seeks OK for sale of IP property
Centre Daily Times: U.S. special needs trust law comes after years of local work

Patriot-News: Philly’s soda tax could help kids and take some of the fizz out of America’s obesity epidemic too
Patriot-News: If you’re in the U.S. illegally, these crimes will get you deported
Patriot-News: Schuylkill Co. lawmaker wants to cut off taxpayer cash to ‘sanctuary’ campuses
Post-Gazette: Thwart the Grinch: Shoppers must guard against the theft of packages
Post-Gazette: Tears for Berlin: Vigilance is the watchword this holiday season
Daily News: Victory lap for Kenney, then challenges from a Trump administration

2 Political Junkies: Meanwhile, Outside
Keystone Crossroads: As its neediest schools struggle, what can Pa. learn from Ontario’s success?
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 21: PISA: U.S. schools with poverty levels of 25% or less rank first in reading and science and third in math among OECD countries

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  6. I wish I had spent more of my time campaigning in NYC and California so I could have won the popular vote by 5 million and had a mandate.

  7. Agree with Chescodem…Better and more interesting story than Pat Meehan saying a lot of rich people want him to run…anytime a race flips its a story!

  8. I have to say that I’ve been very surprised, and a little disappointed, that there has been no reporting on this website about the ongoing saga in the 156th state house district. Dan Truitt, the Republican incumbent, was up 78 votes on election night and appeared to have won, but after a long process of absentee ballots, provisional ballots, and a recount, Carolyn Comitta, the Democratic challenger, has been declared the winner.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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