1/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6A new chapter for PoliticsPA, Shapiro fires Kane’s twin and a look at the makeup of the legislative committees. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

The Next Chapter for PoliticsPA: A note on the future of the website.

Shapiro Fires Kane’s Sister: Ellen Granahan was in charge of the child predator unit.

Full Membership List for State Senate Committees: We’ve compiled a complete account of the upper chamber’s committees.

Full Membership List for State House Committees: We’ve compiled a complete account of the lower chamber’s committees.

Schultz Scores Top White House Position: The Cozen O’Connor lawyer is the new Associate White House Counsel.

Hyman Announces GOP Bid for for Allentown Mayor: Businessman Nat Hyman announced this week his candidacy for Allentown City Mayor on the Republican ticket.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Corrections personnel, communities, district attorneys feel left out of prison closure conversation
Capitolwire: PA’s unemployment rate jumped by 22 percent in 2016 as state’s employers added a net 32,000 jobs for the year
Capitolwire: Efforts to reduce the size of the General Assembly reignited
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: If elected officials want to do something about property taxes, they should pay off the pension debt
StateImpactPA: FERC pushes back timeline for PennEast pipeline again
StateImpactPA: A new year, a new round of gas severance tax proposals
StateImpactPA: New pipeline rule requires quicker reporting of accidents

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Kenney signs nation’s first city pay equity bill
Inquirer: TV antennas make comeback as pay-TV prices soar
Inquirer: Trump to visit Philadelphia for GOP retreat Thursday
Inquirer: City to mandate bias training for Gayborhood bars
Inquirer: Candidate asks disciplinary board if D.A.’s $175k in gifts should cost him law license
WHYY Newsworks: Prominent Philadelphia charter players have varying opinions of DeVos
WHYY Newsworks: Will Trump election spur millennials to run?

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Sen. Bob Casey talks Medicare in Middletown
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bensalem council approves $10 million bond for road paving projects
Delco Daily Times: Tom Murray, old-school editor with love of the future, dies

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: PA officials claim the repeal of Obamacare will be devastating
Post-Gazette: Trump acts quickly to pull U.S. out of Pacific-Rim trade deal while freezing federal government hiring
Post-Gazette: Bob Casey and President Trump agree on backing away from the Trans-Pacific partnership trade pact
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate grills corrections officials on plan to close two prisons
Tribune Review: Trump reassures the CIA that he will support them
Tribune Review: Repeal of Medicaid expansion could worsen Pennsylvania budget, state officials say

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Trump begins his first week as president with community outreach
Beaver County Times: U.S. Senator Bob Casey works to reintroduce the Miners Protection Act
Beaver County Times: PA lawmakers start prioritizing as new session approaches

NEPA
Times Leader: Settlement issued in Luzerne County Courthouse leaks
Times Leader: Business licence application in Hazelton cause uproar
Times-Tribune: PA senators hold open hearing on prison closures
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor names new city solicitor
Citizens’ Voice: Correctional officers turn out for Capitol hearing
WNEP: Corrections Officers Rally to Save Prisons

South Central
Patriot-News: After early wins in case, why did former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed plead guilty now?
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse is watching Reed case, to be sure. But he’s holding his tongue, for now
Patriot-News: Controller of Pa.’s cash box says connections won’t count in awarding contracts
Patriot-News: Pa. Legislature granted 4-month extension to keep casino gambling money flowing
York Dispatch: Local auditor running for county recorder of deeds
York Dispatch: Locals protest vape tax amid store closures
Lancaster Online: State Sen. Scott Martin named to powerful Appropriations Committee, vice chair of Local Government Committee

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lawmakers voice anger, concern over prison closure plan
Morning Call: Pa. Education Secretary visits East Penn, says education remains Gov. Wolf’s “No. 1 agenda item”
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley doctor leading bid to grow, dispense medical marijuana
Reading Eagle: State human services secretary says drug treatment system not meeting needs
Reading Eagle: Sinking Spring celebrates PPL’s new plan

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pakistan takes delivery of Erie-built locomotives
Erie Times-News: Could foreign policy shifts trump Erie-area college enrollments?
Sun-Gazette: Local contingent among vast crowd

Opinion
Patriot-News: Stephen R. Reed’s guilty plea answers some questions, leaves others hanging
Post-Gazette: Get into gear: Pennsylvania must act on federal driver’s license law
Post-Gazette: Another try: New talks bring hope of ending Syrian war
Daily News: Hey, Harrisburg, here’s an idea
Daily News: JFK asked what we can do for country. Trump demands it
Inquirer: DHS right to rate agencies handling children’s cases
Inquirer: ‘Alternative facts’ are better known as lies
Courier Times: Eliminating property taxes
Tribune-Democrat: Bob Casey Jr. | Community assistance act a necessary bill

Blogs
Billy Penn: South Philly photographer explains why she’s shaming illegal park jobs through social media
Philly Voice: Photo shows crack in truss that closed Delaware River Turnpike Bridge
Keystone Crossroads: Sen. Casey says time to focus on infrastructure
Keystone Crossroads: Finding new partners to build smart cities for the future

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