1/26 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Meehan gets a primary challenge, Gov. Wolf extends the filing deadlines while Shapiro secures the endorsements of several Mayors. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-7: Meehan Gets Primary Challenger: Montgomery County businessman Stan Casacio has jumped into the race.

PA-Gov: Wolf Extends Election Deadlines: The Governor issued an executive order concerning candidate filings in the March 15th special elections.

Three Mayors Endorse Shapiro for AG: The Mayors of Lancaster, Harrisburg and York are supporting Josh Shapiro’s campaign for Attorney General.

PA-Sen: Could Trump Hurt Toomey?: Does the top of the ticket matter or will voters split their ballots?

All in the Family: Brothers Succeeding Brothers in the US House: If Brian Fitzpatrick wins his brother Mike’s 8th CD seat in Pennsylvania this fall he will join a fairly short list of U.S. Representatives who directly followed a brother in serving their congressional district.

PA-BGT: The Budget of Yesteryear: Planning for next year’s budget is set to begin Feb. 9th.

Legislative Elections Update

SD-45: Incumbent State Sen. Jim Brewster will be running for re-election.

“As state Senator, there are excellent opportunities to improve the lives of families throughout the region,” Brewster said. “We have a lot of work to do to ensure that important initiatives in the areas of job creation, economic development, transportation, education and energy are considered. I have been honored and privileged to be elected state senator and look forward to providing additional leadership and service to the region.”

The 45 district includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.

HD-101: Pier Hess is running for State Representative. She is currently a senior prosecutor in the Lebanon County DA’s office.

“I am committed to Lebanon County, as my family lived here for over five generations,” she stated. “My experience comes from the thousands of hours I’ve logged in the Courtroom, fighting for the rights of victims and to make our community safe. My upbringing instilled in me the passion, desire, and work ethic to continue the fight in Harrisburg for the great people of the 101st District.”

The 101st district consists of part of Lebanon County.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Fuel oil spills into Schuylkill River
PLSReporter: Gaveled out: An odd situation for an even numbered year
Capitolwire: Sestak aims to close ‘trust deficit’. Could Trump help?
Capitolwire: PA’s employment environment shows a bit more improvement in December

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Snow prompts Wolf to delay March special election deadlines
Inquirer: Rendell walks back Bloomberg remark, says he’d back Bernie
Inquirer: In trial and in politics, Fattah bets on future
Inquirer: Some new Council members getting old-fashioned perk: City car
Inquirer: Al Schmidt explains his support for Clark

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Montgomery county officials, staff return country to full force
Bucks Local News: Brian Fitzpatrick announces candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th District
Courier-Times: Homeless finding refuge from cold at Levittown Post Office

Pittsburgh
WESA: Rural Hospitals Join The List Of Budget Impasse Victims
WESA: Plan Would Take Politicians Out Of Redistricting
WESA: Human Services Funding, Tax Options Top County Leaders’ Wish List
Tribune Review: Senate, House members seek hearings on stranded turnpike motorists
Tribune Review: Former Attorney General Linda Kelly to run Allegheny County courts
Post-Gazette: Candidates in special elections for state House get extension on deadline

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Council, new mayor at odds over police plan
Beaver County Times: Hyping bipartisan work, state Rep. Jaret Gibbons makes re-election bid official
Observer-Reporter: Smith Township delays approving cryogenic plant
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners not in favor of Clean & Green program changes

NEPA
Times Leader: Budget items targeted for cuts by new Wilkes-Barre mayor made money for the city last year
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s new mayor says he won’t attend city council meetings
Times-Tribune: Scranton board debates hiring freeze
Times-Tribune: Local boroughs oppose Scranton triple tax

South Central
York Daily Record: York Mayor: “We will get to everyone”
Lancaster Intelligencer: Obamacare signups in Lancaster County approach 2015 levels
Lancaster Intelligencer: Supreme Court rejects Pa. female death row inmate’s appeal to outlaw capital punishment
Patriot-News: Kraig Bruder seeking Republican nomination for 92nd District House seat
Patriot-News: Supreme Court ruling favoring juvenile killers will traumatize victims’ kin, DAs say

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Snowstorm new Reading mayor’s first challenge
Reading Eagle: How Gov. Tom Wolf mirrors President Barack Obama
Express Times: Lawsuit: County failed to check proof of workers’ citizenship
Express Times: How a political appointment has ensnared Phillipsburg
Express Times: Lawmakers call for halt to PennEast pipeline
Morning Call: Hundreds of juvenile killers in Pennsylvania granted hope of release by U.S. Supreme Court
Morning Call: Joe Sestak’s speech draws small crowd in snowed-in Harrisburg

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council attempt to create ‘quiet zone’ in Newberry
Erie Times-News: U.S. Supreme Court ruling favors Erie juvenile ‘lifers’
Erie Times-News: Wiley announces re-election bid

Opinion
Reading Eagle: It’s time to finally resolve budget stalemate
Express Times: Sanders’ single-payer plan would save billions
Carlisle Sentinel: Flowers: I can no longer support Palin
York Daily Record: Right call by Supreme Court on juvenile-lifers
York Dispatch: Nice job if you can get paid not to do it
Lancaster Intelligencer: The Flint catastrophe shows how essential it is that our drinking water be safe
Patriot-News: Will Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget be done before his second? That’s up to him: Charlie Gerow
Patriot-News: It’s past time for Pa. to reform civil asset forfeiture: Michael Hough
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: The Achilles heel to labor unions’ self-preservation
Inquirer: Legislative cowardice
Post-Gazette: Retroactive justice: The court extends its ban on life terms for youths
Post-Gazette: Turnpike debacle: The blizzard was awful; state response was worse

Blogs
Citified: Did Mayor Kenney do a good job handling the blizzard?
Keystone Crossroads: Pay to play rules elude most Pennsylvania municipalities
Commonwealth Foundation: Demographics destined to hold Pennsylvania back?
Lu-Lac Political Letter: The LuLac Edition January 25th, 2016

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “1/26 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Rollo thomassey says:

    Yeah right: in retrospect, I apoligize for being harsh. You have your bias, I have mine but we are not at cross purposes. You seem passionate about the A._G. Race so I hope that you will vett the candidates on facts, not emotion. If you look at the specifics (cash for kids, the RRZ credit swap debacles, the NEPA airport lease, the total Luzerne County mess and so much more), you should come to the conclusion that there is still mafia influence in the Zappala candidacy.If you disagree, well, that’s democracy alive and well. I wish you the same.

  2. Rollo thomassey says:

    Yeah wrong again. First, I know little about Shapiro and you only ASSume that I am in his corner. Look at my posts, dummy. This is the first time that I ever mentioned his name. If you are obsessing over his candidacy, that’s on you. I have no horse in this race but yes, I am anti-Zappala on many levels. Once again I ask you to get educated before you jump into the deep end of this pool because you aren’t smart enough to swim here. The Zappala mafia roots go back into the 1930’s with Pittsburgh crime boss and Steve Sr.’s uncle John Bazzano. He was such a bad boss that the New York Commission had him murdered. The Zappala’s are also related to Chuckie Porter, Sr., a Pittsburgh mob capo who was given a life sentence, sort of, for racketeering in the 1990’s. Chuckie Porter Jr. Is a lawyer and, many say, still the law partner of his distant cousin, Steve Zappala, Jr. For your sake, I hope you don’t have a job that allows you to make continuous and reckless ASSumptions based on your own bias and made up facts. If so, well, I guess your boss would be correct when he/she says “it sucks to be you.” Now you can laugh out loud…after you stop hyperventilating.

  3. Yeah Right says:

    I hit a nerve lol. That means I’m correct. So basically you think Shapiro should be the guy because someone named Zappala 30 years ago had a made up relationship with the mafia; because Josh isn’t qualified to be dog catcher. For the last time HES NEVER TRIED A CASE IN COURT! Good thing he hitched his wagon to has been embarrassment Rendell and “I can’t govern Wolf”. That should help him immensely. The York mayors endorsement should go real far. Congrats

  4. Rollo thomassey says:

    Yeah wrong: you can’t tarnish dirt. Do a little research before you rant. You will find that the Zappala family indeed is rooted in the mafia…or perhaps you would rather noy know that. The word for you then is “toady”.

  5. Yeah Right says:

    @ Rollo I suspect the so called leaker would be none other than your boy Josh Shapiro who sits on the crime commission with or Lt Col Bivens of the PSP. Since your bent on trying to tarnish Zappala in every thing you type make sure everyone has all the facts not just your hateful spin.

  6. Rollo thomassey says:

    Try this one on. The state po-po recently kicked about half of their cadet class out of school for cheating, a waste of millions in tax money. They can keep a secret but it’s the people they tell who can’t. So who is responsible for not leaking this now breaking news…probably the usual suspect, Kathy Kane…or could it be her set-up artists, the Bazzano-Zappala-Porter mafia. The black hand, having writ, moves on to future evil.

  7. Pat Unger says:

    Here’s another HUGE story — about a high-profile PA case involving pedophilia and PennState. It also ties into the Kane story – as the Court called Frank Fina’s conduct “highly improper.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/charges-penn-state-administrators-thrown-36451776

  8. Ricdw says:

    could you pleae add if candidates are rs or d’s to your leg updates thank you

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