1/27 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Pittsburgh prison gets the axe, Wolf is cancer free, and Trump’s sister endorses Hardiman. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Beats Prostate Cancer: Following a prostate cancer diagnosis, Governor Wolf was given a clean bill of health.

Wolf Chooses Pittsburgh Prison for Closure: After weeks of questions about which locations would get the axe, the Governor put the state prison in Pittsburgh on death row.

Trump’s Sister Gives Hardiman Endorsement for SCOTUS: Judge Maryanne Trump Barry has reportedly spoken with President Trump about elevating Judge Hardiman.

StateImpactPA: Middletown’s pipeline critics welcome risk study
State House Sound Bites: The political implications of closing SCI Pittsburgh
State Huses Sounds Bites: Independent report shows PA revenues down yet again
Capitolwire: It’s not unusual for lobbyists to make use state lawmakers’ offices, say legislative sources.
Capitolwire: Former DDAP Secretary Tennis says he was fired because he wouldn’t support consolidation of his department.
Capitolwire: PA’s budget problems have gotten $250 million worse since the IFO’s November revenue forecast.
Capitolwire: SCI Pittsburgh to close, other state prisons will remain open.
Capitolwire: Allegheny County lawmakers ‘disappointed’ about SCI Pittsburgh closure, look to future opportunities.
Capitolwire: The Capitolwire Procurement Beat for Jan. 27, 2017.

Inquirer: Thousands march through Philly to protest Trump’s visit
Inquirer: Is federal fraud case against Farnese falling apart? Judge: ‘It’s terribly close’
Inquirer: Pa. state colleges will look at merger, closure of campuses
Inquirer: In Philly, Trump tells congressional leaders: ‘Now we have to deliver’
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Philly needs billions to rehab sagging schools
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Unpredecented’ numbers of Pa. women from both parties looking to run for office

Delco Daily Times: Trump met in Philly with storm of protest
Delco Daily Times: Republicans divided over border wall as Trump era begins
Delco Daily Times: Trump met in Philly with storm of protest
Bucks County Courier-Times:  More than a hundred people rally in Doylestown Borough for ‘Racial Justice’
Bucks County Courier-Times: SEPTA announces new Regional Rail schedules
Bucks County Courier-Times: Neshaminy teacher and former Lower Southampton cop seeks district judge seat
Bucks County Courier-Times: Neshaminy teacher and former Lower Southampton cop seeks district judge seat
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks County DA pleads with Newtown Borough to have cops carry naloxone

Tribune-Review: Chancellor says state-owned university system ‘unsustainable,’ orders sweeping review
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania to close state prison in Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: State Physician General shows ease, impact of naloxone
Post-Gazette: Officials envision new life for riverfront site of SCI Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court may examine demise of General Assistance program
Post-Gazette: State System wants to give universities permanent pricing flexibility

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria law enforcement agencies receive naloxone
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria commissioners enact fees on deeds, mortgages to support blight demolition
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria elections board approves 3 Johnstown referendums for primary vote
Altoona Mirror: Commission gives support for environmental grant

Standard-Speaker: Three state facilities avoid budget ax
Times-Tribune: Scranton councilman blasts mayor for fomer solicitor getting hired by sewer authority
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council eyes zoning update
Times Leader: Legislators praise decision on keeping prisons open

South Central
Patriot-News: What will become of closing Pittsburgh prison? City officials say your guess is as good as theirs
Patriot-News: Philosophy professor enters race for Lancaster City Council
Patriot-News: Lawmaker: ‘It’s about time’ state universities look at making changes
Lancaster Online: Stay in health insurance market, state official tells Pennsylvanians
Lancaster Online: Pa. Treasury announces new option to deposit tax refunds directly into college saving plan
York Dispatch: York City Council appoints new controller

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski: Crowded candidate field advantageous for him
Morning Call: Lehigh County weighs its options under Trump sanctuary city order
Morning Call: Porn and politics give way to ethics in attorney general’s office

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State extends review of Erie schools plan
Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners question trial costs
Sun-Gazette: Shope to seek GOP nod for council seat

Tribune-Review: Ethanol nonsense: Perdue’s biofuel boondoggle
Patriot-News: It’s long past time for Senate Repubs to fix Pa’s unemployment mess: Art Haywood
Standard-Speaker: Prisoner to politics, not sound policy
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Caseload proves child advocacy center was sorely needed
Inquirer: A strong finish for Pa.’s Republican Party leader
Post-Gazette: Old prison, new life: The closing of Western Pen brings opportunity

Billy Penn: 11 photos from Philly’s Thursday evening rally against Trump
Billy Penn: Donald Trump falsely tells GOP Philly homicides are ‘terribly increasing’
Keystone Crossroads: Trump reverses late Obama effort to help first-time home buyers

  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?

    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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