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1/30 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Final straw poll results come in, a Delco Judge jumps into the Commonwealth Court race, and Wagner gets a prime speaking slot.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

UPDATED: Battle for PA GOP Chair Enters Final Lap: UPDATED with straw poll totals for the Northwest and Southwest Caucuses. Val DiGiorgio and Lawrence Tabas have one more week to make their case to Republican committee members about why they should be next to lead the party.

Delco Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon Jumps into GOP Commonwealth Court Race: Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon of the Delaware Court of Common Pleas announced she will be seeking the Republican nomination for the Commonwealth Court.  

Wagner to Keynote GOP State Committee Dinner: It gives the State Senator a platform in front of Republican insiders to connect with Republicans from across the state as he runs for Governor in 2018.

1/27 Ups & Downs: A clean bill of health, jail time starting, committee shake ups, and a thank you. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

StateImpactPA: Middletown’s pipeline critics welcome risk study
State House Sound Bites: Senator Casey calls for more marches and activism
State House Sounds Bites: Resignation of top regulator threatens to delay major pipeline projects
Capitolwire: Capitolwire’s Weekly Wrap for the week of Jan. 23, 2017.

WPVI: Pennsylvania Officials Condemn Trump Travel Ban
Inquirer: President Trumps moves quickly to start construction of the border wall
Inquirer: As PA faces budget crunch Governor Wolf seeks to combine four departments together
Inquirer: Senator Booker and Senator Casey urge LGBTQ activists to continue fighting
Inquirer: Two Philly-area Republicans break with Trump on refugee order, joining Democratic outcry
WHYY Newsworks: Senator Casey pushes for more marches and activism against Trump’s policies
WHYY Newsworks: Thousands protest at Philly airport in midst of Trump’s executive order detaining refugees

Bucks County Courier-Times: GOP screenings scheduled to be held for Northampton school board candidates next month
Delco Daily Times: Thousand protest President Trump’s  traveling ban at the Philadelphia  International Airport
Delco Daily Times: PA officials promptly condemn President Trump’s travel ban
Levittown Now: Congressman Fitzpatrick, Senator Casey Speak Out On Trump’s Travel Ban

Post-Gazette: Trump signs directive to construct the border wall with Mexico promptly
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh activists plan anti-Trump events this Friday and Saturday
Tribune Review: Chancellor says state-owned university system ‘unsustainable,’ orders sweeping review
Tribune Review: Inactive voters in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties notified of pending purge

Altoona Mirror: Senator opens session with union plans
Altoona Mirror: Roaring Spring woman to run for prothonotary
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria DA defends use of forfeiture funds, details process

Standard-Speaker: State DEP farm inspections underway
Times-Tribune: Casey, Toomey join hands on Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
Times-Tribune: Details due on state agencies consolidation
Times-Tribune: Dickson City tax collector nets $13,000 from copies of bills

South Central
Lancaster Online: Wolf, state officials show support for detained refugees at Philadelphia airport protest
Lancaster Online: Libre’s Law, other animal cruelty laws reintroduced in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Candidate says she’ll seek Chambersburg’s mayoral post
Patriot News:  ‘I’m outraged’: Gov. Tom Wolf meets family of Christian immigrants turned away from US

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Two GOP congressmen from Pa. among a small group opposing president’s immigration order
Morning Call: Politics as Usual: Fitzpatrick bill targets ‘Members only’ signs
Reading Eagle: Reading Hospital has 7th busiest emergency room in nation, publication says

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie-area lawmakers react to gambling law fix extension
Centre Daily Times: How Trump’s latest executive orders could affect local immigrants
Sun-Gazette: Locals protest immigration ban
Sun-Gazette: Marino introduces bill to help protect correction officers

Inquirer: Votes to kill Obamacare without a replacement make no sense
Patriot News: Yinz gonna be a Supreme Court Justice an ‘at? Pittsburgh’s SCOTUS moment may be here: Tony May
Patriot News: This Pennsylvanian is the best pick for Supreme Court: Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: For Pennsylvania – a smarter budget that rights the fiscal ship

Billy Penn: Led by PA’s Josh Shapiro, attorneys general in 16 states issue statement condemning Trump’s travel ban EO
Billy Penn: Protesters at PHL take their march down the access ramps around the airport
Keystone Crossroads: Calling Trump’s executive order a ‘first step,’ Toomey continues to push against sanctuary cities

  • 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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