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PA-state-flag6Evans reports his fundraising numbers, Wolf borrows $2 billion and Toomey goes after Kenney over making Philly a sanctuary city. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

HD-192: Philly Special Election Heats Up: A number of hopefuls race for a newly open State House seat.

PA-2: Evans Brings In $330,000, Has $280K COH: The State Rep. and Congressional candidate revealed his first fundraising numbers.

PA-8: Santarsiero Gains Even More Labor Endorsements: The State Representative and congressional candidate continues to secure the support of unions.

PA-BGT: Wolf Borrows $2 Billion: The state was expected to run out of money by next week.

PA-Sen: Toomey Attacks Kenney for Making Philly a “Sanctuary City”: The Senator is taking aim at Philadelphia’s new Mayor.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-106: Lower Swatara Township Commissioner Tom Mehaffie will be running in the Republican primary to fill the seat of retiring State Rep. John Payne. “I am excited to launch my campaign for State House,” Mehaffie said. “I am committed to fighting to hold the line on taxes, reforms to make government more effective and efficient and to ensure we have the best schools possible to educate our young people. I believe my experience as a township commissioner in which we worked together and met our obligations and as a successful business owner will help me be a strong and effective voice in the State House.” The 106th district is located in Dauphin County.

SD-9: State Rep. Tom Killion won the Republican nomination in the special election to fill the seat recently vacated by Dominic Pileggi. “Tom Killion is ready to bring his common-sense approach to governing to the Senate,” Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason said. “During his time in the State House, Tom Killion has been a vocal supporter of keeping taxes low, protecting our open spaces, and implementing much-needed pension reform. Our Party looks forward to working hard to elect Tom Killion and maintain our historic majority in the State Senate.” The 9th district consists of parts of Chester and Delaware Counties.

Capitolwire: Some wonder if Wolf at war with charter schools
Capitolwire: Point of Order: People still seem to be playing politics with PA’s cash-flow-prompted borrowing
StateImpactPA: EPA science advisors say fracking study needs clarification
StateImpactPA: Rosebud Mining furloughs 429 workers
StateImpactPA: Marcellus output flat amid falling prices, slack demand, pipeline shortage
PLSReporter: 2016 priorties of Gov. Tom Wolf: Part 1
State House Sound Bites: PA’s Old Voting Machines Are Sticking Around

Inquirer: Latest on Philly’s elections czar: He’s set to cash in on DROP
Inquirer: After 28 years, ex-Cheltenham commissioner isn’t going anywhere
Inquirer: City seeks funds to cut jail population
Daily News: With new administration, can the Mummers be forced to behave?
Daily News: Jeremiah Wright, Angela Y. Davis coming to Philly confab

Courier-Times: SEPTA police to start wearing body cameras
Courier-Times: Proposed Tullytown landfill settlement tops $2M
Courier-Times: Heckman Elementary School supporters pack public meeting
Montgomery Media: Bill Cosby’s preliminary hearing in Montgomery County delayed at defense request
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County swears in first openly gay judge

Pittsburgh Business Times: SBA head: Small business data is secure, despite weakness cited by GAO
KDKA: Councilman-Elect Seeking Pardon Owes Thousand In Fines
Tribune Review: Wolf takes jabs at GOP lawmakers in stop in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: David Wecht sworn in to state’s highest court
Post-Gazette: State appellate court says Pittsburgh police officers must live in city
Post-Gazette: Man that sent grenade-shaped gag gift to Beaver County Courthouse won’t be charged, DA says

Observer-Reporter: Daley won’t seek re-election to the state House
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria region lands Foreign-Trade zone status
Beaver County Times: Report: Pennsylvania ranks near bottom in ability to weather a recession
Altoona Mirror: Gallitzin opts against reopening 2016 budget

Times Leader: ‘Tony’s Team’ announced as new Wilkes-Barre mayor Tony George vows to move city forward
Times Leader: After Hectic 2015, District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz ready to tackle busy 2016
Times-Tribune: Funding numbers released for school districts waiting on state subsidies

South Central
Patriot-News: Adams County lawmaker pushes back on latest federal gun control initiatives
Patriot-News: Late budget impacting incumbent lawmakers’ plans to seek re-election
Patriot-News: The elephant in the room: Pa’s House Republicans are making their mark(s) on state’s divided government
Patriot-News: Here’s how Pa’s Congressional delegation voted on the latest Obamacare repeal
LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Alliance updates work on economic development plan
Lebanon Daily News: State Rep. Russ Diamond to seek re-election
York Dispatch: State ed funding for York County stagnant

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: City council focuses on future in Allentown
Morning Call: Lower Saucon Councilman Glenn Kern returns after long hiatus
Morning Call: New Life for the Americus?
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Wally Scott makes some staff decisions  
Reading Eagle: State Rep. Jerry Knowles seeking re-election to state House seat

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Sen. Toomey takes on Iran
Sun Gazette: Wheeland to seek 2nd term in State House
Go Erie: Merski elected City Council president for 2016

Post-Gazette: A new job pipeline for steelworkers
Post-Gazette: Pensions, not politics: The city should focus on returns, not fossil fuels
Post-Gazette: Executive action: Congress left Obama no choice but to act on guns
Patriot-News: Here’s how Pa. Republicans can bridge the GOP divide
York Dispatch: OPED: Gun violence is also a public health problem
Tribune-Review: The missile threat: Real & growing
Inquirer: Ready for a makeover
Daily News: Honoring Charlie Hebdo, and all who challenge society with a pen

Keystone Crossroads: Allentown managing director may get large settlement in Philadelphia case
Citified: Insider: Kenney Can Reform the Mummers – Legally
2 Political Junkies: The President, Yesterday

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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