2/1 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14A new month brings a Supreme Court nominee, a shake-up in the Governor’s office, a new candidate for Commonwealth Court, and a new Reader Poll.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Trump Passes Over PA Judge Hardiman for SCOTUS: The President nominated Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch over Pittsburgh Judge Thomas Hardiman.

Reader Poll: Who Should Run the Department of Health and Human Services?: Who should run the newly merged Pa. Department of Health and Human Services?

Isenhour Out as Chief of Staff, Joins Wolf Campaign: Mary Isenhour is leaving her post as Governor Wolf’s Chief of Staff and moving over to the re-election effort.

Reader Poll: Majority approve of Donald Trump: A majority of PoliticsPA readers approve of the President’s job performance.

Cosgrove Jumps into Commonwealth Court Race: The Commonwealth Court Judge will be seeking a full term on the bench.

Capitolwire: Paycheck protection bills reported out of Senate committee.
Capitolwire: Senate committee holds off on ‘sanctuary cities’ bill.
StateImpactPA: Data trove offers new details on complaints to DEP during shale boom
StateImpactPA: Trump’s first days fuel optimism among drillers, angst for environmentalists
State House Sound Bites: Quick-moving bill draws focus back to child sex abuse laws

Inquirer: Philly DA Seth Williams trails three of four primary challengers in cash
Inquirer: President of the University of Pennsylvania calls out President Trump on immigration order
Inquirer: Immigrants turned away at airport will plan to sue President Trump
Inquirer: Governor Wolf orders a $10 million financial support to equip officers with OD druge Naloxane
WHYY Newsworks: Trumps first days in office increase optimism for some but angst for environmentalists
WHYY Newsworks: Trump nominates Earl Martz for Supreme Court seat

Bucks County Courier-Times: Stephen Castle announces bid for Lower Southampton district judge seat
Delco Daily Times: Suit filed against Trump’s administration for denying family into Philadelphia airport
Delco Daily Times: Villanova professor who faced prison sentence for child porography takes his own life

Post-Gazette: Wolf announces new chief of staff
Post-Gazette: President Trump signs directive to immediately build board wall with Mexico
Tribune Review: Obamacare ends tonight causing uncertainty for Americans
Tribune Review: Medicaid expansion repeal causes fear for PA residents and patients
Tribune Review: Fox Chapel’s Hardiman passed over for Supreme Court nomination
Tribune Review: Peduto has $836K in war chest for re-election campaign

Altoona Mirror: Local lawmakers back travel ban
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Regular, everyday people’: Local Muslims say they’re concerned about travel ban
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown airport funding in jeopardy under spending model

Standard-Speaker: HASD prepares for possible tax increase
Standard-Speaker: Former chief public defender may run for Superior Court
Times-Tribune: Longtime Throop council President resigns

South Central
Patriot News: President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: How is he viewed?
Patriot News: Judge Joe Cosgrove to run for Commonwealth Court
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf vows to keep substance abuse a priority in department consolidation
Patriot News: Scott Wagner loans himself $4M to kick-start run against Gov. Tom Wolf
Lancaster Online: 2,000 people rally in Penn Square to oppose Trump ban on refugees, immigrants
Lancaster Online: U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker says he supports suspension of refugees, calls reports of detained green card holders ‘deeply concerning’

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pa. senators react to President Trump’s pick to fill Supreme Court vacancy
Reading Eagle: U.S. Sens. Bob Casey Jr., Pat Toomey weigh in on Supreme Court nominee
Reading Eagle: Wolf to seek another $10 million to help reverse drug overdoses (VIDEO)
Reading Eagle: State lawmaker criticizes Wolf’s plan to merge agencies
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent urges return of Syrians who were expelled

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: UPMC Hamot president to retire June 30
Centre Daily Times: Citing conflict of interest, Centre County commissioners recuse themselves from elections board
Sun-Gazette: Business owners calling for flexibility on zoning changes
Sun-Gazette: Food truck ordinance reviewed by committee

Altoona Mirror: Good sign: Trump for pipelines
Tribune Review: Federal waste: The ‘swamp’s’ massive pipeline
Lancaster Online: The Legislature should proceed with caution on the governor’s plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services
Inquirer: Commentary: Doctors writing prescription to improve U.S. health care
Daily News: DN editorial: Philly in Pa. lawmakers’ sights over paid sick leave, sanctuary city status

Billy Penn: Permanent Protest in Philly: What’s driving the anti-Trump movement
Billy Penn: Is Philly’s sanctuary city status putting residents in danger?
Keystone Crossroads: Family of Syrians deported at PHL sue President Trump, Department of Homeland Security

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  • Reader Poll: Have You Requested a Mail-In Ballot?

    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
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