2/10 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Pa. Dems go on the offensive, NRSC goes after Casey, Starpower comes to the Commonwealth Court race, and the NRCC targets Cartwright.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. Dems Hit Kelly on ACA Repeal: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has started hitting Congressman and possible Governor candidate Mike Kelly on his stance on the Affordable Care Act.

NRSC Pressures Casey on Guns and Gorsuch with Radio Ad: The NRSC released a radio ad targeting Senator Bob Casey that will air in Harrisburg during the Great Outdoor Show.

Martin Sheen Stars in Web Ad for Commonwealth Court Candidate: Judge Joe Cosgrove released a web ad starring Martin Sheen asking Democratic state committee members to endorse him.

NRCC Targets Cartwright for 2018: National congressional Republicans announced their list of targeted seats for 2018. It includes just one in Pennsylvania: PA-17, which Trump won by double digits.

State House Sound Bites: Wolf’s budget rekindles partisan differences over infamous tax loophole
State House Sound Bites: IFO says some revenues in Wolf’s budget would be volatile

Inquirer: Appeals court halts automatic solitary for Pennsylvania inmates no longer facing execution
Inquirer: Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban
Inquirer: Legislator questions shale industry’s claim it slashed influence spending
Inquirer: For Trump, a solitary start to life in the White House
Inquirer: Western Pa. representative will challenge Bob Casey
Inquirer: Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline
Inquirer: Trump tweet drew response ‘beyond anything I could have imagined’, Pa. lawmaker says
Inquirer: Trump attacks credibility of senator who disclosed Gorsuch comments
Inquirer: A divided, testy Senate nears OK of Trump health secretary
Inquirer: Inspector general: City potentially losing millions from ‘misapplied’ tax breaks
Inquirer: What happened when pro-Trump Bedford County discovered it was a ‘sanctuary city’
Inquirer: Call me, maybe? Trump reaches out to China’s president in a letter
Philadelphia Magazine: Toomey: Effort to Stop Trump’s Cabinet Nominees a “Disgrace”
Philadelphia Magazine: Lawmakers Begin Push to Upgrade Pa. IDs
BillyPenn: Philly City Hall deals with fallout from ‘unpredictable’ Trump Administration
Philadelphia Business Journal: PEOPLE ON THE MOVE IN PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia Business Journal: Compound in the sky: Comcast CEO buys condos in new tower
Philly Voice: Nearly 1 in 5 immigrants in US illegally in NYC, LA areas
Philly Voice: Kellyanne Conway ‘counseled’ after brand promotion for Ivanka Trump

Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Sen. Daylin Leach invites Trump to ‘destroy’ career
Pottstown Mercury: Trump slams the courts, and his court nominee hits back
Pottstown Mercury: 7 new sheriff’s deputies complete Chester County training program
Bucks County Courier Times: Warminster Republicans endorse newcomers over incumbents in upcoming primary
Bucks County Courier Times: Grass-roots groups forming in Bucks County to protest President Trump’s actions
Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Bob Casey cites report on ACA repeal, calls out GOP on lack of replacement plan
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Donald Trump supporters: Strong delivery on promises; execution could be better
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks residents rally against President Trump’s policies and actions
Bucks County Courier Times: PennEast criticizes environmental groups for ‘deception’
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Warren hosting open house at his Yardley district office Monday
Delco Daily Times: Pa. state Rep. Rick Saccone kicks off campaign for U.S. Senate
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough Council taps recreation board member to fill council vacancy
Daily Local News: Downingtown’s Armor Alley project gets state funding

Tribune Review: Casey: Republicans full of ‘hot air’ in campaign to kill Obamacare
Tribune Review: Dirty laundry? Cleanliness of bed linens worry health system
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh honors African-American first responders
Tribune Review: Sen. Casey calls out Trump for Nordstrom tweet
Post-Gazette: In Senate offices, aides juggle other responsibilities as phone calls keep coming
Post-Gazette: A divided, testy Senate confirms Trump health secretary Tom Price
Post-Gazette: Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control
Post-Gazette: Japanese prime minister’s stay at Mar-a-Lago will be a gift from Trump
Post-Gazette: In executive actions, Trump vows crackdown on violent crime
Post-Gazette: US trade deficit last year hit highest level since 2012
Post-Gazette: TV ad campaigns are partially behind a rush of calls to lawmakers
Post-Gazette: Tree-planting initiative to help ‘revive the local landscape’
Post-Gazette: Labor secretary sees no short-term funding fix for Pa. unemployment program
Pittsburgh Business Times: Unsure of federal funding, Peduto prepares to fill void
Pittsburgh Business Times: Eli Evankovich: Ditch Durbin Amendment, help small biz

Altoona Mirror: Shuster calls capital climate ‘very refreshing’
Altoona Mirror: Water systems rules passed
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County settles Boscov’s tax appeal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council eyes anti-discrimination rules

Standard-Speaker: Wolf proposes 6.5 percent severance tax
Standard-Speaker: City council appointments means double duty for one
Citizens Voice: Gov. Wolf seeks student transportation savings
Times-Tribune: Federal agency announces recommendations for downtown Scranton revitalization
Times-Tribune: Study: ACA repeal would push cost Pennsylvanians $13.3 billion in lost subsidies

South Central
Lancaster Online: Lancaster County GOP lawmakers oppose unions, Gov. Wolf over ‘paycheck protection’
WPMT: Pennsylvania moves closer to replacing driver’s licenses with Real ID
WHTM: Gov. Wolf seeks rare arrangement to lease Farm Show Complex to close budget hole
Patriot News: Does your town rely solely on state police? This is what it will pay under Gov. Wolf’s budget
Patriot News: Have a question for Gov. Tom Wolf about his budget? Ask him on Twitter

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Ex-Allentown department head took 10 days off in 11 weeks of work
Morning Call: ACA repeal threatens Medicaid expansion
Reading Eagle: Oley School Board approves BCIU mandated services budget
Reading Eagle: County planners compiling list of concerns over pipeline

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Rally held to address concerns with Rep. Glenn Thompson
Centre Daily Times: Jubelirer seeks re-election to Penn State alumni trustee seat
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Councilman Myers plans to seek re-election
Erie Times-News: Stearns to run for Meadville mayor’s job
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council discusses parking meter upgrades
Erie Times-News: Thompson supported effort to strip ethics office of power
Erie Times-News: Democrat Crofoot to run for Erie City Council
Sun-Gazette: Commissioners see impact from state budget

Tribune Review: Police academy cheating scandal: Get the broom
Altoona Mirror: State police must restore public trust
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Our congressman is standing ‘Pat’
Inquirer: Commentary: Toomey needs to protect youths aging out of foster care
Daily News: DN editorial: Make your voices heard against Pa. anti-abortion bill
Post-Gazette: ‘Peculiarly essential’: The president must respect the judicial branch
Patriot News: If they want to win – Democrats need to get angry again: Nick Field

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