2/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Pennsylvania loses an icon, Pennsylvania Democrats kick off the 2018 cycle, and the U.S. Senate race begins.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Reading Eagle: Berks loses an icon: Albert R. Boscov dies at age 87: Albert R. Boscov, the head of the nation’s largest family-owned department store chain and one of Berks County’s most storied figures, died in Reading Friday. He was 87.

Pa. Dems Kick-off 2018 Cycle: On Friday Gov. Wolf urged party regulars to fight against Trump and the GOP agenda. On Saturday committee members endorsed Todd Eagen for Commonwealth Court.

Judicial Hopefuls Make Last Minute Pitch Before Dems Endorsement: It was make or break time for the candidates for Commonwealth and Superior Courts.

Saccone Launches 2018 US Senate Bid: State Representative Rick Saccone filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC and will kick off his campaign in late February.

PA Dems Committee Meeting Preview: This weekend the PA Dems meet in Harrisburg to endorse a slate of judicial candidates (or not). Here’s what to watch this weekend – and details on the extracurricular events Friday night.

Seth Williams Will Not Seek Re-Election: The Philly DA has announced he will not be running for Re-Election. He has faced numerous ethic complaits, including a record fine by the Piladelphia Ethics Board, and has been rumored to be under FBI investigation.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Wolf takes to Twitter to address constituents’ concerns

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly GOP hits the streets to talk soda tax, recruit voters
Inquirer: Red voters in a blue sea, these Pennsporters remain all in for Trump
Inquirer: Public schools step up fight to win back charter students
Inquirer: The inevitable fall of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams
NewsWorks: Wolf’s budget proposes $30M cut to Penn’s vet school

SEPA
Delco Times: Special Salute: Pa. Veterans Museum, Media Theatre honor vets with discounted Broadway shows
Bucks County Courier Times: PBA president: Eliminate public safety director position
Bucks County Courier Times: Teaching about Black History is taking on new significance in present time

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Wolf budget proposal called ‘realistic starting point’
Tribune Review: Uptick in ‘downstream’ energy job openings provides hope that Western Pennsylvania’s employment is improving
Tribune Review: Former energy-industry employees seek refuge turn to trucking as once-secure jobs continue to dwindle
Post-Gazette: Woodruff gets party endorsement for high court
Post-Gazette: Wolf says Pa. Democrats are down but not out

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Study: Number of uninsured in Pennsylvania would skyrocket under Obamacare repeal
Observer-Reporter: A small price to pay for state police
Observer-Reporter: Legislators coming to Donora to discuss state’s drug epidemic
Observer-Reporter: White House declines to publicly defend embattled Flynn
Observer-Reporter: Governor uses broad definition to claim $2B in cuts, savings
Altoona Mirror: Number of tax collectors dwindling across Pa.
Altoona Mirror: Blair overdose deaths rise in 2016
Altoona Mirror: Angry meetings spook some
Altoona Mirror: Heller to run for Logan supervisor
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria prosecutors facing ‘top-heavy’ cases, address public criticism
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: DeVos’ confirmation spurs hope, fear in Pennsylvania over possible charter school growth
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Analysis | Abortion veto could set up override vote
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Councilman Williams calls Johnstown’s downtown ‘dead,’ sparking backlash from business leaders (POLL)
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey lobbies to keep Essential Air Service funding
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Barbin seeking seat on Commonwealth Court

NEPA
The Times Leader: Plymouth council hopes to make ‘Old Shawnee’ shine again
The Times Leader: Barletta praises creation of office to aid victims of illegal alien crimes
The Times Leader: State officials tout life-saving drug in visit to Wilkes-Barre
Times-Tribune: State tax credits in budget crosshairs
Times-Tribune: Two plan run for Scranton School Board
News Item: Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications now available
News Item: Guinan announces bid for magisterial district judge
Pocono Record: Allen to run for another term as Monroe County Coroner

South Central
Patriot News: Vandalism closes part of state Capitol
Patriot News: A Trump trade war with Mexico would cause these U.S. states to suffer most: Where Pa. ranks
Patriot News: Dozens come out in protest of Rep. Lou Barletta’s support of refugee ban
Patriot News: Former city treasurer joins three-way race for judge’s seat in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Candidates announce run for Carlisle’s mayoral post and Lower Swatara Township commissioner seats
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf releases consultant’s report that helped him craft his 2017-18 budget proposal
Patriot News: ‘You can’t do that to people’: Rep. Charlie Dent criticizes Trump’s controversial travel ban
Carlisle Sentinel: Klamerus looks to bring fresh vision to Carlisle in mayoral race
Carlisle Sentinel: Scott seeks second term as Carlisle mayor
York Daily Record: Penn State calls immigration posters ‘deeply offensive’
York Daily Record: Shoppers weigh boycott calls as buying gets more political
York Daily Record: ‘Pride’ in Chambersburg: LGBTQ group begins effort for walk, other events
York Daily Record: Petition to block Gettysburg-area casino garners 1,200 signatures
York Dispatch: York City councilwoman seeking third term
York Dispatch: Coroner, DA candidate kick off campaigns
York Dispatch: Pa. Senate abortion vote wouldn’t survive veto
Lancaster Intelligencer: Mayoral candidates welcome Bulova building redevelopment

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Nazareth wants Public Works employees back at bargaining table
Morning Call: Bethlehem attorney to run for district judge
Morning Call: Sen. Daylin Leach’s ‘gibbon’ Trump tweet still shaking up internet
Reading Eagle: Reading Health System hosts annual ‘Heart to Heart’ event

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Wolf’s proposed cop tax for those without debated
Erie Times-News: Senior judges fill in during Erie County jurist’s temporary leave
Erie Times-News: Parking meter upgrades linked to Erie comprehensive plan

Opinion
Delco Times: Editorial: Pa.’s big, bad Wolf changes his tune
Altoona Mirror: Wolf’s idea to fund police makes sense
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Philly’s ethics-challenged district attorney needs to resign
Inquirer: Toomey talks (and says he listens) — but action would be better
Patriot News: Good luck trying to take re-election politics out of Gov. Wolf’s budget plan: Charlie Gerow
Erie Times-News: Our view: Wolf’s state police fee has merit
Beaver County Times: Republicans aren’t after Wolf yet
Bucks County Courier Times: Repugnant rant: Get some class!
Patriot News: You might have missed it, but a Pa. senator’s obscene tweet made an important point: Editorial

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