2/16 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6The Kane and McCord cases could be linked, John Oliver highlights Turzai and Gleason’s comments on Voter ID while officials throughout the Commonwealth react to Justice Scalia’s death. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Are the Kane and McCord Cases Connected?: A new report suggests there may be wiretaps of Kane’s operatives.

John Oliver Reminds Turzai, Gleason of Their Voter ID Statements (VIDEO): The State House Speaker and the PA GOP Chairman made unfortunate cameos on the HBO host’s season 3 premiere.

Statewide Reactions to Justice Scalia’s Death: We gathered the responses to the Supreme Court Justice’s death from throughout the commonwealth.

Clinton and Sanders Respond to Susquehanna University Student: The Democratic Presidential candidates answer a question asked by a Susquehanna University student through an online platform.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Hanger tells PSU to support Wolf’s tax package or face cuts
StateImpactPA: What Scalia’s death means for Obama’s Clean Power Plan
StateImpactPA: DEP offers more details on plans to curb methane leaks
Pennsylvania Watchdog: Watchdog Podcast: Donald Trump is a pro wrestling villain; Pennsylvania’s budget fight goes to round two
Pennsylvania Watchdog: Pennsylvania budget raises red flags for school choice

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Last year’s new charter school approvals set to cost Philly district more than expected
WHYY Newsworks: For Kane, focus now shifts to House impeachment effort
Inquirer: Trump says he’d save Philly jobs, doesn’t say how
Inquirer: For Fattah, numbers slow to add up
CapitolInq: Supreme Court fight adds to stakes in PA Senate race

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County D.A. receives complaints of IRS tax scams
Bucks County Courier Times: HUD awards Bucks, Montgomery counties $1.4 million for public housing projects
Bucks County Courier Times: A look to the campaign for Presidents Day

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Roddey steps down as chair of county Republican committee
Post-Gazette: Sen. Toomey says a new president should pick a Scalia successor
Post-Gazette: Scalia’s death means loss of key vote in divided cases
Early Returns: Advice and consent
Early Returns: Reports: Sen. Baker blames Wolf team for husband’s firing
WESA: New Bill Would Limit Opioids Given Out In Emergency Rooms
WESA: For The First Time, Majority Of Americans See Cuba Favorably In Poll
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania budget struggle ‘mirror image’ of Illinois
Tribune Review: Training for Western Pa. police aims to reduce traffic-related deaths

Southwest
Beaver County Times: BIll to create state licensing for plumbers flush with support
Beaver County Times: Costly overtime shifts filling gaps at Allegheny County-owned nursing homes
Altoona Mirror: Federal judge remembers Scalia
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County commissioners approve 2016 revised budget in split vote

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Pipeline company seeks court order to remove tree protesters
Times-Tribune: Scranton eases bridge burdens
Times-Tribune: Local Republicans blanket state House races
Times-Tribune: Route pipelines along turnpike, lawmaker proposes
Standard Speaker: Council member questions use of EIT revenue
Times Leader: Slow but promising start for new program aimed at helping ex-cons
Times Leader: In Focus: Is Mayor Tony George living up to his campaign promises? The people need to know

South Central
Patriot News: GOP Senator blames politics for her husband’s firing from state job
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf asks Penn State’s help in fighting tax increases
York Dispatch: Signature requirements for Pa. elections
York Daily Record: Pa. politicians unsure of Scalia replacement

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pat Toomey says next president should pick Scalia’s successor
Reading Eagle: State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone pushes bills to tackle childhood cancer
Reading Eagle: State lawmakers prepare for hearing on Turnpike traffic mess

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Sampsel adjusts to new role as Centre County sheriff
Onward State: UPUA to hold information sessions for potential election candidates
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local man confused by America’s love affair with Trump
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Area reps. seeking to oust AG Kane

Opinion
Post-Gazette: License to save: Lawmakers should let PennDOT drop the sticker
Tribune Review: Visa waivers: An illegal ‘rewrite’
Times-Tribune: Irresponsible legislators slow projects
Express Times: Supreme Court turns back the clean air clock
Patriot News: Ranking the eight worst presidents
Patriot News: Here why I have the experience to be Attorney General: John Morganelli
Citizens Voice: Discovery offers motivation to fund scientific research
Pocono Record: Make financial literacy a high school staple
Inquirer: Excessive secrecy at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Daily News: More charm than good

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Senator Mitch McConnell – Hypocrite On SCOTUS Nominations (With a Related Question For Pat Toomey)
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf Will Veto Prison Funding, Send the Money Anyway
Keystone Crossroads: In case you missed it: This week’s best reads from Pennsylvania cities

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