2/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Kane passes on a re-election campaign, Sims drops out and Stack endorses Zappala. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

BREAKING: Kane Announces She Won’t Run for Re-Election: The Attorney General dropped out of the 2016 race.

Reader Poll: Do You Agree With Sen. Toomey’s SCOTUS Decision?: Pennsylvania’s junior Senator thinks Justice Scalia’s seat should be filled by the next President.

Reader Poll: Majority Disapprove of Wolf: Our readers don’t seem to think highly of the Governor.

Stack Endorses Zappala for AG: The Lieutenant Governor makes his choice in the Democratic primary for Attorney General.

PA-Sen: Scalia’s Death Causes A Furor in the Senate Race: Pat Toomey’s announcement that the next President should get to appoint Scalia’s replacement brought strong rebukes from his Democratic opponents.

BREAKING: PA-2: Sims Drops Out: The State Rep. is also endorsing his colleague Dwight Evans.

Democrats React to Kane’s Withdrawal: The Democratic Attorney General candidates react to Kathleen Kane’s announcement.

PA-9: Halvorson Collects over 3,000 Signatures: “Art’s Army” collected three times the number of ballot-access signatures required by law.

SD-5: Kevin Boyle Receives Support From Firefighters Union: State Representative Kevin Boyle won the endorsement of the Philadelphia Fire Fighters & Paramedics Union Local 22.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-89: Christine Tolbert, a school teacher who once served on the Orrstown Borough Council, announced she will be running as a Democrat in this race.

“I chose to run because I am someone who understands the challenges faced by ordinary citizens as we try to make a better life for ourselves and our families,” Tolbert said. “I am proud of our community and our way of life, and I want to be the voice of the 89th District in Harrisburg.”

The 89th district consists of parts of Cumberland and Franklin Counties.

HD-91: Denise Weldon-Siviy emerged as only Democratic candidate to meet the petition threshold in this contest.

The 91st district includes parts of Adams and Franklin Counties.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Solar advocates decry PUC decision on net metering
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Wolf signs criminal history sealing expansion bill
PLSReporter: AG Kane to keep it one term
PLSReporter: Supreme Court takes case to decide fate of gas station beer sales
PLSReporter: PennDOT Secretary: Cap State Police funding to free up infrastructure project money

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Amid reform, a city agency too often fails to protect children
Inquirer: Timeline: Kane’s troubled tenure as attorney general
Inquirer: Transition team has 139 recommendations for Kenney’s first year
Notebook: Supreme Court wipes out SRC’s powers to waive provisions of Pa. school code
Heard In The Hall: PICA to city officials: Do something about the pension crisis
Heard In The Hall: Kenney picks non-profit director to lead community services cabinet
Big Tent: Jeb Bush files for April Pa. primary ballot
WHYY Newsworks: Who’s running? It’s filing day
WHYY Newsworks: Fattah racks up another labor endorsement in fight to retain congressional seat [UPDATED]
WHYY Newsworks: Focus on black males now a part of Philadelphia mayor’s administration

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Democrat Josh Shapiro: Kane ‘doing what is right for Pennsylvania’
Delco Daily Times: Montgomery County judge won’t certify Bill Cosby’s appeal to state court
Daily Times News: United Steelworkers union discusses opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: The post-Scalia stakes for employers at the U.S. Supreme Court
Pittsburgh Business Times: Solar industry’s bigger than coal mining now, but not in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s rig count drops to lowest level since 2007
Tribune Review: Wolf plan worries charter schools
Post-Gazette: Constables suing top Allegheny County officials, claiming conspiracy to undermine roles
Post-Gazette: Pa. Turnpike Commission planning improvements in wake of January storm
Post-Gazette: New bill will help non-violent offender seal criminal records
Early Returns: Action! Intrigue! Election petitions!

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Cambria County approves budget, tax hike
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Federal prosecutor begins overdose tour of western counties
Beaver County Times: Commissioner Sandie Egley: Final Beaver County budget includes cuts that are ‘painful for everyone’
Beaver County Times: Budget cuts will mean layoffs, Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy says
Observer-Reporter: U.S. attorney announces anti-heroin ‘fusion resource center’

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton cop enters race for attorney general
Times Leader: Hanover Township police officers join elite group of police departments using Naloxone
Citizens Voice: W-B mayor misses deadline to submit amended budget
Citizens Voice: Chelsea Clinton attends Shavertown fundraiser for mother’s campaign
Standard Speaker: City solicitor to research ‘impact fee,’ residency requirement

South Central
Patriot News: Ten candidates file for Pennsylvania’s presidential primary
Carlisle Sentinel: County owned nursing homes have past violations
York Daily Record: Look who’s on the York County ballot
York Dispatch: Morgan to be sworn in as York County Judge
York Dispatch: York Democratic women to hold gun discussion
Lancaster Intelligencer: Cosby loses appeal; case appears headed to evidence hearing
Roxbury News: Attorney General Kane: I know speaking out comes at a great personal cost

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Records don’t reflect Pat Toomey’s claim on election-year court-nominees
Morning Call: Pa. bill allows minor criminal records to be sealed
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania signs contract for prescription drug registry
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania high court to delve into beer dispute
WFMZ: It’s official: Brown and Morganelli are running for statewide office
Express Times: District judge to resign 2 months into 6 year term

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Rita Graef appointed to fill Ferguson Township supervisor seat
Centre Daily Times: Penn State, trustees’ support sought for Wolf budget
Erie Times News: Scalia’s death makes tie possible in Erie diocese’s case

Opinion
Times-Tribune: Nominate and confirm
Times-Tribune: Eliminate car stickers
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton council members shouldn’t be in dark about city finances
Citizens Voice: GOP senators lack justification to block court nominee
Patriot News: Republicans might not like it, but Obama has the obligation to name Justice Scalia’s replacement
Morning Call: Sen. Casey’s Mideast trip not necessary
Morning Call: Republicans spread gridlock to Supreme Court
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Scofield: The possibility of a single-payer health care system
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Questions arise on PennDOT’s plan to eliminate stickers
Observer-Reporter: Restoring fairness to charter school funding
Tribune Review: Zito: Struggling to comprehend the new political landscape
Tribune Review: Bernie Sanders’ college tuition plan: The folly of ‘free’
Post-Gazette: After Scalia: Fill the vacancy with a scholarly centrist
Inquirer: Acel Moore leaves a great void
Inquirer: Antonin Scalia and the limits of ideology

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Wolf signs bill allowing minor criminal records to be sealed
Citified: Brian Sims Just Dropped Out of the Congressional Race
Citified: Insider: The SRC May Be Sizing Up Your Neighborhood School Right Now
Commonwealth Foundation: Press Pause on Clean Power Plan
2 Political Junkies: Senator Toomey Abandons His Constitutional Responsibilities For Partisan Politics

3 Responses

  1. I am very disappointed! The Gettysburg Area School Board Violated the Sunshine Act on January 20, 2015 by discussing and deciding on an issue at an Executive Board Session just prior to a public meeting which I was in attendance. The school Board did not put it to a public vote and denied me from finding out or asking questions regarding the issue. Two days later I received the Boards Decision in an Email. The Hanover Evening Sun and The Gettysburg Times were in attendance but did not report on it. I filed complaints to the highest state level and nothing was done.

    By the way, Denise Weldon-Siviy a self proclaimed advocate for parents who is running for Representative of the PA 91st District blamed the Parent and sided with the School Board for which she made her opinion known on her Gettysburg Area Residents for Education Facebook Page.

  2. How does this stupid site not list everyone who filed to run for office . You should at least put on a link to The PA Department of State Elections Bureau that shows all the Candidates

  3. Any explanation as to why Hillary didn’t submit the required candidate affidavit with her petitions?

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