2/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Toomey comments on the SCOTUS vacancy, the Philly Police offer Kanye a job and Terry Madonna analyzes Kathleen Kane’s character flaws. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Philly Police Offer Kanye West A Job: The Philadelphia Police Department made waves yet again.

Politically Uncorrected: The Fall of Kathleen Kane: Where does the Kane saga belong in the notorious annals of Pennsylvania’s disgraced politicians?

PA Religious Group Calls Out Trump: The Pennsylvania Family Council issues the presidential candidate an open letter.

PA-Sen: Toomey Attacks McGinty’s Business Career (VIDEO): The Senator asserts McGinty is looking out for her own interests instead of the commonwealth’s.

PA-Sen: Toomey Stands Firm on Not Confirming: The junior Senator would, however, be open to voting on a Scalia-like nominee.

PA-2: SEIU Endorses Fattah’s Re-Election Effort: Fattah receives a much needed endorsement in his campaign to retain his Congressional seat.

PA-8: NRCC Embraces Fitzpatrick, Adds Him to “Young Guns” Group: The NRCC is coalescing around the younger brother of the incumbent Congressman.

PA Watchdog: Philadelphia approves 3 new charter schools
PA Watchdog: Teacher unions stage ‘walk-in’ action to protest budgets – and competition
PA Watchdog: Taxpayers subsidize union politics of ‘ghost teachers’
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania enters new phase of criminal justice reform with JRI II
State House Sound Bites: PA embarks on review of its criminal justice system
State House Sound Bites: Stricter campaign finance law? There’s a bill for that

Heard In The Hall: Freshman Councilman Taubenberger fined by ethics board
Heard In The Hall: Top-paying jobs in Kenney’s administration
KYW: PA Congressman Says FDA Should Take Popular Form Of Birth Control Off The Market
KYW: City Council Committee Hearing Held On State Of Phila. Schools
Inquirer: Kenney appoints Judge Benjamin Lerner to top post in his administration
Inquirer: Pa. to review criminal justice system
Inquirer: Council bill aims to increase city employment
Inquirer: Toomey pressed, praised on Supreme Court stance

Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford mulls impact of extended state budget impasse
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County OKs new contract for detectives bureau
Bucks County Courier Times: Penndel council approves contract with new solicitor
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville not alone in its efforts to merge with another school district

Post-Gazette: Statements that aren’t quite true usually don’t hurt politicians, experts say
Post-Gazette: Pa. auditor general finds size of dining allowance too steep for gaming control execs
Pittsburgh Business Times: Filing alleges UPMC accidentally handed privileged documents to DOJ
Pittsburgh Business Times: More bridge work needed in Pennsylvania
WESA: Do High Taxes Play A Part In Keystone Exodus?
WESA: No, Pittsburgh, Your Recycling Isn’t Going To The Landfill

Altoona Mirror: Juvenile treatment challenging courts
Altoona Mirror: Starr falls off ballot over paperwork error
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘We’re coming after you’: Police, lawmakers form united front in war on drugs
Observer-Reporter: Judge Toothman rejoins Greene County elections board

Pocono Record: East Stroudsburg artist’s work to hang in Governor’s mansion
Pocono Record: Longtime Stroudsburg solicitor to depart
Times Leader: Rep. Lou Barletta, marshmallow pizzas and a very successful SHINE after school program
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre finances buoyed by Tax Anticipation Note acquired in January
Times-Tribune: Peters defends work for Preate, Kane and Democrats
Citizens Voice: Committee seeks public input in county manager search
Citizens Voice: Audit: Gaming industry overstated table game jobs projections

South Central
Patriot News: Pennsylvanians registering to vote by the thousands using online system
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, state leaders launch new look at Pennsylvania’s criminal justice policies
Carlisle Sentinel: Auditor General says gaming board needs more self control with expenses
Carlisle Sentinel: Chamber of Commerce breakfast addresses state of education
York Dispatch: Gov. Wolf pays visit to York City Elementary
Lancaster Intelligencer: Meet the national security adviser to Ted Cruz who’s from Lancaster
Lebanon Daily News: PA 101st candidate John Dissinger’s petitions rejected

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Gracedale passes state inspection without a single citation says Northampton County Councilman
Morning Call: Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller says finances strong despite state budget mess
Reading Eagle: Berks Republicans hear messages on multiculturalism
WFMZ: Patrick Murphy sworn in as Under Secretary of Army
Express Times: Ex-Bangor councilman headed to possible trial in sex abuse case

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania gets new study to cut crime, prison population
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Independent to run against US Rep. Marino
Erie Times News: Dan Laughlin announces bid for state Senate nomination
Erie Times News: 2 Republicans vie for 6th District state House nomination

Express Times: Trump, Clinton, Sanders fail the godly test
Patriot News: Kathleen Kane: Was playing the mom card the wrong move?
Morning Call: Foul language has no place in presidential campaign
Standard Speaker: Normalcy at last in Kane episode
Times-Tribune: Common sense prevails
Citizens Voice: Reform in Pennsylvania
Altoona Mirror: Cambria tax increase wise choice
Observer-Reporter: Let the Sunshine in
Post-Gazette: Kane’s good news: Why wait till January? She should leave now
Post-Gazette: Carbon uncaptured: The Supreme Court suspended a sensible plan
Post-Gazette: Asian summit: Part of Obama’s aim was to counter China
Tribune-Review: Cheating charter schools: Gov. Wolf’s dichotomy
Inquirer: Kathleen Kane’s long goodbye
Daily News: Students falling for socialism

2 Political Junkies: Brave
2 Political Junkies: Meanwhile, Outside It’s Getting Warmer and The GOP Is Still Denying The Science
Citified: Maria Quinones-Sanchez Wants to Make Philly the “BCorp Capital of the World”
Citified: Pa. “Sanctuary Cities” Could Face Crackdown

One Response

  1. Kane can be all the things listed in the article cited above: inexperienced, poor temperament, etc. But that doesn’t change the fact that she was targeted by a corrupt bunch of creeps who were motivated by self-preservation.

    Kane won an election. In a landslide. She may be stupid. She may be naive. She may have been in over her head. But, what she found when she did what she promised to do while campaigning was a disturbing network of people who seemed to think the rules don’t apply to them. They used their State computers to distribute vile, racist material. Their attitudes towards minorities, women and homosexuals is very disturbing. The fact that they shared the material with Judges they appeared in front of is even more disturbing. They created a group of people who all had the goods on each other. People that shared the same racist, woman-hating attitudes. And, once you were part of that group, the other members had a hammer they could hold over you.

    Frank Fina was one of the prosecutors in this group. He prosecuted people for mis-using their State computers. And then he used his State computer on this:https://www.flickr.com/photos/zadock1/3580634808. That is but one example. There are many others.

    The person who is allegedly at the center of the e-mails is Seamus McCaffery. He was a Supreme Court Justice. His brother is currently a Judge in Philadelphia. He was once tight with Kane.

    When Kane won, but before she took office, Fina finalized his “unjust” plea deal with Tyron Ali. Bruce Beemer called it “unjust.” Fina dropped all the charges. Fina let Ali keep the $430K he stole from a non-profit set up to help children.

    Con-man Ali’s lawyer is Bob Levant. Fina negotiated that sweet deal, in the 11th hour (right before Kane was set to take over) with Levant.

    And now Fina is suing the AG’s Office for money. And guess who one of his lawyers is? Yep — Bob Levant.

    Rumor has it that Levant has helped Seth Williams with the FBI’s criminal investigation into Williams.
    Now – Seth Williams has just created a new position at the DA’s Office – “General Counsel and Chief of Staff.” It’s a high paying job. The person he hired just walked off the street into that job. She has zero general counsel experience and hardly any prosecutorial experience.

    But – she is Bob Levant’s wife. It’s no wonder that Williams refuses to fire Fina. They are in bed together. Levant and Martin are on that stinky mattress too. Something is rotten at the DA’s Office.

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