2/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Bad poll results for Toomey, Wolf endorses Shapiro and we reveal the winners of the Progressive Summit straw polls. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Sen: PPP Poll: Just 29% Approve of Toomey’s Job Performance: A majority of respondents also want the vacant seat on the Supreme Court filled this year.

Sestak and Shapiro Win Progressive Summit Straw Polls: Each audience was surveyed after the debates this weekend.

PA-Gov: Wolf Endorses Shapiro for AG: Governor Wolf announces his support for Josh Shapiro in the Democratic primary for Attorney General.

PA-Sen: Sestak to Unveil Foreign Policy Plan: The former U.S. Congressman will make seven stops across the state this week.

PA-8: Santarsiero Scores PSEA Endorsement: The PSEA and the NEA are backing the Democratic Congressional campaign.

2016 PoliticsPA Nevada/South Carolina Pool Results: See who made the top 10.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Lines drawn in the sand, PA budget process gets underway
StateImpactPA: Federal trial begins in the case of Dimock’s water contamination
PLSReporter: House Republicans form task force to find government redundancies, promote efficiency
PLSReporter: Start of budget hearings puts lawmakers in “uncharted territory”
Capitolwire: Unusual budgetary situation prompts marathon Budget Office hearings, but policy disagreements all too familiar

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Why aren’t Rep. Fattah’s challengers mentioning his legal woes?
Inquirer: U-Turn: Philly GOP chairman to step down this week
WHYY Newsworks: Lines drawn in the sand, Pa. budget process gets
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor’s commission pitches Philadelphia City Council on universal pre-K
WHYY Newsworks: Philly officials look into creating ‘public bank’ to reinforce benefits to city
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Lawmakers Open Budget Hearings Amid Extraordinary Uncertainty

SEPA
Daily Local News: State Rep. Warren Kampf condemns Wolf budget in teleconference
Daily Local News: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf begins defense of spending plan in budget hearings
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners celebrate the wearing and preserving of the green with St. Patrick’s Day proclamation, farm preservation vote
Montgomery Media: Montco DA Kevin Steele speaks to Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, outlines fight against drugs
Delco Daily Times: Leggette named to Nether Prov planning commission

Pittsburgh
KYW: Gov. Wolf Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for January Snowstorm
Tribune Review: Pa. lawmakers ask for audit of Wolf’s spending as $37.5B spent during impasse
Tribune Review: Steelworkers, ATI reach tentative contract
WTAE: Pittsburgh park rangers to get power to issue no-smoking citations in city parks
Pittsburgh Business Times: IRS examines more small business tax returns; overall enforcement declines
Pittsburgh Business Times: UPMC says insurer should cover its tentative $12.5M settlement in antitrust case
Post-Gazette: Two more cases of Zika virus diagnosed in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: White House wants to help states fight heroin, opioid addiction

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf seeks federal aid to cover $55M in snowstorm costs
Beaver County Times: Beaver County District Attorney still seeking answers in Friendship Ridge check probe
Beaver County Times: ATI, United Steelworkers reach tentative contract agreement
Beaver County Times: State House GOP committee unveils PennSAVE to find cost savings

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Gov. Wolf seeks federal aid to cover $55M in snowstorm costs
Times-Tribune: Budget work starts (again) in Harrisburg
Pocono Record: State Sen. Scavello, ESU professor clash over student visit

South Central
York Daily Record: Report: Consolidating transit could save money
Lancaster Intelligencer: Nelson Polite, 92, civil rights leader and former Lancaster city council president, dies
Lancaster Intelligencer: Schools scrambling to find substitute teachers
Lancaster Intelligencer: Local river tourism and recreation funding in jeopardy
Patriot News: Harrisburg parking budget: Will the city get its money?
Patriot News: Pennsylvania state budget hearings open Monday, and it feels like relationship counseling

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Mallory Scott to challenge state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone in Democratic primary
Reading Eagle: Mallory B. Scott, suspended Reading constable, gets ARD in drunken driving, assault case
WFMZ: Center housing immigrants met with protest
Express Times: Phillipsburg going paperless for council meetings
Express Times: How a $65M Route 22 improvement project will affect motorists
Morning Call: First Democratic debate for Pa. attorney general gets nasty
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf turns to medical schools in fight against heroin overdoses
Morning Call: Bucks’ 8th District among nation’s most competitive

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Tongue splitting prohibited under proposed Erie health regulations
Erie Times-News: Erie schools to work with financial consultant
Centre Daily Times: Here’s how Pa. governor would fight opioid drug abuse in his state

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Sanders pitch on fundraising is not a smear of Clinton
Morning Call: Benso: New budget a new opportunity to prioritize our kids
Erie Times-News: Goldberg: Foreign policy problems go beyond Iraq
Erie Times-News: Pitts: GOP pursues unrelenting campaign of obstruction, insult
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Flint: Failure on all levels leads to water catastrophe
Lancaster Intelligencer: School funding in Pennsylvania: We have a plan; now we need action
Lebanon Daily News: Shenk: Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is different
Patriot News: Will the U.S. Supreme Court have to clean up a mess that Pa.’s Supreme Court created?
Tribune Review: The court & Obama’s “kingdom”
Tribune Review: Lawyers for illegals?: We must stop incentivizing aliens
Daily Local News: Kathleen Kane has done enough damage in one term
Inquirer: An overdue indictment of the Sheridan investigation
Daily News: When it comes to educating kids, state is tragically irresponsible

Blogs
Citified: Kenney is breaking his most important promise to black voters
Citified: City bill would crack down on nuisance businesses
Keystone State Education Coalition: Erie school funding a moral issue
Commonwealth Foundation: The pretense of democratic unions
Commonwealth Foundation: Pennsylvania must control compensation costs
2 Political Junkies: Tribune Review’s Eric Heyl fails to disclose Scaife connections

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