2/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Trump, Wolf, and Casey’s numbers from the latest Franklin and Marshall poll.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

F&M Poll: Trump’s Pennsylvania Numbers Show Polarized Public: Trump’s approval rating is similar to other statewide figures like Casey and Wolf, but the President faces intense opposition.

F&M Poll: Wolf Starts Re-election on Solid Footing: Wolf’s numbers in the latest poll are running above Corbett’s for the same time in his 2014 campaign.

F&M Poll: Casey Starts Re-elect Cycle with Higher Approval Than Last Time: The latest Franklin & Marshall poll should put Senator Bob Casey in a good mood. He is in a better position than he was at this point in his successful 2012 re-election effort.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Review of cash-strapped State System of Higher Education due by summer, leaders say.
Capitolwire: Wolf’s Farm Show lease proposal – is it like using one credit card to pay off part of another credit card?
Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf’s $25 State Police fee prompts plenty of conversation, debate during budget hearing.
Capitolwire: The Capitolwire Procurement Beat for Feb. 24, 2017.
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers balk at municipal police fees, voice conflicting complaints
State House Sound Bites: PASSHE chancellor warns legislature, some schools could soon be broke

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Kenney on state senator’s claim about city students: ‘It’s racism’
Inquirer: After subway derailment, Council to hold hearing on SEPTA safety
Daily News: Clout: Could a Republican be lone candidate in the heavily Democratic 197th District?
Inquirer: Accused of being anti-business, Council looks to deregulate
Inquirer: Philadelphia pension fund lost $149 million in 2016
Inquirer: Ex-Rendell top aide disbarred after guilty plea in FBI sting

SEPA
Delco Times: Wolf vows to veto new anti-abortion law
Bucks County Courier Times: Opioid abuse dominates Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s telephone town hall
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania Turnpike chairman suddenly resigns

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Wilson Center buoyed by $500K RAD grant
Post-Gazette: Ross prepares for medical marijuana businesses
Post-Gazette: Heidelberg councilman sues borough in property dispute
Post-Gazette: Toomey meets with some who have been protesting outside his office
Post-Gazette: City may launch task force to examine affordable preschool
Post-Gazette: Covering towns without local police cost Pa. troopers $600M a year, commissioner says
Post-Gazette: Region’s refugee and Muslim groups on edge after attack on Somali man
Post-Gazette: Mayor announces hire to lead new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
Early Returns: Trump receives 32 percent approval rating in latest poll
Pittsburgh Business Times: Sunoco plans second pipeline for Mariner East 2
Pittsburgh Business Times: Trump’s manufacturing summit comes as jobs expand nationally, but not in Pittsburgh metro
WESA: PA’s Teacher Retirement Plan Ranks Low In Funding Standard Nationwide
KDKA: Local Congressmen Attack Town Hall Meetings As Source Of Disruption
KDKA: Sources: Rep. Tim Murphy Evacuated With Students Due To Bomb Threat At West Allegheny H.S.
WTAE: Reports of Jewish students harassed at Pittsburgh-area schools brings response from Pa. attorney general

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Prison Board takes up regional booking center staffing, but refrains from making changes
Beaver County Times: Poll: Pennsylvanians want Affordable Care Act fixed not repealed
Beaver County Times: Bernstine to host open house at Ellwood City office
Beaver County Times: $2 million waterline replacement project coming to Brighton Township
Observer-Reporter: County economic development scorecard posts another healthy year
Observer-Reporter: Bartolotta bill would broaden opioid treatment options
Observer-Reporter: White man set for hate crime plea in black man’s beating in Pittsburgh
Altoona Mirror: Scarnati supports Blair senator
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns joins Blue Lives Matter caucus

NEPA
The Times Leader: Vough running for Luzerne County Council
Times-Tribune: Casey discusses economic development at roundtable
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners consider raising cremation fee
Times-Tribune: Former member to run for Scranton School Board
Wayne Independent: Dime Bank donates to Libraries
Standard Speaker: ACA hot button issue at Cartwright town hall
Standard Speaker: City approves medical marijuana ordinance
Pocono Record: Monroe County advocates discuss starting ‘Code Blue’ shelters

South Central
Patriot News: Bob Casey and Governor Wolf have high favorability ratings despite re-election challenges
Patriot News: PA Trump voters trust president to improve economy
Patriot News: Hearing on damaged unemployment compensation will focus on labor and industry rebuilding

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: New order on transgender bathrooms will impact Leigh Valley school policies
Morning Call: Why repealing Obamacare would be costly for PA
Morning Call: Soda tax lowers sales and unemployment
Reading Eagle: Trump’s recent job Franklin & Marshall poll shows mere success

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Questions on how Trump’s administration will handle Penn State scandal lingers
Erie Times-News: Bills to reject President Trumps order against transgender bathrooms continues
Erie Times-News: Erie considers urban farming zoning changes for area

Opinion
Delco Times: Jodine Mayberry: Why won’t Meehan have a town hall on the ACA?
Delco Times: Editorial: Voices not going silent on ACA concerns
Erie Times-News: Our view: Heal Erie’s racial divide with honesty, accountability
Patriot News: Pence’s response to anti-Semitism raises a question – Did voters elect the wrong Republican?: John L. Micek
Patriot News: The record is clear – Pat Toomey is his own man: Christopher Nicholas
Patriot News: Trump’s National Security Adviser pick is a welcome addition in turbulent times: Marybeth P. Ulrich
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Editorial | Undertakers burdened by drug deaths even as more help is available to addicts
Lancaster Online: Pennsylvania needs a shot of common sense on vaccination exemptions
Tribune Review: IRS tax violators: Coddling its own
Inquirer: Ferris: Is sanctuary movement civil disobedience or just law-breaking?
Inquirer: Commentary: Medical marijuana will help Pa. fight opioid crisis
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: City hasn’t paid enough attention to a heroin addict encampment
Daily News: DN editorial: Eichelberger needs some schooling on state’s education issues

February 24th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments