2/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Johnny Doc gets in a fight, Hanger talks about the budget and Ridge endorses Kasich. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Dougherty Involved in Physical Altercation: Johnny Doc allegedly punched a man in the face.

PA-Gov: Hanger Talks Budget, GOP: Wolf’s former right-hand man opened up about the last year in Harrisburg.

Former Governor Ridge Endorses Kasich: The ex-Governor is backing John Kasich for President.

Reader Poll: Is Domestic or Foreign Policy More Important to You?: We want to know what matters most to our readers when they cast their presidential ballot.

Reader Poll: Majority Agree With Toomey’s SCOTUS Call: Our readers back Sen. Toomey’s decision to leave the Supreme Court seat vacancy.

PA Republicans React to President’s Gitmo Plan: Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressmen denounced Pres. Obama’s pitch to close the notorious facility.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Did Kane give impeachment the slip?
PA Independent: What the PA Supreme Court decision really means for charter school
PLSReporter: Wolf answers questions after signing two bills
Capitolwire: Treasurer Reese indicates his agency has few options regarding paying state’s bills during budget impasse
Capitolwire: Fetterman, staying in his inequality bailiwick, zings competitors at Press Club

Philadelphia
CapitolInq: Wolf to endorse Evans over Fattah
Inquirer: Kenney Endorses Clinton
Inquirer: Renee Chenault-Fattah out at NBC10
Inquirer: FBI, state prosecutors investigating fight involving union leader Dougherty
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. to create single commission to oversee horse racing
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former Montco GOP head disbarred
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia Bar Association ignores award named after late Justice Scalia
WHYY Newsworks: In quest for U.S. Senate Seat, Sestak outlines national security plan

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford board plans third march on Harrisburg
Pottstown Mercury: State OKs affordable housing grant in Phoenixville
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf seeks federal aid to cover $55M in snowstorm costs
Delco Daily Times: D.A. nixes charges filed against Upland Council president

Pittsburgh
WESA: Lines Drawn In The Sand, PA Budget Process Gets Underway
WESA: Wolf Launches Fiscal Savings Accountability Website
KDKA: Officials: State Law Needs Changes To Allow Free Recycling Of Old TVs
Tribune Review: Planners OK temporary zoning district along Pittsburgh’s rivers
Tribune Review: Dermody: Enthusiasm wanes among Democrats for impeaching Kane
WTAE: Citizens Police Review Board to offer opinion on lethal force and use of K-9s
WTAE: New laws in Pennsylvania: Wolf signs bills on military pay tax, horse racing industry
Post-Gazette: Dormont mayor overturns plan to nix Storm Water Authority
Post-Gazette: Wilkinsburg School District finds $1.2 million deficit

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: USW hopes to speed up voting process on tentative pact with ATI
Observer-Reporter: DEP issues a spate of violations against Range Resources, EQT
Tribune Review: Mt. Pleasant borough officials say tax increase possible in 2017

NEPA
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Council advances manager residency requirement
Times-Leader: Sen. Casey says Congress needs a better understanding of Middle East security situation in fight with ISIS
Times-Tribune: Scranton school leader: Plan can increase achievement, decrease deficit

South Central
York Daily Record: York County gets $45,025 in liquor license fees
York Daily Record: Confederate Flag Day event finds Gettysburg venue
York Daily Record: Calculate your York County property taxes
Patriot News: DEP cites Marcellus Shale driller for violations at dozens of well sites
Patriot News: Harrisburg sets public meetings on marijuana proposal
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf signs bill designed to modernize Pa. horse racing regulation
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court Justice Eakin to appear in court Thursday on email charges
Carlisle Sentinel: Harrisburg official demands better security at Civil War museum
York Dispatch: Pugliese heroin task force involvement questioned
York Dispatch: $1.4 million in welfare fraud prevented in York County
Lancaster Intelligencer: Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Lincoln university presidents push for state budget deal

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Joe Sestak talks Guantanamo Bay closure, national security during Allentown campaign stop
Morning Call: Northampton Area will either tap into reserves or borrow to get through school year
Morning Call: Should Allentown’s PPL Center be taxed?
Express Times: Want to stop the PennEast pipeline? There’s a class for that
Reading Eagle: January snowstorm socked Pa. for more than $55 million in cleanup costs
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Wally Scott wants to move police to downtown post office

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: New county review team focuses on fatalities
Erie Times-News: Fort LeBoeuf schools to consider $8 million bond
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council solicitor works to resolve EMTA charter dispute

Opinion
Patriot News: Tucker: The ‘browning’ of America is tearing the GOP apart
Patriot News: Gleason: Here’s why Pat Toomey will win re-election
Patriot News: Sen. Folmer: We’re taxed enough – we have a spending problem
Carlisle Sentinel: Jensen: The case for Biden to enter the race
Carlisle Sentinel: Purcell: Hey Bernie, the robots are coming
Kelly’s World: New Poll Says Toomey In Supreme Peril
Reading Eagle: After one about-face, it is time for Kane to do another
Erie Times-News: Cuneo: Reporting needed as races take shape
Post-Gazette: Britain’s choice: America must let the UK decide on the EU
Post-Gazette: Cost of care: St. Clair Memorial pioneers a key patient option
Inquirer: Criminal history: Philly’s other dubious landmarks
Daily News: Jones: In 2016, black votes matter

Blogs
Citified: 5 takeaways from the alleged Johnny Doc brawl
Citified: What Kenney’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton says about him
Keystone State Education Coalition: School funding in PA: We have a plan; now we need action
Commonwealth Foundation: Addressing the confusion on compensation
PA Budget and Policy Center: Senator Corman’s budget fantasy
2 Political Junkies: Poll numbers for Pat Toomey to worry about

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