2/28 PoliticsPA Playbook

The Senate race gets its first Republican, and the Democratic Party tries for a last minute substitution.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Saccone Launches Senate Bid: State Rep. RickPA-state-flag6-14 Saccone officially kicked off his campaign for U.S. Senate in the Harrisburg Capitol Rotunda.

HD-197: Democrats Push for Last Minute Substitution: The Democratic Party is pushing for a last minute substitution in the 197th after their candidate was ruled ineligible for the ballot by the Commonwealth Court. They will need to beat the end of the week.

Capitolwire: Lawmakers concerned about state General Fund cuts to DCNR.
State House Sound Bites: First GOP challenger enters PA’s US Senate race
StateImpact: DEP proposes fee increase to improve drinking water standards
StateImpact: Trump plans to ditch Obama’s protection for small wetlands and waterways

KYW: Gov. Wolf Condemns Recent Anti-Semitic Attacks, Threats
NewsWorks: Wolf joins governors asking for Trump’s help with infrastructure
Daily News: Will Philly’s 100th mayor be a Republican?
Daily News: Byko: State rep tells Clarke to obey immigration law
Inquirer: Bleak picture emerges at hearing on city finances under Trump
Inquirer: Judge: Cosby trial to stay in Norristown, with jurors from outside Montco
Inquirer: Democrats go to court, trying to get back on the 197th District ballot
Inquirer: Will Philly native be able to influence Trump as national security adviser?

Bucks County Courier Times: Centennial’s preliminary budget would cost homeowners $106 more
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Democrats endorse row office candidates
Bucks County Courier Times: Republicans change endorsements for Warminster races

Tribune Review: Judge rules transgender students can use bathroom of their choice
Tribune Review: PA Democrats denounce the leaked Obamacare bill that will harm state budget
Tribune Review: Governor Wolf vows to punish those behind anti-Semitic acts
Post-Gazette: Pat Toomey relocates office to downtown Pittsburgh from Station Square
Post-Gazette: Ex-Rendell top aide disbarred after guilty plea in FBI sting 
KDKA: PA labor secretary claims the  unemployment compensation system is wounded

Beaver County Times: Bob Casey claims a bipartisan legislation would allow older to fight against age discrimination
Observer-Reporter: Military support under Trumps order moves but will force large cuts elsewhere
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pentagon orders fight against Somalia

Times Leader: PAstate police create a bargain with local municipalities
Times-Tribune: White House continues to defend contacts with FBI over Russia

South Central
Patriot News: DEP has a plan for keeping Pa.’s drinking water safe–but it may be two years away
Patriot News: NAACP PA wants meeting with state senator after remarks on inner-city students
Patriot News: ‘Cowardly and spineless’: Jewish coalition condemns bomb threats and anti-Semitic hate crimes
Patriot News: York in head-to-head match to become America’s ‘Strongest Town’
Patriot News: Was Harrisburg bomb threat connected to hoaxes at other Jewish centers?
Patriot News: Parents rush to pick up children after bomb threat at Jewish Community Center in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Lot of ’empty spots’ on Dauphin County’s municipal elections ballot
Patriot News: The most and least diverse cities: Where does Pa. rank?
Patriot News: Is Pa. pipeline fight on Amish farm the next Standing Rock? ‘We’re prepared to be here for months’
Carlisle Sentinel: Ex-chief of West Shore police accused of theft
Carlisle Sentinel: 5 Questions: Fulham-Winston takes seat on Carlisle’s council
Carlisle Sentinel: Superintendents brief chamber members of school district fiscal challenges
York Dispatch: York JCC evacuated in latest spate of threats
York Dispatch: Local residents celebrate Dominican Independence Day
Lebanon Daily News: Central Pa. meetings set on right to carry guns

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call:  Judge: zoners will decide if turbines can be built on Bethlehem’s watershed
Morning Call: Northampton Area School District concerned that drop in transportation subsidies offsets state budget increases for education
Morning Call: Report: Online gambling can bring Pa. more than $400 million in next six years
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area adopts resolution opposing property tax elimination plan
Reading Eagle: Wilson School Board accepts superintendent’s resignation
WFMZ: Pending home sales down nationally, but up in the Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Ex-Bangor councilman on trial in sexual abuse of girl
Express Times: Construction firm owner joins race for Slate Belt district judge

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: CRCOG hears from residents about refugees, immigrants’ rights
Centre Daily Times: Addressing Centre County’s failing bridges to require joint effort
Centre Daily Times: Almost 600 Penn State employees accept voluntary retirement offer
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Candidates share positions at luncheon
Erie Times-News: Erie-area municipalities to get millions in state fuel funds
Erie Times-News: Brennan will not seek re-election to Erie City Council
Erie Times-News: Nomination process reset for Erie federal judgeship

Inquirer: Turzai: Pa. budget process isn’t sustainable
Tribune Review: Reinventing state government
Erie Times-News: Our view: Lawmakers must not abandon opioid fight
Patriot News: The fastest way to ‘Drain the Swamp?’ Give the FEC some real teeth: Editorial
Patriot News: Another Wolf budget, another try for a severance tax – here we go again: Colin McNickle
Inquirer: Commentary: Carbon tax an elegant, market-based policy
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Jewish cemetery’s desecration was a hateful crime

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