2/3 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Petri drops out, Fattah Jr. gets sent to jail and we do a deep dive on the PA-6 fundraising reports. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-8: Petri Drops Out: Brian Fitzpatrick is now the clear front-runner in the GOP primary.

PA-6: Q4: Li Stockpiling, Costello Widening Lead: Lindy Li did very well in the last three months of the year, but her numbers still couldn’t compare to Costello’s.

Shapiro Holds $1.3 Million in His Campaign Warchest: The Democratic AG candidate has more than double the cash of his closest competitor.

BREAKING: Fattah Jr. Sentenced to Five Years in Jail: The Congressman’s son will begin his term in prison immediately.

PA-8: Naughton Files Petitions, Becomes First Congressional Candidate on the Ballot: The Democratic congressional candidate filed 1,100 signatures and is the first to make the April 26th ballot.

Reader Poll: Who Do You Believe Will Be the Democratic Nominee in PA-7?: We ask our readers who they think will the Democrats will put up against Congressman Pat Meehan.

Reader Poll: Rand Leads, Hillary and Bernie Battle for Dems: The Kentucky Senator’s well-known online army came out for him.

Jim Roddey Endorses Rubio for President: The current Allegheny County Republican Chairman is the latest Pennsylvanian to support the Florida Senator for President.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-46: State Rep. Jason Ortitay will be running for re-election. In fact, there could be a 2014 rematch between Ortitay and Democrat Jesse White, who is trying to win back the seat.

The 46th district contains parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Point of Order: Wolf’s push to shut down independent pension agency intensifies, but his arguments ring hollow
Capitolwire: Without an agreement on his prior basic education wants, Wolf wants $200 million more
Capitolwire: PA revenues remain ahead of estimates, but only slightly
Pennsylvania Watchdog: High court ruling could free nine Erie killers
PLSReporter: Auditor General bangs the drum on municipal pension reform
PLSReporter: Like spring, budget wishes are coming early this year

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf: Give schools $200 million more in 2016-17
Inquirer: Controller: City mailroom is a mess
Inquirer: VA weighs new punishment for Phila. director
Inquirer: Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter begins CNN gig, stumps for Hillary Clinton
WHYY Newsworks: Musicians rally at City Hall still on as Philly councilman kills music bill
WHYY Newsworks: Philly celebrates Richard Allen, forefather of civil rights, and stamp with his likeness
Philadelphia Business Journal: $35M sale of Montco hospital is completed

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Springfield signs deal for new website provider
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby begins process of long range planning
Pottstown Mercury: Ex DA. Castor: ‘Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted, ever’
Montgomery Media: Four Lower Providence police officers promoted

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Jesse White seeking Democratic nomination to get House seat back
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf seeks millions more for educatio next fiscal year
Post-Gazette: AG Kane says she didn’t raise any campaign cash last year
Pittsburgh Business Times: Councilman proposes changes to city’s real estate appeals process
WESA: Wolf Expected to OK scrubbing Old, Minor Criminal Charges

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County District Attorney seeks supporting documents for $3.4 million that went to Friendship Ridge’s new owners
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Pat Stefano’s resolution delay for power plant regulations
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State comes up short on road and bridge plan

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Hazleton City Council tackles tax debate tonight
Standard Speaker: Cartwright’s Republican challenger has campaign money
Times Leader: New hire by Mayor Tony George not a Wilkes-Barre resident
Citizens Voice: State budget impasse cost school district up to $50 million to date

South Central
York Dispatch: York City Council OKs $1M Rail Trail project
York Dispatch: York native, Senate candidate Fetterman comes home
Patriot-News: Auditor General touts Harrisburg as a financial success (for its pensions)
Patriot-News: AG Kathleen Kane: Dismiss federal lawsuit by ‘insubordinate’ agents
York Daily Record: Wolf: Give $200M more to schools in next Pa. budget
LancasterOnline: Manheim Township school board admits violating state Sunshine Act with closed-door meetings
LancasterOnline: Rep. Bryan Cutler to hold town hall to review Wolf’s next budget address

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: In Reading, Gov. Tom Wolf calls for increased education funding
Reading Eagle: Congressional candidate Dave Naples end bid to unseat Rep. Pat Meehan
Morning Call: FBI probe expands to Lehigh County
Morning Call: After FBI raid, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s campaign fund spent more than $80,000 on lawyers

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Ferguson Township to look at source water protection ordinance
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners to investigate appointees to elected positions
Go Erie: ETN on WICU: Unified Erie’s plans after meetings

Opinion
Citizens Voice: Total failure in Harrisburg
Post-Gazette: False promise: The new Mon-Fay segment is a road to nowhere
Post-Gazette: High stakes: Syria and its neighbors need the talks to work
Patriot-News: What is ‘dark money’ and how is it affecting our politics?
Daily News: Difference between MOVE and Bundys is as plain as black and white
Inquirer: Phila. Parking Authority: Cabs’ captive watchdog

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Mayors to states: Help or get out of the way
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf to PERC: “You’re Fired!”
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Denied Again!!!!!!
PA Budget & Policy Center: A Budget for Pennsylvania’s Future
2 Political Junkies: Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the GOP Presidential Primary Leader

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