2/8 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Shapiro and Zappala get into their first fight, the Supreme Court rejects Kane while Kenney endorses Evans. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

2/5 Ups & Downs: Cash, a gaffe and a new inmate. See who made this week’s list!

Shapiro and Zappala Get Into First Spat of the Campaign: The point of contention is Zappala’s courtroom experience.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Kane’s Request: The Attorney General was seeking to have her law license reinstated.

PA-Sen: AFSCME Endorses McGinty: The Democratic Senate candidate wins the support of AFSCME Council 13.

PA-2: Kenney Backs Evans: Philadelphia’s Mayor is endorsing State Rep. Dwight Evans over Congressman Chaka Fattah.

Sunday Show Preview: February 7, 2016: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
Capitolwire: PA Supreme Court refuses to reinstate Kane’s law license
PLS Reporter: GAVELED OUT: Pennsylvania’s X-Files
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Gov. Wolf talks new efficiency measures, success of GO-TIME in its first year

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: Clout at 20: Gar Joseph’s baby is all grown up and still kicking
Inquirer: Deaths at Philly hospital raise questions
Inquirer: Christie hammers Rubio in GOP debate
Inquirer: As Porngate hits state high court, Sprague brought in as mediator
Inquirer: Study: Tasers could lead to false confessions
Heard in the Hall: Highlights from Mayor Kenney’s first Twitter Q&A
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. funding fights pits transportation needs against troopers
WHYY Newsworks: On Pa. budget: ‘Declare victory’ and go home
Philadelphia Business Journal: Job growth slows, but wages show big gain (VIDEO)
Philadelphia Business Journal: Labor unions’ grip on city gets tighter

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Little lead in Bucks and Montco water, but that’s not the whole story
Bucks County Courier Times: Byelich withdraws from state representative race
Bucks County Courier Times: Attorney General Kane’s trial date set in Montgomery County
Delco Daily Times: Delco school districts crafting budgets despite uncertainty at state level
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania impasse undermining local schools
Daily Local News: State details PFA figures
Bucks Local News: State Rep. Scott Petri withdraws from Congressional race; Mark Byelich takes name out of consideration for State Representative

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Segregation in Pittsburgh area schools an enduring issue
Tribune-Review: 2nd Republican seeks nomination in state attorney general race
Post-Gazette: Hearing for McKeesport councilman rescheduled
Post-Gazette: Zappala weighs whether Port Authority fatal shooting was justified
Post-Gazette: PERC chief says Pa. auditor general should handle change in pension plan reviews
Early Returns: Familiar name steps up to replace Harhai
Pittsburgh Business Times: Why are Pennsylvania’s Affordable Care Act enrollment figures declining in Pa., increasing in Pittsburgh

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Revised Beaver County budget still a work in progress; $6.4 million in cuts still needed to balance spending plan
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. seeking suggestion to cut state spending
Observer Reporter: School districts pave the way for tax increase
Observer Reporter: Wolf to float new budget plan amid fight over current one
Altoona Mirror: Antis Township to probe volunteer fire department
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: State budget standoff leaves college students, support agencies waiting for aid

NEPA
Times Tribune: Scranton has Lackawanna County’s highest tax burden
Citizens Voice: Longtime lawmaker Tigue remembered for humility, duty
News Item: Judge tosses Mt. Carmel eminent domain lawsuit
Standard Speaker: Republicans stress pension reform, budget passage

South Central
Patriot News: Pa. Attorney General goes back to court to try to save testimony in Spanier, Curley, Schultz cases
Patriot News: For his 2nd budget, Gov. Wolf needs to hit the ‘reset’ button: Dennis Roddy
Patriot News: Senate ‘will now move forward’ with Kathleen Kane’s law license
Patriot News: York resident in first Emerge Pa. class that trains women for office
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court refuses to reinstate Kathleen Kane’s law license
Carlisle Sentinel: Chamber event to discuss education in Cumberland County

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Presidential candidates ramp up Pennsylvania campaigns
Morning Call: Politics as Usual: Sestak leads Senate Democrats money race
WFMZ: Casey campaigning in New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton
Reading Eagle: State Sen. Smucker to vie for U.S. Congress

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania Green Party caucus held in State College
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Turzai lays state budget impasse at feet of Wolf
Erie Times-News: Republicans to hold petition-signing breakfast

Opinion
Tribune Review: An open letter to Kathleen Kane
Post Gazette: Cheating cadets: The state police faces a test of integrity
Inquirer: Making wise school choices
Bucks County Courier Times: Voters, politicians should get a ‘D’ grade on nationwide school report
Bucks County Courier Times: Two heads better than one
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. budget impasse turns a corner toward next year
Erie Times-News: Democrats divided between reform, revolution

Blogs
Citified: Jim Kenney’s Team: Mostly White, Majority Women
Citified: The 15 Best Tweets From Kenney’s Twitter Chat
Commonwealth Foundation: Who is Wolf Giving Your Tax Dollars To?
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. funding fight pits transportation needs against troopers
Keystone Crossroads: In case you missed it: The week’s best reads from Pennsylvania cities

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