2/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14New candidates for Commonwealth and Superior Court, and Wolf to Keynote Pa. Dems Winter Dinner.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Clark Tosses Hat into Commonwealth Court Race: Former Pittsburgh Municipal Court Judge Irene Clark jumped into the Commonwealth Court race on the Democratic ticket. In her statement, she responded directly to her low rating from the PA Bar Association.

Philly Judge McLaughlin Enters Superior Court Race: Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Maria McLaughlin announced her Democratic bid for Superior Court, with Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale by her side.

Wolf to Keynote PA Dems Winter Dinner: The Pa. Dems announced that Governor Tom Wolf will headline their winter dinner this Friday.

Legislative Elections Update
Inquirer: Pa. House special election candidate challenged with water, power bills

State House Sound Bites: IFO says some revenues in Wolf’s budget would be volatile
State House Sound Bites: After emotional floor debate, abortion bill passes PA Senate

Inquirer: Senate bill aims to preempt Philadelphia’s new wage equity law
Inquirer: Civil rights lawyer Lawrence Krasner announces run for Philly DA
Inquirer: Pa. Senate passes ‘paycheck protection’ measure
Inquirer: Chester Upland didn’t pay employees’ local taxes for three years, owes $570,00
Inquirer: Pa. Senate passes controversial abortion ban, sends bill to House
Inquirer: Philly DA’s reforms unit dedicated to reviewing innocence claims
Inquirer: At gun show, what Trump’s election means for sales
Inquirer: Pa. House special election candidate challenged with water, power bills
Philadelphia Magazine: Why Penn Vet Isn’t Happy With Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Budget
Philadelphia Magazine: Sanctuary Cities Bill That Could Defund Philly Clears Pa. Senate
WHYY Newsworks: Krasner jumps into Philly DA race
WHYY Newsworks: Cost to handle Trump protests in Philadelphia near $3M
WHYY Newsworks: Bill to give local cops speedometers on Harrisburg’s radar
WHYY Newsworks: Richman moves one step closer to SRC, says she’s in no hurry to dissolve Philly board
KYW Newsradio: Mayor Kenney Believes Sessions AG Confirmation Will Set Back Police-Community Trust
Philadelphia Business Journal: Region’s banks turned in strong performances in 2016
Philly Voice: Penn protesters get unexpected meeting with Toomey staff
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania senator to Trump: Come after me, you ‘s***-gibbon’

Pottstown Mercury: Area educators call for reform of charter school funding
Pottstown Mercury: Pension crisis draining away school resources educators say
Pottstown Mercury: NAACP anniversary celebrated Sunday at Bethel for Black History Month
Pottstown Mercury: Educators at forum question drive to kill school property taxes
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Council appoints ‘known commodity’ to vacant seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Local educators reach to Betsy DeVos appointment
Bucks County Courier Times: Brian Fitzpatrick: Report shows gaps in FDA oversight of medical
Delco Daily Times: Delco delegation has mixed reaction to Wolf budget plan
Bucks Local News: State Rep. Perry Warren to host district office open house, meet and greet on Monday
Westchester Daily Local: Area state lawmakers like Wolf’s call for consolidation

Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayoral candidate ‘looking for a miracle’
Post-Gazette: Education boss gets first assignment- mend fences with foes
Post-Gazette: Labor secretary nominee addresses conflicts of interest
Post-Gazette: DA Zappala to require prosecutors to sign of on all felony charges
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh students protest DeVos confirmation; press Toomey on vote
Pittsburgh Business Times: Manufacturing’s new era means new worker skills needed
Pittsburgh Business Times: ‘Anxiety and optimism’: Parkway West on verge of breakthrough after years as ‘tenant’s market’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania sees surge in donations
Pittsburgh Business Times: ACA repeal could spell insurance loss for 1 million Pennsylvanians: Report
Pittsburgh Business Times: Family leave debate turns to bereavement, with Facebook making a big change
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh in middle of U.S. News’ Best Places to Live list

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: GOP picks Chester County attorney to follow Gleason
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: County commissioners applaud governor’s budget plan
Washington Observer-Reporter: Consol temporarily laying off 200 at Bailey Mine

Standard Speaker: Gov Wolf budget plan includes $37.4 million dollars for Hazleton area
Standard Speaker: PA State Commission on Latino Affairs meets in Hazleton
Times-Tribune: Scranton residents subpoena mayor/council over tripled local services tax
Times-Tribune: Wolf budget proposal calls for $12 minimum wage
Times-Tribune: Mid Valley changes tax collector pay

South Central
Patriot News: In a key Pennsylvania test vote, abortion rights supporters show just enough strength
Lancaster Online: PA senate approve 20 week ban on abortion ban
Lancaster Online: Activists protest gas pipeline beneath Potomac River
Lancaster Online: Gov. Wolf’s $100 million proposed increase in basic education funding is welcome news for Lancaster County schools

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Senate GOP pass pay-equity bill that would kill Philly law
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf promotes apprenticeship programs during Allentown visit
Reading Eagle: Dennis Hess seeks fourth term as Berks County coroner

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Former borough councilman to seek mayor spot
Erie Times-News: Laughlin votes against bill restricting abortion rights
Sun-Gazette: $1 million pipeline investment grant in Elk County announced
Sun-Gazette: Gas industry not happy with tax plan

York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Budget clock starts now
Patriot News: Wolf’s minimum wage hike needs to bring tipped workers along with it: Editorial
Altoona Mirror: Budget harmony elusive
Tribune Review: The Wolf budget, Round III: Painfully predictable
Morning Call: Mike Turzai: Fix the budget process by fixing state government
Lancaster Online: Constituents deserve a response from their legislators
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Trump continues to defy logic with attack-mode Tweets
Inquirer: The night the GOP ordered a woman to sit down and shut up
Sun-Gazette: Wolf’s general state budget message, details seem at odds
Philadelphia Magazine: Opinion: The Unbearable Privilege of Trump Protesters

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