3/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

The U.S. Supreme Court and a panel of federal judges reject challenges to the new Congressional map, Toohil and the other accuser say the state House found their claims against Miccarelli ‘credible,’ and Cook Political Report updates two seats in Pa.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

SCOTUS Denies Application For Stay of New Congressional Maps:  SCOTUS Denies Application For Stay of New Congressional Maps

Federal Judges Throw Out GOP Challenge to New Congressional Maps: A federal panel of judges threw out a challenge to Pennsylvania’s new Congressional maps.

Toohil, Other Accuser Say House Found Claims ‘Credible’ Despite Miccarelli Claims: State Rep. Tarah Toohil and the other woman accusing state Rep. Nick Miccarelli say that the investigation by the state House found their allegations credible, despite Miccarelli’s claims.

Cook Political Report Updates Rating for PA-1 and PA-17: As the 2018 midterm elections continue to take shape, Cook Political Report is updating its ratings for two of Pennsylvania’s new Congressional districts.

Legislative Election Update
Delco Times: Delco GOP backs Pearl Kim for 5th District seat in Congress
Inquirer: Bill Green drops congressional run against Rep. Brendan Boyle | Clout
Altoona Mirror: Blair dermatologist announces bid for 13th District
Altoona Mirror: Merrill out of 13th District race
Morning Call: Emily’s List endorses Democrat Susan Wild in PA-7 congressional race

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: US Supreme Court, federal court uphold new PA congressional map
StateImpact: Jessup frustrated with DEP response to yellow smoke, health complaints at gas power plant
StateImpact: State says PES owes $3.8 billion in back taxes, urges court hold up bankruptcy plan
City & State: Philly agency to seize dozens of Germantown Settlement properties
City & State: Philly pols’ gas consumption on new city-owned SUVs raises questions
Capitolwire: Bills aimed at protecting victims queued up for votes this week in state Senate.
Capitolwire: Senate panel positions some constitutional amendments, state law fixes for potential final votes this week.

Philadelphia
WHYY: Philly moms fight back against gun violence
WHYY: Supreme Court keeps revised Pa. congressional map in place
Inquirer: Uncertainty, intensity in Pa. gerrymander case isn’t likely ending soon
Inquirer: Pa. congressional district map upheld as U.S. Supreme Court, federal judges reject Republican challenges
Inquirer: Penny Gerber, 78, vice chair of Pa. Democratic Party
Inquirer: With Krasner as DA, is Philly finally ready to end cash bail?
Philly Mag: Philly Has the Worst Tech Economy of All Amazon HQ2 Finalists, Says Washington Post

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Philly ACLU to present on voting rights next week in Northampton
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf to put $35M toward encouraging broadband expansion
Daily Local: Costello: ‘Surprised’ by court decision on congressional map
Pottstown Mercury: Court rulings boost Democrats’ chances of retaking house

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: U.S. Supreme Court, 3-judge panel dismiss GOP challenges to Pa.’s new congressional district map
Tribune Review: United Steelworkers Pennsylvania affiliate endorses Fetterman for lt. Gov
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto hopes all major river bridges get decorative lighting, eventually
Tribune Review: Cook Political Report rates Republican Rothfus’ 17th Congressional District a ‘toss-up’
Tribune Review: Highmark Health says 2017 revenue was record-breaking
WTAE: Wolf to put $35 million toward encouraging broadband expansion in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh city workers would face anti-harassment training under council plan
Post-Gazette: Highmark Health sees $1 billion gain in 2017 as CEO cites “game changers” for the company
Post-Gazette: Though not conceding to Lamb, Saccone secures petitions to run in redrawn 14th Congressional District
Post-Gazette: Pair of federal courts reject GOP attempt to throw out new voting map
KDKA: Senate Hopeful Jim Christiana Sees Republican Model In Conor Lamb
KDKA: Federal Courts Reject Republican Effort To Stop New Congressional Map
KDKA: U.S. House Hopefuls Begin Filing Papers To Run In Pennsylvania

Southwest
WJAC: Gov. Wolf launches plan to give all Pennsylvanians high-speed internet
WJAC: U.S. Supreme Court, federal court nix Republicans’ efforts to stop congressional map
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania State Police announces opioid data program for law enforcement, public health officials
Beaver County Times: Lawsuit filed against Pa. Turnpike alleges excessive tolls are burden for truckers

NEPA
News Item: Judges throw out congressional map lawsuit
Times-Tribune: Auditor general implements changes to school safety reviews
Pocono Record: Federal judges reject lawsuit over Pa. congressional map
WNEP: UPDATE: Supreme Court, Federal District Court Rule against GOP Challenge to New District Map
Times Leader: Luzerne County solicitor releases opinion on ethics meeting

South Central
York Daily Record: Here are where Republican candidates in the Pa. governor’s race stand on the minimum wage
York Dispatch: Supreme Court keeps revised Pa. congressional map in place
York Dispatch: Gov. Tom Wolf to deliver commencement at York College
Patriot News: The race is on: These are now Pa.’s congressional district maps
Patriot News: It’s game on as GOP is dealt double-barreled defeats on redistricting | Analysis
Patriot News: With new maps locked in, Pennsylvania elbows to center stage in fight for control of U.S. House
Patriot News: Two reps offer lesson in what it means to be a woman in government in Pa.
LNP: PPL escalates court battle with MAW over pole usage for LanCity Connect
LNP: Truck driving groups sue over Pennsylvania Turnpike toll increases

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf to put $35M toward encouraging broadband expansion in rural areas
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Senate panel OKs bill making prison closures harder
Morning Call: Pennsylvania law allows owners of large homes on sprawling estates to reap lower taxes
Reading Eagle: Officials react to federal redistricting decisions

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Trump calls for death penalty for drug traffickers. Do you agree?
Erie Times-News: Survey shows people want armed staff at Millcreek schools

Opinion
Pottstown Mercury: GUEST COLUMN: Pennsylvania must do more to keep energy affordable
Inquirer: Pa. House wants to stall shrinking the legislature, but state Senate can fix that | Editorial
Inquirer: Philly’s Soda Tax: When Will Kenney — or Council — Fix This Hot Mess?
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Opioids — Drugs of reason or convenience?
Post-Gazette: Follow the sludge: The turnpike makes a $3.7 million error
Patriot News: Wolf’s ethics reform proposals deserve serious consideration – and votes | Editorial
Patriot News: The best strategy on opioids is not an enforcement sledgehammer | Editorial
LNP: State House leaders face a defining moment in how they deal with Rep. Miccarelli

March 20th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

One thought on “3/20 PoliticsPA Playbook”

  1. Same Old Same Old says:

    The new congressional maps are an essential aspect of good government that flies in the face of all of the Harrisburg insiders who want to keep this unworkable crony process of selecting congressional districts going. One Harrisburg insider recently said on PCN that having a commission select congressional districts was not good because legislators are more accountable. Say what??? These “accountable” legislators drew such a warped map that it took 8 years and the Pa Supreme Court and US Supreme Court to through it out and not the so-called “accountable” legislators. If it were up to the “accountable” legislators, the disgusting and unfair congressional districts would still be in play. So, what is so “accountable” of unfairly drawn congressional districts by legislators who have to be overruled by a 3rd party–the judicial branch to evoke change. Enough of Harrisburg insiders ignoring the will of the people and it is time for independent commissions to draw legislative congressional districts in the name of fundamental fairness.

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