The latest Politically Uncorrected column, Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate differ on the release of the Stack report in a debate, and Costello’s retirement hamstrings the GOP. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!
Politically Uncorrected: An Unimpeachable Conclusion: Impeachment is the nuclear option when branches disagree, but when a group of state Representatives proposed it against four state Supreme Court Justices the condemnation from both sides of the aisle was swift.
Democratic LG Candidates Differ on Stack Report: During a Lieutenant Governor debate on Monday, the Democratic candidates were split on whether Governor Tom Wolf should release the report into current Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack’s treatment of staff.
Philly Mag: Suburban Philly Congressman’s Pre-Primary Retirement Hamstrings Pa. GOP: Perturbed by the recent redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional map, a suburban Philadelphia congressman who just secured a place on the May primary ballot has decided to remove his name from it — leaving Republican Party leadership with a harder path to retain his seat.
Legislative Election Update
Delco Times: Yeakel backs Lunkenheimer in Dems’ 5th District race
State House Sound Bites: Statewide survey shows five-point bump in Wolf’s approval rating
StateImpact: Poll: Most Pennsylvania voters say climate change causing problems now
StateImpact: FERC’s critics, and two commissioners, say new comment policy will hurt landowners
Inquirer: New Pa. poll finds positive signs for Gov. Wolf, Democratic U.S. House candidates
Inquirer: In GOP governor’s race, Laura Ellsworth seeks to strike a different tone
Inquirer: Philly DA Krasner’s company owed $37K in property taxes in 2015
Inquirer: Trump fires VA Secretary David Shulkin, a Philly native: What you need to know
Inquirer: Judge rules Lt. Gov. Stack can list Philly as his home on primary ballot
WHYY: Pa. legislature has long history of inaction on redistricting reform bills
WHYY: Philly DA wants prison costs included as judge calculates offender’s debt to society
WHYY: Corruption case of former Philly sheriff goes to jury
Daily Local: Dinniman introduces bill to ban sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores
Pottstown Mercury: US Senate candidate Lou Barletta talks tax cuts, immigration at Chesco firm
Bucks County Courier Times: California panel touts redistricting success in Montgomery County lecture
WESA: Justices Uphold $3.4M Whistleblower Verdict Against Turnpike
Tribune Review: Republican super PAC opening Western Pennsylvania office to support Rothfus
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmakers to consider self-driving regulations this spring
Tribune Review: Inauguration set for newly elected Pittsburgh councilwoman
Tribune Review: After Trump election, record number of women expected to run for office
Tribune Review: FirstEnergy plans to close Beaver nuclear facility in 2021
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County updates special election results
Post-Gazette: Westmoreland County commissioners seek sheriff’s impeachment
Post-Gazette: Pa. House committee thwarts Senate bill that would’ve hiked fishing license fees
Post-Gazette: Federal budget contains a transit win for Pittsburgh commuters
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Will wave of women candidates prevail?
KDKA: Pa. School District’s Rifle Team Gets Thousands In Donations After NRA Grant Nixed
WTAE: Commissioners in Westmoreland County asking for sheriff to be impeached
Beaver County Times: Tarasi failed to officially withdraw from 17th Congressional District Democratic primary
Beaver County Times: Christiana: Frustrated voters want a U.S. senator ‘to get things done’
Observer-Reporter: Council releases findings on newborns withdrawing from addictive drugs
Altoona Mirror: Arming teachers hot topic during candidates’ forum
Tribune-Democrat: 15 deaths a day is horrifying, but that might be undercounting the opioid death toll
Daily American: County tops state for worst internet access
Times-Tribune: Voters back gas drilling, renewable energy
Times-Tribune: Casey, Wolf dominate new poll
Times Leader: Pay increase approved for Luzerne County Children and Youth caseworkers
Patriot News: GOP gubernatorial candidate Ellsworth: ‘I plan to win this race”
Patriot News: Poll shows no clear favorite in GOP gubernatorial contest has emerged yet to take on Gov. Wolf
Patriot News: Commonwealth Court judge takes Lt. Gov. Stack’s side in residency challenge
Patriot News: Coroners’ records must be provided, Office of Open Records rules
Patriot News: Feds, Cumberland County strike deal to resolve Americans with Disabilities Act complaint
Patriot News: Pa. Planned Parenthood tweeted, then deleted, ‘We need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion.’ Here’s why.
WHTM: Study: Babies born in PA with opioid withdrawal symptoms up 1,000% since 2000
LNP: #NeverAgain: Lancaster County students discuss safety, shootings, gun reform and preserving the Second Amendment
LNP: Study: Pennsylvania infants suffering opioid withdrawal rose more than 1,000 percent
Morning Call: Number of Pennsylvania infants going through drug withdrawal way up with opioid epidemic
Morning Call: Four more candidates for Allentown mayor make their case
Reading Eagle: Pollster says Democratic wave rolling in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council steps back to work in style
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council, Scott administration tangle over Mount Penn Preserve, again
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania official talks about opioids and seniors after stop in Berks County
North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Committee: Can a mayor also serve as director of departments?
Centre Daily Times: Opponents of proposed Nestle Waters facility pack into water authority meeting
Centre Daily Times: Final details set for grad union vote
Erie Times-News: Persinger searches out downtown Erie development ideas
Inquirer: Tariffs on Canadian paper could harm those who don’t want to read news on a screen | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Learn from Uber’s pedestrian fatality
Post-Gazette: Time for new lines: Accept PWSA’s offer of lead-line replacement
Patriot News: The debt crisis is at our doorstep | Opinion
Patriot News: Funding for new federal courthouse is good news for Dauphin County | Opinion
LNP: We can’t repeat past mistakes when it comes to the redevelopment of Southern Market Center and Lancaster Square [opinion]
LNP had a nice write-up of the F&M poll that included a quote from Dr. Madonna with a salient point about Gov. Wolf: “You can disagree with him but he doesn’t have a controversial personality. He’s not a flamethrower. He doesn’t enrage people. He doesn’t have an overriding or dominant negative.”
In a time when people are desperate for some “adults in the room” instead of the daily outrages coming from D.C., Gov. Wolf’s affability and dedication to public service are just what the doctor ordered. We can disagree on the policy questions of the day without being disagreeable. His personality works well with similar people across the aisle, like Sen. Corman.
We could use some more governing-minded people like that and fewer intransigent, bomb-throwing zealots.