3/30 PoliticsPA Playbook

Toomey gets involved in the primary for the 14th Congressional district, the latest F&M poll has good news for Wolf and Casey, and Stack survives a challenge to his residency.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Toomey Endorses Reschenthaler in Contested PA-14 Primary: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is putting his support behind state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler over state Rep. and former PA-18 special election candidate Rick Saccone in the Republican Primary in the 14th Congressional district.

F&M Poll: Wolf Leads All Challengers, Casey Leads Barletta: In the latest Franklin & Marshall statewide poll, Governor Tom Wolf is leading all three Republican challengers, while Senator Bob Casey leads Congressman Lou Barletta. It also shows shifting opinions on gun control and natural gas drilling in the state.

Stack Survives Residency Challenge: The Commonwealth Court ruled that Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack can remain on the ballot, despite the claim he does not reside at the address he listed on his nominating petitions.

Legislative Election Update
KDKA: Reschenthaler Calls Saccone An ‘Embarrassment’ To GOP In May Primary Battle For Congress
Beaver County Times: Tarasi failed to officially withdraw from 17th Congressional District Democratic primary
Times Leader: Berwick councilman drops out of congressional race

State House Sound Bites: PA group calls for higher penalties for Clean Water Act violators
StateImpact: FirstEnergy says it’s closing three nuclear plants; seeks federal help
StateImpact: Poll: Most Pennsylvania voters say climate change causing problems now

Inquirer: Seth Williams’ Bentley-driving Bucks County benefactor gets 18 months in prison
Inquirer: Jury says ‘not guilty’ in stabbing of Philly Councilman David Oh
Inquirer: Democratic congressional candidate: ‘I don’t think a woman can win’ in Delco race | Clout
Inquirer: Two resign from SRC as the shift to a Philly school board begins
Philly Mag: Joe Biden Will Speak at Temple University This Spring
Philly Mag: Judge Agrees That Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Lives With His Mom
Plan Philly: SEPTA touts $3B economic impact as agency preps for bruising budget battle

Daily Local: Most in Pa. support new restrictions on guns, poll finds
The Intelligencer: NMS Labs’ new facility will allow for more testing, tools to help fight opioid crisis
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf announces new school safety task force
Delco Times: Delco United gets ready to take gun fight Harrisburg
Delco Times: PECO files for $82M electricity delivery rate increase

KDKA: Challenger Ray Linsenmayer Says Conor Lamb Doesn’t Represent Suburban Democrats’ Views
Tribune Review: Toomey endorses Reschenthaler over Saccone in GOP primary
Tribune Review: Emergency order sought to keep nuclear plant open in Beaver County
WTAE: FirstEnergy plans to close Beaver Valley power station in Shippingport within 3 years
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania awaits bill to regulate autonomous vehicle testing
Post-Gazette: City Council endorses 5-year agreement with landscaping goats
Post-Gazette: Vote for unionization will proceed for Penn State grad assistants
Post-Gazette: Sen. Pat Toomey endorses Reschenthaler over Saccone
Post-Gazette: After a full-court press, Democrats are fielding 56% of state House candidates
Post-Gazette: Peduto 2.0: Pittsburgh’s chief exec lets the comebacks loose
Post-Gazette: F&M poll indicates nearly half of voters think Pennsylvania is headed in the right direction

Tribune-Democrat: Voters like the way Pa. is headed, support stricter gun laws, poll finds
Altoona Mirror: Clearfield leaders hoping to attract mini casino
Beaver County Times: Potential closure of nuke plant could have far-reaching consequences locally

Citizens Voice: Voters back gas drilling, renewable energy
Times Leader: Report offers mixed bag for child welfare in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Hillary Clinton secretly visited Scranton this week
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board passes budget, plans 51 teacher layoffs, $4 million in borrowing

South Central
WHTM: Poll: Wolf has comfortable lead against GOP challengers
Patriot News: How fast is your Pennsylvania county growing?
Patriot News: Pennsylvanian women veterans honored for their service
Patriot News: Judge urges PUC to reject pipeline reversal plan that backers claim would cut Pa. gas costs
Patriot News: A second nuclear plant in Pa. to shut down, company announces
Patriot News: ‘We just want to keep what is working:’ Harrisburg’s financial future requires local services tax: mayor
LNP: F&M poll: Voters give Gov. Tom Wolf higher marks as he heads into re-election campaign

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: New poll shows Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey ahead of Republican challengers
Morning Call: Tom Steyer’s group holding PA-7 debate; poll shows half of Pa. voters ‘very interested’ in election
Morning Call: Ray O’Connell picked as Allentown mayor after 12 rounds of voting
Morning Call: Meet Allentown’s new mayor, Ray O’Connell
Reading Eagle: Disparity in Medicaid reimbursement rate irks Berks commissioners
Reading Eagle: Penn National Gaming shareholders approve Pinnacle Entertainment deal

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Most Pennsylvanians strongly support gun control measures, poll finds
Centre Daily Times: Grad student’s attempt to halt union vote denied by PLRB
Erie Times-News: Erie asks state for millions of dollars for projects

City & State: Reaching an unimpeachable conclusion on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Inquirer: Philly needs a Heimlich maneuver for its choked streets | Editorial
Inquirer: After a death in a Pa. prison, changes needed to protect corrections officers | Opinion
Inquirer: Before pushing tax increases, Mayor Kenney needs to cut the fat | Opinion
Delco Times: Editorial: Let a commission handle the redistricting process
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Refusing to resign, Sheriff Held deserves impeachment
Tribune Review: Colin McNickle: How taxable values, millage determine property-tax collections in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Census and citizens: Drop the politics and just count the people here
Patriot News: House leader’s opposition to justices’ ouster is an unimpeachable decision | Opinion
Patriot News: The Pa. House needs to approve these important measures to combat domestic violence in Pa. | Editorial

  • Who Will Be Speaker of the PA House on February 28?

    • Joanna McClinton (68%)
    • Mark Rozzi (27%)
    • A Republican TBD (5%)

    Total Voters: 315

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