3/10 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Clinton leads Trump in the latest Harper Poll, Shuster and Halvorson battle over forged signatures while PA consulting firms win Reed Awards. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Harper Poll: PA-Sen: Democrats Closing the Gap on Toomey: The incumbent junior Senator still holds an advantage over all three.

PA Consultants Honored at 2016 Reed Awards: A number of prominent Pennsylvania consulting groups came away victorious.

PA-9: Shuster Blasts Halvorson For Forged Signatures: A Halvorson staffer collected false petition signatures and has been fired.

Harper Poll: Hillary 45% Trump 40%: The former Secretary of State and billionaire lead in their respective primaries.

Harper Poll: Wall Street vs. Government: Most Pennsylvanians stay along party lines when answering the question about which institution is holding our country back more.

Harper Poll: PA-Gov: Wolf Favorability Stable at 49%: Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians, though, feel the commonwealth is headed in the wrong direction.

PA-Sen: PA State Troopers Back Toomey: The incumbent GOP Senator won the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Troopers.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Lawmakers call on DA’s to take action on child sex abuse cases
PLSReporter: Ag extensions warn of crisis if funding isn’t agreed to soon
WITF: Lawmaker: Investigate every Catholic diocese in PA
WITF: Budget battle forces agriculture programs to plan for layoffs
WITF: PA Lottery is gussied up, but link to sales isn’t clear
PA Watchdog: Rising pension costs are part of why Erie schools are going broke
StateImpactPA: Pa. Supreme Court weighs major gas drilling laws
Capitolwire: Reforming criminal statute of limitations for child sex abuse may be on the horizon

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. high court considers constitutionality of statute allowing NRA to sue over local gun laws
WHYY Newsworks: DA: insurance scammers also bilked city taxpayers
Philadelphia Business Journal: Villanova Prof concerned Wolf’s wage hike will extend to private sector
Philadelphia Business Journal: Talking overtime with small business’ watchdog inside the regulatory process
Inquirer: Temple gets outspoken education prof with national profile
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court rebukes new Phila. judge
Heard in the Hall: Redevelopment Authority selects new exec director

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby Police Station now ‘safe haven’ for residents requesting help with drug addiction
Bucks County Courier Times: Navy response to tainted water around military facilities in Bucks and Montgomery counties appears to have been delayed
Bucks County Courier Times: PA School Boards Association files relief application Wednesday, calls for release of districts’ owed subsidies
Montgomery Media: State Rep. Kate Harper proposes shale tax to fund teacher retirements

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Court to decide whether Kasich ballot lawsuit beat deadline
Tribune Review: Westmoreland, neighboring counties keep faith in Marcellus Shale industry
Tribune Review: Pitt partners with Pa. Crime Commission to battle heroin, opioid epidemic
Post Gazette: Penn State emails provide insight into key Sandusky decisions
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa.’s natural gas production up 16% year over year
Pittsburgh Business Times: Beaver County coal-fired plant offline temporarily due to low prices
WESA: Supreme Court decision on Robinson case could be big win for environmentalists
WESA: Mayor Peduto on PWSA issues and city congress visit
KDKA: City and County reach compromise with EPA on big sewage fix
WTAE: Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration breaking records

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners look to add purchasing oversight
Beaver County Times: Beaver County looking to start Facebook page, Twitter feed to connect with residents
Observer Reporter: Millions to be spent on Allegheny County road projects
Altoona Mirror: Higher tax bills confusing residents

NEPA
Times Tribune: Carbondale Area OKs school debt refinancing, blasts state impasse
Times Tribune: Green Ridge Neighborhood Association opposes landfill permit changes
Citizens Voice: Proposed council ordinance on residency requirements for county employees tabled
Citizens Voice: Proposed ordinance would allow W-B fire department to recoup costs
News Item: Council President: Belfanti statue unlikely at park
Standard Speaker: Lawsuit against former police chief tossed by federal court judge
Pocono Record: Emily’s List pledges $1M to help McGinty in Senate primary

South Central
Patriot News: Pennsylvania agricultural community rallies in support of missing state funding
Patriot News: School boards ask court to order state release money their district are owed
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court weighs bill combining gun control and scrap metal theft
Lebanon Daily News: Gingrich calls for review of Wolf Minimum Wage Order
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pa. Supreme Court to hear arguments on that made it easier to challenge local gun-control measures

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: EMILY’s List to spend $1 million on Katie McGinty
WFMZ: Berks lawmakers leads charge for change
Reading Eagle: State Rep. Mark Rozzi calls for hotline to report child sex abuse
Reading Eagle: Berks Official leaving for job in Arkansas

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lycoming commissioners to OK disaster recovery grant
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Borough meeting postponed due to lack of quorum
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Superintendent vents on state budget
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania law mixing copper theft, gun laws under review

Opinion
Patriot News: Does this 1964 campaign commercial predict Donald Trump’s future
Reading Eagle: It’s time for Trump to offer details
Tribune Review: Respect for President Trump?
Post Gazette: Republican rise: A stronger local GOP would benefit all voters
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Coming to the aid of police officers
Lancaster Intelligencer: In defense of a federal employee’s right to political expression, whatever his politics may be
Bucks County Courier Times: Dirty trick II? Hatch-et job
Inquirer: A Distressing Report
Inquirer: Christie bullied Pinelands panel

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: Advocates urge lawmakers to fix Pa.’s school funding crisis
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania pension systems say they’ve cut management fees
Keystone Crossroads: In Pittsburgh, a frank conversation about what ‘livable city’ means
Commonwealth Foundation: The Price of Secret Negotiations
Lu Lac Political Letter: “Little Tuesday” 2016 results

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