3/11 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Wagner gets furious, Sestak receives help from a Super PAC while EMILY’s List seeks to aid McGinty. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

SD-31: Wagner “Hot Under the Collar” Over Manipulation Claim: The York lawmaker has been accused of trying to aid State Rep. Mike Regan’s chances for primary success.

PA-Sen: Pro-Sestak Super PAC Launches TV Ad (VIDEO): The group is bypassing the Democratic primary and focusing on a potential general election rematch with Sen. Toomey.

PA-Sen: EMILY’S List Plans $1 Million Ad Buy for McGinty: The powerful women’s group will be hitting the airwaves on behalf of Senate Democratic candidate Katie McGinty.

Politically Uncorrected: Do Republicans Need a Fusion Ticket?: The twist in 2016 would be if one of Trump’s leading opponents – Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio – names his other leading opponent vice president on a “fusion ticket.”

PA-Sen: Toomey, Other GOP Senators Hesitant To Back Donald Trump For President: With his own campaign in mind, Sen. Toomey isn’t sure how to handle a Donald Trump nomination.

AFSCME Endorses Shapiro, Torsella and DePasquale: All three candidates were unanimous decisions for Council 13.

Statewide
Captiolwire: Reforming criminal statute of limitations for child sex abuse may be on the horizon
WITF: Do Budget Talks Warrant An Outside Mediator?
WITF: Latest Budget Meeting? Try December
PA Watchdog: Legalizing ridesharing in Philly is about economic opportunity
StateImpactPA: Federal jury awards $4.24 million to Dimock families in fracking case
StateImpactPA: Environmentalists target port proposals to fight Philadelphia “energy hub”

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Attytood: When the fear and loathing on the campaign trail is real
Inquirer: Fattah’s new legal firm no stranger to high-profile cases
Inquirer: Sestak, McGinty launch air war in Senate race
Heard in the Hall: Details on Philly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
WHYY Newsworks: Educators push back against Philly district plan for school shake-ups
WHYY Newsworks: Obama’s last chance to close Gitmo and end indefinite detention

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Berks County GOP endorses Meehan challenger, Stan Casacio
Bucks County Courier Times: A Trump presidency frightens former Bucks County congressman
Bucks County Courier Times: Candidate Brian Fitzpatrick presents himself as moderate outsider for 8th District

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Wolf nudges Pennsylvania employers to raise wages
Post Gazette: Pa. judge rules that Sen. Ted Cruz’s name can appear on state primary ballot
Pittsburgh Business Journal: City, county find common ground with EPA over use of green infrastructure for stormwater consent degree
WESA: Wolf’s Minimum Wage Increase Excludes Human Services Workers
WESA: Portrait of a Neighborhood: How stats tell Wilkinsburg’s story
KDKA: East Allegheny schools struggling as state government impasse drags on
WTAE: Pennsylvania Walmart, Sam’s Club workers get raises

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State awards $1.2 million to help students with disabilities after high school
Beaver County Times: Funding cuts in Harrisburg could shut down Penn State Extension programs
Altoona Mirror: Halvorson campaign worker gets fired
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Hearing planned for proposed change in polling places
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Ebensburg Borough leaders seeking input from residents

NEPA
Times Tribune: Riverside taxpayers to vote on tax hike
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre passes ordinance decriminalizing possession of drug paraphernalia
News Item: Kulpmont Council studies LED street light conversion
Standard Speaker: Barletta champions SHINE program
Pocono Record: Pa.’s most broken down place: Glen Lyon in Luzerne County

South Central
Patriot News: Dems close the gap with Toomey, Clinton beats Trump in Pa. in New Harper poll: Thursday Morning Coffee
Patriot News: School boards ask court to order state release money their districts are owed
York Daily Record: Lawmaker: Investigate every Catholic diocese in Pa.
York Dispatch: Wagner denies bribing state Senate candidate

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Super PAC ad touts Joe Sestak for Senate
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf talks to the Reading Eagle
Reading Eagle: Hundreds rally in Harrisburg for agriculture program jeopardized by budget impasse
Reading Eagle: Local agencies get $2.4 million for battle against homelessness
Express Times: Easton Mayor holds firm on building collapse cause
Express Times: Easton mayor on homeless eviction: ‘It needed to be done’

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Legacy affordable housing proposal heads to public hearing
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Tioga County commissioners seek new head of human services
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Area enjoys record-high temperatures as spring nears

Opinion
York Daily Record: Pa. budget starts at the top with Gov. Wolf
Erie Times-News: Pat Howard: Flint’s water crisis carries echoes of Erie
Patriot News: Here’s everything you need to know about Pa.’s Republican and Democratic delegates
Inquirer: Teamsters: Vote ‘no’ on drinks tax
Inquirer: People have a right to video cops
Bucks County Courier Times: State’s schools feeling the pain
Pottstown Mercury: Garrison: What the GOP battle is over
Tribune Review: The Thursday wrap
Post Gazette: No hope for talks: Obama’s effort on the Middle East is pointless
Observer Reporter: Longing for issues

Blogs
Citified: Bikeshare riders are safer riders than bike owners
Keystone Crossroads: Lead in PA: A conversation with health department’s Loren Robinson
Keystone State Education Coalition: PSBA: “We regret that it has come to this, but it is the right things to do”
Commonwealth Foundation: $56 Billion & Counting: PA’s Pensions Liability
Lu Lac Political Letter: Trump: One Of Us???

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