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3/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Casey and Toomey work together, state unemployment numbers come out, Kelly talks about a ‘shadow government,’ PUC member on Trump’s list for FERC, Secretary McNulty announces her retirement, and the Ups & Downs from last week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Casey and Toomey to Continue Agreement on District Court Appointments: Pennsylvania’s Senators will continue their bipartisan work to fill vacancies on the Federal District Courts in Pennsylvania.

Sunday Show Preview: March 12th, 2017: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Pa. Unemployment Rate Drops: The Department of Labor and Industry released its January jobs report, showing a drop from December.

Kelly Talks of a ‘Shadow Government’: Congressman Mike Kelly was quoted at an event saying Obama is staying in D.C. to run a ‘shadow government’ against the Trump Administration.

PUC Member on Trump’s List for FERC: Robert Powelson, a Chester county native, is reportedly on Trump’s list to fill one of the three vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Revenue Sec. McNulty Announces Retirement: Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty announced she will retire effective April 21st.

3/10 Ups & Downs: Who got the most petition signatures, a kick off in the Governor’s race, and Sheetz goes on top. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Boston Globe: Could Elizabeth Warren win back ‘Trump Democrats’ in 2020?

StateImpact: DEP approved Mariner East 2 permits despite deficiencies, documents show
StateImpact: Reports: Trump considers PUC Commissioner Powelson for federal post

Inquirer: Chester County millionaire Richard Ireland faces corruption prosecutors in pay-to-play trial
Inquirer: Disgraced parking authority chief to get 15 years of free health coverage
Inquirer: Leaked HUD plan sends chill through Philly housing community
WHYY Newsworks: Travel ban adds stress to ‘Match Week’ for these Iranian medical residency applicants
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s school district finds creative ways to ensure kids eat breakfast
KYW: Hillary Clinton To Speak In Pa. Next Week
KYW: Gov. Wolf Criticizes Proposed ACA Replacement
Philadelphia Business Journal: Berkeley, nonprofits & more call big beverage’s soda tax lawsuit ‘absurd’

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Republicans endorse row office candidates
Bucks County Courier Times: Democrats try to direct protesters into the voting booth
Bucks County Courier Times: Republicans change endorsements for Warminster races
Bucks County Courier Times: Fight for gerrymandering reform continues in Yardley

Tribune Review: In 1st budget, Trump to push conservative view of government
Tribune Review: Debate unfolds over campaign finance rules in Pittsburgh mayoral race
Tribune Review: Ryan defends GOP health care bill in face of opposition
Post-Gazette: Wolf’s early retirement plan aimed at narrowing budget shortfall, but savings questioned
Post-Gazette: Proposed GOP-backed Medicaid overhaul concerns advocates
WESA: Stakeholders, Lawmakers Conflicted Over Merits Of iGaming
KDKA: US Attorney Bharara Says He Was Fired After Not Resigning

WJAC: Cambria County commissioners vote to allow coroner’s staff to carry firearms
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Boswell district judge faces challenge; 3 others run unopposed in Somerset County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: High electric bills shocking Somerset development residents
Beaver County Times: I-376 to eliminate toll collectors, not tolls
Beaver County Times: Bartolotta bill would kill vape tax that industry blames for shop closures
Beaver County Times: Gateway CEO responds to county’s claims about contract dispute spotlighted by Rep. Christiana

Standard-Speaker: Wolf talks about ACA, minimum wage
Standard-Speaker: Justice Dept. policy may factor in internet gambling debate
Standard-Speaker: Nesquehoning, Packer Twp. enter electricity co-op
Standard-Speaker: Heffley reintroduces legislation calling for insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent drugs

South Central
Patriot News: Dauphin County Democrats pack endorsement meeting
Patriot News: 19 senators call for more money to address threats to Jewish centers, mosques, other nonprofits
Patriot News: Pa. Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty stepping down from her Cabinet post
Patriot News: Finding revenue: Can cities like Harrisburg survive?
York Daily Record: U.S. attorneys in Pa. not part of resignation request
York Dispatch: $250,000 granted for healthy food access in York
York Dispatch: Medical marijuana company hosts open house in York City
York Dispatch: York County primary ballots finalized
Lancaster Intelligencer: Zoners, protesters agree to terms to continue encampment against pipeline in Conestoga
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pennsylvania secretary of corrections focuses on kids, early childhood education
Lebanon Daily News: Just Folks: From Richland to the Oval Office

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate targets Center City voters, but will they turn out?
Morning Call: Vaping shops fear new tax will put them out of business
Morning Call: Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker on budget: ‘We know we have to come up with some revenue’
Morning Call: Easton steps up efforts to go after blighted properties
Morning Call: Crowded school board races in Parkland, Northwestern Lehigh
Morning Call: Allen Township wants to ensure public can get to parkland along Lehigh River
Morning Call: Barry Callebaut, Tesla latest examples of Lehigh Valley industrial demand
Morning Call: YUCK: Raw sewage is polluting Little Lehigh, municipalities on hook for $300 million to stop it
Reading Eagle: Berks congressmen asked about GOP health reform bill
Reading Eagle: Women making gains in workforce but not in politics
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania opts for a different tool to assess drug abuse
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Water Authority uncovers $4.2 million in billing errors
Reading Eagle: The battle to eliminate school property taxes takes center stage again
Reading Eagle: Week in review: Gov. Tom Wolf sues IBM
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent looks at issues affecting military life
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: GOP health care plan draws fire on all sides
Express Times: After 2 terms, Phillipsburg Council president won’t run again

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Councilwoman Dauler running for State College mayor
Centre Daily Times: Penn State administrator to seek State College Borough Council seat
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council suspends permit parking on borough street
Williamsport Sun Gazette: How will they govern?
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Climate change expert to present at Lycoming College
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Endowed scholarship aims to alleviate financial hardship for veterans
Williamsport Sun Gazette: State Republican lawmakers sobering to huge budget deficit
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Plan for elder care facility is approved
Erie Times-News: Erie County Court vacancy gets attention
Erie Times-News: Crowded fields for several city, county offices
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie’s representatives voted this past week
Erie Times-News: Erie’s congressman says Obama is running a ‘shadow government’
Erie Times-News: Erie City Controller Teresa Stankiewicz running for re-election
Erie Times-News: Democrat Michael Keys seeks Erie City Council seat
Erie Times-News: Erie School District’s woes caught in political crossfire

Inquirer: Commentary: Pa. youth can’t afford Wolf’s minimum-wage hike
Beaver County Times: Squabbling won’t solve the addiction problem
Bucks County Courier Times: Sunshine Week needs to shine brightly more than ever
Erie Times-News: Our view: Help shape future of Erie schools
Patriot News: During an opioid epidemic, medical marijuana is a safe, non-addictive option: Bruce Nicholson
Patriot News: Even with its flaws, House GOP healthcare bill is still better than Obamacare: Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: How to build a health care plan: Tony May
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Call it ‘Trumpcare’ or ‘Obamacare Lite,’ either way it’s bad news
Inquirer: Commentary: Women’s rights are getting the attention they deserve
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Politicians shouldn’t get to draw their district’s lines
Daily News: DN editorial: Time for some real health-care reform

  • Who are you voting for in the PA Supreme Court race?

    • Dan McCaffery (61%)
    • Carolyn Carluccio (37%)
    • Still undecided (2%)

    Total Voters: 344

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