Kasich and Trump get in a spat over the PA ballot, Naughton releases her first TV ad and Mercyhurst unveils their latest polling results. Plus, don’t forget to enter our “Make or Break” Tuesday election pool! Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!
Mercyhurst Poll: Presidential Head-to-Head Matchups: The Mercyhurst survey tested Clinton and Sanders against the four possible GOP presidential nominees in the Keystone State.
Kasich: Trump Spreading Lies about PA Ballot: A tweet from Trump has the Ohio Governor’s team fired up.
PA-8: Naughton Releases First TV Ad (VIDEO): The Democratic candidate unveiled her first campaign commercial.
PA AG Race Rated A “Tossup” Contest: Louis Jacobson of Governing Magazine has Pennsylvania’s Attorney General election as one of three tossup races.
PA-Sen: Mercyhurst Poll: Toomey Bests Sestak, McGinty and Fetterman: The Senator wins all three matchups in the latest survey.
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Erie Leaders Endorse Shapiro for AG: Two Erie County officials back Josh Shapiro in the Democratic primary for Attorney General.
Dick Thornburgh Endorses John Kasich for President: The former Governor joins a growing contingent of PA Kasich supporters.
PA-Sen: White House Plans to Pressure Toomey on SCOTUS Nominee: The Obama Administration is planning a PR offensive in the hopes of filling the vacant Supreme Court seat this year.
Legislative Elections Update
HD-12: Gordon Marburger is once again running against State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe in the GOP primary.
The 12th district includes part of Butler County.
HD-164: Councilwoman Sekela Coles won the endorsement of the Transportation Workers’ Union Local 234 in her campaign for the Democratic primary.
“I am proud to have the endorsement of TWU Local 234. This endorsement underscores my commitment to the working families of the 164th legislative district. 69th Street is run by TWU workers who ensure thousands of residents of the 164th can go to work and their daily activities safely. Today I am humbled by their endorsement and will proudly go to Harrisburg to stand up and fight on their behalf,” said Councilwoman Coles.
The 164th district includes parts of Delaware and Philadelphia Counties.
PLSReporter: Budget work continues, but strategies remain disjointed
PLSReporter: PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil’ due to Supreme Court stay
PLSReporter: Senate using subcommittee process to dig deeper into budget requests
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Rozzi, Kane rally for statute of limitations reform
State House Sound Bites: House Poised To Vote On Medical Marijuana
Capitolwire: House OKs omnibus medical marijuana amendment; floor debate to continue
Capitolwire: Legislative GOP to try again to finish FY2015-16 budget this week
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf to seek ban on gifts to Pa. lawmakers, cap on campaign cash
WHYY Newsworks: Philly councilman wants developers who get tax breaks to patronize PGW
WHYY Newsworks: Few congressional Republicans from region endorsing Trump; most prefer to stay mum
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf says counties will get the bill if Pa. skips tax increase
Inquirer: Judge lets Fattah’s unpaid lawyers withdraw from case
Inquirer: On the rocks: Democratic D.A. Williams turns to GOP pols in Harrisburg
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney admin breaks down sugary drink tax revenue estimates, but opponents find flaws
Daily Local News: Coatesville Area School Board talks taxes with the community
Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown group seeks feasibility study for proposed trail
Pottstown Mercury: Counties will get the bill if state skips tax increase
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County judge quashes DA subpoena for documents in Kane probe
WESA: DEP To Spend $13.4 Million To Remove Decades Old Coal Pile
WESA: Do Budget Talks Warrant An Outside Mediator?
WESA: ‘Comprehensive Strategy’ Needed To Combat Violence In Neighborhoods Like Wilkinsburg
Post-Gazette: Poll shows Kasich, Trump dead heat before Tuesday’s primary
Early Returns: Spin Control: Trump tweets that Kasich is not on the Pa. ballot
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh views for $50M in transportation funding
Tribune Review: ATI’s union steelworkers return to jobs
Tribune Review: PWSA ‘overwhelmed’ by volume of complaints about inaccurate bills
Altoona Mirror: Borough to pay for insurance policy
Altoona Mirror: Local reps call for more state action on heroin
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners Egley, Camp reflect on first 70 days in office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Damage puts Portage council through the roof
Wayne Independent: CCAP pushes for additional funds
Standard Speaker: Technology, popularity outpaces drone regulations
Standard Speaker: Mayors of region’s pro-LGBT cities question why they were left off list
Pocono Record: Pa. House takes up medical marijuana bill
Times Leader: State expects to finish review of Wilkes-Barre Area School District finances soon
Times Leader: Wyoming Area, Wyoming Valley West school districts schedule public informational meetings on impact of state budget impasse
Times Leader: State budget stalemate holds Penn State Extension programs in limbo
Times-Tribune: State health secretary outlines nursing home changes
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s keeping door open to other 2015-16 budget ideas, but only if the math works
Patriot News: State should pay Harrisburg more, instead of city taxing workers more: Councilman
Carlisle Sentinel: State budget debacle could mean a $7 million deficit for Carlisle school district
Carlisle Sentinel: State lawmakers begin medical marijuana debate
York Daily Record: Baltimore Ravens coach endorses in Pa. Senate race
Lancaster Intelligencer: Activists to gather Tuesday in Penn Square to push raising minimum wage
Lebanon Daily News: Gov. Wolf: No tax hike means counties foot bill
Roxbury News: Harrisburg City Controller Charlie DeBrunner releases review of Office of the Treasurer
Morning Call: Lehigh County Authority feeling strain of water-sewer deal; blames Allentown numbers
Reading Eagle: Lancaster County Libertarian running for Congress
WFMZ: Sex abuse victims rally for statute of limitations reform
North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Kistler orders new judge for ethnic intimidation case
Onward State: Two vying for presidency as UPUA election season kicks off
Onward State: Act Now: Unite to pass PA Budget and fund Penn State
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County OKs grant money for mitigation
Standard Speaker: Addiction fight takes full effort
Pocono Record: Women: Cherish hard-won right to vote
Times Leader: Elliott: Bernie Sanders’ brand of ‘socialism’ might surprise you
Citizens Voice: Cabot verdict delivers sobering message
Observer-Reporter: Shining a light on public information
Beaver County Times: Time for Gov. Wolf to change his tactics
Post-Gazette: Drugged society: Pitt’s study sheds light on a horrifying scourge
Inquirer: Rubio-Kasich lawsuit could set Pennsylvania ballot precedent
Inquirer: Change the law in Pa. to hold child sex abusers accountable
Inquirer: A new day for fair hiring in Philly
Inquirer: Better leaders would end budget impasse
Daily Local News: Why immigrants matter so much to America
Carlisle Sentinel: Super Tuesday coming back to bite GOP
York Daily Record: Let the sun shine on Pa. government
Lancaster Intelligencer: During Sunshine week, and every week, open government is good government
Morning Call: Should Bethlehem reduce its revenue draws from the parking authority
Patriot-News: On Terrible Tuesday, all roads lead to Ohio – what you need to know
Patriot-News: A nation turns its worried eyes to…Florida
Commonwealth Foundation: Gov. Wolf’s Self-Created Constitutional Conflict
Keystone Crossroads: How cities are using “reverse auctions” to save money
Citified: Officials: Philly’s Sugary Drink Sales Will Drop by 55% Under Kenney’s Tax