3/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14New reader poll, and election day update on the 197th, Williams gets indicted, and one challenge succeeds and one fails in the Allentown Mayoral race.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Reader Poll: How should Pennsylvania list candidates on the ballot?: As campaigns learn where their names will appear on the ballot, proposals are popping up for better ways to list candidate names.

HD-197: Election Day Update: The 197th District’s special election is being held today with only one name on the ballot, but that doesn’t mean the winner will be decided today.

Seth Williams Indicted On Corruption Charges: The Philadelphia DA was indicted on federal corruption charges this afternoon.

Reader Poll: Premium Increases is Strongest Argument Against ACA: A narrow plurality premium increases under the ACA is the argument that will win in Pennsylvania.

One Republican Removed from Ballot, One Survives Challenge in Allentown Mayor’s Race: Christopher Pez was kicked off the ballot after a petition challenge, and Luiz Garcia will remain on the ballot after a challenge to his candidacy for being a police officer for the city.

Capitolwire: PA General Assembly wrap-up for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Capitolwire: Senate committee reports out short-term UC call center funding bill.
Capitolwire: Big chunk of proposed HHS merger savings questioned by PA’s pharmacies.
Capitolwire: Less expenses, less commitments produce $18 million increase in Legislature’s surplus.
State House Sound Bites: Prosecution slowly building case in former Penn State head’s trial
State House Sound Bites: Arguments begin in what may be the final trial of Sandusky case
StateImpact: EPA Region 3 union rep says Trump’s proposed cuts would hurt public health
StateImpact: Pennsylvania could support four more ethane crackers, report says
StateImpact: Utility regulator slams pipeline opponents

Inquirer: D.A. Seth Williams indicted on corruption, bribery-related charges
Inquirer: Newall: D.A. gone wild!
Inquirer: What comes next for Philly DA Seth Williams and his office?
Inquirer: Your legislature’s big, fat slush fund
Inquirer: Coke, Pepsi fight soda tax with smaller bottles
Inquirer: Highlights from federal indictment of Seth Williams
Inquirer: Read the 50-page indictment of Philadelphia DA Seth Williams on fraud, extortion charges
Inquirer: Voters in 197th District special election go with write-in candidates
Inquirer: Ex-sergeant must hand over passwords
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Williams no longer a lawman; he should step down
Inquirer: Seven proposed medical-marijuana sites across Philadelphia get zoning approval
Philadelphia Magazine: School District Could Save $600M Through Repair Program
Philadelphia Magazine: Penn Study: Arts Improve Well-Being in Poorer Neighborhoods
Philadelphia Magazine: Pa. House Passes Another Cop Shooting Bill
WHYY Newsworks: Former Pa. treasurer testifies in the trial of Mainline millionaire Richard Ireland
WHYY Newsworks: Democrats claim victory in strange special election
WHYY Newsworks: Despite El Carnaval cancellation, organizers expect other Philly cultural events to go on
WHYY Newsworks: Council hearing examines evictions, substandard housing, and possible solutions
Technically Philly: Mayor Kenney on his #SXSW trip: ‘Tech has to be part of the conversation’
The Daily Beast: Sen. Pat Toomey’s Serious Medicaid Idea
Billy Penn: Philly soda tax: Pepsi tells grocery stores it won’t offer 2-liters or 12-packs
Billy Penn: Free rent for suburban cos. vs Philly’s Depression-era ‘anti-business’ taxes
KYW Newsradio: Candidates Vying To Be Next Philly DA Weigh In On Charges Against Seth Williams
KYW Newsradio: Kenney: Philly DA ‘Should Resign’ Following Corruption Charges
KYW Newsradio: City On First ICE List Refusing Requests To Detain Criminal Illegal Immigrants
KYW Newsradio: Activists Rally At Center City EPA Offices: ‘This Fight Is Just Beginning’
Philly Voice: South Philly Barbacoa serving anti-Trump Mexican coffee

Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown student sues school district over same-sex locker room
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford officials squabble over expansion price ahead of town hall
Pottstown Mercury: Area GOP Reps voting to roll back restrictions aiming to keep guns out of hands of the mentally ill
Bucks County Courier Times: Calendar of Bucks meetings today – Wednesday, March 22
Bucks County Courier Times: No resolution between Morrisville Little League, borough council over per-athlete fee
Bucks County Courier Times: Narcan seminar Wednesday in Richboro
Bucks County Courier Times: Peace Center to host discussions aimed at reducing hate incidents in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Brian Fitzpatrick pushes first bill through House of Representatives
Delco Daily Times: Ex-Yeadon councilman charged with indecent exposure
Delco Daily Times: Ball’s in Pa.’s court on medical marijuana applications
Bucks Local News: State Representative Perry Warren calls for toll tax credit for commuters, businesses
Daily Local News: Parents urged to attend AG district board meeting
Daily Local News: Holdsworth to be named only the third police chief in Kennett Square in past 45 years
Daily Local News: Killion opens new office in West Goshen
Daily Local News: Trump’s budget could put strain on local organizations

Tribune Review: ‘Godmother of Civil Rights Movement’ Dorothy Height honored with Forever Stamp
Tribune Review: Pa. governor expects gas windfall in billions
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania puzzles over how to regulate driverless car testing
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh poised to settle with fired diversity officer for $75K
Tribune Review: Former director Heidi Kozar chosen to fill vacancy on Greater Latrobe School Board
Tribune Review: ‘You’re hurting us,’ say Springdale business owners upset with parking restrictions
Tribune Review: CCAC North hosting forum slated to address solutions to opiod addiction
Tribune Review: Reginald Hickman chosen to join Plum School Board
Post-Gazette: Psychologists dispute Tim Murphy’s claim that ACA betrayed mentally ill
Post-Gazette: Peduto says Trump budget would be ‘devastating’ for Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: State Senate moves to authorize unemployment compensation funding
Post-Gazette: Johnstown wants to woo tech companies to Cambria County
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh couple testifies in Senate hearing about ‘grandfamilies,’ opioid addiction
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh board to designate community schools, but which one is a mystery
Pittsburgh Business Times: Study: State could support up to four more ethane crackers
Pittsburgh Business Times: Kraft Heinz plans to add $200M investment to fight hunger, boost sustainability
WESA: How PWSA Fumbled Its First Attempt At Testing Customers’ Water For Lead, And What’s Different Now
KDKA: Vote On Future Of Mon-Fayette Expressway Extension Delayed
WTAE: New rankings: Who are Allegheny County’s 50 biggest employers?

Altoona Mirror: AASD hoping to draw sponsors
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania education secretary calls on DeVos to ‘reverse course’ on proposed cuts

Standard-Speaker: Pilarz to return to lead University of Scranton
Standard-Speaker: Barletta heads up hearing on grants, disaster preparedness
Times-Tribune: Carbondale Area school director resigns
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Council majority votes to take legal action against former controller Griffith
Times-Leader: Haas seeking another Luzerne County Council term
Times-Leader: Barletta won’t support American Health Care Act in current form

South Central
Patriot News: Blame it on leap year? Pa. casinos make less in overall revenue in Feb. ’17
Patriot News: Driverless vehicles in Pa: State Legislature holds hearing on testing bill
Patriot News: Petition challenge knocks Democrat-turned-Republican off ballot
Patriot News: Sewer line break caused depression that sidelined bus near Capitol
Patriot News: Conservative group targets Charlie Dent in TV blitz ahead of expected RyanCare vote
Lancaster Online: Rick Gray endorses Danene Sorace to succeed him as mayor of Lancaster
Lancaster Online: Libre’s Law passes Senate panel unanimously as first step toward approval since it stalled last year

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Judge dismisses petition challenges for Easton City Council newcomers
Morning Call: Charlie Dent remains on fence over Obamacare repeal bill as vote nears
Reading Eagle: Boyertown student sues district over locker room privacy

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Trump budget proposal could limit funding for MidPenn Legal Services
Erie Times-News: The race for mayor | Merski focuses on economic development, jobs
Erie Times-News: Erie School District tracking concerns

Altoona Mirror: Choking law good for state
Tribune Review: ObamaCare’s benefit basics blown
Bucks County Courier Times: Budget ax falls on the needy
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Seth Williams no longer a lawman; he should step down
Daily News: DN editorial: Scientists are mad and fighting back against attacks from GOP, Trump
Daily News: Yo, Donald, someone’s doing worse than you. It’s Philly Dems
Post-Gazette: For fair fights: Redraw boundaries to kill off ‘safe seats’ for any
Reading Eagle: Editorial: The wiretap charge, Congress and the Russia probe

  • 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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