3/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Casey says no to Gorsuch and cloture, Dent comes out against the AHCA, and the PA GOP gets a new General Counsel.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA GOP Announces General Counsel: The PA GOP announced Joel Frank, Managing Partner of Lamb McErlane PC, as its new General Counsel.

Dent Comes Out Against the AHCA: Congressman Dent joins the growing list of Republicans to come out against the AHCA.

Casey: No On Gorsuch, No On Cloture: Senator Casey announced that he will not support Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court – or a procedural vote to bring his nomination to the floor.

Statewide
Capitolwire: The Capitolwire Procurement Beat for March 24, 2017.
Capitolwire: Lawmakers hope to make PA first state to adopt ‘Clean Slate’ legislation. UPDATED to indicate AOPC doesn’t take a position on proposed legislation.
State House Sound Bites: No verdict after first day of jury deliberation in Spanier case
StateImpact: Amid criticism, utility regulator walks back ‘jihad’ remark
StateImpact: DEP officials won’t answer lawmakers’ questions on pipeline documents

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Kenney administration aims to reform troubled Mayor’s Fund
Inquirer: Split SRC approves plan to spend $2.9 billion in 2017-18
Inquirer: Vince Fumo’s daughter has advice for Seth Williams’ kids
Inquirer: SEPTA approves contract for new rail cars
Inquirer: Controversial 197th District special election heading to federal court?
Inquirer: SEPTA police increasing after-school presence following brawls
Inquirer: Philly district releases new charter school evaluations
Inquirer: $220K donated to vandalized Jewish cemetery, restorations begin Tues.
Inquirer: Obamacare vs. GOP: How much would you pay in Philly area under each plan?
Inquirer: Ride-hailing apps are killing taxis. Is public transit next?
Inquirer: Philly soda tax brings in $6.4M in February, meeting city’s target
Philadelphia Magazine: Wharton Prof: Trumpcare Could Mean Aromatherapy-Only Insurance
Philadelphia Magazine: Casey: I’m Voting Against Gorsuch for Supreme Court
Philadelphia Magazine: Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Endorses Joe Khan in D.A. Race
Philadelphia Magazine: Republicans Push to Challenge Write-In Win in 197th
WHYY Newsworks: Councilman Henon proposes changes to RCO requirements and zoning notice
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA candidates all say Seth Williams should step down
WHYY Newsworks: Revenue from Philly’s soda tax on target, even as sales dip
WHYY Newsworks: Should indicted Philly DA resign? Not everyone in City Hall agrees
WHYY Newsworks: Who from Pa. and N.J. is voting for and against American Health Care Act
WHYY Newsworks: Environmental leaders urge City Council to put climate change on ‘front burner’
WHYY Newsworks: Seth Williams’ indictment casts bigger shadow on Philly D.A. race
WHYY Newsworks: Mental health advocates warn Republicans against cutting Medicaid
Billy Penn: Philly can lose hundreds of millions under Martina White sanctuary cities bill
KYW Newsradio: Now That Seth Williams Has Been Indicted, Can He Remain In Office?
KYW Newsradio: Philly School’s Budget Okay For Now, Though Future Looks Grim
Philadelphia Business Journal: National business expert: How Philadelphia can become more competitive
Philadelphia Business Journal: The projects & people that are changing our skyline
Philadelphia Business Journal: The fastest-growing (and fastest-shrinking) metros in the country
Philadelphia Business Journal: Century-old Manayunk paper plant to close, nearly 150 to lose jobs
Philadelphia Business Journal: $1M+ to bring ‘dramatic’ art installation for Ben Franklin Parkway centennial
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania moderate Republican Dent to vote no on health bill

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford hosts town hall on $12M high school expansion
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Borough Authority OKs $3.7M project at sewer plant
Pottstown Mercury: Immigration forum advises ‘calm’ as Trump policies unfold
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Perry Warren introduces legislation to give tax credit for tolls
Bucks County Courier Times: Pouring in: Foreign imports are on the rise despite uncertainty about USA policy changes
Bucks County Courier Times: Calendar of Bucks meetings today – Friday, March 24
Bucks County Courier Times: All E-ZPasses aren’t equal to Pennsylvania’s devices
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township school board hires company for major renovation project
Bucks County Courier Times: Dozens rally for ACA in Doylestown Borough hours before House Speaker Ryan canceled vote to repeal legislation
Bucks County Courier Times: Longtime journalist leads freedom of speech discussion forum in Northampton
Bucks County Courier Times: Solebury opposes PennEast pipeline, supports state Senate gerrymandering bill
Delco Daily Times: Protesters urge Meehan vote ‘no’ on GOP health care bill
Delco Daily Times: VIDEO: More than 100 stage rally at Rep. Ryan Costello’s office urging him to vote no on ACA repeal
Montgomery Media: Manayunk Neighborhood Council votes to oppose rezoning at St. Mary’s site
Daily Local News: Pa. seeks input on changes in job training for the disabled
Daily Local News: Genesis picks Exton for newest PowerBack rehabilitation center
Daily Local News: VIDEO: More than 100 stage rally at Rep. Ryan Costello’s office urging him to vote no on ACA repeal

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Residency question bounces candidate for district judge in McKees Rocks, Stowe from ballot
Tribune Review: 4 Pennsylvania GOP congressmen now oppose health care bill
Tribune Review: Uber plans major expansion at self-driving car test track in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: PWSA needs 2 more months, $1.7M in all to repair leaky water main
Tribune Review: Report: Pennsylvania State Police ‘overfunded’ by $222M last year
Tribune Review: Water at Greensburg Salem schools found to be safe
Tribune Review: Harrison commissioners field questions on chickens running ‘free range’
Tribune Review: 4 groups to sue ATI over Harrison air pollution issues
Post Gazette: Rothfus surveys constituents on health care on eve of House vote
Early Returns: Pittsburgh teachers union endorses Sala Udin for school board seat
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh region sees decline in population in latest Census data
Pittsburgh Business Times: Cheever to leave Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 2018
WESA: Costa Introduces Bill To Combat The Opioid Crisis By Sending Users To Involuntary Treatment
WESA: PA Senate Considering Bill Allowing Criminal Records To Be Automatically Sealed After 10 Years
KDKA: Local & State Officials Warn Repeal Of Obamacare Will Hurt Local Residents
KDKA: Democrats Predict Backlash At The Polls To Republican Congressmen Supporting ‘Trumpcare’
KDKA: State Police Ramping Up Recruitment Of Women, Minorities
City Paper: President Trump’s budget proposal would make Sen. Toomey’s sanctuary-city bill ineffective

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Reade ‘not interested in selling’ authority
Altoona Mirror: Cambria approves contracts
Beaver County Times: Beaver County business slowed after firing of solicitor Andrea Cantelmi
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Democrats, labor leaders rally to oppose right-to-work proposal

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton board approves retirement incentive
Times-Tribune: Tunkhannock Area to close three of four elementary schools
Times-Tribune: Republican health care plan subject of Scranton town meeting
Times-Tribune: Scranton may put $710K debt refund toward road paving
Standard-Speaker: Hazleton looks to recuperate $145G spent on winter storm
Times-Leader: PA Sec. of Health ‘educates’ at Scranton health care rally
Times-Leader: Court weighs challenge to get Griffith off primary ballot
Times-Leader: Corbett believes anti-Trump stance got him dumped from WILK radio gig

South Central
Patriot News: Ex-felon defies order to withdraw from Harrisburg school board race
Patriot News: Pa. cities most affected by Trumpcare vs. Obamacare
Patriot News: Millersville University’s president announces retirement date
Lancaster Online: Millersville University President John Anderson to retire in March 2018
Lancaster Online: Democratic Sen. Bob Casey will vote ‘no’ on Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Charlie Dent revisits White House as a ‘no’ vote
Morning Call: Candidates emerge to fill two vacancies on East Allen supervisors board
Morning Call: Bob Casey says he’ll oppose SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch
Reading Eagle: Casey says he won’t vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners OK plan for Alvernia University to use bonds for project

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Sen. Casey cites overturned verdict in opposition of Gorsuch
Centre Daily Times: After hours of deliberation, no verdict reached in Spanier trial
Erie Times-News: State education chief: Need in Erie ‘is real’
Erie Times-News: The race for mayor | Schember touts experience, compassion, knowledge
Erie Times-News: Retired Erie County Judge Jess Jiuliante dies at 91

Opinion
Inquirer: Bob Casey: Why I’ll vote against Gorsuch
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Council seems reluctant to pass pension reform
Daily News: DN editorial: Indictment depicts Seth Williams’ greedy side
Bucks County Courier Times: A new face in state rogues’ gallery?
Tribune Review: Pa.’s public education plight
Erie Times-News: Our view: Erie County exodus is a call to action
Patriot News: Got a better idea to fix property taxes? Let’s see it – otherwise you’re just talk: Mike Folmer
Patriot News: Cuts at DEP have put public health at risk: Greg Vitali
Standard-Speaker: Pa. continues its run of corruption
Post-Gazette: Arm the officers: City school police should be able to carry guns

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