3/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6The budget is finally done, the DSCC endorses McGinty and Toomey will meet with the President’s Supreme Court nominee. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-BGT: PA Gets a Budget: Gov. Tom Wolf will not veto the GOP’s latest budget proposal.

BREAKING: PA-Sen: DSCC Endorses McGinty: The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee makes their selection.

Muhlenberg Poll: Where PA Stands on Social Issues: Pennsylvanians sound off on abortion, Planned Parenthood and marijuana.

PA-Sen: Toomey to Meet With Garland: The GOP Senator will sit down with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee but says he still won’t vote for him.

PA-Sen: Casey Meets SCOTUS Nominee Garland: The Supreme Court pick started his rounds in Washington at the PA’s senior Senator’s office.

Politically Uncorrected: A Kingmaker?: On April 26 the voters of Pennsylvania finally get their say in the 2016 train wreck more formally known as the Republican presidential nomination process.

Peters Scores Endorsement of York Commissioner: York County Commissioner Chris Reilly is backing Joe Peters’ campaign for Attorney General.

Morganelli Pitches Himself to Voters (VIDEO): The Northampton DA believes experience will be a huge advantage for him.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Wolf’s budget finale leaves some loose ends
State House Sound Bites: Budget impasse ends with a whimper
PA Independent: “Schools and students hostage to politics” in Pennsylvania
StateImpactPA: DEP to abandon controversial permits for recycling drilling waste
PLSReporter: Turzai: “This is a very responsible, balanced budget”
PLSReporter: Legislators offer bills to curb illegal immigration in Pennsylvania
Capitolwire: Three Senate mail room employees fired after drug bust
Capitolwire: Wolf will allow budget to become law without his signature, but not Fiscal Code, and that could be a problem

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Ending budget impasse, Wolf says: ‘We need to move on’
Inquirer: Nurse tells of doughnut shop argument and then arrest by SEPTA cop
Inquirer: Officials prepare for convention security here
Inquirer: Lawyer, NAACP ‘livid’ over arrest of African American woman
Daily News: I just became a Democrat…for 5 weeks. Here’s why
Philly.com: Nutter family vacations in Cuba at same time as Obamas
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania GOP delegates don’t come easy
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. budget impasse ends with a whimper
WHYY Newsworks: If Fattah wins at the polls and loses in court, Philly could be sending felon to Congress
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney says soda tax plan has more supporters than opponents

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks, Montgomery schools grateful for state money
Bucks County Courier-Times: Navy responds to congressmen about water contamination in Bucks, Montgomery counties
Bucks County Courier-Times: State Rep. Santarsiero attends Elcon opposition meeting
Montgomery Media: Ambler Borough Council OKs contract for Borough Park restoration, maintenance
Montgomery Media: Cheltenham board bids farewell to longtime employee

Pittsburgh
WESA: Officials Say Complaints Against Police, Suits Against Declining
Tribune Review: Faith-based groups’ objection to birth control law goes to Supreme Court
Tribune Review: Process for filling Supreme Court vacancies damaged, appeals Judge Ginsburg says
Post-Gazette: Census shows population decline in Pittsburgh region
Post-Gazette: Facebook posts by WTAE-TV’s Wendy Bell sparks online debate
KDKA: East Allegheny Schools, Other Programs Relieved Budget Impasse Is Over
City Paper: Allegheny County begins charging for courthouse weddings to generate revenue

Southwest
Beaver County Times: School districts find temporary relief in aftermath of Pennsylvania budget impasse
Observer-Reporter: New voter registrations in Greene County favor Republican
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County Democrats plan four rallies
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Federal disaster aid approved for area counties
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Court won’t change wording of amendment; ballot question may be moved to November

NEPA
Times-Leader: Luzerne County councilman challenges loan forgiveness request by city chamber of commerce
Citizens Voice: Hearings scheduled for five suspended Wilkes-Barre Area teachers
Citizens Voice: W-B council considers considers smoking ban at transportation facility
Citizens Voice: House bills call for more lead tests

South Central
York Dispatch: Monthslong Pa. budget impasse over
York Dispatch: Analysts: Schools short-term winners, long-term losers in new budget
York Dispatch: York County school officials relieved impasse will end
Lancaster Intelligencer: New to Pennsylvania: Heroin addicts get help, not a jail cell, through CLEAN program
Lancaster Intelligencer: Could you pass Pennsylvania’s standardized tests? Try these sample questions
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pa. Farm Bureau says Extension offices to get vital funding and won’t have to close
Lebanon Daily News: Local officials react to passed budget
Patriot-News: Which Pa. politician took $26 million from special interests?
Patriot-News: Republicans mostly get their way in Pa. budget resolution; Gov. Tom Wolf and Democrats get to fight another day
Patriot-News: Four Pa. Senate employees implicated in drug activity at work, official says
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s refusal to sign budget bill has a fascinating historical precedent

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley to share in bank merger’s $16.5 billion community investment
Morning Call: Crime on the decline, new development on the rise, says Easton Mayor in annual State of the City address
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley getting federal snowstorm money
WFMZ: Nonprofits, schools relieved by end to Pennsylvania budget impasse
Reading Eagle: Highlights of the 2015-16 state budget
Express Times: Crime is down in Easton? Believe it

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to OK tax abatement for city developments
Erie Times-News: Supreme Court hears Erie diocese’s concerns in contraception case
Centre Daily Times: Centre County leaders to end of Pa. budget stalemate

Opinion
York Dispatch: Nothing gained from budget impasse
York Daily Record: Needle exchange program makes sense in York
York Daily Record: Slain retired officer Ron Heist deserves
Lebanon Daily News: Shenk: Toward a more compassionate Pennsylvania
Patriot-News: In Potter County, a smarter way to fight the War on Drugs
Carlisle Sentinel: Thomas: A liberal garland for Garland
Erie Times-News: Pitts: Felons shouldn’t face lifetime bans from job market
Inquirer: Trump response would incite terrorists
Inquirer: Eakin resignation creates chance to test merit selection
Tribune-Review: Fighting terror: Refugee realism
Post-Gazette: Finally, a budget: Next time, Pa. officials must mind the clock
Post-Gazette: Cuban opening: Obama’s visit sets the table for normalization

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. proposals aim to minimize lead exposure
Keystone Crossroads: Thousands of pedestrian stops by Philly police illegal, racially biased
Keystone State Education Coalition: School districts will pay 29% of their payroll in pension costs in 2016-17
Commonwealth Foundation: Taxpayers win as Wolf allows budget to become law
PA Budget and Policy Center: PA Budget and Policy Center on Gov. Wolf Allowing HB1801 to Become Law
Lu-Lac Poltical Letter: Barletta out for Trump
2 Political Junkies: Inside the mind of Wendy Bell
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: 183rd Legislative District Update
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Can we afford prison guards with a domestic violence history

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