3/4 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Trump could bring Toomey trouble, an uproar in PA-8 and we chronicle the latest AG candidates’ forum. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Sen: Sabato’s Crystal Ball Predict Trump Trouble: If Trump is the nominee Toomey’s seat goes from Lean R to Lean D.

AG Candidates Participate In Philly Bar Association Forum: The Attorney General candidates discuss Kathleen Kane, criminal justice and consumer protection reform.

PA-8: ‘California Brian’ Website Prompts FEC Complaint: The Santarsiero campaign’s parody website provoked the ire of the PA GOP.

Kane’s Driver Sentenced to 3-6 Months: The Attorney General’s confidant illegally read emails concerning Kane’s case.

PA-7: Hoyer to Headline Event for Golderer: The campaign also announced they’ve hired a campaign manager.

Boscola Endorses Morganelli for AG: The Northampton County DA secures the support of the State Senator.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-31: Former Governor Mark Schweiker endorsed Republican Ryan Gallagher’s campaign for this open seat.

“Ryan Gallagher has proven his ability to focus on getting results instead of playing partisan games. He is the type of independent, effective leader that the people of Bucks County expect in their elected officials,” Schweiker stated. “There in no doubt that Ryan will be a strong voice as Representative, making a positive impact on issues important to local families and seniors.”

“I am honored that Governor Schweiker has joined our team and endorsed my campaign,” Gallagher responded. “The fact that someone who is so well known, trusted, and respected by the people of the 31st District is supporting my candidacy sends a strong message to voters as to what kind of Representative I will be for them.”

The 31st district consists of part of Bucks County.

HD-104: Nate Curtis announced his intention to run against incumbent State Rep. Sue Helm in the April 26th Republican primary.

“It’s time to give another choice to the voters in the 104th State House District,” said Curtis. “All too often we keep the same representatives for far too long, with the same lack of results. I am a conservative Republican, a Combat Veteran, and most importantly, a citizen wholly committed to working for the voters.”

The 104th district is located in Dauphin County.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Delaware Riverkeeper sues FERC, alleging bias and corruption in pipeline cases
PLSReporter: PERC temporarily restored through bipartisan agreement
PLSReporter: Dept. of Aging Secretary discusses proposed 2016-17 budget (VIDEO)
Capitolwire: Independent pension review agency gets a temporary reprieve of sorts

Philadelphia
Inquirer: As primary nears, Dems wonder: can McGinty rally?
Inquirer: Kenney outlines his vision for the future
Inquirer: Congressmen press Navy on Willow Grove water danger
Inquirer: Kenney to offer a bold first budget
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney’s budget address
WHYY Newsworks: Soda industry political donors still active in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Dave Davies and Jennifer Lynn talk Philly mayoral budgets past
WHYY Newsworks: Dozens protest Toomey’s part in blocking Supreme Court appointment
Philadelphia Business Journal: Amid soda tax commotion, Kenney plans to build German-Philly business pipeline

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montco to acquire parcel needed for trail via eminent domain
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Makefield supervisors approve dog park
Bucks Local News: Major makeover of Newtown Borough municipal lot moving forward; closure of entire lot expected at month’s end
Daily Local News: Group urges women voters

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania governor Wolf’s spending amid budget impasse baffles lawmakers
Tribune Review: PWSA director resigns as frustrations mount over erroneous water bill
Post-Gazette: University Leaders appeal to state government to fund their schools
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania starts process of building managed care system for older and disabled adults
Post-Gazette: Gergely accused of improperly directing money to aide’s campaign
Post-Gazette: State audit of Connellsville Area District ‘threw up red flags all over the place’

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Some local legislators support ending statute of limitations for child sexual abuse
Observer-Reporter: Washington County land bank approved but concerns remain
Observer-Reporter: Monessen Council approves early intervention program for finances

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Kane aude Reese gets jail time for contempt
Standard Speaker: State rep. candidate’s residency questioned
Standard Speaker: Former House hopeful cops deal
Standard Speaker: Acting Luzerne County Manager wants gig
News Item: Inmate space studied in other county
Times Leader: Luzerne County has no acting correctional division head with Nesbitt’s departure

South Central
York Dispatch: PERC reopened under court-approved agreement
York Dispatch: Rep. Perry bill authorizes new guidelines to attack terrorists
York Dispatch: Pa. to offer alternative to GED exam
Patriot-News: White power or any other power, state can’t choose who can assemble in its buildings
Patriot-News: Thousands of Pa. landowners ask judge to stop AG Kathleen Kane in Chesapeake Energy royalty case
Patriot-News: Pa. House Republicans shred Gov. Tom Wolf, through his prisons chief, for budget decisions
Patriot-News: Home rule? Eliminate forensic investigators? Harrisburg weighs changes to recovery plan
Patriot-News: U.S. judge puts fired prosecutor’s lawsuit against AG Kathleen Kane on hold

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Clergy abuse hotline overwhelmed with calls after AG report
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners table vote on solar-panel feasibility study
Reading Eagle: Democrat seeking to challenge state Rep. Gary Day drops out
Reading Eagle: Berks commissioner urges change in bail rules at the ‘State of the Community’ breakfast

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Erie party leader, analysts weigh in on Republican divide
Go Erie: What worries us most? A look at Erie’s concerns
Go Erie: Municipalities to get more liquid fuels money from Pennsylvania

Opinion
Times Leader: Want a top-level job in Luzerne county Government? Then live in Luzerne County
Post-Gazette: Humane move: Peduto and a developer help evicted tenants
Post-Gazette: Gergely must go: facing criminal charges, the legislator must resign
Patriot-News: Most Pennsylvania residents are happy with affordable housing in the state
Inquirer: More shale taxes will hurt Pa.
Inquirer: Some real life heroes who give us hope
Bucks County Courier Times: The sour taste of a sugar tax

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Suburban poverty growing in America, overtaking cities
Citified: The Chamber of Commerce Isn’t Attacking Kenney’s Soda Tax – That’s Huge
Citified: Here Is the Full Budget Address Given By Mayor Kenney
Citified: 10 Things to Know About Kenney’s Ambitious, Expensive Budget Porposal
2 Political Junkies: The Tribune-Review Editorial Board Subtly Misleads, Again
Above Average Jane: Senate Resolution 27

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