3/7 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6The Fitzpatrick brothers are under fire, Dem leaders are concerned about McGinty and the PA unemployment rate drops to 4.6%. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

3/4 Ups & Downs: Poker, emails and The Donald. See who made this week’s list!

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Bros. Under Fire For Pre-Campaign Activity: Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick was making calls for his brother while Brian was still an FBI agent.

PA-Sen: Dems Nervous, but Confident in McGinty: The race is about to truly begin, with just over 7 weeks until the Apr. 26 Democratic primary.

Shapiro, Zappala Trade AG Endorsements: Democratic candidates Josh Shapiro and Stephen Zappala each scored some new backers in their primary contest for Attorney General.

January Jobs Report: Unemployment Drops to 4.6%: The Commonwealth continues to stay below the national average.

Stack Named to NLGA Policy Committee: The Lieutenant Governor will work to promote and coordinate new policies throughout the country.

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Announces March 13th Kick-Off: Mike Fitzpatrick will serve as his brother’s special guest.

Sunday Show Preview: March 6, 2016: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-55: Michael Geiselhart formally announced that weekend that he is seeking the Republican nomination.

“My experience working with Representative Perales, and seeing how he helped change people’s lives for the better, is when I knew I needed to come back home,” said Geiselhart. “While growing up here, I witnessed the region’s slow decline, but always believed with stronger leadership the district could thrive again. We need leaders in state government who will put the needs of residents ahead of partisan politics. As State Representative, I will work tirelessly to protect our values and always put our veterans, families, seniors and small businesses first.”

The 55th district includes parts of Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland Counties.

Statewide
WITF: Registration stickers take center-stage at Capitol hearing
WITF: Lead detected in Pittsburgh’s drinking water on the rise since 1999
PLSReporter: House Republicans: Guv’s tax plan will hurt small businesses
PLSReporter: More positive economic news for Pennsylvania
Capitolwire: Independent pension review agency gets a temporary reprieve of sorts

Philadelphia
Inquirer: A plan to help the city’s pension woes: buyouts
Inquirer: Local Trump backers: ‘We need someone to kick the Dems in the teeth’
Inquirer: Soft drinks, hard lobbying
Heard in the Hall: Kenney launches new website to engage public on pre-K
WHYY Newsworks: Why does the earned income tax credit have such a good reputation for fighting poverty?
Philadelphia Business Journal: Montco gets bigger-than-expected DNC lift

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf backing Santarsiero for U.S. Congress in 8th District
Bucks Local News: State Rep. Steve Santarsiero calls for sweeping climate legislation; plan would require dramatic reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2030
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania Republicans complain to Federal Election Commission about Santarsiero campaign parody site targeting Brian Fitzpatrick

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Democrats decline to endorse US Senate, state attorney general candidates
Tribune Review: Allegheny County GOP committee elects new chairman
Post-Gazette: McKeesport Councilman who lost seat is moving forward
Post-Gazette: Democratic state committee favors, but falls short of endorsing McGinty and Zappala
Pittsburgh Business Times: State sheds energy jobs, but jobless rates still fall to pre-recession levels
WESA: Treasury approves payments for Pennsylvania prison system
WESA: Petition urges Sen. Toomey to act on SCOTUS Nominee
KDKA: Outgoing Allegheny Co. Republican Committee Chair Weighs In On Romney-Trump Feud
WTAE: Official: Wolf to boost wages for state workers, contractors

Southwest
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s amendment to stifle Medicare prescription fraud passes Senate
Observer Reporter: Peters Township arbitration hearing ends, now waiting begins
Altoona Mirror: Lawmaker: Changing statute a challenge
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Judge Kiniry resigns from Bishop McCort Board
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Republicans move to retake attorney general’s office

NEPA
Times Leader: Shortage of Luzerne County Election Board Members may be resolved this week
Citizens Voice: Secret energy strategy could transform NEPA
Wayne Independent: Proposals for flood control under review
Standard Speaker: Carbon commissioners approve union contract
Standard Speaker: HCA plans to increase surveillance
Pocono Record: Harrisburg expands loans for sewer hookups and septic repair

South Central
Patriot News: Wolf to sign executive order raising minimum wage for certain workers
Patriot News: No endorsement in U.S. Senate, Attorney General races from Pa. Democrats
Patriot News: Statewide democratic candidates focus on issues at forum
Patriot News: Midstate lawmakers rally against Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan with proposed $2.7 billion in new taxes
York Dispatch: State pension watchdog reopened under court-approved deal

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Democrat seeking to challenge state Rep. Gary Day drops out
Reading Eagle: Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate make case at Hershey forum
Morning Call: Donald Trump’s surge darken forecast for Pat Toomey
Morning Call: State Democrats divided in high-profile primary races
Morning Call: Sestak bucks Democratic Party leaders in race for Senate

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Residents question appointments to elected positions
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council passes tax abatement on 1st reading
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie’s representatives in Congress voted Feb. 29-March 4
Erie Times-News: Erie Schools receive tax revenue, but future uncertain
Erie Times-News: Tax deal appears close for Knowledge Park

Opinion
York Daily Record: Introduce Gov. Wolf to the ‘bully bench’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Democrats should embrace Sestak
Inquirer: Kenney’s budget ambitious, but expensive
Delco Daily Times: Mitt Romney: The wrong anti-Trump messenger
Bucks County Courier Times: Encouraging response
Tribune Review: Scott Wagner swings for reform (if not higher office)
Tribune Review: Seeking grace in politics
Observer Reporter: Campaign is ruining my inner peace
Times Tribune: Jim McNulty prized people over politics
Times Tribune: Time for Jessup to get a second opinion
Post-Gazette: Judges of merit: Pennsylvania must end its Election Day roulette
Post-Gazette: Voters need choices: Too many state lawmakers are unopposed

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. considers testing all children for lead, like some other states do
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. jobless rate at 4.6%, lowest in 8.5 years
Keystone Crossroads: Wolf, Republicans strike temporary deal over Pa. pensions commission
Commonwealth Foundation: Should Economic Power Reside In Harrisburg?
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: How Low Will They Go?
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: Enough in Enough. The Courts Must Intervene
Lu Lac Political Letter: God Speed Bill Sordoni

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