3/8 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Fetterman calls on Wasserman Schultz to resign, McGinty releases her first TV ad and we recap the events of the Democratic Committee Meeting. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

McGinty, Zappala Put Up Strong Showing, But Fall Short of Endorsement: After a spirited contest, the Democratic state committee passes on endorsements in the Senate and Attorney General contests.

PA-Sen: Fetterman Calls on DNC Chair to Resign: The Braddock Mayor has taken issue with the Congresswoman’s co-sponsoring of a GOP-led payday loan bill.

PA-Sen: McGinty Releases First TV Ad (VIDEO): Katie McGinty releases her first campaign ad which focuses on Pennsylvania middle class.

PA-Sen: Candidates Deliver Their Pitch at Winter Meeting Forum: The event featured four, yes four, Democratic candidates.

PA-Sen: Katie McGinty: The Happy Warrior: We interviewed the Democratic Senate candidate during the party’s winter meeting.

PA-Gov: Wolf Raises State Employee Minimum Wage to $10.15: The Governor is calling on the General Assembly to do the same for all Pennsylvanians.

PA-Sen: Philly Firefighters Endorse Toomey: The IAFF Local 22 is supporting the Republican incumbent Senator.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-202: Philadelphia City Council Majority Leader Bobby Henon endorsed Jared Solomon’s campaign in the Democratic primary.

“Jared Solomon has proven to be a great partner for us in City Hall,” Henon stated. “We need his kind of leadership in Harrisburg so that we can continue to improve the neighborhoods here in the Northeast. I am proud to endorse Jared Solomon for State Representative of District 202 and I will be working hard to insure his victory this April.”

“I would like to thank Councilman Henon for his support in this election,” Solomon responded. “As Mr. Henon said, we need our elected officials in Harrisburg to partner with the city government to address the quality of life issues facing our communities here in the lower Northeast, especially school funding, unemployment and economic development. The state government controls over a third of the budget of the Philadelphia School District, so it is extremely important that we have strong leaders from Philadelphia in Harrisburg who can bring people together to address our school funding crisis in a meaningful way. Throughout my life, I have brought people together and I intend to continue that work as a representative of the City in Harrisburg.”

The 202nd district includes part of Northeast Philadelphia.

Statewide
WITF: Wolf’s order hikes wages for limited group
PLSReporter: PSERS director: “We’re very well toward turning the corner on our unfunded liability”
Capitolwire: Wolf’s minimum wage increase starts big election-year push on the issue
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: More realism needed in pension discussions

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia is drinking less soda – how would that affect sugary drinks tax revenue?
WHYY Newsworks: Controller says pension buyouts could cut Philly retirement liability
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. unemployment rate hits lowest mark in over eight years
Inquirer: Trump ties to mobster, racist casino policies alleged in new report
Inquirer: School turnaround plan criticized
Inquirer: City looking to save with reverse bidding

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Schools to join Spring-Ford in march on Harrisburg
Bucks County Courier Times: Concerns lead Elcon to hold off permit application for proposed treatment plant in Falls
Bucks County Courier Times: Businesses can get tax breaks by supporting Pennsbury foundation

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Gov. Tom Wolf increases minimum wage for state employees
Post Gazette: McGinty to hit airwaves in Democratic run-up to US Senate primary
Post Gazette: Pittsburghers remember Nancy Reagan
Pittsburgh Business Times: Budget impasse takes toll on nonprofits
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa.’s diversified economy helped stop energy-related jobs slide
Pittsburgh Business Times: 2 from Pittsburgh to appear at White House women’s entrepreneurial event
WESA: House panel puts Kane on defense over email probe
KDKA: Allegheny Co.’s political makeup reveals some unusual and really bizarre partie

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Gibbons defends per diem total after GOP challenger cites report
Altoona Mirror: Judge revokes bail in marijuana case
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Education, health care leading region

NEPA
Times Tribune: Scranton remembers Mayor Jim McNulty
Times Tribune: Moosic mayor breaks council tie to block meeting attendance via phone
Citizens Voice: State set to unveil new tourism slogan
Wayne Independent: Agreement approved for expansion project
Standard Speaker: Hazleton mayor will not change car policy
Pocono Record: New polling locations for primary in Pocono, Hamilton townships

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster city mayor position gets salary boost for next term
Roxbury News: Governor Tom Wolf – Raising minimum wage for Commonwealth employees
Patriot News: Ex-felon in the hunt for a state House seat but could he serve?
Patriot News: Attorney says Kane is ‘victim of vindicative prosecution,’ wants case thrown out
Patriot News: If Gov. Tom Wolf is handing out pay raises, non-unionized state employees say they want one

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Pat Toomey targeted in new robocalls on SCOTUS vacancy
Express Times: 5 things to know about Lopatcong’s $600K referendum
WFMZ: Bethlehem Township Commissioners approve medical center, restaurant
WFMZ: Lopatcong School District to hold vote on raising tax levy
WFMZ: Katie McGinty to hit airwaves in Democrats’ US Senate primary

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: DuBoistown council hears concerns about zoning issue
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Citizens Fire Co. will vote on merger tonight
Erie Times-News: Gov. Wolf raises minimum wage for state workers (AP)

Opinion
Pottstown Mercury: Geyer: Problems of immigration rooted in overpopulation
Delco Daily Times: Take back the power of your vote
Bucks County Courier Times: Senators missing, but Christie’s back
Inquirer: Surfing the Web should be easier for the blind
Daily News: The Trump Resistance: How it works, how to join
Post-Gazette: More than hazing: Leechburg police need a lesson on assault
Tribune Review: More notes on the state of things…
Tribune Review: Nancy Reagan 1921-2016
Observer Reporter: Review of Pennsylvania’s prison system greatly needed
Patriot-News: Rubio’s uphill climb, Obama’s SCOTUS shortlist and Sanders’ awkward ‘Ghetto’ comment
Patriot-News: Harrisburg’s livability ranking was accurate and deserved

Blogs
Citified: Kenney Spokeswoman Retracts Statement Slamming Nutter Aide
Keystone Crossroads: Take Note: The legacy of lead
Keystone Crossroads: Wolf raising minimum wage for some workers
Commonwealth Foundation: Why Did Wolf Veto PERC Funding?
2 Political Junkies: How NOT To “Make America Great Again” – GOP Frontrunner Trump on Torture

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