3/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Harris jumps into the Mayor’s race in Pittsburgh, and the statewide primary ballot is set.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Harris Officially Jumps into Mayor’s Race: At the conclusion of the filing period, Councilwoman Darlene Harris joined Mayor Bill Peduto and Rev. John Welch on the primary ballot.

Statewide Candidates Get on the Ballot: The deadline passed, and now we know who will be on the ballot for the May primary – and who is running against their party’s endorsement.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Wolf’s minimum wage and merger proposals, Medicaid expansion focus of House-DHS budget hearing.
State House Sound Bites: Wolf admin continues to come down hard against ACA replacement
State House Sound Bites: Real ID compliance has good chance of passing, to ACLU’s dismay

Philadelphia
Inquirer: To battle deadly overdose epidemic, Philly considers safe injection sites
Inquirer: Cable giant buys Philly ad targeter Audience Partners
Inquirer: 2 more Philly-area prosecutors tapped for lead roles in AG’s Office
Inquirer: Free breakfasts mean better academics at one Philly school
Inquirer: Can ransomware attacks such as one that hit Pa. Democrats be stopped?
Inquirer: Pa. has 6.5 million women. None of them are in Congress.
Inquirer: Haverford Twp. activists press school board for transgender student policy
Philadelphia Magazine: Pa. House Bill Would Push Philly to Expand Charter Schools
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Businesswomen Band Together on “A Day Without a Woman”
WHYY Newsworks: Hundreds rally in Philadelphia in honor of International Women’s Day
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. lawmakers try to revive NRA-backed measure aimed at weakening local gun laws
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia enlists new integrity officers
WHYY Newsworks: On ‘Radio Times’: GOP health plan leaves cities like Philly ‘particularly vulnerable’, experts say
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. governor still sees promise in online gaming
Billy Penn: International Women’s Day Protest shuts down Philly streets during rush hour
Billy Penn: What the most important PA lawmakers think about Trump’s health care plan
KYW Newsradio: Pair Of Women Fill Top Spots In Philadelphia Police Department
KYW Newsradio: Contest Aims To Stimulate Interest In What’s Built In Philadelphia Region
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s Muslim Community Vows To Challenge Trump’s Travel Ban
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-based media startup expands to 3rd city
Philly Voice: Sen. Bob Casey unleashes tweetstorm to show ‘Trumpcare’ effect on Pa. residents

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Medical marijuana facility pitched in Pottstown
Pottstown Mercury: Steel River invites public to hate crimes discussion after performances this weekend
Bucks County Courier Times: Calendar of Bucks meetings today – Thursday, March 9
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Perry Warren introduces bill to make age 18 minimum for marriage in Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courier Times: Ex-CIA officer addresses Central Bucks Chamber after scheduled speaker and NSA chief cancels
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressman Brendan Boyle ‘incensed’ at Republicans’ ACA-replacement bill
Daily Local News: West Goshen supervisors vote to continue safety evaluations for Mariner East II pipeline

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Debate unfolds over campaign finance rules in Pittsburgh mayoral race
Tribune Review: Day Without a Woman’ celebrates female power
Tribune Review: From tunnels to the T, this group has a plan to fix Pittsburgh’s transportation woes
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh unveils $1M plan to address lead in drinking water
Tribune Review: PennDOT plans $3.25M Route 136 upgrades, $10M in other Westmoreland resurfacing
Tribune Review: Effort to repeal Obamacare called threat to opioid treatments by Dems and a positive by Republicans
Tribune Review: Forum offers Alle-Kiski Valley parents, kids insight into nation’s opioid epidemic
Tribune Review: Aspinwall Council to survey town regarding Eastern Avenue reconstruction
Post-Gazette: Local congressmen on key committees shaping health care replacement plan
Pittsburgh Business Times: Transportation strategy outlined for 10-county southwestern PA region
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald, Peduto to announce plans for Bus Rapid Transit from Oakland to downtown
Pittsburgh Business Times: City, authority partner with Peoples Gas to provide water filters to customers
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto’s affordable housing plans on URA agenda
WESA: PHOTOS: Pittsburghers Protest Gender Inequity On ‘A Day Without A Woman’
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Council Approves E-Cigarette Ban
City Paper: Despite changing infrastructure needs in the Mon Valley, the Mon-Fayette Expressway refuses to die

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Murphy AHCA amendment protects mental health, substance abuse coverage; Wolf urges no vote
Beaver County Times: Rep. Jim Christiana questions dispute between Beaver County, Gateway Rehab Center
Beaver County Times: Fully fund legislation addressing opioid crisis, Casey tells Senate Appropriations Committee
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Three candidates vying for Johnstown mayor

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Toomey’s antagonizers won’t stop
Times-Tribune: Wolf touts economic growth, job creation in Scranton visit
Times-Tribune: Cummings: Let drug companies pay
Standard-Speaker: Hazleton to rewrite rental ordinance
WBRE: Governor Wolf responds to call for regulation of marijuana

South Central
Patriot News: Lawmaker raises questions about handling of state police cheating scandal
Patriot News: In tweet storm Bob Casey slams GOP health bill: #noagetax
Patriot News: With discord growing, Charlie Dent signals uncertainty on GOP healthcare plan
Lancaster Online: East Lampeter Township residents told not to file local taxes over rift with tax collector

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Governor Wolf meets with Allentown manufacturing business
Morning Call: Mayor: Easton in a time of remarkable change
Morning Call: 11 candidates seeking spots on Allentown Council
Morning Call: Why Republican challengers are scarce in Bethlehem, Easton
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf plan to merge 4 state agencies questioned
Reading Eagle: See who is running for office in Berks County in the May primary
Reading Eagle: Upper Bern Republican running for coroner

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State issues statement on Trump executive order
Centre Daily Times: Michael Black to seek Democratic nomination for State College mayor
Centre Daily Times: Penn State grad student launches campaign for State College Borough Council
Erie Times-News: Mercyhurst to host Erie mayoral forum
Erie Times-News: Two veteran directors leaving Erie School Board
Erie Times-News: Groups rally over abortion law in Erie’s Perry Square
Erie Times-News: Democrat Kevin Otteni seeks Erie City Council seat

Opinion
Tribune Review: ObamaCare Lite: Relapse and regurgitation
Beaver County Times: The right path to economic growth and jobs
Patriot News: Cyber-attack on Pa. Senate Dems is a reminder no one is safe from hackers: Editorial
Patriot News: There’s nothing ‘affordable’ about the GOP’s Affordable Care Act replacement: Editorial
Inquirer: Commentary: Don’t rescind progress on health care
Inquirer: Commentary: Philly united in denouncing hate
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Don’t let Turzai dictate Philly’s number of charters
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Online addiction harming mental health

3 Responses

  1. Scoot Wagner recently visited Erie City schools and during education funding hearings said of Erie city schools, “they were like something out of Baghdad”! Yet, this Republican troll voted twice for cutting funding that would have given more money to the Erie School District.

    This is the hypocrisy we’re dealing with at our state capitol.

  2. You get a nickel
    I’ll get a dime
    We’ll go into town
    And watch Billy Caye whine.

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