3/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Cruz will speak at this year’s Leadership Conference, online voter registration grows and we take an in-depth look at PA’s 2012 and 2014 elections. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Maps: 2012 Elections Breakdown: A municipality-by-municipality look at the Congressional and Legislative PA races in 2012.

How Would A Bloomberg Run Have Affected PA?: If the former New York Mayor’s polls are to be believed, PA may be a bluer state than we thought.

Cruz to Speak at PA Leadership Conference: The Texas Senator and Presidential candidate will attend the Harrisburg convention next month.

Maps: 2014 Elections Breakdown: A municipality-by-municipality look at the Gubernatorial, Congressional and Legislative PA races in 2014.

Reader Poll: Should the Minimum Wage Be Raised?: We ask our readers whether PA’s wage floor should be elevated.

Reader Poll: Shuster Will Be the GOP Nominee in PA-9: Our readers believe Congressman Shuster will survive this year’s primary challenge.

Online Voter Registration Passes Paper Applications: Since the turn of the year, more voters have used the state’s online system to complete their registration forms.

PA-10: Marino Says He’ll Work For Trump: The Congressman says he’ll be meeting with the GOP front-runner soon and will urge him to be more presidential.

Philly FOP Endorses Shapiro for AG: The endorsement from the state’s largest police union comes on the tail of many others.

Legislative Elections Update

SD-5: Former Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham endorsed State Sen. John Sabatina’s re-election campaign.

“I’m proud to give Senator John Sabatina my endorsement,” Abraham stated. “I have been fighting against injustice my entire career so I know what it takes. Senator Sabatina has shown time and again that he has the courage and commitment to stand up for all Pennsylvanians. He has a proven track record and I’m glad he’s our man in Harrisburg.”

“I want to thank District Attorney Abraham for her endorsement, support, and trust,” Sen. Sabatina responded. “She’s a true public servant and I’m proud to say she was also a mentor to me. I learned so much about public service and fighting injustice from her.”

The 5th district consists of Northeast Philadelphia.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Proposal seeks to bring sunshine to judicial appointment of locally-elected officials
PLSReporter: Advocates urge lawmakers to fix Pa.’s school funding crisis
WITF: Harrisburg to explore marijuana decriminalization
StateImpactPA: Chester County landfill gas used as alternative to fracking
Capitolwire: Learning from past error, PDE Sec. Rivera says he wants Legislature as ‘active partner’ in education policy changes

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Eakin’s lawyers want to release proposed settlement of his legal troubles
Inquirer: Kenney touts tax plan to beverage industry brass
Inquirer: Pa.: No budget yet, but we do have a new tourism slogan
WHYY Newsworks: Advocates cheer new Pa. law to seal minor criminal records
WHYY Newsworks: Residents divided over King of Prussia rail extension proposal
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney’s pre-K pitch gets big boost from $15 million grant

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Montgomery County confirms first Zika virus case
Bucks County Courier Times: Report: Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center an ‘economic engine’ for Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Sweeping changes for Penndel professional staff
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick brothers accused of Hatch Act violations
Daily Local News: U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello visits Pottstown, discusses school lunch nutrition

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Monroeville Council approves settlement over firing police chief who was rehired later
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County group will take 4-H fight to Harrisburg
Post-Gazette: Eakin asks permission to present proposed solution
Early Returns: Geiselhart seeking GOP nod in 55th
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania No. 8 in tech employment, but not among top 10 in pay
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny, Butler among best economic performers in US
WESA: Harrisburg to explore marijuana decriminalization
KDKA: CIty and County to start lopping off love locks for bridge rehab projects
KDKA: Pa. Senate considering fee hikes on hunting licenses

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County makes early exit offers to 131 full time employees
Observer Reporter: Washington police to quash rumors via social media
Altoona Mirror: Planning commission observes 100th year
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Somerset Township rezoning concerns neighbors

NEPA
Times Tribune: Jessup council vote paves way for controversial power plant
Citizens Voice: City to consider alternative path to recouping emergency response costs
Wayne Independent: Increase in service rates announced
Standard Speaker: City housing development plans in limbo
Standard Speaker: Planning commission OKs updates to overlaying district

South Central
Patriot News: ex-congressional candidate’s defamation suit dismissed
Patriot News: Ted Cruz to headline Pa. conservatives’ meeting in April: Tuesday Morning Coffee
Patriot News: Education Secretary Pedro rivera put through his paces at legislative budget hearings
Carlisle Sentinel: Justice in ethics case over salacious emails wants hearing
York Dispatch: York Lawmakers split on Wolf minimum wage action

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley congressmen discuss the Trump factor
Morning Call: Mike Fitzpatrick weighs in on brother’s Hatch Act controversy
Morning Call: Katie McGinty talks strategies to aid female workers
Reading Eagle: Kutztown students encouraged to register, vote
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Dent says VA funding requests is ‘a heavy lift’

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Concern about budget impasse grows
Erie Times-News: With funding in doubt, Presque Isle officials weigh sand options
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council takes first step toward withholding EMTA funding

Opinion
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pond: Workers’ comp ‘reform’ is really an attack on workers’ rights
Inquirer: Time can’t heal sexual abuse by priests
Inquirer: Jones: In Donald Trump’s rise, Republicans reap what they sow
Pottstown Mercury: The war on heroin needs funding
Bucks County Courier Times: Silly site spurs rash reaction
Reading Eagle: Merit selection would get money out of statewide courts
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf and the minimum wage: Arrogance and ignorance
Post-Gazette: Leechburg police need a lesson in assault
Post-Gazette: it’s time for Pennsylvanians to combat climate change
Times Tribune: Jessup council holds fire sale
Patriot-News: Trump’s lead shrinks, Kasich’s survival strategy and as goes Michigan?

Blogs
Citified: NE Philly Senate Candidate on Trump: “I think he’s great.”
Liberty City Press: Sugar Wars Part I
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA bond ratings in the toilet while Harrisburg continues to do absolutely nothing (and get paid for it)
Commonwealth Foundation: The Dark Side of Raising the Wage
Commonwealth Foundation: Poll: How Can Pennsylvania Beat Florida?

3 Responses

  1. Rt — The Feds are NOT the PA Supreme Court. The Feds will get this right … I hope …

  2. Pat: I would like to agree but if you look at the “Cash for Kids” whitewash committee assembled by the Pa. supreme Court and it’s insiders, then look at the result where the insiders/designers of the scheme got away with no penalties at all,then you have no hope for an honest ending here. Take your beating and go on to your next beating, as directed by the Bazzano-Zappala-Porter mafia. Hope is a bad thing anyway since banks don’t finance on it.

  3. It is clear that Johnny Doc had a motive to keep the Hate-gate e-mails a secret. After all – his brother, who was running for Supreme Court, was on the e-mail chains. If it is true that the reporter that printed the “leaked” story is tight with Doc (and that he drinks for free at Doc’s bar), then it really supports Kane’s assertion that she was framed — that she talked about doing something, decided against it, and then got framed by “insiders” who leaked the documents to make it look like she did so.

    A. King and J. Morrow are not to be trusted. Morrow has already told multiple versions of what allegedly happened. And Morrow probably knew he was being recorded when he said what he said on that tapped phone. That’s why the rest of the convos are innocuous garbage. If this was a set-up designed to silence Kane, there are gonna be some powerful people going down. Wonder who will be the first to turn state’s evidence. The race is probably on. Feds have already taken on the Johnny Doc mob attack/aggravated assault investigation.

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