4/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6McGinty and Evans release their Q1 numbers, Clinton taps Morgan Freeman for her new TV ad and Terry Madonna examines the PA primary. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Newspaper Endorsements Open Thread: A running tally of which candidates are winning support for the April 26th primary contests.

PA-Sen: Q1: McGinty Raises More Than $1.8 Million: The Senate candidate revealed her first quarter fundraising total.

Reader Poll: Who Do You Think Will Win the Democratic Primary in PA-2?: We ask our readers who they believe will prevail in the crowded Democratic contest.

Reader Poll: Trump Will Win GOP Primary: Our readers believe Trump will prevail in the Keystone State.

PA-2: Q1: Evans Raises $517K, Has $323K COH: The State Rep. and Democratic Congressional candidate reveals his first quarter fundraising numbers.

Politically Uncorrected: Pennsylvania’s Presidential Primary – What Matters: The presidential candidates are arriving in Pennsylvania: campaign headquarters are being opened, volunteers are being organized, and the state’s media is abuzz for the upcoming April 26th presidential primary.

Donald Trump Campaign Comes To Pittsburgh: The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes his first appearance in Pittsburgh this week.

PA-9: Halvorson Goes After Shuster in New TV Ad (VIDEO): The challenger questions Congressman Shuster’s conservative bona fides.

Clinton Airs Racial Justice Ad in PA (VIDEO): The 30-second spot is narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Chelsea Clinton to Campaign in Pittsburgh: The presidential candidate’s daughter will be stumping in the Steel City.

Legislative Elections Update

SD-9: State Rep. Tom Killion’s campaign has won the support of Humane PA.

“As a State Representative, I am very proud of my work to eliminate animal cruelty and to end puppy mills, where beautiful animals are often mistreated,” said Killion. “All of us who have a pet understand why this work is critical. I am proud to work with Humane PA and other organizations to accomplish these important goals. Thank you to Humane PA for their support and endorsement.”

The 9th district includes parts of Chester and Delaware Counties.

HD-164: Councilwoman Sekela Coles was endorsed by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Local 4 in her Democratic primary contest against State Rep. Margo Davidson.

“As a mother of two public school students and raised in a family of educators I am proud to receive the endorsement of Philadelphia Federation of Teachers,” Coles stated. “In Harrisburg I will fight tirelessly for a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania and for fair treatment of our hardworking educators. Being an educator myself I understand how important it is that teachers across Pennsylvania have a seat at the table and will be proud to advocate for them in Harrisburg.”

The 164th district consists of parts of Delaware County.

HD-202: Jared Solomon won the support of Councilmen Kenyatta Johnson and Mark Squilla.

Solomon is running in the Democratic primary against State Rep. Mark Cohen, who is being backed by Governor Wolf and Auditor General DePasquale among others.

The 202nd district is located in Northeast Philadelphia.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Medical Marijuana Teed Up for Final Vote
State House Sound Bites: House Passes Statute Of Limitations Overhaul
StateImpactPA: House and Senate panels reject oil and gas regulations
StateImpactPA: Bernie Sanders releases anti-fracking ad
Capitolwire: Veto-proof Senate majority approves FY2015-16 Fiscal Code
Capitolwire: House approves statute of limitations changes
Capitolwire: Medical marijuana bill goes back to the House

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. charter school law ‘worst in US,’ state auditor general says
WHYY Newsworks: Advocating the merits of judicial merit selection
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor Jim Kenney reflects on first 100 days in office
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House puts off abortion restriction vote
Heard In The Hall: City lobbying contracts up for grabs
Heard In The Hall: Kenney picks outsider for fire chief, gets union pushback
CapitolInq: Endorsements, or lack thereof, separate Pa. Senate hopefuls
Inquirer: Philly wins $3.5M grant to cut inmate numbers
Inquirer: Fattah lawyers launch first attack on evidence

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Santarsiero defends legislative record from PAC criticism
Bucks County Courier-Times: Once again, a Jewish festival is planned for Bucks County
Bucks County Courier-Times: Neshaminy board votes to close Oliver Heckman, Lower Southampton elementary schools
Pottstown Mercury: OSHA fines builder of Springford Estates in Limerick
Pottstown Mercury: University of Valley Forge President Don Meyer, wife announce retirement

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Law firms Reed Smith and Pepper Hamilton in merger talks
Post-Gazette: Vote on Pennsylvania judges’ mandatory retirement age delayed until November
Early Returns: State: deadline for absentee ballot applications is a week away
Early Returns: Trump’s local appearances spark protest plans
WESA: Demonstrators Call For Fair Wages On ‘Equal Pay Day’
WESA: State Senator, Liberal Group Want Tiered State Income Tax
WTAE: Democrats join 3rd televised Senate debate as primary nears

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lack of quorum leads to cancelling of city council meeting
Altoona Mirror: County to hire chief deputy for controller
Altoona Mirror: Wolf’s plan offers less funding to area schools
Beaver County Times: Democratic lawmakers say Wolf administration retribution has ended, but resentment lingers

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council grants only part of chamber loan forgiveness request
Times Leader: D.A. hosts countywide crime watch meeting with numerous law enforcement officials
Times Leader: Rep. Lou Barletta’s staff to hold outreach hours at Sen. Lisa Baker’s Back Mountain office
Times-Tribune: Push continues for distracted driving bill
Times-Tribune: County government study commission releases redacted emails

South Central
Patriot News: Could Pa’s longest serving state lawmaker be shown the door?
Patriot News: Pa. oil and gas regulations rejected by House and Senate committees
Patriot News: Bill eliminating schools from becoming budget hostages wins Senate Approval
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Attorney General candidate to meet at Widener law campus for Wednesday debate
Carlisle Sentinel: Commissioners push for depoliticized redistricting, reapportionment
York Dispatch: Dillsburg-area Senate seat debates scheduled
Lancaster Intelligencer: GOP state senate candidates clash over experience needed for Harrisburg

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Northampton County executive John Brown highlights savings in State of the county address
Morning Call: Nazareth mayor surrenders on theft charges, ‘no intention’ of resigning
Reading Eagle: State House overwhelmingly approves aid victims of child sex abuse
WFMZ: Why Ted Cruz thinks that Chris Christie is suffering in his own ‘private hell’

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: CPI students serve Gov. Wolf a gourmet meal
Williamsport Sun Gazette: South Tioga board hears about resource officer program
Erie Times-News: Ted Cruz to bring presidential campaign to Erie Wednesday

Opinion
Patriot News: Harrisburg hothouse scared off potential 2016 candidates
Patriot News: Yes, Hillary Clinton was wrong about her email; no, she probably won’t be indicted
Patriot News: We need civility in our politics more than ever: Tom Ridge
Erie Times News: Clinton’s message stronger than his voice
Times Leader: Pending grand jury in Luzerne County provides new strategy to reach reluctant witnesses
Times-Tribune: Incompetence tax imposed on nonprofits
Pocono Record: Simple measures protect precious funds
Daily News: GOP needs to channel its inner Al Capone
Inquirer: Pa. fast-tracks troubling abortion bill

Blogs
Citified: 5 Takeaways From Kenney’s Report on His First 100 Days in Office
Citified: Watch Out, Brian Sims: Your Challenger Ben Waxman Is Getting Big Ward Endorsements
2 Political Junkies: John Kasich? MODERATE??

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