4/14 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Estey gets one year of probation, another Democrat jumps into the race to challenge Costello, and a Trump surrogate eyes a run for Lieutenant Governor.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Former Rendell Aide Gets Probation in Pay-to-Play Case: Former Aide to Ed Rendell John Estey received one year of probation for wire-fraud.

Engineer Jumps into Race to Challenge Costello: Democrat Bob Dettore jumped into the race to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello in 2018.

Trump Surrogate, Apprentice Contestant, Eyes LG Run: Erin Elmore, a high profile Trump supporter from Philadelphia, is eyeing a run for Lieutenant Governor in 2018.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Some drug, alcohol treatment providers, stakeholders troubled with DHHS merger proposal.
State House Sound Bites: With Marino poised to exit, prep begins for special election
StateImpact: Amid lawsuit, townships agree to back off injection well bans
StateImpact: Wolf says Act 13 language should be fixed to protect impact-fee revenue

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly superintendent Hite vouches for disgraced Chicago schools chief
Inquirer: Seth Williams’ law license suspended by Pa. Supreme Court
Inquirer: NFL to bring flag football, funding to Philly for draft festivities
Inquirer: Rhynhart: Controller failed at preventing Parking Authority ‘dysfunction’
Inquirer: Former top aide to Rendell gets probation in pay-to-play probe
Inquirer: Search begins for new Parking Authority director
Inquirer: Comcast drops F-bomb on customer
Inquirer: Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Oprah: Maybe TV personalities can cure what ails Philly
Inquirer: Local activists drawing the line on who gets to change congressional boundaries
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s What a “Political Funeral” at Pat Toomey’s House Looks Like
Philadelphia Magazine: NFL Draft Will Cost Philly $500K
Philadelphia Magazine: DNC Boost $120M Less Than Promised
Philadelphia Magazine: What I’ve Learned From Philly’s Homeless
Philadelphia Magazine: This New Podcast Will Change the Way You Think About Philly Teens
WHYY Newsworks: As Philly pulls the plug on parking app, other Pa. cities persevere
WHYY Newsworks: Supporters of Philly’s soda tax label claims of lower sales ‘hype’
WHYY Newsworks: Did the DNC really bring in $230 million to Philly?
WHYY Newsworks: Clarke’s lingering concerns about Rebuild structure: ‘privatization’ and Council oversight
Billy Penn: 2 weeks before the NFL Draft in Philly, we haven’t raised all the money yet
Billy Penn: The NFL Draft and big event fallout: Philly promises Parkway residents a hearing
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA Police Rolls Out New Policy To Crack Down On Panhandling
Philadelphia Business Journal: Comcast ventures part of $30M investment in local student lender
Philadelphia Business Journal: NewSpring Capital invests $14.3M in Bucks County telecom company
Philadelphia Business Journal: 3 local metros’ foreclosure rates stand apart from rest of U.S.
Philly Voice: Book to give name and face to Kensington’s drug crisis

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove schools pin $700K worth of hope on new math curricula
Pottstown Mercury: Architect says Pottsgrove Middle School needs $3.3M in repairs, new roof
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County mom enters guilty plea in murder of 3-year-old son
Pottstown Mercury: State seeks input from doctors on marijuana
Bucks County Courier Times: Gerrymandering the topic of Pennridge forum
Bucks County Courier Times: Civil Air Patrol squadrons offer high-flying opportunities for students and adults
Bucks County Courier Times: Photos: Activists hold vigil for Syria in downtown Doylestown Borough
Bucks County Courier Times: Doylestown lawyer, Bucks officials to kick off ‘Drug Epidemic Blitz’ next week
Bucks County Courier Times: Another tuition increase coming at Bucks County Community College
Montgomery Media: Hatboro bank robber shot by borough councilman headed to prison

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pence visit worries some that Grove City College is too aligned with GOP
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh focuses ‘community policing’ on 18 neighborhoods
Tribune Review: Patient wait times at Pittsburgh VA are second longest in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: East Deer receives $212K grant to repair sewer lines
Tribune Review: EPA’s Pruitt says federal war on coal, energy over during Western Pennsylvania visit
Post-Gazette: Gene Collier: Dan Rooney lived his life with powerful humility
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Democrats facing pressure to oppose state immigration bills
Post-Gazette: Officials, residents discuss redevelopment of SCI Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Panel debates usage of police body cameras in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Mayoral candidate John Welch criticizes Bill Peduto’s handling of PWSA problems
Post-Gazette: Trump’s sudden reversal on Chinese trade disappoints steel workers
Post-Gazette: CMU and Tata Consultancy Services partner for the “4th Industrial Revolution”
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police launch new community policing initiative
Pittsburgh Business Times: Kathryn Z. Klaber: Putting Shell project in proper perspective
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt hires leader of D.C. government relations office
Pittsburgh Business Times: HFF closes $115.5M office tower deal
KDKA: Trump Jr. Mocks Duquesne University Students’ Concern Over Chick-fil-A
KDKA: Former Mayor: Dan Rooney Played Pivotal Role In Transforming The North Shore

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Fans mourn ‘good man for football’
Altoona Mirror: Digital tool to assist emergency responders
Altoona Mirror: County hires Penatzer as emergency specialist
Beaver County Times: Shareholders call on FirstEnergy to disclose strategy for climate change reduction
Beaver County Times: Back to business: Beaver County Commissioners moving forward with new solicitor
Beaver County Times: Casey has questions for United Airlines chief
Beaver County Times: Matzie’s bill requires encryption by state employees to protect personal information
Beaver County Times: Club for Growth TV ad targets Murphy for supposedly blocking Obamacare repeal

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Mayor vetoes tax sale ordinance
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Land Bank acquires 26 more properties
Times Leader: Barletta makes Luzerne his 30th Main Street Tour
Times Leader: Gadomski seeking Luzerne County Council seat
Times Leader: Casey, Cartwright call for funds for infrastructure, Solomon Creek Wall

South Central
Patriot News: South Middleton Township show strong support for Children’s Lake
Carlisle Sentinel: EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over.’
York Daily Record: Trump removes Steve Bannon from National Security Council post
York Daily Record: PA senator blames body heat for global warming
York Dispatch: York DA candidates clash over drug task force

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Judge accused of drunken driving in PA town where dad is mayor
Morning Call: Former Ed Rendell top aide gets probation
Reading Eagle: Reading district judge charged with drunken driving

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Trump lets states block some Planned Parenthood money
Centre Daily Times: Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands of people begins
Centre Daily Times: N. Korean official: US more vicious, aggressive under Trump

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Stack’s moment: The lieutenant governor should seek a mellower job
Tribune Review: Good Friday: Dying for a lie?
Bucks County Courier Times: Why WikiLeaks publishes
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Our Independent Voice’: Fitzpatrick keeps his promise
Bucks County Courier Times: Bad behavior
Delco Times: Editorial: Getting the guns off the streets
Daily News: Trump bombs again – and it’s time to cancel this unreality show
Inquirer: Conrail should clean up property that has become a haven for drug addicts
Inquirer: To help families, expand tax credits

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