4/14 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Naughton and Santarsiero duel over direct mail pieces, Senate Dems back Clinton and Toomey remains against Garland’s confirmation. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-8: Dems Clash Over Direct Mail Pieces: Shaughnessy Naughton and Steve Santarsiero trade accusations.

PA Senate Democrats Endorse Clinton: Over a dozen State Senators are backing the front-runner.

PA-Sen: Toomey Unconvinced by Garland After Meeting: The Senator feels the SCOTUS nominee would not be a strong check on executive power.

PA-8: Q1: Fitzpatrick Raises $450,000: The incumbent’s brother releases his first fundraising numbers.

Thirteen DAs Support Rafferty for Attorney General: The AG candidate secured the endorsement of over a dozen District Attorneys.

PA-Sen: McGinty Touts Obama, Biden Endorsements Again (VIDEO): The party-favorite is doubling down on her biggest endorsements.

PA-Sen: PA Builders Association Back Toomey: The incumbent GOP Senator picked up a labor endorsement.

Cruz to Campaign in Erie: The Presidential candidate is stopping in Northwest PA.

Legislative Elections Update

SD-13: Republican candidate and Lancaster County Commissioner Scott Martin released his first TV ad.

The 13th district consists of parts of Lancaster County.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Medical Marijuana To become Law In PA
State House Sound Bites: Bill Would Seal Minor Offenses After Crime-Free Period
Capitolwire: House, Senate majorities send to Wolf Fiscal Code bill with new education funding formula, PlanCon borrowing
PLSReporter: Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law
PLSReporter: Quest for on-time FY 2016-2017 budget begins
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Lawmakers unveil legislation to seal criminal for minor offenses
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Lt. Gov. Stack makes push for two-year budget

Philadelphia
KYW: Medical Marijuana Bill Now Heading To Governor Wolf’s Desk
Inquirer: City employees take DROP money and return
Inquirer: Pre-K panel votes to support soda tax
WHYY Newsworks: $3.5 million grant to help Philly cut inmate population, launch other prison reforms
WHYY Newsworks: House and Senate panels reject oil and gas regulations
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House overhauls limits on filing claims of childhood sex abuse

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County sign lawsuit dismissed, plaintiff to refile
Daily Local News: East Whiteland unveils new $7 million public works facility
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township joins list of municipalities that want taxes now going to Philadelphia

Pittsburgh
WESA: Supporters Show Up In Oakland For Trump’s Pittsburgh Stop
WESA: Chelsea Clinton Makes Stop At Hillary’s East Liberty Campaign
Early Returns: Trump appeals to Pittsburgh’s industrial past, natural resources during otherwise familiar speech at convention center
Early Returns: New Kasich presidential campaign ad focuses on his McKees Rocks roots
Tribune Review: Trump promises to bring all lost manufacturing jobs back to Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania House OKs medical marijuana bill, Gov. Wolf will sign it

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Presidential candidate Donald Trump promises to win and keep winning during Pittsburgh rally
Beaver County Times: Trump protesters, supporters meet face-to-face at Pittsburgh rally
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: From Hero to Heroin: Toomey targets region to tout work in ‘Saving Lives’

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County taxpayers continue shoring up employee pension fund for years
Times Leader: Sen. Pat Toomey applauds passage of Addiction and Recovery Act
Times Leader: ABLE Act unanimously approved; governor will sign
Citizens Voice: County council rejects motion to disband manager search team
Citizens Voice: Local attorney named vice chairman of Pa. Supreme Court’s disciplinary board
Pocono Record: Pa. bill promotes use of national motto ‘In God We Trust’

South Central
Patriot News: ‘He changed hearts and minds’ Pa. Senate Leader pays emotional tribute to medical marijuana bill’s sponsor
Patriot News: House, Senate cast veto-proof majority votes on school funding bill
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf ‘proud and excited to sign’ medical marijuana bill
Patriot News: A Pennsylvania Attorney General Debate in pieces: Should you ever play judge?
Carlisle Sentinel: County Commissioners hear proposed plan for new radio system
York Daily Record: Tax increase to benefit York County
York Dispatch: Wagner bill would give some criminals a clean slate
Lancaster Intelligencer: Study finds 8 year gap of life expectancy between rich and poor in Lancaster County
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County Republicans to hold Annual Spring Dinner

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: State House approves key measure to aid victims of child sex abuse
WFMZ: Changes proposed for Pennsylvania budget process
WFMZ: Pennsylvania to be 24th medical marijuana state
Express Times: How they voted: Lehigh Valley’s delegation 9-4 for medical marijuana

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Former Penn State President Bryce Jordan dies
Onward State: President Barron to be subpoenaed in Paterno v. NCAA lawsuit  
Erie Times-News: Hundreds cheer Ted Cruz at Erie campaign stop
Erie Times-News: LECOM, Erie schools agree to tentative tax deal

Opinion
Patriot News: In Harrisburg- common sense prevails with approval of medical marijuana bill
Patriot News: Joe Peters is the most qualified candidate for Attorney General
Patriot News: Ted Cruz goes delegate hunting
Morning Call: is the system to select delegates for the GOP convention ‘rigged’
Post-Gazette: Joe Sestak for the Dems: He’d be the toughest challenger to Pat Toomey
Tribune Review: More TSA insecurity: A gaping hole
Times-Tribune: Emails show panel strayed
Citizens Voice: Terms of financial settlements should be fully disclosed
Pocono Record: Keep Politicians out of Medical Care
Daily News: Soda tax would benefit kids, which is why we support it
Inquirer: Philly’s AWOL delegation can bet on reelection

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Five Ways to Avoid Another Budget Hostage Crisis
2 Political Junkies: “Ted” Cruz And How Wrong He Is About Climate
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. charter schools law ‘worst in US’ auditor general says
Citified: MacArthur grant Will Give City Tools To Cut Prison Population

3 Responses

  1. Seems like Joe Sestak and Bernie Sanders are working together to label their female opponents as whores. Just a couple of days after Joe Sestak’s smear of Katie McGinty with mulitple references to prostitution, there’s Bernie’s supporter in New York:

    ?The speaker, health care activist Dr. Paul Song, quickly apologized. “I am very sorry for using the term ‘whore’ to refer to some in congress who are beholden to corporations and not us. It was insensitive,” he wrote on Twitter.

    “But the comment, which came during the early pre-program at Sanders’ near-record-breaking 27,000 person rally, nonetheless drew quick rebukes from Hillary Clinton supporters, some of whom viewed it as a sexist attack aimed at the former secretary of state.”

    Stuff like this does not happen by coincidence.

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