4/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6President Obama cuts an ad for McGinty, Keystone Progress unveils their endorsements and Pat Toomey reveals his Q1 fundraising total. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Keystone Progress PAC Hands Out Their Endorsements: Josh Shapiro, Eugene DePasquale and 32 other Democratic candidates receive the “seal of approval” from the progressive group.

PA-Sen: Pres. Obama Records Audio Ad for McGinty: The President cuts a radio commercial for McGinty ahead of the April 26th primary.

PA House Dem Leadership Back Clinton: About half of the Democratic caucus comes out in favor of the former Secretary of State.

PA-Gov: Wolf Will Sign Medical Marijuana Bill: PA will become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

PA-8: Q1: Naughton Brings In $384K: The candidate has raised $1.3 million since the start of the campaign.

PA-2: Leach Endorses Dan Muroff: The progressive State Rep. is the most high profile endorsement for the Philadelphia Ward Leader.

PA-Sen: Q1: Toomey Raises $2.5 Million: The incumbent Senator has over $9.2 million cash on hand.

PA-Sen: Dem Group Attacks Toomey on SCOTUS Stance (VIDEO): Majority Forward calls for Sen. Toomey to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Monmouth Poll: Trump 44% Cruz 28% Kasich 23%: The GOP front-runner retains his lead while Kasich gets no birth-state bounce.

Clinton Highlights Economic Plan in New TV Ad (VIDEO): The presidential hopeful is pledging to raise incomes and create jobs in the Keystone State.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-175: State Rep. Mike O’Brien released a new video on his plan for the Philadelphia Rail Park.

The 175th district is located in central Philadelphia.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Medical marijuana bill sent to governor’s desk
State House Sound Bites: Candidates For Pa. Attorney General Try To Distinguish Themselves
PLSReporter: Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become

Philadelphia
Inquirer: FBI raises questions about Farnese ward election
Inquirer: Tasco: Get rid of City Commissioners
Inquirer: Poll finds huge Pa. lead for Trump in GOP primary
Inquirer: Late push could unlock Pa. school construction funding
Inquirer: Revised streaming music bill introduced in Council
Inquirer: Hundreds protesting various issues tie up traffic around City Hall
Philly.com: Philly nun’s trial raises question: How effective is ‘Ambien defense’?
Philly.com: Donald Trump asks Pittsburgh: ‘How’s Joe Paterno?’
WHYY Newsworks: Based on LGBT rights track record, MontCo Register of Wills endorses Fetterman for US Senate
WHYY Newsworks: Who’s for whom? Pennsylvania’s GOP delegate mystery

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Senate Democrats look to block a delayed vote on judicial retirement ballot question
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks County Community College tuition increases to $140 per credit
Bucks County Courier-Times: Newtown Township supervisors considering inspection fee reduction for new Council Rock middle school
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove High School renovation borrowing may fall short
Pottstown Mercury: Local organizations aim to eliminate social barriers to minority health

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: White House blasts Toomey for blocking confirmation of Supreme Court nominee
Early Returns: That guy sounds familiar
Early Returns: New poll shows Trump is up, Kasich dahn
Tribune Review: Steel industry asks for federal protection
WESA: Pittsburgh Workers Protest For Higher Wages, Union Rights
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Delays Plague City’s Major Development Projects
Pittsburgh Business Times: New ways to help small businesses raise capital eyed by Congress

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County’s credit rating downgraded by Standard and Poor’s
Beaver County Times: Sen. Bob Casey asks Congress to speed up approval of aviation bill reauthorization
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County commissioners vote to close juvenile detention center, shelter
Altoona Mirror: Cruz’s father stops in Altoona

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Bill finds support among local specialists, lawmaker
Citizens Voice: Two local breweries busy as Pennsylvania becomes no. 1 craft beer-producing state
Pocono Record: Act to require secondary barrier protecting airplane cockpit breezes through U.S. Senate
Standard Speaker: Study: wages in region fall short of state average
Standard Speaker: HASD faces $8.55M deficit
Times Leader: Pedri touts Luzerne County progress under home rule during community leader address
Times Leader: Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman wants to institute ‘real change’

South Central
Patriot News: Where do the Pa. 31st Senate candidates stand on the issues?
Patriot News: Lawmakers left Harrisburg on a legislative high and not just from medical marijuana alone
Patriot News: Matt Brouilette moving on to new advocacy organization that will pack ‘a political punch’
Patriot News: Arrests, protests and a dance-off gone wrong: Donald Trump rallies in downtown Pittsburgh
Carlisle Sentinel: Scouting breakfast to honor Sen. Vance
York Daily Record: York County primary: 2016: Races, news stories
York Dispatch: Senate clears way to delay votes on judicial retirement age
Lancaster Intelligencer: Donald Trump asks “How’s Joe Paterno?” at Pittsburgh campaign rally

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers tout bills to give ex-offenders a second chance
WFMZ: What to watch at CNN’s key Sanders-Clinton debate in New York
WFMZ: Easton council OK’s settlement with Pennsylvania Media
WFMZ: Upper Milford hosts meeting: How to survive as a farmer in the township

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: GOP delegates in Pennsylvania primary often are pledged only to themselves
Centre Daily Times: The Money to Run: Rep. Mike Hanna maintains strong donor base
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Father of presidential candidate Ted Cruz swings through area
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Outside groups deal themselves in for delegate game
Erie Times-News: Gov. Tom Wolf to speak Thursday at Edinboro

Opinion
Patriot News: Dispelling some GOP rumors about school funding
Patriot News: What Paul Ryan says, what Paul Ryan means
Patriot News: Lies, damn and campaign lies
Reading Eagle: Focus on reality in climate discussion
Citizens Voice: Follow other states on distracted driving
Pocono Record: Sen. Scavello denounces Wolf’s education cuts
Standard Speaker: Stronger PFAs could save lives
Times-Tribune: Referendums in November
Post-Gazette: Action for American steel: We must not let unlawful dumping ruin an industry
Tribune Review: The race for president: Trump is a chatbot fool
Inquirer: Turnpike’s storm report is a snow job

Blogs
PA Budget and Policy Center: Diverse Coalition of Organizations Launch “PA’s Choice” Budget Campaign
Commonwealth Foundation: Historic Victory for Transparency
Citified: Michael Nutter to Stump for Hillary Clinton in Wilmington
Citified: Should Philly Police Use Drones to Fight Crime?
Citified: Here’s What You Missed at Last Night’s Lively Town Hall on the Latino Vote

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