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4/26 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Who will get the most votes in the Supreme Court primary, Michael Meehan elected new Philadelphia GOP chair, and Costello targeted over the ACA.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Reader Poll: Who Will Be the Top Vote-Getter in the State Supreme Court Primary?: The primary is fast approaching and we want to know who will the most votes?

Michael Meehan Elected Philadelphia GOP Chair: Longtime Philadelphia GOP General Counsel Michael Meehan won the election to take over the Philadelphia GOP after former Chair Joe DeFelice resigned to join the Trump Administration.

Reader Poll: Eagen Will Get the Most Votes in the Democratic Commonwealth Court Primary: A slight majority of our readers say Todd Eagen will get the most votes in the Democratic Commonwealth Court Primary.

Alliance for Healthcare Security Launches Ad Against Costello: The Alliance for Healthcare Security launched a TV ad against Congressman Ryan Costello on the Republican plan to replace the ACA.

Capitolwire: Expansion of DNA collection revived.
Capitolwire: House, Senate advance local gun ordinance preemption bills.
Capitolwire: Lawmakers prioritize police protection legislation.
Capitolwire: ‘High level incompetence’ produced ‘inexcusable’ accounting for hundreds of millions of UC dollars, DePasquale says.
Capitolwire: State building code legislation on its way to PA Senate.
State House Sound Bites: Key liquor bills pass House, face resistance in Senate, from Governor
State House Sound Bites: After audit, DePasquale calls UC accounting problems “stunning”
StateImpact: Northeast needs more gas pipelines, says new report
StateImpact: Chesco residents urge officials to reject development plan for contaminated site

Inquirer: DA Williams blasts predecessor’s legal push to boot him from office
Inquirer: Comedy, tragedy: Does Philly’s city-funded animal shelter deserve more money?
Inquirer: Universal, Kenny Gamble’s charter school company, in financial hot water?
Inquirer: California judge blocks portion of Trump’s ‘sanctuary cities’ order
Inquirer: With lawyers as witnesses, police shooting victim prevailed
Inquirer: Warehouse owner: Tenant sublet space for pot party, flouting lease agreement
Inquirer: Pa. audit finds major issues with state unemployment-system fund
Inquirer: Of Harrisburg’s horrible Unemployment Compensation mess
Inquirer: Billionaire George Soros now a player in Philly DA race
Philadelphia Magazine: A Super PAC Just Dumped a Whole Lot of Money Into the Philly District Attorney Race
Philadelphia Magazine: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Forced to Hitch Rides to Work
Philadelphia Magazine: Penn Condemns Neo-Nazi Flyers Posted on Campus
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA candidates may find quest for accountability in police shootings proves elusive
WHYY Newsworks: Soros political committee pours cash into Philly DA’s race
Billy Penn: Judge blocks Trump order seeking to strip funds from sanctuary cities like Philly
Billy Penn: Neo-Nazi recruiting posters yanked from Penn’s campus
KYW Newsradio: Philly School Tops List Of Best Schools In PA
KYW Newsradio: Anti-Semitic Crime Numbers Surge, Philly Expert Weighs In On Why
KYW Newsradio: Kenney: Pot Party Raid Was ‘Overkill,’ State Should Legalize Marijuana
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia, Camden beat San Francisco in year-over-year job growth
Philadelphia Business Journal: After 2 big exits, Philadelphia’s startup scene gets a new leader
Philadelphia Business Journal: Montco businessman, GOP donor seeks to challenge Sen. Casey in 2018
Philadelphia Business Journal: It may not be popular with soda drinkers, but Philadelphia’s beverage tax is bubbling over
Philly Voice: Report: George Soros-backed super PAC makes ad buy for Philly DA candidate

Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton veteran’s newly renovated ‘Hero’s Home’ revealed
Bucks County Courier Times: “Blitz” makes stop in East Rockhill to address addiction
Bucks County Courier Times: Brian Fitzpatrick bill targets smuggling of deadly opioid fentanyl
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Scott Petri to hold 3 town hall meetings
Delco Times: Pa. House approves bill to sell state’s liquor wholesale system
Pottstown Mercury: Group asks Phoenixville School Board to reconsider town hall fee waiver

Tribune Review: Wolf says he’ll veto moves to supersede local gun ordinances in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: New Pennsylvania rules aim to get students vaccinated sooner
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh could spend $900K to restructure PWSA
Tribune Review: Medical pot advocates converge at Pittsburgh conference
Tribune Review: Butler school to resolve lead crisis by switching to public water
Post-Gazette: House approves bill to sell state’s liquor wholesale system
Post-Gazette: No Western Pa. high school ranked among top 100, according to report
Post-Gazette: Auditor general finds ‘major problems’ with Pennsylvania unemployment system
Post-Gazette: Mango to announce gubernatorial bid on May 17
Post-Gazette: District Judge race heats up over same-sex marriage issue
WESA: Wolf, Torsella Urge PA Pension Funds To Cut Costs

Altoona Mirror: Audit rips jobless system accounting
Altoona Mirror: Authority puts brakes on garage proposal
Altoona Mirror: Horell seeking position on Altoona school board
Altoona Mirror: Teacher running for spot on Hollidaysburg school board
Beaver County Times: Bartolotta’s postpartum depression bill moves along in state Senate
Beaver County Times: ‘Stunned’ Murphy lambastes Trump’s pick to oversee mental health, substance-abuse treatment programs
Beaver County Times: Pitt professor tells local crowd that Shell will affect air quality

Standard-Speaker: Hospitals in region use network affiliations to gain fiscal stability
Standard-Speaker: Shenandoah, Ringtown, Lost Creek merging ambulance services Aug. 1
Times-Tribune: Rural hospitals report deficits last year

South Central
Patriot News: Controversial candidate drops out of race for Harrisburg city council
Patriot News: ‘Doctor shopping’ for opioids shows decline in Pa.; new monitoring program gets credit
Patriot News: Ex-Rep. Stephen Stetler could get new trial on corruption charges
Patriot News: Unemployment claims system upgrade has taken 10 years, cost $350 million — and isn’t ready yet: AG
Patriot News: What are the best high schools in Pa.? New report ranks them
Patriot News: Where did some of the PLCB’s $2 million in licensing-fee returns go? Here’s a look
Patriot News: Solar employs more in Pa. than coal, wind and natural gas in energy generation: study
Patriot News: Would-be Casey challenger used images from China to attack construction in D.C.: report
Carlisle Sentinel: Harrisburg leaders to unveil concept for Reservoir Park improvements Wednesday
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf, treasurer push pension agencies to cut investment fees
Carlisle Sentinel: Audit rips accounting in Pennsylvania jobless benefit system
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill to control sex offender benefits passes state House
York Daily Record: How’s York doing? Pretty well, mayor says
York Daily Record: Local boy’s death inspires bill on child endangerment penalties
York Daily Record: Former state Rep. Steve Stetler wins new trial
York Daily Record: Former York rep. accused in ‘Bonusgate’ scandal
York Daily Record: Barker campaign apologizes for Facebook post
Lancaster Intelligencer: US News & World Report: Lancaster County home to 8 of the best high schools in Pennsylvania
Lancaster Intelligencer: After 10 years, Deb Rohrer to leave Leadership Lancaster this summer

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Federal probe hangs over Allentown’s mayoral election
Morning Call: Bethlehem makes Forbes’ list of Best Places to Retire in 2017 for first time
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley builder: Trump’s lumber tariff could raise cost of new homes
Morning Call: Audit: Sloppy spending records endangered jobless benefit claims
Reading Eagle: Mariner East 1 pipeline leak in Berks County draws concern
Reading Eagle: Reading NAACP comes out against immigration plan
Reading Eagle: Latino organizations split on sheriff’s immigration plan

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Wolf tells legislators to put Pennsylvanians before Trump in federal budget talks
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte Area School District could see tax hike
Centre Daily Times: Proposal would extend elementary school day in State College area
Erie Times-News: Harkins proposing new safety bill sparked by 2014 workplace death of EMTA mechanic
Erie Times-News: Erie hospitals fare well in statewide financial report

Tribune Review: Immigration enforcement: An encouraging trend
Tribune Review: The Lt. Gov. Stack mess: A new Pa. low point
Bucks County Courier Times: A tax cut plan and more red ink
Erie Times-News: Our view: State must protect Erie casino host fees
Patriot News: No, Democrats, it’s not just you. People really do think you’re out of touch: James Downie
Patriot News: Reinstating mandatory minimum sentences? That’s the worst way for Pa. to fight opioid abuse: William Stauffer
Lancaster Online: Tougher laws and penalties for drunken driving in Pennsylvania are long overdue
Daily News: Balancing Philadelphia’s past, future
Daily News: In Philly’s new pot war, revenge is a munchie best served cold
Inquirer: Trump’s first 100 days mostly have been a big yawn
Inquirer: Of Harrisburg’s horrible Unemployment Compensation mess

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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