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PA-state-flag6-14Casey goes after Kelly over the Supreme Court, a new reader poll, and the PA GOP hires a new Political Director.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Casey Hits Back at Kelly Over Gorsuch Nomination: Senator Bob Casey is pushing back against Congressman Mike Kelly’s comments on his opposition to SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Reader Poll: Which Dem Superior Court Candidate Will Be the Top Vote-Getter?: The primary is fast approaching and we want to know who you think will get to top spot.

PA GOP Hires New Political Director: Tim Lagerman, a former Regional Field Director for the Party in 2016 and 2014, is now the Political Director.

Reader Poll: Stedman Will Get Most Votes in GOP Superior Court Primary: A plurality of our voters say Lancaster County DA Craig Stedman will get the most votes in the GOP Superior Court primary.

Statewide
Capitolwire: House Judiciary opts to extend civil statute of limitations on child sexual abuse rather than eliminate for certain defendants.
Capitolwire: House committee reports out bill to give Auditor General audits a bit more teeth.
Capitolwire: PA House approves House GOP budget proposal, more details offered about plan’s revenue sources.
State House Sound Bites: House passes GOP budget bill despite united Dem opposition
State House Sound Bites: Corrections launching study on mentally ill inmates in county jails
StateImpact: Struggling nuclear industry turns to Harrisburg for help

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Wolf thankful MLB apparel manufacturing will stay in Pennsylvania
KYW: PA House Passes GOP Budget Wolf Calls A ‘Good Starting Point’
Inquirer: Pa. House GOP: Restaurants, supermarkets should sell hard liquor to go
Inquirer: Quakertown looks to close two schools, furlough 50 staff to make ends meet
Inquirer: Philly teachers: District windfall should mean new contract
Inquirer: Pa. House panel adds ‘poison pill’ to child sex-abuse bill
Inquirer: County officials, top Dem object, but Pa. House GOP OKs pared-down budget bill
Inquirer: An outsider’s view from inside Pa.’s legislature
Daily News: Lynne Abraham shouldn’t throw stones from her big glass house

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton officials, residents will fight district court closure
Bucks County Courier Times: Middletown supervisors adopt resolution calling for responsible redistricting
Delco Times: Budget proposal would charge towns for using state police
Delco Times: Group rallies for tuition freeze, $15 hourly wage at WCU
Pottstown Mercury: ACLU backs Boyertown schools in transgender lawsuit

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pitt, Chatham students press for divestment of fossil fuels
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania House GOP plan doubles down on spending cuts
Tribune Review: In race for Pittsburgh mayor, Harris questions legality of campaign finance reports
Post-Gazette: Thousands of Pittsburgh residents left out of water line lead tests
Post-Gazette: Pa. Treasury expands stake in Israel bonds by $11.8M
Post-Gazette: Labor leaders signal path forward with Trump on infrastructure, trade deals
Post-Gazette: In upcoming Democratic primary, some candidates ignore financial rules

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Ambridge sees 12 percent dip in crime in 2016
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners: Candidate for deputy solicitor’s position accepts job
Beaver County Times: Bernstine to host towns halls across 10th Legislative District
Altoona Mirror: Hearing set for McClure’s lawsuit
Altoona Mirror: Committee approves liquor privatization bills
Altoona Mirror: Professor seeks Blair supervisor seat

NEPA
Sunbury Daily Item: State House approves plan to cut spending by $815 million
Standard-Speaker: Hazleton city council aims to compel tax move
Times-Tribune: Blizzard of 2017 cleanup doesn’t qualify for federal aid
Times-Tribune: Opioid, drug crisis focus of Mid Valley community meeting
Times Leader: With 60% of county-owned bridges ‘structurally deficient,’ repairs a key topic

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Eric Frein will not testify: defense opening statements
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. House passes trimmed-back state budget with no new taxes, modest school funding increase
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hershey researchers focus on brain’s role in heroin addiction
Harrisburg Patriot News: Paying for police: Rep. Sturla hopes his equity plan benefits from governor’s push
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Wolf orders state flags to be flown at half-staff to honor fallen firefighter
Harrisburg Patriot News: House committee vote starts process toward possible impeachment of Lancaster County sheriff
Harrisburg Patriot News: House panel approves reforms to statute of limitations in child sex cases but key one still missing
Harrisburg Patriot News: Should non-compliant Megan’s Law sex offenders receive public assistance? Lawmakers say no
Harrisburg Patriot News: Ignoring an auditor general’s audit could become a costly mistake
Carlisle Sentinel: 5 state-owned universities warned of possible cuts
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton School District looks at 7.1 percent tax hike
Carlisle Sentinel: York center’s lawn cutouts raise awareness of sexual abuse
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg council OKs contract to replace Market Street storm sewer
York Daily Record: Utz agrees to pay $2.5 million in overtime suit
York Daily Record: West York closer to reducing pot penalties
York Daily Record: York’s immigration court can be black hole of information
York Dispatch: York City celebrates national service volunteers
Lancaster Intelligencer: Sturla’s state police fee proposal would charge some municipalities $11.69 per-person in 2018, increase every year until 2027
Lebanon Daily News: Who will pick Pennsylvania crops? Not American workers
Lebanon Daily News: Mayor and County Recognition Day
Lebanon Daily News: Bametzreider announces run for Lebanon City Council

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Repairs on Bethlehem Township’s ‘nightmare’ community center to begin in summer
Morning Call: Bethlehem council supports tax break district north of historic downtown
Morning Call: Bethlehem considers bamboo ban
Morning Call: An iPad for every student at Easton High?
Morning Call: Democratic lawmaker Mike Sturla pushes municipal trooper fee
Morning Call: Whistleblower trial: Easton School board member says comment about firing administrators misconstrued
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, wife sued for FBI-related legal fees
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate holds steady in February
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley commercial real estate outlook features good and bad
Morning Call: Q&A: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks about the Fanatics-Majestic deal
Reading Eagle: Noahleen Betts, podiatrist and Miss Teen Reading founder, seeks seat on Reading School Board
Reading Eagle: Reading councilwoman says her experience can help city move forward
Reading Eagle: Rep. Lloyd Smucker congratulates Reading High Red Knights on floor of U.S. House
Reading Eagle: Reading steelworkers union pans right-to-work proposal
Reading Eagle: Berks veterans briefed on technological advances at VA
Reading Eagle: Rozzi’s sexual abuse bill clears House panel
Reading Eagle: Blue ribbons reprise their show of respect for police in Berks County
WFMZ: Bethlehem City Council moves toward approving new LERTA
WFMZ: Moore Township prepares for cell towers, medical marijuana
WFMZ: Wolf praises continued use of Palmer Twp. Majestic plant

North by Northwest
Clearfield Progress: Wolf administration reminds license, ID card holders about organ donation
Centre Daily Times: Clearfield County, Philipsburg officials short on barracks information
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania’s wildfire fighting program takes flight for season
Centre Daily Times: Benninghoff’s ARD bill passes Pa. House, heads to Senate
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners voice concern over state police barracks consolidation plan
Erie Times-News: DiMattio would take government experience into county’s top office
Erie Times-News: Erie unemployment steady at 6 percent

Opinion
Daily News: DN editorial: We must get to bottom of questionable election results in 197th House District
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Trump has scientists mad enough to march on Earth Day
Inquirer: Commentary: GOP climate resolution deserves wider support
Inquirer: Commentary: Philly needs change from corrupt, one-party rule
Tribune Review: ‘Ghost teachers’: Education dollars misspent
Bucks County Courier Times: Saving democracy
Altoona Mirror: Trustee’s comments appalling
Post-Gazette: Someplace shrinking? The regional census figures are a reality check

One Response

  1. Regarding the Philly Voice article above. http://www.phillyvoice.com/wolf-thankful-mlb-apparel-manufacturing-will-stay-pennsylvania/
    Does the Attorney General plan to campaign for Wolf on State Time. Is he ever going to prosecute Or officially drop the agg assault case on John Dougherty? Is he going to investigate the deputy att gen the Ralston brothers with close ties to Henon who worked the organized crime unit? How about the DRPA?
    https://www.google.com/amp/www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/Delaware-River-Port-Authority-inspectors-general.html%3Famphtml%3Dy
    Or just attend press conferences with Wolf?

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