5/1 PoliticsPA Playbook

Morganelli releases his first ad of the PA-7 primary, Scarnati may not have to reimburse the legislature’s legal fees, and a majority of Pennsylvanians support an independent commission to draw district lines according to a new poll.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Morganelli Launches TV Ad in PA-7 Primary: Democratic Congressional candidate John Morganelli launched a new television ad ahead of the 7th Congressional district primary May 15th.

Order for Scranati to Pay $29K in Legal Fees Stayed: An order for state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to personally pay $29,000 in legal fees following the legal challenge to the state’s Congressional maps was stayed by a federal Judge.

Majority of Pennsylvanians Support Independent Commission for District Lines: Poll: In a new poll sponsored by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center with Common Cause PA, Why Courts Matter – PA, and the League of Women Voters of PA says that a majority of voters support an independent commission drawing district lines and a majority agree with the state Supreme Court’s ruling on the old Congressional maps.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: Republicans Saccone, Reschenthaler vie for redemption in 14th District primary
LNP: GOP congressional candidates Rep. Lloyd Smucker, Chet Beiler meet in debate
LNP: Bernie Sanders to join congressional candidate Jess King at rally in Lancaster this weekend
Morning Call: Bernie Sanders adding his voice to Lehigh Valley congressional race
Reading Eagle: 9th District candidates talk immigration, cost of living, health care
Reading Eagle: Democratic candidate for 4th District U.S. House seat stresses gun issue

State House Sound Bites: GOP guts another independent redistricting commission bill
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers divided over how to fix State System of Higher Education
StateImpact: Wolf, once again, pitches severance tax on natural gas
StateImpact: PJM will study ‘fuel security’ of electric grid as natural gas use rises
StateImpact: House panel OKs bill to gut environmental standards for conventional drillers
Capitolwire: Wolf launches new push for severance tax.
Capitolwire: House State Government Committee’s GOP spike another attempt to discharge a redistricting bill.

Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. lawmaker may be off the hook for $29,000 in legal fees over redistricting
Philadelphia Business Journal: Should City Council control Philly property values? New bill says yes.
Inquirer: Mumia Abu-Jamal isn’t there, but he’s the focus inside and outside Philly courthouse
Inquirer: Philly’s sanctuary city status on trial
Inquirer: 600 Philly drivers prepared to strike Coca-Cola over plan to ax pension
Inquirer: Did your Democratic State Rep. vote for Pa.’s gerrymandered congressional map?
WHYY: Outside spending for Congressional candidate tops $600K
WHYY: Should City Council control Philly property values? New bill says yes.
KYW: Pa. Primary 2018: Newly redrawn districts leave crowded field for Dems
Philly Mag: Philly Likely to Appeal Order to Release Amazon HQ2 Bid

Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown march raises awareness about climate change
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township Supervisors to consider resolution calling for independent panel to redraw statewide election map
Daily Local: Pennsylvania gun owners fight for cause during Capitol rally
Delco Times: Wolf backs new bill imposing Marcellus Shale natural gas tax

WESA: Local Manufacturers Seeking Exemption From Steel & Aluminum Tariffs
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County voting machines must be replaced by 2019 at cost up to $7M
Tribune Review: Gasoline prices rise to over $3 per gallon in Pittsburgh area
Tribune Review: $4.2 million gift to Cal U will establish learning institute
Post-Gazette: Report on State System draws pointed questions from legislators
Post-Gazette: Former Pittsburgh solicitor urges policy change to prevent lawsuits
KDKA: Keno Starting Up In Pa., But State Lottery Says Monitors Are Not In Place Everywhere

Beaver County Times: Wolf, bipartisan legislators propose natural gas severance tax
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania gun owners fight for cause during Capitol rally
Altoona Mirror: Altoona district eyes $48 tax hike

Times Leader: Governor, legislators unveil bipartisan tax severance proposal
Times Leader: Mayor: Taxpayer-funded police study won’t be released
Times-Tribune: Three vie for Republican nod to face Cartwright
Pocono Record: Mount Pocono appoints new council member

South Central
York Dispatch: Pa. gun owners overwhelm Capitol for rally
Patriot News: Who is Michelle Wolf? Hershey native sparks controversy after ‘jokes’ at White House Correspondents Dinner
Patriot News: Pa. House approves bills to boost interest in high-demand career and technical fields
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers dive into study about what to do with the 14 state universities
Patriot News: Pa. gun owners push their cause during annual Capitol rally
Patriot News: Watch for these central Pa. polling place changes in the primary election
LNP: Lancaster city officials say state bureaucrats are thwarting efforts to ease CRIZ paperwork for businesses

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Gov. Tom Wolf looks to fuel change in the energy economy
Reading Eagle: Wolf again seeks severance tax on natural gas
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers wrestle with future of Pa. State System of Higher Education
Morning Call: Northampton County ‘bans the box’ but still must perform criminal checks for most jobs
Morning Call: Allentown Council moves toward forming charter review committee
Morning Call: Democratic LG candidates debate job’s future, role of immigrants

North by Northwest
WJET: Governor Wolf continues the push for new tax on companies who drill for gas in PA
GANT: Governor Wolf, Legislators Introduce New Bipartisan Severance Tax Legislation
Sun-Gazette: State officials address flood insurance, dairy farms at forum

Patriot News: Is the fourth time a charm for Wolf and the severance tax? He thinks so | John L. Micek
Patriot News: Pa. overdue to get better about prosecuting hate crimes | Editorial
Patriot News: It’s time to modernize voting in Pennsylvania | Robert Torres
Patriot News: The EPA’s Scott Pruitt seems bent on harming the environment | Editorial
Inquirer: Time to pop the cork on reform bills bottled up in Harrisburg | Editorial
Tribune Review: Michelle Wolf deserves the criticism
Post-Gazette: Listening to riders: The Port Authority CEO’s reversals with reason
LNP: Meehan resigns (editorial)

  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?

    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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