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5/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

Toretti nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Malta, Scarnati pushes for open primaries, and Casey launches his first ad of the general election targeting Trump country.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Trump Nominates PA GOP National Committeewoman Ambassadorship: President Donald Trump nominated PA GOP National Committeewoman Christine Toretti to become the U.S. Ambassador to Malta.

Scarnati to Push for Open Primaries in Pa.: State Sen. President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati said during a speech to the Pennsylvania Press Club that he plans to introduce legislation to open up Pennsylvania’s primaries to independent and non-affiliated voters.

Casey’s First Ad Targets Trump Country: In his first ad of the general election Sen. Bob Casey is targeting coal miners in southwest and northeast Pennsylvania.

State House Sound Bites: After years of false starts, gun regulation advocates lean into compromise
Capitolwire: The PA General Assembly floor action recap for Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
Capitolwire: After Texas shooting, spate of legislative activity to make schools safer.
Capitolwire: Senate panel advances education savings accounts legislation.
Capitolwire: Senate committee leaves some redistricting issues for future debate.

WHYY: Gun-control activists turn up pressure on Pennsylvania lawmakers
WHYY: Philly introduces affordable route to rooftop solar
WHYY: Pa. lawmakers advance redistricting reforms as June deadline looms
WHYY: Liquor by the drink levy could be casualty of fight against Philly soda tax
WHYY: Fiercely contested school choice bill on the move in Harrisburg
Inquirer: Pa. Civil Service takeover bill advances
Inquirer: Was Philly’s parking amnesty program worth it?
Inquirer: Uber revenue error prompts renewed call for new Philly tax on ride-share trips
Philly Mag: Philly and Feds Vow No Compromise in Sanctuary City Case
KYW: State lawmakers push legislation to create anonymous school threat reporting system
KYW: To fix crumbling schools Philly mayor and superintendent push tax hike

Daily Local: $107M OJR school budget will raise taxes by 2.4 percent
Pottstown Mercury: PUC sets public hearings for 3.2% PECO rate hike request
Bucks County Courier Times: Judge puts hold on state’s plan for medical pot research
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Right to try’ bill heading to president, following House vote

City Paper: Sen. Toomey bill repeals Obama-era anti-discrimination regulation in auto industry
Tribune Review: Court halts licensing for marijuana research
Tribune Review: Local schools fight Pennsylvania bill that would divert public education money to private schools
Tribune Review: Pending report on Catholic child sex abuse in Pennsylvania could renew efforts to amend statute of limitations law
Tribune Review: Bill to let Allegheny County municipalities disincorporate could hit snag in Harrisburg
Tribune Review: State labor board to hear Pittsburgh police union complaints against city
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh aims to cut water, energy use under latest climate plan
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area students join call for gun control in Harrisburg
Post-Gazette: Fraudulent online comments attributed to Toomey, Dem lawmaker constitute identity theft, senators say
WESA: Top Senator Pushes For Redistricting, Election Reforms

WJAC: Senate committee passes bill to give those in low-performing schools educational options
Beaver County Times: Some lawmakers want to open primaries to independent voters
Beaver County Times: Bill would revamp how Pennsylvania draws district boundaries
Altoona Mirror: Stance on bill prompts concern

WNEP: Schuylkill County Technology Center is ‘PA Smart’
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre ended April with more than $9 million balance
Times Leader: WILK’s Sue Henry blames exit on ‘boring contract issue,’ thanks listeners
Times-Tribune: Dalton businessman to run for Lackawanna County commissioner

South Central
Patriot News: Families of victims killed in DUI crashes rally in support of bill calling for increased penalties
Patriot News: Wolf administration: Marijuana public records change ‘reflects a commitment to the law’
Patriot News: House GOP moves Miccarelli to rear of chamber, strips committee appointments
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools underfunded by state? District says proper funding could cut taxes, bring in millions
Patriot News: Bill would revamp how Pennsylvania draws district boundaries
Patriot News: After resigning from Congress, Rep. Charlie Dent is now on CNN
Patriot News: Blue wave or GOP seawall in Pa? Veteran analyst Charlie Cook explains
York Dispatch: Wolf, Wagner relying on social media to reach voters directly
LNP: Barbara Altmann named as new president of Franklin & Marshall College
LNP: Hedgehogs and sugar gliders for pets? A Pennsylvania lawmaker is on the case

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Anti-gerrymandering effort emerges from Senate panel
Morning Call: Airport authority to sue city over stormwater fee
Morning Call: Rep. Nick Miccarelli has House seat moved and committee spots revoked
Reading Eagle: Berks activist cheers vote on drawing congressional districts
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Community College, Elizabethtown College sign admissions agreement

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State school-choice bill survives key vote
Erie Times-News: Erie event to feature authors of book on urban renewal
Centre Daily Times: Special Olympics is coming to Penn State, but there may not be enough volunteers

Inquirer: Don’t hold your breath expecting gun law changes after Texas school shooting | Editorial
Inquirer: School safety starts with placing armed veterans in every school in America  | Opinion
Inquirer: Council president should let his colleagues decide on collecting unpaid property taxes | Editorial
Tribune Review: Hey Jagoff! Keep Pittsburghese out of politics
Post-Gazette: Healthy investments: UPMC venture capital arm adds strength to city
Patriot News: If Sen. Scott Wagner wants to prove he can be governor, he can start by moving a minimum wage bill
Patriot News: The shale industry is letting an important resource go up in smoke | Opinion
LNP: Don’t our lawmakers have more important things to worry about than hedgehogs and sugar gliders?
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Tariffs threaten newspapers, First Amendment

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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