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5/24 PoliticsPA Playbook

Miccarelli is stripped of his committee assignments and moved to the back of the House chamber, the state Senate moves a bill to change how Pennsylvania redistricts, and what can be learned from the primary.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Miccarelli Stripped of Committee Assignments; Moved to Back of Chamber: State Rep. Nick Miccarelli had his seat in the state House chamber moved to the back of the room, and was stripped of his committee assignments by House GOP leadership in the latest fallout following allegations of physical and sexual assault against Miccarelli.

Redistricting Reform Bill Advances in Senate: A bill to take power over the redrawing of Congressional and state legislative lines away from the legislature advanced unanimously out of the state Senate’s State Government committee.

WESA: What Can Be Gleaned From A Whirlwind PA Primary?: Pennsylvania voters chose Republican and Democrat nominees for U.S Senate, 18 seats in the U.S. House,  governor and lieutenant governor, plus half the state Senate and the entire state House. Journalists Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner, Chris Potter of 90.5 WESA and Brad Bumsted of The Caucus explore the implications from a few of the key races.

StateImpact: Wolf’s fracking-health record hammered by new industry opposition group
State House Sound Bites: Wolf to sign updated sex offender bill
State House Sound Bites: State DAs outline best practices, possible pitfalls for police body cameras
City & State: MontCo GOP chair candidate quits race amid harassment, abuse inquiries
City & State: Philly ward leader Campbell quietly becomes city committee treasurer
Capitolwire: The PA General Assembly floor action recap for Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Capitolwire: Senate panel hears about school mental health needs.

Philly Tribune: School choice bill fiercely contested in Harrisburg
Inquirer: ‘He forgot where he came from’: Is support for Mayor Kenney fading in his old South Philly neighborhood?
Inquirer: Philly’s missing $26M shows its priorities: Potholes outrank IT
Inquirer: Auditor general blasts Aspira and Pa. charter-school law
Inquirer: City Council tweaks mayor’s tax proposal, voices need for greater property-tax relief
Inquirer: Now’s the time to address Pennsylvania’s terrible voter-turnout rate
Inquirer: Lawmakers call for a restart to Pa.’s school-construction program
Philly Mag: 12 Philadelphia-Area Companies Make the Fortune 500 for 2018
WHYY: Pa. Statehouse likely getting first openly gay lawmaker of color
WHYY: Pa. lawmakers want to reform school construction program, but funding remains a question
KYW: Public health advocates call on Wolf to help those harmed by fracking
KYW: City Council tax bill gives relief to homeowners, but buyers beware

Pottstown Mercury: PUC sets public hearings for 3.2% PECO rate hike request
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania District Attorneys releases guidelines on body cameras
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville School District promotes business manager to superintendent
Delco Times: Partisan deadlock kills Delco’s pipeline risk study
Delco Times: Upper Darby school board OKs proposed $209M budget

WESA: Medical Marijuana Research Halted After Concerns Raised By PA Grower-Processors
WESA: After Primary Upsets, Allegheny County Exec. Says Democrats Are ‘Voting In A Much Different Way’
WESA: PA Lawmakers Advance Redistricting Reforms As June Deadline Looms
WESA: Trump Proposal Would Cut Funding For Title X Clinics In Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Uber aims to restart self-driving car tests in Pittsburgh this summer
Tribune Review: PA Turnpike predicts 2.3 million travelers over Memorial Day weekend
Tribune Review: Lamb, Rothfus cast opposing votes on Dodd-Frank rollback
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s new long-term care program draws fire
Post-Gazette: New federal proposal would slash PA Planned Parenthood funding
Post-Gazette: D. Raja prepares for possible state Senate run

Beaver County Times: Keith Rothfus, Conor Lamb split on bill rolling back bank regulations
Beaver County Times: Mitko wins 15th state House Democratic nomination with 1,905 write-in votes
Altoona Mirror: Cambria Heights to raise taxes

Times Leader: Luzerne County councilman challenges DA’s pursuit of death penalty cases
Times Leader: WB officially selects low bidder for Solomon Creek wall project
Times-Tribune: Scranton residents provide feedback at the first of four “Blight to Bright” meetings
Standard-Speaker: Growth preferred over taxes for recovery plan

South Central
LNP: Pennsylvania needs harsher penalties for repeat DUI offenders, families say
LNP: Lawmakers push ‘Safe2Say’ anonymous reporting program after school shootings
LNP: Pennsylvania lawmakers reject bill legalizing hedgehogs, sugar gliders as pets
Patriot News: The Trump tax cuts just became an issue in the Pa. Governors race
Patriot News: Grand jury report on Catholic dioceses could change law for child sex abuse victims
Patriot News: Redistricting reform proposal advances in Pa. Legislature ahead of 2020 Census

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Senate passes criminal restitution bill
Morning Call: City councilman calls for conversion therapy ban in Bethlehem
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers eye tougher firearms bills related to mental health and domestic violence
Reading Eagle: Boyertown transgender case to go before federal appeals court
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Community College, Elizabethtown College sign admissions agreement
Reading Eagle: Reading School Board OKs tentative budget with tax increase

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Most Centre County residents’ property taxes will increase next year. Here’s why
Erie Times-News: PennDOT to take comments on revised bridge plans
Erie Times-News: Erie Housing Authority gets $4.4 million for improvements

Inquirer: A Republican with a #metoo problem provokes a bloody battle for control of Montgomery County’s GOP. It’s ugly. | Maria Panaritis
Inquirer: A ‘bigger impact’ in Pa. than most other states; what the Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME could mean | Opinion
Tribune Review: Smoke alarms, cabron monoxide detectors should be required in every town
Post-Gazette: A safe bet: Sports betting is welcome but not game-changing
Patriot News: It’s gut-check time for the Harrisburg school board | Editorial
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s evolving economy benefits from free trade | Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Regional thinking crucial to a prosperous future

  • 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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