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5/8 PoliticsPA Playbook

Wolf launches a new TV ad, NRCC adds Nothstein to its “On the Radar” program, and the GOP Gubernatorial candidates debate for one last time ahead of the primary.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Campaign Launches New Ad: Governor Tom Wolf’s campaign launched a new ad touting his focus on career and technical education as Governor.

NRCC Adds Nothstein to “On the Radar” Program: The National Republican Congressional Committee added 7th Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein to its “On the Radar” program.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate For Last Time: The three Republican Gubernatorial candidates met on Friday for the final debate ahead of the May 15th primary and spent the hour trying to contrast themselves from each other.

Gubernatorial Election Update
Times Of Chester County: Endorsement: Ellsworth for GOP Gov. nomination
Lt. Gov: Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum endorsed Diana Irey Vaughan in her Lieutenant Governor bid.  “I have known Diana for over two decades and I am confident she will make us proud as our Lieutenant Governor.  Diana has been a strong conservative leader as a Washington County Commissioner, being on the frontlines of helping transform southwestern Pennsylvania from a liberal stronghold to reliably Republican.  Her work in the community and record of success will bring a much needed breath of fresh air to Harrisburg,” Santorum said.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: Meet the candidates: Lou Barletta, the former Hazleton mayor, sells himself as a Trump-like fighter
Post-Gazette: Meet the candidates: State Rep. Jim Christiana says he has a model to fix what’s broken in DC
Daily Local: Dan Williams receives endorsements from Sen. Andy Dinniman, labor, others

StateImpact: Ethics investigation of Wolf aide advances; gas industry conflict of interest alleged

Billy Penn: Do you need photo ID to vote in PA? No, but there’s good reason for confusion
Inquirer: Paul Mango, GOP candidate for Pa. governor, runs to the right
Inquirer: Trump tax breaks could pressure some Philly suburbs to cut taxes, too
Inquirer: Melania Trump gives props to Pennsylvania ‘buddy bench’ kid
Inquirer: A leaky ceiling, raccoons and cat poop: Ex-residents say Sheriff Williams was a ‘slumlord’
Inquirer: Landmark Pa. school-funding suit clears legal hurdle
Inquirer: Texting and driving ‘rampant’ in Pa., but few get tickets. Here’s why
Philly Mag: What to Do About South Street
WHYY: Philly voters to decide if city workers will be trained to prevent sexual harassment
WHYY: Pa. school funding lawsuit inches forward, though roadblocks remain
KYW: Payment program helps tax tardy homeowners avoid foreclosures

Pottstown Mercury: Sunoco PUC case termed a ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle
Bucks County Courier Times: Local doctors to discuss rising drug prices, cost of care and more at health care town hall
Bucks County Courier Times: Former VP Biden endorses Tai in 178th race
Delco Times: Inequities continue in education funding despite more money
Delco Times: Radnor Township School Board passes resolution opposing state bills to arm teachers

The Incline: No, you don’t need photo ID to vote in Pa.: A brief history of why that’s confusing
WESA: Non-Partisan Commission Forms To Ensure Security In Future Elections
Tribune Review: Highlands superintendent says no school closings planned
Tribune Review: Belle Vernon school superintendent resigns
Tribune Review: In Pittsburgh visit, Amazon didn’t ask much about incentives
Post-Gazette: Landmark Pa. school-funding suit clears legal hurdle
Post-Gazette: Here comes election season: A primary primer
Post-Gazette: HQ2 cities listen up: Amazon flexing its political muscle sends a message not just to Seattle

Beaver County Times: Voters eye Pennsylvania’s wide-open, crowded US House races
Beaver County Times: Beaver County files brief in reassessment appeal

Times-Tribune: Scranton council responds to commissioner’s misgivings on medical marijuana
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s former business administrator returns to old job
Times-Tribune: Voters in 12th district have four choices for Congress
Times Leader: Dallas School Board votes no on budget; wants more time to review

South Central
Patriot News: ‘It’s a black hole’ Dem leader says of Daryl Metcalfe’s committee | John L. Micek
Patriot News: In Pennsylvania’s new 10th District, Democrats have a big choice to make
Patriot News: Where Pennsylvania’s GOP governor candidates stand on issues
Patriot News: Voters eye Pennsylvania’s wide-open, crowded US House races
LNP: Pennsylvania Primary 2018: Everything you need to know about the contested races
LNP: GOP congressional candidate Chet Beiler meets with LNP Editorial Board

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Shared grief over Trump’s election gives rise to new political groups in Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Reading School District faces deficit
Reading Eagle: Democrat hopes to go from state House to U.S. House

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie School District’s monitor works on plan
Erie Times-News: Three Democrats, two Republicans vie for Erie’s 2nd District state House seat
Centre Daily Times: SCASD will vote on its proposed final budget. Here’s how much taxes could increase

Inquirer: Philadelphia ballot questions 2018: Vote yes | Editorial
Inquirer: #FreeBlackMamas: Cash bail hurts communities of color, but especially black women | Opinion
Post-Gazette: Kanyespeak: three lessons
Patriot News: Is Pa. getting a prime deal on Amazon HQ2? Open the books and let taxpayers find out | Editorial
LNP: Billboards warning against prescription painkillers hopefully will combat opioid addiction in Lancaster County
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Redistricting reform gets ally it needs

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  1. The front page story in the New York times of the Rep Miccarelli matter is a problem for Speaker Turzai and the Republican Party that doesn’t seem to resolve itself. Turzai doesn’t seem to know what to do.

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