5/10 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Groen has strong words for the House GOP budget, a PUC member to be nominated to FERC,Martin Sheen stars in an ad for Commonwealth Court, and DeWeese avoids restitution payments.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Groen: House GOP Budget “Immoral”: Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Marcel Groen calls the House GOP’s budget proposal “Immoral and nonsensical.”

Trump to Nominate PUC Member to FERC: President Donald Trump announced his plans to nominate PUC member Robert Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Reader Poll: Majority Want Barletta to Run For Senate: A majority of our readers want Congressman Lou Barletta to challenge Senator Bob Casey next year.

Sheen Stars in Cosgrove Ad Ahead of Primary: Judge Joe Cosgrove’s Commonwealth Court campaign launched a web ad featuring actor Martin Sheen.

Court Overturns DeWeese’s Restitution Sentence: The Superior Court ruled that former state House Speaker Bill DeWeese will not pay $116,668 in restitution for his corruption convictions.

Capitolwire: Senate committee recommends McDonnell for DEP post.
Capitolwire: Senate committee approves police identity bill as Wolf considers amendment.
Capitolwire: House committee reports out another liquor privatization bill.
Capitolwire: House panel renews push to limit spot appeals of assessments.
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers pressed for time on gerrymandering amendment
State House Sound Bites: Despite bipartisan support, police transparency bill facing another veto
StateImpact: Trump nominates PA PUC Commissioner Rob Powelson to FERC
StateImpact: Senate panel approves Wolf’s pick for environmental secretary
StateImpact: Middletown residents sue Sunoco to stop pipeline, alleging violation of township ordinance

Inquirer: Philly DA Williams faces more federal corruption charges
Inquirer: Philly controller’s race heats up at forum, barbs exchanged
Inquirer: Drexel frat suspended over two sex assault allegations
Inquirer: Happy heroin! Philly customs agents seize drug-stuffed greeting card
Inquirer: Philly social media reacts to Comey’s firing
Inquirer: Philly cop abruptly retires as U.S. probes his possible heroin dealing
Inquirer: Hotly contested DA race could see low turnout Tuesday
Inquirer: Former N. Philly legislator’s grandson gets 3 to 6 years in four armed robberies
Philadelphia Magazine: Internal Poll Shows City Controller Race Is Closer Than You Might Think
Philadelphia Magazine: White Supremacist Flyers Found on Temple’s Campus
Philadelphia Magazine: OPINION: Why Rich Negrin Should Be Our Next DA
Philadelphia Magazine: DA’s Office Won’t Charge Driver in Amtrak Derailment
Philadelphia Magazine: The PPA Wants to Put Billboards in Neighborhood Lots – and Neighbors Aren’t Happy
WHYY Newsworks: Trump nominates PA PUC Commissioner Rob Powelson to FERC
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA candidate O’Neill — nobody owns him, just his ads
WHYY Newsworks: Philly union, NYC activist backing Krasner for DA
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council urges more appeal hearings, more lawyers to uphold commercial tax assessments

Pottstown Mercury: Polling site changes in East Vincent, Lower Pottsgrove for May 16 primary
Pottstown Mercury: Charlie Madonna to challenge Michael Hartman for Boyertown-area district justice seat
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown man charged with soliciting sex from minor
Bucks County Courier Times: Video: Attorney General announces lawsuit against Robert’s Motor Mart
Bucks County Courier Times: Attorney General announces lawsuit against Lower Southampton businessman
Bucks County Courier Times: President Trump nominates two to natural gas pipeline review agency FERC
Delco Times: Pipeline neighbors sue Sunoco Logistics

KDKA: Pa. Lawmakers Consider Smoking Ban in All Bars, Casinos
KDKA: Dispute At Spirit Airlines Could Affect Pittsburgh If Not Resolved
Tribune Review: Proposal would end exemptions to Pennsylvania smoking ban
Tribune Review: Incumbent, attorney vie for district judge seat in Monroeville
Tribune Review: Meet the Candidates Night in Monroeville draws about 70
Tribune Review: 2 face off for Leetsdale district judge party nominations
Post-Gazette: Senate GOP plans secret health care debate that may take months
Post-Gazette: AG’s office asked to review Scott Wagner’s scuffle with campaign tracker
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to push good corporate citizenship from self-driving companies at summit
Post-Gazette: Dispute over developer contributions clouds District 4 City Council race

Altoona Mirror: GOP DA candidates trade campaign barbs
Altoona Mirror: City planning changes proposed
Beaver County Times: Casey joins congressional effort to ban ‘lunch shaming’ of students

Standard-Speaker: West Hazleton distressed no more
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board candidates pledge increased transparency, communication during debate
Times-Tribune: Deal to buy TV station raises questions of politics, FCC rules
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council supports state legislation to end gerrymandering

South Central
Patriot News: Meet the candidates: Voters guide to Pa.’s 2017 primary election
Patriot News: Why the future of the Democratic Party may hail from ‘Trump Country’
Patriot News: Sen. Bob Casey sponsors ‘lunch shaming’ bill to keep kids from being singled out
Patriot News: Harrisburg residents share views of the city as mayoral election looms
Patriot News: Trumpcare pre-existing conditions debate: The list and the arguments
Patriot News: Comey fired: Sen. Casey calls it a Nixonian move
Lancaster Online: Malala’s Lancaster visit highlights new profile of the Nobel Peace Prize winner
Lancaster Online: Pennsylvania House takes on telemarketers: Bill aims to make it easier to opt out
Lancaster Online: Families affected by DUIs make emotional plea for stricter drunk driving laws
Lancaster Online: DEP to hold ‘listening session’ in Lancaster
Lancaster Online: Voters guide: What Lancaster County residents can expect in the primaries

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Senate and Gov. Wolf battle over vetoes in state Supreme Court hearing
Morning Call: Bob Casey on FBI director firing: ‘This is Nixonian’
Morning Call: Trump taps PUC member to serve on federal board that will determine PennEast pipeline’s fate
Morning Call: Trio seeking Lehigh County seat
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate Joshua Siegel pushes for ethics, campaign finance reform
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania ranks near top of states with kids with high levels of lead
Reading Eagle: Exeter candidates discuss master plan for township

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: See who has donated to Erie County executive candidates
Erie Times-News: 10 seek nominations for Millcreek School Board
Erie Times-News: Corry incumbent district judge faces challenger
Erie Times-News: Three Erie County district judges unchallenged
Centre Daily Times: Commissioners approve vehicle registration fee increase in 2-1 vote
Centre Daily Times: Permits to be issued soon for Pa. medical marijuana facilities

Erie Times-News: Our view: Take time to learn about appellate court candidates
Tribune Review: Subsidizing horse racing: Time to end fund’s run
Tribune Review: SEIU spending priorities
Altoona Mirror: Tragedy stains PSU again
Bucks County Courier Times: Seeing is believing
Delco Times: Editorial: NSA stops one abuse, but many remain
Patriot News: Even Nixon would have blushed at Comey firing: John L. Micek
Patriot News: Democrats are being dishonest about healthcare: Ed Rogers
Daily News: Trump’s Tuesday Night Massacre puts U.S. on ‘banana republic’ brink
Inquirer: The race to replace Gov. Wolf is off to a squirrelly start
Inquirer: Vote NO on Philly’s best-value ballot question
Inquirer: It pays to vote. Literally
Post-Gazette: No go, Mellow: The felon should not get his plump state pension

  • Who Will Be Speaker of the PA House on February 28?

    • Joanna McClinton (68%)
    • Mark Rozzi (27%)
    • A Republican TBD (5%)

    Total Voters: 315

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