5/11 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Farnese is indicted, we break down the latest Quinnipiac Poll and we ask whether Paterno covered up Sandusky’s crimes. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

BREAKING: Farnese Indicted on Thirteen Charges: The State Senator is accused of vote-buying.

Quinnipiac Poll: Clinton 43% Trump 42%: A full breakdown of the latest head-to-head presidential survey.

Reader Poll: Do You Believe Joe Paterno Covered Up Jerry Sandusky’s Crimes?: In the wake of new revelations, we ask our readers about the long-time PSU head coach.

Reader Poll: McGinty Leads Toomey: Our readers favor the Democratic nominee right now.

Rendell Lays Out Convention Scenario, Offends Sanders Supporters: The former Governor and DNC Chair said that the behavior of Bernie people would be key to the success of the Philly Convention.

Estey Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud: The former top Harrisburg aide joins a growing list of takedowns by the FBI.

Statewide
Capitolwire: It appears PERC’s days are numbered, but this time there’s a plan to replace the pension review agency
Capitolwire: Ex-Rendell aide Estey pleads guilty to wire fraud
PA Watchdog: Sub firm walks away from Philadelphia schools
StateImpactPA: Invoking power of eminent domain, gas industry runs roughshod over private property

Philadelphia
Heard in the Hall: Verizon FiOS not available for you? City wants to know
The Big Tent: Poll shows Clinton, Trump neck and neck in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: State senator from Philly charged with bribery in 8th Ward election
WHYY Newsworks: Former Rendell aide pleads guilty in FBI sting
WHYY Newsworks: Councilman suggests city employees pay more to fill Philly pension hole
Inquirer: Wolf: Playing field tilted against cities
Inquirer: Phila. Council president suggests he favors keeping City Commissioners

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania seeks chief for new medical marijuana program
Bucks County Courier Times: Families hope to ‘resurrect’ Sellersville elementary school
Bucks County Courier Times: Partnership to address air quality problem

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Kraft Heinz cutting dozens of Pittsburgh jobs
WTAE: Scientific basis for Pennsylvania law on marijuana and driving questioned
KDKA: Pa. Senate Approves Changing Seniority-Based Layoff System For Public Schools
Tribune-Review: GOP presidential candidate Trump promises to eliminate 90% of coal laws
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh council delays vote on proposal to prohibit live animal acts
Tribune-Review: Former Gov. Rendell’s chief staffer pleads guilty to fraud
Post-Gazette: Could faster gas flow have contributed to Texas Eastern pipeline erosion?
Post-Gazette: Former prosecutor: Open review could compromise Sandusky investigations at Penn State

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Bill expands state’s anti-hazing law to schools with grades 7 to 12
Beaver County Times: Vogel bill to reduce mailing costs for school districts passes state Senate
Observer Reporter: Hearing on proposed Columbia Gas rate increase
Observer Reporter: League of Women Voters to hold annual meeting
Altoona Mirror: DEP official to address water quality in Patton
Altoona Mirror: Altoona Area School District gets in line for state money
Tribune-Democrat: Meeting on Patton Water Issues Scheduled with State DEP
Tribune-Democrat: Northern Cambria mayor, office, crash over office, meetings
Tribune-Democrat: Halvorson, Sedlock, Looking to Become Democratic Party Nominee in 9th Congressional District

NEPA
Times Leader: Ex-Rendell aide pleads guilty in campaign cash sting
Citizens Voice: W-B to receive $60K grant to design financial plan
Citizens Voice: Cash, campaigns and a favored bill
Newsitem: Line Mountain board to vote on contract; if nay, union to strike
Standard Speaker: Bill proposed to help addicted newborns
Pocono Record: Pa. state senator charged with election plot

South Central
Patriot News: Harrisburg council criticizes mayor, deadlocks on his appointment to water authority
Patriot News: Labor Department accuses Northumberland County of miscalculating overtime for caseworkers
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle assistant borough manager accepts position in Colorado
York Daily News: York City schools budget: No tax increase
York Dispatch: York County commissioners: We need a state budget on time
York Dispatch: April housing report: York buyers ‘settling’
Lancaster Era: Judge approves Hershey-PinnacleHealth merger that FTC says will likely raise prices

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh County Authority approves first major ‘test and seal’ project to address sewer overflows
Reading Eagle: Fairgrounds Square Mall sells for $1.16 million
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Water Authority answers audit findings
WFMZ: Firm president admits to bribing Allentown, Reading officials

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Ferguson Township church plans for expansion
Sun Gazette: Muncy OKs proposed final budget with tax hike
Sun Gazette: Funding for pump station gets OK
Erie Times: Sale of Asbury Woods complicated by state budget impasse

Opinion
York Daily News: No common sense in Central bomb threat case
Morning Call: Should Gov. Wolf veto a bill that would require school districts to lay off teachers based on performance?
Reading Eagle: State Senate should reject 9-1-1 shield law
Erie Times: Extensive public input needed on Erie comprehensive plan
Observer Reporter: Fix our elections? Start with the Legislature
Tribune-Review: The vaping ruling: A valuable smoking-cessation tool could be regulated out of existence
Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Dinniman: Pa. needs stronger guidelines for digital billboards
Patriot News: What a Starbucks latte costs in 30 different countries – because you want to know
Patriot News: America First? Donald Trump is onto something – these four charts explain why

Blogs
Citified: Feds Charge State Sen. Larry Farnese with Vote-Buying
Citified: Kenney Expands City-Funded Travel Ban to Places With Anti-LBGT Legislation
Citified: The City Wants Your Help Rating Verizon Fios
Commonwealth Foundation: Cigarette Taxes Aren’t a Budget Fix
Commonwealth Foundation: Gov. Wolf Threatens Veto, Denying Schools Flexibility they Want

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