5/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Dr. Levine insulted, McGinty changes campaign managers and the latest Politically Uncorrected column looks at the GOP’s dilemma. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Allen West Attacks PA’s Physician General: The former Congressman targeted Dr. Rachel Levine for being transgendered.

BREAKING: PA-Sen: McGinty Switches Campaign Managers: Mike Mikus is out (sort of), Jordan Marks is in.

PA-Sen: Sheriffs, DAs Urge McGinty to Oppose Sanctuary Cities: Local law enforcement officials throughout the state write a letter to Senate candidate Katie McGinty regarding her stance on immigration.

PA-Sen: Toomey’s Call for District Judges’ Confirmations Rebuffed: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected Toomey’s bid to skip other nominees waiting in line.

PA-8: Candidates Fight About Civility: Congressional candidates attack each other with positivity.

Politically Uncorrected: The GOP’s Real Dilemma: What has happened to the GOP – and what should be done about it?

StateImpactPA: State revives energy efficiency loans for homeowners
StateImpactPA: EPA finalizes new methane standards for oil and gas industry
Vanity Fair: Hillary Clinton’s Son-in-Law Just Lost a Big Bet on Greece

Inquirer: McGinty replaces campaign manager
Inquirer: Clarke: Boost transfer tax to rehab city housing stock
Inquirer: Auditor: Pa. schools may be losing millions on busing
Inquirer: Catch convention fever at PoliticalFest
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council members bruch off jury’s verdict in Feibush v. Johnson
WHYY Newsworks: Why Philly ward leaders matter
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Wolf pledges to veto bill that diminishes teacher seniority
WHYY Newsworks: Bribery charges against Pa. State Sen. Larry Farnese could hinge o U.S. Supreme Court case

Daily Local News: Friends, family and the community say goodbye to former West Chester Mayor Richard “Dick” Yoder
Pottstown Mercury: Berks county judge accused of stealing over $100K
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove School Board commits to zero tax hike
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township supervisors oppose Elcon plant in nearby Falls
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock eyes layoffs, tax hike to ease budget shortfall

Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania prepares strategy to fight Zika virus this summer
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County has $16 million extra in drink tax account
Post-Gazette: City wants to buy fireboat for riverfront safety
Post-Gazette: Project planned for former North Side industrial locations
Post-Gazette: School districts overspending on pupil busing
Tribune-Review: Proposed Baldwin-Whitehall budget requires staff cuts
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh spending $550K to spruce up front of City-County Building

Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey joins Democratic colleagues in tying Republicans to ‘Trump Textbook’
Beaver County Times: EPA: Oil, gas industry must cut methane emissions by nearly half
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania auditor general demands action over school transportation reimbursements
Tribune-Democrat: Assessment approved for Johnstown Inclined Plane renovation
Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County commissioners approve prison contracts

Times Leader: Jury awards former Veterans Affairs director $200K in suit against county
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council told to stick to matters close to home
Times Leader: Study shows growth in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties
Times-Tribune: LCCC plans to bring students, economic vitality to downtown Scranton
Times-Tribune: Supreme Court declines to hear Neil Pal appeal

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Toomey and Costello join forces on veterans’ job
Lebanon Daily News: Some Palmyra board members unhappy with budget
Lancaster Online: Harrisburg claims to be first U.S. city to test all kids for lead for free
Lancaster Online: Penn Manor School District considers 7 percent tax increase to prepare for renovation
Patriot News: ‘Saving lives is only a first step’: Hundreds of drug overdoses reversed in Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Judge rejects challenge to Allentown trash contract
Reading Eagle: Berks commissioners approve rate increase for Berks Heim residents
WFMZ: AG: School districts should bid transportation services
Express Times: Controversial IDI warehouse approval stalled in Lower Nazareth

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: BEA school board approves proposed final budget
Onward State: Penn State Named Among Best LGBT Friendly Universities By College Choice
Erie Times: Erie City Mission announces next phase of building project

Inquirer: City should help cops earn college credits on the job
Inquirer: A Phila. Delegation consumed by small-tie scams
Daily News: Soda-tax supporters aren’t seeing the full picture
Bucks County Courier Times: Write-in candidates provide a choice
Lancaster Online: Think carefully when protesting against Talen Energy at Holtwood Park
York Daily Record: Did Paterno know? It doesn’t matter
Centre Daily Times: Purdue’s savvy tuition program
Reading Eagle: For economic development, one voice is better than three
Post-Gazette: Cleaning it up: The Anti-Corruption Summit is a start, at least

Citified: SEPTA Wants More Digital Billboards at Subway Stops
Citified: The Ori Feibush V. Kenyatta Johnson Verdict Is In: Feibush Won
Keystone Crossroads: Governor Wolf calls for reimagining of Pennsylvania cities
Keystone Crossroads: Harrisburg ramping up lead testing, remediation efforts

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