Reed rules out statewide runs in 2018, new endorsements in the Democratic Commonwealth Court primary, Pa. Dems hit Barletta on snow removal funds, Stack may get a challenger, good news for Casey in the latest F&M poll, we sat down with Lloyd Smucker, and the ups and downs from the week. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!
Reed Rules Out Governor and Senate Runs in 2018: House Majority Leader Dave Reed ruled out a run for both Governor and U.S. Senate.
Commonwealth Court: Democratic Primary Endorsements Thread: Judge Ellen Ceisler was endorsed by former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and state Senator Daylin Leach.
Pa. Dems: Barletta ‘Fails to Deliver’ After the Snow Storm: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is hitting Congressman Lou Barletta after the Trump administration denied a request for federal cleanup aid for the March snowstorms that hit the northeast. This comes a week after it was reported Trump talked with Barletta about running for Senate.
Potential Stack Challenger Considers Run: Lt. Governor Mike Stack’s troubles open the door to potential challengers in the 2018 primary. Pittsburgh political activist Aryanna Berringer is the first to publically consider a bid.
F&M Poll: Casey Still Ahead of Last Election: The latest Franklin and Marshall poll should keep Senator Bob Casey in a good mood, for the second poll in a row his approval ratings are above where they were at the same point during his 2012 re-election campaign.
Smucker: Comey Firing ‘Raises Some Questions’: In a wide ranging sit down with PoliticsPA, Congressman Lloyd Smucker discussed the firing of FBI Director Comey, the AHCA, and demands for a town hall meeting.
5/12 Ups & Downs: Casey gets positive press coverage, DeWeese gets out of restitution payments, Santarsiero gets a new job, Robert Costa becomes the host of Washington Week, and Williams and Stack’s troubles continue to mount. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Capitolwire: Voters, counties prepare for municipal, judicial primary.
State House Sound Bites: The Trump resistance works to find its feet in Pa.
State House Sound Bites: Episode 6: Not compact, and barely contiguous
State House Sound Bites: Despite IFO savings projections, pension plan has little support
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf calls out Rendell, DNC 2016 host committee for spending $4M surplus
Inquirer: Voters Guide: 2017 Pennsylvania primary election
Inquirer: Tuesday’s primary for DA in Philly turns chippy in the closing days
Inquirer: Emails: PPA officials altered records after Right-to-Know request
Inquirer: First came Trump anger. Now the primary. Can Pa. Dems make headway Tuesday?
Inquirer: Polling Essentials
Philly Mag: The No-Bullshit Guide to the 2017 Philadelphia Primary
Philly Mag: Endorsements in the Philly District Attorney Primary
Newsworks: Showdown in Philadelphia controller’s race
Newsworks: Pa. lawmakers debate whether pension debt could be paid off faster
KYW: Pa. Lawmakers Seek Consensus As Clock Ticks On ‘Real ID’
Philly Voice: How one DA candidate convinced me to vote for him on Tuesday
Daily Local: Fair Districts donates educational materials to West Chester Library
Daily Local: West Chester mayoral candidates discuss issues at forum
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection names new southeast regional director
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania Democrats in Levittown to speak out against House Bill 218
Delco Times: Political pros not predicting a rush to the polls tomorrow
Tribune Review: Governor: Convention surplus should have gone to taxpayers
Tribune Review: Water warning: Westmoreland authority tells customers to conserve
Tribune Review: Peduto, Fitzgerald support opposing candidates in County Council race
Tribune Review: Primary voting day guide for Sewickley Valley voters
Post-Gazette: Special ed funding would be in peril if U.S. Senate passes House bill
Post-Gazette: DNC staff paid bonuses of nearly $1 million, filings show
WESA: Why Did Mike Stack Need Hundreds Of Squeezable Applesauce Packets?
KDKA: Allegheny County Sheriff’s Race One Of The Hottest On Next Tuesday’s Ballot
Beaver County Times: Legislators oppose, want changes to state House bill expanding smoking ban
Beaver County Times: House committee told state police fee proposal ‘an issue of fairness’
Altoona Mirror: State lawmakers work to meet ID deadline
Altoona Mirror: Tax hike divides board
Altoona Mirror: Blair County Tea Party seeks to expand influence in Pa.
Altoona Mirror: IFO issues actuarial note for pension bill
Sunbury Daily Item: Wolf plane repair tax irks airports
Standard-Speaker: City mayor ‘disappointed’ feds not funding blizzard recovery
Standard-Speaker: Six battle for five spots on school board
Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Bills support law enforcement, public safety officers
Times Leader: Local union members rally against proposed law they say will hurt workers
Times Leader: Analysis: Businesses could benefit more than individuals in property tax plan
Times-Tribune: Scanlon, Talerico vie for GOP district attorney nod
Times-Tribune: DA, judge, city council races top primary ballot
WHTM: Gov. Wolf says DNC surplus should have gone to taxpayers
Patriot News: Pa. primary election: Here’s all you need to know to vote Tuesday
Patriot News: Pa. congressman doesn’t want to pay for maternity care
Patriot News: Do Harrisburg school board candidates want a new superintendent?
Patriot News: LG’s office: Stack ‘believes his wife’s medical issues should remain private’
Patriot News: Stack hits taxpayers for $73K in expenses, including $15K for Amazon, report says
Lancaster Online: New Pa. prescription monitoring program has cut doctor-shopping for opioids, officials say
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley primary election: A procrastinator’s voter guide
Morning Call: Local congressmen talk Trump, Comey and other hot topics
Morning Call: Politics as Usual: Northampton County executive race money count
Morning Call: Candidates for Allentown mayor make final push for votes
Morning Call: Pat Toomey suggests pick to head FBI, talks GOP divide on Medicaid
Morning Call: Crowded field in Northampton County district judge races
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers seek panel to assess lead problem
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Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte mom advocating against standardized tests
Centre Daily Times: Bernie for DA finance information updated by campaign
Centre Daily Times: Retired judge Ron Horner endorses Cantorna for DA
Centre Daily Times: Thompson ‘surprised’ Comey wasn’t asked to ‘step down sooner’
Erie Times-News: As election primary nears, Erie-area voters weigh choices
Erie Times-News: Senate to vote soon on casino host fees
Erie Times-News: Five run in Girard mayoral race
Patriot News: With Comey firing, Trump is ‘gas-lighting’ us again: Tony May
Patriot News: Comey’s fate was sealed – but Trump handled it wrong: Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: States will be a bulwark against the excesses of the Trump administration: Josh Shapiro
Patriot News: Yes, the lieutenant governor’s residence is worth the cost: Diane Shafer Domnick
Patriot News: This is PennLive’s endorsement for Harrisburg mayor: Editorial
Lancaster Online: Municipal primaries may not be exciting, but they’re essential, so please vote Tuesday
Daily News: Our endorsements for Tuesday’s primary election
Daily News: While world obsessed on Russia, here’s what Trump got away with
Inquirer: Time for Pa. to stop paying fat pensions to criminals
Inquirer: Negrin best Democrat for DA; Rhynhart for controller
Inquirer: Vote NO on Philly’s best-value ballot question
Bucks County Courier Times: Air quality and justice
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: Election signs: Inspiration or roadside litter?
Delco Times: Editorial: DeVos action hurts borrowers of student loans
Tribune Review: Another climate change canard: Warmed-over PR
Post-Gazette: Primary 2017: A recap of endorsements in Tuesday’s election
Post-Gazette: Peduto for mayor: Two challengers can’t deny him a second term