5/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6A PA judge makes Trump’s short list, Rendell gets in some hot water and the GOP denounces Wolf’s veto of a teacher reform bill. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Could Trump Appeal to Southeast PA?: The Washington Post examines whether Philly’s collar counties may support the presumptive GOP nominee.

Judge Hardiman Makes Trump’s Supreme Court Short List: The Pittsburgh resident is one of 11 judges the presumptive GOP nominee would consider for the highest court in the land.

PA-Sen: Opponents Attack McGinty Over Rendell Comments: The McGinty camp called them “inappropriate”.

PA-BGT: GOP Warn Wolf Over Veto: The Governor rejected a proposal to end seniority-based teacher layoffs.

Kenney Addresses Philly’s Stop-and-Frisk Issue: Although he won’t use the words stop-and-frisk.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Pennsylvania House votes to expand pension forfeiture law
State House Sound Bites: Pennsylvania to extend ignition locks law to first offenses
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania still working on Clean Power Plan, but won’t meet deadline
Capitolwire: Republicans appear to link teacher furlough bill to increased education spending

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Ex-Fattah strategist on $1M campaign debt: ‘He said he’d take care of it’
Inquirer: Supporters, critics begin the battle over Pa. sex abuse bill
Inquirer:  Wolf vetoes teacher layoff bill
Inquirer : Convention to name theater after ex-Mayor Michael Nutter
Inquirer: House bill would block pensions for convicted Pa. pols
Inquirer: Reynolds Brown to propose container tax as soda tax alternative
Inquirer: City is way over budget on overtime
WHYY Newsworks: Political consultant describes ploy to repay illegal $1 million loan to Fattah campaign
WHYY Newsworks: Taking on the challenges of poverty in Philadelphia
PlanPhilly: Governor Wolf announces traffic safety grants using red light camera ticket funds
Philadelphia Business Journal: Industrial services provider establishes U.S. HQ in Philadelphia, adds jobs

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville school officials make another push for $3M construction grant
Pottstown Mercury: PA will extend ignition locks law to first DUI offense
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick board approves surplus budget
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby school board avoids tax increase despite $6.5M shortfall
Delco Daily Times: Wolf vetoes bill to curb use of seniority in teacher layoffs     
Montgomery Media: Upper Dublin School Board approves policy permitting transgender students to use restrooms of choice
Montgomery Media: Woman waives charges to county court in Cheltenham assault case  

Pittsburgh
WESA: Study Calls For At Least $3.2 Billion In Added Pa. School Funding
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh schools tap Florida Educator as next chief
Post-Gazette: Longtime foes Peduto and Harris share a bite at sandwich ‘summit’
Post-Gazette: Wolf vetoes teacher layoff bill
Post-Gazette: House votes to block pensions for convicted Pa. politicians
Post-Gazette: State auditor general: Penn Hills school district heading toward ‘financial disaster
Post-Gazette: GOP vows to carry teacher layoff bill into Pa. budget battle

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Senate Democrats propose opioid legislation in Pennsylvania
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to outsource some labor matter to Pittsburgh lawyer
Beaver County Times: Amend anti-hazing bill passes Legislature
Beaver County Times: Gibbons bill provides funding for schools, social services buring budget impasse
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Pennsylvania to extend ignition locks law to first offenses
Altoona Mirror: Williamsburg board passes preliminary budget plan
Altoona Mirror: Cambria planning commission sets meeting for public input

NEPA
Times Leader: More financial help for Wyoming Valley school districts coming from local health trust
Times Leader: Luzerne County manager says sheriff deputy security at Trump rally was required, not optional
Times Leader: Luzerne County deficit shrinking, administration predicts
Times Leader: Former mayor candidate Frank Sorick declares bankruptcy, plans to leave Wilkes-Barre
Times Leader: What changes does new federal law mean for local schools?
Times-Tribune: Ex-Gov. Rendell apologizes for ‘ugly women’ comment

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Harrisburg to consider plan to decriminalize marijuana
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County Democrats host party fundraiser
Patriot-News: Public employee pension reform gets a fresh look in Pennsylvania
Patriot-News: Harrisburg mayor owns 8 properties near bar he aims to close
Lancaster Online: Pennsylvania House votes to expand pension forfeiture law
Lancaster Online: Wolf vetoes bill to curb use of seniority in teacher layoffs
Carlisle Sentinel: County commissioners agree to support new adult probation assessment tool
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf vetoes Bloom’s teacher furlough bill
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania to extend ignition locks law to first offenses
York Daily Record: Rendell: More ugly than attractive women in US

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Opponents, supporters of Sunday hunting have their say in state Capitol
Reading Eagle: Mayor Scott nixes quality-of-life crackdown in Reading
Reading Eagle: Ex-Gov. Rendell apologizes for ‘ugly women’ comment
Reading Eagle: State Senate Democrats unveil plan for tax on opioid-containing painkiller drugs
WFMZ: City Council removes last barricade to parking garage
Lehigh Valley Live: Preliminary Easton Area budget trims tax hike, adds teachers
Lehigh Valley Live: A ‘compassionate’ parking crackdown? Easton’s mayor talks tickets

North by Northwest
Centre Daily: Sandusky newest hearing for PCRA petition canceled
Centre Daily: Solicitor general talks Second Mile investigation
Sun Gazette: State House panel votes for a GOP pension bill
Go Erie: Erie County Council OK’s hold on pay hike requests
Go Erie: Suit: Highmark owed $223M from feds under Obamacare

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Olympic gaming: Russian athletes not alone in doping charges
Post-Gazette: Big guns, big bucks: U.S. arms sales to Libya and Nigeria are wrong
Tribune-Review: Zubik v. Burwell: The Supreme Court orders a practical & prudent tack
Tribune-Review: The Cuban flood: Obama’s open door
Times-Tribune: Middle class numbers wane
Patriot-News: Rendell: ‘Ugly women’ will help defeat Trump in Philly ‘burbs
Inquirer: More than one human error behind Amtrak wreck
Daily News: Pa. should follow Philly’s lead to reform election laws
Daily News: Is Obamacare making America great again?

Blogs
Citified: Councilwoman Wants to Tax Containers Instead of Soda
Keystone Crossroads: As quest for new police recruits continues, Philly department scraps college-credit requirement
Keystone Education Coalition: GOP vows to carry teacher layoff bill into Pa. budget battle
Commonwealth Foundation: Bad Budget Trends Must Be Reversed

3 Responses

  1. When does Cynthia Baldwin get disbarred for her unethical conduct at the grand jury that resulted in the dismissal of many charges against the PSU 3?

  2. City of Erie to close all 4 of it’s high schools! They have a $350 million dollar legacy debt and project an $11 million dollar deficit in the upcoming 2016-2017 budget. They will raise school taxes on city of Erie property owners by nearly 4% to the highest rates of school taxes in the state. What is sorely needed, but not forthcoming from the do nothing legislature is a bailout package to restore the fiscal health of the district but, tax cuts for big businesses and the mega-wealthy are more important than educating the state’s young people. Those are the priorities set forth in Harrisburg by the Republicans.

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