5/2 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Muhlenberg College/Morning Call gives insights into Casey and Wolf’s re-election chances, and Trump marks 100 days with a rally in Harrisburg.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Muhlenberg College/Morning Call: Casey Gets Mixed Reviews: Senator Bob Casey sees a drop in both his approval and disapproval ratings from February 2016.

Muhlenberg College/Morning Call: Wolf On Solid Footing Through First Quarter of 2017: Governor Tom Wolf ended April with a higher approval rating and a lower disapproval rating than February 2016.

Trump Marks 100 Days in Harrisburg: President Trump visited Harrisburg on the 100th day of his Presidency, skipping out on the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C.

Statewide
Capitolwire: April’s more than $500 million revenue shortfall expands existing FY2016-17 budget hole to over $1.2 billion.
Capitolwire: Plenty of debate regarding VGTs during House hearing Monday.
State House Sound Bites: Immigrants rally in Harrisburg for change on national, state levels
State House Sound Bites: Gambling terminals get a House hearing as PA searches for revenue
StateImpact: Cities oppose state bill that would stop them curbing use of plastic bags

Philadelphia
City & State: Sources: Super PAC to drop $125k on ads for O’Neill in Philly DA race
KYW: Senator Casey: Pregnant Women In Workplace Should Get Same Protections As Americans With Disabilities Act
Inquirer: April tax collections bring more bad news for Pennsylvania
Daily News: Like its owner, DA Seth Williams’ house in Overbrook Farms has seen better days
Inquirer: DA Williams’ former first assistant seeking to fill his seat
Inquirer: Wow! Philly ranks second in tech job growth rate; numbers still low
Inquirer: Thousands rally in Philly for immigration, workers’ rights
Inquirer: Funding deal requires Pentagon to report water contamination at bases
Inquirer: Krasner picks up key ward leaders and more PAC support for DA
Inquirer: As Congress agrees on a spending plan, Philly dodges a bullet
Inquirer: 1,000 Philly teachers call out to protest lack of contract

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Infographic: Morrisville school board primary
Bucks County Courier Times: Nearly 5 tons of unused medication collected in Bucks County on Saturday
Bucks County Courier Times: Candidates aplenty in Bristol Township school board race
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville School Board candidates see progress
Delco Times: Support grows for Downingtown STEM Academy administrator on leave for confronting teen protesters
Delco Times: Upper Darby OKs site for proposed cannabis dispensary
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville community members hold immigration rally
Pottstown Mercury: 3 vie for Spring-Ford Area School Board seat from Region 1

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Lawmakers preserve health benefits for 2,000 retired Western Pennsylvania coal miners
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh controller credits revenue, tax collections for strong finances
Tribune Review: Duquesne names ex-judge Lally-Green first female law dean
Tribune Review: 2 council members challenging incumbent in Mt. Pleasant mayoral race
Tribune Review: 2 Republicans, 2 Dems seek party nominations for Unity seat
Tribune Review: Challenger again seeks to unseat Vandergrift mayor
Tribune Review: Lower Burrell officials grill drilling firm contractors on seismic survey safety
Tribune Review: 6 Democrats vie for 4 seats in Sharpsburg council primary
Tribune Review: Second preliminary budget presented at Hampton School District for 2017-18
Tribune Review: Monroeville Council candidates challenge incumbents in 3 wards
Tribune Review: 2 battle for Oakmont Democratic mayoral nomination
Tribune Review: Primary vote important in Plum school board race
Tribune Review: Brentwood plans public hearing for digital signs
Tribune Review: 5 seek GOP nod for Whitehall Council
Tribune Review: 6 vying for nominations for 4 West Jefferson seats
Tribune Review: 7 Democrats, 6 Republicans seek 4 seats on Baldwin-Whitehall school board
Tribune Review: 6 candidates vie for Democratic nod for district judge
Post-Gazette: Legislation expected Tuesday would raise city tax to encourage affordable housing
Post-Gazette: Working-class blacks face tougher odds than whites in getting a mortgage, study finds
Post-Gazette: Rally shows support for adjunct union, more shared governance at Duquesne University
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh saw $37 million surplus for 2016, city controller says
Post-Gazette: Thanks tech! Philly finally gives Pittsburgh its due
Early Returns: Funding agreement protects orphan miner health care, but doesn’t resolve pension issues
Pittsburgh Business Times: Business Times ranking: Western Pennsylvania’s top school districts
WESA: May Day Activists Call On Pittsburgh To Become Official Sanctuary City
WESA: Mayoral Candidates Agree Pittsburgh Needs More Affordable Housing, But Differ On Solutions
WESA: Gambling Terminals Get A House Hearing As PA Searches For Revenue
KDKA: Article Asks ‘Is Pittsburgh Going To Eat Philly’s Lunch?’
City Paper: Introducing CP’s Chronicle: 100 Days of Trump

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Casey says continuing resolution secures funding for coal miners’ health-care benefits
Observer-Reporter: Cashless toll booths operating on Beaver Valley Expressway
Altoona Mirror: Complaint sparks Van Zandt probe
Altoona Mirror: Sheetz expanding workforce by adding 3,400 employees
Altoona Mirror: Mayoral candidates discuss issues at Hollidaysburg forum

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County prison elevator repair contract awarded
Times Leader: Pashinski hosts hearing on Marcellus Shale severance tax
Times-Tribune: Scranton concerned over responsibility for backyard holes
Times-Tribune: All 10 candidates for Scranton School Board to participate in May 9 debate
Standard-Speaker: PPL residential rates to jump 14 percent
Standard-Speaker: Area sewer authority seeks to stop draining resources

South Central
WHTM: Senator wants automatic pension forfeiture for all felony convictions
York Dispatch: Wagner calls on Wolf to fire Labor secretary
Patriot News: 2016 apparently not a banner year for enough Pennsylvanians; state tax revenues sag again
Patriot News: How to watch the Harrisburg mayoral debate tonight
Patriot News: Immigrants and advocates join nationwide rallies to protest Trump immigration policies
Patriot News: Harrisburg debt lessons: Many proposed fixes are drafted, awaiting action in Pa. Legislature
Lancaster Online: PPL to boost residential price by 14.2% on June 1
Lancaster Online: Leadership, ‘showing up’ debated at Lancaster mayoral forum
Lancaster Online: Two Central PA medical practices report potential data breach
Lancaster Online: More than 300 pack Penn Square for Lancaster’s May Day rally to support immigrants, refugees

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: What’s behind the Wolf-Stack split?
Morning Call: Budget addiction to LCB’s post-tax cash keeps wine and liquor sales in government hands
Morning Call: May Day rally in Allentown showcases immigrants
Morning Call: Remembering Lehigh Valley workers who died on the job
Morning Call: Spending bill helps retired coal miners
Reading Eagle: Fair Districts PA Coalition describes problems with gerrymandering
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council hopes to get citizens more involved
Reading Eagle: Property tax reform will be subject of presentation in Reading

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Borough Council narrowly enacts amendment to Zoning Ordinance
Erie Times-News: Three vie for Erie 6th Ward post
Erie Times-News: Merski, Breneman recommended in Erie mayor’s race by PSEA committee
Erie Times-News: Erie County Bar Association recognizes Badams at luncheon
Erie Times-News: No change in natural gas prices
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to host public hearing Wednesday on urban farming

Opinion
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf and Stack like oil and water
Tribune Review: Federal vs. private sector: Reverse this compensation gap
Patriot News: Trump should not undo the protection of precious federal land: Editorial
Patriot News: Join us May 8 for free event on ‘fake news’ phenomenon and the media: Editorial
Lancaster Online: The state House won’t be struck by lightning if nonbelievers join the faithful in offering invocations
Inquirer: Philadelphia Parking Authority magic is a con job
Inquirer: Trump: I kept my promise to the American people
Daily News: The problem with NY Times and climate change isn’t what you think
Daily News: DN Opinion: Philly’s next DA must address broken juvenile justice system
Post-Gazette: Let police review work: The city and officers cannot stonewall the CPRB
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Jail-to-jobs program good for everyone

One Response

  1. Lally-Green ensures Duquesne Law School will be mired in feminist bias and mediocrity. But they do teach church law.

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