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5/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Rendell endorses in PA-7, Unemployment rises, Kelly ends closes the door on a run for Governor, keeps Senate door open, and the ups and downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Rendell Endorses Muroff in PA-7: Former Governor Ed Rendell endorsed Dan Muroff in the PA-7 primary.

Pa. Unemployment Rises: The state unemployment rate increased a tenth of a percent to 4.9%.

Kelly Out of Governor Race, Considers Senate Run: Congressman Mike Kelly announced today he will not be jumping into the race for Governor in 2018, but is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.

5/19 Ups & Downs: McLaughlin gets the results, the Pa. Dems and PA GOP see varied success in the primary, progressives see successes, Pawlowski wins despite controversy, Murray beats the endorsement, and DNC Host Committee has a bad week. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

In Harrisburg Today:

The March on Harrisburg is finishing their 100 mile march in Harrisburg today at noon.  The March on Harrisburg is an organization pushing for redistricting reform, creating automatic voter registration, and limiting gifts to lawmakers.  

Capitolwire: Plenty of questions, few details about Wolf’s plan to cut $50 million from pupil transportation appropriation.
State House Sound Bites: After 100-mile walk, protesters to arrive in Harrisburg today
State House Sound Bites: Episode 7: DNC bonuses raise eyebrows, ire

Philadelphia Magazine: Pa. Auditor General to Investigate DNC Spending
KYW: Governor Wolf’s Rebound In Polls Follows Change In Tone, Strategy
KYW: Pennsylvania Official To Audit $10 Million State Grant Given To DNC Host Committee
Inquirer: After the anti-police chants, an opportunity in the DA’s race for the GOP?
Inquirer: Trump effect? Energized Dems show muscle in primary in Philly suburbs
Inquirer: Trump’s turbulent two weeks ‘exhausting’ Pa., N.J. Republicans
Inquirer: Paul Mango, GOP candidate for Pa. governor, has little in common with man he wants to replace
Philadelphia Business Journal: Most cash raised in Philadelphia District Attorney’s race exceeds city donor limits
Philly Voice: Bob Casey’s new outspoken approach could be politically risky
Philly Voice: Sen. Pat Toomey says Joe Lieberman is a ‘great choice’ for FBI director
WHYY: Philly opioid task force issues recommendations, but skips ‘safe injection sites’
WHYY: After 100-mile walk, protesters to arrive in Harrisburg Monday
WHYY: Watchdog groups maintain Philadelphia City Commissioners shouldn’t oversee some elections
WHYY: In bid for Pa. governor, Mango casts himself as conservative outsider

Bucks County Courier Times: Even in low-turnout primary, more Bucks, Montgomery Democrats cast ballots than Republicans
Montgomery Media: Gov. Wolf appoints Obra Kernodle IV to SEPTA board
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County D.A. honors pair who saved victims of fiery Lower Merion crash
Daily Local News: Sen. Dinniman takes on Lyme and tick-borne diseases

Tribune Review: Mine workers union members protest at Consol Energy
Tribune Review: South Fayette, Carnegie among municipalities to earn sustainability certification
Post-Gazette: Study explores city’s synergy between life sciences academia, startup companies
Post-Gazette: Child abuse reports continue to surge in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Pittsburgh International Airport traffic jumps in April

Altoona Mirror: Hurdles still remain for Rep. Shuster’s air plan
Altoona Mirror: Ott secures Democratic nomination
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Time running out for Pa. to comply with federal REAL ID law
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. representative says he’ll consider run against Casey
Observer-Reporter: ‘Signs on the Cheap’ and big bucks; who spent what on a Washington County judgeship?
Observer-Reporter: Cecil, Peters to get state help for traffic light projects
Observer-Reporter: Casey slams proposed cuts to Medicaid
Beaver County Times: Fair Districts PA’s new Beaver County chapter joins fight against gerrymandering

Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners adopt residency rule
Times-Tribune: Powell faces history in DA race
Standard-Speaker: Visually impaired students visit Capitol, meet governor
Standard-Speaker: Mango for governor kickoff hits Scranton
Times Leader: Golf course and several other Luzerne County properties receive assessment reductions
Times Leader: New state employment website offers help for job seekers

South Central
Patriot News: Wife of Pa. state representative seeking PFA against him: Reports
Patriot News: Who got the most Republican write-in votes for Harrisburg mayor? The results are in
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: 500-600 gather in Day of Unity on steps of Lancaster County Courthouse: ‘We can’t be afraid’
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: We need to be smart about growth in Lancaster County or our county will be unrecognizable in the future

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: PA legislators near fix for casino host fee law
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Marijuana legalization wrong, regardless of poll results
Reading Eagle: Letter: Decision on pipelines a miscarriage of justice

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State funds requested to support Erie Refocused
Erie Times-News: Zoning changes would address medical marijuana businesses
Erie Times-News: Deadline looms for state gaming legislation
Williamsport Sun Gazette: 3 local school districts looking to raise taxes

Patriot News: What Resistance? Primary 2017 was a ‘politics as usual’ election: Tony May
Patriot News: Here’s what Primary 2017 tells us about Campaign 2018: Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: Pennsylvanians can’t wait for clean water. The state must act now: Editorial
Inquirer: Pennsylvania school districts (still) hoard your tax dollars
Inquirer: DA candidate Krasner faces fear and loathing
Inquirer: Can defense lawyer Krasner switch sides and be a good DA?
Bucks County Courier Times: Calling on Casey to fight bad bill
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Trump effect failed to show up at polls
Observer-Reporter: EDITORIAL Paltry election turnout should spur changes to the primary system
Observer-Reporter: State needs to fund hunger program
Observer-Reporter: EDITORIAL It’s overdue for the Fairness Act to be approved
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Editorial | Those who don’t vote have no right to complain
Tribune Review: First-time buyers’ upswing: Good news on housing
Standard-Speaker: Investigate corruption thoroughly

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