5/25 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Smucker gets a challenger, and should Turzai step down as Speaker if he jumps in the race for Governor.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Former Superintendent Looks to Challenge Smucker: Former Warwick superintendent John George is jumping into the Democratic primary field to challenge Congressman Lloyd Smucker next year.

Reader Poll: Should Turzai Step Down as Speaker if He Runs For Governor?: Some have questioned if House Speaker Mike Turzai should step down from his position if he enters the race for Governor, so we want to know what you think.

Capitolwire: Senate approves DOC, Board of Probation and Parole merger
Capitolwire: Senate approves gambling extension bill. Updated with Wolf administration reaction.
StateImpact: Friends and foes of gas industry converge on State Capitol
PLS Reporter: Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”
PLS Reporter: Legislative report highlights financial impact charter schools have on traditional public school districts
PLS Reporter: County introduces measure to collect lead level data for children

KYW: Pennsylvania Governor To Sign Bill To Comply With Federal Real ID Law
KYW: Pa. House Panel Advances Roosevelt Boulevard Speed Camera Bill
KYW: Head of Philadelphia’s Veterans Affairs Commission Fired
BillyPenn: Crisis averted: You’ll probably be able to keep using a PA driver’s license to fly
Philadelphia Business Journal:Help desk tax’ could cost companies in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Business Journal: Politics: GOP points to Pelosi to amp up base
WHYY: Pa. AG says combating opioid abuse his top priority
Inquirer: Local lawmakers slam Trump’s budget
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery
Inquirer: Pa. House committee wants Rendell to testify about convention bonuses
Inquirer: Brady: DA seized computer from city veterans office; director fired
Inquirer: Will Mike Turzai really run for governor?
NBC10: Sen. Pat Toomey on ‘Death Spirals,’ Halting Medicaid’s Growth and ‘Hope’ for Health Care Reform by 2018

Daily Local News: Wolf administration announces work to begin on $2 million project to resurface 13 miles of state highway
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf will sign Real ID law this week
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania moves to comply with federal Real ID law
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery

KDKA: Thousands Of Pennsylvanians Have Unclaimed Money Owed To Them
WTAE: Pennsylvania lawmakers send Real ID bill to Gov. Wolf, who will sign it
WESA: Allegheny County is 3rd Worst in PA for Number of Women Running for Office
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery
Tribune Review: Pa. set to repeal law blocking ID compliance, ease passport burden
Tribune Review: Wecht to move autopsy practice to Westmoreland County
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh region’s population decline continues, Census shows
Post-Gazette: State Auditor General DePasquale will audit PennDOT
Pittsburgh Business Times: GOP points to Pelosi to amp up base

Observer-Reporter: South Strabane wants reimbursement for newsletter
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: What you need to know about REAL ID
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. moves to comply with federal REAL ID law
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gift-ban protests bring more arrests in Capitol
Beaver County Times: State auditor general turning attention to PennDOT
Beaver County Times: Reschenthaler’s bill increasing penalties for threatening police passes Senate
Beaver County Times: Stefano bill to help firefighters passes committee, heads to floor
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania finally under compliance with federal Real ID law
Beaver County Times: Monaca appoints new councilman
Altoona Mirror: Wolf selects sheriff nominee
Altoona Mirror: Reade Twp., RTMA solicitor resigns

Times Leader: Hanover Area explains $3.5 budget deficit
Times-Tribune: Chris Kelly: Every vote counts
Times-Tribune: Water utility asks state for permission to change customers’ old lead lines
News Item: Bob ‘Coach’ Chesney wins write-in nomination

South Central
Patriot News: March on Harrisburg closes with presentation of “gifts” to House State Government Committee chair
Patriot News: Real ID goes to governor, 12 years after passage of federal law and two weeks before real problems
Patriot News: Former Gov. Ed Rendell asked to appear before House committee on convention bonuses
Patriot News: Three Mile Island fails to sell its electricity at auction, making closure more likely
Carlisle Sentinel: Insurance chief would lead new health, human services agency in Pa.
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Akron council members deny zoning request by drug and alcohol treatment facility

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Banana Factory winner in gambling-expansion bill
Morning Call: Pa. Senate gives green light to internet gaming
Morning Call: Pennsylvania acts to avert ‘Real ID’ travel disruption
Reading Eagle: Reading School Board puts reproductive health resource center vote on hold
Reading Eagle: Kutztown School Board to consider adjustments to erase deficit

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette:Creative financing’ will help build authority’s office
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Official primary election results are tabulated
Eries Times-News: Senate passes bill to preserve Erie County casino fees
WJET: Governor Wolf hosts Erie area roundtable on opioid epidemic

Delco Daily Times: The Heron’s Nest: Who are Dem candidates for County Council? Memories of Manchester, & concerts past; world’s worst weather
Altoona Mirror: Home for Lt. Gov. is a luxury
Tribune Review: Filling the Trough
Times Tribune: SCOTUS ends gerrymander
Standard Speaker: DEP integrity undermined?
Tribune Review: Minimum-wage hypocrisy
Bucks County Courier Times: A banner indiscretion
Patriot News: Merging Probations & Parole with Corrections is the right call: Tom Zeager
Patriot News: Manchester isn’t giving in to division – we should follow its lead: Editorial
Daily News: Crushing student debt is taking toll on millennials
Inquirer: Why should taxpayers keep paying Philly’s indicted DA?
Post-Gazette: Medicaid and opioids: Sen. Toomey cannot shirk duty to those in need

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