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.

Statewide
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

Philadelphia
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

SEPA
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

Pittsburgh
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

Southwest
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

NEPA
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

Opinion
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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