Houlahan gets a second early endorsement, Cartwright gets a challenger, rumors continue to grow about David Urban joining the Trump Administration, and the reader poll results are in. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!
Exclusive: Houlahan Adds Plumbers Endorsement to Early Campaign Moves: Chrissy Houlahan added endorsement of Plumbers Local 690 to her campaign this morning in her run to challenge Congressman Ryan Costello next year. This is the second early endorsement Houlahan received.
Businessman Jumps in Race to Challenge Cartwright: Republican Lehigh Valley businessman John Chrin is jumping into the race to challenge Congressman Matt Cartwright next year.
Reader Poll: Majority Think Turzai Should Step Down as Speaker if He Runs for Governor: A majority of our readers think state House Speaker Mike Turzai should step down as speaker if he decides to jump into the race for Governor.
Urban to White House Rumors Grow: As shake-ups at the White House are happening, rumors of David Urban, who ran Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania, joining the Administration are continuing to grow.
City and State: Bill giving Legislature greater say in regulatory process reintroduced
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Pension reform effort to heat up in coming weeks
PLS Reporter: Reintroduced PA Fairness Act aims to protect the PA LGBT community
PLS Reporter: Sen. Gordner to reboot vetoed legislation giving General Assembly greater say in regulatory process
State House Sound Bites: As lawmakers file pricey gift disclosures, reform feels like a long shot
State House Sound Bites: Gift regulation supporters try rarely-successful process to move legislation
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Maybe PA pension reformers should look to Michigan for some tips?
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania pol with ties to Philly: next Trump chief of staff?
Philadelphia Business Journal: Rumors grow that Trump’s Pa. campaign head will join White House
Philadelphia Business Journal: Law: Activists protest sanctuary city crackdown
BillyPenn: Why Philly politicians want to end K-5 suspensions
BillyPenn: Mayor Jim Kenney gives Reykjavik Mayor Dagur Eggertsson a Philly tour
Philadelphia Magazine: Reykjavik’s Ridiculously Good-Looking Mayor Kicks Off Icelandair’s Flights From PHL
Inquirer: TRUMPadelphia: Philly and the budget, farmers and Trump, and more
Inquirer: Three Mile Island, a name that will live on in history
Inquirer: Kenney, a critic of his predecessor’s international travel, is bound for Iceland
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf stops in Montgomery County to talk up PennDOT’s $550M in regional road, bridge projects
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP sends back Elcon application, calls it ‘incomplete’
Pottstown Mercury: Reading Hospital owner to buy PMMC, Phoenixville, Brandywine, 2 other hospitals
KDKA: Trump’s Proposed Food Stamp Changes, Including Work Requirement, Elicits Protests
Pittsburgh Business Times: Law: Activists protest sanctuary city crackdown
Pittsburgh Business Times: Healthcare: Uncertainty ahead for Senate
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto, Nashville mayor make friendly wager on Stanley Cup finals
WESA: Progressive Group To Hold Town Hall Thursday, With Or Without Rep. Dom Costa
WESA: Gaming Expansion Faces Division In The House
WESA: Bipartisan Work Underway On Pensions, But Resulting Bill Likely Won’t Pay Down Debt
Tribune Review: Sharpsburg councilman named Council Member of the Year
Post-Gazette: Pa. native could play role in reorganized White House
Post-Gazette: Planned Three Mile Island closure raises stakes for saving nukes in Pa.
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Authority hears comments on benefits, risks of treating water with fluoride
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Pa. fears cuts may hang up rural broadband
Altoona Mirror: Antis Township gets $50K grant
Washington Observer-Reporter: Toomey hopeful for individual, corporate tax reform by year’s end
Standard Speaker: Barletta legislation passes committee
Standard Speaker: Cartwright bill calls for transparency
The Times Leader: Demonstrators call for Toomey’s attention
The Times Leader: Luzerne County manager to present capital projects plan amid dwindling funds
The Times Leader: Wolf sends letter to Toomey about impact of health care cuts
The Times Leader: Insurance coverage proposals sought by Wilkes-Barre
Times-Tribune: Judge to hear Scranton’s objections to residents’ tax lawsuit
Pocono Record: Troopers say Gov. Wolf should sign Frein’s death warrant.
Carlisle Sentinel: Road diet, advocacy provide local response to environmental issues
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate DAs call for more funding for child abuse prevention programs
Patriot News: Pa. state representative charged with simple harassment: report
Patriot News: Exelon announces TMI to close in 2019, unless policy reforms come
Patriot News: TMI’s potential retirement to stir up debate on new Pa. energy policy
York Daily Record: Here’s what TMI closure could mean for Pa jobs
Lebanon Daily News: New Jersey eighth-graders opt out of photo with Paul Ryan
Lebanon Daily News: Is medical marijuana coming to South Lebanon Township?
The Morning Call – Capitol Ideas: Matt Cartwright gets a GOP challenger
The Morning Call – Capitol Ideas: Cartwright: Let Russia probe run its course
The Morning Call: Like TMI, Talen Energy’s nuke plant under pressure
Reading Eagle: Berks jobless rate rises to 4.7%
Express Times: ‘Don’t jump to conclusions’ on Trump, democratic lawmaker says
North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State creates certificate program in ag stewardship and conservation
Centre Daily Times: Flynn agrees to provide documents to Senate panel
Centre Daily Times: Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns
Williamsport Sun Gazette: McConnell juggling diverse demands on Republican health bill
Express Times: Trump’s anti-science budget a threat to us all
Express Times: Get to know local candidates, or don’t vote
Patriot News: Want to fight climate change? Keep the fight local, Carlisle activists say
Patriot News: Why can’t Congress get its act together?
Centre Daily Times: Jared Kushner ‘forgot’ Russian contact? That’s laughable – but not funny
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Self-pity can be politically fatal
The Times Leader: Your view: We all need to work together
Inquirer: We need to stop paying Seth Williams. Now.
Inquirer: Must go after straw buyers to reduce gun violence in Philly
Bucks County Courier Times: The gift that keeps on giving
Tribune Review: Health care scare tactics: Disingenuous Democrats
Post-Gazette: Freebie watch: State lawmakers should justify gifts and extras