5/5 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Divisions appear in the PA GOP delegation over the AHCA, Sims faces an ethics investigation, and Bartos reports a big fundraising haul.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA GOP Delegation Splits on AHCA: The PA GOP delegation divided itself over the vote on the AHCA, with four of the 13 voting against the bill.

Sims Under Ethics Investigation: State Representative Brian Sims is reportedly under investigation by the State Ethics Commission.

Bartos Reportedly Raises $700k Since Announcing: Real estate developer Jeff Bartos has reportedly raised $700,000 since he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

Statewide
Capitolwire: The Capitolwire Procurement Beat for May 5, 2017.
State House Sound Bites: PA prisons are getting some new inmates, courtesy of Vermont
StateImpact: Congress hears testimony on fast-tracking pipeline projects

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Why GOP health plan could be especially tough on N.J., Pa.
Inquirer: After years of promises, House Republicans approve Obamacare replacement
Inquirer: How wrong were the 2016 presidential polls?
Inquirer: Fact Check: What the GOP health care bill could mean to you
Inquirer: After years of promises, House Republicans approve Obamacare replacement
Inquirer: City could shutter businesses that discriminate, under Council-passed bill
Daily News: Victims finally make it into the conversation about Philly’s next DA

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Steve Santarsiero appointed deputy for environment in state AG’s office
Bucks County Courier Times: Infographic: Morrisville Primary Races
Bucks County Courier Times: Health care providers, organizations react to vote on American Health Care Act
Bucks County Courier Times: Two Council Rock school board members to resign
Delco Times: Why Meehan, Costello voted ‘no’ on Trumpcare

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Sen. Bob Casey: Deported Mother, 5-Year-Old Son In Danger In Honduras
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino bows out of drug czar consideration
Tribune Review: In Western Pennsylvania, House members toe party lines in health care vote
Tribune Review: North Hills school board proposed final budget increases taxes by 1.1 percent
Tribune Review: Board candidates promise reform for troubled Plum School District
Tribune Review: Rothfus, Murphy praise passage of GOP health care bill
Post-Gazette: Tom Wolf vows to preserve access to health care in Pa.
Post-Gazette: DA Zappala to report Judge Nauhaus for courtroom statements
Post-Gazette: Mt. Lebanon school board president to refrain from votes related to nonprofit
Post-Gazette: No tax increase expected in Gateway schools

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: PEMA concerned that cuts would compromise service
Altoona Mirror: Leaders pushing for new Altoona Area building
Altoona Mirror: Deadline set to apply for absentee ballot
Beaver County Times: “The first step:” Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers react to Thursday’s House vote on the Affordable Care Act
Beaver County Times: After meeting with Friendship Ridge owners, Beaver County officials make few comments
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners, Treasurer Connie Javens, fail to meet as questions linger about hotel tax

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: City layoffs on hold for now
Times-Tribune: Former state Sen. Robert Mellow seeks restoration of pension
Times-Tribune: Scranton council to ask Pa. Auditor General to review sewer sale

South Central
WHTM: Gov. Wolf comments on opponent Wagner’s confrontation video
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers bombarded with nasty comments after Affordable Care Act vote
Patriot News: Did Cumberland County clerk of courts conduct political activity on county email?
Patriot News: 4 Pa. Republicans went against Trump on Obamacare repeal: See how your lawmakers voted
Patriot News: Liquor, mayors, school boards and judges: The hottest races in the midstate
Patriot News: 4 Pa. Republicans went against Trump on Obamacare repeal: See how your lawmakers voted
Patriot News: West Shore to vote on new schools
Patriot News: Mayoral candidate loses bid to get her job back as Harrisburg police officer
Patriot News: GOP healthcare bill: The many ways women lose
Patriot News: Homeland Security secretary blasts Bob Casey over his deportation tweets
Patriot News: From ‘solution’ to ‘shameful’: Pa. officials respond to American Health Care Act passage
Patriot News: Trump has a message for Harrisburg crowd
Lancaster Online: Ressler, Sorace, Bristol Colon make their case at last debate before May 16 primary
Lancaster Online: Recap: Lancaster city Democratic mayoral candidates debate at The Ware Center
Lebanon Daily News: County: State budget hurts Lebanon’s neediest

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: 4 Pennsylvania GOP congressmen vote against House bill to replace Obamacare
Morning Call: South Whitehall takes steps to dissolve township board authority
Morning Call: Sam Bennett condemns fellow Dem mayoral candidates for ties to Allentown mayor
Morning Call: Reform school construction funding, Lehigh Valley officials urge Harrisburg
Reading Eagle: Berks commissioners react to COCA’s data release
Reading Eagle: U.S. House passes replacement bill for Affordable Care Act
Reading Eagle: How they voted: Berks-area U.S. Representatives on their vote on the American Health Care Act

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Thompson votes yes on GOP health care bill
Centre Daily Times: Committee to discuss future of public comment at Penn State trustees meetings
Centre Daily Times: DEP awards Centre County $44,000 for mosquito control
Erie Times-News: Erie schools narrow 2nd request for state aid
Erie Times-News: Education chief to testify at Erie schools hearing
Erie Times-News: Three vie for Erie County Council’s 6th District seat
Erie Times-News: Republican candidates for Erie mayor show off differing styles

Opinion
Inquirer: ‘Trumpcare’ will make sick people sicker
Inquirer: Troubling truths of Philly beverage tax
Daily News: So this is how liberty dies…with Bud Lite and the ‘Rocky’ theme
Morning Call: Pat Toomey: President Trump’s tax plan sets stage for economic growth
Tribune Review: Revealing dealings: Soak up the sunshine
Altoona Mirror: Gambling findings deceiving
Bucks County Courier Times: Forfeited pension could be restored
Patriot News: Shut up and tell jokes? The best art has always been political: John L. Micek
Post-Gazette: A joined battle: Fighting opioid abuse should be a bipartisan effort

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