7/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Kelley Hodge is picked to head the Philly DA office, the state House will hold weekend sessions, and Fizzano Cannon gets endorsements in her run for the Commonwealth Court.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Former ADA Kelley Hodge Picked as Interim Philly DA: Kelley Hodge, a former city prosecutor, was voted in as the interim Philadelphia District Attorney by the Court of Common Pleas Judges.

State House to Hold Weekend Session, Move Budget Bills: The state House is calling its members back to Harrisburg for session days Saturday and Sunday to begin moving budget related bills.

Cannon Endorsed by Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council, Three Regional Trades Councils: Judge Christine c was endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council, Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council, the Central Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council in her bid for the Commonwealth Court.

Statewide
StateImpact: Natural gas industry wastewater pollution may linger for years
StateImpact: DEP staffers warned superiors of dangers to private water wells from pipeline construction
PLS Reporter: Legislation allowing PWSA to replace private lead water lines moves forward without defined funding
PLS Reporter: Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program implementation remains on time, but applicants question license decisions

Philadelphia
KYW: Pat Toomey Continues Work To Reach Compromise On GOP Health Care Reform In The Senate
KYW: Sunoco Halts Operations Of Pipeline In Certain Areas
Inquirer: Kelley Hodge, a former city prosecutor, is selected interim DA
Inquirer: Penn State board proposes tuition hike for ’17-’18 school year
Inquirer: Trump lawyers explore pardoning powers and ways to undercut Russia probe
Inquirer: Clout: Sorry, Seth, no pension for you
Philly Mag: Kelley B. Hodge Voted Philly’s Interim DA
WHYY: AG Jeff Sessions to visit Philadelphia and talk sanctuary cities
WHYY: Attorney Kelley Hodge chosen as interim Philadelphia
Billy Penn: AG Jeff Sessions heads to Philly tomorrow, and the protest is already planned
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania lawmaker accuses Democratic colleague of calling him ‘racist bigot’
Philly Voice: Common Pleas board selects Kelley Hodge as Philly’s interim DA

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montco Commissioner Gale: County appointee ‘an entrenched partisan hack’
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton’s newest supervisor impressed others with professionalism
Bucks County Courier Times: Second Bucks County deputy sheriff reinstated following lawsuit settlement
Delco Times: Chester Water Authority weighs options for the future

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Local Cancer Doctors Comment On Senator McCain’s Brain Cancer
Tribune Review: Attorney general Jeff Sessions has no plans to resign despite Trump rebuke
Tribune Review: Senate confirms judge who equated abortion with slavery
Tribune Review: US says ExxonMobil violated Russia sanctions while Tillerson was CEO
Post-Gazette: EPA will hold public hearing for Penneco’s proposed oil and gas wastewater well in Plum
Post-Gazette: In a China win for Trump, U.S. can now ship rice for first time
Post-Gazette: Two Pennsylvania senators are eyeing more reform for constables
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Tax amnesty program brings in $14M more than predicted
City Paper: Does Pittsburgh needs official ‘sanctuary city’ status to fully protect its immigrant population

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf: Some PENNVEST funds to be used for local water projects
Somerset Daily American: Police, attorney general talk tough on opiates
Beaver County Times: Democratic challengers far behind as Rothfus reports nearly $1 million in cash
Beaver County Times: Attorney General Shapiro creates Consumer Financial Protection Unit
Altoona Mirror: Reade authority hires new law firm
Altoona Mirror: Huntingdon judge joins task force

NEPA
Times Leader: Expert: Germany can guide Pa. on coal
Times Leader: Supporters rally in Tunkhannock for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline
Times-Tribune: Scranton officials and residents rally around councilman facing lawsuit
Times-Tribune: Williams rallies region for Sunrise Project

South Central
WHTM: The debate about plastic bags: fee, ban, or status quo?
Patriot News: Will Pa.’s medical marijuana industry get mired in legal battles?
Patriot News: Pensions, special education and debt: why are these three school districts raising taxes much higher than their peers?
Patriot News: Does Pa.’s grand jury system need an overhaul?
LNP: Mariner East II pipeline construction causes 7 drilling fluid spills in northern Lancaster County
LNP: 3 years after dropping health insurance under Obamacare, Lancaster County company resumes it
LNP: Pennsylvania’s cybersecurity efforts, IT infrastructure might get an overhaul
LNP: Lancaster County employers can get answers about opioids in the workplace

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured, Congressional Budget Office says
Reading Eagle: McCain says ‘I’ll be back soon’ as he battles brain cancer
Express Times: It’s official: Allentown bans gay and trans conversion therapy for minors
WFMZ: Nobody seems to know what the heck is happening on health care
WFMZ: Trump reshuffling legal team

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State trustees discuss governance issues raised in auditor general’s report
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council, action team to meet about comp plan
Erie Times-News: Fraley named director of the Erie Housing Authority
Erie TImes-News: New county pay structure could cost $544K

Opinion
Tribune Review: Permitting & fracking: Pa. needs to catch up
Tribune Review: Democrats’ health care victory
Post-Gazette: In defense of not-fake news
Express Times: Pa. lawmakers caving on cyber charter reform
Inquirer: The price of ignoring GOP women senators
Daily News: Trump just did a ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ with his mouth
Bucks County Courier Times: Military knew of poisoning, yet did little
Patriot News: No one in Pa. should need a real estate license to list on AirBnB: Opinion
Patriot News: Toomey’s wrong – we can’t repeal Obamacare and not replace it: Opinion

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