9/11 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Our recap of the Pa. Dems Fall meeting, state Rep. McNeill passes away, Freed nominated for U.S. Attorney, three Congressional predictors shift their rankings for PA-15, Mackenzie announces a run for the 15th, how Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation voted on the Harvey aid package, and the ups & downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. Dems Fall Meeting Recap: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party held its Fall meeting in Harrisburg, holding its Fall dinner with Jason Kander, and its general meeting sending off its judicial candidates into the Fall campaign season, and passing resolutions including support for single payer healthcare.

McNeill Passes Away at 70: State Rep. Dan McNeill passed away today at 70.

Freed Nominated for U.S. Attorney Posting: Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed was named as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball & Cook Political Report Shift PA-15 After Dent’s Retirement: After Congressman Charlie Dent announced he would not be running for re-election, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the Cook Political Report, and Inside Elections shifted their ratings for the 15 Congressional district.

How Pennsylvania’s Delegation Voted on Harvey Aid Package: Both the Senate and House passed the aid package for the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Pennsylvania’s delegation voted along the same lines as they did for the aid package for the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Mackenzie Enters Race for Open 15th District: State Representative Ryan Mackenzie announced this morning he will be entering the race to replace retiring Congressman Charlie Dent.

9/8 Ups & Downs: Wolf gains national media, the state’s opioid monitoring program sees success, Philadelphia loses a voice in the majority caucus, and political junkies are looking forward to an major year in 2018. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Legislative Election Update
Republican Justin Behrens announced he is running against Democrat Jerry Mullery for the second time.  

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Agency heads voice concern over GOP budget proposal
State House Sound Bites: Episode 22: It’s on the House
State Impact: Homeowners say Sunoco breached protective order during pipeline construction
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending September 8

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wall Street boosts Philly school credit rating, praises Hite and financials
Inquirer: SEPTA warns state GOP budget proposal could gut public transit
Inquirer: Bannon declares war on Republican leaders in Congress
WHYY: Why lawmakers, neighbors want to crack down on Philly’s ‘stop-and-go’ stores
Philly Tribune: Wolf joins bipartisan mission on health care
Philly Voice: Lawmakers want stricter enforcement of Pennsylvania’s handicap parking spots

SEPA
Delco Times: Pa. Budget Standoff: House GOP to test budget-balancing plan in growing stalemate
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery counties part of planned 1,300-mile 9/11 memorial trail
Bucks County Courier Times: Teachers in four area school districts working under expired contracts
Bucks County Courier Times: Pressure growing on feds to do PFC health study
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick introduces apprenticeship bill

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pa. senators work to provide aid to children of fallen first responders
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf urges Betsy DeVos and federal Education Department not to rewrite Title IX rules on campus assaults
Post-Gazette: Trump’s voter fraud panel creates another controversy
Post-Gazette: It’s the end of the road for Pa. Turnpike’s emergency call boxes
Post-Gazette: How firms help elect, then lobby legislators in Harrisburg
KDKA: House GOP To Test Budget-Balancing Plan In Growing Stalemate
Tribune Review: Tower of Voices will rise at Flight 93 memorial in Somerset County

Southwest
Daily American: Mike Pence to speak at Flight 93 memorial
Beaver County Times: Lawmakers talk state budget, taxes, cracker plant at Airport Area chamber breakfast
Observer-Reporter: GOP watches for House speaker to decide on run for governor

NEPA
Times Leader: ‘Wondering if we were at war’” Wilkes-Barre fire chief recalls 9/11, mission to NYC
Times Leader: Luzerne County Courthouse restoration will cost $2.1 million
Standard-Speaker: Council: Let’s do it ourselves
Times-Tribune: 10th District may regain Lackawanna County flavor

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: State Budget: Wrangling over revenue
Carlisle Sentinel: State GOP watches for House speaker to decide on run for governor
Carlisle Sentinel: Freed nominated for U.S. attorney in Middle District
LNP: Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring cut ‘doctor shopping’ by 86 percent, officials say
LNP: Lancaster transitions to new city IT system
LNP: State approves pollution plan for Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline in Lancaster County
Lebanon Daily News: State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie to run for Charlie Dent’s seat in U.S. House of Representatives
Patriot News: Cumberland County DA David Freed nominated for U.S. Attorney post
Patriot News: Four hot takes from the scheduled departure of 3 Pennsylvania Congressmen
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor to detail city’s new arrangement with Civil War Museum on Monday
Patriot News: Chambersburg mayor to resign to pursue full-time military service
Patriot News: Cumberland County DA David Freed nominated for U.S. Attorney post
Patriot News: Lawmaker, known for his ‘plainspoken style,’ dies at age 70
WPMT: Cumberland County DA to be nominated for U.S. Attorney of Middle Districts of PA

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: House GOP spending plan worries 2 state secretaries, transit director
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent: ‘This country’s in a tough spot’
Reading Eagle: A conversation with state Rep. Barry Jozwiak
Morning Call: Charlie Dent thanks supporters at event meant for retirement announcement
Morning Call: Emails show Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski cleared hurdles for developer Ramzi Haddad

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Trump readies for first Sept.11 commemoration as president
Erie Times-News: Erie ‘Dreamer’ hopes for immigration reform
Centre Daily Times: Hillary Clinton rules out a 2020 run: ‘I am done with being a candidate’
Centre Daily Times: Potter Township seeks funding to move Potters Mills sewer project forward  
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania, Centre County officials stress disaster preparedness
Bradford Era: Casey, Toomey differ on raising U.S. debt ceiling

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Healthy bipartisans: Two governors, D and R, tackle health insurance
Patriot News: Congress can’t wait to protect the Dreamers | Editorial
Patriot News: Trump is right – DACA is a failure and Congress needs to act | Opinion
Patriot News: America needs to keep its promise to the Dreamers | Tony May
Patriot News: Congress can’t wait to protect the Dreamers | Editorial
Patriot News: Philly is taking the wrong approach to Black Lives Matter protesters | Nick Field
LNP: For the sake of US economy, and for the young immigrants whose lives are now on hold, Congress must pass ‘Dreamers’ legislation
LNP: On this anniversary, we remember
Reading Eagle: Editorial: State needs an honestly balanced budget
Daily News: Should Philly screw over its schoolkids to make world’s 2nd richest man even richer?
Inquirer: Let’s be that city for Dreamers
Inquirer: Why Ross must speak out when police are accused of racism
Bucks County Courier Times: Elected officials have rights, too
Tribune Review: Senate’s blue-slip bounce: End this tradition
Tribune Review: A Pennsylvania guide to budget prattle

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