9/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

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Simmons releases text messages and calls for the resignation of the Lehigh County GOP Chair and Executive Director, Brady’s former challenger will likely admit to taking payments to exit the race, and the House GOP passes a funding plan, pushing the debate back to the Senate. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Simmons Leaks Texts; Calls for the Resignation of the Lehigh County GOP Chair and ED: State Rep. and Congressional candidate Justin Simmons released text messages between the Lehigh County GOP Chair Jess Banotai, Lehigh GOP Executive Director Trevor Waldron and others discussing putting up billboards comparing Simmons to Hitler.

Former Brady Challenger to Admit to Taking Payments from Brady Campaign: Former primary challenger Jimmie Moore will reportedly admit to taking payments from Congressman Bob Brady’s campaign to drop his primary challenge.

House GOP Passes Funding Plan, Pushing Debate to the Senate: The state House GOP passed its version of the funding package to close the $2.2 billion budget gap. The House’s package does not include the tax increases and expansions the Senate’s plan included, pushing the debate back to the Senate.

Judicial Election Update
Superior Court candidates Judge Emil Giordano and District Attorney Craig Stedman announced endorsements from the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police.  
“The endorsement of the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police is very important to me and our campaign. I have the greatest respect for the men and women who serve on the front lines to keep our communities and our families safe. This endorsement along with the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association sends a strong message that I stand with law enforcement,” Giordano said.
“This endorsement is a tremendous honor which not only boosts my campaign but means a great deal to me personally. I work with these outstanding individuals every day and I am forever grateful for the work they do to keep our families and streets safe,” Stedman said.  

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Pa. House narrowly passes a tax-free budget funding plan
StateImpact: Consol halts mining while waiting for new stream plan response
Capitolwire: Lawsuit asks court to find unconstitutional the process by which the last two PA budgets were enacted

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Toomey asks feds to probe ‘pimping out,’ other alleged drug-treatment fraud
Inquirer: DA candidate endorses safe injection sites for heroin
Inquirer: His girlfriend was shot and killed on TV. Now Chris Hurst is running for office
Inquirer: City Council protesters removed and today’s other top stories you may have missed
Inquirer: Commercial property owners sue Philly over selective reassessments
Inquirer: Pa. Auditor general calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ to fix broken child welfare system
Inquirer: Is Amazon HQ2 Philly a real possibility or pipe dream?
Philadelphia Tribune: Wolf blasts approved budget plan
Philly Mag: Krasner: Safe Injection Sites Work
WHYY: Sheriff deputies remove 5 protesters from Philadelphia City Council meeting
WHYY: Philly legislative delegation getting younger

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Officials, activists press for state hearing on racial inequity in Pa. school funding
Bucks County Courier Times: Emergency call boxes along the PA Turnpike being removed as cellphone usage rises
Bucks County Courier Times: State police give public a new way to access crash reports online
Bucks County Courier Times: PA auditor general: Child-welfare system ‘breakdowns’ put kids at risk for abuse, death
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick bill creates attack preparedness workshops
Daily Local: Bill that would strip firearms from domestic abusers wins support in Chesco

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: No brotherly love lost between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia when it comes to competing for Amazon HQ2
Post-Gazette: State police crash reports now available online
Post-Gazette: Tied down with late budget, lawmakers warned to keep on ties
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania uninsured rate reaches new low
Tribune Review: Woodland Hills embattled principal Kevin Murray gets $32k in severance package
Pittsburgh Business Times: NEW DETAILS about the Pittsburgh region’s bid for Amazon HQ2

Southwest
WJAC: Pennsylvania Senate to convene Sept. 18 to tackle budget, 3 days past deadline
Beaver County Times: Local House Republicans back revenue plan; Rep. Rob Matzie calls it ‘worse than usual’
Beaver County Times: Auditor General DePasquale calls on ‘Marshall Plan’ to improve state’s child-welfare services

NEPA
Times Leader: Trade group: Pennsylvania needs more liquor outlets
Times Leader: Council debates future use of Luzerne County juvenile detention center
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre council, residents reject senior living center
Times-Tribune: DA candidates tackle constitutional questions in first face-to-face encounter
Times-Tribune: Barletta: Trump’s deal-making with Dems a warning to GOP

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Top Pennsylvania senator vows action in state’s cash crunch
Carlisle Sentinel: Withdrawal from 911, other funds axed from House revenue plan
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania on edge of missing payments in budget stalemate
WHP: Commonwealth Partners file lawsuit against Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers
York Dispatch: Folmer puts redistricting reform on hold due to lawsuit
WHTM: House revenue plan doesn’t end budget stalemate
Patriot News: 25 records that you think would be publicly accessible but aren’t in Pa.
Patriot News: Market Street Bridge renaming after former Cumberland County lawmaker derailed in Pa. House
Patriot News: Pa. child welfare system is broken; caseworkers overwhelmed, underpaid: report
Patriot News: Should Pa. lawmakers get a paycheck when there’s no balanced budget?
LNP: Report: Pennsylvania child abuse workers swamped, underpaid
LNP: The latest on medical marijuana in Pennsylvania: Lawsuit, letter & more

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Pa. budget debacle: How we got here and what’s next
Reading Eagle: Berks County schools anxiously await state spending plan
Reading Eagle: Berks County lawmakers share views on House revenue plan
Reading Eagle: Interfaith group demands fair funding for Pennsylvania schools
Morning Call: State Rep. Dan McNeill’s voice dwarfed only his heart, loved ones recall
Morning Call: Pennsylvania on edge of missing payments in budget stalemate

North by Northwest
Bradford Era: Causer: House working on funding state budget
Centre Daily Times: Auditor general calls ‘State of the Child’ in Pennsylvania ‘appalling’
Erie Times-News: Laughlin pledges to continue fight for Erie schools

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Legalize video gaming terminals
Inquirer: Losing Dent, Taylor bad for PA and for the Republican Party
Inquirer: Let court decide if Pa. officials broke the law with an unbalanced budget
Inquirer: Are Republicans and Democrats in the middle figuring out how to get to yes?
Bucks County Courier Times: One step forward, one step back
Tribune Review: On the ‘Watch List’: Pittsburgh’s employee pension funds
Patriot News: If Trump has really dropped the border wall, it’s a new day in Washington | Analysis
Patriot News: New Pennsylvania budget lawsuit is a long overdue warning shot | John L. Micek

September 15th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | 1 Comment

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