9/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Turzai sets the date for the special election in the 133rd, Mackenzie accuses Simmons of being ‘never Trump,’ Peters explores a bid for the 11th Congressional district, Hartman rolls out endorsements, Bernstine finds himself in hot water for his tweets about St. Louis protesters, and Bloom officially launches his bid for the 11th Congressional district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Turzai Sets Date for Special Election to Replace McNeill: State House Speaker Mike Turzai has set the date for the special election to replace state Rep. Dan McNeill, who passed away earlier this month.

Mackenzie Campaign Accuses Simmons of Being ‘Never Trump’: State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie’s 15th Congressional district campaign is accusing fellow state Rep. and candidate Justin Simmons of being ‘never Trump’ throughout the 2016 campaign.

Peters Looks into a Run for PA-11: Former Federal prosecutor Joe Peters is continuing to look into running to replace Congressman Lou Barletta in the 11th Congressional district.

Hartman Announces New Endorsements Ahead of 2018 Primary: Christina Hartman announced a list of endorsements in her run for the 16th Congressional district, including former Governor Ed Rendell, and Congressmen Evans, Boyle, and Cartwright.

Bernstine Under Fire for ‘I Will Not Stop’ Tweet: State Rep. Aaron Bernstine has come under fire from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party after he tweeted that he would not stop if protesters got in his way,in response to the protests in St. Louis.

Bloom Officially Enters the Race for PA-11: State Rep. Stephen Bloom officially announced his bid to replace Congressman Lou Barletta in the 11th Congressional district in a Facebook video.

Legislative Election Update
LNP: Former health care administrator Douglas Metcalfe to run for state House in 2018

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Stark differences persist as Senate returns to budget talks
StateImpact: Conflicting decisions on pipelines frustrate industry, landowners
City & State: Senate begins review of House-passed budget-balancing plan

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly GOP taking leadership brawl on the road to state party
Inquirer: Has soda tax led to job cuts in Philly? It depends who you ask
Inquirer: Philly’s fine wine restaurants alarmed by new PLCB rules
Inquirer: Deputy AG Rosenstein addresses Constitution Center crowd, stays mum on Mueller
Inquirer: HUD Secretary Ben Carson to visit Philadelphia Tuesday
Inquirer: Video gaming machines in Pa. bars? Not so fast
Philly Mag: Pa. State Rep: I’ll Run Over Protesters Who Block Traffic
WHYY: Philly disputes claim soda tax is hurting businesses
WHYY: Methacton teachers on strike; other districts in Philly region without contracts
WHYY: Philly controller says soda tax could have been averted

SEPA
Daily Local: Pennsylvania Senate GOP confronts no-tax package in 80-day budget fight
Pottstown Mercury: Classes canceled as Methacton teachers go on strike
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. Census: Bucks County poverty rate at 10-year high
Bucks County Courier Times: Redacted medical marijuana permits need review, Office of Open Records orders
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County board of elections removes more than 15,000 inactive voters from rolls
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Congressman Jim Greenwood talks gerrymandering Wednesday

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pa. turns in its plan to comply with federal Every Student Succeeds Act
Post-Gazette: Republican women convene in Philadelphia, say no such thing as ‘women’s issues’
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmaker: I wouldn’t stop my car for protesters blocking streets
Tribune Review: UPMC workers’ data breach lawsuit reaches State Supreme Court
WESA: Senate Could Vote On PWSA Oversight Bill This Week
KDKA: Budget Stalemate Continues Into 80th Day; Arbitrary Cuts Looming

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local lawmakers take different views on spending agenda
Beaver County Times: Bernstine’s Twitter controversy continues as critics, colleagues question comments
Altoona Mirror: Issue a taxing one for retailers
Altoona Mirror: Blair endorses library support

NEPA
Times Leader: Cumberland County legislator enters 11th District race
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre council members call for review of police after officers’ discipline
Times-Tribune: Carbondale aims for paving help
Standard-Speaker: Bloom latest to enter field for 11th District seat
Standard-Speaker: Mayor to visit pension board to discuss issues, head off ‘problems’

South Central
Patriot News: “Engagement” is the theme of the day for Pa. budget talks, as pillars of agreement take shape
Patriot News: Pennsylvania submits its Every Student Succeeds Act plan to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Patriot News: Rep. Scott Perry on death of Bill Goodling: We lost ‘a great man and public servant’
Patriot News: What could be Three Mile Island’s last refueling outage begins
Patriot News: State Rep. Stephen Bloom announces run for U.S. Congress
Patriot News: Pa.’s inspector general can now issue subpoenas and search warrants
LNP: Dueling mayoral endorsements: Firefighters for Stewart, AFSCME for Sorace
LNP: People who buy their own health insurance will have to pick a 2018 plan by Dec. 15
LNP: Pennsylvania’s ugly budget fight gets personal and regional
WPMT: Senate goes back to work on state budget revenue plan

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Sen. Pat Toomey talks to WFMZ about tax reform, possible Obamacare repeal
Morning Call: Special election set for state Rep. Dan McNeill’s 133rd District seat
Morning Call: Pennsylvania senator’s medical marijuana moonlighting role
Reading Eagle: Electricity costs at wastewater treatment plant down sharply in Adamstown
Reading Eagle: Reading School District introduces its new special education team

North by Northwest
Daily Item: PA Sunshine: Press groups ID four secrecy bills in Pa.
Centre Daily Times: SCASD teachers contract requires extended day proposal to be implemented by next school year
Centre Daily Times: Local activist seeks to challenge Rep. Thompson in 2018
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council president wants traffic studies
Erie Times-News: State to host public hearing in Erie on community college plan

Opinion
Delco Times: Editorial: Looking for answers in Harrisburg
Reading Eagle: Editorial: State leaders need to face reality on budget
Inquirer: The true cost of charter schools | Editorial
WHYY: Op-ed: As Carson visits Philly, let’s call for a stronger, fairer HUD
Bucks County Courier Times: Wounds healed, scars remain
Post-Gazette: Bob Casey and Josh Shapiro: Prevent campus sexual assault

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