9/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Former state Rep. Jennifer Mann will not be running in the 15th Congressional district, S&P downgrades Pennsylvania’s credit, and the latest Politically Uncorrected column looks at Casey v Barletta next year.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Mann Not Running for PA-15: Former state Representative Jennifer Mann told PoliticsPA that she will not be running in the 15th Congressional district next year.

Politically Uncorrected: Casey vs. Barletta – a Bridge Too Far: A hoary old adage about the weather is often attributed to Mark Twain: if you don’t like it now wait five minutes and it will change. Something like that has happened to the burgeoning reelection campaign of Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey now running for a third term to the U.S. Senate.

S&P Downgrades Pennsylvania’s Credit: Pennsylvania’s credit rating has been officially downgraded by Standard & Poors, marking the second downgrade in three years.

Judicial Election Update
Judge Debbie Kunselman announced endorsements by the AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania Building Trades and Construction Council, and PSEA.  
“I’m honored to have the support of Pennsylvania’s working men and women. From the building trades to the the teachers and the police, I am grateful, and I want to thank them for their votes and support in November,” Kunselman said.  

Paul Lalley announced his endorsement by the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance.  
“I am incredibly honored to have the support of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance. The members who make up this organization literally power our state by providing electricity to our homes and businesses. I know their strong support will ensure our campaign’s success in November,” Lalley said.  

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Senate hits restart on budget negotiations
State House Sound Bites: Pennsylvania receives long-awaited credit downgrade
StateImpact: Delco homeowners ask court to halt Mariner East 2 pipeline construction
StateImpact: Philadelphia works to bring solar energy costs down to earth
City & State: Senate committee renews Stop & Go crackdown efforts
Capitolwire: Senate panel approves disabled parking access bill.
Capitolwire: PA’s credit rating downgraded by S&P.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Glitch let ineligible immigrants vote in Philly elections, officials say
Inquirer: Philly journalism institute makes $2 million in new grants
Inquirer: Pa. budget impasse leads to credit downgrade
Inquirer: Philly Health Commissioner: ‘We physicians are today’s gateway drug dealers’
Philly Mag: City Commish: Nearly 100 Non-U.S. Citizens Voted in Philly
WHYY: Philly Ethics Board backs public financing for campaigns
WHYY: Pennsylvania changing ‘Motor Voter’ to keep noncitizens from registering to vote
WHYY: Whistleblower lawsuit raises questions about legal representation of Philly’s troubled poor children
Philly Voice: Who to thank for latest GOP effort to appeal Obamacare? Rick Santorum (and his hair)

SEPA
Delco Times: Pennsylvania takes credit ratings hit amid budget fight
Daily Local: Chester County receives state funding to combat homelessness
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania system glitch let non-citizens register to vote
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Bucks Congressman Jim Greenwood talks gerrymandering
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick bags groceries for hunger awareness
Bucks County Courier Times: County requests more than $850,000 from casino impact fees

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Robert Mueller seeks White House documents related to Trump’s actions as president
Post-Gazette: Senators’ deal seen as making tax cuts more likely, perhaps limiting their scope
Post-Gazette: Philly elections official says legal but ineligible immigrants registered to vote
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania takes credit ratings hit amid budget impasse
Tribune Review: Trump’s job approval drops to 40% in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Franklin & Marshall poll shows
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Senate rejects no-tax House budget bill, proposes conference
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Army colonel weathers Hurricane Maria, assesses damage to St. Croix
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania system glitch let non-citizens register to vote
KDKA: State’s Credit Rating Downgraded, Will Cost Taxpayers Money
KDKA: Suspecting Longer Breach Time, Attorney General Issues Subpoena To Equifax

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Bill could benefit children of inmates
Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvania takes credit rating hit amid budget fight
Altoona Mirror: Blair leaders reverse pension changes
Beaver County Times: Commissioners’ kerfuffles continues as Beaver County officials clash over budget, past practices

NEPA
WNEP: Governor Tom Wolf Talks Budget Issues
Times Leader: Pittston wants LCB hearing on noise rules
Times Leader: WB mayor wants union to pay for any ‘review’ of police department
Times-Tribune: Dates set for information meetings on countywide reassessment
Times-Tribune: Poll: Trump backers still like him; Barletta mostly unknown statewide
Times-Tribune: Gov. Wolf visits Tunkhannock
Standard-Speaker: Council faced city in need of loan

South Central
Patriot News: Pat Toomey hammers out key tentative budget deal on taxes
Patriot News: Trump approval rating drops in Pa.; core supporters still stable
Patriot News: So. What’s a credit downgrade to your state government mean, anyway?
Patriot News: Soon-to-expire Pa.’s unemployment compensation amnesty program collects $5 million so far
Patriot News: Activist Gene Stilp wants to burn ‘Nazi-Confederate’ flag in Bloomsburg
Patriot News: Pa. Senate rejects House revenue package; sets up next play in Pennsylvania budget drama
Patriot News: Does S&P’s credit downgrade of Pa.’s rating bring it to its lowest level?
Patriot News: Budget stalemate costs Pennsylvania a credit downgrade
WITF: Casey: GOP health care bill a ‘snake in the grass’
LNP: $6.4M aimed at helping Lancaster County farmers stop pollution of Chesapeake Bay
LNP: F&M poll: Trump’s job performance viewed positively by 3-in-10 Pennsylvania voters

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Manafort offered to brief wealthy Russian during campaign
WFMZ: Local pigment plant with 140-year history to close
WFMZ: Berks-based company to open manufacturing facility in Mexico
Morning Call: Bamboo-Yah! Allentown Council votes to limit the pesky plant
Morning Call: As Pennsylvania’s credit rating is downgraded, Senate rejects House budget bill
Reading Eagle: Ex-Penn State president’s suit against ex-FBI boss dismissed

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Hanna talks state budget with constituents
Centre Daily Times: Centre County Democrats to hold fall dinner
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council OK’s traffic studies

Opinion
Tribune Review: Dissipating budget urgency
York Daily Record: It’s on all of us to protect victims of domestic, sexual violence (column)
Inquirer: Want to boost wages for workers? Cut corporate taxes
Bucks County Courier Times: Turning grief into action
Tribune Review: Public input now?
Tribune Review: Conservation funding in state budget cross hairs
Post-Gazette: Messy and messier: The state budget standoff is a debacle as usual
Altoona Mirror: Keeping trust in cops vital
LNP: We need to better serve abused and neglected children in Pennsylvania

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