9/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Trackers target Cartwright, Cunningham decides not to run for PA-15, PA GOP Chairman and Judicial candidates to headline its Fall Dinner, healthcare continues to be the focus in Congressional races, and the latest F&M poll shows a more polarized Pennsylvania.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Trackers Start Filming Cartwright as Republicans Look to Flip His Seat: Trackers have begun following Congressman Matt Cartwright, trying to catch get him on tape saying the wrong thing. At a recent constituent event, a tracker caught him making comments about Senator John McCain’s health and its effects on his vote on the Senate’s healthcare plan.

Cunningham Opts Out of a Run for PA-15: Former Lehigh county Executive and current President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Don Cunningham told PoliticsPA he will not be running for the 15th Congressional District.

Chairman DiGiorgio, Judicial Candidates to Headline PA GOP Fall Dinner: PA GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio and the party’s seven Judicial candidates will headline the PA GOP’s Fall dinner this weekend.

Healthcare Comes Front & Center in Congressional Races: National Democrats and Republicans are working to make healthcare a central issue going into 2018. Democrats are looking to get Republican House members on the record about the Senate’s Graham-Cassidy plan, while Republicans are looking to get Democratic candidates on the record about the Sanders Medicaid for all plan.

F&M Poll: Pennsylvania Becomes More Polarized, Trump’s Support Slightly Down: The latest Franklin & Marshall poll shows Pennsylvanians are becoming more polarized over Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Casey sees a highwater mark of favorability, and President Trump’s support in the state is down.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Senate hits restart on budget negotiations
StateImpact: Pipeline agency fails to explain how it assesses risk, prioritizes inspections

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Counties still smarting from last Pa. budget impasse, fret yet again
Inquirer: Delaware County sues opioid drugmakers for epidemic costs, treatment for addicted
Inquirer: Inquirer and Daily News reporter receives award for distinguished coverage of black life
Inquirer: Pa., N.J. could lose big under latest Obamacare repeal
Philly Mag: The Inquirer’s Parent Company Gets $1M to Fund Investigative Journalism, Diversity Efforts
WHYY: Poll: For many Trump supporters the border wall can wait

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County commissioners unveil public safety initiatives
Bucks County Courier Times: Buckingham police hire first new patrol officer in 13 years
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville school board considering $6.8M in improvements
Delco Times: Lawsuit blames Big Pharma for opioid crisis
Delco Times: Latest Obamacare repeal bid draws partisan fire

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Plum schools Superintendent Tim Glasspool seeks to resign, get $184,000 severance
Tribune Review: UPMC says no hospital for South Fayette, will explore South Hills
Tribune Review: No tax increase expected in Pittsburgh’s 2018 budget proposal
Post-Gazette: Internet reimbursement for North Hills school board members questioned
Post-Gazette: Some food stamp recipients in Pennsylvania might see benefit changes
Post-Gazette: Public meetings planned on changes to Medicaid-funded long-term care
WESA: Sen. Casey, Health Care Advocates Condemn Senate Republican Plan To Repeal And Replace Obamacare
KDKA: Sen. Casey: Latest Republican Obamacare Repeal Bill Will Cripple Opioid Treatment

Southwest
Beaver County Times: ‘More will die’ without health-care, mother warns at Casey even
Beaver County Times: Organizations anxious over lack of state budget
Altoona Mirror: Reade board refuses to rehire former manager

NEPA
Times Leader: Some officials worried about reducing enrollment window for Obamacare
Times Leader: Negotiation attempts fail — Dallas teachers to go on strike Friday
Times Leader: Activist gets OK to burn Nazi-Confederate flag on courthouse steps
Times-Tribune: Raid of county offices, prison stems from prison sex abuse claims

South Central
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Treasurer has become a player in the state budget stalemate
Patriot News: 2 members of Trump’s Cabinet will be in central Pa. on Friday
Patriot News: State orders 3 charities to stop soliciting in Pa.
Patriot News: Pa. state treasurer has a lot on his plate: paying the state’s bills, rebuilding his office’s image and more
Patriot News: ‘It’s the flag of the white supremacist’: activist set to burn ‘Nazi-Confederate’ flag in Bloomsburg
Patriot News: Harrisburg police now testing body cameras
Patriot News: How did hundreds of non-citizens register to vote in Philly?
Patriot News: How long will it take Pa. to respond to medical marijuana request? Years, state says
LNP: Training in Fort Indiantown Gap may bring increased traffic, military activity

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pawlowski’s trial to be held in Allentown, judge orders
Morning Call: Trump losing some GOP support in Pennsylvania, but core backs him
Reading Eagle: Official says planning commission not to blame for overcrowding at Reading school
Reading Eagle: Muhlenberg Township Planning Commission hears about commercial projects

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Governor explains state finances, debt to children
Centre Daily Times: Poll: Most Centre County residents believe in global warming, but are skeptical of scientific consensus
Erie Times-News: Mercyhurst University earns A in sustainability

Opinion
Inquirer: Philly City Hall sits on pension deal info
Inquirer: The most sobering stats from the city’s report on the state of women and girls in Philly | Perspective
Daily News: The truth about GOP’s plan to destroy health care is even worse than you think
Bucks County Courier Times: A contradictory speech
Tribune Review: Severance tax no panacea for Pa.
Post-Gazette: Police practice: The city should heed the county DA’s concerns
Beaver County Times: State leaders need to do their jobs
Patriot News: Pa’s credit downgrade was bad news – but entirely predictable | Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: List of president’s visitors should be made public
Erie Times-News: Our view: Pa. lawmakers to blame for credit downgrade

September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments