9/25 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14The PA GOP meeting wrapped up over the weekend, our look at what was expected and what happened during the meeting, and the ups & downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA GOP Fall Meeting Recap: The Pennsylvania Republican Party met this weekend in Harrisburg for its Fall meeting, including its Fall dinner with speeches from Chairman Val DiGIorgio, and the Party’s seve Judicial candidates. The General meeting featured updates from the different committees and caucuses.

PA GOP Fall Meeting Preview: The Republican Party of Pennsylvania will gather in Harrisburg for its Fall meeting, its first under new Chairman Val DiGiorgio.

9/22 Ups & Downs: Two former Party Chairs are awarded for civility, Pennsylvania’s creditor look to make more money, Mango goes on TV first, Bernstine gets into hot water, and Philly Republicans fall behind independent and third party voters. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

State House Sound Bites: PA can make September payments; but after that, it’s unclear
State House Sound Bites: Episode 24: Whoever Blinks First
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending September 22

Inquirer: Russians targeted Pennsylvania election system, state told
Inquirer: Main Line commissioner under investigation  
Inquirer: Trump embroils NFL Sunday in protest controversy
Inquirer: In Pa. school-funding maze, formula for equity elusive
WHYY: Pa. will have trouble making payments beyond September
WHYY: Cuts contained in latest ACA repeal effort would hurt region
WHYY: Ideological debate over low-performing schools underlies Pa. plan to comply with new federal education law
Philadelphia Tribune: Doubts on Pa.’s budget funding
Philly Mag: Report: Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill Would Cost Pa. $11 Billion
Billy Penn: Here’s a month of Philly parking ticket data for over time limits

Pottstown Mercury: Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick Fire Company’s new station provides amenities for volunteers
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock forming committee to hash out redistricting plan
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania system glitch let non-citizens register to vote
Delco Times: Radnor board prez target of probe by D.A.’s office

WPXI: Health care rally planned outside Pa. senator’s office
WESA: Ongoing Budget Crisis Could Start Affecting State Services Next Week
WESA: Proposed Medicaid Cuts Pose Threat to Child Welfare System
Post-Gazette: Fifty shades of chaos — experts say most states not equipped to take over healthcare
Post-Gazette: Pa., 20 other states learn of election hacking attempts
Post-Gazette: More cops, no tax hikes mark Pittsburgh 2018 draft budget
Post-Gazette: Judge: alleged corruption important to Allentown residents, so mayor will be tried in Allentown
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania State Police invite potential trooper candidates to IUP event
Tribune Review: Vape tax dooms dozens of shops across Pennsylvania

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Harris to serve on funeral directors board
Beaver County Times: Reschenthaler, Mustio to host senior wellness expo in Moon
Altoona Mirror: Water authority working on combined sewer plan
Altoona Mirror: State’s disaster funding unclear

Standard-Speaker:  2 legislators are sticklers on stickers
Bradford Era: Governor Wolf visits Cole Memorial Hospital
Bradford Era: Gov. Wolf tours Zippo, Kinzua Bridge State Park on Friday
Times Leader: Luzerne County committee preparing to accept blighted property database nominations
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County election ballot pretty much set

South Central
LNP: Analysts: Pennsylvania would lose billions under health bill
LNP: Smucker supports concept behind Graham-Cassidy health care plan
Patriot News: Here’s what happened when this Pa guv candidate huddled with Rick Santorum on healthcare
Patriot News: Russians targeted Pennsylvania election system, state told
Patriot News: Mad rush for Safe Return: People line up to get warrants settled with ‘favorable consideration’
Patriot News: Owe back taxes? Don’t try to get a job with this Pa. county
Patriot News: ‘Dissent is patriotic!’ Protesters demonstrate as AG Jeff Sessions visits Harrisburg
Patriot News: Faculty layoff threat removed at four state universities but it remains in place at Cheyney

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Progress and setback show after three years of Allentown’s NIZ
Reading Eagle: Bill aims to protect parking spaces for those with disabilities
Reading Eagle: State Sen. Judy Schwank revives POW/MIA flag bill
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Morning Call: Changing name of Negro Mountain not so easy, Pennsylvania lawmaker finds

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Court sidesteps decision on fracking regulations
Sun-Gazette: Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health care bill
Centre Daily Times: Plans for a medical marijuana dispensary in State College may be in jeopardy

Patriot News: In a final column, a few reflections on a life in politics | Tony May
Patriot News: ‘I know you – you’re on the Tony May show!’ | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: Congress should move to extend critical payments to ‘safety-net’ hospitals | Editorial
Tribune Review: Once again, Harrisburg gets it wrong
Tribune Review: Drug take-back boxes: Best for safety, health
City & State: All hands needed on deck to turn the tide against the opioid crisis
Inquirer: Video games in bars: the latest act of insanity by Pa. legislature | Editorials
Inquirer: Rick Santorum, the fifth – and most influential – senator behind the GOP’s latest health-care bill | Opinion
Post-Gazette: School daze: Woodland Hills deserves a serious state audit
Altoona Mirror: Credit rating downgrade a wake-up call

  • Who Will Be Speaker of the PA House on February 28?

    • Joanna McClinton (68%)
    • Mark Rozzi (27%)
    • A Republican TBD (5%)

    Total Voters: 315

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