9/6 PoliticsPA Playbook

State Rep. John Taylor announces his retirement, Meuser enters the race to challenge Barletta, Inside Elections updates its rating for PA-6, and our readers think Dent should be the GOP nominee in the 15th district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

John Taylor Will Not Run for Re-Election: State Representative and former Philadelphia GOP Chair John Taylor announced he will not run for re-election next year.

Meuser Announces Run to Replace Barletta: Former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser announced today that he is officially entering the race to replace Congressman Lou Barletta, who is running for Senate.

Reader Poll: Dent Should Be the GOP Nominee PA-15 Next Year: A plurality of our readers say that Congressman Charlie Dent should be the GOP nominee in the 15th Congressional district next year.

Inside Elections Updates PA-6 Ranking: Inside Elections updated its ranking of Congressman Ryan Costello’s seat from likely Republican’ to ‘lean Republican.’

Legislative Election Update
City & State reports that with state Rep. John Taylor’s retirement, Democrats are lining up to run for the seat.  The list includes:

  • Joe Hohenstein
  • Patrick Wayland
  • Justin Salmasi
  • Sean McMonagle
  • Danny Savage
  • Harry L. Enggasser

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House GOP budget met with skepticism from Democrats, Senate, Wolf
State House Sound Bites: Challenges persist in funding election system upgrades
City & State: House GOP coalition unveils ‘The Taxpayers’ Budget’

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Toomey: Rescinding DACA is ‘the right step’
Philly Voice: After DACA decision, protesters to ‘occupy’ offices of GOP congressmen across Pennsylvania
NBC10: Gov. Tom Wolf Says “Pennsylvanians Are Going to Get Hurt” If Approved Budget Isn’t Balanced
Inquirer: Two Philly law firms announce separate mergers
Inquirer: Kenney bemoans police union chief’s ‘rabid animals’ comment
Inquirer: Colleges, students prepare for DACA demise
Inquirer: Philly’s most powerful Republican, John Taylor, is retiring

SEPA
Delco Times: All sides agree: Congress must act on ‘Dreamers’
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania lawmakers call for legislative DACA solution
Bucks County Courier Times: Catholic high school teachers ratify one-year contract

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Pa. Congressmen Reaction Is Mixed To Trump’s DACA Immigration Action
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf warns of painful cuts if budget isn’t funded
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf, Mayor Peduto throw political weight behind judicial nominees
Post-Gazette: Pa.’s once vast hemp harvest reemerges from the weeds
Post-Gazette: When is a question illegal? Bethlehem police say questioner broke law at Pat Toomey town hall
WPXI: Western Pa. leaders react to decision to shut down DACA
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf: ‘Pennsylvanians are going to get hurt’

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik, Pennsylvania lawmakers speak out about dismantling DACA
Altoona Mirror: Former addicts stepping up to help others recover
Altoona Mirror: Planning Commission OKs rezoning ordinance

NEPA
Times Leader: Local legislators split on decision to dismantle DACA
Times Leader: Meuser enters 11th Congressional District race
Times-Tribune: Scranton pension board seeks dismissal of double pension lawsuit
Standard-Speaker: Barletta: DACA demise ‘victory for the forgotten worker’

South Central
LNP: Smucker, Toomey agree with Trump that DACA needs legislative change
LNP: ‘We’re ready to fight’: Lancaster County residents join DACA protests in nation’s capital
LNP: Think again on Station 6 closure idea, firefighters, residents tell City Council
Patriot News: Discussion about mayoral term limits ends in heated argument
Patriot News: Most expensive counties to live in Pa.
Patriot News: House Republicans advocate smashing piggy banks to solve Pa’s budget crunch
Patriot News: Here’s a breakdown of ‘taxpayers’ budget’ and how it avoids a major tax increase or borrowing money

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Lehigh Valley area lawmakers back bill to protect ‘dreamers’
Morning Call: Toomey’s weekly protesters turn attention to DACA
Morning Call: As Trump moves to end DACA, Lehigh Valley immigrants make voices known in Washington, D.C.
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania has fewest number of inmates on death row in nearly 25 years
Reading Eagle: State House Republicans push new plan to balance budget
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania officials react to end of ‘Dreamers’ program
Reading Eagle: Muhlenberg Township could be losing a planned medical marijuana dispensary

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Local officials respond to Trump’s decision on the Dreamer program
Erie Times-News: 68 days without a complete state budget
Erie Times-News: Landlords voice concern over proposed discrimination ordinance changes

Opinion
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf: Time for House Republicans to act on budget
Inquirer: Shame on leaders who failed to denounce FOP chief’s racist comment
Inquirer: What must be done to save the ‘Dreamers’ from Trump politics
Inquirer: To fight corruption, Philly needs a permanent Office of the Inspector General
Inquirer: Pa. should replace its burdensome list of taxes with a 5.4 percent income tax
Inquirer: Why Sessions will fail by taking a ‘war’ approach to opioid crisis
Daily News: Trump’s ‘Dreamer’ nightmare shows they learned nothing after Houston | Will Bunch
Bucks County Courier Times: Broken dreams?
Tribune Review: Electoral integrity: Step up cybersecurity training
Patriot News: Rep. Kim’s minimum-wage hike bill is a job-killer | Opinion
LNP: Children in Pennsylvania need to be tested for lead poisoning
Reading Eagle: Editorial: It’s time for Congress to work together

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