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February 11th Playbook

Lt. Governor John Fetterman kicks off his statewide marijuana listening tour today. Here is the Playbook.

February 8th Ups & Downs: The Governor’s budget proposal seems rather well liked on both sides of the aisle, the state GOP endorsed a pair of candidates for Superior Court in Hershey, plus an unusual coalition was formed over a vote in Philadelphia this week. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Reader Poll: PA Should Legalize Recreational Marijuana: Our readers think it’s time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Pennsylvania’s school funding fight exits spotlight
AP: Pennsylvania permits halted for Texas-based pipeline company
WITF: Gov. Wolf’s Pa. budget plan: What is and isn’t within reach
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has been active on the legislative front in recent weeks  
Philly Voice: During Whitaker hearing, Pa. Rep. calls Philly sanctuary city status ‘cheap political point’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wait? What? Pennsylvania has clout on Capitol Hill now? | Friday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The controversial fee on Pennsylvania State Police coverage, explained
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Higher teacher salaries sound appealing, but can districts afford them long term?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro sues UPMC over patient access, report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bucks County GOP U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick joins with Dems to snub Trump on climate change
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Meet the Pennsylvania Republican who’s playing defense on Trump’s tax returns
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former Pa. House lawmaker Jennifer Mann partners with Harrisburg lobbying firm
PLSReporter: Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark    
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – February 4, 2019  
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Inquirer: His first job ‘taught me to deal with angry customers’ — and now Rep. Jason Dawkins is making Philly’s case to the doubters in Harrisburg  
StateImpactPA: PA DEP halts new pipeline permits for Mariner East, cites ongoing violations with Revolution pipeline
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. Rep. Thomas Murt calls for expansion of Archdiocese’s child sex abuse victims’ fund
Patriot News: Legalize it? Marijuana talk has been going on for decades. It’s what they’re saying and who’s listening that’s changed
Reading Eagle: Sen. Pat Toomey talks about marijuana, government shutdowns
Morning Call: What is Congress doing to tackle the increasing cost of prescription drugs?  

KYW Newsradio: Mayor Kenney announces he’ll run for reelection, says there’s more work to do
KYW Newsradio: Dozens gather for rally to ‘raise the wage’ in Pennsylvania
KYW Newsradio: ‘Family Member No. 4’ denies knowingly benefiting from Local 98 money  
KYW Newsradio: Official: New anti-harassment measures have helped city employees come forward
KYW Newsradio: Change in tax code means smaller refunds for many Americans
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia embraces technological solutions to improve city services
KYW Newsradio: Local advocate is confident Pa. lawmakers will open window for abuse lawsuits
KYW Newsradio: Homicides appear to be up, expert says data deserves a closer look
Billy Penn: Councilwoman Cherelle Parker picks up a challenger in Northwest Philly’s 9th District
PlanPhilly: Councilman Domb drops $32,000 on poll as 2019 mayors race heats up
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA cracking down on home title thieves
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s a Philly-Style Green New Deal You Can Actually Help With Today
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia back in play? Amazon reconsiders plans for HQ2 office in NY, report says
PLSReporter: Budget little help to CCP’s funding issue as strike looms
Inquirer: Johnny Doc case: Which city councilman needed a soda tax ‘hug’? Kenyatta Johnson, sources say
Inquirer: Philly homeowners hit snags with new law allowing payment of 2018 taxes while appealing 2019 values
Inquirer: Artwork portrays Union League flying the Confederate flag
Inquirer: His first job ‘taught me to deal with angry customers’ — and now Rep. Jason Dawkins is making Philly’s case to the doubters in Harrisburg    

Delco Daily Times: Delco Dems call for Leach to resign from Senate
Delco Daily Times: Pa. halts permits for Texas-based pipeline company building Mariner East
Delco Daily Times: Joy Taylor announces run for Chester magisterial district judge
Daily Local News: Wolf issues statement on DEP pipeline bar
Daily Local News: Killion supports Wolf Administration pipeline actions
Daily Local News: Bill provides automatic expungement upon full acquittal
Daily Local News: Comitta to review state budget with Gov. Wolf
Daily Local News: With a new name, gun group aims to make a difference  
Daily Local News: Sen. Toomey, other lawmakers fight fentanyl imports
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. Rep. Thomas Murt calls for expansion of Archdiocese’s child sex abuse victims’ fund
Bucks County Courier Times: Yardley gets $70k from DEP to assess local watershed health
Pottstown Mercury: Drag queen’s visit to Exeter Library draws hundreds, including protesters   
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown singled out for early education leadership

Post-Gazette: A decade after a painful split with UPMC, Fetterman returns to fray
Post-Gazette: Calling it Trump territory, GOP targets Conor Lamb’s House seat for 2020
Post-Gazette: The sweetest of deals: NRA and others got free rent to bring conventions to Pittsburgh  
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto looks to reform towing procedures in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Plum school board member who published anti-Muslim Facebook post to resign
Post-Gazette: Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh launches ministry to support ‘the addicted and the afflicted’
Post-Gazette: Legal experts not surprised Penn Hills grand jury did not recommend criminal charges
Tribune Review: $530 million investment in Aurora Innovation could create Pittsburgh jobs
Tribune Review: Westmoreland pension fund reported in good shape
Tribune Review: 2 state legislators hear from proponents of Sunday hunting at Penn State New Kensington event
Tribune Review: Shapiro charges 13 in alleged Allegheny-Westmoreland gambling ring
Pittsburgh Business Times: Water rates to go up, but not as much as PWSA requested
Pittsburgh Business Times: Gov. Wolf announces $1.5M in regional job training grants
KDKA: Allegheny County Leading The Way In Women Leadership
The Incline: Here’s how Pittsburgh is amending its controversial gun control push

Beaver County Times: State Sen. Bartolotta to chair Senate Republican Campaign Committee
Beaver County Times: Jack Manning to continue serving county’s chamber of commerce while running for commissioner
Beaver County Times: DA David Lozier says he has kept his campaign promises in re-election announcement
Observer-Reporter: Longtime Greene County district attorney announces retirement
Observer-Reporter: Progress being made to provide justice for elderly victims, report says
Observer-Reporter: Retired Marine Corps colonel announces candidacy for Greene County commissioner
Altoona Mirror: Bedford County commissioner grateful for community
Altoona Mirror: Geis running for city mayor
Altoona Mirror: Kreuz plans district judge bid
Altoona Mirror: City to dole out HUD funds
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Langerholc gets crime commission nod

Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania turns over a new leaf with medical marijuana
Times-Tribune: Local History: Advocating for legalizing marijuana nothing new locally
The Times Leader: Hazleton Mayor Cusat officially launches re-election campaign
The Times Leader: Gov. supports college for single parents at Misericordia home for single parents
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Pa. Department of Revenue warns of common scams during tax-filing season
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council members picking new colleague Tuesday
The Times Leader: Luzerne County may support state grant application for new childhood trauma facility
The Times Leader: Hanover Area: Acting superintendent sought as Jones put on leave
South Central   
York Dispatch: VIDEO: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey meets with the Dispatch
York Dispatch: Five things on Sen. Bob Casey’s mind
York Dispatch: Shawn Mauck resigns as West York mayor; council seeks candidates to fill position
York Dispatch: Blackface shouldn’t be tolerated: parents react to Southern York principal photo  
York Dispatch: York City treasurer pushes for full-time pay to match hours
LNP | LancasterOnline: Is it still possible to save Three Mile Island?
LNP | LancasterOnline: Green projects key in Lancaster’s ‘huge task’ of meeting EPA stormwater mandates
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancastrians weigh in: Should marijuana be legalized in Pa?
York Daily Record: Updates: Who’s planning to run for judge, other elected offices in York County in 2019
Patriot News: PA Media Group names new opinion editor

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Sen. Pat Toomey talks about marijuana, government shutdowns
Reading Eagle: Reading councilwoman seeks fifth term representing District 2
AP: Ex-Allentown administrator spared jail time
Express Times: The Lehigh Valley is a factor in Republican plans to retake U.S. House in 2020
Express Times: When recreational weed will bring the lieutenant governor to the Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Denied: Allentown mayor will stay in prison despite pending appeal
Morning Call: Programs to combat homelessness in the Lehigh Valley share in federal grants
Morning Call: Politics, money and fears in Pennsylvania medical malpractice fight

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: 2 years after investigation into misconduct began, Parks Miller has law license suspended
Centre Daily Times: How much would Centre County municipalities pay for state police coverage under Wolf’s plan?
Centre Daily Times: What’s being done to increase access to health services for Centre County residents  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: McKernan plans run for second term
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Loyalsock super seeks commissioner seat
Erie Times-News: Soff to seek 2nd term as Crawford commissioner
Erie Times-News: Cook seeks reelection as Erie County Coroner
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council to set salaries for elected officials
Erie Times-News: Erie has no firm start date for quality-of-life ticketing
Erie Times-News: Erie diocese set to start victims’ fund
Erie Times-News: Feds oppose splitting Arrington’s Erie fraud case
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week

PennLive Editorial Board: Gov. Wolf, lawmakers need to put more money toward Pa. libraries
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Limited right; basic decency: Abortion should stay legal, safe and rare
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Why the ERA is back: Equality before the law must be enshrined
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Helping and healing: Tree of Life donations cross $10 million
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Big Pharma’s drug cartel: Pharmaceutical companies allegedly fixed drug prices
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Did the Butler miss a bet?: We must cher­ish what is fine and no­ble
Inquirer Editorial Board: District Attorney Krasner acts to reduce number of kids behind bars
Inquirer Editorial Board: Public should dig deep for Schuylkill dredging project
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Sound priorities inform Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget this year (but why no funding increase for Stevens?)
Madeleine Dean: Here’s how to avoid the next government shutdown
Brian O’Neill: Slavery root of the Second Amendment
David M. Shribman: American politics are ‘unusually effervescent’
Ruth Ann Dailey: The sins of ambition
Jillian Kay Melchior: Philly Union Boss ‘Johnny Doc’ Has an Appointment With Justice
John L. Micek: Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in Pennsylvania?
Andy Hoover: Pa. can’t be a role model on criminal justice reform if we undermine peoples’ rights
Peter Schorr: Let’s cut through the smoke and look at the facts on marijuana legalization
Jillian Peterson James Densley: School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire
Signe Wilkinson: Political cartoon: Democratic Blackface
Rasheedah Phillips and Jenna Collins: We have a tool to fix Philly’s eviction crisis
Aaron Bauman: Philly can’t achieve Vision Zero without change at PennDot
Trudy Rubin: Why can’t the Trump administration produce an Iran strategy that works?
Josh Silver: How Philly can break the corruption cycle
Suzanne Sellers: Why is child welfare still ripping families, especially black ones, apart?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Johnny Doc’s Political Stroller
Will Bunch: Bezos, the National Enquirer, the Saudis, Trump, and the blackmailing of U.S. democracy
Maria Panaritis: There was brave talk at St. Joseph’s University about clergy abuse. Will Pope Francis follow with action?
Paul Muschick: Medical malpractice suits affect us all. So we should know more about possible big change.

4 Responses

  1. We can debate the pot laws till the end of time but the truth is that the decision has already been made with pot. Since the 60’s and 70’s and onward generations have taken this substance from the realm of musicians and beatnik artists and brought it into everyday life. They never stopped smoking pot. Even now as many are entering their latter years. Pot is so prevalent that it is now a question on every new patient form for doctors. It’s not going to go away. The decision has been made by society on this issue. Case closed.

  2. The NRCC is too smart to be delusional so I can only assess that this “joke list” they came up with targeting assorted districts is nothing more than a fund raising ploy because if you look under the hood the “targeted districts” at least some are clearly uphill climbs. Specifically, The district held by Cartwright in Pa was held for the most part by Dems for decades. There was the occasional R but it was primarily a Dem district. Of course, counties are subtracted and added due to redistricting but the Cartwright district has had many core counties. Now suddenly it’s a “Trump district” that Trump won which over looks both district history and that Chrin got thumped in 2016. It seems the NRCC list is a lot of smoke and mirrors.

  3. Republicans claim they support free enterprise and small government, but get all draconian when talking about marijuana or any criminal justice policy.

  4. Lt. Governor John Fetterman is not on a “statewide marijuana listening tour,” he’s tripping.

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