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February 12th Playbook

Republicans voice their opposition to Gov. Wolf’s minimum wage proposal in budget hearings. Here is the Playbook.

SD33: Doug Mastriano Joins GOP Race: The retired Army colonel likens himself to Trump for being political outsiders.

Marino Cites Health Issues For Resignation: Marino said the timing of his resignation was intended to hold the special election the same day as the primary election, in an effort to not cost taxpayers any money.

Kenney Announces Re-Election Bid for Philly Mayor: The incumbent makes school funding the central theme of his announcement video.

Former state Rep. Adam Harris hired by Brewers of Pennsylvania: The former Republican state representative and former Chair of Pennsylvania’s House Liquor Control Committee joined the group as the new Deputy Director.

Costello Thinks These 2020 Dem Contenders Will Resonate in his old district: In a McClatchy story titled “These are the Democrats winning the ‘Never Trump’ Republican primary,” former Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Chester) was quoted saying he believes former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would resonate most with his former constituents. This was not an endorsement, just political analysis of the district.

Harrisburg & DC
WESA: GOP Pummels Wolf’s Minimum Wage Proposal In Budget Hearings
AP: Fetterman starts marijuana hearings in central Pennsylvania
AP: Union says insurers’ dispute could adversely affect troopers
AP: Newspaper drops ‘Non Sequitur’ cartoon over Trump insult
PA Post: Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan, one Pa. school district would receive $693,000 to raise teacher salaries
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Gov. Wolf: It’s time to talk about legalizing pot
KYW Newsradio: Pa. appears to take lead in early stages of industrial hemp movement
KYW Newsradio: Shapiro sues Verizon, says company didn’t deliver on promises of free Amazon Prime, Echo
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s what your uHaul rental tells us about Pa.’s importance in 2020 | Monday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman offers ‘safe space’ for opinions on legalizing marijuana
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A state House hearing for Pa.’s budget watchdog turned into a minimum wage Q&A
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Suburban Philly lawmaker’s bill would require schools to teach students about dating violence
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Could this be the year Pennsylvania lawmakers ban LGBTQ discrimination?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: That’s ‘plant-based drink,’ — not ‘milk’ — to you, freshman GOP U.S. Rep. John Joyce says
Inquirer: On guns, California wants to be a model for states. Should that matter to Pennsylvania?
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Dan Williams  

Inquirer: Kenney uses social media to announce bid for second term as Philly mayor, and promptly gets dragged
Inquirer: Sources in ‘Johnny Doc’ case: PPA board chair Ashdale bribed councilman to squash agency audit
Inquirer: Philly councilman investigated for child abuse after injuring son, holds hearings on DHS
Inquirer: Sidewalk blocked by construction? Philly offers new accountability on street obstructions.
WHYY Newsworks: Long-serving Greenlee decides against another run for Philly City Council  
WHYY Newsworks: International union sends monitors to Local 98 after Dougherty indictment  
WHYY Newsworks: Controversy swirls around new Philadelphia city voting system   
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia to receive HIV funding under new Trump plan to eliminate virus by 2030
Philadelphia Magazine:  Journalists Union Declares No Confidence in Inquirer Publisher
Philadelphia Magazine: Katherine Gilmore Richardson Wants to Become Philly’s Youngest Black Council Member  
Philadelphia Magazine: And They’re Off: Mayor Kenney Launches Reelection Bid  
PLSReporter: Democrats rally for higher wages in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Incumbent Greenlee decides not to run for Philadelphia City Council
KYW Newsradio: Philly figures into ongoing resistance to municipalities paying for state police
KYW Newsradio: New fundraising effort asks diners to tip servers, school district

Pottstown Mercury: Arkoosh, Lawrence announce reelection bid for Montco commissioner
Bucks County Courier Times: Republican county row officers announce re-election bids
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County gets $900K in state education grants
Bucks County Courier Times: Mixed local reviews for Gov. Tom Wolf’s teachers salary proposal
Montgomery Media: Pennridge student attends State of the Union as guest of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick

WESA: Familiar Names, Newcomers Seek Democratic Endorsement In Local Races
City Paper: Butler Eagle pulls Non Sequitur cartoon from Sunday pages
KDKA: City Council Proposes Additional Amendments For Gun Legislation  
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: What Are Local School Districts Doing To Keep Kids Safe  
KDKA: Union: UPMC-Highmark Dispute Could Negatively Impact State Troopers  
KDKA: US Steel Resuming Construction Project, Credits Trump’s ‘Strong Trade Actions’
Post-Gazette: City officials see proposed ‘extreme risk’ gun law as an avenue to prevent suicide
Post-Gazette: Small assistance payments to Pa.’s poorest have become a political football
Post-Gazette: Robert Bowers, accused in Tree of Life synagogue shootings, arraigned   
Post-Gazette: Ethics Board gives conditional green light to Pittsburgh police commander business
Post-Gazette: Bike Pittsburgh survey: Bicyclists trust self-driving vehicles, lose confidence in human drivers
Tribune Review: Highlands School District residents call for transparency on school closure, budget

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb on early list of targeted Democrats
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawmaker issues reminder on state grant programs
Altoona Mirror: Bedford County commissioner grateful for community
Altoona Mirror: Geis running for city mayor
Altoona Mirror: Kreuz plans district judge bid  

The Times Leader: McClay a candidate for Wilkes-Barre city council District E seat
The Times Leader: Lisman will retire as Luzerne County coroner next month
The Times Leader: Keystone College awarded $60k PAsmart grant for early childhood education
Times Tribune: Scranton council wants to hear from police chief, DA on decriminalizing marijuana  
Times Tribune: Few things grow well on the coal wastes, hemp is one of them  
Times Tribune: With mixed signals from Washington, banks wont touch cannabis
Citizens Voice: W-B resident running against Gilbert for city council seat  
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County employee raises on council agenda tonight

South Central   
Patriot News: Marijuana town halls start in Harrisburg with strong showing of support for legal pot
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County treasurer to retire at end of term
York Daily Record: Updates: Who’s planning to run for judge, other elected offices in York County in 2019
York Daily Record: Pa. Fact Finder: Did 0 cases get thrown out because of speedy-trial issues in York County?
York Dispatch: Clerk of Courts Don O’Shell soon vacating position for job at Air National Guard
York Dispatch: Blanda Nace joins crowded race for York County commissioner
LNP | LancasterOnline: City Democrats endorse two for City Council, leave third spot open for primary
LNP | LancasterOnline: $27M upgrade converts Lancaster Host to Wyndham Lancaster Resort, to create 260 jobs

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Northampton Area School District hires water-testing company for Lehigh, Moore elementaries
Morning Call: Southern Lehigh discusses full-day kindergarten, reducing class sizes
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area School District looking at no tax increase
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council questions how, when key city posts will be filled
Reading Eagle: Reading council, administration spar over new fire stations

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County DA Daneri to seek re-election
Erie Times-News: Erie has no firm start date for quality-of-life ticketing
Erie Times-News: Erie sisters struggle with S.N.A.P. changes
Erie Times-News: Erie County homeless programs gain funding
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Hughesville unlikely to merge voting districts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local attorney takes aim for county commissioner seat

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Reckless show of force: Careless policing leads to settlement, trauma
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pass a meaningful law: Pittsburgh council should protect those at risk
Inquirer Editorial Board: Is City Council addicted to Big Pharma?
Scott Perry: We must work to end female genital mutilation in the United States and around the world
John Baer: Turmoil (again) for Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court
Brian O’Neill: Wrestling with the two sides of gentrification
Zach Shamberg: Wolf, lawmakers need to boost Medicaid rates for long-term care homes
Paul Offit: Washington measles outbreak: Why we should fear this vaccine-preventable disease
Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H.: Philly City Council could have fought opioids by placing limits on pharma reps

2 Responses

  1. The minimum wage opponents sit there with their nice salaries and health care fully covered while pontificating on how horrible boosting a $7 an hour salary would be for the economy (tips earning jobs get $2 plus an hour–$2 an hour????). Meanwhile, those living on the minimum wage cobble their pay from their numerous minimum wage jobs together to eek out a living on the margins. The problem is detachment. It’s easy when you are doing well to be philosophical about the minimum wage where those earning this wage are by no means “living it up.”

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