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February 14th Playbook

A Pro-Wall PAC is spending $130K in Rep. Cartwright’s district, while Speaker Turzai is set to reintroduce a Down syndrome abortion ban bill. Here is the Playbook.

Pro-Wall PAC Drops 130K in Cartwright District: As negotiators work this week to avoid another government shutdown, the conservative group is spending $80K on TV and $50K online in PA-8.

Harrisburg & DC
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. citizens ‘slay the gerrymander’ in congressional mapping competition
Inquirer: Pa. Senate quietly paying legal bills of ex-employee accused of sexual harassment
Inquirer: Could a tax on video games help prevent school shootings? One Pa. lawmaker hopes so.
PLSReporter: As lawmakers probe Wolf’s teacher pay raise, long term effects worry school districts
PLSReporter: Legislators aim to protect corrections officers with new bills
WITF: A tax credit designed to create jobs might be losing Pa. money
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Who you calling an ‘off-year’ election? | Wednesday Morning Coffee  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Taxing video games won’t be enough to keep Pa. schools safe, bipartisan legislators say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. voters will be working overtime in busy 2019 special election season
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Attorney General Josh Shapiro: Pennsylvania needs universal background checks for guns
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican lawmaker to auditor general: Row offices shouldn’t be ‘press conference tools’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai will reintroduce Down syndrome abortion ban bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Treasurer Joe Torsella: Pa’s Rainy Day Fund is ‘nothing to write home about’ but at least it has one again
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf panned Corbett’s education policies, but inherited his charter review board without complaint: report
Elle: 12 Women in Politics Write Notes to Each Other for Valentine’s Day
City Paper: Pennsylvania solar jobs increased amidst a national decline
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker to unveil bill for separate high school playoffs
Patriot News: Second forum on legalizing pot again dominated by those who support it
Patriot News: Four more things learned about the Jerry Sandusky scandal and aftermath from anti-Freeh Report
StateImpactPA: Solar jobs grow in Pennsylvania while declining nationally
StateImpactPA: Environmental groups plan to sue US Steel after Clairton fire
StateImpactPA: EPA to unveil long-awaited ‘Action Plan’ on curbing toxic PFAS chemicals
Morning Call: Eliminate Pennsylvania constables, lawmaker argues

Inquirer: As election officials delay Philly voting machines decision, activists press for answers
Inquirer: EPA says it has a plan to address PFAS in drinking water — and will announce it in Philly tomorrow
Philadelphia Magazine: The FBI’s Interest in Kenyatta Johnson Appears to Be Heating Up
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia parents say social workers taking away their kids without reason
WHYY Newsworks: Competition seeks to solve Philly’s hunger problem
Billy Penn: Joe Biden is speaking with Penn President Amy Gutmann on Tuesday 2/19
KYW Newsradio: Philly organization pushing for clergy abuse reform laws says lawsuits turn tragedy into justice
PLSReporter: Amid bidding controversy, Philadelphia delays decision on voting machines
Philadelphia Business Journal: Tariffs put damper on otherwise spirited alcohol industry, growth in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Krasner, Bradford-Gray teaching course to combination of Drexel, Penn, Temple law students

Bucks County Courier Times: EPA to kick the can on PFAS drinking water standard
Pottstown Mercury: Bridgeport councilman’s podcast inspires people to run for office
Pottstown Mercury: Report on Pottstown finances due at Feb. 19 public meeting
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council hands over $30K for street tree maintenance
Delco Daily Times: Republicans line up for a shot at county offices  
Delco Daily Times: Rigby named new fire commissioner in Chester
Delco Daily Times: Chester, state talk infrastructure redevelopment
Daily Local News: Barrar learns about potential corruption through voting machines  
Daily Local News: Uwchlan becomes sixth Chesco municipality to set renewable energy target

WESA: Overshadowed By Opioid Epidemic, Lack Of Resources Hurts Pittsburghers Addicted To Meth
WESA: How The Pittsburgh Public School District Is Trying To Create A Diverse Teacher Pipeline
City Paper: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette union releases four eye-witness accounts of Block tirade  
City Paper: Post-Gazette labor union officially files NLRB complaint against publisher John Block
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation
KDKA: Tale Of Two Chiefs In McCandless And Ambridge
Post-Gazette: Peduto: I’ll defend gun proposals to Supreme Court  
Post-Gazette: Apple’s expansion plans include more jobs in Pittsburgh, $1 billion campus in Austin
Post-Gazette: Wilkinsburg school board member blames colleague for Trump joke on agenda
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools adjusts suspension policy for marijuana possession
Post-Gazette: Bethel Park seeks new manager; adds to police chief’s duties
Post-Gazette: Environmental groups plan to sue U.S. Steel over air pollution
Tribune Review: State Rep. Justin Walsh announces candidacy for Westmoreland County judge
Tribune Review: Ross Commissioner DeMarco reappointed to Northland Library board of directors
Tribune Review: Plum officials considering spending $1.5 million in paving this year

Observer-Reporter: Fetterman to hold marijuana listening tour stops in Washington, Greene
Observer-Reporter: Washington County public defender seeks Canonsburg district judgeship
Observer-Reporter: Canonsburg police detective sergeant running for district judge
Beaver County Times: Author, survivor of police shooting Robbie Tolan to speak at Geneva College
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Valerie Gaydos holding district office open house
Beaver County Times: It’s about time: Commissioners call for time clock accountability
Altoona Mirror: Black Lives Matter lecture set at Juniata College
Altoona Mirror: City fire department looks to increase town’s safety
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg school district may face $500,000 deficit
Altoona Mirror: Joyce calls for CWD study
Altoona Mirror: Bedford sheriff asks for higher staff wages
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone council grants funds to cat advocates
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County’s recorder of deeds seeks re-election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pols: Slam brakes on Medicaid busing change
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Officials OK contracts to increase revenues, savings at Cambria County Prison
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City Council looks to boost business in Moxham; Stanton confronts colleagues

The Times Leader: Challenger to seek Democratic nomination for Wilkes-Barre City Controller
The Times Leader: Wyoming Valley West votes to hike taxes 4.7 percent, cancels five days off
Times-Tribune: Commissioner Pat O’malley picks Domenick as his running mate
Times-Tribune: NEPA students reflect on school safety a year after Parkland shooting
Times-Tribune: Taylor firefighters to receive tax credits in 2020

South Central   
Patriot News: ‘This should not have happened’: Harrisburg Diocese listening tour fills Mechanicsburg church
Patriot News: Second forum on legalizing pot again dominated by those who support it
Patriot News: Harrisburg council to vote on lobbyist contract
Patriot News: Skipping school: 2 Dauphin County districts have some of the highest truancy rates in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: Upper Allen Democrat announces bid for county commissioner
Carlisle Sentinel: School Board Watch: Carlisle School Board to receive briefing on cost savings measure Thursday night
Carlisle Sentinel: Editor’s Note: We are replacing ‘Non Sequitur’ after message in Sunday comic strip
York Daily Record: Updates: Who’s planning to run for judge, other elected offices in York County in 2019
York Dispatch: Former Clerk of Courts employee Barbato Arvonio announces bid for Clerk      
York Dispatch: Ron Smith, Dallastown Borough Council president, is running for York County commissioner
LNP | LancasterOnline: Franklin & Marshall College eyes staff cuts amid $8 million budget deficit   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gun shop evicted in Manheim Township following legal battle

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: State Sen. Judy Schwank talks up minimum wage increase at town hall meeting
Reading Eagle: RACC enrollment up 2.6 percent over same period last year
Morning Call: Susan Wild tapped for House Ethics panel
Morning Call: Easton City Council considers pay increase for mayor, while ending health benefits for others
Morning Call: Lower Nazareth Township to ask voters: Would you pay tax to preserve open space?
Morning Call: Got a question for Rep. Susan Wild? She’ll be fielding them in Nazareth next week

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Wolf announces major transportation project in Centre County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Milton resident eyes House seat  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Scoreboard, upgrades on tap for Council
Erie Times-News: Erie lawyer Rebeka Seelinger announces for judge
Erie Times-News: Erie district judge dropped from defamation suit

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Paying their fair share: Wolf rightly seeks revenue for infrastructure, police
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protecting the planet: Errant asteroids pose an existential threat
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A messy life lesson: Doubt persists about the troubled Art Institute
Inquirer Editorial Board: We should do a better job supporting families, not separating them
Inquirer Editorial Board: PPA — and its board chair — needs to get booted
Mary Gay Scanlon: Border security policy cannot be driven by tweets
Brian O’Neill: Pittsburgh would settle for slow-speed rail
Dan Simpson: It feels as though the hillside is giving way
Fletcher McClellan: Sooner – and probably not later – the time for legal weed in Pa. will come
Douglas E. Hill: Pa. counties want safe and secure elections. The state needs to help make that happen
Signe Wilkinson: Political cartoon: What is it about women presidential candidates?
Imani Barbarin: Accessibility isn’t charity — it’s a lifesaving responsibility
Trudy Rubin: Will the U.S. betray Afghan women in talks with Taliban?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Linus van Trump

2 Responses

  1. So now we have the Washington think tanks coming up with warmed over nonsensical ads and spending $130,000 to say border security is important which no one disputes and then at the end blurt out, “Go wall!” Hey Republican donors. Just thought you should know that this is where your dollars are going. In a muted nonsensical ad for a “Trump district” that you lost badly in 2018 and will lose again. Nothing like seeing you dough go down the drain. Go DC think tanks and political consultants!

  2. Dear Cupid,

    On this valentines Day in 2019 PA Politics, all of us here wish that you would put down your bow and arrow, flutter down to Montco and kick the living shit out of that soft yellow coward Daylin leach.

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