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February 26th Playbook

A top GOP lawmaker in Harrisburg said he opposes Wolf’s call for a $15 minimum wage, but is open to discussing a raise of some sort. Here is the Playbook.

DePasquale Seeks Gift Ban After Finding 18 Counties Accepted Gifts From Voting Machine Vendors: Some of the examples of gifts reported included an expense-paid travel to Las Vegas, tickets to a wine festival, distillery tour, and amusement park tickets.

Wolf Talks Criminal Justice Reform At NGA Winter Meeting: Wolf described the situation with Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill as an example of the need for reform. He also said he believes criminal justice reform benefits the economy.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker opens door to minimum wage deal
AP: Pennsylvania should try to save nuclear plants, senator says
AP: Re-build the wall? Dems see opportunity, danger in Midwest
Morning Call: Bob Casey joins Republicans on bill to require medical care for abortion survivors
PA Post: A $45,000 minimum salary for teachers, explained
Inquirer: Pa. Senate leader: Time to discuss minimum wage hike
Post-Gazette: Obituary: John P. Flaherty Jr. / State Supreme Court chief justice calmed the court during a time of tumult in 1996
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump is winning Latinos – that’s a problem for Dems | Monday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican state House candidate shared Clinton conspiracy theory on Facebook
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former Republican Pa. congressman urges GOP to vote against Trump’s emergency declaration
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New Pa. State Police policy that limits cooperation with ICE angers GOP lawmakers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A state full of commuters who work in healthcare: This is Pa. today | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A monument at the Capitol will honor Harrisburg’s long-gone immigrant and African American neighborhood
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Winter weather swings could make potholes worse than usual, PennDOT says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Health department wants $1.4 million for new staff to tackle PFAS contamination
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Will paper personal mail return to prisons? Corrections secretary says ‘no’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State Inspector General charges three Harrisburg residents in food stamps fraud scheme
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A $15 minimum wage in Pennsylvania? That’s a non-starter, says top Pa. Senate Republican
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Morning Call newsroom employees unionize
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. regulators fined nursing homes $2.3M in 2018, up from about $1.1M in 2017
Patriot News: Controversial state police funding plan offered as a conversation starter, acting commissioner says
Patriot News: Attorney says he’ll ask Pa. Supreme Court for new trial for Jerry Sandusky
PLSReporter: Majority Leader Corman: More ’reasonable’ proposal needed for minimum wage hike
PLSReporter: VIDEO: PA Cyber Charter Schools could see closures if Sonney bill passes
PLSReporter: Williams, Stack considering running for Philadelphia offices
StateImpactPA: Read a draft of Pennsylvania’s nuclear bailout bill  
StateImpactPA: Energy Transfer CEO: ‘We’ve made mistakes’ in building Mariner East

Inquirer: How Philly’s electricians union and Johnny Doc converted payroll deductions into political influence
Inquirer: IBEW pushes reforms on Local 98 after indictment alleges union leaders embezzled funds
Inquirer: Here’s a big list of candidates running for mayor, City Council in Philly’s May primary
Inquirer: Philadelphia to pull boys out of Glen Mills Schools, citing Inquirer report
Inquirer: Penn students join dining-hall workers to condemn lack of Black History Month observance
Inquirer: Al Capone, H.H. Holmes, other notorious figures landed on 6th floor of Philly’s City Hall
PLSReporter: Williams, Stack considering running for Philadelphia offices
Philadelphia Citizen: Is Allan Domb Running For Mayor?
WHYY Newsworks: Omar Woodard challenging City Council President Darrell Clarke  
WHYY Newsworks: Some Philly Council members vowing to support residents in path of gentrification  
Billy Penn: After a decade of strikeouts, Philly might actually ban plastic bags
Billy Penn: The Philadelphia Firefighters’ & Paramedics’ Union is trying to spread word about endorsement interviews this week
KYW Newsradio: Program seeking help from surveillance camera owners gains momentum

Bucks County Courier Times: State association appoints Warminster supervisor to committee
Daily Local News: Chesco GOP picks slate for countywide offices
Delco Daily Times: Delco Council files motion to intervene in pipeline lawsuit
Delco Daily Times: Mayor pushes Sellers Avenue bridge project in Ridley Park

Post-Gazette: UPMC protests non-Highmark Blues plans’ refusal to contract
Post-Gazette: Voter registration deadline Monday for state Senate special election to replace U.S. Rep Guy Reschenthaler
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board member ‘disappointed’ with inconclusive report on forgery
Post-Gazette: Obituary: John P. Flaherty Jr. / State Supreme Court chief justice calmed the court during a time of tumult in 1996
Pittsburgh Business Times: Union workers prepared to strike in face of Wabtec, GE Transportation merger
WESA: Air Quality Is Still An Issue As County Health Dept Weighs ‘Hot Idle’ For Clairton Coke Works
KDKA: Lt. Gov. Fetterman Cuts Ribbon On Medical Marijuana Dispensary While On Recreational Cannabis Listening Tour
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Memorializes Mark Baserman 1-Year After Guard Was Killed By An Inmate At SCI Somerset
The Incline: Pittsburgh’s mayor is worried about the Post-Gazette editor’s double duty. He’s not alone.

Beaver County Times: Fight the blight: State leaders come to Aliquippa to discuss new program Restore Pennsylvania
Observer-Reporter: South Hills company offering area residents opportunity to recycle glass
Altoona Mirror: Pacifico running for re-election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pitt-Johnstown president published in Washington Post  

Citizens Voice: Scranton mayor raised big bucks in non-election year
Times-Tribune: Scranton school directors fill one vacancy as another board member resigns
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board’s newest member resigns today
The Times Leader: Former cop Galli seeks Exeter Borough council seat

South Central
York Dispatch: York County officials accepted bagels, meals from vendors, audit says
York Dispatch: DA: Pa. revised forfeiture law before ruling, and York County has made more changes
York Dispatch: York County commissioners will have ‘array of options’ to address stormwater issues
AP: Ex-priest worked for county until named in sex abuse report
Patriot News: Controversial state police funding plan offered as a conversation starter, acting commissioner says

Lehigh Valley   
Express Times: The Morning Call’s journalists are starting a union: ‘We want a voice’ in newsroom decisions, they say
Morning Call: Colon announces reelection bid for Bethlehem City Council
Morning Call: Carpenter announces campaign for Bethlehem City Council
Reading Eagle: 2 in Reading City Hall corruption scheme set to be sentenced  
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council hires candidate for key City Hall post
Reading Eagle: Pottstown on the road to economic recovery
Reading Eagle: Job fair connects Berks employers with those who need a second chance

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Centre County man eyes House seat nomination
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: What-ifs cause concern for state’s transportation
Erie Times-News: New initiative to fight domestic violence in Erie County

Inquirer Editorial Board: Trump, Congress, state and local leaders should pay to protect voting from hackers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: UPMC’s legal gambit: Fighting the state AG is another slap to consumers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A better PWSA: Water authority is getting serious about challenges
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cross-cultural dialogue: Art in Embassies program serves important mission
LNP Editorial Board: The turmoil in the Lancaster County Office of District Attorney raises serious concerns  
Ryan Costello and Carlos Curbelo: Fellow Republicans: Support this gun safety bill
John Baer: As 2020 Democratic candidates line up, who’s most likely to appeal to Pa.?
Christine Flowers: In Robert Kraft case, don’t forget who the real victims are
Gene Marks: As health-care costs rise, what options are best for small-business owners in 2019?
Stanley M. Brand: Oversight committee session with Michael Cohen looks like an illegitimate show hearing
Tony Norman: The #WhiteSaviorSoWhite Guide to the Oscars
Joseph Otis Minott: Continue the fight for transit equity, started by Octavius Catto and Rosa Parks
Paul Muschick: What I liked — and didn’t like — about Pope Francis’ talk at Vatican summit on sex abuse

One Response

  1. The point is that everybody serving in the legislature has top flight healthcare and good pay. The is most certainly not the case for minimum wage workers. They often have 3 jobs to eek by with minimal or no health benefits. They are on the exact opposite part of the spectrum of those in the legislature. For 10 years these people have been pushed aside while massive tax cuts have happened on a federal scale and the rich got richer. The world will not end if minimum wage workers get a raise. The sky will not fall. Life will absolutely go on.

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