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February 8th Playbook

Shapiro files a suit against UPMC, the NRCC includes 3 PA Dems in their 2020 target list, and a new SRCC chair is named. Happy Friday politicos, here is the Playbook.

Bartolotta Named New SRCC Chair: Bartolotta will be the first woman to chair the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.

Shapiro Files Suit Against UPMC: The Attorney General states that the behemoth non-profit is not fulfilling its obligation as a public charity.

NRCC: Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild Make List of Initial 2020 Targets: Wild is the only of the three targeted that represents a district that Sec. Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Attorney general sues over patient access to UPMC’s network  
AP: State justice denies benefit from alleged stolen union funds
AP: The Latest: Attorney general sues UPMC over patient access
Inquirer: Pa. GOP demands probe into Local 98 union money allegedly spent on Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty
Inquirer: Professor who accused Va. lieutenant governor of sexual assault once taught at Pa. college
WITF: Pa. Senator Pat Toomey calls on Trump to alter trade approach
WESA: Paper chase: Fearing hacked election, Pa. officials scramble ahead of 2020 to bolster security
WESA: Skeptical Republicans, Economists Hold Hearing On Minimum Wage Hike
WESA: Reschenthaler Opposes Bipartisan Background Check Legislation In House Judiciary Hearing  
Morning Call: 3 Pennsylvania House Democrats are top targets for national Republicans in 2020
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Math is hard. Budget math is harder | Thursday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Not a climate bill’: Environmental group pans proposed nuclear deal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawmaker who chaired Liquor Control Committee moves to lobbying role for Pa. brewers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As the fight over Trump’s Wall rages in Washington, Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon is headed for the Border
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: This Pa. university helps single moms and their kids get out of poverty. The Wolf administration wants to copy that success
WHYY Newsworks: Government shutdown is over, but neediest Pennsylvanians on SNAP still scrambling due to payment disruptions  
PLSReporter: Push to expand state’s film tax credit reignites debate over the program’s value
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Torren Ecker
Patriot News: Sunday hunting in Pa. gets closer than ever to being approved. What’s different this time?  
Patriot News: Tax on violent video games to pay for school safety? That’s one lawmaker’s suggestion  
Patriot News: A ‘serious health issue’ prompted Thomas Marino’s resignation from Congress: spokesman  
StateImpactPA: Lawmakers’ Clairton Coke Works hearing draws suggestions, criticism over fire response
Carlisle Sentinel: TSA: Gun detection at airports up nationwide, down in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell says come ‘arrest me’ over this program

Philly Clout: Johnny Doc’s soda tax-threat was aimed at the wrong rival union
Inquirer: Philly Councilman Bobby Henon returns to work after indictment, won’t step down as majority leader
Inquirer: Hotel, pharma lobbyists win Philly City Council vote against drug rep law
Inquirer: Philly DA Krasner pledges attack on housing theft
Philadelphia Magazine: How Philly’s New Sexual Misconduct Policy Is (and Isn’t) Working
WHYY Newsworks: Developers, unions fill City Council war chests ahead of 2019 elections
PLSReporter: Council votes down pharma regulations
Philadelphia Gay News: Another LGBT contender for city council
Billy Penn: Garces Group exec Judy Moore is challenging District 10 Councilman Brian O’Neill for his Northeast Philly seat
KYW Newsradio: Long-delayed sale of city-owned property finally passes City Council
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia highlights a nutrition program that has moved its focus beyond the classroom
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former Wolf Block chairman, political fundraiser Charles Kopp dies at 85

Pottstown Mercury: Houlahan sets town hall meeting
Pottstown Mercury: Montco commissioners approve 10 resolutions, 14 awards of contract
Bucks County Courier Times: Crowded field seeks 3 seats on Bucks County bench
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Judge Boylan prepares to retire after 20 years
Delco Daily Times: For Upper Darby Council, it’s all a matter of the ‘minutiae’  
Delco Daily Times: Marcus Hook passes 2019 budget with no tax increase
Daily Local News: West Chester mayor:EIT increase will pay down pension deficit  
Daily Local News: Dinniman, Wolf call for plan to ensure kindergarten programs

City Paper: Pa. AG Josh Shapiro sues UPMC, hopes to force them to accept all health care plans  
City Paper: Democratic Socialists launch local #GramTheVan campaign to combat anti-abortion efforts  
WESA: Reschenthaler Opposes Bipartisan Background Check Legislation In House Judiciary Hearing
WESA: Burgess Announces Re-Election Bid In Pittsburgh City Council District 9
KDKA: Public Hearing On Mon Valley Air Quality Packs Clairton Municipal Building
AP: Pittsburgh water agency to spend $50M to replace lead pipes
Post-Gazette: PWSA customers facing nearly 14 percent rate increase
Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette asks court to unseal Haney shale gas case settlement
Post-Gazette: Fresh from the State of the Union, Tree of Life survivor goes to school
Tribune Review: Ted Kopas announces re-election campaign for county commissioner seat
Tribune Review: County to borrow $44 million for new voting machines, other projects and to refinance debt
Tribune Review: Brian Snyder, Tarentum business owner, chosen to fill council vacancy
Tribune Review: NAACP calls for Plum school board member’s resignation

Altoona Mirror: Hunters ready to file lawsuit
Altoona Mirror: Republican running for coroner
Altoona Mirror: Metzgar running for re-election
Beaver County Times: Democrats coming to CCBC on Saturday for campaign training
Beaver County Times: Holocaust survivor reflects on State of the Union honor
Observer-Reporter: Magistrate announces he won’t seek fifth term
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns: Municipalities should seek Act 13 grants

The Times Leader: Pa. Auditor General’s staff visits Hanover Area after overpayments revealed
The Times Leader: Local farmers sound off at forum with Pa. Agriculture Secretary
The Times Leader: DA’s office probing allegations WB councilwoman Gilbert raised in job resignation
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre council needs another attempt at passing higher recycling fee
The Times Leader: Salavantis formally kicks off re-election campaign with River Grille speech
Times-Tribune: As Scranton School Board accepts applications for vacancy, directors must decide whether to run again  
Times-Tribune: Wyoming commissioners mulling new ballot machines
Citizens Voice: Taxes going up in 15 municipalities in Luzerne County
Citizens Voice: W-B recycling fee hike headed for defeat
Citizens Voice: County council field starts to take shape

South Central   
Patriot News: A ‘serious health issue’ prompted Thomas Marino’s resignation from Congress: spokesman  
Patriot News: Uncertainty of plans for Lemoyne Middle School keeps local government from offering support
York Daily Record: Interested in a York County government job? The hiring process just got easier
York Dispatch: Small York County towns aren’t keen on Wolf’s state police fee
LNP | LancasterOnline: Governor’s proposal includes $4.8M in additional basic education funding for Lancaster County schools [graphic]
LNP | LancasterOnline: On Politics: Fundraising off the SOTU, and reacting quickly to a minimum wage proposal

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Ex-Allentown managing director Francis Dougherty facing sentencing today
Morning Call: South Whitehall bans smoking, tobacco in township playgrounds
Reading Eagle: Joe Rudderow wants to be Berks County commissioner
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners reverse course, back training-facility grant
Express Times: Phillipsburg mayor claims there’s no evidence anyone ever signed a petition to recall him. Is that true?

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Attorney seeks GOP nomination for DA  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor plans run for county seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Heavy rain, snowmelt takes city financial toll
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lock Haven City Council discusses use of live-streaming for meetings
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Linden woman seeks prothonotary post
Erie Times-News: City of Erie launches redesigned website

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The gotcha sword: Virginia governor and Democratic Party in a fine mess
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Killing in the name: Religion is no excuse for violence, says Pope Francis
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Direct line to the top: Mayor Bill Peduto excels at Twitter communication
Bernie O’Hare: “Reformer” Wild Brings Top Dem Donor to SOTU
Peter Grollman: A new kind of pharmacy will combat food insecurity for children
Christine Flowers: Stopping illegal safe injection sites is exactly what the U.S. attorney is supposed to do
Abraham Gutman: Defeating AIDS in 10 years is possible, just not for the Trump-Pence administration
Michael Tomasky: Political polarization is America’s normal — and there’s nothing new about it
Will Bunch: If Johnny Doc’s a working-class hero, he wasn’t the one that Philly needed
Robert Speel: State of the Union 2019: Investigating doesn’t rule out legislating
Kevin Werbach: People don’t trust blockchain systems – is regulation a way to help?
Maria Panaritis: In Penn State-Tim Piazza frat hazing, a love affair with bullying that must end
Inga Saffron: Go ahead, cross in the middle of the block — if you dare
Tony Norman: When dreams are the color of paper bags

One Response

  1. Apparently, the NRCC has a bunch of fools who have nothing to do but spend large sums of money on congressional races that they will not win. Chrin spent many bucks in a pointless race in 2018 where he howled of “sanctuary cities” but none of these so called “sanctuary cities” where in the district he was running in. Typical political two-step saying irrelevant catch phrases hoping lightening will strike and victory had. The truth is the NRCC has an weight to carry with Trump who will mightly struggle in Pa should Joe Biden be nominated or any smart centerist candidate for Dems. This NRCC target list ignores the Trump candidacy and is a total joke out of step with reality.

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