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January 30th Playbook

State Sen. Don White announces he will be resigning at the end of February, while powerful union leader John Dougherty is expected to be indicted today in the IBEW Local 98 investigation. Here is the Playbook.

GOP Leadership Call on Ellis To Resign After Assault Allegation: Ellis is taking a week long leave of absence according to the House Majority Leader’s press secretary.

Breaking: Sen. White To Retire In February: The Republican state Senator will resign at the end of February.

DCCC: Fitzpatrick, Kelly and Perry Make List Of Initial 2020 Targets: Fitzpatrick is the only of the three to represent a district that went to Sec. Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Legalizing Marijuana in PA: A Too Familiar Script: The last Franklin & Marshall College state poll to survey voters on the question (September, 2017) revealed that almost six of ten voters (59%) supported legalization.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Don White, GOP state senator, leaving seat in middle of term
AP: Wolf calls for tougher gun laws after synagogue shooting
AP: Report outlines ways to make Pennsylvania voting more secure
WITF: Pa. state senators plot election law shake-up
WITF: Calling Pa. laws ‘antiquated,’ bipartisan group pushes parole reform
PhillyVoice: Casey excoriates EPA’s reported pass on limits on PFOA and PFOS in drinking water
City Paper: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman renews calls on state Sen. Daylin Leach to resign
PLSReporter: Delozier, advocates push for the passage of Marsy’s Law
PLSReporter: Senators announce effort to streamline absentee voting, modernize election process
PLSReporter: House members propose rule reforms to change how the House runs
PLSReporter: Cutler striving to “find a solution” to child sex abuse bill
PLSReporter: Gov. Wolf, legislators and advocates join to support stronger gun legislation
Beaver County Times: Sen. Bob Casey joins colleagues on letter demanding probe into migrant children’s deaths
StateImpactPA: Report says EPA refuses to regulate two PFAS chemicals
Harrisburg Patriot News: House GOP leader explains why he feels lawmaker accused of sexual assault should resign
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gun control advocates, after logging a rare win last year, look for next steps in Pennsylvania  
Harrisburg Patriot News: DePasquale calls for resignation of legislators following sexual misconduct and assault allegations

Inquirer: Sources: Johnny Doc, Councilman Bobby Henon indicted in IBEW Local 98 investigation
Inquirer: Sources: Federal authorities set to announce charges in Local 98 investigation Wednesday
Inquirer: Johnny Doc repaid $280K to Local 98 amid FBI probe, documents show
Inquirer: The Philly DA’s office promised an aggressive Conviction Integrity Unit. Judges have pushed back.
Inquirer: Nearly 30,000 students apply to Philadelphia charter schools through new website
Inquirer: David B. Glancey, 74, Philadelphia Democratic Party chairman, tax official and Penn lobbyist
Philadelphia Magazine: D.C. “Antifa Leader” Is Third Man Charged in Marine Attack in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Second candidate running as Republican for mayor in Philadelphia
PlanPhilly: Philly officials to face Council scrutiny on faulty property assessments
Billy Penn: Activist DeRay Mckesson’s ‘Pod Save the People’ is coming to Philly in Feb, and DA Larry Krasner is the guest
Billy Penn: A North Philly public housing resident is taking on the City Council President
KYW Newsradio: Auditor general tours trauma center, develops plan to reduce gun deaths
KYW Newsradio: Kenney signs executive order to ensure complete count of Philadelphians in 2020 census     

Daily Local News: Dinniman decries pipeline lobbying in Harrisburg
Daily Local News: East Goshen residents invited to information session on pipeline
Daily Local News: Rep. Shusterman appointed to House Judiciary, Tourism, Aging committees
Daily Local News: Sappey named to House Agriculture, Local Government and Veterans committees
KYW Newsradio: 2 new county GOP leaders emphasize importance of local politics
WHYY Newsworks: Chester City records fewer murders amid drop in crime
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montco state House representatives assigned committees
Bucks County Courier Times: Report: EPA won’t regulate PFAS in drinking water

Post-Gazette: Braddock council picks interim mayor to replace Fetterman
Post-Gazette: Democrats eye Republican Mike Kelly’s congressional seat
Post-Gazette: More changes for Pa. Senate as Don White of Indiana announces retirement
Tribune Review: Property debate sparks spat between Latrobe mayor, manager
Tribune Review: Westmoreland assistant public defender announces candidacy for Monessen district judge
Tribune Review: Challenge to Murrysville fracking ordinance will continue Thursday
Tribune Review: Plum school board members pledge to keep any tax increase in their 2019-20 budget to a minimum
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate stays steady in December
NEXTPittsburgh: On Media: Post-Gazette cartoonist Steve Kelley responds to critics who call his work ‘misogynistic’
The Incline: New hate crime and firearms charges filed against accused Tree of Life gunman

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Panel adds Cambria to list to be removed from emissions testing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Audit: Cambria County did not follow procedure for arena scoreboard purchase
Altoona Mirror: Sheriff announces commissioner bid
Observer-Reporter: BVA school board votes not to exceed the tax index for 2019-20 school year   
Observer-Reporter: Peters school board discusses taxes, high school construction at meeting  
Observer-Reporter: Putnam, Westcott seeking re-election  
Observer-Reporter: Roman declares candidacy for register of wills  
Observer-Reporter: Trader to seek fourth term as Greene County commissioner  
Observer-Reporter: Elliott Stewart seeks nomination for Greene County controller   

The Times Leader: Brown to run for Wilkes-Barre mayor
The Times Leader: Pepperjam employee is running for Wilkes-Barre council seat
The Times Leader: Belusko to campaign for second term on Wilkes-Barre city council
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board member resigns  
Times-Tribune: Unemployment rate drops in region  
Times-Tribune: Greenfield Twp. supervisors vote to demand resignation from elected official indicted in federal court
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County seeks investment manager

South Central   
Harrisburg Patriot News: House GOP leader explains why he feels lawmaker accused of sexual assault should resign
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gun control advocates, after logging a rare win last year, look for next steps in Pennsylvania  
Harrisburg Patriot News: DePasquale calls for resignation of legislators following sexual misconduct and assault allegations  
Harrisburg Patriot News: NRA president Oliver North to speak at Harrisburg Outdoor Show’s opening ceremony  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg leaders wonder what’s next for property being vacated by one of Pa.’s largest companies
York Dispatch: Sen. Phillips-Hill’s office to help elderly, disabled apply for rebates

Lehigh Valley  
Reading Eagle: Michael Morrill wants to be Berks County commissioner
Reading Eagle: Billboard announces Reading Mayor Wally Scott’s primary run
Reading Eagle: Reading isn’t ready to handle its own finances, Act 47 administrator tells City Council
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers float a raft of bills to overhaul elections
Morning Call: Local Steelworkers union benefit for federal employees hurt by shutdown continues Wednesday

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Ippolito to seek Lycoming County DA nomination
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council incumbent seeks re-election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council looks at renovation project
Erie Times-News: Voters, poll workers test new voting machines at expo
Erie Times-News: Feds pledge support in Erie domestic-violence fight

Inquirer Editorial Board: Where’s the money? The city shouldn’t be asking that question when it looks at its checkbook.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Politics of religion: Festival support violates India’s constitution
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Musk’s folly: Working employees to the bone could ruin Tesla
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Muzzling the public: West Mifflin board gets poor grade for civics
Newt Gingrich: After recent botched scoops, media hype hits new lows
John Baer: Wait, Harrisburg’s trying to get stuff done?
Tony Norman: The coming Democratic coffee klatch
Patrick J. Brennan: Banning gifts from pharma to doctors is a big step toward increasing patient trust
Dan Hillferty and Rob Wonderling: International newspapers unfairly criticize Philly
Will Bunch: The coming war over robots replacing your job is going to make you forget Trump
Ernest Owens: By All Means, Philly, #MuteRKelly — but #EvictJewellWilliams Too
Brett Mandel: Hey Philadelphia, it’s time to reassess this mess
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania state legislators talk tough about corruption. Let’s see them do something about it this time
Scott Wallace: Voters deserve better than the two faces of Brian Fitzpatrick
John L. Micek: Pa.’s biggest courts spent $1.3m to settle harassment, discrimination suits over last decade, report | Tuesday Morning Coffee

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