3/14 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14The State Department moves deadlines due to weather, the Philly DA’s race gets a new candidate, the Supreme Court rules in the 197th special election, and Thompson fundraises off Trump.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Updated: State Dept: Petition Challenge Deadline Extended: The ballot lottery and the deadline to file petition challenges have been extended due to weather. Wolf signed an executive order dictating the new deadline for filing petition challenges.

Jack O’Neill Jumps into Philly DA’s Race: Former Assistant District Attorney Jack O’Neil made it official, he is running for District Attorney.

HD-197: Supreme Court Keeps Democratic Candidate Off the Ballot: The Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Commonwealth Court that the Democratic candidate will not appear on the ballot.

Thompson Fundraises Off Trump: The Congressman is raffling off tickets to a dinner in D.C. where Trump will be the keynote speaker.

Statewide
Capitolwire: State Republican lawmakers ‘excited’ to partner with federal government to target illegal immigration.
Capitolwire: PA’s unemployment rate improved in January, mostly due to people dropping from state’s workforce.
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: With what we know right now, the most reasonable 2017-18 PA budget predictions aren’t good ones.
StateImpact: Mariner East 2 critics say any leak could cause ‘catastrophe’ in Delco

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Pa. pension chair wanted political contract, ex-CIO told U.S.
Inquirer: Philly School District savings means headaches for charter schools
Inquirer: Where Philly-area Republicans stand on the Obamacare repeal
Inquirer: Society of Irish Women ready to celebrate with Hillary Clinton as speaker
Inquirer: Sandy victims, not Mexico, may have to pay for Trump’s border wall
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. approves new drug to treat advanced breast cancer.
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. and N.J. GOP lawmakers not all on board with Obamacare replacement bill
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia still hot market for CPA firms looking to expand

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Senator Bob Casey asks ethics office to assess Trump’s foreign deals
Bucks County Courier Times: Philadelphia shifting to electronic fares, away from tokens
Bucks County Courier Times: PSEG looks to sell stake in $1.2B PennEast pipeline project

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Allegheny County jury will decide fate of celebrity Bill Cosby in sexual-assault trial
Tribune Review: Trump administration preemptively blasts Congressional Budget Office report
Post-Gazette: Members debate how much oversight Jail Oversight Board should have
Post-Gazette: Local congressmen on key committees shaping health care replacement plan
WESA: Pittsburgh Tackles Most Pressing Challenges With New Resilience Strategy

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Reilly retiring after 20 years as police services director
Altoona Mirror: Four seeking Hollidaysburg mayor position
Beaver County Times: Five individuals announce intent to run for Beaver County judge
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Victim Services sees increase in client numbers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Six seek district judge post in Stonycreek Township

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Butler Township turns to banks for building funds
Times-Tribune: Department of Human Services shifts on proposal for disabled workers
Times-Tribune: Society of Irish Women ready to celebrate with Hillary Clinton as speaker

South Central
Patriot News: Pa. House backs $75 million expansion of school choice tax credit programs
Patriot News: House passes bill requiring schools to drill students annually on reacting to security threats
Patriot News: ‘My compassion is for American children’: Rep. Metcalfe on kids of those caught in immigration raids
Patriot News: Jail time possible but unlikely as Curley and Schultz plead guilty in Sandusky coverup
Patriot News: Ballot lottery for May primary, deadline for objections postponed because of storm
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf to Pennsylvanians: ‘Don’t go to work tomorrow’
York Dispatch: Sweeney runs for district judge in southern York Co.

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Contractors to talk about Martin Tower work
Morning Call: Southern Lehigh administrator wants pilot kindergarten program to be permanent
Morning Call: Spectra Energy buys up more shares of PennEast pipeline
Reading Eagle: Albright prof says effect of health care report unclear
Reading Eagle: Reading council endorses disaster declaration
Reading Eagle: RAWA billing errors shock business leaders
Reading Eagle: Laureldale council votes to advertise 3 ordinances
WFMZ: Southern Lehigh School Board considers selling Lower Milford Elementary School
Express Times: Planned Parenthood closing Easton area, Bucks clinics

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Town halls announced to discuss proposed vehicle fee increase
Centre Daily Times: Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership provides loans to two businesses
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Tax hike possible for Lycoming residents in Jersey Shore Area
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Borough to inspect wells
Erie Times-News: Erie County releases list of May 16 municipal primary candidates
Erie Times-News: Big crowd hears of big changes at Erie School District

Opinion
Tribune Review: Fertilizing a minimum-wage hike: The wrong inducement
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone secrecy troubling
Bucks County Courier Times: Listening to the taxpayers
Erie Times-News: Our view: Act 152 is key tool in blight fight
Inquirer: Commentary: Time for Pa. to deliver on pay equity
Inquirer: Commentary: Gorsuch rulings will be tainted
Inquirer: Commentary: Casey should back Gorsuch
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Marijuana levy can’t take the place of tax reform
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Editorial | Rural hospitals struggle to fill gaps in physician care

3/14 PoliticsPA Playbook
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