7/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Manderino moves to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Republicans target Democrats on single payer, and the Ups & Downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Manderino Leaves Labor and Industry, Joins Gaming Control Board: Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino is leaving her position to join the Pennsylvania Gaming Control.

Republicans Look To Divide Democrats on Single Payer in PA-6: The NRCC is pushing for Democrat Chrissy Houlahan to take a position on single payer healthcare, trying to sow seeds of division within the Democratic party in the district.

7/14 Ups & Downs: Wolf’s budget decsion has its ups and downs, online voter registration outpaces traditional paper registrations, PASSHE schools stay open, and handing out flyers at polls makes a difference. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Statewide
State Impact: Sunoco halts drilling in Chester County where pipeline construction damaged drinking water wells
PLS Reporter: L&I Sec. Manderino heading to Gaming Control Board
State House Sound Bites: Episode 15: Greetings from an empty Capitol

Philadelphia
Inquirer: NAACP: Former DA Abraham unfit ‘menace’ for post
Inquirer: Philly NAACP vows to block Lynne Abraham from becoming interim DA
Philly Mag: Stop Using the Poor to Justify Your Hatred of the Soda Tax
WHYY: Cheyney faculty, students relieved it won’t be merged, but still concerned
WHYY: Treasurer: Pennsylvania could run out of cash
Philadelphia Business Journal: Date set for auction of bankrupt North Philadelphia Health System
Philadelphia Business Journal: John Dougherty rep: Union council restructuring is not due to federal probe
Philadelphia Tribune: State Democrats ‘deeply troubled’ over budget proposals

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Redistricting next on Council Rock agenda
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressmen successfully tie PFC measures to military spending bill
Delco Times: Proposed Pa. Medicaid changes alarm advocates for the disabled

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Trump defends his son – drawing a contrast with Clinton – and says media are ‘distorting democracy’
Tribune Review: Trump’s approval rating takes hit
Tribune Review: McConnell defers action on health care after McCain surgery
Post-Gazette: Analysis: Slow leak of Russia news flooding White House
Post-Gazette: Iran dominates in Iraq after U.S. handed the country over
Post-Gazette: For Pat Toomey, now comes the hard part: Getting GOP health care bill passed
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s women legislators few in number but more effective at passing laws, study says
WESA: Who’s In, Who’s Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill
KDKA: Congressmen Launch Longshot Bid to Impeach President Trump

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Online voter registration rising along with Republican, unaffiliated ranks
Beaver County Times: DePasquale: State agencies fighting opioid battle doing ‘good work,’ but need to improve
Altoona Mirror: Sunoco swaps out pipeline contractor
Altoona Mirror: State House backs Medicaid limits

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Lawsuit pending against Scranton’s $300 trash pickup fee
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County settles prison OT suit
Times Leader: McConnell delays vote on health care after McCain surgery

South Central
Patriot News: Budget deadlock politics are first debate in governor’s race
Patriot News: Medicaid politics comes to Harrisburg via Pennsylvania’s state budget debate
Patriot News: Labor Secretary Kathy Manderino departs for Gaming Control Board post
LNP: Lancaster Against Pipelines to hold public prayer vigil Sunday for nuns headed to court
LNP: Cheyney, a state-owned university, may soon lose its accreditation
LNP: How do Republicans and Democrats view higher education, national media, religion?
LNP: Pennsylvania rises 10 places to No. 23 in latest ‘Top States for Business’ ranking

Lehigh Valley
The Morning Call: Budget deadlock politics the first act in Pa. governor race
The Reading Eagle: McConnell delays Senate vote on health care after McCain surgery
The Reading Eagle: Casey, Toomey weigh in on latest GOP health care bill
WFMZ: Secret Service: Donald Trump Jr. didn’t have agency’s protection at time of meeting
WFMZ: Poll: Trump’s approval rating drops to 36 percent

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie’s representatives voted this past week
Erie Times-News: Erie native promoted to Navy vice admiral
Centre Daily Times: Curley, Schultz begin jail sentences; Spanier plays washboard at Arts Fest

Opinion
Patriot News: Trump is doing what he said – putting America’s interests first: Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: Has America’s moment on the world stage now passed?: Tony May
Patriot News: A budget circus? Yes. But this is no fun (state) House: Opinion
Tribune Review: Russia & fracking: Environmental disinformation?
Tribune Review: Reforming food stamps: Encourage work, discourage fraud
Post-Gazette: Stop the yearly Pa. budget madness
The Reading Eagle: Government spending is way out of control
Express Times: Trump Jr.’s ‘big nothing’ story defies belief
Inquirer: Stop opioids from being delivered by the U.S Postal Service
Inquirer: Let’s increase Medicaid’s ability to cover inpatient treatment for substance abuse
Inquirer: Trump trying to run the country like a business isn’t working for him or the nation
Inquirer: Pa.’s budget strategy: Bad, and more broken than ever
Inquirer: Baer: Tom Wolf’s double dilemma
West Chester Daily Local: Editorial: Welcome to the land of unfunded budgets
Beaver County Times: Another July, another budget mess
LNP: In this age of email and state budgetary woes, lawmakers don’t need multiple district offices
Delco Times: Editoral: How fiscal follies rule in Harrisburg

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