8/28 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14BrabenderCox lists Barletta for U.S. Senate as a client, Wagner confronts a tracker again, and the ups & downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Barletta Signs BrabenderCox for Senate Bid: Lou Barletta’s Senate campaign is listed at one of BrabenderCox’s clients.

Wagner Confronts Tracker in Pittston: Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner got into a verbal exchange with another tracker over the weekend while attending the Pittston Tomato Festival.

8/25 Ups & Downs: Casey has positive favorability ratings, Bartos has a mixed week, Fabrizio continues a full schedule, Stack continues to gain challengers and faces the House, and Philadelphia Republicans see the largest voter registration increase. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

State House Sound Bites: Hoping to improve water quality inspections, DEP to speed up trainings
State House Sound Bites: Episode 20: Stack’s snacks get attention, but budget stays stalled
State House Sound Bites: New DUI law increases penalties on first-time offenders
StateImpact: Chesco township plan would give municipalities more control over pipelines
StateImpact: Federal court ruling could delay major natural gas pipeline projects
City & State: The monumental cost of guarding Philly’s Rizzo statue
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending Aug. 25

Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey to host town hall – with 54 people
Inquirer: What will the House do? It’s Pennsylvania’s $2B question
Inquirer: PennDot predicts up to $30 million in start-up costs for federally approved IDs
Inquirer: A good time at the Philly GOP clam bake, with party fights looming
Inquirer: Philly judge: FOP can challenge release of officers’ names after police shootings
Inquirer: Price hikes at Pa. liquor stores: Will buyers notice?
Philly Voice: Pat Toomey to hold town hall in front of 54 people
Philadelphia Tribune: Pa. lawmakers concerned lack of payment plan could lead to loss of crucial funding
WHYY: Funding finalized for Delaware River Deepening Project
WHYY: New Pa. DUI law increases penalties on first-time offenders
Philadelphia Magazine: Brady: Shut Down the Norristown High Speed Line

Pottstown Mercury: Judge sides with Boyertown schools in transgender case
Pottstown Mercury: Average Pottstown teacher salary is lowest among Montco districts
Bucks County Courier Times: Trump supporters in Bucks County say president deserves a chance to do his job
Bucks County Courier Times: Crowds have thinned, but anti-Trump sentiment still strong among Bucks County activists
Bucks County Courier Times: At a recent forum, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle demands clean debt ceiling vote, better outreach by the Democratic Party

Post-Gazette: Sen. Pat Toomey schedules televised town hall for Thursday
Post-Gazette: PennDOT will need up to $30 million for REAL ID
Post-Gazette: Democrat ‘tracker’ records GOP’s Scott Wagner knocking George Soros
Tribune Review: Pa. lawmaker fires off warning to vandals who left feces, garbage at his home
Tribune Review: $18 million in upgrades for Fox Chapel Area schools
KDKA: Mothers Say New Law For DUI Offenders Is Good First Step, But Not Enough

Altoona Mirror: Lawsuit threat hinders land plan
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners set school zone at Shady Grove School
Beaver County Times: New immunization requirements could bar children from schools

Times-Tribune: Lawmakers ask for more money for Scranton School District
Times-Tribune: Throop Borough Council to have another conversation about landfill opposition
Times Leader: Luzerne County gets purchase offers for 30 tax-delinquent properties

South Central
Patriot News: Republican Pat Toomey to hold town hall meeting on Thursday
Patriot News: Wallpaper company in York provides product for White House renovations
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker issues stern warning to vandals who left garbage outside his home
Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse takes compost facility pitch directly to Susquehanna Twp.
Patriot News: Pay disparity concerns arise again among some state government workers
Patriot News: Pa. House Republicans still striving for consensus on budget plan; pre-Labor Day return grows unlikely
LNP: Pennsylvania among worst states for women’s equality, says website
LNP: New DUI law requires first-time offenders to install ignition interlocks in vehicles
LNP: Lancaster General Hospital auxiliary pledges $500K to proposed child life program

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania candidate questions American ideals of ‘Hungarian Jew’
Morning Call: Pat Toomey to hold Lehigh Valley town hall Thursday
Reading Eagle: Major changes in state’s animal cruelty law go into effect today
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Pennsylvania state budget mess reaching critical point

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Capt. Matthew Wilson to take assistant chief role in State College police
Erie Times-News: 59 days without a complete state budget
Erie Times-News: Lawmakers to return to session in two weeks, address budget

Patriot News: In this year’s round of budget ‘kick the can,’ lawmakers have run out of road | Tony May
Patriot News: Don’t balance the budget on the backs of utility consumers | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: Millennials matter in politics: Don’t ignore them | Opinion
Patriot News: State government is broken: It’s time for another Constitutional Convention | Editorial
Beaver County Times: Bad news for local property owners
Altoona Mirror: State leaders have budgeted a failing grade
Express-Times: If opioid crisis isn’t a national emergency, what is? | Editorial
Daily News: Trump’s reckless Arpaio pardon fuels a Category 5 constitutional crisis | Will Bunch
Inquirer: Why an eyewitness account alone shouldn’t send anyone to prison
Inquirer: Why Trump’s Arizona speech bashing the media was propaganda
Inquirer: Let’s see funding for Delaware watershed protection
Bucks County Courier Times: How Charlottesville went wrong
Tribune Review: Raising the debt ceiling: A call for cuts
Tribune Review: Respect states’ pot policies
LNP: DePasquale and Smucker have their say
Erie Times-News: Our view: Trump should act promptly on opioid crisis

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