July 10th Playbook

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick receives a primary challenger from a Trump friendly Republican, while two Democrats have filed paperwork to run for the 1st Congressional District. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Andrew Meehan Announces Challenge Against Fitzpatrick in PA1 GOP Primary: Meehan calls Fitzpatrick a “fake Republican” and believes the sitting GOP Congressman does not support President Donald Trump’s agenda.

 

Harrisburg & DC  
Politico: Trump campaign plunges into brawl to control Pennsylvania GOP
WHYY Newsworks: The Pa. Senate’s viral shouting match and the state of state politics
WITF: After veto, Wolf and Republicans appear split on voting machine money 
AP: Wolf orders bond issue to help counties buy voting machines
AP: Pennsylvania touts stronger fiscal health, but clouds loom
AP: New law seems unlikely to alter Philly gun law prosecutions
AP: Sheetz convenience store puts Bitcoin ATMs in 6 shops
AP: Federal court says Amazon can be sued over defective product
PA Post: Gerrymandering in Pa.: Why the risk is (still) real  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf borrows $90 million against economic development dollars to fund voting machines 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: $317 million deposit to Rainy Day Fund will protect taxpayers in economic downturn, officials say.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court says it will investigate ‘systemic failures’ in Philly’s cash bail system
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Obnoxious’ Texas case could cost thousands in Pa. their health insurance, Pa. Sen. Casey warns
PLSReporter: Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond
PLSReporter: Wolf, Torsella praise Rainy Day Fund deposit but maintain more work needs to be done
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Rep. Ryan plans to introduce bill that replaces 100% of all school property tax
PLSReporter: Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold 
Inquirer: After Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announces $90 million to upgrade voting machines, GOP pushes back
Inquirer: Joe Biden made millions after leaving the White House, including $400K at Penn last year
Inquirer: Bloomberg announces Pennsylvania projects in its $10M overdose-prevention initiative
Bucks County Courier Times: Casey, health care advocates ‘sound the alarm’ about ACA lawsuit
StateImpactPA: Possible future uses for PES refinery call into question cleanup plans there
Pittsburgh Business Times: Casey: ACA lawsuit would be devastating if successful
WESA: Wolf: Newly-Bolstered Reserve Fund Is ‘Pathetic,’ But A Big Improvement  
Patriot News: Tuition freeze? Pa. state-owned universities could hold line for first time in 21 years
Patriot News: Kathleen Kane, former Pa. attorney general, is disbarred by the feds

 

Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Marge Tartaglione, former Philly city commissioner and political matriarch, dies at 86
WHYY Newsworks: AG Shapiro distances himself from bill to override Philly DA Krasner on gun crimes 
Inquirer: Marge Tartaglione, longtime Philly city commissioner, dies at age 86 
Inquirer: Labor, state, and city officials seek last-ditch rescue funds for Hahnemann University Hospital
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court will probe alleged ‘systemic failure’ in Philadelphia bail practices
Inquirer: Temple freezes tuition; Pennsylvania state system universities considering a freeze, too 
Inquirer: What happens when Philly police get body cameras — but don’t turn them on?
Philadelphia Magazine: Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Want Hahnemann Hospital to Close 
KYW Newsradio: Philly judge grants city’s request for an injunction in the Hahnemann closure
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Supreme Court appoints special master to investigate Philly bail system
KYW Newsradio: Amber Hikes resigns from Philly Office of LGBTQ Affairs
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials fight proposed federal housing rule that could leave thousands of children homeless

 

SEPA 
Delco Daily Times: County gets input on new voting machine systems
Delco Daily Times: Radnor prohbits smoking in parks, playgrounds and trails
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf orders $90M bond issue to help counties buy voting machines
Daily Local News: GunSenseUs launches new fund-raising program

 

Pittsburgh  
Post-Gazette: Detroit trial date set for Controller Chelsa Wagner, one week after November election 
Post-Gazette: Tax the Rich National Bus Tour makes a stop at Pitt 
Post-Gazette: City Council, PWSA and the public weigh in on proposed agreement
Post-Gazette: City will now protect gender identity and expression
Tribune Review: Detroit trials set for Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, husband
Tribune Review: Ross Perot’s ties to Western Pa. began with marriage to Greensburg native
WESA: County Controller And Dept. Of Human Services At Odds Over Recovery Home Audit
WESA: City Adds More Inclusive Language To Anti-Discrimination Ordinance 
WESA: Police Officers Reassigned, Other Bureau Changes Made In Wake Of Kopy’s Bar Incident
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Controller Chelsa Wagner Ordered To Stand Trial In Detroit  
City Paper: Protesters gather in Greenfield following alleged assault by Pittsburgh firefighter of 13-year-old boy 
City Paper: Former congressional candidate Rick Saccone starts a blog called Veritas007 to expose “hidden agendas” 

 

SWPA
Tribune Review: Wolf secures voting machine funding; Westmoreland won’t use new system until 2020
Observer-Reporter: State puts brakes on privatizing transportation program 
Altoona Mirror: Blair receives grant money for lead abatement

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Courtright corruption scandal flusters city’s business community; some predict change on horizon 
Times-Tribune: Most Scranton business owners had nothing to do with Courtright’s racket. Do they feel relieved? Cheated? 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre probing alleged hate group’s plaque on city monument 
Citizens Voice: New law allows professionals to work in Pa. while obtaining license 
Citizens Voice: Four firms submit tax collection service bids 
Citizens Voice: DEP: Keystone landfill benefits outweigh harms 
The Times Leader: In shift from past, state boosts special ed funding more than basic ed  
The Times Leader: Credit card debt settled out of court, Gilbert says
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Councilman Eugene Kelleher offers parting words

 

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill tracker: When addiction treatment becomes big business
Patriot News: Will Harrisburg School District go after former superintendent for salary ‘overpayments’?
Patriot News: Homeless, low-income Harrisburg residents would benefit from $2 million-plus grant plan 
Patriot News: GOP balks at Wolf’s plan to borrow up to $90M to fund voting machines; governor’s staff defends move
Patriot News: State attorney general’s office handling Harrisburg School District ‘missing’ computers probe 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Snow days aren’t going anywhere — for now, at least — despite new ‘flexible instructional day’ law
LNP | LancasterOnline: New Lancaster County first assistant district attorney gets $25,000 raise
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County government building closed due to power outage

 

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: A $15 minimum wage would mean higher pay and job losses, according to a new analysis. Do Pennsylvania lawmakers support the proposed wage hike?
Reading Eagle: Leesport mayor tells Northern Berks Police he’s spoken to 2 townships about police coverage
Reading Eagle: Wyomissing residents complain to council about stormwater flooding
Express Times: Nearly $1.2 million withheld by Northampton County as bridge projects stall

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Proposal to fund voting machines criticized
Erie Times-News: No decision in Erie Coke injunction hearing

 

Opinion  
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa. lawmakers kill general assistance, but keep their own welfare program 
Inquirer Editorial Board: An assault on DA Larry Krasner’s discretion is an assault on Philadelphia’s sovereignty 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stepping on history: Nike shows shallowness, ignorance with flag shoes
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Welcome aboard: Pittsburgh nonprofits bring diversity to leadership 
Tony Norman: Joe Sestak: A man with a plan?
Kim Stolfer and Greg Archetto: Pa. is right to give schools the room to make their own choices on security 
Jami Amo: From a Columbine survivor: New Pa. law allowing more armed guards won’t make our schools any safer
John L. Micek: New study: Pa. is the 6th worst state in the nation to start a new business | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Thu Tran and Mike Jones: How a legal task force combats Philly house stealing 
Will Bunch: How Joe Biden, Kamala Harris sparked a school segregation debate that’s way overdue 
Gene Therapy: On HBO, Chernobyl is more harrowing than ever
Stu Bykofsky: Philly sleuth brings to life Pa. hero who died on D-Day 
Solomon Jones: ‘Was he black?’ The first thing I ask when I hear about a crime

July 10th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “July 10th Playbook”

  1. Abe R. Lincoln, IV, Esquire, LL Bean says:

    Fitz will win as a Dem hands down in Bucks County switching as a Dem. He is popular and cuts across party lines. Joining Dems will undercut the political opponents and give him a leg up for the next cycle. He will lose should he stay Republican.

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