July 11th Playbook

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Pittsburgh, while Netroots Nation begins their annual conference in Philadelphia. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Dem Prez Hopefuls Head to Philly for Netroots Nation: In addition to 4 presidential hopefuls speaking at the annual meeting of progressives, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, state Rep. Summer Lee, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym and more will participate in the weekend gathering.

 

Harrisburg & DC  
WESA: State GOP Leadership Fight Turns Contentious
WITF: Wolf: Newly-bolstered reserve fund is ‘pathetic,’ but a big improvement
WITF: Despite GOP objections, Wolf moves to upgrade voting machines unilaterally
Inquirer: As General Assistance ends, worries grow about impact on low-income Pennsylvanians 
Inquirer: Joe Biden made millions after leaving the White House, including $400K at Penn last year
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s first ‘mini-casino’ has not yet opened, but the state already wants to license more of them 
Inquirer: Pa. state universities freeze tuition for first time in more than 20 years
AP: Wolf says state doesn’t plan to help fund refinery restart
AP: Auditor general: save money and get rid of Keystone Exam
AP: State universities freeze tuition, first time in 2 decades
AP: Special election to be held to fill Scranton mayor’s term
AP: Pennsylvania trying anew to auction mini-casino licenses
WHYY Newsworks: Three challengers planning to take on Fitzpatrick in competitive Bucks race
Post-Gazette: Toomey calls Trump’s threat to remove Fed chair a ‘very, very bad idea’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DePasquale: Scrap Keystone exams for high school kids and replace them with SATs
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Conservative think-tank identifies $61 million in earmarks in state budget 
PLSReporter: DePasquale and Dinniman call for school districts to eliminate Keystone Exams
PLSReporter: Progressives call on lawmakers to ’tax the rich’
WHYY Newsworks: Some Pa. superintendents have been quietly armed in schools — and parents probably don’t know it 
WHYY Newsworks: Citing technicality, Pa. school district scraps first-of-kind policy to arm teachers
Patriot News: Tuition freeze: Pa. state-owned universities avoid hike for first time in 21 years
City Paper: New bill makes female genital mutilation a felony in Pennsylvania

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: The national progressive movement is growing. Now its biggest gathering – Netroots – is coming to Philly.
Inquirer: Out of City Hall, Amber Hikes fought for trans folks, LGBTQ people of color — and that flag 
Inquirer: What’s in your Philly drinking water? Maybe not as much as you fear. 
Inquirer: As General Assistance ends, worries grow about impact on low-income Pennsylvanians 
Philly Voice: Immigration rights demonstrators arrested during sit-in at Joe Biden’s Philadelphia headquarters
Philly Voice: Hahnemann closing maternity ward on Friday — even as Philly judge orders the facility remain open 
WHYY Newsworks: City Council cheat sheet: What Philly’s legislators wanted to do and how it actually worked out 
WHYY Newsworks: Battle over immigrant youth center is bigger than Philly 
Philadelphia Magazine: Penn Paid Joe Biden $775,000 to Expand Its “Global Outreach” … and Give Some Speeches
KYW Newsradio: Six people arrested in first protest at Joe Biden’s campaign headquarters
KYW Newsradio: Hahnemann shifting more than 800 expectant mothers elsewhere to stem ‘maternity health care crisis’ 
Billy Penn: Philly immigrant earnings — and taxes paid — are up 13%, per new report

 

SEPA 
Bucks County Courier Times: Race for 1st Congressional District takes shape
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, local Lyme disease group support TICK bill
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Council president insists on rules of order
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmakers continue push for PFAS provisions in military spending bill, draw Trump veto threat
Daily Local News: Shae Ashe to take on Daylin Leach for 17th District state Senate seat 
Daily Local News: Chester County commissioners offer to debate opponents 
WHYY Newsworks: Three challengers planning to take on Fitzpatrick in competitive Bucks race
Inquirer: Montgomery County has hundreds of health care jobs going unfilled
Delco Daily Times: Wolf says state doesn’t plan to help fund Philly refinery restart 
Delco Daily Times: County OKs plan to boost open space, allocates money

 

Pittsburgh  
Tribune Review: Presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand to campaign in Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: Detroit trial for Khari Mosley, husband of Allegheny County controller, to start Thursday
Tribune Review: Pine resident named president of Allegheny County Bar Association
City Paper: Why so few Pittsburghers want Mayor Peduto’s proposed autonomous shuttle 
City Paper: Gender identity and expression added to Pittsburgh’s non-discrimination protections 
City Paper: Block party-style birthday celebration to be held on what would have been Antwon Rose II’s 19th birthday.
Pittsburgh Business Times: City passes ban on discrimination over gender identity
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Pittsburgh Superintendent Anthony Hamlet Is Paid Consultant To Business That Hosts Vendors  
KDKA: Pa. Ranked Second For State With Most Student Debt
Post-Gazette: Senate confirms J. Nicholas Ranjan as district court judge amid judicial shuffle in Western Pennsylvania 
Post-Gazette: As protesters cursed outside, a corporate battle came to a quiet end 
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh residents weigh in on pending PWSA agreement

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria preparing, hoping to be paid back for voting machine purchase
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawsuit: Local company operates illegal gambling machines
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf moves to borrow to cover voting machine costs
Beaver County Times: Beaver County native out as Allegheny County Democratic Committee director
Beaver County Times: Turnpike Gateway toll booths going cashless
Observer-Reporter: Casey defends Affordable Care Act 
Altoona Mirror: Area Sheetz stores offer Bitcoin purchasing stations

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Special election will be held in November to fill Courtright’s term
Times-Tribune: Scranton seeks outside review of the city’s Licensing, Inspections and Permits Department
Times-Tribune: Asked if they’ll seek candidacy in mayor special election, Evans, Rogan and Donahue offer ‘no comment’
Times-Tribune: South Abington Twp. man fears he’ll lose health care coverage over ACA court challenge
Times-Tribune: Alaskan Gov., Scranton native Mike Dunleavy, has Alaskans fearing ‘economic devastation’
Times-Tribune: New federal judge assigned to Courtright case  
Citizens Voice: Pedri: School tax bills will go out by Aug. 1 
Citizens Voice: Texas mailing address used to buy alleged hate group’s plaque 
The Times Leader: Trump embraces Cartwright proposal to help Americans with kidney disease 

 

South Central  
Patriot News: Legalizing recreational marijuana use could create ‘carnage’ on Pa. roads, judge predicts
LNP | LancasterOnline: Police are using Lancaster’s marijuana decriminalization ordinance, data shows 
LNP | LancasterOnline: York County principal who wore blackface to take sabbatical, be teacher 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hallam Borough Council reviews amendments to clarify local laws 

 

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Easton police are getting body cameras, new dashboard cameras
Express Times: Large crowd opposing warehouse shuts down planning board meeting
Express Times: Allegations of threats, intimidation, funds mismanagement. Unanimous vote calls for Wilson councilman to quit.
Morning Call: ‘Things seem to change quite rapidly’ in Harrisburg
Morning Call: Former Muhlenberg College president resigns from board overseeing Allentown’s NIZ
Morning Call: New ordinance could cite Easton homeowners who allow fireworks on their property

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Recent Erie County Council candidate dies age 90
Erie Times-News: Erie Coke, DEP spar over health risks

 

Opinion  
PennLive Editorial Board: Pa. legislators, how about a present for your constituents? Pass the Gift Ban bill 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tending the crops: Overdue farm bill offers hope to the industry 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Before his time: Ross Perot understood the failures of U.S. politics 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly rec centers should slap ‘mosquitoes’ away 
Brian Fitzpatrick: Bringing our community together on immigration
Mark O’Keefe: For Pa. lawmakers, it’s summertime – and the living is definitely easy 
John L. Micek: How a Census citizenship question could reshape state-level politics | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Albert Eisenberg: As Trump campaigns, Philly should be on his itinerary 
Chris Kelly: Standing up is only way to knock down corruption
Fletcher McClellan: How the Dems’ ongoing debate over busing is moving us both backward — and forward
Dan Simpson: The U.S. gets a mid-year checkup
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: How did Jeffrey Epstein get away with sex trafficking?
Hannah Sassaman: To heal violence, divest from police and jails, and invest in proven community solutions 
Dominik Stecula: Vaccines should not become a partisan issue 
Trudy Rubin: Kim Darroch’s resignation reflects troubles in two democracies 
The Angry Grammarian: End a sentence with a preposition? Good reasons are easy to come by 
Jenice Armstrong: Parents of teens in flash mobs: Get your rowdy youngsters in check before it’s too late

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