July 18th Playbook

The PA Supreme Court rules to uphold a Pittsburgh paid sick leave law, while the first Democrat officially announces a bid in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Fitzpatrick Joins Dems in Condemning Trump Tweet, Kelly’s Defense of Trump Goes Viral: The Bucks County Republican is the lone GOP member of his delegation to vote with the Democrats, while the Butler County Republican’s defense of Trump garners national attention.

PA Supreme Court: Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Day Law Can Stand: The 2015 Pittsburgh City Council law requiring many private employers to provide paid sick days now gets the green light from the state Supreme Court.

Daniel Smith Jr. Announces Bid for PA16: Smith, who attempted to unseat state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) in 2018, is the first Democrat to announce a bid against Rep. Mike Kelly for 2020.

Yang Philly Rally Postponed: 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, Andrew Yang announced on Twitter that he was planning on holding a rally in Philadelphia today, but due to the heat wave will reschedule for a future date. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Court rules that Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave law can stand
PA Post: 5 things that didn’t make it into Pennsylvania’s $34 billion budget package
WITF: Bipartisan pair looks to take Pa. Clean Slate a step further
WITF: In a change of heart, Berks County commissioner moves to oust ICE
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pittsburgh can require private employers to provide paid sick leave, Pa. Supreme Court rules 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House quashes effort to consider impeachment 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House holds top Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Representing himself, Cumberland County resident battles Sunoco attorneys over pipeline concerns 
Tribune Review: After ‘person of color’ quip, Rep. Mike Kelly clarifies: ‘We’re all created equal’
Post-Gazette: Medical marijuana for anxiety? Some doctors question state’s decision 
WHYY Newsworks: Will this tweak in Pa. law send student test scores soaring?
PLSReporter: Closing the loophole: Why some businesses pay less in corporate taxes and how Democrats want to fix it 
PLSReporter: State funding to bring more fresh produce into elementary schools 
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Klunk joins The PLS Reporter to talk about legislation banning non-disclosure agreements related to sexual harassment
KYW Newsradio: Starting in January, tolls on Pa. Turnpike will be going up 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former Philly mayor, Pa. governor Rendell tells Milwaukee how to host a DNC (Video)
Beaver County Times: PA Supreme Court rules that Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave law can stand
Patriot News: Wolf’s ‘dream for a better Pa.’: fairer distribution of money to schools, reforms to charter schools
Patriot News: Whistleblower’s suit against late U.S. Rep. Ertel, others remains sealed after nearly six years 
Patriot News: Another legislative cash grab? U.S. judge again refereeing insurance group’s battle against state takeover 
Patriot News: How much money in the 2019-20 Pa. state budget is heading to your school district?
Morning Call: Who is Pennsylvania’s Brian Fitzpatrick, 1 of 4 Republicans voting to condemn Trump’s tweets?   
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Honors Officer Hall With Flag Order

 

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Mayor Kenney on Trump’s tweets about congresswomen: ‘Go to hell’
WHYY Newsworks: Philly ban on courtroom recording violates First Amendment, suit says
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia declares a heat health emergency; scientists say more to come 
Inquirer: Sources: Philadelphia police officers to be fired over offensive Facebook posts
Inquirer: Philly had to finalize 2020 property values in March. So why did 30,000 taxpayers just receive new assessments?
Inquirer: Pennsylvania had more solar projects installed this year, but still lags far behind nearby states
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court: Pittsburgh can require businesses to provide paid sick leave 
Inquirer: No more snow days for some Pa. kids? Some parents say: Not so fast. 
Inquirer: Citing election security, advocates seek to force Pa. to reexamine new voting machines 
Inquirer: Book details Trump’s use of the N-word, Twitter, and the Penn moment that foreshadowed his presidency
Philadelphia Magazine: Inga Saffron and Stu Bykofsky Absolutely Savaged Each Other at Stu’s Farewell Party
KYW Newsradio: 4 Philly health organizations partner to save St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
KYW Newsradio: KYW In Depth: Inferno at the refinery — a firsthand account
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former Philly mayor, Pa. governor Rendell tells Milwaukee how to host a DNC (Video)

 

SEPA 
Bucks County Courier Times: Former municipal solicitor gets probation for lying to FBI
Daily Local News: New drilling method proposed at troubled Mariner East site; public meeting set July 18
Daily Local News: Muth applauds signing of victims’ rights legislative package 
Daily Local News: Shusterman visits Royer-Greaves School for Blind
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Ciresi introduces bill for unclaimed property  
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Pottsgrove commissioners clash over ‘conflicts’
Inquirer: Former Lower Southampton solicitor sentenced to probation for lying to federal agents
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough Council calls on Congress to take action on climate change

 

Pittsburgh  
WESA: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Law Can Stand 
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court hands win to Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave ordinance
Post-Gazette: Peduto, other mayors seek federal help on climate change 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust alarmed at ‘declining level of public safety’ Downtown 
Post-Gazette: CNN’s Jim Acosta to speak at Pittsburgh Playhouse in media series 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Department of Education approves Penn Hills School District financial plan 
Post-Gazette: Lawrenceville zoning, PWSA agreement get affirmative nod from city council 
City Paper: Pa. Supreme Court rules in favor of Pittsburgh’s paid sick day legislation
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Honors Officer Hall With Flag Order
KDKA: Community Leaders React To Death Of Officer Calvin Hall
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh residents support Pittsburgh City Council Inclusionary zoning legislation

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local GOP congressmen echo Trump’s targeting of ‘radical policies,’ sidestep allegations of racism by president 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Audit finds Johnstown in black for 3rd straight year 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City council nixes meeting again
Observer-Reporter: County controller reveals $96,000 missing from Clerk of Courts office 
Observer-Reporter: NAACP hosts voter registration drive
Beaver County Times: Turnpike rates revealed for local tolling points
Post-Gazette: Sparse turnout in Greene County for hearing on proposed coal waste facility 
Altoona Mirror: City, vets agree on monument license

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Local lawmakers react to Trump’s Twitter remarks 
Citizens Voice: W-B Councilman Brooks calls for brick’s removal 
Citizens Voice: Gilbert condemns relaunch of ‘Women for Trump’ 
Times-Tribune: Meuser cites ‘hypocrisy,’opposes House resolution
Times-Tribune: Invenergy, local officials cap power plant construction project 
Times-Tribune: Grand jury judge had right to issue search warrants for Lackawanna County records, court rules 
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council approves settlement involving redevelopment block 
The Times Leader: KKK brick protected under 1st Amendment, says PSU professor 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority shows profit for first half of year 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council demands removal of KKK brick from Public Square

 

South Central  
Patriot News: Are Mariner East pipelines safe? A Cumberland County resident argues in a hearing that they aren’t 
Patriot News: Whistleblower’s suit against late U.S. Rep. Ertel, others remains sealed after nearly six years 
Patriot News: Another legislative cash grab? U.S. judge again refereeing insurance group’s battle against state takeover 
Patriot News: How much money in the 2019-20 Pa. state budget is heading to your school district?
Patriot News: Middletown police union ‘misinformed’ about talks to regionalize force, mayor says 
Carlisle Sentinel: County resident presents his case in first day of pipeline hearing with Sunoco
York Daily Record: How local Reps. voted in House rebuke of Trump
York Dispatch: York County officials unfazed by Berks County commissioner’s ICE reversal

 

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials respond to report that election system is vulnerable to hackers
Reading Eagle: Election security advocates worry about flaws they see in new voting machines — the kind Berks just bought
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Congresswoman Susan Wild increased her reelection fundraising during the last three months   
Morning Call: Who is Pennsylvania’s Brian Fitzpatrick, 1 of 4 Republicans voting to condemn Trump’s tweets?   
Morning Call: Allentown officials, police urged to do more to curb gun violence: ‘How many shootings will it take before the problem is fixed?’
KYW Newsradio: Protests to come after Reading mayor grounds LGBTQ pride flag at City Hall
Philly Voice: Pa. official resigns over Facebook post about pregnant mother who drowned in flash flood
Express Times: These 7 Lehigh Valley affordable housing projects just got a boost from state funding

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Schember: Erie projects $80,000 year-end surplus
Erie Times-News: Erie’s mid-year financial report projects tax shortfall, expense savings
Erie Times-News: Erie could hire firm to collect overdue parking fines
Erie Times-News: Erie County, US see drops in drug deaths
Tribune Review: After ‘person of color’ quip, Rep. Mike Kelly clarifies: ‘We’re all created equal’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council to elect new president, VP
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County commissioners explain annual expenses

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No way to run hospitals: VA supply shortages threaten veterans’ care 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lunar lessons: In new book, Douglas Brinkley celebrates the possible 
LNP Editorial Board: Trump’s bigoted remarks diminish the nation and endanger the vulnerable
Maria Panaritis: Women for Trump is a new army in a country divided by anger. And Pa. is primed for battle. 
John L. Micek: Freshman Pa. senator who shared anti-Muslim memes is now pushing an abortion ‘heartbeat’ ban bill 
Ernest Owens: It’s Time for LGBT Affairs to Break Free of the Mayor’s Office
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital is closing
John L. Micek: Pa. is about to drop a bundle on new voting machines. Who’s going to make sure they’re secure? | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Dan Simpson: Playing ball with swine
John A. Tures: Trump’s trolling? That’s not the best of us – or the U.S.
Abraham Gutman: Framing addiction as a disease: Research shows that message might backfire | Brain Trust
Tim Whitaker: Instead of paying Joe Biden $900K, what if Penn spent that money on neighborhood kids? 
Drew Gronewold and Richard B. Rood: Climate change is driving rapid shifts between high and low water levels on the Great Lakes

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