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PA-state-flag6-14Trump says opponents may be behind threats to Jewish centers, a new reader poll, and Meuser plans a run for Lieutenant Governor.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Shapiro: Trump Said Opponents Could be Behind Bomb Threats Against Jewish Centers: During a press call, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Trump thinks the recent acts of vandalism and bomb threats against Jewish community centers could be staged.

Reader Poll: What is the Better Way to Redraw PA’s State Senate and House Districts: With movements going through the legislature to change the process of redistricting, we put it to our readers, what is the better way to redraw Pennsylvania’s state Senate and House districts.

Reader Poll: Majority Want to Get Rid of Petitions: A majority of our readers want to get rid of petitions to get on the ballot and having candidates pay a fee to appear on the ballot.

LG: Meuser Plans a Run for Lieutenant Governor: The former Revenue Secretary is planning to make an announcement within the next two months about his run for Lieutenant Governor.

Correction: In yesterday’s Playbook a headline read “Ex Governor Rendell is disbarred after guilty plea in FBI investigation” it should read “Ex-Rendell top aide disbarred after guilty plea in FBI sting.”  We apologize for the error.  

National
Wall Street Journal: The Town That Can’t Do Without Refugees

Statewide
Capitolwire: State lawmakers apprehensive about ‘diluting’ voices of DDAP, Aging in merger proposal.
Capitolwire: Safe drinking water, permitting process and pipeline issues are top items from House DEP budget hearing.
State House Sound Bites: AG Shapiro talks anti-Semitism with Trump, calls his comments unclear
State House Sound Bites: Report gives PA an ‘F’ in lead contamination prevention
StateImpact: Philadelphia Gas Works seeks rate hike to boost revenue amid climate change

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: 11 People Arrested at “Tuesdays With Toomey” Protest
Inquirer: Trump says attacks on Jewish sites could be ‘to make others look bad,’ Pennsylvania AG says
Inquirer: How 1 angry Philly nanny started a statewide protest movement
Inquirer: Unemployment call center wait stretches to two hours
Inquirer: Facing Council criticism, Kenney administration shifts on Rebuild
Inquirer: Families, cops & pols seek answers in Jewish cemetery vandalism
Inquirer: With guest list for Trump address, Democrats seek to send messages

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Montgomery County man ‘fearful’ over block grant plans for Medicaid joins Casey for Trump address
Bucks County Courier Times: Speaking with many voices, area voters become political activists
Bucks County Courier Times: Kathleen Kane ally loses appeal
Delco Times: Trump budget plan draws strong opposition − from Republicans
Delco Times: Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery in Philly

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Analysis: Trump gives Congress plenty of homework, but his assignments lack detail 
Tribune Review: Trump to direct rollback of Obama-era water rule Tuesday 
Post-Gazette: Trump touts ‘America first’ in speech to Congress 
Post-Gazette: State uses little-publicized change to fiscal code to add $2.1 billion to roads, bridges
KDKA: President Trump predicts America’s future in his first speech to Congress

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Casey’s guest to Trump address is ‘petrified’ of plans to block grant Medicaid
Observer Reporter: Mon Valley state rep announcing U.S. Senate run for Casey’s seat 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Kellyanne Conway kneels on Oval Office couch, sparks debate

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Judge Hale target of online threats
Standard-Speaker: Hearing continued for Sugarloaf Twp. plant
Standard-Speaker: UGI gas rates to increase today
Times-Tribune: Dispatcher in Frein case says police tried to silence her over rape allegation

South Central
Patriot News: Police hope to determine whether tombstones were toppled accidentally
Patriot News: Trump holds out hope to ‘dreamers,’ others in country illegally
Patriot News: Sen. Bob Casey announces Pa. town hall event
Patriot News: Bishop Felton May, a warrior for social justice at home and abroad, dies at 81
Patriot News: Hershey Co. to layoff 15 percent of international workforce
Patriot News: Trump’s plan to block grant Medicaid is ‘political cowardice’: says Pa. dad of daughter with disabilities
Patriot News: Josh Shapiro: Donald Trump told AGs anti-Semitic threats sometimes designed to ‘make others look bad’
Patriot News: School district will allow trans students to use bathroom of their choice after judge’s ruling
Patriot News: Sen. Toomey relocates Pa. offices
Patriot News: Harrisburg council president announces reelection bid; see who else is running
Patriot News: Because of high OT bills, Pa. prisons could instead hire more guards, still save money: report
Carlisle Sentinel: Klamerus suspends campaign for Carlisle mayor
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg School Board tackles stalled reconfiguration
York Daily Record: Met-Ed puts high-tech meters in York County homes
York Dispatch: Anti-Trump protesters gather in Continental Square
York Dispatch: Hundreds gather in Harrisburg for gerrymandering talk
Lancaster Intelligencer: Egan brothers’ $18M plan for housing, offices and restaurant clears 6 Lancaster city zoning hurdles
Lancaster Intelligencer: Magisterial District Judge Rodney Hartman to leave New Holland seat to become senior judge
WPMT: Senator Toomey’s statement regarding the President’s Address to Congress

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem council debates ethics rules
Morning Call: Three apply for vacant Allentown School Board seat, decision to be made Thursday
Morning Call: Trump talks infrastructure money but offers few details sought by Pa. legislators
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers react to President Trump’s congressional speech
Morning Call: Layoff blame game takes center stage in Senate budget hearing
Morning Call: Why some Pennsylvania public universities are in danger of closing
Reading Eagle: Reactions to Trump address from Berks-area officials of both parties
Reading Eagle: Christian Leinbach meets with President Donald Trump
WFMZ: Glenn Eckhart announces candidacy for Lehigh County Executive
Express Times: City leaders wonder: Just how ethical should we be?

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County set to receive $5.5 million in liquid fuels money
Centre Daily Times: Centre Region COG updates CATA funding formula
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Tioga County commissioners OK funding to finish Westan project
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Today’s candidate
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Today’s candidate
Erie Times-News: Millcreek employees may have to take time off to run for office
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council could set public hearing on bayfront housing complex
Erie Times-News: Nomination process reset for Erie federal judgeship

Opinion
Bucks County Courier Times: Voter fraud in Pa. every two years
Erie Times-News: Our view: Kelly and Thompson should face voters
Patriot News: In first speech to Congress, Trump hits a familiar theme – fear of the other: Analysis
Patriot News: Pa. stands with its transgender youth – and against Trump rollback: Rachel L. Levine
Inquirer: Baer: A Trump of a different tone
Inquirer: Commentary: Marcellus money and the Pa. legislature
Inquirer: Commentary: Put health-care coverage in Pa. on sound economic footing
Daily News: DN editorial: Tax woes make us wonder whether we can trust D.A. candidate Tariq El-Shabazz

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