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5/30 PoliticsPA Playbook

Costello blames Trump and Stormy Daniels for his retirement, and the Superior Court affirms Kathleen Kane’s conviction.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Costello Puts Blame on Trump, Stormy Daniels For Retirement: In interviews over the weekend retiring Congressman Ryan Costello put the blame for his decision on President Donald Trump and pornstar Stormy Daniels.

Superior Court Affirms Kane’s Conviction: The state Superior Court affirmed former Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s conviction on perjury and leaking grand jury information charges.

State House Sound Bites: Despite differences, Dems and GOP say they expect quick budget talks
StateImpact: Rep. Fitzpatrick: ‘Unacceptable’ for Pruitt to say he can’t release chemical study

WPVI: Port of Philadelphia development project expected to generate $100M in tax revenue
WPVI: Experts join forces to discuss opioid crisis in Bensalem
Philly Voice: Scott Wagner calls for Gov. Wolf to debate him 67 times before Election Day
Inquirer: Bucks County to sue Big Pharma over opioid crisis
Inquirer: On sanctuary city, Rendell says compromise can happen. But Philly and ICE are not interested
Inquirer: Have your license plate memorized? Philly, other cities adapt to parking revolution
KYW: Massive cranes will give PhilaPort competitive edge, double port’s cargo capacity

Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Pat Toomey calls for more oversight of opioids in Medicare, Medicaid programs
Bucks County Courier Times: Video: Sen. Toomey chairs opioid hearing
Bucks County Courier Times: Brian Fitzpatrick signs DACA discharge petition
Pottstown Mercury: US Commerce Secretary honors Allied Wire & Cable for exports

Tribune Review: Longtime newsman named managing editor
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh sets minority employment goal for city construction projects
Tribune Review: Cashless tolling, rate hike to begin Sunday on turnpike’s Findlay Connector
Post-Gazette: Bill Peduto sets goal for larger minority workforce on city-run construction projects
Post-Gazette: Those with nose for luxury wines make Shadyside state store tops in Pa. sales
WESA: Wagner Floats 67-County Debate Tour; But Wolf Isn’t Biting
WESA: PA Lawmakers Propose Using ‘Merit Selection’ Process To Choose Statewide Judges

Beaver County Times: Legislators call on Gov. Wolf to lend support to Beaver Valley nuclear plant
Beaver County Times: Toomey co-sponsors bill to suspend tariffs on Canadian newsprint
WJAC: Dush, Toomey to host event honoring Vietnam War-era veterans
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners still at odds over building permits bill

Times Leader: WB Area School District teachers approve contract proposal; board vote next
Times-Tribune: Local developer offers Scranton School District cost savings
Standard-Speaker: This asphalt still has mileage left on it

South Central
Patriot News: Five central Pa. youth sports organizations to participate at White House event
Patriot News: Wagner floats debate tour to all 67 Pa. counties; Wolf doesn’t bite
Patriot News: Pennsylvania is just awful at helping new families, study confirms
LNP: Average gas price in Lancaster County rises to $3.07, highest since October 2014
LNP: How many detox beds Lancaster County has, and why there’s a push to create more
Carlisle Sentinel: Newville police enjoy new web presence

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Challenger Scott Wagner to Gov. Tom Wolf: Let’s debate in 67 counties
Morning Call: ‘Greatest conservation program nobody has ever heard of’ could be going away
WFMZ: Mifflin students recognized for voter registration efforts
WFMZ: Wagner floats 67-county debate tour, but Wolf isn’t biting
Reading Eagle: Inside Pennsylvania’s Fort Knox

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Inside Erie’s smart-city initiative
Erie Times-News: Millcreek School Board adopts final 2018-19 budget with 2 percent tax raise
Centre Daily Times: Why local businesses can’t fill high-paying job openings, and how it impacts the community

Reading Eagle: Editorial: Being on time not good enough this budget year
City & State: Starbucks’ training day should be a tipping point for US corporations
Inquirer: Philly needs a strategy to deal with negligent landlords before tragedy strikes | Editorial
Tribune Review: Where is the outrage about safety in our schools?
Post-Gazette: A story largely untold: A shocking new death toll in Puerto Rico from Maria
Post-Gazette: Rules for the road: The state should set safety rules for self-driving cars
Patriot News: The clock is ticking to save TMI and keep our air clean | Opinion
LNP: Leaders in Pennsylvania General Assembly wisely move toward opening primary elections [opinion]

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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