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6/11 PoliticsPA Playbook

We’ve got Friday’s Ups & Downs and input from both campaigns on Congressman Mike Kelly’s three-debate proposal for this fall. And ICYMI, we looked at how some local news organizations are handling criticism from the left in their coverage.

Don’t forget to check back later for an updated Congressional Vulnerability Rankings report from contributor Louis Jacobson. Good morning and happy Monday, politicos, here’s the Playbook:


Kelly asks DiNicola for three debates

Republican Congressman Mike Kelly has offered up three debates to challenger Ron DiNicola this October. The Kelly campaign said it’s all about reaching voters, but the DiNicola campaign said the move is a sign that Kelly is worried about his seat.

6/8 Ups & Downs

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is riding high this week, while Lou Barletta missteps on the Trump-Eagles fight. Plus, a Pennsylvania columnist comes out on top. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Local News Seems to be Punching Left

While many journalists can expect to have disagreements with their editors, the recent and more heavy-handed influence from above has some wondering whether liberal voices are being driven out of even traditionally left-of-center outlets.



State House Sound Bites: Wagner aims to ride lawnmower into voters’ hearts

City & State: Ousted PA Dem chair fires off letter trashing critics

Capitolwire: Rep. Mark Rozzi: Child sex abuse is not just a Catholic problem.

StateImpact:Wolf administration, two years after climate pledge: ‘no specific timeline’ on methane regulations

StateImpact: As PUC decision nears, Mariner East foes rally to call for total shutdown



Inquirer: Report: Ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon facing scrutiny for ties to Russia – again

Philly Mag: Report: Philly’s Immigrant Population Has Boomed Since 2000

WHYY: Documents shed light on decision to add census citizenship question



Pottstown Mercury: Local lawmaker calls on PUC to post pipeline public comments online

Delco Times: More bang for your buck: New Pa. fireworks law ignites sales, adds safety concerns

Daily Local: 300 protesters call for end to Sunoco pipelines

Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Helen Tai opening Wrightstown service office

Bucks County Courier Times: Philly police get new trespass rules after Starbucks arrests



WPXI: Dozens gather outside Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to support long-time cartoonist Rob Rogers

Post-Gazette: New Pa. bill would require civics test — but students wouldn’t have to pass it

Post-Gazette: Eileen Kelly ousts Nancy Patton Mills as head of Allegheny County Democratic Committee

Post-Gazette: Toomey, Casey back Trump choice for U.S. marshal for Western Pa.

Post-Gazette: Wolf in Pittsburgh announces $180 million remedy for road repairs



Herald-Standard: Low voter turnout not unusual

Herald-Standard: Westmoreland County pays $10,000 to settle another lawsuit involving sheriff

Beaver County Times: Women take center stage in local legislative races

Beaver County Times: Initial battle in Lamb-Rothfus tussle is over PAC money

Altoona Mirror: Records detail Higgins’ plea deal

Altoona Mirror: Casey joins local airport fight

Altoona Mirror: Senate passes legislation helping opioid addicts



Times Leader: Cartwright calls for urgent action to replenish Black Lung Trust Fund

Times Leader: Toomey-led legislation would require congressional approval of tariffs

Pocono Record: Anti-human trafficking bill advances to Senate


South Central

WITF: Lawmakers look to move Election Day

WITF: A.B.A.T.E. stays active in Harrisburg

WITF: Wagner aims to ride lawnmower into voters’ hearts


Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s taxing politics of early childhood education

Morning Call: In Berks County visit about Farm Bill, Sen. Bob Casey hears concerns about foreign tariffs


North by Northwest

Williamsport Sun Gazette: AG’s review of mayor lingers without answers

Williamsport Sun Gazette: Court rules in favor of families against natural gas company

Centre Daily Times: Where’s the diversity among elected officials in Centre County?

WICU: Erie County Democratic Party Elects New Chairman

Meadville Tribune: Staab seeks county’s Democratic Party chairmanship

Meadville Tribune: Fight over gun control expected to intensify at Capitol in coming weeks



Erie Times-News: Deliver state budget on time for a change

The Daily News: Rendell: A letter to the president

Inquirer: Mayor Kenney’s promise to end stop-and-frisk in Philly got arrested

Pottstown Mercury: Pa. budget season has calmer climate this year

Tribune-Democrat: Shaun Dougherty | Join fight to end statutes of limitations in Pa.

Times-Tribune: Don’t expect true reforms

Citizens’ Voice: Don’t waste chance to fix Pa. districts

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  1. Nancy Patton Mills, what arrogance! You are what’s wrong with our party! Nobody outside of our committee knows who the hell you are… your speaking skills from what little I’ve seen you do are awful and wouldn’t motivate a drowning man with a life raft. You fully EXPECT that you will be the next State Chair because you are the chosen one? We CHOSE not to re-elect you because we are FED UP! It has made me ill for the last several years watching you show up at events acting like the second coming has just entered the room just merely by showing up. We finally received a viable opponent to elect in Eileen Kelly which is why you lost, NOT because you are running for State Chair! I can only hope State Committee sees through your bullshit and that you are not what our party needs right now. You have NEVER been your own person and have been OWNED by Tom Wolf and Rich Fitzgerald. That style of politics may have worked in the 1940’s but sure as hell doesn’t work that way anymore. I can’t even believe as you stood there on Saturday while wearing your sunglasses and clearly seeing that you were going to lose chose to leave your own election? Talk about a poor loser in denial. Mrs. true blue that has been attending Democratic events since she was a little girl in all her free time….blah, blah, blah. Trying to change a process that has been done here in Allegheny County for decades 10 days prior to your own election and causing intimidation among the Democratic Committee smacks of 1940’s style politics and validated why this rule was put in place to begin with. While I do agree that this rule should be changed in the future but not used to benefit one entity for personal gain.
    I hope that State Committee rejects you just as we did in Allegheny County and other members step up and run for Chair. If Governor Wolf is supporting you I have to wonder if his intention is to permanently fracture our party? If you weren’t good for your hometown in Allegheny, how the hell can you be good for the State?

    1. No Mills fan but it was sad to see those western pa “ leaders” leave her hang out to dry. They all signed a letter of support that they mailed to the committee out there but when it was clear she was going down they left her stand there all day alone.
      Fitz and his profiles in courage leadership team, lol. Nancy, you call these creeps your friends ?

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