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:
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.
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!
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
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
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
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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