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6/12 PoliticsPA Playbook

The DCCC launched a new online ad campaign in PA-1 and PA-17, and guest contributor Louis Jacobson gives us an updated, post-primary congressional vulnerability ranking. Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook:

DCCC Digital Ad Buy Attacks GOP Over ACA in PA-1 and PA-17

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting two vulnerable Pennsylvania congressional seats in part of a nationwide ad buy criticizing Republicans for efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act. The Facebook ad buys in PA-1 and PA-17 were announced Monday afternoon by the DCCC as an answer to the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision last week to not defend one of the law’s most popular provisions in federal court.

Pennsylvania Congressional Vulnerability Rankings: Post-Primary Edition

Guest contributor Louis Jacobson checks back in with a look at how the odds have shifted for each party looking to snatch extra congressional seats this fall.



Capitolwire: Rep. Mike Turzai: House Speaker Mike Turzai to join state system’s Board of Governors

Capitolwire: Auditor General DePasquale launches voter registration audit

State House Sound Bites: PA’s voter registration system will be audited over hacking concerns

State House Sound Bites: Too many redistricting bills, not enough time

StateImpact: Court rejects fracking company’s appeal in “rule of capture” decision



KYW: Anti-gun violence advocates fill museum steps to call for policy change

KYW: Russian hacking incident prompts audit of state election system

KYW: New front opens in soda industry’s war against the Philadelphia Beverage Tax

KYW: Net neutrality regulations now offline

WHYY: Trump trade policy forging strange alliances as Toomey seeks more congressional input

Inquirer: In Pa. and N.J., Census data show some towns booming and others in decline. Which is yours?

Inquirer: How airport workers won the biggest union campaign in recent Philly memory



Daily Local: $107M OJR school budget will raise taxes by 2.4 percent

Pottstown Mercury: PUC sets public hearings for 3.2% PECO rate hike request

Bucks County Courier Times: Judge puts hold on state’s plan for medical pot research

Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Right to try’ bill heading to president, following House vote



KDKA: Net Neutrality Repeal May Be Delayed By Pa. Attorney General’s Action

Post-Gazette: After Russian hack attempts on Pa. voter data, registration system to be audited

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh teachers union president arrested during rally in Harrisburg

Tribune Review: Kelly elected Allegheny County Democratic chair over incumbent Patton Mills

City Paper: Advocacy group holding public forum to discuss Allegheny County criminalizing condom possession

WESA: Could PA Raise The Minimum Wage This Year? Wolf Is Skeptical, Despite Support From Both Sides

WPXI: President, vice president of Pittsburgh teachers union arrested at Harrisburg rally

Pittsburgh Business Times: Report: Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry health is average



Beaver County Times: Audit of PA voter registration system launched ahead of 2020 election

Beaver County Times: Metcalfe challenger Dan Smith to speak at King’s in Center Twp

Observer-Reporter: The effect of the natural gas boom on Washington County family explored in ‘Amity and Prosperity’



Citizens’ Voice: Wolf: Prescriptions of opioid painkillers are decreasing in state


South Central

WITF: Audit set for Pa. voter registration system over hacking concerns

Daily Local: New Pa. fireworks law ignites sales, adds safety concerns

Patriot News: Pennsylvania lawmakers wade into school district land-taking issues

Patriot News: Turzai riles Senate GOP by attaching abortion ban to human trafficking bill: Exclusive

Patriot News: Nine arrested at Poor People’s Campaign rally at the state Capitol

Patriot News: Pa. deserves a redistricting process ‘completely free from partisan hijacking’

York Dispatch: Replacing York County’s outdated voting machines: Looming deadline, big bill


Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Appeals court upholds DA’s policy toward undocumented immigrants

Morning Call:State health secretaries talk medical costs, suicide prevention and safe nursing ratios at LCCC

Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s voter registration purge: How it works

Morning Call: Nothstein advances in GOP “Young Guns” program

Morning Call: Pennsylvania advocates push for redistricting change

Reading Eagle: Federal prosecutor vows more criminal cases during visit to Berks

Reading Eagle: Penn State professor raises 3 concerns about Marsy’s Law


North by Northwest

Centre Daily Times: Here’s how the dairy ‘crisis’ is affecting Centre County

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local lawmakers see smoother budget process

Erie Times-News: City of Erie reps aim to visit 9,000 eastside homes



WHYY: A winning Democratic issue: Fighting the health care saboteurs

Daily Local: Sunoco can’t bury residents’ pipeline concerns

Bucks County Courier Times: Will free college legislation in Pennsylvania ever become a reality?

Post-Gazette: The pardon button: Use this unique presidential power with restraint

Altoona Mirror: Redistricting reform starts to show focus

  • 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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