We’ve got two new polls and a preview of this weekend’s Democratic State Committee meeting, along with reaction to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s firing of longtime, award-winning editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers.
There’s an abbreviated news section for you this morning, but check out a PoliticsPA exclusive already live on the website. And, of course, swing by later for this week’s Ups & Downs.
Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook:
Even after news of the cartoonist’s rejected work drew support from around the country, Rob Rogers has been fired as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist
Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Bob Casey share a strong position against GOP challengers with nearly five months left before election day, a newly released Franklin & Marshall College poll shows. Wolf leads former Sen. Scott Wagner 48 to 29 percent, according to the poll, while Casey leads Rep. Lou Barletta 44 to 27 percent. Both have maintained or extended their leads since March, when Franklin & Marshall conducted a similar poll.
This weekend, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party will gather members for its summer meeting, scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. Saturday afternoon, the party will hold its general meeting to elect members to its executive committee — along with state party chair.
New Public Policy Polling data shows incumbent Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) only four points ahead of his Democratic challenger, George Scott.
Capitolwire: PUC allows resumption of Mariner East 1 operations, maintains injunction on Mariner East 2 construction.
Capitolwire: Senate approves expanded redistricting bill.
StateImpact PA: PUC keeps lid on Mariner East 2 work, but allows ME1 to re-start
State House Sound Bites: It’s still early, but poll shows Wolf with advantage in gubernatorial race
State House Sound Bites: There’s less precedent for regional judicial elections than lawmakers suggest
Inquirer: Police led a child out of a Pa. school in handcuffs. People are asking why
Inquirer: After Trump cartoons were killed, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist says he’s been fired
Inquirer: Pa. Poll: Wolf and Casey lead GOP candidates by double-digits
WHYY: Philadelphia could become the next city to pass a scheduling law for retail and fast-food companies
WHYY: Bill advancing in Statehouse would provide relief for Pa. ambulance providers
Tribune Review: After spiking anti-Trump cartoons, Post-Gazette fires cartoonist Rob Rogers
KDKA: Minimum Wage Won’t Let You Afford A 2-Bedroom Rental Anywhere In Country
KDKA: Post-Gazette Editorial Cartoonist Rob Rogers: ‘I Was Fired’
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fires editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers
Post-Gazette: Bishop Zubik calls for retaining asylum laws
City Paper: Pittsburgh P-G cartoonist Rob Rogers fired after speaking out against anti-Trump cartoons being pulled
Pittsburgh Business Times: Trump wants to bail out coal and nuclear power. Here’s why that will be hard.
WESA: Peduto Says Arena Site Development Could Be Delayed Again
Patriot News: F&M poll shows it’s Wolf’s race to lose, but Wagner’s spokesman calls that ‘a joke’
Patriot News: Momentum growing for killing the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement before it takes effect
York Dispatch: As House unveils immigration bill, Perry still has concerns
WITF: Midstate counties vary in job growth since recession
WITF: Change in China recycling policy driving costs in midstate