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6/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

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:

Some See Bad Omen in Rogers Firing

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

F&M poll: Wolf, Casey enjoy wide leads

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.

Pa. Dems State Committee Preview

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.

PPP Shows George Scott Within Margin of Error in PA-10

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: Delaware basin land owners welcome committee approval of compensation 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


South Central

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

3 Responses

  1. The Governor Wolf lead is devastating to Scott Wagner. Put it in this context: Tom Wolf is leading Scott Wagner 48% to 29%, This is even better than the Casey vs Barletta 44% to 27% and considering Barletta is more controversial in terms of border issues–for Wagner to be trailing Wolf by so much at this point is a disaster for his campaign. Then with the Stormy Daniels and border issues daily popping up in the press it seems more and more impossible for Wagner to breakthrough as he is being drowned out by the Trump daily dramas. The recent polls are really bad news for the Wagner and Barletta campaigns.

  2. Disappointed that the 6/15 PoliticsPA Playbook just covers Philly, Pitt and South Central PA. What happened to the rest of the state? Is this what we can expect from the new editor?

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