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6/18 PoliticsPA Playbook


Allegheny County’s Nancy Mills was chosen Saturday to lead the Pa. Dems for the next four years, after some brief speculation that there might not even be a vote. We’ve got a recap of last weekend’s GOP meeting, and, ICYMI, Friday’s Ups & Downs.

Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook.


Dems Decide on Mills

The Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee on Saturday elected Nancy Mills of Allegheny County to a four-year term as chairwoman.

DSC Roundup: The Campaign for Chair

Democratic State Committee officials have the chance to install a new leader for a four-year term today. The election would end months of uncertainty and provide stability in a crucial election year after the last several chairs have seen their terms end in controversy.

PA GOP: Summit sets up Party for Successful Election Season

Republican Party officials declared last weekend’s summer committee meeting a success. The meeting was held from June 8 to 9 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County and featured the largest cohort of new members the party had ever seen, officials said.

Updated: DCCC Inducts Two in “Red to Blue”

It’s a sign that Democrats view congressional districts PA-1 and PA-7 among the top races across the country. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced the addition of candidates Susan Wild and Scott Wallace to the committee’s “Red to Blue” Program.

6/15 Ups & Downs

It’s been an interesting week, politicos. The Democrats busted out a new ad that’s not too shabby, and Senate Republicans scored a major victory. See who won, who lost and who had a week that was so-so.



CNN: Analysis: Democrats should feel good about their Senate chances in Pennsylvania

Capitolwire: Sen. David G. Argall: Bipartisan workshop on historic preservation tax credits to feature over a dozen stakeholders, lawmakers.

Capitolwire: Pennsylvania Newsmakers: Healthcare budget, and alternative ratemaking.

StateImpact PA: Solar installers in Pennsylvania weather tariff upheaval

State House Sound Bites: Gov. calls for looser professional licensing laws



Philly Mag: The Justice System Is Screwing Meek Mill. Is It Also Screwing the Cop Who Arrested Him?

Inquirer: Pa. report to document child sexual abuse, cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses

Inquirer: Primary results show the GOP is all in on Trump

Inquirer: Mayor Kenney thrilled as Philly shines in North America’s 2026 World Cup bid triumph

Inquirer: Can Harrisburg insiders really find better ways to invest Pa. pension billions?

Inquirer: The Democratic establishment is standing behind Daylin Leach after #MeToo allegations

WHYY: Faith leaders oppose Trump’s immigration policy of separating children from parents

WHYY: The only guy who can get a tie on Fetterman

WHYY: AG Sessions Bashes Philadelphia, Defends New Border Policies In Scranton Visit



Bucks County Courier Times: Local reformers angered by changes to redistricting bill

Bucks County Courier Times: Local reformers angered by changes to redistricting bill

Daily Local: 1 year later, Costello joins mates in Congressional baseball

Daily Local: PUC upholds shutdown of Mariner East 2 work; allows Mariner East 1 to go back online



Politico: ‘He’s just become too angry’: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publisher defends firing cartoonist

Tribune Review: Dairy downturn slams W.Pa. farmers

Post-Gazette: Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner stumps in Robinson

Post-Gazette: Child migrants separated from families being housed at Holy Family Institute in Emsworth

KDKA: GOP Senate Candidate Defends Separating Children From Parents Who Enter U.S. Illegally

KDKA: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Wagner Wants To Be Pa.’s ‘Blue Collar Governor’

WESA: Where Does PA Stand In The Wake Of SCOTUS’ Voter Registration Ruling?

WESA: Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party Sees New Enthusiasm At The Ground Level



Altoona Mirror: Blair GOP to vote on by-law change

Tribune-Democrat: Barletta talks opioids, school safety during Johnstown stop

Beaver County Times: Four tracts in Beaver County approved as Qualified Opportunity Zones

Observer-Reporter: Monessen mayor remains missing in action at council meetings

Observer-Reporter: Monessen settles federal sexual harassment lawsuit



Sunbury Daily Item: PA House OKs bill to create state registry for short-term housing rental firms like Airbnb

Citizens Voice: Dallas School District rejects latest teachers’ offer; possible strike looms

Daily Item: Partnership hopes to get growing license for medical marijuana

Times Leader: Toohil cosponors bill to help mothers with postpartum depression

Times Leader: Code requires Pa. buildings withstand 90 mph winds

Times Leader: Casey, Toomey accepting applications for judicial vacancies

Times Leader: AG initiates review to bring transparency to Rx pricing


South Central

Patriot News: Pa. state budget review – World Cup edition: Are these negotiations a “friendly?” We’ll soon find out.

Patriot News: Momentum growing for killing the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement before it takes effect

York Daily Record: ‘Tell everybody to say their prayers’: Grieving dad is close to seeing wish become law

Chambersburg Public Opinion: Pa. Senate moves to protect district judges seeking reelection

LNP: In Lancaster County, gap between wages and rent has doubled since 2009

LNP: Local clergy to join rally to draw attention to inequitable education funding

WITF: Capitol Hill hearing on CWD


Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: In case like Meek Mill’s, probation violations cost Forks woman another jail stay

Morning Call: Pennsylvania gerrymandering fighters ambushed

Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Barber licenses, political tales and tax breaks

Morning Call: Parts of Lehigh Valley cities qualify for new federal tax breaks

Express-Times: Easton officials want to douse fireworks in city limits

Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners consider hiring firm to review criminal justice system


North by Northwest

Centre Daily Times: What development is happening out near the airport?

Erie Times-News: Urban experts discuss how Erie can tackle social economic challenges

Erie Times-News: Culture change underway at Erie City Hall

WPSU: Penn State Study Tells An Economic Story Of “Two Pennsylvanias”

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: ‘Nowhere to go but up’: Millennials optimistic though they struggle with money



NY Times: I Was Fired for Making Fun of Trump

Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers should reject this exploitative payday lending bill

Post-Gazette: Show us the bid: No reason remains to keep Amazon offer hidden

Inquirer: How can gerrymandering get worse? Lawmakers find a way.

Bucks County Courier Times: Harrisburg is where reform goes to die

Altoona Mirror: Newspapers remain most credible source

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: There’s a reason lawmakers are wary of presidential power

One Response

  1. The only reason there was movement with redistricting is that the Republican’s know they are in bad shape with Scott Wagner’s tanking gubernatorial candidacy. They also know the Supreme Court is not going to go along with nonsense in the next redistricting process so, in a realistic assessment, the Republicans went with redistricting legislation to make the best of the situation. Smart move! Anyone with a modest amount of intelligence can see Wagner is in trouble–19 points behind Wolf and even lagging behind Barletta’s numbers. All the signs are in place for a rough ride for the Wagner campaign–it is very hard to be 19 points behind in a Pa gov race and not a good spot to be in for Wagner.

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