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6/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

Talk around the U.S. Senate race zeroes in on Trump’s family separation policy, and former Governor Ed Rendell announced he is battling Parkinson’s Disease. Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook.


Casey, Barletta Weigh in on Trump Immigration Policy

An immigration policy that has separated thousands of children from their parents after they are detained at the U.S.-Mexico border has become a lightning for the Trump administration and his supporters. It has also become a major talking point in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race.

Rendell Announces He’s Fighting Parkinson’s

Ed Rendell is battling Parkinson’s disease, the former governor and Philadelphia mayor announced Monday at a news conference.



Capitolwire: IFO offers positive revenue estimate as lawmakers look to have budget ready by week’s end.

Capitolwire: PA’s unemployment rate drops again due to more people leaving the state’s labor force in May.

StateImpact PA: Changing species, flooding, wildfires among climate priorities on state land

StateImpact PA: Study: Bradford County water quality improving despite shale gas drilling

AP: Wolf held fundraiser at law firm his administration is suing



Inquirer: Medical marijuana patients, legally banned from driving, may get a pass in Pa.

Inquirer: Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell announces he has Parkinson’s disease

Inquirer: Pat Toomey on border separations: Problem has been ‘exaggerated significantly’

Inquirer: How the U.S. Supreme Court’s partisan gerrymandering non-decisions affect Pa.

Philly Mag: Mike Pence to Speak in Rittenhouse Square on Tuesday

KYW: Rendell reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

KYW: City reinforces cyclists’ safety with enhanced bike lanes, traffic signals, ticketing system

KYW: Philly’s Millennial Advisory Committee to host forum for young residents

WHYY: House GOP immigration bill would modify — but not end — child detentions



Daily Local: PA House bill would limit eminent domain on land preserves.

Daily Local: Chester County reaches milestone in farmland preservation

Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township supervisor to resign

Bucks County Courier Times: Supervisors to weigh plan to develop last farm in Warminister



WESA: Pittsburgh Not A ‘Hot Spot’ For Unvaccinated Kindergarteners, Researchers Apologize

WESA: Wagner Supports Hiking Minimum Wage Up To $9.50, But Wants ‘The Conversation Over With’

KDKA: Many Pa. Congressmen Oppose Separating Children From Parents At Border

Post-Gazette: Why has Pennsylvania’s maternal death rate doubled in 20 years? A new committee will look at past cases.

Post-Gazette: Migrant family separation reaction: From Pa. Dems, outrage. From the GOP, caution.

Post-Gazette: U.S. Supreme Court punts on gerrymandering — what does that mean for Pa.?

Tribune Review: Westmoreland County water named best tasting in Pennsylvania

Tribune Review: John Fetterman adopts new way of eating, drops 148 pounds



Altoona Mirror: County, family will meet to solve civil rights lawsuit

Altoona Mirror: Cambria approves 911 pact

Beaver County Times: Ongoing labor shortage could hamper future petrochemical projects in region

Beaver County Times: hell using robots, drones to assist in cracker plant construction

WTAJ: Former governor diagnosed with Parkinson’s



Daily Item: PA Senate gets House-passed bill that would set rules for rescuing pets from hot vehicles

Daily Item: PA eases fireworks regulations

Times-Tribune: New grant lays foundation for more affordable energy source in two Wayne County communities

Standard Speaker: Bishop apologizes ahead of grand jury report

Standard Speaker: Payroll tax may benefit Hazleton


South Central

LNP: How Jess King spurred a Silicon Valley-led fundraising blitz that netted $200K for her and $1.7 million for other candidates

LNP: Problem Solvers Caucus parent group was behind $277K in super-PAC spending for U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker and $3 million for others

Patriot News: Pa. House agrees to study #MeToo issues despite complaints that it’s a stall tactic

Patriot News: Pa. House advances changes to medical marijuana law

Patriot News: Bill giving some criminal offenders a second chance at a ‘clean slate’ advances

Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf held a $1k a head fundraiser at a law firm his administration is suing

YDR: New fireworks laws expand what can go boom


Lehigh Valley

Express-Times: This dispute could stall plans for a new Palmer Elementary School for years

Reading Eagle: Berks commissioner explains why he’s hosting redistricting discussion

Reading Eagle: Election could be incentive for on-time Pennsylvania budget

Morning Call: Where the judges are

Morning Call: Mapping out hometowns of Pennsylvania state court judges

Morning Call: Pennsylvania House panel set to vote on gun bills


North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Citizen group plays role in Erie Coke permit application

Erie Times-News: 8 Erie tracts Ok’d for major investment incentive

Sun-Gazette: US House OKs housing bill for substance addicts

WPSU: Bill Advancing In Statehouse Would Provide Relief For Pa. Ambulance Providers



Delco Daily Times:Congress ignores dangerous precedents of Trump pardons

Tribune Review: Judge was right not to delay child sex report’s release any longer

Observer-Reporter: Regulations, ruling on natural gas drilling are encouraging developments

Patriot News: Do CEOs really make for good political leaders?

Reading Eagle: U.S. attorney shows welcome interest in Berks

Post-Gazette: On the road again: Get clarity on Uber’s autonomous-vehicle testing

Standard Speaker: Stop the lawmakers’ power grab

One Response

  1. Trump grabs all the attention with his endless political battles and the immigration debacle which is reducing Wagner’s chance to get his message out as well as Barletta’s and the congressional candidates. I don’t see this changing. It makes being running as a Republican this summer and fall very difficult. Wolf over Wagner by 10 points and Casey over Barletta by 12 points on Nov 6th.

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