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6/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

Wagner released a new digital ad attacking Wolf’s alleged neglect of the City of Brotherly Love, and it looks like we have a budget deal in Harrisburg.

Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook:


Bipartisan Budget Beats Buzzer

It looks like Pennsylvania has a budget deal — and days before the deadline.


Wagner Shows “Helpful” Side in New Video

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s campaign launched a new ad Monday showcasing his desire to help Philadelphia — an area he said has been neglected under Gov. Tom Wo



Capitolwire: We have a budget deal.

Capitolwire: Domestic violence bills clear House Judiciary Committee.

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

Capitolwire: Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf alternative dispute resolution legislation passes Senate.

Capitolwire: Governor: Gov. Wolf’s Employment First Policy to help people with disabilities find work becomes law.

Capitolwire: Rep. Rob Matzie: Bill would create commission to review impact of potential plant closures

Capitolwire: Sen. Ryan Aument: Senate approves package of bills protecting Pennsylvania farmers.

StateImpact PA: Report: Jobs in efficiency, renewables grow while clean transportation lags

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

StateImpact PA: Pull the Mariner East permit, environmental group urges Delaware River Basin Commission

State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers say they can finish state budget in short order

State House Sound Bites: Poor People’s Campaign holds sixth and final rally in Harrisburg

State House Sound Bites: State budget positioned for ahead-of-schedule passage

AP: Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns



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

Inquirer: Protesters rally outside Pence fundraiser at Rittenhouse

Inquirer: SEPTA shows off new look for City Hall transit center

Inquirer: AG Shapiro: Pa. investors get back money from interest-rate rigging

Philly Mag: Toomey: Let’s Look Into Opening More Family Detention Centers

WHYY: With major church sex-abuse report looming, lawmaker renews push for more rights for Pa. victims



Daily Local: Protesters rally against Trump’s child separation policy

Daily Local: Commissioners urged to support fair districts

Daily Local: State troopers at Avondale begin wearing body cameras

Bucks County Courier Times: Do Pennsylvania children, families need child welfare watchdog?

Delco Daily Times: Rep. Krueger-Braneky ticked after sex harassment bills stall, ‘studies’ approved



Post-Gazette: China hits pause on Appalachian energy investment citing trade war concerns

Post-Gazette: Study: 40 percent of Pa. households struggle to make ends meet

Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette employees, newsroom editors emphasize they are separate from editorial pages

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

Post-Gazette: State money used to lure conventions to Pittsburgh is drying up

Post-Gazette: Food stamp workforce: At discount stores, questions about SNAP work requirements

Tribune Review: Courthouse rally to protest Trump immigration policy

Tribune Review: Planned Parenthood PAC to spend $1.5M campaigning for Gov. Tom Wolf, others

Tribune Review: Advocacy group calls out DA Zappala over criminalizing condoms stance

Tribune Review: Low-income parts of Allegheny County qualify for new federal tax breaks

KDKA: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Wagner Goes On Attack Against Wolf’s Democratic Running Mate John Fetterman

City Paper: Where Southwestern Pa.’s delegation stand on Trump’s family-separation immigration policy

WESA: Pennsylvania State Troopers Begin Wearing Body Cameras



Tribune-Democrat: Labor chief stops in Somerset

Altoona Mirror: Logan hears ISC renewal pitch

Beaver County Times: Shell expects pipeline permits to be issued soon

Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says child separation policy ‘straight from the pit of hell’

Beaver County Times: Memo: Hopewell officials knew rehab center was possibility



Daily Item: Barletta Campaigns in Valley

Times Leader: Dallas teachers to strike on Tuesday as board passes budget, but no contract

Standard-Speaker: Hazleton set to pay back loan

Standard-Speaker: Online buyers of hunting licenses could have problems

Daily Item: Forced separation of migrant families spurs outrage

Daily Item: Contracts awarded to build new 911 center

Times-Tribune: Casey, Toomey seek judge nominees

Times-Tribune: Barletta backs Trump immigration policy


South Central

Patriot News: Harrisburg schools to remain in state recovery for distressed districts another year

Patriot News: Hair braiders licensing requirement can potentially get twisted

Patriot News: Legislation on firearms wins battle in war on gun violence

Patriot News: 2018-19 proposed Pa. state budget makes $70 million investment in school safety

Patriot News: Pa. House passes bill creating higher hurdles for public taking of protected lands

LNP: Smucker: ‘Broken’ immigration system allows children to be separated from parents

YDR: Gov. Wolf does not want Pa. National Guard at southern border, opposes family separation


Lehigh Valley

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

Morning Call: Bethlehem council votes to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana

Morning Call: Local businesses, builders association sue Northampton County over new contractor law

Express-Times: ‘A separation crisis’: Allentown diocese bishop calls out U.S. immigration policy

Express-Times: Look up the average SAT score for every public high school in Pa.

Reading Eagle: Female lawyers on the rise in Berks


North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Erie-area lawmakers react to Trump immigration policy

Erie Times-News: Erie County sues drugmakers over opioid epidemic

Sun-Gazette: Home rule city government draft sees fine tuning

WPSU: Trump Visits Hill Republicans, But Passage Of GOP Immigration Bills Uncertain

WPSU: Pa. Congressional Map Unaffected By U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Partisan Gerrymandering

Centre Daily Times: Harner Farm has been rezoned for development



Patriot News: Op-ed: We can’t waste time. Lawmakers must pass the House’s redistricting bill

Post-Gazette: Vote on STOP act: Give U.S. Postal Service tools to track fentanyl

Inquirer: How about harm reduction for the poor?

Times-Tribune: Leave rattlers alone in Noxen

Morning Call: Opinion: Government willing to overlook costs to look good

Delco Daily Times: Opinion: Is GOP snatching defeat from jaws of victory in immigration debacle?

Reading Eagle: Time to work on sustaining Medicare, Social Security

Sun-Gazette: State budget angst magically invisible in an election year


2 Responses

  1. Trump’s obsession to totally consume all attention in the news cycle is wrecking havoc for Wagner and Barletta. If it isn’t Stormy Daniels it’s the border issues or it’s Michael Cohen or its one of the top Trump figures saying something eye catching—the point is–good to luck Scott Wagner trying to get a word in edge wise! There is absolutely no sign of Trump changing his ways and this does not bode well for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 campaigning.

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