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6/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence’s fundraiser visit to Philadelphia was met with protests and a middle finger from a state Rep. And we’re one step closer to a 2018-19 budget, but see what two of those who voted nay had to say about the spending plan. Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. Budget Passes House, Set for Senate Vote

The state House easily approved the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by a vote of 188 to 10 today, sending the bill to the Senate for approval as early as Friday. While some Democrats criticized a few elements of the bill, the only nay votes came from GOP members of the chamber.       

Pence Pays Visit to Philly to Endorse Wagner

Vice President Mike Pence officially endorsed Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner at a fundraiser Tuesday night in Philadelphia.



Capitolwire: We have a budget deal.

Capitolwire: Legislators, ‘prepare your amendments;’ redistricting bills advanced for possible House consideration.

Capitolwire: Domestic violence bills clear House Judiciary Committee.

State House Sound Bites: State Supreme Court holds clergy abuse report indefinitely

State House Sound Bites: House passes budget plan; bill now heads to Senate

State House Sound Bites: House moves redistricting bill, vacillates on making deadline

StateImpact PA: Toxic chemical study EPA is accused of blocking just came out. It calls for stricter drinking-water limits



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

Inquirer: Yuengling gets its name on an arena – in Florida

Inquirer: Vice President Mike Pence attends GOP fundraiser in Philly; protests unfold

Inquirer: After 40 years, first of MOVE 9 is paroled – but others denied

Inquirer: Clinical trial firm Greenphire partners with Lyft to give rides for patients testing experimental care

Inquirer: Pa. moves ahead with blood tests of residents near tainted Bucks, Montco bases

Inquirer: Delaware County Democrats, the first elected in 40 years, find acceptance, some tension in months since historic win

Inquirer: Pa., N.J., Del. governors oppose sending troops to U.S. border due to family separation policy

Philly Mag: State Rep. Brian Sims Flipping Off the VP: Heroic Gesture or Stupid Stunt?

Philly Mag: What You Can Expect at Philly’s First-Ever “Millennial Forum”

KYW: Trans woman arrested at Philly Pride demands no cops at future parades

KYW: Pa. Supreme Court blocks release of priest abuse report across commonwealth

KYW: Kenney signs bills adopting gender neutral language in two tax laws

WHYY: Pennsylvania fantasy sports sees $12.4M in entry fees in May

WHYY: Family separation at the US-Mexico border: Candidates take on the issue



Daily Local: Commissioners urged to support fair districts

Bucks County Courier Times: Protesters send Fitzpatrick message about tax cut bill

Bucks County Courier Times: Legislation to protect New Jersey-Pennsylvania tax pact poised for vote

Delco Daily Times: Zidek condemns immigrant family-separation policy

Delco Daily Times: Delco moves forward on pipeline risk assessment study



Post-Gazette: John Fetterman criticizes Scott Wagner’s planned appearance with Mike Pence

Post-Gazette: Local family’s battle over fracking inspires new book

Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court: Lawsuit against UPMC filed by patients infected with hepatitis C may continue

Tribune Review: Report: Allegheny County tops state for clean energy jobs

Tribune Review: Dozens apply to build medical marijuana facilities in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

WESA: Fitzgerald Says Gov. Wolf Has Confidence In New Party Chair After Last One Pressured To Resign

WESA: Pre-Existing Conditions Spark Health Care Debate In Pennsylvania’s Race For Governor

Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny Conference CEO intent on creating a next generation economy for all



Altoona Mirror: Wolf signs blight laws

Altoona Mirror: Blair OKs study of county salaries

Tribune-Democrat: Wolf anti-blight law aimed at Johnstown and Cambria County

Tribune-Democrat: Supreme Court halts release of Catholic dioceses grand jury report

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus’ opioid crisis bills pass House

Beaver County Times: Monaca to use solar power at Community Day

Beaver County Times: Bartolotta’s domestic violence bill advances in House

Indiana Gazette: Council selects Stewart for vacancy



Citizens Voice: Teacher-supporting taxpayers take aim at Dallas solicitor

Times-Leader: Judge orders Dallas teachers back to work, sets hearing

Times-Tribune: Scranton School District lays off 25 teachers

Times-Tribune: Casey rips Trump immigration policy

Times-Tribune: Commissioner: Lackawanna County chief of staff to resign

Daily Item: Gun control bills start to move

Pocono Record: Closing tax loophole could earn Pennsylvania $20 million annually


South Central

Patriot News: Search the database for those receiving $100,000-plus pensions: Set for Life 2018

Patriot News: Want health insurance for life? Dental and vision too? Become a state lawmaker or a judge

Patriot News: Pa. House passes $32.7 billion state budget that requires no tax increase

Patriot News: In Pennsylvania, it’s budgeting the election-year way. But the economy helped.

Patriot News: Veep Mike Pence campaigned for Scott Wagner in Philly. A Philly lawmaker gave him the finger

Patriot News: Committee approves bump stock ban and two other bills

LNP: Lancaster County Commissioners OK handles to block homeless from sleeping on government center benches

York Dispatch: Dave Sunday on first six months as York County DA

YDR: Why are black students in some York County schools being suspended at higher rates?

YDR: The one reason both candidates for governor are from York County


Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: More medical marijuana businesses eye Lehigh Valley locations

Morning Call: Pennsylvania politicians on President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant parents and children at the border

Morning Call: State police in Fayette, Chester and Somerset counties wearing body cams

Morning Call: Pa. Supreme Court blocks release of priest sex abuse report

Morning Call: List of Allentown Diocese priests publicly accused of sexual abuse or other offenses

Morning Call: Federal appeals court decision recognizes “humanity” of immigrant children detained in Berks County facility

Reading Eagle: Trump executive order brings renewed focus to Berks County Residential Center


North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Rise Erie sees strong medical marijuana sales

Sun-Gazette: Forum addresses ongoing efforts in opioid battle

WPSU: Two central PA municipalities vote to urge end to separating families at the border



Inquirer: Public shut out of Pa. budget talks

Delco Daily Times: Time for action, not more studies, on sex harassment

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

Times-Tribune: Well studies encouraging

Patriot News: Op-ed: The Pa. House needs to pass this bill keeping guns away from people who shouldn’t have them

York Dispatch: Barletta defends the indefensible

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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