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6/22 PoliticsPA Playbook


Scott Wagner is pushing forward on his plan to try and schedule a debate with Gov. Tom Wolf in every county. And don’t forget to check back later for this week’s Ups & Downs.

Editor’s note: Today’s Playbook will be a short one. We appreciate your patience as the interim editor finalizes the purchase of her first house. Thanks for your understanding, politicos, and here’s the Playbook:


Wagner Continues Pushing Debate Schedule

While he’s not at the 67 debates he wants, Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner said he’s working on it. He announced today he has accepted debates at 11 venues, and he will attend regardless of whether Gov. Tom Wolf does.



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

Capitolwire: Office of Attorney General: Attorney General Shapiro to file lawsuit challenging Trump administration’s family separation policy.

AP: Cornelia Wolf, mother of PA governor, dies at 94.

AP: 2 Pennsylvania shelters housing separated migrant children


StateImpact PA: Study: Methane emissions cancel near-term climate benefits of natural gas

StateImpact PA: Pennsylvania’s gas impact fees rise to $209 million this year

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

State House Sound Bites: Shapiro joins lawsuit against Trump admin over family separation



Inquirer: Top Pa. Republicans appeal gerrymandering case to U.S. Supreme Court

Inquirer: Pa. discloses how it will divvy up $210M in shale gas fees

Philly Mag: 3 Philly-Area Execs Make Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs List

KYW: Chemicals in drinking water near military bases more dangerous than thought

WHYY: Allegations dog Sen. Leach at Conshohocken fundraiser



Tribune Review: Pro-dairy campaign roll-out includes 60 billboards, PSAs

Tribune Review: Antwon Rose remembered as academic achiever, personable, charismatic

Post-Gazette: Duke study: Fracking chemicals stimulate fat cell development

Post-Gazette: Bill Peduto to social activist posting on police shooting: East Pittsburgh is not a part of city of Pittsburgh

WESA: ‘This Hurts. This Is Real.’ Protesters Fill Downtown After East Pittsburgh Teen Fatally Shot

WESA: New Bill Would Let Medical Marijuana Patients Drive Under The Influence, But How High Is Too High?


South Central

Patriot News: Pa. legislative leaders release more details on new school safety programs

ProPublica: State police adding oversight to troopers’ interactions with ICE

Chambersburg Public Opinion: Area candidates oppose family separation, blame opposite party

YDR: Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner will debate in York, right? Well, maybe. Or maybe not

LNP: 4 companies apply to run medical marijuana businesses in Lancaster County


2 Responses

  1. yes, scott is going to lose, question “how badly?”

    November 3, 1998

    Nominee Tom Ridge Ivan Itkin
    Party Republican Democratic
    Popular vote 1,736,844 938,745
    Percentage 57.4% 31.0% 10.4%

  2. Scott Wagner seems to be running a campaign that is counter intuitive meaning he is intending to do one thing but another thing is happening. Or, as the late Warren Zevon said in a lyric, “the things that used to work don’t work anymore.” It seems like Scott Wagner wants very much for this to be 2016 when Trump was doing his “lock her up” routine and all was good in Wagner’s world. However, times rapidly changed and the political landscape is now completely different and not favorable to Scott Wagner. Being tone deaf to one of the most impactful manufactured crisis in modern American history with the border crisis and having Mike Pence at a fund raiser and talking of how great the Trump tax cuts have been (for a person of Wagner’s wealth I’m sure they are)–shows a stunning detachment from the political reality. This tone deafness to the bigger picture will be reflected this Nov 6th in a major defeat at the polls for Wagner.

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