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6/27 PoliticsPA Playbook

Good morning, politicos. Here’s the Playbook:



AP: A among states suing to force Trump administration over family separations

Capitolwire: Rep. Marguerite Quinn urges N.J. Gov. Murphy to sign income tax reciprocity protection into law.

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

Capitolwire: Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: PUC hosts ‘PA Operation Blue Flame 2018’; First-ever exercise testing response to large-scale natural gas distribution emergency.

Capitolwire: Rep. Jordan Harris: Harris’ ‘clean slate’ passes in the Senate, heads to governor’s desk.

Capitolwire: Long-awaited death penalty report doesn’t appear to settle argument about capital punishment in PA.

StateImpact PA: Republican congressman: Pruitt should quit after trying to block PFAS study



Inquirer: With Gov. Wolf’s signature, Pa. marijuana research proceeds

Inquirer: For traditional Republicans, immigration, tariffs show risks of ‘silent bargain’ with Trump

Inquirer: ‘Cumbersome, inflexible, and slow’: It can take a year to get hired by the city, Pew finds

Inquirer: Pa. redistricting reform not dead … but close to it

Inquirer: In Bucks County congressional race, GOP seizes on Scott Wallace’s wealth

WHYY: ETP says its pipeline leaked into creek near Philadelphia



Bucks County Courier Times: EPA to host meeting on chemical contamination in Horsham

Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Helen Tai announces telephone town hall July 12



City Paper: Timeline of events in Antwon Rose shooting and protests

KDKA: 17 States, Including Pa., Sue Trump Administration Over Family Separations At Border

Tribune Review: Federal money could restart cleanup of abandoned Rostraver mine

Post-Gazette: Protesters mass outside Pittsburgh ICE HQ to decry Trump immigration policy

Post-Gazette: If a teen uses a parent’s gun in a crime, can mom or dad be charged?

Post-Gazette: Lifeline offline: Unreliable internet, cell service are hurting rural Pennsylvania’s health

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto: East Pittsburgh officer should face trial in Antwon Rose’s death



Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey holding meet-and-greet in New Castle

Tribune-Democrat: Legacy costs continue to hamper city, report finds

Altoona Mirror: Foreman chosen to lead Blair GOP



Daily Item: State House recesses without taking up gun bill

Times Leader: Effort to rethink Luzerne County’s home rule charter fails to launch

Times Leader: Mayor George disputes vacancies cause firefighter OT already over budget

Standard Speaker: Luzerne County Council eyes reserve fund for windfall


South Central

WITF: Tired of ‘timid’ responses, anti-gerrymandering group occupies Wolf’s office

Patriot News: Pennsylvania Superior Court panel upholds Graham Spanier conviction in split decision

Patriot News: Former State System chancellor confirmed to fill top post in U.S. education department

Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse takes two tracks on Act 47 strategy

Patriot News: ‘We’ve crossed the Rubicon.’ Toomey battles Trump over tariffs, report

Patriot News: Tapped out: How Pennsylvania’s failing water system is hurting you

LNP: Study: Climate change could threaten dairy industry in Lancaster County

YDR: Questions remain in attack on former York mayor

YDR: ‘SHAMEFUL ruling against the very spirit of America’: Pa. reacts to travel ban ruling


Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Amid tight labor market, Lehigh Valley sees biggest one-month drop in unemployment

Morning Call: EPA deadline looms for municipalities’ plan to fix leak-prone sewer system

Morning Call: Pennsylvania Supreme Court says priest sex abuse grand jury report needs more review

Reading Eagle: Berks commissioner willing to change his stance on selling Berks Heim — with conditions

Express-Times: Pa.’s new tool for entrepreneurs showcased at Bethlehem site


North by Northwest

Centre Daily Times: Do students have enough say in Penn State’s governance?

Centre Daily Times: Penn State trustees to meet on ‘matter of reputational harm to the university’

Erie Times-News: Erie unemployment lowest in 18 years



Standard Speaker: Ruling puts fair sales tax online

Daily Local: Local tax hikes demand solutions from state lawmakers

LNP: Pennsylvania gets a budget, and it’s not late, and not entirely great, but it’s progress (if only fleeting)

Patriot News: Op-ed: What rises from the ashes of Pa’s failed prison project?

Inquirer: Harrisburg’s answer to sexual harassment disappoints

Inquirer: Op-ed: ‘Never’ death penalty is what got Larry Krasner elected. Now, that campaign promise is broken

Post-Gazette: Judicial overreach: State Supreme Court undercuts grand jury process

Sun-Gazette: State funding hike meant to hold PCT tuition in place

2 Responses

  1. The border policy and other Trump stories are dominating the news cycles Trump’s ongoing activities are really making it hard for Republicans to break through. This is a very different year and all the old rules for political campaigns are out the window. An energized Democratic base is not good news for Scott Wagner, Lou Barletta and Republican congressional candidates. The Texas Ted Cruz Senate race is also a bad sign with Cruz up by 5 points against Dem Beto O’Rourke in a deep red state.

  • 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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