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6/28 PoliticsPA Playbook


We’ve got a second poll this month showing Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey with comfortable leads over their Republican challengers. Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook:


New polling shows Dems leading across Pa.

New polling supports data from two weeks ago showing a wide lead for Democrats at the top of the ticket across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.



Inquirer: Pa. federal judge Thomas Hardiman likely to be considered for U.S. Supreme Court

Capitolwire: SCOTUS union dues ruling will cause some changes for PA.

Capitolwire: Bonus depreciation allowance to make PA markets competitive again.

Capitolwire: Gaming Board builds regulatory framework for sports betting.  

Capitolwire:  SCOTUS sales tax ruling to have ‘modest’ effect on PA revenue.

Washington Post: Ronald Reagan blessed Harley-Davidson brand in York, Pa. Can it ride out Trump’s tweet storm?

State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers’ bid to yank JUA money continues, with a twist

State House Sound Bites: Tired of ‘timid’ responses, anti-gerrymandering group occupies Wolf’s office



Inquirer: Pa. proposal would boost overtime for half a million workers

Inquirer: Justice Kennedy’s retirement jolts midterm elections

WHYY: Pennsylvania’s population quickly becoming older, slowly more diverse

WHYY: Kenney visits Northeast Philly, chats with immigrant entrepreneurs

KYW: Local labor leaders launch protest against Supreme Court unions decision

KYW: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick urges for immigration reform after visiting Texas detention center

KYW: DA takes a stand in support of undocumented domestic violence victims

Philly Mag: Toomey Is Pushing Back Against Trump — on Trade, at Least



Daily Local: Supreme Court decision on unions gets mixed reaction in Pa.
Delco Daily Times: How new Pa. budget boosts education funding

Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf to sign bill closing loophole that let opioid-dependent newborns fall through federal safety net



Pittsburgh Current: Chelsa Wagner: It’s time to deal with Pittsburgh’s ‘deep, ugly, insidious’ racial disparities

Pittsburgh Business Journal: Local, state officials react to Supreme Court decision on union fees

Post-Gazette: In historic decision, Supreme Court rules mandatory union dues violate free speech

Post-Gazette: Latest medical marijuana dispensary opens in Strip District

Post-Gazette: Toomey bucking White House over trade policy, supporting bipartisan effort

KDKA: Post-Gazette to drop two days of printing starting next month

Tribune Review: ACLU suit alleges ‘cruel and inhumane conditions’ at Fayette County Prison

WESA: DA Spokesman: Local TV Stations ‘Failed’ Community With Inaccurate Antwon Rose Reporting



Tribune-Democrat: General Assembly’s summer break begins with anger over unfinished work

Beaver County Times: Supreme Court decision seen as major blow to labor unions

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

Observer-Reporter: Judge issues temporary injunction, halts sewer rate hike in Canonsburg-Houston area

Observer-Reporter: Monessen Council vacancy in hands of



Times-Tribune: Region’s unemployment plummets in May

Times-Tribune: Chrin buys third Pa. home in new 8th district

Times Leader: Pennsylvania senate approves anti-credit card skimming bill

South Central

Central Penn Business Journal: Wolf to sign ‘clean slate’ bill into law

LNP: Will Lancaster County farmers be banned from spreading manure in winter?

LNP: Lancaster County commissioner proposes county-run, post-prison program, a setback for for-profit Geo Group

YDR: Harley-Davidson decision to shift jobs to Europe could put the brakes on York-area workers

Patriot News: Activists set up camp in Pa. governor’s office demanding action on redistricting reform

Patriot News: Top House Republican calls for tuition freeze at state universities

WITF: State gradually laying out structure for legal sports betting


Lehigh Valley

Express-Times: These 18 industries are seeing the biggest employment losses in Pa.

Morning Call: Easton and Northampton County create consortium to fund low-income housing

Morning Call: Former Whitehall mayor Ed Hozza elected Democratic chairman as members applaud their ‘decorum’

Reading Eagle: Berks unions react to ‘disappointing’ U.S. Supreme Court decision

Reading Eagle: Berks County Harley-Davidson dealer, fans upset by trade dispute


North by Northwest

Centre Daily Times: What DA Parks Miller’s lawyer sees as fair punishment and who’s really to blame

Erie Times-News: Union ruling met with dismay, praise in Erie



Erie Times-News: Harrisburg hits its deadline for a change

Tribune-Democrat: State budget urgency: only in an election year?

Post-Gazette: Research region: Amazing work is done here outside tech and meds

Standard Speaker: Politics kill reform push

Patriot News: An irresponsible Pa. House GOP leaves reform in the lurch

York Dispatch: Pennsylvania budget deal mildly encouraging, but there are reasons for concern

Times-Tribune: ‘Poison pills’ even sicker

Altoona Mirror: Gov’t has too much cash stashed

One Response

  1. The thing with polls is that if the pollster wants credibility they have to be accurate. Partisan polls during a campaign that are released to the public, ie, Scott Wagner saying he is down by 7 points are questionable. This Fall 2018 campaign is a rare beast with an energized base far beyond any previous happening with Trump and the new Supreme Court choice stoking the fire. So, a good poll will need to take into consideration an expanded Dem voting base this cycle. A pattern is developing with the numbers starting to be baked in–Wolf and Casey way out in front and Wagner and Barletta badly trailing. The Supreme Court vacancy only energizes an already energized base for the Dems as they are learning the hard way that votes count and elections most certainly do have consequences.

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