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6/29 PoliticsPA Playbook

The Capitol will likely be quiet for awhile, as many bills hover in limbo during summer break. But we’re going to keep busy, so don’t forget to check back later for this week’s Ups & Downs. Good morning, politicos, here’s the Playbook!


Gerrymandering Fix Unlikely Before Deadline

A deadline to change the way Pennsylvania draws its legislative maps in time for 2021 redistricting is fast approaching, but it seems school’s out for summer. The state House adjourned Monday, leaving in limbo a handful of important legislation — among them a Senate-approved bill to create an independent commission purported to eliminate gerrymandering.



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

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

Capitolwire: PA first in the nation to enact Clean Slate legislation after Gov. Wolf’s signature.

AP: Governor boosts minimum wage again for state employees

AP: Ex-state representative sentenced for money-laundering plan

AP: Brexit leader to headline GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Barletta’s fundraiser

StateImpact PA: Study: Climate change will stress corn production, dairy industry in southern Pennsylvania

State House Sound Bites: Wolf signs law to seal certain criminal records

State House Sound Bites: State gradually laying out structure for legal sports betting



Inquirer: How the Supreme Court ruling on labor unions in Janus vs. AFSCME could upend politics in Pennsylvania

Inquirer: After Janus decision, here’s one group that’s teaching Pa. government workers how to drop out of their unions

Inquirer: Boeing upgrades Chinooks at Delco plant in 100-year program

Inquirer: Caught in political-civility debate, Pa. bakery shares name with one that wouldn’t serve Joe Biden

KYW: Poll: Pennsylvania Voters’ Support For Gun Control At All-Time High

WHYY: Barletta plans to campaign for U.S. Senate on repeal of Roe v. Wade



Delco Daily Times: How new Pa. budget boosts education funding

Daily Local: Parkesburg councilman, bank exec charged in $100K embezzlement scam

Daily Local: “I’m just a regular guy” says new U.S. attorney



AP: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to stop publishing two days a week

Tribune Review: Pennsylvanians criticize, applaud Supreme Court union ruling

Tribune Review:Survey: Pennsylvanians among the most tolerant toward neighbors’ yard signs

Tribune Review: Protesters descend on home of East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld

Post-Gazette: Democrats say Barletta should cancel fundraiser with Brexit leader Farage

KDKA: Clean Slate Law Bars Employers, Landlords From Seeing Long-Ago, Non-Violent Criminal Convictions



Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County wipes out $2.3M deficit, audit finds

Observer-Reporter: Monessen planning to cease city operations over missing mayor, councilman

Indiana Gazette: Commissioners approve purchase of drone

Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania becomes first state with ‘clean slate’ law for nonviolent criminal records

Beaver County Times: Metcalfe challenger Dan Smith Jr. speaks to local NOW chapter



Daily Item: State split on Supreme Court union fees ruling

Times Leader: Poll: Casey, Wolf leading in Pennsylvania statewide races

Times-Tribune: Commissioners award bid for sale of administration building

Citizens Voice: British Trump ally Farage to attend Barletta fundraiser


South Central

Patriot News: Pennsylvania casinos ask Wolf Administration to suspend iLottery games

Patriot News: Take a trip through Harrisburg’s crumbling sewer system

YDR: Taser use “of great concern,” Lancaster mayor says of Thursday incident involving police

YDR: ‘These are American bikes.’ Harley-Davidson riders weigh in on Trump tariffs

WITF:Report shows slowing in hospital admission rates for overdoses


Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Allentown Diocese removes monsignor, alerts authorities of sex abuse allegation

Morning Call: Pennsylvanians jeer, cheer Supreme Court union ruling

Morning Call: KidsPeace housing a dozen refugee children separated from their families

Reading Eagle: Former detainees urge Gov. Wolf to close Berks detention center


North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Videos show treatment of Erie County inmate in asthma case

Sun-Gazette: County OKs deputy sheriffs’ contract with pay increase



Morning Call: Op-ed: Pennsylvania’s death penalty system should be strengthened, not abolished, amid newly raised concerns

Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners delinquent in transparency

Post-Gazette: The unasked question: Should presidential power be ever-expanding?

LNP: Not surprising, but still disappointing: Hopes for reform in the state House dashed yet again

Erie Times-News: Our view: Deal to end tax exemption is only fair


One Response

  1. Off year elections are generally favoring the party not occupying the White House and Trump has put this theory on steroids riling the Dem base and alienating independent voters, especially, women and now we have the Supreme Court choice. This has super charged the support of Dem candidates like Tom Wolf and Bob Casey and gives them a tremendous advantage. On top of that, Scott Wagner can’t help himself with his endless dumb political antics like wrestling a camera away from some poor tracker at a country club or the ultra dumb poll Scott Wagner takes when he asked people at the recent Republican statewide meeting if they didn’t have healthcare provided by an employer–which justifies his position to be against Obamacare. Walker, with his astounding personal wealth, only proves his detachment from the worker with such polls. Bottom line: the polls are showing this and will continue to do so that it is a bad year to be running as a Republican for US Senate and Pa Governor. Prediction: Wolf by 10 and Casey by 14 points.

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