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6/8 PoliticsPA Playbook


Critics say the Post-Gazette’s decision to not publish work drawn by its popular editorial cartoonist may just be the latest in a local news trend muffling anti-GOP views. And don’t forget to check back later for the rest of this week’s Ups & Downs!

Local News Seems to be Punching Left

While many journalists can expect to have disagreements with their editors, the recent and more heavy-handed influence from above has some wondering whether liberal voices are being driven out of even traditionally left-of-center outlets.



StateImpact: Pennsylvania, for first time, sets methane regulations on natural gas wells

Capitolwire: Rep. Metzgar unveils comprehensive prison reform package

Capitolwire: Sen. Ryan Aument: Aument offers support for legislative redistricting reform measure



WHYY: More Pa. school districts feeling the crunch of mandated expenses, according to survey

Inquirer: Kenney frowns at Council budget – could tax hikes return?



Pottstown Mercury: Officials cut ribbon to Graterford prison replacement — SCI Phoenix

Delco Times: New transportation management plan announced for I-76

Daily Local: Chesco Commissioners urge PUC to stand against pipeline projects

Bucks County Courier Times: FAA accepts Trenton-Mercer Airport updated master plan



WESA: PA Judicial Nominee Faces Tough Questions From Democrats

Tribune Review: School districts say their financial conditions are getting worse



Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus bill would waive permit fees for vets groups

Altoona Mirror: Safe harbor bill moves to full House



Citizens Voice: Elevator safety bill moves forward

Times-Leader: Filing asks judge to block Jewelcor president from intervening in TIF case

News-Item: Best switches back to Democrat


Lehigh Valley

The Morning Call: Q&A: Kris Krane, president of the company behind Allentown’s first medical marijuana dispensary

Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania agriculture secretary hears from Berks farmers

WFMZ: Pennsylvania leads in farmland preservation

WFMZ: Investigation into P’burg mayor turned over to law enforcement

Lehigh Valley Live: Northampton County judge disputes $6M loan default


South Central

YDR: Medical marijuana dispensary set to open in West Manchester Twp.

Patriot News: Fired worker sues House Republican Caucus, claims he’s a victim of a culture of corruption

Patriot News: Former Rep. Jeff Coy remembered as a lawmaker who could ‘get things done’

Patriot News: School districts ‘can’t get ahead’ of mandated costs despite increases in state education funding


North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Erie magistrate: I asked for leave. But sheriff served order



Daily Local: The sweeping surveillance of American lives

Citizens Voice: Reform needed in naming judges

Patriot News: Will Pa. ever get reform right? The current redistricting debate is not encouraging

Post-Gazette: Grounding the Eagles: A petty disinvitation to the Super Bowl champs

  • 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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