6/16 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Papenfuse bans the Patriot-News, Toomey participates in gun filibuster and PA is seen more and more as a swing state. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA Increasingly Seen As Critical Swing State in November: A look at what FiveThirtyEight and some of President Obama’s top advisors think about the battle for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.

Papenfuse Bans Patriot-News: The Mayor of Harrisburg takes on the city’s biggest news outlet.

PA-Sen: Toomey Takes Part in Gun Violence Filibuster (VIDEO): The Senator defended his vote last year and proposed finding a compromise.

Western Dems Rally Around Shapiro: High-profile Zappala supporters host a fundraiser for Josh Shapiro.

Gleason Says He Talks to Trump Regularly: The PA GOP Chair outlines how the party’s presumptive presidential nominee communicates with Republicans nationwide.

PA-Sen: Conservative Group Launches Pro-Toomey TV Ad (VIDEO): The commercial praises Toomey’s work protecting children.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Rift grows between Wolf and environmentalists
Capitolwire: Two energy bills approved by Legislature; Wolf expected to sign them
Capitolwire: Daily fantasy sports bill approved in committee

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly school principals’ union turns down contract
Inquirer: Pa.: 2 turnpike employees paid thousands for work they didn’t do
Inquirer: Confederate Flag taken down at Pa. state capitol
Inquirer: Play fantasy football? Pa. may soon impose a tax
WHYY Newsworks: Explosion reported at Philly energy plant
WHYY Newsworks: Philly principals reject proposed contract by ‘decisive margin’
WHYY Newsworks: Republican legislators want Delaware Elections Commissioner removed from office
Philadelphia Business Journals: Philadelphia ranks as best city for millennials to work & live  

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Confederate flag removed from Pa. capitol display
Delco Daily Times: Dem senator frustrated by lack of inaction on guns begins to filibuster  
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County judge sets July hearing on Bill Cosby’s request to dismiss sex charges
Montgomery Media: Pennridge School Board set to vote on proposed 2.4 percent tax hike
Bucks Local News: Pennsbury restores librarian positions; approves $195.2M final budget with 2.2 percent tax increase   

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Unity municipal authority debates debt service fee
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor’s office got $283,000 renovation, audit finds
Post-Gazette: State legislature votes for DEP to re-draft new conventional drilling rules
Post-Gazette: Plan to tax, regulate fantasy sports in Pa. clears first hurdle
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania House passes pension reform measure
Post-Gazette: Art Halvorson could get another chance to oust U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania to receive hotel occupancy tax from Airbnb hosts
Pittsburgh Business Times: Opioid overdose drug inspires praise, pricing concerns

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State senators say pension bill from House will be jumping off point
Beaver County Times: ‘Daniel’s bill’ to toughen texting while driving penalties passes House unanimously
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Democratic Committee expands web, social media efforts
Beaver County Times: Sen. Vogel’s bill to save school money on mailing requirements goes to governor’s desk
Beaver County Times: Bill to give pepper spray to state prison guards advances in House
Beaver County Times: Resolution calling for statewide study of school consolidations passes state House
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Harrisburg mayor cuts off newspaper, won’t talk to reporters

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County taxpayers might be on the hook for inmate’s missing earring
Times Leader: One Luzerne County division head confirmed, another drops out
Times-Tribune: Marino to have Dem opponent
Citizens Voice: County council introduces several amendments to home rule charter
Citizens Voice: Pa. labor secretary calls for pre-K funding boost
Citizens Voice: Newport resident takes over manager

South Central
York Dispatch: Confederate flag from Hanover display removed from Pennsylvania Capitol exhibit
Sentinel: Pa. House passes pension reform, which critics say doesn’t reform system
Sentinel: County commissioners hear presentation on Claremont nonprofit
Patriot-News: Toomey disagrees with Trump’s Muslim ban: ‘We don’t have religious tests in this country’
Patriot-News: DA: Warwick superintendent ‘not under investigation’ for secretly recording LNP reporter
Patriot-News: Toomey: Terrorists shouldn’t be able to walk into store and buy a gun
Patriot-News: Casey joins Senate Democrats calling for stricter gun laws; pushes hate crimes gun bill
Patriot-News: Good will or ‘attempt to buy votes’? GOP state Senate candidate offers to buy baseball tickets
Patriot-News: Seeking a zoning code change in Harrisburg? Get your postage stamps ready

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Attorney general candidate John Rafferty targets heroin crisis in campaign stop in Schuylkill County
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane Loses Bid to have Charges Tossed
Morning Call: Pennsylvania moving to regulate, tax online fantasy sports
Morning Call: Pat Toomey to propose bill blocking gun sales to terror suspects

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Wiley introduces bill to help Erie schools
Go Erie: Airbnb to start collecting Pennsylvania hotel tax
Go Erie: Appeals court vacates ruling in Wegmans tax case
Sun Gazette: Commissioner questions chamber’s use of hotel tax

Opinion
Times Leader: School board members feeling heat of budget season
Times-Tribune: Huge win for consumers
Times-Tribune: Pension bill feigns reform
Post-Gazette: A boost for transplants: UnitedHealthcare is wise to cover travel costs for living kidney donors
Philadelphia Weekly: What Philly thinks of the Proposed Soda Tax
Daily News: Mass shootings leave America in deep distress
Inquirer: Puerto Rico is part of America; treat it as such
Inquirer: Commentary: Mayor, Council pushing unconstitutional soda tax
Patriot-News: Legislature, Wolf should act responsibly on funding for pre-k programs

Blogs
Citified: ACLU: Philly Is Setting Itself Up for Conflict With DNC Protesters
Citified: Beverage Lobby Spends Whopping $700K on Last-Minute Ad Blitz Against Soda Tax
Keystone Crossroads: Fixing federal financing for Main Street buildings
Liberty City Press: Hanging Up The Robes
Commonwealth Foundation: School Districts Amass Record Reserve Funds
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: “Reformer” Wolf Ignored Commission in Naming Mundy to Supreme Court

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