6/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Kane loses appeal, the Confederate flag is taken down in the Capitol and Philly passes a soda tax. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Kathleen Kane Takes Another Loss: The State Superior Court rejected an appeal by Kane to have her charges dropped.

PA-Sen: Toomey to Introduce Own Gun Bill: The Senator’s efforts to coordinate with Michael Bloomberg’s organization fell through.

Debate Breaks Out in Harrisburg Over Confederate Flag: The flag was included as part of a historical display before being taken down.

PA-Sen: Chamber of Commerce Launches Anti-McGinty TV Ads (VIDEOS): The group is going with the unconventional route.

Politically Uncorrected: Trump’s Keys to the Keystone State: Can the GOP win in Pennsylvania in 2016? If so, how do they do it?

Philadelphia City Council Passes Soda Tax: Despite efforts by the beverage industry, the Philly Council passed the beverage tax.

PA-Gov: Wolf Worries Environmentalists: The environmental community is nervous about two bills sitting on the Governor’s desk.

StateImpactPA: Gas drilling impact fees fall to $188 million
PA Watchdog: Why Erie might close its high schools
Capitolwire: Alternate school funding bill faces a challenging road, lawmaker says
WITF: Penn State Health, PinnacleHealth say gov’t offers no proof to stop merger

Inquirer: Soda tax passes; Philadelphia is first big city in nation to enact one
Inquirer: Philly schools pass sweeping policy protecting transgender students
Inquirer: Council passes $4.2 billion budget
Inquirer: Toomey’s gun bill, others falling short amid partisan blame game
Daily News: Byko: OK, pre-K? Not so fast
WHYY Newsworks: Atlantic City casino workers authorize July 1 strike
WHYY Newsworks: Preparations for Democratic National Convention progressing

Daily Local News: Phoenixville citizens rally to bring back mural; 3,000 sign petition
Daily Local News: Phoenixville school board eyes short list of new school names
Montgomery Media: Souderton Area School District proposes 0.46 percent tax increase
Montgomery Media: Pennridge School Board set to vote on proposed 2.4 percent tax hike
Delco Times: Guns becomes hotter topic for Toomey in Pennsylvania Senate race
Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown School Board oks 111m budget moves ahead with jr high west project  

WESA: Pittsburgh Mayor Disputes Audit Showing Office Cost $283K
WTAE: New vote to expand gambling to internet, bars possible in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: AC Council committee recommends land bank legislation to full council for vote
Tribune Review: Lawmakers have us waiting to…inhale?
Post-Gazette: Back by write-ins, Republican Halvorson wins 9th District’s Democratic nomination
Early Returns: Confederate flag hanging in state Capitol is taken down

Altoona Mirror: C-K rejects tax increase
Beaver County Times: Beaver County, municipalities to receive $645,000 in impact fee revenues
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to eliminate 22 vacant positions
Beaver County Times: House bill would make ‘stolen valor’ cases a misdemeanor offense
Beaver County Times: Aaron Bernstine opens campaign headquarters in Ellwood City

Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre budget surplus exceeds $8.5 million through the end of May
Times-Tribune: Scranton to get $28 million from lease of parking garages to nonprofit
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County employees receive raises
Times-Tribune: County council considers change limiting campaign contributions
Standard Speaker: HASD presents four tax-hike options

South Central
York Dispatch: Wagner eyes governor’s office
Sentinel: Guns become hotter topic for Toomey in Senate race
Sentinel: Papenfuse insists on ban of PennLive reporters
Patriot-News: Carlisle borough proposes LGBT protection ordinance
Patriot-News: Ousted county official blocked from getting unemployment comp
Patriot-News: Philadelphia passes soda tax, making history as the first major US city to do so
Patriot-News: Maple Donuts flies pro-Donald Trump flag; earns ire of some customers
Patriot-News: Harrisburg council picks Dan Miller, former controller and Papenfuse foe, as city treasurer

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Philadelphia becomes 1st major American city with soda tax; legal fight expected
Morning Call: Monroe County DA’s Office employee, husband charged with harboring fugitive son
Morning Call: Pat Toomey’s gun bill not among those poised for Senate votes
Morning Call: How ‘pro-gun’ Bob Casey became an evangelist for gun control laws
Reading Eagle: Officials in Reading moving to decriminalize parking tickets

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Congressional candidate stops in county
Go Erie: Tax exemption for Millcreek Community Hospital scrutinized
Go Erie: Erie treasurer DiVecchio takes hiring dispute to court
Centre Daily: Sandusky wins bid to have evidentiary hearing in PCRA

Beaver County Times: Blackhawk’s spending is out of control
Beaver County Times: Teacher should retire on their own terms
Times Leader: Senate candidate Katie McGinty rates low on authenticity
Inquirer: Fizzy formula of new soda tax
Inquirer: Rendell: Open letter to Toomey to end gun violence
Daily News: ‘Unite to fight against the hatred that killed her’
Post-Gazette: Hold the salt: The FDA is right to seek reductions in sodium
Post-Gazette: History isn’t pretty: Confederate flags are fine in a historical exhibit

Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Judicial Picks an Insider’s Game
2 Political Junkies: The Tribune-Review Editorial Board’s Attempt At Snark Fails
Commonwealth Foundation: PA’s Long Tradition of Faux Pension Reform
Keystone Education Coalition: National charter groups call for states to crack down on cybercharters
Keystone Crossroads: Why Allegheny County is the only place in Pennsylvania getting latest round of lead paint removal funding
Citified: The Soda Tax Battle’s Biggest Winners and Losers

  • Best Cheesesteak in Philly

    • They Ain't Listed Here (33%)
    • Dalessandro’s Steaks and Hoagies (29%)
    • Pat's King of Steaks (9%)
    • John's Roast Pork (9%)
    • Steve's Prince of Steaks (9%)
    • Tony Luke's (6%)
    • Geno's Steaks (4%)

    Total Voters: 232

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