6/27 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Congressional lines gave the GOP an advantage in 2016 according to the AP, Peduto named one of the most interesting mayors in America, and Sanders rallies in Pittsburgh.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

District Lines Gave GOP Advantage in 2016: According to an Associated Press review, the Congressional map in Pennsylvania helped GOP win more seats than it would have otherwise.

Peduto Named to Politico’s Most interesting Mayors List: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was named as one of America’s 11 most interesting mayors by Politico Magazine.

Sanders Rallies Against the Senate GOP Healthcare Bill in Pittsburgh: Vermont Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was in Pittsburgh over the weekend to speak against the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill.

State House Sound Bites: House, Senate GOP clashing over gaming in budget negotiations
State House Sound Bites: Bill allowing teachers to carry guns could see Senate action
StateImpact: Lawmakers urge Wolf to join interstate effort to meet Paris climate goals
Capitolwire: Long-sought fix to PA’s building code adoption process appears in reach.
Capitolwire: Legalizing VGTs remains a major state budget haggling point for GOP leaders.

Inquirer: 3 out at CNN in wake of Trump/Russia story retraction
Inquirer: Senate health plan will increase uninsured by 22 million, CBO says
Inquirer: More talk, but no Pa. budget deal
Inquirer: The Supreme Court’s four big announcements on religion
Inquirer: Trumpmaina cools in this Pennsylvania town
Inquirer: Asked if he bribed Philly DA Williams, owner of iconic gay bar answers with a shrug
Inquirer: For more than a year, FBI wiretapped labor leader John Dougherty, Councilman Bobby Henon
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s top court just made it way harder to sentence kids to life in prison
Philadelphia Magazine: UD Cuts Ties With Prof Who Says Warmbier Got “What He Deserved”
WHYY Newworks: How gerrymandering can make your vote worthless
WHYY Newsworks: Pelosi: GOP on a mission to deconstruct the federal government
WHYY Newsworks: Documents: Feds wire-tapped Philadelphia union boss Dougherty and Councilman Henon
Philadelphia Business Journal: Eastern State wants to lead the conversation on incarceration
Philly Tribune: Budget pieces still jumbled as deadline looms in Pa.

Pottstown Mercury: Supreme Court partly reinstates Trump travel ban, fall arguments set
Pottstown Mercury: Budget deadline looms as Pennsylvania lawmakers eye defecit
Bucks County Courier Times: Visiting Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro gives thumbs-up to its specialty courts
Delco Times: As far as Supreme Court cases go, this one takes the cake

Tribune Review: Toomey says Wolf should stop ‘carrying on’ about proposed Medicaid cut
Tribune Review: Pa. House budget plan would spike child care wait lists, advocates say
Tribune Review: Pa. House budget plan would spike child care wait lists, advocates say
Tribune Review: Now disbarred, ex-Pennsylvania legislator says ‘ It’s time to get the hell out of here’
Tribune Review: How much will medical marijuana cost in Pennsylvania?
Post-Gazette: Discussion continues, but no deal remains for Pennsylvania state budget
Post-Gazette: Petition effort will spark public hearing on ‘sanctuary city’ status for Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Former state representative Jesse White disbarred
Pittsburgh Business Times: Gas prices expected to be among lowest in years for July 4 weekend
Pittsburgh Business Times: Coal makes comeback in Pennsylvania

Beaver County Times: Vogel re-introduces telemedicine bill
Observer-Reporter: Former legislator Jesse White disbarred ‘on consent’
Altoona Mirror: State tackles heated issue
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Protecting Our Children: Meal programs aim to curb summer hunger, but many kids miss out
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

Times Leader: Pashinski fighting cuts in funding for opioid treatment
Times Leader: Approval process of Luzerne County payroll contract up for discussion
Times Leader: Second union OKs contract extension with Wilkes-Barre, but no MLK holiday swap
Times-Tribune: State Supreme Court decision could slow health care delivery
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne Co. Council to decide whether to play ball, accept team sale settlement
Standard-Speaker: Tarone, champion of all things Hazleton, dead at 58

South Central
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s state budget talks are stuck and video gaming terminals appear to be the dam
Patriot News: ‘Fight for $15’ members rally in Harrisburg for higher minimum wage
Patriot News: Marijuana smuggling scandal linked to Pa. grower permit recipient
Patriot News: Imbalance of power: Pa. gerrymander gave GOP a big boost in 2016, analysis finds
Carlisle Sentinel: Budget deadline looms as Pa. lawmakers eye deficit
LNP: Pennsylvania Gerrymander gave GOP a big boost, AP analysis says
LNP: Lancaster, EPA, reportedly nearing agreement on sewer overflow issue

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Budget deadline looms as Pennsylvania lawmakers eye deficit
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania attorney general supports expanding veterans courts
Reading Eagle: Why funny write-in names on ballots aren’t a laughing matter
Reading Eagle: New rules set for sentencing Pennsylvania juveniles to life
Morning Call: State to Northampton County fire department: Stop fundraising or else
Morning Call: AP analysis finds gerrymandering helped GOP in 2016 election

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Nepotism resolution to accompany Erie County community college vote
Erie Times-News: Erie School District explores tax policy
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Regulations for ‘sober houses,’ school budgets, question on form of city government receive support

Daily News: Court strikes blow for religious liberty
Daily News: Democracy dies in darkness, so please turn on the freakin’ camera lights!
Inquirer: Despite calls for budget cuts, Philly must keep focus on affordable housing
WHYY Newsworks: On Russian meddling, Obama choked when the chips were down
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Summer’s lunch break’
Delco Times: Two important messages in the war on heroin
Daily Local News: This would be the worst time for Justice Kennedy to step down
Daily Local News: Voting system needs vote of confidence
Patriot News: Pa. needs stronger regulation of the regulators: John DiSanto
Patriot News: These three, commonsense steps would close Pa’s budget hole: Madeleine Dean
Patriot News: As protests mount, Toomey digs in on GOP healthcare bill
Morning Call: Allentown mayor write-in campaign bad idea
Express Times: Toomey: Senate bill addresses Obamacare flaws | Guest column
Tribune Review: Recycling ex-lawmakers: Pa.’s other ‘revolving door’

5 Responses

  1. It will be refreshing to get honest legislative districts, if the litigation against GOP gerrymandering is successful. Democracy is a good thing.

  • Will Doug Mastriano Run For U.S. Senate?

    • No. Not Enough Support From Mainstream GOP. (91%)
    • Yes. Let Doug Be Doug. (9%)

    Total Voters: 892

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