7/10 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Cook Political Report shifts PA-6, Casey’s second quarter fundraising, a statistical look at handing out candidate listings at polling places, and the Ups & Downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Cook Political Report Shifts PA-6 to Lean Republican: Cook Political Report shifted Congressman Ryan Costello’s seat from ‘Likely Republican’ to ‘lean Republican” as part of a reassessment of 10 races nationally.

Casey Raises $2.6 Million in Second Quarter: Senator Bob Casey announced his $2.6 million fundraising total for the second quarter, finishing with $5.5 million on hand.

Does Handing Out Literature at Polling Places Help Candidates: In an effort to increase their influence in judicial elections the Philadelphia Bar Association looked into the effect placing volunteers at polling locations to hand out candidate listings during the 2017 primary.

7/7 Ups & Downs: State Police work the holiday, Wolf gets national coverage, Toomey increases his clout in D.C., vandals show the political divide, and Medicaid funding on the chopping block. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Budget-related revenue discussions pick up pace as differences on gaming issues narrow
PLS Reporter: Believe it or not: there’s still no revenue agreement
PLS Reporter: Pa. Supreme Court rules so-called “spot assessments” unconstitutional
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs bill that creates a rare disease advisory council
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: House and Senate take different approaches to recycling fee bill.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Possible budget tension within Republican legislative ranks as PA warned about its unbalanced state spending plan.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: PA slots revenue dips for FY2016-17 due to weaker economy.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: PA House approves bill seeking to strengthen Lobbyist Disclosure Law.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: No apparent progress on revenues; House GOP Leader Reed, Gov. Wolf remain hopeful of resolution by Monday.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: There’s been progress, but no agreements, in ongoing quest to find revenues to balance PA state budget.
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers prepare for weekend session after a week of little progress
State House Sound Bites: Lung Association says budget funding proposal could limit programs
State House Sound Bites: Nearly a week into stalemate, “no agreements” on budget revenue
City and State: S&P downgrades PA credit outlook as revenue scramble continues

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Another year, another budget-deadline quandary for Wolf
Inquirer: Report: Trump Jr. was promised damaging info about Clinton
Inquirer: Congress returns to battles over health care, budget
Inquirer: Trump’s tweets about Putin not going over well with Republicans
Inquirer: Why is Pennsylvania shrinking? It’s about jobs
Inquirer: Trump’s tweets about Putin not going over well with Republicans
Inquirer: Another down-to-the-wire push to complete Pa. budget
Philadelphia Magazine: Christie Slammed With Ethics Complaint Over “Beachgate”
WHYY Newsworks: After a Saturday of closed meetings, GOP leaders indicate directional shift in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Attorney General Sessions visits Guantanamo Bay prison
KYW: G20 Closes With Rebuke to Trump’s Climate Change Stance
KYW: Sen. Casey Recruiting For Fight Against GOP Health Care Bill
Philly Tribune: City’s public schools, education beneficiaries of new state budget

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Senate health care proposal even worse for Pennsylvania, report says
Bucks County Courier Times: Opinions vary on allowing pubic into contract talks
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem teachers working under expired contract
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick seeks to tie PFC health study to military spending bill
Delco Times: Medicaid advocates host all-day events throughout the region to blast GOP health plan
Delco Times: Last day arrives for Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to act on $32B spending bill

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: State representative Maher charged with DUI
KDKA: Energy Secretary: Trump Keeping His Energy Promises To Western Pa.
KDKA: Wolf OKs Bill Removing Police Videos From Open Records Law
Post-Gazette: Deficit-ridden Pennsylvania warned of another hit to credit
Post-Gazette: Another down-to-the-wire push to complete Pa. budget
Post-Gazette: No revenue deal for state budget yet as Monday deadline looms
Post-Gazette: Bill proposes ‘clean slate’ for old misdemeanor convictions in Pa.
WESA: Balancing Act: Negotiations Continue Over Delayed State Budget

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Toomey working on bipartisan bill tightening sanctions on North Korea after missile launch
Observer-Reporter: G-20 shut Trump out on climate, strike deal on trade
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania budget talks hanging on deal on gambling bill
Observer-Reporter: State election officials gather amid uproar over voter data
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawmakers brace for desperate push to balance budget

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: Toomey takes heat for lack of town halls
Standard-Speaker: Oops! Season on snow ban signs incorrect
Times Leader: Statue of John F. Kennedy unveiled in downtown Pittston
Times Leader: Luzerne County officials propose pension fund changes
Times-Tribune: Former Merli center administrator sues over 2015 firing

South Central
LNP: Pat Toomey’s beekeeping highlighted in story about senators’ hobbies
LNP: Pennsylvania lawmakers defend $45.8M district offices, while critics see them as re-election perk
LNP: What the budget plan means for the state and the politicians who wrote it [in-depth]
LNP: Lancaster County lawmakers’ push for an independent inspector general gets a second shot
Patriot News: Scott Wagner kicks off ‘listening tour’ in governor’s race Monday
Patriot News: No deal yet between Gov. Wolf, Legislature, on Pa. budget package
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker charged with DUI after a capitol session
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s state budget talks continue, with an apparent break in gambling impasse
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s state budget debate hits end stages
WHTM: Lawmakers still looking for revenues to complete $32B spending plan
York Dispatch: Wagner holding rally at Penn Waste on Monday

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania casino expansion bill could hurt Bethlehem’s and Allentown’s finances
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmaker charged with DUI
Morning Call: Wolf OKs bill removing police videos from open records law
Morning Call: Gambling expansion increasing odds against timely budget deal
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania budget talks hanging on deal on gambling bill
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: State Attorney General Josh Shapiro targets illegal robocalls
Reading Eagle: Toomey fields questions on health care during plant tour near Kutztown

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: US must work with Russia, move past election issues
Centre Daily Times: 2 GOP senators suggest bill to repeal health care law ‘dead’
Erie Times-News: Pa. revenue puzzle in pieces day before spending bill deadline

Opinion
Patriot News: Colonial Williamsburg’s shaky finances are a reflection of Americans’ knowledge of history: Opinion
Patriot News: People lost their minds over NPR tweeting the Declaration of Independence, which tells you about Americans’ mastery of history: Opinion
WTAE: WTAE Editorial: Get back to work on Pennsylvania’s budget
Express Times: More guns in schools? No thanks | Editorial
Daily News: From Russia with Dirt: Why new Trump bombshell matters
Inquirer: Ladies and gentlemen, the Trump-media cage match
Inquirer: Poor math skills lead to bad politics and policy
Inquirer: Philly lawmakers right to target stop-and-go nuisance bars
Inquirer: Trump vote fraud panel is a bogus effort to mine personal data
Bucks County Courier Times: Another warning about state budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump doing more harm than good
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Ballot question veto underscores need for initiative
Delco Times: Editorial: Many states facing big budgetary troubles ahead
LNP: It’s time for a countywide solution to the opioid epidemic
Tribune Review: Medical malpractice tort reform: A remedy for ‘fairness’
Post-Gazette: Dose of optimism: June’s jobs report is brighter than expected

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  1. The godfather says there will be no video game terminals in Pa unless they are controlled by our casinos. If the state lottery counts the money, we will be out billions and knocked out of a business that WE started a hundred years ago. Not fair! The Senators must understand that La familia will continue to muscle them until we get our way…no vgt gambling or we own them. Don’t mess with the godfather’s retirement fund! Or else!

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