7/14 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Polls are divided in the presidential race, McGinty takes her first lead and Wolf signs the budget. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Sen: NBC/Marist Poll: McGinty 47% Toomey 44%: This is the first public survey to show the Democrat ahead.

NBC/Marist Poll: Clinton 45% Trump 36%: The new survey shows the Democratic nominee opening up a lead in the Keystone State.

Quinnipiac Poll: Trump 43% Clinton 41%: The GOP nominee takes the lead in the latest Q survey of the Keystone State.

DNC Reveals Additional Staff: The Democratic National Convention Committee announced some new hires.

PA-8: Q2: Fitzpatrick Brings In $495,000 Haul: The GOP nominee raised close to half a million dollars during the latest fundraising quarter.

Rendell Praises Trump on Trade and China (AUDIO): The former Governor also mentioned how the GOP nominee donated to his past campaign.

PA-Sen: League of Conservation Voters Launches Pro-McGinty TV Ad (VIDEO): The group hopes to tie Toomey to “Big Oil”.

Report: President Obama to Speak on Wednesday at the DNC: The convention’s schedule is beginning to take shape.

PA-BGT: Wolf Will Sign Revenue Package: The budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year is now complete.

Statewide
Capitolwire: How did they finally balance the 2016-17 state budget?
Capitolwire: Latest Quinnipiac presidential swing poll illustrates some problems for Clinton
PA Watchdog: 5 misconceptions about PA’s charter reform bill
PLS Reporter: Allegheny County Board of Health considers proposed regulation of e-cigarettes
PLS Reporter: FY 2016-2017 budget process closes out with passage of revenue package and code bills
Stateimpact PA: Feds propose new safety rules for oil trains

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Want to see those DNC donor names? Unlikely till after convention
Inquirer: Impasse over: Wolf, Pa. lawmakers strike budget deal
Inquirer: Open Streets festival coming to South Street, Fairmount Park
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. polls show Clinton over Trump, vice versa
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania budget passes after fast-track negotiation

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township residents, officials discuss what to do with former school sites
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township retains former public works director as consultant
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania lawmakers pass $1.3B budget bailout package
Bucks Local News: Morrisville receives long-awaited grant to help turn M.R. Reiter site into public park; but more money needed to go ahead with plans

Pittsburgh
WESA: PA Budget Becomes Law; Some Lawmakers Cry Foul
WESA: Pittsburgh Group Aims To Write Citizens Into The Middle Of Government
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Senate expands film tax credit program by $5 million
Post-Gazette: Impasse over; Pa. lawmakers, Wolf strike budget deal
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh schools board to vote on ‘community schools’ approach
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Wolf says he’ll sign revenue package

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Highlights of $1.3B revenue plan passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners, Sheriff Tony Guy clear the air about budget issues, say they will work together
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials mum on draft on audit into sale of Friendship Ridge
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania Senate bill will benefit ATV riders

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Weatherly receives $20G in state funding for trail feasibility study
Citizens Voice: Wyoming Area School Board adopts controversial dress code
Citizens Voice: County council approves hires of 3 division heads
Citizens Voice: Court upholds assessments on casino contracts

South Central
Lancaster Online: Mayor Gray talks about Lancaster’s efforts to avoid racial bias, excessive force by police
York Dispatch: Proposed Pa. sales tax aimed at digital downloads
Sentinel: Pennsylvania lawmakers pass $1.3B budget bailout package
Patriot-News: Tuition at state universities heading for an increase despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s wishes
Patriot-News: Harrisburg unveils free swimming program (and councilman challenges mayor to a swim race)
Patriot-News: Budget win: Harrisburg wins eligibility for state redevelopment program
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Wolf on Pa. budget: ‘I will sign this revenue package’

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Pennsylvania Legislature passes tax package
Morning Call: State launches shame campaign to stop underage gamblers
Morning Call: Feds seize Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s campaign cash, lawyer claims
Morning Call: A tale of two Pa. presidential polls

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Mayor, council fail Erie citizens on EMTA: Letters to the editor
Go Erie: Union City sues ex-borough manager over missing $157,864
Sun Gazette: Local delegates look forward to conventions
Onward State: Gov. Wolf Expected To Approve State Budget Including Increased Funding For Penn State

Opinion
Citizens Voice: Trump provides additional cause for uneasiness
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Public, cyber schools face uneven costs, standards
Inquirer: Why SEPTA trains looked like trouble long before they arrived
Post-Gazette: Get the lead out: Mandatory testing of children is a no-brainer
Post-Gazette: Red flag: A matador dies for senseless sport
Post-Gazette: Troop creep: The U.S. foolishly backpedals on Iraq withdrawal
Patriot-News: On whether the state Senate should pass a controversial abortion-ban bill

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Colonial Regional Police – Citizens Police Academy Taking Applications
Above Average Jane: The “Other” Talk
PA Budget and Policy Center: On the General Assembly Passing a Revenue Bill (HB 1198)
Commonwealth Foundation: State Spending Addiction Leads to Tax Hike
Keystone Education Coalition: Charter school expansion emerges as obstacle in Pa. budget talks

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