7/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Wagner calls 2016 an “all-out war”, McNesby says Black Lives Matter are a “terrorist group” and Lena Dunham is heading to Philadelphia and the DNC. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wagner: 2016 Election “All-Out War”: The State Senator sets the stakes for the 2016 presidential contest.

Kane’s Sister Gets Raise, Castor Gets Promotion: Ellen Granahan will get a 19% pay increase along with $80K in back pay and damages. Bruce Castor is now the First Deputy AG.

McNesby Calls Black Lives Matter “Terrorist Group” (AUDIO): The head of the Philadelphia FOP denounces the organization.

Son of Kane Witness Interviews for AG Job: David Peifer is supposed to be a key prosecution witness in Kane’s trial, yet his son is interviewing for a position in the AG’s office.

Lena Dunham, Demi Lovato Among Those Attending DNC: The first list of celebrities who will attend the convention in Philly next week is revealed.

Barletta, Santorum Sit in RNC’s VIP Section: The Congressman and the former Senator got a spot in the Trump’s family box.

PA-Sen: Pat Toomey Releases Radio Ad (AUDIO): Toomey criticizes McGinty’s national and international policies in new radio spot.

Statewide
Capitolwire: 2016-17 budget includes entertainment-related tax credits starting in FY2017-18
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: PA’s off S&P’s ‘CreditWatch’ list, but problems remain
PLS Reporter: Housing as Health Campaign crosswalk strengthens supportive housing, combats opioid crisis
PLS Reporter: Senators seek to bolster Office of Inspector General
PLS Reporter: Public to get a say on properties poised for redevelopment
StateImpactPA: Feds order more testing, following pipeline explosion
WITF: Ongoing justice dept. review highlights problem areas
WITF: Wolf signs industrial hemp bill
WITF: GOP eyes watch PA, hoping for a rightward swing

Philadelphia
Inquirer: City awards firefighters 3.25 percent pay hike
Inquirer: City looking to hire with soda-tax funds
Inquirer: With hipster beard and ‘edgy’ trousers, DNC host Kevin Washo nails just the right look
Inquirer: Meet Pa.’s David Urban, Trump tactician and ‘traffic controller’ at RNC
WHYY Newsworks: Court will rule on release of DNC finance records
WHYY Newsworks: Philly police approach to DNC in stark contrast with combative stance during last convention
WHYY Newsworks: Equality Forum summit opens Monday in Philadelphia
Business Journal: University City District bulks up West Philadelphia jobs program
Business Journal: Philadelphia port gets new CEO

SEPA
Daily Local News: Immaculata University hosts health care conference for high school girls
Daily Local News: West Chester councilman resigns leaving a vacancy
Daily Local News: Unionville student pushes hard for delayed school start
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough Council accepts $620K flood mitigation grant from FEMA for property acquisition, elevation projects
Montgomery Media: Upper Dublin School Board, teachers to vote on contract extension
Montgomery Media: Proposed seven-phase, $5.8 million master plan outlines future of Perkasie parks

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Experts: GOP candidates should consider black voters
Tribune Review: Gov. signs reforms bill for Pittsburgh ICA that resulted from Trib probe
Early Returns: RNC nominates Trump; speakers blast Clinton
Early Returns: Kasich is there but not there in Cleveland at GOP national convention
Post-Gazette: Toomey says he’s closer to giving Trump his support
Pittsburgh Business Journals: CEO, GOP delegate: ‘Trump wasn’t my first choice, but I can get with the program’
WESA: Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program Moves Forward       

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Budget battle between Sheriff Tony Guy, Beaver County Commissioners wages on
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner calls presidential race an ‘all-out war’
Observer-Reporter: Robinson Township gun range faces further scrutiny
Observer-Reporter: No endorsement for Trump from Cruz; congratulations but that’s all
Altoona Mirror: Pa. to open 20 treatment centers

NEPA
Times Leader: Looming debt payments and pension contributions worry Mayor Tony George
Times-Tribune: The Latest: Pence says Trump independent spirit, never quits
Citizen’s Voice: County convention delegates feeling positive about Trump, GOP
Citizen’s Voice: Pennsylvania’s prominence acknowledged at GOP convention   

South Central
Patriot News: Why was this es-Harrisburg councilman, a Democrat, hawking Trump campaign buttons?
Patriot News: Kathleen Kane’s lawyers seeks to block testimony about dispute with Philly DA Seth Williams
Patriot News: Third-party candidate brings “Buy American” platform to Harrisburg
Patriot News: Kathleen Kane appoints Bruce Castor as second-in-line to AG
Patriot News: Message from citywide revival: ‘Those who would divide us are doing a disservice to this country’
Patriot News: Mike Pence of Jerry Sandusky? SNL stars challenge people to pick VP candidate from lineup

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Donald Trump’s Pennsylvania operation unlike past presidential campaigns
Morning Call: On campaign trail, Pat Toomey gets earful of Donald Trump questions
Morning Call: Toomey says he’s closer to giving Trump his support
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane’s staff gives job interview to son of key prosecution witness against her

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local delegate says mood on convention floor good
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Reimbursement for adult probation office salaries sought
Erie Times-News: Erie delegates lament Kasich’s absence at GOP convention
Erie Times-News: Erie delegate pivots from Cruz to Trump at convention

Opinion
Morning Call: Are tax assessment limits on new buildings in Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone a good idea?
Patriot News: Mediation of Penn State sexual abuse claims was a fair and efficient process
Inquirer: Philly’s dime funded insider’s lush lifestyle
Daily Local News: Chester County: Leading in innovation
Post-Gazette: The Kane saga, cont.: Yet another reason for the AG to step down

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Rambling: How NorCo Can Fix Its Row Offices
Lehigh Valley Rambling: Dent Helps Secure Funding For 45 Lead-Safe Homes in Allentown
Keystone State: Your taxes up? “since 2009 the district’s PSERs expenditures have risen from $4.5 million to $28 million”
Keystone Crossroads: Montco DA puts satellite office in Pottstown to tackle crime rates
Citified: Where Will Black Lives Matter Go From Here?
Citified: Philly Workers and Businesses Might Get a Big Tax Cut … In Two Years

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