7/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6DNC speakers unveiled, Hafer is indicted and the New York Times calls Toomey a “profile in cowardice”. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

BREAKING: DNC Reveals Convention Speakers: The DNCC unveiled the list of Democratic officials who will take the stage next week.

BREAKING: Ex-Treasurer Hafer Indicted: The former State Treasurer is being charged with lying about taking consulting fees from a company that did business with her office.

Report: List of PA Officials Speaking At DNC Released: Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey are leading the pack.

PA-Sen: NYT Criticizes Toomey as “Profile in Cowardice”: The PA Senator is among those the Times calls out for supporting Trump.

Rendell: Trump “Charming, Engaging Guy” (VIDEO): The former Governor describes what it’s like to sit down with Donald Trump.

PA-Sen: Toomey Wants More Inmates in Guantanamo: Sen. Toomey made the remark during a campaign appearance with Lindsey Graham.

Pence Speaks to PA Delegation: The GOP Vice Presidential nominee visited the Pennsylvania delegates’ breakfast.

Statewide
Capitolwire: PlanCon bond relief will span multiple years
PLS Reporter: Wolf signs bill to reform the ICA
PLS Reporter: PUC approves emergency order to allow Uber to further assist in alleviating Philadelphia transportation shortage
PLS Reporter: IRRC approves new “Go Fore It” table game regulation
WITF: Barbara Hafer, former PA Treasurer, Indicted
WITF: S&P report shows good and bad news for PA finances

Philadelphia
Business Journal: Opening Day: City unveils $2.5M indoor baseball training center for kids
Business Journal: Temple Board: University President Neil Theobald agrees to step down
KYW Newsradio: The Man Who Brought The DNC Stage To Life
WHYY Newsworks: Planning Commission updated on Upper North District Plan, accepts Walnut Hill Neighborhood Plan
WHYY Newsworks: Mt. Airy ward leader one of just 18 African-American delegates at RNC
Inquirer: Montco waives criminal-record disclosure for job-seekers
Inquirer: Justice Department: Bensalem discriminates against Muslims

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick business, community show support for police
Pottstown Mercury: $358K in Montco grants focus on trails, stormwater
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Makefield selling park-and-ride to bridge commission for $800,000
Bucks County Courier Times: Law firms lay out case for legal action over contaminated water in Bucks, Montgomery
Delco Daily Times: Delco to look for funds to preserve open space

Pittsburgh
WESA: McGinty: Republican Convention Has Been Discouraging
Pittsburgh Business Journals: Kasich: No apologies in Trump feud
Pittsburgh Business Journals: Ex-Pa. Treasurer Hafer charged with lying to feds about $500K in consulting fees
Early Returns: Speakers set the stage at RNC; Trump speech is leaked
Tribune Review: About 200 gather Downtown for Black Lives Matter National Day of Action
Tribune Review: Pence tells delegates he, Trump plan to ‘Make Pennsylvania Red Again’      

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf hosts cracker plant opportunities roundtable at Penn State-Beaver
Beaver County Times: Shell makes $356,000 payment to Beaver County as part of agreement
Beaver County Times:Vice presidential nominee Pence calls for party unity
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf visits Beaver County to talk about Shell, economic growth
Observer Reporter: Peters Township school receives final touches in $5.6 million renovation     

NEPA
Times Leader: Hazleton council moves to crack down on blighted, abandoned properties
Times-Tribune: “Safety will be restored,” Trump saying in convention finale
Times-Tribune: Ex-Pennsylvania treasurer charged in corruption case
News Item: Barletta: ‘Trump understands’
News Item: MC Township approves police contract extension     

South Central
Patriot News: Judge approves changes to Harrisburg’s financial recovery plan
Patriot News: Amid national debate over policing, PennLive rides with Harrisburg police
Lancaster Intelligencer: GOP VP pick Mike Pence: ‘We’re going to win Pennsylvania’
Lancaster Intelligencer: Former state treasurer Barbara Hafer indicted by federal grand jury for hiding payments
Lancaster Intelligencer: Hartman holds slight cash edge over Smucker as 16th District candidates head into general election

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: State’s spending on drug abuse treatment to be scrutinized
Reading Eagle: Skipping Cleveland, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey visits Bern Township fundraiser
Morning Call: Allentown get $1.4 million grant for lead removal
Morning Call: Democratic National Convention host committee asks court to keep donor list under wraps
Morning Call: Ex-PA Treasurer Barbara Hafer charged in alleged pay-to-play scheme
Morning Call: VP nominee Mike Pence speaks to Pa. delegates

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Council’s agenda tonight includes hire of 1 police officer
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Casey: bill to help teenage opioid abuse needs funding
Erie Times-News: Ferguson Township supervisors ‘committed an error of law,’ judge says

Opinion
Inquirer: The lost cause that’s costing Philly schools millions
Bucks County Courier Times: Dear Sanders supporters: We haven’t been burned
Post-Gazette: The Kane saga, cont.: Yet another reason for the AG to step down
Post-Gazette: A race reality check: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C., tells it like it is
Morning Call: Opponents of PennEast pipeline, fracking to press case on national state
Morning Call: 2nd Amendment ‘relic of a past time

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Judge Dally Explains Problem-Solving Courts
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Council Poised to Condemn NIZ Hotel Tax Grab
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Allen Appointment Inches Forward for Vote Tonight
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Fed Ed To Host Government Purchasing Summit
Keystone Crossroads: In Erie, a microcosm of Pennsylvania’s struggle for education equity
Citified: Kenney, Other Philly Pols Added to Lineup of DNC Speakers

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