6/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Toomey leads McGinty, Costello pulls out of the Republican Convention and the PA House passes a new restriction on abortion. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Sen: Quinnipiac Poll: Toomey 49% McGinty 40%: A complete breakdown of the latest Senate survey.

PA House Passes Tighter Restrictions on Abortion: Also includes a partisan breakdown of the vote.

PA-6: Costello Pulls Out of Republican National Convention: The freshman Congressman will no longer be a delegate and will spend that week in his district instead.

Tracking the Debate: The PA House’s 20-Week Abortion Ban: A summary of the heated and extended discussion on the House floor that led to the vote.

PA-2: Will Fattah Resign?: It could be a question of when rather than if.

Quinnipiac Poll: Kane’s Approval Rating Remains Poor: Just 24% approve of the job the Attorney General is doing.

PA-Gov: Quinnipiac Poll: Wolf’s Approval Rating Makes Small Jump To 41%: Governor Tom Wolf’s numbers are climbing but are still underwater.

PA-Sen: Dems Hit Toomey Over For-Profit School Connections: Democratic strategists intend to unflatteringly compare Toomey’s work to Donald Trump’s own infamous university.

Quinnipiac Poll: President Obama’s Approval Hits 51%: A majority of Pennsylvanians now approve of the job the President is doing.

Statewide
Capitolwire: House approves iGaming, other gambling expansions; kills VGT proposal
Capitolwire: Toomey opens up 9-point lead on McGinty, new Quinnipiac poll shows
Capitolwire: PA House floor action wrap-up for June 21, 2016
PA Watchdog: Reading charter school says it was ‘bullied’ by district
PLS Reporter: Rep. Christiana goes in depth about his property tax elimination plan
PLS Reporter: Allegheny County Council votes to participate in Tri-COG land bank
PLS Reporter: LGBTQ rally encourages fair legislation, Committee moves non-discriminatory legislation to Senate floor
PLS Reporter: Scaled down gaming expansion amendment passes House
StateImpactPA: DEP launches investigation into Doylestown-area private water well contamination
StateImpactPA: Former environmental secretary hired by University of Pennsylvania
WITF: Anti-LGBT discrimination bill advances in state Senate
WITF: Reading charter school says it was ‘bullied’ by district

Philadelphia
Business Journal: Independence Mall readies for DNC protestors
Business Journal: Bucks County’s Valley Square sells for estimated $82M
KYW Newsradio: Camden Cracks Down On Deadbeat Landlords
KYW Newsradio: Advice For Booking A Hotel For The DNC: Good Luck
WHYY Newsworks: Commission for Women begins work as permanent part of Philadelphia government
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney refrains from making a splash in launching city’s pool season
Inquirer: City won’t use Holmesburg to house protesters after all
Inquirer: “Too much debt” for Dow-DuPont spin-offs

SEPA
Daily Local News: Phoenixville board OKs $37K in bonuses; superintendent gets 6% bonus
Bucks Local News: Neshaminy School Board approves $179M final budget for 2016-17; contains no tax hike
Delco Daily Times: Hearing on controversial recovery facility put off again
Bucks County Courier Times: Commissioners approve $2 million upgrade to 911 call system
Bucks County Courier Times: New report focuses on school mandates
Pottstown Mercury: Superior gets permission for increased well water withdrawal

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh school board considers policy for vetting top executives
Tribune Review: North Allegheny board approves $151M budget
Tribune Review: Highlands School District votes to shuffle administration, seek new high school principal
Tribune Review: Former DEP Secretary Quigley lands job at Penn
Post-Gazette: House Dems protesting Congress’ lack of action on gun-control
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania may take key role in presidential election
Pittsburgh Business Times: EDMC lays off Pittsburgh workers, 3% of total workforce
WESA: Rebellious Democrats Stage Sit-In Protest In The U.S. House

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Toomey backs new measure to close “terror loophole” in gun purchases
Beaver County Times: Pepper spray bill from Snyder, Mahoney gains unanimous support in House vote
Beaver County Times: Stolen Valor Act unanimously passes state House
Observer-Reporter: Central Greene puts teacher furloughs on hold
Observer-Reporter: Jerry Sandusky’s attorneys want to question grand jury judge
Observer Reporter: Trump lambastes Clinton: ‘She gets rich making you poor’    

NEPA
Times Leader: House takes gamble
Times-Tribune: Scranton Council hears parking plan
Times-Tribune: DEP to hold public hearing on keystone landfill expansion   

South Central
Patriot News: Equality Pa. holds LGBT non-discrimination rally at Pa. Capitol
Patriot News: Ahead of possible Senate vote, Catholic House lawmakers call out Catholic Church, make push for child sex reform bill
Patriot News: Owner of ‘Donald Trump truck’ hauled into Pa. court
Patriot News: Harrisburg school board to host meeting on placing police in schools
Lancaster Intelligencer: Wolf casts doubt on chances for sweeping gambling expansion
Lancaster Intelligencer: Philadelphia prepares for protester-filled Democratic convention next month

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Quinnipiac poll: Pat Toomey leads Katie McGinty by 9
Morning Call: Bethlehem City Council reviews anti-panhandling ordinance
Morning Call: Before crowd of 200, Easton Area School Board approves library tax increase
Morning Call: Cops withdraw ticket issued to ‘Trump’ truck stuck on bridge
Morning Call: PA governor promises abortion bill veto
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania beer distributors say they face unfair playing field

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County protests District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s 4th Amendment lawsuit
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montgomery OKs budget with tax hike
Williamsport Sun Gazette: House OKs restrictions on abortions
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Gov. Wolf says budget can hit goals without tax increase

Opinion
Erie Times-News: Pa. abuse bill creates double standard: Bishop Lawrence Persico
Patriot News: With idle hands and no budget, the House makes a bad vote on abortion rights
Delco Daily Times: Another setback for gun control
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem school officials blind to troubles because their eyes are closed
Business Journal: Mixed messages from Federal Reserve Chair in Philadelphia
Post-Gazette: Sen. Pat Toomey shows hypocrisy regarding children’s safety
Post-Gazette: Paul Ryan is fulfilling his role, not selling his soul
Post-Gazette: Clinton exploits those killed in Orlando
Post-Gazette: Dialogue about the Pittsburgh schools superintendent should be civil    
Inquirer: Chaka Fattah’s long, proud fall
Daily News: Shame on you, Congress

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Sin-sylvania?
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. bill highlights federal law meant to help people addicted to drugs
Keystone Crossroads: Wolf casts doubt on chances for sweeping gambling expansion
Keystone Crossroads: Ahead of budget deadline, Wolf scales back education funding ask
Citified: Kenney: Philly Will Not Buy an Armored Vehicle for the DNC

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