8/11 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Mundy gets the PA Professional Fire Fighters Association endorsement, the American Action Network launches TV ads in two Republican districts, and the latest Politically Uncorrected.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Mundy Endorsed by PA Professional Fire Fighters Association: Mundy Endorsed by PA Professional Fire Fighters Association

Politically Uncorrected: The Next Election: Pennsylvania sage Ben Franklin once assured us that death and taxes were the only certainties; if Franklin were still among us, he surely would have added mid-term election angst to his list of sure things. As we approach the end of the second decade of the 21st century, previously politically apathetic Americans increasingly are becoming fixated on the next election.

Conservative Group Launches Ads on Tax Reform: Conservative group American Action Network is launching television ads in targeting two Republican Congressmen in Pennsylvania as part of a national campaign calling for tax reform.

State House Sound Bites: Auditor General: pension fund could be saving more money
State House Sound Bites: State GOP still discussing budget, but no concrete plans
StateImpact: Gas severance tax won’t have big impact in Pennsylvania, says research group
PLS Reporter: Legislators propose limited state constitutional convention to “reinvigorate” state government
PLS Reporter: Reed: “I don’t think it’s any that we’re not supportive of the revenue package the Senate passed over
PLS Reporter: DePaquale discusses audit of State Employees’ Retirement System
Capitolwire: House GOP leaders oppose components of Senate tax bill, revenue negotiations continue

Inquirer: Trump declares national emergency over opioid crisis
Inquirer: Huge Pa. pension fund cuts manager fees, but lacks openness: auditor
Inquirer: Wharton study: Immigration proposal will lead to less economic growth and fewer jobs
Inquirer: Pa. House leader signals budget impasse likely to linger
Inquirer: A push to end the SRC – but is Kenney on board?
WHYY Newsworks: Climate scientist: Sea level rise will intensify storms along Jersey’s coast
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Shut it down’: BLM’s Asa Khalif on crashing Philly press conferences to protest police brutality
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia LGBTQ Community Addresses Issues, Seeks Solutions

Pottstown Mercury: North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward guam
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick calls on President Donald Trump to follow drug task force’s recommendations
Bucks Local News: Turnbull Confirms Australia Will Enter Conflict If North Korea Attacks US
Delco Daily Times: Trump: Maybe ‘Fire & Fury’ wasn’t tough enough

KDKA: Retired Businessman Looking To Take On Sen. Casey In Primary
Tribune Review: Pa. Auditor General says retirement system’s Wall Street fees are too high
Tribune Review: Niche ranks North Allegheny among the best districts in the U.S.
Post-Gazette: Opposition to Romanian immigrants in California, Pa., fizzles after outrage over their lifestyle
Post-Gazette: Franklin Regional board updated on proposed new school, Sloan Elementary upgrade
Post-Gazette: Pa. House leader signals budget impasse likely to linger
Post-Gazette: Pa. Auditor General: State pension fund can do better on fees

Altoona Mirror: City could exit Act 47 within 10 days
Altoona Mirror: Sunoco reaches settlement on natural gas pipeline
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Auditor general criticizes pension fees as performance lags national averages
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘It would be nice if we could get that darn thing completed’: Officials hope study boosts Route 219 project’s profile

Standard-Speaker: License plate reader coming to Beaver Meadows
Standard-Speaker: Meet the candidates: Five finalists for HASD superintendent
Standard-Speaker: HCA offers city $220K lifeline
Times Leader: Ashley says farewell to fire chief
Times Leader: Consultant outlines proposed energy saving projects for county
Times-Tribune: Scranton gets uptick in credit rating, but report contains caveats
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board rejects fact-finder recommendation

South Central
WHTM: Auditor general: Wall Street getting rich at expense of state retirement fund
Patriot News: Epic collapse of Pa. insurer will raise premiums around the country
Patriot News: House GOP leader hopes to finalize 2017-18 budget by end of August
Patriot News: Auditor General: Pension system ‘has a long way to go’ in lowering outside investment managers’ fees
Patriot News: Federal court reinstates lawsuit against Kathleen Kane: Report
Patriot News: Voters will decide on constitutional change to provide property tax relief
LNP: 10-digit dialing in Lancaster County set to begin Aug. 26

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Looking at Pennsylvania’s 153,661 regulations
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials praise Trump’s declaration of opioid crisis as national emergency
Morning Call:What Trump’s opioid crisis declaration means
Morning Call: Court: charter schools cannot unilaterally change contracts with school districts
Morning Call: Broken water pipe floods Allentown City Hall

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: GE reaches agreement with technical engineers
Erie Times-News: 42 days without a complete state budget
Centre Daily Times: Thompson meets with constituents in local forum

Tribune Review: Sizing up the 2018 election
Daily News: Trump, N. Korea, and nukes – they tried to warn us for 72 years. We didn’t listen
Inquirer: Trump can’t help boasting, even if it means war with North Korea
Inquirer: Philly moves the goalposts on soda tax
Inquirer: Philly tax board vacates its responsibility
WHYY Newsworks: The Watts riots: listening to ‘the language of the unheard’
Post-Gazette: Budget slackers: State House betrays citizens by ignoring deadline
Patriot News: President Trump just declared a national emergency on opioids – it was the right call.

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