8/16 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Cawley tells PoliticsPA he will not be running for Governor in 2018, a third party candidate enters the race for the Superior Court, and our readers think legislators and the Governor should have their pay suspended during a budget stalemate.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Cawley Takes on Fundraising Job at Temple, Won’t Run for Governor: Former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley told PoliticsPA he will not be running for Governor next year, after it was announced he is joining Temple University as the vice president of institutional advancement.

Third Party Candidate Enters Race for Superior Court: Third party candidate Jules Mermelstein has filed his petitions to be included on the November ballot for Superior Court.

Reader Poll: Legislators’ and the Governor’s Pay Should be Suspended During a Budget Stalemate: A plurality of our readers think that legislators’ and the Governor’s pay should be suspended during a budget stalemate.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Potential GOP Lt. Gov candidate contrasts himself with Stack
StateImpact: Environmental groups score legal win in longwall mining case
City & State: GOP shrugs off new ire over Metcalfe’s defense of white supremacist
Capitolwire: Gergely plea could test new House rule.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: Councilwoman Gym: Rizzo Statue Must Come Down
Inquirer: After Charlottesville, spotlight falls on Rizzo memorials
Inquirer: Wolf posts criticism of Trump’s ‘blame on both sides’ remark
Inquirer: Lou Barletta has Trump ties. But can he raise the money to take on Bob Casey?
Inquirer: Chester County sheriff, a Trump fan, says Facebook post amid violence in Charlottesville was ill-timed
Inquirer: City, police union agree to 3-year, $245 million contract
BillyPenn: Mayor Kenney on Frank Rizzo statue: ‘Now is the right time’ to discuss removal
WHYY: Shorter standardized tests coming to Pa. public schools
WHYY: New Pa. plan could help 220k students attend private school, putting a fifth of the state public school budget at risk
KYW: New Bill Would Help More Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange
KYW: Lawmaker Calls For Philadelphia To Take Down Frank Rizzo Statue
KYW: Wolf Posts Criticism Of Trump’s ‘Blame On Both Sides’ Remark

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pittsburgh state Rep. pleads guilty in case linked to illegal gambling
Bucks County Courier Times: In surprise move, Pennsylvania DEP says it will study PFOA in drinking water

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Trump to roll back Obama’s flood standards for infrastructure
Tribune Review: Trump blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville
Tribune Review: CBO: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies
Post-Gazette: Combative Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for Charlottesville violence
Post-Gazette: State Rep. Marc Gergely pleads guilty to corruption charges
Post-Gazette: Dozens gather outside Sen. Pat Toomey’s office in support of DACA
WESA: Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists Of America Want To Eliminate Inequality and Empower Workers
WESA: Lawmaker Pleads Guilty In Case Linked To Illegal Gambling  
WTAE: Mayor condemns possible March on Google rumored for Pittsburgh Saturday
KDKA: Trump Asked To Fire Bannon, 2 Other White House Staffers
KDKA: Gov. Wolf To Trump: ‘Americans Deserve Better’

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County denies request by four Blackhawk School Board candidates to delay printing of ballot
Observer-Reporter: State Rep. Maher waives right to hearing on DUI charge
Altoona Mirror: Town hall attendees tout single-payer insurance
Altoona Mirror: Magisterial district judge option withdraws from race
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa., other states worry about life after gas tax

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Piccolino off mayor ballot; St. Fleur still fighting
Citizens Voice: Changes coming to yearly state tests
Citizens Voice: Casey discusses issues at conference on aging
Citizens Voice: Wolf posts criticism of Trump’s ‘blame on both sides’ remark
Pocono Record: State asks residents close to nuclear plants to have pills
Standard Speaker: School officials applaud standardized testing changes
Standard Speaker: Borough worker files lawsuit against Mahanoy City
Standard Speaker: Lawmaker pleads guilty in case linked to illegal gambling
The Times Leader: Luzerne County releases mid-year financial report

South Central
Patriot News: Rep. Costello to hold town hall meeting, rally planned in response
Patriot News: House member to announce candidacy for open Senate seat representing York County
Patriot News: GOP candidates line up for Barletta’s congressional seat if it becomes open
LNP: Half of audience walks out at state hearing on Atlantic Sunrise air pollution in Lancaster
LNP: Here’s why Amish buggies don’t need to be licensed in Pennsylvania, but that may change
LNP: Smucker on Charlottesville violence: ‘horrifying’ and ‘unacceptable’
LNP: Lancaster officials discuss methods to alleviate blight with state lawmakers

Lehigh Valley
The Morning Call: Bethlehem leaders denounce hate
The Morning Call: Fact check: Trump wrong about purpose of Charlottesville event
Reading Eagle: Charlottesville rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues
Reading Eagle: Guzman: I remain in race for Reading City Council
WFMZ: Wolf, Dent post criticism of Trump’s ‘blame on both sides’ remark

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Second Penn Stater steps away from Trump council
Centre Daily Times: Ag Progress Days kicks off
Erie Times-News: 47 days without a complete state budget

Opinion
Inquirer: Baer: Can Charlottesville awaken Pa.’s legislature?
Inquirer: Tear down the Frank Rizzo statue now
Inquirer: Opinion: The right spot for Rizzo statue? Right where it is
Inquirer: Do not rip Frank Rizzo’s presence from our public consciousness | Christine Flowers
Daily News: Why the looming sale of PHL17 is a threat to democracy
Pottstown Mercury: POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: A Casey-Barletta Senate race in Pa. could have implications for Trump
Bucks County Courier Times: A Fitzpatrick first: in-person town hall
Bucks County Courier Times: Another View: Merck CEO shows the power of corporate conscience
Delco Daily Times: Another View: Why expanding gaming to Pa. taverns is wrong
Times-Tribune: Fix broken law
Tribune Review: Cut SERS investment fees
Tribune Review: Trump’s circular firing squad
Tribune Review: Erasing American history
Post-Gazette: Refuge granted: Roma refugees are getting along in California, Pa.
Post-Gazette: A show of hate: After Charlottesville, a reckoning with history
Post-Gazette: Kenya emerges: After a faught election the nation is on the right path
Altoona Mirror: Violence in Virginia sickening
Morning Call: Today’s question: Do you agree with President Trump that both sides are to blame for the violence in Charlottesville?
Patriot News: He proved he could run – but can Bernie Sanders really lead? | Nick Field
Patriot News: Letter from Pennsylvania: Taxed by the mile, not by the gallon of gas? | Opinion
LNP: ‘Very fine people’? That’s simply not the truth, President Trump
LNP: State Department of Education makes the right move in de-emphasizing standardized testing
Erie Times-News: Our view: Trump falls short in defending American values

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