8/17 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Candidates begin to lay the groundwork to replace Barletta in the 11th, state Rep. Gergley pleads guilty to corruption, API releases a poll on the nuclear industry, and our new reader poll asks who the GOP should nominate for the 11th.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Candidates Start to Line Up for Barletta’s Seat: The race to replace Congressman Lou Barletta has started, with multiple candidates on both sides of the aisle expressing interest in the race.

Gergley Pleads Guilty to Corruption: Yesterday, state Representative Marc Gergley pleaded guilty to corruption charges relating to an illegal gambling ring.

API Poll: Pennsylvanians Against Helping the Nuclear Industry: The American Petroleum Institute released a new poll showing that Pennsylvanians do not think they should pay higher utility bills to support the nuclear industry.

Reader Poll: Who Should be the GOP Nominee in the 11th Congressional District?: With Congressman Lou Barletta entering the U.S. Senate Race, candidates are lining up to enter the race to replace him. So we want to know who the GOP nominee should be.

StateImpact: Trump revokes Obama order protecting infrastructure projects from climate impacts
State House Sound Bites: How Pa.’s congressional delegation has responded to Charlottesville
State House Sound Bites: A call for unity across Pa. in the wake of Charlottesville
City & State: New Philly police union contract falls short on disciplinary reform
Capitolwire: Rep. Schlossberg says PA should study impact of automation, store closings on economy.

WHYY: On furor over Rizzo statue, sculptor Zenos Frudakis says, ‘Let’s talk about it’
WHYY: Potential GOP candidate for Pa. lieutenant governor contrasts himself with Stack
WHYY: Philadelphia mayor: Time to discuss future of Rizzo statue
BillyPenn: How to remove the Frank Rizzo statue
Inquirer: Wolf urges Trump to continue insurance subsidies
Inquirer: Pa. treasurer warns legislature short-term loans can’t continue Inquirer: Coming soon to Philly schools: 22 city-paid social workers
Philadelphia Magazine: “Philly is Charlottesville” Rally Planned for Center City
KYW: Over 10000 People Sign Petition To Keep Frank Rizzo Statue
KYW: Mayor Kenney Says Trump’s Speech Seemed ‘Unhinged’

Delco Daily Times: Leach pushes state Senate to condemn white supremacists, violence
Delco Daily Times: Delco Council sends Trump resolution condemning Nazism
Delco Daily Times: Pols, advocates debate property tax relief efforts
Pottstown Mercury: Philadelphia mayor: Time to discuss future of Rizzo statue
Bucks County Courier Times: Plans in place for town hall with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
Bucks County Courier Times: State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf introduces PFC bill to help local towns with contamination costs
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf posts criticism of Trump’s ‘blame on both sides’ remark

Tribune Review: Sessions again attacks Chicago, other sanctuary cities
Tribune Review: Trump signs bill expanding college assistance for veterans
Tribune Review: Bannon says he fights colleagues daily for tough China policy
Post-Gazette: ‘Prayer’ event will help bring city together, Mayor Peduto says
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf urges Trump to continue insurance subsidies
Post-Gazette: Trump’s failure to clearly repudiate white supremacists impacts his ability to lead, lawmakers say
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Stanley Fischer, Fed vice-chair, on the risky business of bank reform
WESA: Wolf Criticizes Trump’s ‘Blame on Both Sides’ Remark
WTAE: RNC chair to hate groups: ‘We don’t want your vote’
KDKA: Sen. Casey Calls Trump’s Comments ‘Offensive’

Beaver County Times: Casey says Trump’s neo-Nazi comments were ‘offensive,’ all Republicans need to condemn them
Beaver County Times: Overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians oppose nuclear bailout by Legislature
Observer-Reporter: Environmental hearing board issues ruling on undermining of streams near Ryerson

Pocono Record: Mayor holding dog owners accountable
Pocono Record: Philadelphia mayor: Time to discuss future of Rizzo statue
Pocono Record: Borough improvement talks continue
The Times Leader: Pot of money left from Luzerne County tax-break program
Times-Tribune: Commissioners likely to vote on reassessment ballot question tonight

South Central
Patriot News: ‘Moral equivalency?’ Many Pa. congressmen speak out against Trump’s blaming both sides for Charlottesville violence
Patriot News: Judge recommends dismissing suit stemming from 11th District 2014 congressional election
Patriot News: ‘You can’t hoodwink the EPA’: Drinking-water protection a problem for cash-strapped Pa.
LNP: Lancaster County Republicans react to Trump’s controversial remarks about Charlottesville violence
LNP: State will sell more than 450 trucks, cars, motorcycles in public auction Aug. 22
LNP: Smucker’s first international trip as congressman takes him to Israel

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey react to President Trump
Morning Call: Allentown Council to hire attorney in hopes of forcing Mayor Ed Pawlowski from office
Reading Eagle: 3 candidates seeking party nominations to speak at meeting of Indivisible Berks
WFMZ: Allentown City Council to hire attorney to investigate Mayor Pawlowski
Express Times: Lehigh faces mounting pressures to revoke Trump’s honorary degree

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Governor, state leaders discuss importance of Penn State at Ag Progress Days
Centre Daily Times: State Supreme Court candidates visit Centre County
Centre Daily Times: Second Penn Stater steps away from Trump council
Erie Times-News: 48 days without a complete state budget

Inquirer: Take down Rizzo statue? Fine, but don’t stop there
Inquirer: A president who can’t put aside ego and personal gain has no business being president | Editorial
Inquirer: Kentucky shows why Democrats need a new message to attract moderate voters
Daily News: In the streets of Philadelphia, Trump creates a time for choosing
Pottstown Mercury: REP. RYAN COSTELLO: Hate is a dangerous thing
Delco Daily Times: Another View: Video gaming needed to save Pa. bar owners
Erie Times-News: Our view: Vacation’s over, time to finish the budget
Tribune Review: Charters’ positive influence: The power of competition
Patriot News: On Charlottesville violence – Lou Barletta didn’t go far enough | Opinion
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s L&I pick needs to answer some questions | Opinion
LNP: State Department of Education makes the right move in de-emphasizing standardized testing

  • Reader Poll: Have You Requested a Mail-In Ballot?

    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
    • No. I am going to the poll. (50%)

    Total Voters: 121

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