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8/2 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Mango looks to push Wagner on his ‘free education’ comments about Mango’s West Point education, Kelly announces he will not run for Senate next year, and our readers put the blame for the budget stalemate on Turzai.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Mango Calls Out Wagner for ‘Free Education’ Comments: Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango is calling foul on fellow candidate state Senator Scott Wagner’s comments describing Mango’s West Point education as a “free education” on This Week in Pennsylvania.

Kelly Will Not Run for Senate: Congressman Mike Kelly announced today he will not run to challenge Senator Bob Casey next year.

Reader Poll: Turzai is to Blame for Budget Stalemate: A majority of our readers say that state House Speaker Mike Turzai is to blame for the current budget stalemate.

State House Sound Bites: Fund transfer to balance budget runs into second year of problems
StateImpact: Pipeline company buys site of protest encampment
StateImpact: Mapping Sunoco’s drilling mud spills
Capitolwire: PA Senate tries to strike balance with proposed severance tax, environmental permitting changes.
Capitolwire: Legislature’s proposed $200 million ‘transfer’ to balance state budget still improper effort to ‘seize’ funds, says nonprofit insurance provider.

WHYY: Former Reading mayor pleads not guilty in corruption case
WHYY: Pennsylvania, Delaware among states suing EPA
WHYY: Lawsuits likely if Pa. expands online sales taxation
WHYY: Uncertainty in federal funds for heating assistance could affect thousands in Pa.
WHYY: Allentown residents ponder Pawlowski’s fate
KYW: Wolf: ‘Comfortable With Communications’ As Revenue Discussions Drag On
KYW: Philadelphia Asks State Supreme Court NOT To Hear Beverage Tax Lawsuit
KYW: Former Reading Mayor Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Corruption Charges
Inquirer: Pennsylvania ex-mayor pleads not guilty to corruption
Inquirer: For Pa. troopers, being local cops a taxing matter
Inquirer: Barletta vs. Casey, hit or miss?
Inquirer: Pa. Turnpike toll scofflaws get last chance at amnesty
Inquirer: Navigating punishing, riveting news cycles in the age of Trump
Philadelphia Business Journal: Lawsuits likely if Pa. expands online sales taxation
Philadelphia Business Journal: City calls for Pa. Supreme Court to deny appeal of soda tax case
Philadelphia Tribune: Heeding Cheyney’s Call hosts rally outside Gov. Wolf’s office

Pottstown Mercury: Activists sow ‘seeds of resistance’ at pipeline site in West Goshen
Bucks County Courier Times: Pension relief coming for school districts, but it’s nearly two decades away
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressmen’s letter presses DOD on water contamination
West Chester Daily Local: West Chester Food Cupboard gets $5,000 in state funds

Tribune Review: Trump seeks to sue schools over affirmative action
Tribune Review: Chelsea Clinton defends White House staff after Trump reportedly called the mansion ‘a dump’
Tribune Review: Pa. legislators sign on to bipartisan health care proposal
Tribune Review: Rep. Mike Kelly won’t run against Sen. Bob Casey in 2018 midterm election
Post-Gazette: Republicans show signs of reaching out to Democrats on health care
Post-Gazette: Senate confirms Christopher Wray, Trump’s choice for FBI
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania, 14 other states appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards
Post-Gazette: Opioid crisis declaration will help in drug fight, Pa. officials and experts say
Post-Gazette: Rep. Mike Kelly pulls out of crowded Senate race for Casey seat
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Two movies pull out of Pittsburgh due to state budget delay
WESA: Uncertainty in Federal Funds For Heating Assistance Could Affect Thousands In PA
WESA: Lawsuits Likely If PA Expands Online Sales Taxation

Beaver County Times: Rothfus’ legislation would overturn “anti-consumer” rule
Observer-Reporter: Barletta to seek US Senate seat held by Bob Casey
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: VP Pence in Estonia: Attack on 1 NATO ally is attack on all

Times Leader: County council member pushing for prison probe over inmate deaths
Times Leader: Dallas Township supervisors table decision on sewer-line inspections
Times Leader: Independent, other candidates file to get on November ballot
Times-Tribune: Is it time to end property taxes to fund schools?

South Central
York Daily Record: Pastor to take on Rep. Scott Perry for 4th Congressional seat
WPMT: Lawsuit: AG Shapiro challenges EPA’s delay in identifying areas with high smog levels
LNP: Pennsylvania, 14 other states and D.C. sue EPA for delaying tougher smog limits
LNP: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Paul Mango talks state budget, health care in Lancaster
LNP: Pipeline builder buying Conestoga farm where opposition is headquartered; protesters vow to continue movement
LNP: Atlantic Sunrise pipeline builder goes on offensive to get needed environmental approvals from state
LNP: Lancaster County commissioners endorse first-ever countywide effort to fight opioid crisis
LNP: Lawsuits expected if Pa. expands online sales tax collection
LNP: Smucker works as member on bipartisan ‘Problem Solvers Caucus,’ looking for health care solutions outside of ‘repeal and replace’
Patriot News: Progress is slow in finalizing a revenue plan to fund Pa.’s 2017-18 state budget
Patriot News: York County pastor launches campaign to unseat Scott Perry

Lehigh Valley
The Morning Call: Residents flood Pennsylvania-American water hearing with complaints
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello holds town hall in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission amnesty program nears end
WFMZ: Former Reading mayor pleads not guilty in ‘pay-to-play’ case
WFMZ: Jim Hickey appears in court to answer to pay-to-play charges
Express Times: Watch: What Warren County fairgoers think of Trump

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania ex-mayor pleads not guilty to corruption
Erie Times-News: U.S. Rep Kelly will seek fifth term, not run for Senate
Erie Times-News: 32 days without a complete Pennsylvania budget
Meadville Tribune: Rep. Kelly to seek another House term, skip U.S. Senate race

Inquirer: Hey, Gov. Wolf: Trust me, Cheyney needs attention now
Inquirer: Kelly’s assignment may be tougher than any as a Marine
Citizens Voice: Officials should act to diminish distracted driving – Opinion
Centre Daily Times: Over-taxation in Pennsylvania
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Senate feeds beast with state budget plan
Erie Times-News: Our view: Harrisburg must finish passing budget
Tribune Review: Big PLCB scandal, little accountability: What monopoly fosters
Tribune Review: The FCA-UAW scandal: Reason to reject union
Tribune Review: Shall we fight them all?
Reading Eagle: Leaders should take the the time to get health care right
Express Times: Will Kelly bring stability to the Trump White House?
Bucks County Courier Times: Problem Solvers
Post-Gazette: For property tax parity: Newcomers are right to challenge spot assessment
Patriot News: These are the 3 things the US needs to do to stay competitive on infrastructure: Opinion
LNP: The long, winding and unnecessary saga of Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese
LNP: A tax on gas drilling is a necessity in an unsatisfying spending plan

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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