8/2 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Clinton leads Trump in new poll, Bloomberg endorses Toomey and more trouble in Allentown. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Sen: Bloomberg Endorses Toomey: The former NYC Mayor is backing the GOP incumbent.

More Evidence of Pay-to-Play in Allentown: Multiple right-to-know requests filed by the Morning Call have brought to light connections between the city and several law firms over the last decade.

Clinton Holds Rally In Philadelphia: After accepting the nomination, Clinton jumpstarts a bus tour in Philadelphia.

PPP Poll: Clinton 49% Trump 45%: The Democratic nominee retains her lead in the Keystone State.

Democratic National Convention: Day One Photos: A collection of photos from the first day of the DNC.

Politically Uncorrected: The Devil And the Deep Blue Sea: Historically Americans have complained that elections offer little real choice between presidential candidates or policies.

2016 PoliticsPA Veepstakes and Convention Pool Results: Check out which entrants came out on top.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: FY 2016-17 budget calls for increased taxes as of August 1st
PLS Reporter: Rep. Rothman (R-Cumberland) introduces legislation to help military veterans
PLS Reporter: New task force to help with Pennsylvania drug issue begins August 1st
StateImpactPA: DEP declares four miles of Susquehanna River “impaired”
StateImpactPA: Shale drillers produce more gas with less wells in 2015

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Here’s who bankrolled Philadelphia’s pro-soda tax effort
Inquirer: Bloomberg endorses Toomey in Pa. Senate race
Inquirer: Pa. government overtime reaches two-decade high
Inquirer: Ex-Pa. Treasurer Hafer, businessman: We’re innocent in pay-to-play case
Inquirer: ‘She’s the devil!’: Trum bashes Hillary in Pa.

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Pennsylvania’s budget passed through compromise, but questions remain
Delco Daily Times: Philly to distribute hundreds of free firearm trigger locks
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County GOP official quits party post after Trump nomination
Pottstown Mercury: After DNC, it’s back to parking as usual in South Philly
Pottstown Mercury: Too expensive to live in Chester County? Officials seek ways to retain millennials

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Proposed legislation would crack down on Pennsylvania Turnpike toll cheats
Tribune-Review: McLay asks Pittsburgh review boards to investigate his DNC appearance
Post Gazette: OMI investigating Pittsburgh police chief’s DNC appearance
WESA: Oft-Overlooked, Tax Credits Can Indicate State Priorities
WESA: Expert: PA Swing Looking More Realistic
KDKA: New State Tax Has Some Smokers Considering Quitting
WTAE: Toomey bashes Trump over Gold Star mother comments; McGinty slams Toomey

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Midland ATI workers to receive free federal assistance, retraining programs
Beaver County Times: First seven months of 2016 in Beaver County government filled with tough decisions by commissioners
Observer Reporter: Council considers joint authority agreement
Altoona Mirror: Pa. Farm Bureau supported legislation
Tribune-Democrat: Halvorson to announce decision on possible Democratic run against Shuster

NEPA
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre and police union still in talks over unfair labor complaints
Times Tribune: Pennsylvania AG asks justices to step in, week before trial
Times Tribune: NY ex-mayor Bloomberg endorses Toomey re-election to Senate
Citizens Voice: How funding to fight heroin crisis became a casualty of budget politics
Citizens Voice: Kane case far from one-dimensional
Standard Speaker: First ‘juvenile lifers’ in Pennsylvania granted parole
Standard Speaker: After DNC, it’s back to parking as usual in South Philly
Pocono Record: Pa. government overtime grew 10 percent last year

South Central
Lancaster Era: State again refuses to list Susquehanna as impaired because of bass decline
York Daily Record: What’s the wealthiest ZIP code in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: CV Rally: Supporters state their case for Trump
Carlisle Sentinel: CV Rally: Protesters express disappointment in school district, lash out at Trump
Patriot News: ‘Failing the Frail’ to show findings of 6-month look at Pa. nursing homes

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Interim superintendent takes charge of Allentown School District
Reading Eagle: 3 Berks County Republican committeemen resign, say they can’t back Trump
Morning Call: Coopersburg, Upper Saucon big winners in gaming revenue while others go empty-handed

North by Northwest
Erie Times: State loaned GEIDC $1.2 million for failed Harborcreek project
Sun Gazette: Plan offers farmers way to give back
Onward State: State College Borough To Vote On Reduced Marijuana Penalties

Opinion
York Dispatch: Olympics a chance to unite, root for Hali
Express Times: Are higher taxes on smokers, vapers a good idea?
Inquirer: Police added polish to Philly’s image during DNC
Inquirer: Pay for quality pre-K
Post-Gazette: A riverfront rising: Buncher’s project on Allegheny is worth the wait
Post-Gazette: Israel’s next steps: The Netanyahu government is taking harder lines

Blogs
Citified: Yes, Black Lives Matter Has an Agenda — and Philadelphians Helped Write It
Commonwealth Foundation: Games? eBooks? Music? There’s a Tax for That
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Trump’s McCarthy Moment
Keystone Crossroads: First ‘juvenile lifers’ in Pennsylvania granted parole
WITF: Group works to create safe spaces for minority groups in Harrisburg    

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