8/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

The DSCC is starting new digital ads, a pro-Bartos super PAC launches ahead of the primary next year, Stack gets a second primary challenger for next year, and our readers think Andrew Lewis should be the GOP nominee for the 11th Congressional district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

DSCC Launches Digital Ads Against Barletta, Bartos & Saccone: The DSCC is launching Google bumper flock ads targeting Congressman Lou Barletta, Jeff Bartos, and state Representative Rick Saccone on healthcare.

Reader Poll: Lewis should be the GOP nominee in the 11th: A plurality of our readers think that Andrew Lewis should be the Republican nominee to replace Congressman Lou Barletta.

Pro-Bartos Super PAC Launches: Keystone Priorities PAC, a pro-Bartos PAC, is kicking off operations ahead of the primary next year.

Second Democrat Enters Race to Challenge Stack: Democratic Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone is jumping into the race to challenge Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack next year.

State House Sound Bites: Wolf planning for spending freeze if budget isn’t passed
State House Sound Bites: Senate bill would force convicted protesters to pay emergency response costs
City & State: By the numbers: the Top 10 counties by GOP voter registration gains
Capitolwire: Could Wolf’s election-year budget be a bare-bones, no-tax plan?

Billy Penn: PA lawmakers want Philly protesters to pay for their rallies
Billy Penn: Soda tax ‘killing’ corner stores that rely on summer sales
Inquirer: PR exec saved by human chain in Cape May: ‘It was a herculean effort’
Inquirer: No quick answers expected in federal review of SEPTA train crash
Inquirer: Kenney says Art Commission will make the call on Rizzo statue
Inquirer: State throws Cheyney University $30 million lifeline
Philadelphia Magazine: Kenney: Rizzo Statue is Art Commission’s Choice
Philadelphia Magazine: Edward Snowden Will Make an Appearance at the Free Library
WHYY: Pa. small courts improve access to translators in criminal cases, still lag in other areas
WHYY: Pa. experimenting with quick penalties for probation violators
WHYY: Kenney administration will ask Philly Art Commission to review Rizzo statue location

Daily Local: Commissioner Kathi Cozzone officially announces run for lieutenant governor
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford board seat likely to stay vacant until December
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick calls for more civility during town hall
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock advancing technology plan through specialist roles
Bucks County Courier Times: Marketing study: Philadelphia soda tax chasing away buyers

Post-Gazette: Chester County commissioner Kathi Cozzone to run for lieutenant governor
Post-Gazette: House GOP must get ‘act together’ on budget, governor says
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania prison system reports promising results in recidivism effort
Post-Gazette: Chester County commissioner Kathi Cozzone to run for lieutenant governor
WESA: Watchdogs Raise Concerns Over Budget ‘Earmarks’
WESA: Ralliers Implore House Members To ‘Do Your Jobs’
KDKA: Pennsylvania Must Start Freezing Spending, Top Senator Says
KDKA: Pa. Lottery Experimenting With Debit Cards For Powerball, Other Purchases
Tribune Review: Wolf: House GOP must get ‘act together’ on budget

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: House lawmakers prepare to counter Senate tax plan
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Budget impasse starting to worry advocates for schools and social services
Altoona Mirror: Benzel among Governor’s Awards recipients

Times Leader: County council deadlocks on vote to settle Piazza litigation
Times Leader: Overtime costs threatening to break Wilkes-Barre budget
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County director of veterans affairs to retire
Times-Tribune: Jessup weighs tax credits for volunteer firefighters, EMTs

South Central
WHTM: Libre’s Law goes into effect Monday
Patriot News: Plan approved to try to save state’s oldest historically black university
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack’s spending under scrutiny: See the database
Patriot News: Trump defends Jeffrey Lord, slams CNN
Patriot News: Trump ‘rooting’ for Obamacare collapse, but some Republicans prefer saving it: Sen. Casey
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf calls on Pa. House to enact the Senate’s revenue plan; ‘We can’t keep borrowing money’
LNP: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack lashes out at Republican lawmaker before hearing on $30,000 grocery tab
LNP: International media mines Lancaster County’s opposition to Atlantic Sunrise pipeline
LNP: 4 million people paid Obamacare penalties averaging $708 for 2016, IRS says

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House Republicans must get ‘act together’ on budget, Gov. Tom Wolf says
Morning Call: With money repaid, state will not revoke Macungie fire department funding
Reading Eagle: State Sen. Judy Schwank hosts child care forum
Reading Eagle: Muhlenberg Township commissioners give conditional approval for redevelopment of former business

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Bizzarro to host Senior Fair Monday
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper to open headquarters for re-election campaign
Centre Daily Times: Marketing study: Philadelphia soda tax chasing away buyers
Meadville Tribune: House lawmakers prepare to counter Senate tax plan

Observer-Reporter: EDITORIAL Hate crimes law should be expanded
Daily News: You know who loves the new Philly police contract? Bad-apple cops | Will Bunch
Inquirer: Constitutional convention needed to end Pa.’s legislative paralysis
Bucks County Courier Times: Monument to waste
Tribune Review: No case for pipeline’s reversal
Post-Gazette: The price of protection: Secret Service’s budget depletion raises questions
Patriot News: The Harrisburg and U.S. economies depend on private freight rail | Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Guzman should have withdrawn from City Council race

  • Will Doug Mastriano Run For U.S. Senate?

    • No. Not Enough Support From Mainstream GOP. (91%)
    • Yes. Let Doug Be Doug. (9%)

    Total Voters: 892

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