8/25 PoliticsPA Playbook

Nine Republican county chairs vow not to support Senate candidate Jeff Bartos, Bartos attacks Barletta in a new TV ad, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party announces its Fall Dinner speakers, and the latest Politically Uncorrected.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

9 Republican County Chairs Will Not Support Bartos After His Ad: The nine Republican county chairs in Congressman Lou Barletta’s district are vowing to not support businessman Jeff Bartos’ candidacy for Senate in response to his ad attacking Barletta.

Politically Uncorrected: Millennials Matter: They have arrived. “Millennials” the largest age cohort in American history is now pushing 80 million. They were born roughly between 1982 and 2000. (There is no precise agreement on this.) The youngest is about 18 and the oldest about 35. Over the next 10 to 20 years they will dominate the nation’s economy, government and politics.

PA Dems Announce Fall Dinner Speakers: PA Dems have announced Senator Bob Casey, Jason Kander, and Matt Cartwright as the speakers for its Fall State Committee Meeting.

Bartos Launches Ad Targeting Barletta: U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bartos is launching a television ad targeting likely primary rival Congressman Lou Barletta.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: New DUI law increases penalties on first-time offenders
StateImpact: DOE grid report says shale gas to blame for coal plant closures
StateImpact: Judge gives Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline possession of final holdout properties
StateImpact: More than 200 TMI, Peach Bottom nuclear workers laid off, for now at least
City & State: House committee queries expenses made by Lieutenant Governor’s Office
Capitolwire: Counties outside budget crosshairs so far

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Clout: Wagner (again) tangles with tracker in Pa. race for governor
Inquirer: Philly school principals OK contract worth $25 million
Inquirer: Philly district spending $5 million to spruce up classrooms
Philadelphia Magazine: Have an Idea for the Rizzo Statue? The City Wants to Hear It
WHYY: Penn grad students await decision on move to unionize
WHYY: Philly seeking ideas from public on Rizzo statue
Billy Penn: Rizzo statue controversy takes down the Italian Market Facebook page

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown School Board doubles support of PAID to $20K
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County settles with justice center architects over design errors
Bucks County Courier Times: State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney takes flak from pro-environment conservative group
Bucks County Courier Times: Despite criticism, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale stands by Charlottesville comments

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Braddock Mayor Fetterman Contemplates Run For Lt. Governor
Post-Gazette: New law requiring ignition interlock for DUI offenders takes effect Friday
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania to forgive $30M in loans to Cheyney University
WESA: PA Treasury Expects General Fund To Be ‘Under Water’ For Months
WESA: Counties Brace For Possible Losses As Budget Impasse Wears On
WESA: House Committee Analyzes Lt. Gov’s Spending, He Says It’s A ‘Distraction’
Tribune Review: Point Park leadership confronts faculty backlash
Pittsburgh Business Times: EXCLUSIVE: Point Park faculty passes ‘no confidence’ vote
City Paper: According to a new report, Pennsylvanians graduate with highest student-loan debt

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Home of state Rep. Aaron Bernstine vandalized
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tougher DUI law kicks in for Pa. drivers
Altoona Mirror: GOP committee fills Hollidaysburg ballot spot

NEPA
Times Leader: New DUI measures go into effect this week
Times Leader: Luzerne County records damaged by water leak
Times-Tribune: Scranton street-sign overhaul overdue
Times-Tribune: Petition calls for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta to resign from board of anti-immigrant group
Standard-Speaker: City housing authority signs more frugal trash contract

South Central
WHTM: Libre, animal advocates push for statewide Animal Abuse Prevention Task Force
Patriot News: ‘He devoted his life to serving that city:’ York’s controversial ex-mayor Charlie Robertson dies
Patriot News: Pa. Turnpike Commission ordered to pay former employee $1.6 million in whistleblower case
Patriot News: Nuclear plants operator says state job-loss notices don’t mean real cuts
Patriot News: ‘It’s the wild west’: Pa. authorities step up efforts combating gas pump skimmers
Patriot News: New legislative appointees to Pa. Gaming Control Board bring lobbying world a little closer
LNP: Lancaster County SPCA will close this weekend, Philadelphia-based agency will take over operations
LNP: Trump, town halls and other takeaways from Rep. Smucker’s LNP editorial board meeting
LNP: Watch: Congressman Smucker meets with LNP Editorial Board
LNP: US Sen. Casey comes to Lancaster to field concerns, wish list for new Farm Bill

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: State Sen. John Rafferty touts new DUI law
Reading Eagle: Berks commissioners consider selling county nursing home
Reading Eagle: Skilled workers in demand in Berks County
Morning Call: Commissioners decision on Cedarbrook delayed again

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State Rep. Sonney to host senior expos in Harborcreek, Corry
Erie Times-News: Erie State Rep. Fabrizio, battling cancer, pushes forward
Centre Daily Times: Philadelphia wants public’s opinion on fate of Rizzo statue

Opinion
City & State: Epilepsy medications shouldn’t fall under the same scrutiny as opioids
Daily News: I don’t know if Trump’s mentally ill – but we were nuts for electing him. What now? | Will Bunch
Inquirer: Why Trump’s Arizona speech bashing the media was propaganda
Inquirer: Since Rizzo statue is eating all the attention, let’s use it to harness the fury
Inquirer: Getting rid of Trump won’t heal nation’s divisions
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Public’ officials should speak to the public
Tribune Review: Serving up Pa. earmarks … and hiding them, too
Patriot News: What’s behind the slide in shale gas impact fee revenue? | Opinion
LNP: The lieutenant governor’s spending draws well-deserved scrutiny

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