8/25 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6DCCC hacks, Dougherty responds to the FBI raid of his home and Rendell goes off-script yet again. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Hacked Documents Reveal DCCC Plans in SEPA Races: The Russian email hack stole DCCC memos on the PA-6, PA-7 and PA-8 contests.

Dougherty Claims FBI Probe the Result of Union’s Political Success: Johnny Doc addresses the members of IBEW 98.

Is the GOP Really Gaining Voters in PA?: FiveThirtyEight examines the voter registration surges for Republicans in swing states.

Rendell Critiques Lack of Firewall Between Hillary and Clinton Foundation: “What they did, I wouldn’t have done it” the ex-Governor commented.

Pence Rallies the Faithful in Bucks: The GOP VP nominee stopped by Southeast PA on Tuesday.

FBI Investigation of Seth Williams Expands: The bureau is now also looking at the Philly DA’s foundation.

Statewide
PLSReporter: New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education
PLSReporter: IFO revises revenue estimate to account for budget revenue package
PLSReporter: Women in Pennsylvania Government: Karen Coates
Capitolwire: County election officials look to mail-in-ballots to save money
Capitolwire: Charter officials skeptical of Wolf’s new division of charter school

Philadelphia
Philly Business Journal: Rendell criticizes lack of firewall between Hillary & Clinton Foundation
Philly Weekly: Elevating the Edibles
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. immigrant detention center strikers pause for a week, citing threats
WHYY Newsworks: McGinty endorsed by Pennsylvania gun-safety group
Inquirer: Former city representative sues Butkovitz alleging defamation over ‘slush fund’ remark
Inquirer: Warrant reveals focus of FBI’s ‘Johnny Doc’ investigation
Inquirer: Dougherty says FBI probe targets union, not just him

SEPA
Daily Local News: Law allows for home shipments of wine in Pa.
Delco Times: Former aide to convicted congressman Fattah gets probation
Delco Times: Middletown delays vote on ordinance for new Sunoco pipeline project
Bucks County Courier-Times: Federal judge dismisses appeal in 1987 Bristol Township anti-gay killing case
Pottstown Mercury: Norristown police first recipient of new Montgomery County emergency radios

Pittsburgh
WESA: PA Charter Schools To Get More Support And Scrutiny With New State Oversight Group
WESA: Wagner Says County’s Ethics And Disclosure Process Is Broken
KDKA: U.S. Congressman From Pa. Calls For Investigation Of EpiPen Price Hikes
WTAE: Cyber-charter founder pleads guilty to tax fraud
Post-Gazette: Appalachian coal towns get $39M federal boost aimed at revitalization
Post-Gazette: Brentwood Police four-year contract approved
Tribune Review: St. Clair Hospital announces partnership with Mayo Clinic
Tribune Review: PWSA wants to pick interim director soon

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Mold forces school delays in Bedford
Tribune-Democrat: Forum to focus on region’s opioid epidemic
Tribune-Democrat: ‘It’s a sad day’: Cambria-Rowe, area’s oldest college, closes its doors
Altoona Mirror: Building for the future?
Altoona Mirror: Blair settles on bed tax allocation
Beaver County Times: Beaver County pays $9 million of $13 million loan to save money even as budget crunch looms

NEPA
Times Leader: Plains Township fire chief blasts PennEast’s impact statement
Times Leader: Attorney plans to appeal approval of Kistler Elementary addition
Times Leader: Rinehimer, Crestwood reach agreement pending school board vote
Times Tribune: Luzerne Community County College opens Scranton Center
Times Tribune: Scranton parking deal to end costly receivership
Citizens Voice: County council rejects adding on fees to homestead exemption bills

South Central
Patriot News: Attorney General ties Jerry Sandusky cover-up prosecution to Catholic church sex-abuse case
Patriot News: Pa. begins tracking patients who use addictive painkillers
Patriot News: Hillary Clinton’s cozy relationship with Clinton Foundation donors: What you need to know
York Dispatch: Celebrating Women’s equality day in southern Pa.
York Dispatch: Kane case leaves activists clamoring for change
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Embattled Lancaster County sheriff’s pension may be jeopardized if he is impeached  

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf seeks more charter school oversight
Morning Call: Allen Township questions FedEx’s assessment, but county says it’s a work in progress
Reading Eagle: Reading School District, teachers agree to new contract

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Small town feels effects of bank’s departure
Sun Gazette: Mayor eyes vision for Park Avenue redevelopment
Sun Gazette: Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov’t

Opinion
Post-Gazette: A war crime convict: Destroyers of cultural heritage are on notice
Post-Gazette: No bargain: Private prisons are a bad deal for the feds
Times Tribune: Nothing fishy in fee plan
Patriot News: Leaked documents show how national Dems shaped key Pa. U.S. House races, report
York Daily Record: Pipelines are key to Pa. economic prosperity
York Dispatch: McGinty will fight for working women  
York Dispatch: Kane case may lead to much need change
Daily News: Philly needs a new D.A. — and a new kind of D.A.
Inquirer: Bias shouldn’t play a role when the city sells land

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: How Money Walks Out of Pennsylvania
Keystone Crossroads: Expressway and busway extensions would bring 20,000 jobs to region
2 Political Junkies: From seth Meyers – It’s Worth A Watch
Citified: The (Too?) Careful Candidate: Inside Katie McGinty’s Senate Run
Citified: Kenney to PPA: Target worst Offenders Parking on Broad Street Median
Citified: You Won’t Believe What bobby Henon Said About the FBI Raid (Psych, He Didn’t Say Anything)

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