8/26 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Gansler warns Harrisburg about the release of the email report, Beemer set to be confirmed and an in-depth look at McGinty’s latest fundraising report. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Gansler Warns Employees Their Names Are in Lewd Email Report: On Wednesday, hundreds of state workers found out the news.

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Clinton 46% Trump 45%: Is the GOP nominee gaining ground or is the survey an outlier?

PA-Sen: Q2: A Closer Look at McGinty’s Financial Reports: The challenger is doing well, but the incumbent is doing better.

BREAKING: Senate to Convene on Tuesday to Confirm Beemer as AG: The State Senate is coming back to work early.

Ex-Philly Official Files Defamation Suit After “Slush Fund” Accusations: The episode is part of a larger, personal battle between former Mayor Michael Nutter and Controller Alan Butkovitz.

Kaine to Make PA Campaign Trip Next Week: The Democratic VP nominee is coming to Erie, Lancaster and the Lehigh Valley.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Audit finds PDE’s Oversight On Charter School Payments Insufficient
PLSReporter: House Finance Committee looks to increase funds for the Neighborhood Assistance Program
PLSReporter: Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process
Capitolwire: PA leads the nation in preserving farms
Capitolwire: County election officials interested in replacing polling places with vote centers
Capitolwire: Charter officials skeptical of Wolf’s new division of charter schools
PA Watchdog: Pennsylvania to increase oversight of charter schools
StateImpactPA: New study links gas drilling to migraines, fatigue and chronic sinus symptoms

Philadelphia
KYW: Philadelphia Hair Stylist Turns Hair Into Political Art
WHYY Newsworks: Claiming defamation, former city official suing Philly controller
WHYY Newsworks: Audit finds Pa. education department oversight on charter school payments insufficient
Inquirer: Henon stays silent on FBI searches
Inquirer: Fear and loathing among state employees as release nears for report on porn emails
Philly.com: Meet Donald Trump’s Pennsylvania supporters
Philly.com: Pa. senator says HBO’s John Oliver ‘went too far’ with charter school rant

SEPA
Bucks Local News: In 3 to 1 vote, Newtown Township Supervisors pick Republican Gerry Couch to fill open seat on the board
DelcoTimes: Nonbelievers sue over Pa. House’s opening prayers
Bucks County Courier-Times: Debates scheduled for 8th Congressional candidates
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania launches patient prescription database Thursday

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: McGinty makes fair pay — especially for women — a campaign priority
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh police union appeals arbitrated contract
Tribune Review: Chief calls police no-confidence survey ‘background noise’
Tribune Review: Southwest aiming to be the top carrier in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pitt will cover workers’ costs for transgender-related services
Post-Gazette: Hamlet hosts “Look, Listen and Learn” community forums
Business Journal: Pennsylvania Bar Association opening Pittsburgh office
WESA: Pittsburgh Public Opens Newly-Renovated Arlington School, Closes Another
WTAE: Pittsburgh schools remove or replace 12 water fountains due to high lead readings

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver Falls Municipal Authority gets clean slate for safe water
Observer Reporter: Freedom Transit sees 3 percent increase in ridership during past year
Observer Reporter: Panelists see more opportunities ahead for Washington County
Tribune-Democrat: State representative hosts hearing on establishing regional detox centers

NEPA
News Item: Groundbreaking of pipeline held
News Item: Joint Rail Authority lawsuit moves into court
Citizens Voice: Crestwood, previous bus provider reach deal
Times Tribune: PUC body recommends rejection of Scranton sewer system to water company
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council member criticizes colleague’s “threatening behavior”

South Central
Patriot-News: Acting AG has big call to make with ‘Porngate’ report – and he might not have time to make it
Patriot-News: Acting Attorney General Bruce Castor has big call to make with ‘Porngate’ report; and he might not have time to make it
Patriot-News: AG’s staffers warned they may appear in offensive email report
Patriot-News: Pa. Senate will reconvene to take up nomination of AG Kathleen Kane’s replacement
Carlisle Sentinel: Nonbelievers sue over Pennsylvania House’s opening prayers

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call:State not tracking lobbying by marijuana companies
Morning Call: AG tells staff he’s reviewing report about offensive emails
Reading Eagle: State System of Higher Education faculty approve strike authorization vote

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pitt fan blog bends to ‘negative backlash’ after shirt uproar
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Hidden risk to economy is in corporate balance sheets
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Pride Weekend aims to celebrate community

Opinion
Tribune-Democrat: Partnership puts adults on path to GEDs, careers
Times Tribune: Reckless Bus Drivers
Pottstown Mercury: Editorial: PA Needs Ban on Gifts to Public Officials
Inquirer: Cash the best gift to celebrate national parks system’s birthday
Post-Gazette: Let Cristina go: End this case of juvenile sentencing injustice
Post-Gazette: Turkey prevails: The U.S. gives the Kurds a reality check
Patriot-News: Warrant alleges powerful Philly union used ‘economic fear’ to keep contractors in line, report

Blogs
Citified: 20 Days of Silence: Bobby Henon Still Won’t Talk About the FBI Raids
Citified: The Best Zingers From Former City Rep.’s Lawsuit Against Controller Alan Butkovitz
Commonwealth Foundation: Podcast: How Money Walks Out of Pennsylvania
Keystone Crossroads: How Pennsylvania’s Puerto Rican migrant population could affect the election
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. immigrant detention center strikers pause for a week, citing threats

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