8/3 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Pa. Dems launch a new website on Mango, Congressman Perry gets a Democratic challenger, and our new reader poll asks if Brady should stay on as Chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. Dems Launch Website On Mango’s Job Creation Claims: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party launched a website in its push against Republican Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango’s job creation claims.

Veteran Enters Race to Challenge Perry: George Scott, an Army veteran, is entering the race to challenge Congressman Scott Perry next year.

Reader Poll: Should Brady Stay on as the Philadelphia Democratic Party Chair?: With allegations that Congressman Bob Brady’s campaign paid a primary challenger to get out of the race were revealed, we want to know if he should stay on as the Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Protesters urge PA reps not to support immigration crackdown
State House Sound Bites: PA’s unfinished budget changes how it assesses revenue
Capitolwire: PA Senate’s proposed tax code bill authorizes film production tax credit districts.
Capitolwire: PA Senate tries to strike balance with proposed severance tax, environmental permitting changes.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: Millennial Nonprofit Exec Omar Woodard Might Primary Party Boss Bob Brady
Philly Voice: Pa. bill proposes ban on talking on hand-held phone while driving
KYW: Governor Wolf Encouraged By Science Center Impact
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania, Delaware among states suing EPA
Philadelphia Business Journal: Fund transfer to balance Pa. budget runs into second year of problems
WHYY: Fund transfer to balance Pa. budget runs into second year of problems
Billy Penn: The truth behind a GOP gov. hopeful’s Wolf nickname: ‘Thomas the Tax Engine’
Inquirer: Philly to post civilian complaints against police

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County schedules hearing for child welfare needs
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County now listed as eighth most innovative digital county in nation
Bucks County Courier Times: New drinking water database stirs controversy, including in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: School pensions: What does the future hold?
Bucks County Courier Times: Car registrations can be suspended under new toll scofflaw law that takes effect this week
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressmen from Bucks, Montgomery counties ask Trump to speed up PFC investigations

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: GOP hopeful Paul Mango to speak at Totteridge Golf Course
Tribune Review: McMaster ousts second, senior official on National Security Council
Tribune Review: Trump’s new top aide assures Sessions his job is safe
Tribune Review: Russia vents frustration over Trump signing sanctions bill
Tribune Review: Ryan fields questions from frustrated Republican voters
Post-Gazette: Democrats’ trade policies aim to regain advantage from Trump
Post-Gazette: Congress approves biggest expansion of college aid in GI Bill for military veterans in decades
Post-Gazette: Demonstrators gather outside Rep. Rothfus office to protest immigration enforcement
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania liquor stores to increase prices on 422 items
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania plans to pay less attention to students’ standardized test scores
Pittsburgh Business Times: Health care: Latest proposal – pass it on
WESA: Wolf To House GOP: ‘Time To Get The Job Done’ On Revenue Package
WESA: Fund Transfer To Balance Budget Runs Into Second Year Of Problems

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Lawmakers have mixed reaction to Pennsylvania joining lawsuit against EPA
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners don’t support recently formed partnership for development
Observer-Reporter: Class-action suit against Range seeks overtime payments
Observer-Reporter: Murphy’s proposed legislation reflected in opioid commission’s interim report
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump reportedly described White House as a ‘real dump’

NEPA
Pocono Record: Pennsylvania unveils plan to track student performance
Times-Tribune: Piccolino, St. Fleur file for Scranton mayor race
Times Leader: Construction begins on new Game Commission headquarters in Dallas
Times Leader: Report: Pennsylvania among highest in student debt
Times Leader: Despite hike, official pleased with collection rate for levee fee

South Central
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Pa. revenue tops $2B in July as budget remains unresolved
Patriot News: What are the best TV stations and video companies in Pa.? Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominees announced
Patriot News: Are drug companies ‘profiteering’ off life-saving overdose antidote?
Patriot News: PLCB agrees to raise prices on more than 400 products by the end of August
Patriot News: Pa. has a good Obamacare market — but not if Trump follows through on threats
LNP: Talking on your phone while driving? Pennsylvania bill proposes 3 points on license, fine for offense

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Independents to run in Allentown mayor’s race
Morning Call: Bethlehem to consider gift ban
Morning Call: Pa. Dems file ethics complaint over Barletta TV interview
WFMZ: President backs merit-based immigration reform bill
Express Times: Not 1, but 3 congressmen visiting Warren County this weekend
Reading Eagle: Protesters decry deportations outside U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s office

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners mull pot options, for and against
Erie Times-News: 33 days without a complete state budget
Erie Times-News: Nico Salvatori: Casey town hall good for democracy
Centre Daily Times: Centre County Judge Pamela Ruest runs for retention vote

Opinion
Inquirer: Tell Congress and Pa. legislators it’s time to raise minimum wage
Inquirer: To boost economy, Congress must deliver on tax reform
The Times Leader: Your view: State should adopt graduate income tax
Erie Times-News: Nico Salvatori: Casey town hall good for democracy
Tribune Review: D.C. concealed-carry ruling: 2nd Ammendment ‘reason’ enough
Tribune Review: What are China’s leaders so afraid of?
Tribune Review: The China tweet: A discordant gong
Post-Gazette: A firm hand: John Kelly must quell the White House chaos
City Paper: Pittsburgh City Paper presents its 2017 Sh*t List of public servants who need to clean up their acts, or risk being flushed
Beaver County Times; As Deep Throat said, ‘Follow the money’
Beaver County Times: Trump’s two lapdogs
Observer-Reporter: EDITORIAL Hidden taxes in Pennsylvania’s budget will hurt consumers
Bucks County Courier Times: A ‘baby step’ to fix pensions
Patriot News: In this fight, we cannot shirk our duty | Editorial

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