8/3 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6A tight PA-Sen race, Trump visits Mechanicsburg and we ask about the Attorney General ahead of her trial. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Sen: PPP Poll: Toomey 42% McGinty 41%: The latest survey shows a tight race.

Trump Holds Rally in Mechanicsburg: The GOP nominee visited the Keystone State yet again.

Reader Poll: Do You Believe Kathleen Kane is Guilty or Innocent?: We ask our readers about the Attorney General ahead of her trial.

Reader Poll: Clinton Maintains Advantage: The Democratic nominee barely leads our latest reader poll.

PA-9: Shuster vs. Halvorson III Coming This November: Conservative Art Halvorson will accept the Democratic nomination, which will give him another shot at incumbent Congressman Bill Shuster.

PPP Poll: Michelle Obama and Joe Biden Most Popular: The First Lady and VP have the best favorability numbers while both parties are underwater.

PPP Poll: Pres. Obama’s Approval Rises to 48%: The President’s numbers are improving.

Capitolwire: Wolf administration exceeds $150 million GO-TIME goal
PLS Reporter: GO-TIME savings reach $156 million in FY 2015-2016 for Pennsylvania
PLS Reporter: Women in Pennsylvania Government: Rep. Judy Ward
PLS Reporter: Newly appointed PWSA director steps down
State House Sound Bites: Trump goes on attack in Mechanicsburg

CapitolInq: McGinty pounces on Trump comment on Khan, urges Toomey to disavow GOP nominee
Inquirer: Can McGinty redirect focus of race with Toomey?
Inquirer: Kane’s office to pay ex-worker %150K in whistle-blower suit
Inquirer: Beverage industry spent $10.6 million fighting Philly drink tax
Philadelphia Business Journal: Slight DNC uptick at Reading Terminal, but vendors say exposure worth it
Philadelphia Business Journal: Washington AG claims Comcast deceived customers, suing for $100M

Bucks County Courier Times: Third parties file for Pennsylvania’s presidential ballot
Delco Daily Times: Presidential campaigns go grassroots in Delaware County
Delco Daily Times: Monsignor Lynn seeks freedom after conviction tossed

Tribune-Review: Some Pa. lawmakers wary of Narcan expansion
Tribune-Review: Halvorson to run as Democrat against Shuster in 9th Congressional District
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf: Cost-cutting saved Pa. $156 million
Post-Gazette: Faculty union at Pa.’s state-owned universities says strike vote remains possible
Pittsburgh Business Times: EDA grant to spur plan to create job opportunities in 20-county region
WTAE: National Political debate takes criminal turn
WTAE: Higher tax has Pennsylvanians making ‘cigarette runs’ out of state
WTAE: Third parties file for Pennsylvania’s presidential ballot

Tribune-Democrat: Trump moves from ‘Crooked Hillary’ to ‘the devil’ in Pennsylvania stop
Tribune-Democrat: Halvorson accepts Democratic nod in 9th district; will face Shuster in general election
Tribune-Democrat: Senate Republicans on the spot over Trump comments on Khan
Altoona Mirror: Reade Township Puts Water Sale on Hold
Observer Reporter: Tea Party candidate crashing Democratic Party in Congressional race
Observer Reporter: Cecil closes hearing on potential Southpointe development
Beaver County Times: Courting Pennsylvania’s seniors, Katie McGinty vows to protect Social Security, Medicare

Pocono Record: Kane’s office settles ex-worker’s whistleblower suit
Standard Speaker: Marsicano pumps in big bucks to beat Barletta
Pocono Record: Opponents, proponents of Philly soda tax spent millions
Citizens Voice: Mothers of fallen local soldiers demand apology from Trump
Citizens Voice: W-B Area, Mohegan Sun appeal property tax assessment
Citizens Voice:County may add public commission, ordinance for discrimination complaints
Citizens Voice:W-B councilwoman will introduce anti-discrimination ordinance for LGBT

South Central
Patriot News: Evangelical pastor, citing Bible verse: Hillary Clinton as a woman is unfit for presidency
Patriot News: Cumberland County landowners appeal pipeline eminent-domain decision to Commonwealth Court
Patriot News: Trump insults Harrisburg a day after campaigning nearby
Carlisle Sentinel: Iron Forge school project on schedule
York Dispatch: Plans move forward on building in York City’s main square
Lancaster Era: Lack of money ends Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lancaster County
Lancaster Era: 2,194 people were sentenced to state prison from Lancaster County in 2013-15
Lebanon Daily News: Anderson takes over as voter registration director

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Johnston mansion on road to restoration
Reading Eagle: Berks jobless rate falls to 4.9%
Reading Eagle: Kutztown school board rethinking request for traffic light
Express Times: Temp replaces N.J. borough manager under investigation

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte waterfront project complete, ready to open
Centre Daily Times: State College’s new police chief shares law enforcement philosophy
Sun Gazette: District updates gender policies
Sun Gazette: Montoursville approves distribution of grant funds

Patriot News: Pa. gov’t overtime reaches 22-year high
Reading Eagle: Cigarette tax boost should address blackened lungs, not red ink
Sun Gazette: Add an audit and a fed fee probe to state pension mess
Daily News: Plan on judges’ retirement seems shady
Daily News: Philly should be proud of police and their DNC work
Post-Gazette: Overtime overload: And the effect on state pensions is overboard, too
Post-Gazette: Russia’s role: A surprise actor in the U.S. presidential campaign

Citified: The Beverage Lobby Spent $10.6 Million to Kill the Soda Tax — and Failed
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Hey Donald, This is How a Grown-Up Talks
Lu-Lac Political Letter: The Clinton Message?
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Gilbert proposes ordinance
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Otto Voit gets support
Commonwealth Foundation: Government Favoritism Hurts Honest Businesses
Commonwealth Foundation: Overtaxing Can Change Lives for the Worse
Keystone Crossroads: How will cigarette tax hike affect Philly vs. rest of state?   

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