8/31 PoliticsPA Playbook

A Pittsburgh focus group explores voters’ views on President Trump, the DCCC launches digital ads, and our new reader poll asks who the GOP should nominate in the 15th Congressional district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pittsburgh Focus Group: Trump Support Slipping: A focus group comprised of Pittsburgh voters gave insight into what voters think of President Trump and his time in office.

DCCC Launches Facebook Ads Against 4 Pa. Congressmen: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting the four Republican Congressmen on its battlefield list as part of a national Facebook ad buy on healthcare.

Reader Poll: Who Should the GOP Nominate in PA-15 Next Year: With a primary to incumbent Congressman Charlie Dent likely, we want to know who our readers think should be the GOP nominee.

State House Sound Bites: Wolf admin calls for universal lead testing of children
StateImpact: DEP issues violation to Sunoco for another spill of drilling fluid
StateImpact: No fine for Range Resources in major drilling case, DEP quietly settles
StateImpact: Two dead and four injured at Pittsburgh area coal plant
Capitolwire: New health study prompts Wolf to call for statewide lead exposure testing for children under two.

Inquirer: Philly sues Trump AG Sessions over ‘sanctuary-city’ crackdown
Inquirer:  Pa. restores LIEHAP funding and extends availability
Inquirer: Trump’s travel-ban casualties: Laid-off refugee workers
Inquirer: Feds: Bribes to PennDot official put dozens of untested, undocumented drivers on Philly roads
Inquirer: Pining for better internet in Pennsylvania’s rural counties
Philadelphia Magazine: Pat Toomey’s Town Hall Sold Out in Six Minutes
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly to Trump’s Big New State Dept. Hire: Your Company Owes Us $100K
Philadelphia Magazine: Here Is the Lawsuit That Philly Just Filed Against Jeff Sessions
WHYY: Philly legal aid group urging colleges to stop asking applicants about criminal record
WHYY: Bensalem targets Big Pharma with suit to recover millions it’s spent dealing with opioid crisis
WHYY: Pa. court to decide whether to hear partisan gerrymandering suit similar to case before U.S. Supreme Court
Philly Voice: U.S.: PennDOT official took bribes, issued licenses to undocumented and untested Philly drivers
Philly Voice: Philly.com will no longer offer unlimited articles for free

Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. John Galloway asks for leadership from governor on unemployment fix
Bucks County Courier Times: Environmental groups: Trump budge could have ‘catastrophic impact’ on Delaware River watershed
Bucks County Courier Times: Montco senator’s bill would remove sex offender registration requirement for custody crimes
Bucks County Courier Times: Insurance department hosts town hall on proposed rates for ACA plans
Bucks County Courier Times: First-time voters can register Sept. 9 at Grundy Library
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick announces service academy info session in Bensalem
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem suing several pharmaceutical companies over ‘false’ claims of opioid benefits
Pottstown Mercury: Philadelphia region’s suburban counties fare better than state in unemployment

Post-Gazette: Lead-exposure report lists 10 ways to protect children
Post-Gazette: Philadelphia becomes latest city to sue AG Sessions over sanctuary conditions for public safety grant
Post-Gazette: Any regrets? Retiring Pa. state university chancellor Frank Brogan on everything from faculty strike to restructuring
Tribune Review: Wolf calls for mandatory blood lead testing for Pennsylvania children
Tribune Review: UPMC to open $19 million center in Hampton
Tribune Review: Tests show no contamination of Pittsburgh water, but boil order remains
Tribune Review: Brentwood leaders to decide in September on Snee property purchase

Observer-Reporter: Harvey, holiday traffic pumping up fuel prices
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria Democratic chairman steps down
Beaver County Times: Cracker plant critics pleased with air pollution agreement
Beaver County Times: Field of GOP challengers to Casey keeps growing

Times Leader: Hazleton on fast track to be deemed financially distressed by state
Times Leader: Luzerne County eyeing insurance brokers
Times-Tribune: County delayed asking for due state money
Times-Tribune: Casey discusses how opioid crisis impacts rural areas
Times-Tribune: Charge against State Rep. Kevin Haggerty dismissed
Standard-Speaker: Hazleton Area School Board to mull tax break for Japanese company

South Central
LNP: Every child under 2 in Pennsylvania would be tested for lead under Gov. Tom Wolf’s new proposal
LNP: Pennsylvania Turnpike will suspend all construction, open all lanes for Labor Day weekend
LNP: Lancaster County districts will spend nearly $44M to take students to school this year
WGAL: Gov. Wolf calls for statewide testing of children’s blood-lead levels
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal: Former DEP head Quigley to lead Harrisburg University environmental center
Patriot News: No more ‘mayors for life’? Harrisburg mulls term limits in shadow of Stephen Reed
Patriot News: Local police say they’ll look at buying once off-limits military surplus gear – within reason
Patriot News: UPMC touts financial growth
Patriot News: Rally ‘against white supremacy’ planned for Pa. Capitol steps

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Turnpike to remove call boxes
Morning Call: Council: how well are Bethlehem’s tax incentives working?
Reading Eagle: Reading Parking Authority director resigns
Reading Eagle: Expect heavy traffic, higher gas prices for Labor Day
Reading Eagle: Wolf calls for statewide lead-exposure testing on young children

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Protesters surround statue, claim ‘corruption’ at courthouse
Centre Daily Times: Penn State trustees schedule special compensation committee meeting
Erie Times-News: 62 days without a complete state budget
Erie Times-News: Edinboro University will not lay off faculty

York Daily Record: Wagner: Gov. Wolf manufacturing crisis to raise your taxes (column)
Tribune Review: Free speech under fire: Mob mentality
Post-Gazette: The homefront: Houston shows the misplaced national priorities
Post-Gazette: Tortured water: PWSA is the city’s No. 1 problem to fix
Patriot News: Don’t listen to the critics — Scott Wagner supports the Jewish community | Opinion
LNP: Ignition interlocks are a good start but more needs to be done to keep impaired drivers off the road
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Overdose survivors need more help from hospitals
Inquirer: Big Pharma must be held accountable for its role in opioid crisis
Inquirer: Why development more than climate change caused Houston’s flooding
Inquirer: In her new book, ‘What Happened,’ can Hillary, and the nation, handle the truth?
Inquirer: Political vandalism: After Rizzo mural, 2 others were hit
Inquirer: Bipartisan lawmakers agree this tax crushes innovation, so let’s just repeal it already | Opinion
Bucks County Courier Times: Temporary solution, continuing misery

  • Who Will Be Speaker of the PA House on February 28?

    • Joanna McClinton (68%)
    • Mark Rozzi (27%)
    • A Republican TBD (5%)

    Total Voters: 315

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