8/4 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Wozniak retires, Hillary leads the new Franklin and Marshall poll while McGinty seeks Bernie’s help. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

BREAKING: SD-35: Wozniak Retires, Critz to Step In?: The Democratic State Senator pulls out of his 2016 re-election race.

F&M Poll: Hillary 49% Trump 38%: The latest Franklin & Marshall survey shows the Democratic nominee getting a convention bounce.

PA-15: Dent Won’t Vote for Trump (VIDEO): The Congressman said he cannot support Trump, will never back Clinton.

PA-Sen: McGinty Welcomes Bernie’s Help: The Democratic Senate candidate would embrace the Vermont Senator.

Could Nutter Serve In A Clinton Cabinet?: The former Philly Mayor’s name is being mentioned as a potential appointee.

PPP Poll: 76% of Pennsylvanians Support Increasing Minimum Wage: A new PPP survey also found that 85% support a nationwide ban on assault weapons.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Wolf administration exceeds $150 million GO-TIME goal
PLS Reporter: Auditor General’s office questions charter school lease reimbursements
PLS Reporter: Legislative policy committees join forces to tackle opioid and heroin epidemic
PLS Reporter: Women in Pennsylvania Government: Secretary of the Department of Aging Teresa Osborne
State House Sound Bites: Gov. Wolf’s go-time readies for phase two

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Puerto Rico claims DNC donkey after story, so just 4 left behind
Inquirer: Pa. official defends postponing ballot question on when judges should retire
Inquirer: Prosecutors urge court to reject Kane’s bid to block trial
WHYY Newsworks: Obama instructs FERC to review climate impacts of pipelines
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Worlf’s GO-TIME readies for phase two
WHYY Newsworks: PICA board member gave $25,000 to support Kenney’s soda tax push
WHYY Newsworks: Time for universal income in American cities?

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Auditor General: School Lane Charter was overpaid $60K in lease reimbursements
Bucks County Courier Times: Prosecutors respond to defense request to toss out criminal charge against Kane
Bucks County Courier Times: Trump support remains solid in Bucks and Montgomery counties
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville district to save $650K from refinancing loan
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania says deadlines loom in suit over judge retirement age

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Recovering addicts tell state legislators Westmoreland County court rehab program works
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania auditor general questions Propel Schools lease reimbursements
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh police release details of body camera policy
Post Gazette: As families mourn, Pennsylvania lawmakers grapple with opioid overdoses
Post Gazette: Auditor urges stricter monitoring of charter schools’ building leases
WESA: Gov. Wolf’s Fiscal Accountability Program Readies For Phase Two
City Paper: How one battleground state will factor into the upcoming presidential election
KDKA: Auditor General: Propel Schools Wrongfully Reimbursed By Education Dept.

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Democratic chairman says now isn’t the time to cut sheriff’s office
Beaver County Times: McGinty says Toomey not rejecting Trump is ‘deeply disappointing’
Beaver County Times: Costs keep adding up as Beaver County Commissioners, sheriff haven’t resolved budget issues
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners Undecided on Bed Tax
Altoona Mirror: Halvorson takes run at Shuster as Dem
Altoona Mirror: Blair adds boards for tax appeals
Tribune-Democrat: Wozniak withdraws from re-election campaign for state Senate

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County forced to postpone some sales in upcoming tax auction
Times Leader: Represent.Us NEPA meets in Pittston to end political corruption
Times Tribune: Scranton employee charged with stealing $835 of dog license fees
Times Tribune: Supreme Court Considers Request to Postpone Kane Trial
Citizens Voice: Former manager arraigned for stealing more than $150k from Newport Township
Citizens Voice: Proposal would give legal protection to rescuers of children in hot vehicles
Standard Speaker: City’s Battle Against Blight Advances

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Wolf: More jobs in Lebanon County
York Dispatch: CASA announces voter-registration push in York
York Daily Record: York block party aims to unite police, community
York Daily Record: City wants a do-over in old York prison case
Carlisle Sentinel: Building gains approval for restoration in Mechanicsburg
Patriot News: Clinton responds to Trump’s Harrisburg ‘war zone’ comment: What are their economic plans?
Patriot News: Impaired waterways not necessarily unsafe for swimming, DEP says

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Hearing passes quietly for 550 percent hike on dualies’ tolls
Express Times: Bethlehem says thanks, but no thanks to free land
WFMZ: Bethlehem City Council asked to pass resolution in opposition to NIZ hotel tax
Morning Call: Poconos-based cleric extradition bid looms over US-Turkey ties

North by Northwest
Erie Times: Erie schools, county consider joining Sheraton tax fight
Erie Times: Erie chamber calls on union to put GE proposal to a vote
Sun Gazette: County considers new computer hardware at $1.4M
Centre Daily Times: DEP issues drought warning to 34 counties, including Centre County

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Applauding two local stars, on and off the field
Erie Times: Erie’s tax structure draining its future
Delco Daily Times: This election gives voters a stark choice
Inquirer: How a Hershey’s kiss embodies the Kathleen Kane era
Inquirer: More praise for Philly, police and those working at the DNC

Blogs
Citified: The Beverage Lobby Spent $10.6 Million to Kill the Soda Tax — and Failed
Keystone Crossroads: Cut police, fire to balance budget? Chester residents say no way
Commonwealth Foundation: Education Choice Benefits All
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Blue Lives Matter in Hanover Tp
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Pawlowski Wants To Hire “Quintessential” Criminal Lawyer As Managing Director
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Et Tu, Christie?    

August 4th, 2016 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments