8/7 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Fizzano Cannon earns the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, and don’t miss the ups & downs from last week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Fizzano Cannon Endorsed by Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association: Republican Commonwealth Court candidate Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon was endorsed by the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.

8/4 Ups & Downs: Barletta avoids a strong opponent, Burns refuses his paycheck, Costello’s vulnerability rating tops the field, the PLCB raises prices, Wagner’s week has its ups and downs, and Pennsylvania ranks near the top in student debt. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Legislative Elections Update
Post-Gazette: This tattooed mother of two has a new script: Ousting Mike Turzai

State House Sound Bites: Treasury says state funds would hit zero this month without credit
State House Sound Bites: Episode 17: Money, power, and not many rules
StateImpact: Judge partially lifts drilling ban on Sunoco pipeline, postpones hearing
StateImpact: PennEast pipeline set for FERC approval after Senate confirms new commissioners
Capitolwire: Interim chancellor named for PA university system.

Philadelphia Tribune: Philly House Dems anxious to tackle budget
Philadelphia Tribune: Coard: Cheyney will die on Sept. 1 unless
Inquirer: City Hall computer upgrades plagued by years of delays, millions in extra costs
Inquirer: Out at CNN, Kayleigh McEnany suddenly appears on Trump’s Facebook page
Inquirer: Former WHYY reporter, ex-Philly detective look to run for same South Philly office
WHYY: Pennsylvania State Education Association’s next president isn’t a teacher
Billy Penn: South Philly road wars: New signs fuel neighborhood ‘bikelash’
Philly Voice: Pa. senator calls Sessions a ‘little Twap Widgit’ after leak crackdown pledge

Pottstown Mercury: Dinniman introduces package of pipeline bills
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania state, local officials call for changes to DUI laws following medical marijuana legalization
Bucks County Courier Times: New class of Navy carriers brings new era in business for Hatfield Township’s Inofast
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick pushes bipartisanship for health care fix
Delco Times: Overdose deaths rise in Pa., but drop in Delco

WESA: Pennsylvania Treasurer OKs Short-Term Line Of Credit
Tribune Review: Lawmakers move to protect own funds during budget stalemates
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Senate packages shale tax with faster permits
Tribune Review: Seismic testing draws waves of opposition in Monroeville
Tribune Review: Murrysville looks to get regs in place ahead of potential injection-well applications
Post-Gazette: Pa. treasurer extends $750 million line of credit to pay state bills
Post-Gazette: Senate bill would impose minimum standards on homes for recovering addicts
Post-Gazette: Healthcare advocacy groups oppose effort to add Medicaid work requirement
Post-Gazette: Two independents file to challenge Bill Peduto for Mayor

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Property tax opponents plan local meeting
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials argue to keep details of more than $325k of confiscated drug money confidential
Altoona Mirror: County to focus on clock tower
Altoona Mirror: Water Authority adopts new bylaws

Times-Tribune: Gov. Wolf tours South Scranton revitalization
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County takes steps to bar courtroom cellphones
Times Leader: Former administrator returns to Luzerne County employment in new role

South Central
LNP: Voters will elect replacement for ousted Lancaster County sheriff in November
LNP: First property for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline seized in Lancaster County
LNP: Fracking is causing invasion of harmful non-native plants in Pennsylvania forests, PSU researchers say
Patriot News: State’s physician general praises coalition’s work
Patriot News: GOP senator wants to bring next generation of school vouchers to Pa.
Patriot News: Parts of township building remain closed due to flood damage
Patriot News: Harrisburg councilman resigns
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s reserves are so low state government couldn’t live off them for even a day
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. lawmakers move to protect own funds during budget stalemates

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Lawmakers move to protect own funds during budget stalemates
Express Times: Why a Phillipsburg Republican has a problem with Democrats’ HQ
Morning Call: Bionic workforce alarms Pa. lawmaker, who offers bill to prevent microchip implants
Morning Call: For Bath and other small towns, cost a challenge in staying in regional police departments
Reading Eagle: Bill aims to prevent deaths in hot cars
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Pay-to-Play is a Pennsylvania tradition

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie’s representatives voted this past week
Erie Times-News: Erie before-school program still under review
Erie Times-News: Erie school officials to take questions in live chat
Erie Times-News: Erie drinking water safe, despite new report
Centre Daily Times: Petition calls for change in sewer service billing

Patriot News: Mr. Kelly’s mission – should he choose to accept it (or not) | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: John F. Kelly went to war – he still might not be prepared for the reality show presidency | Tony May
Patriot News: Don’t make rate-payers clean up Harrisburg’s mess | Opinion
Patriot News: Pa. Dems’ ethics filing against Barletta is a sideshow from the bigger issues | Editorial
Tribune Review: In ObamaCare’s wake: A rising tide of losers
Tribune Review: Turnpike’s unfair ‘hammer’: Out-of-staters’ ‘E-ZPass’
Tribune Review: Frack tax ethics nightmare
Post-Gazette: Pay for service: State budget needs local payment for state police
Post-Gazette: Speaking free: Congress shall make no law on campus speech
Post-Gazette: The GI Bill’s wisdom: Congress’ unanimous support reflects the nation
Post-Gazette: Don’t trade away clean air and water
WTAE: WTAE Editorial: Solve Pennsylvania’s budget impasse now
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Guest editorial | State wants to drill customers with gas tax
Express Times: In Pa., liquor ‘reform’ means higher prices | Editorial
Erie Times-News: Our view: Wolf, Shapiro right to defend clean air
Inquirer: Philly’s course uncharted in journey to fight opioid epidemic
Inquirer: Cheyney problem isn’t racism; it’s failing to compete for students
Inquirer: 3 ideas from the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to immediately help health care reform | Opinion
Inquirer: Getting a new Pa. budget; or the art of driving with no hands
Daily News: What we need now: A National Moratorium to End the Trump Presidency
Bucks County Courier Times: With little to show, Congress leaves town
Bucks County Courier Times: GIANFICARO: With Trump, the truth lies elsewhere
Altoona Mirror: VA project raises red flags
LNP: Lancaster should be congratulated for getting its fiscal house in order
Reading Eagle: Editorial: GOP extends hand on health care; Democrats should accept

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