9/1 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Dent goes nuclear on Simmons in a release and reveal private text messages between the two, Giordano get the Pennsylvania United Steelworkers endorsement, and conservative groups set to protest Dent.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Dent Goes Nuclear on Simmons; Reveals Private Text Messages: Congressman Charlie Dent released a scathing attack on state Representative Justin Simmons after Simmons announced he was considering a primary challenge. In the release, Dent reveals private text messages between himself and Simmons.

Giordano endorsed by PA United Steelworkers: Judge Emil Giordano was endorsed this week by the Pennsylvania United Steelworkers in his bid for the Superior Court.

Americans for Limited Government and Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Target Dent: Americans for Limited Government and Phyllis Schlafly Eagles are planning a protest of Republican Congressman Charlie Dent, saying he is blocking President Trump’s agenda.

National
Washington Examiner: Lou Barletta will rise or fall with Trump in Pennsylvania Senate race

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: The 2018 election has already begun
State House Sound Bites: PA’s prescription drug monitoring program turns one year old
StateImpact: DEP issues water permits for Atlantic Sunrise pipeline
City & State: Sources: Bartos considering a run for Lt. Gov. instead of US Senate

Philadelphia
Philly Tribune: Wages in Pa. need increase: Report
Inquirer: Philly police rally in anger over protest at officer’s home
Inquirer: Toomey hears from constituents at his first town hall in months
Inquirer: Clout: Krasner seeks Castille’s advice on how to run Philly DA’s Office
Inquirer: Soda, pre-K, beer, and the latest in the fight over Philly beverage tax
Inquirer: Pa.’s $400M prison: More people, fewer cells; and air-conditioning
Philly Mag: EPA Cuts Could Make the Delaware Goop Again
Philly Mag: Could West Philly’s Brand-New $50K Bike Lane Disappear?
WHYY: After recent protest at Philly cop’s home, hundreds gather in Northeast to ‘Back the Blue’
WHYY: Pa. school leaders anxious, still stinging from 2015 as 2017 state budget talks again linger

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County officials unite against opioid epidemic
Bucks County Courier Times: State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson bill would return Philadelphia wage tax revenue to suburbs
Bucks County Courier Times: Insurance department hosts town hall on proposed rates for ACA plans
Bucks County Courier Times: Montco senator’s bill would remove sex offender registration requirement for custody crimes

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pat Toomey answers questions in town hall setting from small, mostly orderly crowd
Post-Gazette: Analysis | Mike Pence careful not to surpass Trump in Harvey role
Post-Gazette: Monitoring program has drastically reduced ‘doctor shopping’ for opioids
Tribune Review: US Sen. Pat Toomey predicts quick aid to Harvey victims
Tribune Review: Western PA gas prices surge ahead of holiday weekend
WESA: Bipartisan Group Of Pittsburgh Voters Express Disappointment In Trump’s Leadership Skills
City Paper: Despite anti-immigration sentiments among conservatives, some say there are benefits to embracing a new Roma community in California, Pa.

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Cambria to spend $45K for financial software
Altoona Mirror: Penelec decreasing rates

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Another Scranton mayor candidate is removed from ballot
Times-Tribune: County honors retiring veterans affairs director Tuffy, introduces new director
Times Leader: Recovery firm: 1,700 boxes, docket books sustained water damage
Times Leader: University of Scranton installs interim president

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: GOP Sen. Pat Toomey predicts quick aid to Harvey victims
Patriot News: Toomey: Hurricane Harvey relief bill can’t repeat Sandy’s big spending mistake
Patriot News: ‘Don’t send me to prison,’ ex-Pa. Treasurer Barbara Hafer begs U.S. judge
Patriot News: State agencies vary in amount of time, money spent on recognizing employees
Patriot News: Likely primary challenger is a ‘phony’ who once hit him up for cash, endorsement, Charlie Dent says
Patriot News: Cumberland County officials slam Capital Area Transit vote to seek proposals for management services
Patriot News: Pa. opioid monitoring program has cut deeply into ‘doctor shopping’, state says
Patriot News: DA vows closer scrutiny of law clerks after one turns out to be an alt-rightist
Patriot News: Pa. ordered to disclose secret medical marijuana panel
Patriot News: Ex-township supervisor agrees to pay $327 monthly on $105,000 Ethics Commision’s sanction
Patriot News: DEP approves Atlantic Sunrise permits; OK to start construction to be sought
York Dispatch: Gov. Wolf’s remaining 2015 inaugural funds used to aid Hurricane Harvey victims
LNP: Atlantic Sunrise pipeline builders get last 3 permits, work could begin in a few weeks
LNP: Group points finger at Lancaster County for ‘disproportionate’ manure pollution of Chesapeake Bay

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Toomey strikes tone of civility at town hall forum
Morning Call: Congressman Charlie Dent bashes verbal challenger Justin Simmons as ‘phony’
Morning Call: 2018 Lehigh County budget proposal keeps taxes flat
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania attorney general stops in Berks to discuss opioid crisis

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie’s congressman Mike Kelly stands by Trump
Erie Times-News: Congressman Kelly to hold tele-town hall on Tuesday
Centre Daily Times: Ethics commission orders Bald Eagle supervisor to resign, pay $5,000
Centre Daily Times: Patton Township names new police chief

Opinion
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Driving in circles with GOP at wheel
Tribune Review: Climate change or canard?
Tribune Review: A GOP storm over Harvey aid
Post-Gazette: The homefront: Houston shows the misplaced national priorities
Patriot News: Another year, another state budget battle – do working folks have a voice? | Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: It’s time to turn down heat on U.S. politics
Daily News: Government wants to crush your right to protest – because there’s so much stuff to protest about | Will Bunch
Inquirer: Why Trump must explain goal in sending troops to Afghanistan
Altoona Mirror: No end to debt ceiling

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